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Occupied Equestria - The Horror at Red Heart
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117000
117002 117005
Welcome back to Occupied Equestria

Dark Star, Silver, Iron, and Midnight continue their investigation and hopefully, the take down of a group of organized criminals who have taken up operations at an old fortress on the sea shore. They have already rescued a number of creatures and persuaded them to join in their efforts. Now, they most hope that they can strike with enough force, and quickly enough, to destroy the evil that has taken up residence there.

Up in the North, the ponies are waking up, ready for a new day
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117002
117006
New bread, neat.

>>117000
So, in the interest of not making you write each and every single document out, are the documents of any importance to their investigation? Any particular bits of information about this organization that may shed some light, or help to bring their end?
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117005
>>117000
>>117003 →
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117006
117007 117009 117011
>>117001 →
"Oh"
she looks at it
"Well thank you"
She looks to see how well it fits her

>>117003 →
She smiles back at him

>>117002
Unfortunately, that is a question that Silver must decide. They appear to be probably business records, and maybe some documents relating to the logistics of housing creatures in that location
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117007
117009 117020
>>117006
Silver doesn't have the luxury of time in this regard to look through them. He takes what of them he can carry, figuring it's a matter for other ponies to look through.
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117009
117010
>>117006
>>117007
"What you got there silver?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117010
117013
>>117009
"Various documents, kinds of things for other ponies with more time than us to sort through."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117011
117012
>>117006
Iron awaits Khoi's eventual judgement on how well the suit fits her.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117012
117015
>>117011
She twists her mouth
"If I am to be in front of line... This will serve"
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117013
117014
>>117010
"Hoof em here,i'll store em in my bag."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117014
>>117013
Silver does so.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117015
117016
>>117012
Iron nods with a smile before rummaging another jacket with the second best protection, particularly for the far more agile Sands and Jubilosa.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117016
117017
>>117015
Roll luck
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117017
117018
>>117016
Oh boy.
[1d20 = 6]
<Maybe by waving my hooves, two sets of good armor for the NPC mares will appear in front of me
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117018
117019
>>117017
Maybe one set of weaker leather
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117019
117022
>>117018
Damn.
Iron takes the weaker leather clothing, trying to give it to Jubilosa.
"I hope this helps."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117020
117021 117023 117025
Um.... Are Silver, Dark Star, or Midnight there?

>>117007
She takes it, looks back to Iron, and is a little unsatisfied with the jacket, but takes it nevertheless, trying to fit it
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117021
117022
>>117020
Damn. Pride damage. The worst damage.
Iron looks expectantly at Jubilosa to see if it fits.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117022
117024
>>117021
>>117019
Fortunately, mostly. If anything it's kind of big, and thankfully it has wingholes
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117023
>>117020
Yeah. Internet cut out on me for a second there.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117024
117026
>>117022
Iron chews his lip in dissatisfaction, but nods at her.
(I hope this actually gives her some protection.)
Finally, he turns to see Sands, wondering if she finally figured out the knives he gave her.
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117025
>>117020
Yep
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117026
117027
>>117024
It looks as if she has, though she doesn't seem to intend to use them as throwing weapons
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117027
117028 117030
>>117026
Iron decides to search the room some more in case something may be missing that could be useful.
[1d20-1 = 17]
<Smol brain native digging through stuff like a hobo
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117028
117029
>>117027
Hmmmm. Another luck roll
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117029
117030
>>117028
nervous sweating
[1d20 = 12]
<inb4 nat 1
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117030
117031
>>117029
>>117027
There are a set of restraints on the shelf, besides some more papers and a mirror
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117031
117032
>>117030
Iron smiles.
(Nice.)
He takes the restraints, putting them in his clothing, followed by skimming the papers in front of him as well as the mirror.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117032
117033
>>117031
Some of the papers are recent receipts, others, much older
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117033
117034
>>117032
>receipts
Iron reads more carefully the newest receipt to see what they are all about.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117034
117035
>>117033
This particular one seems to be a purchase of heating oil
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117035
117036
>>117034
Iron nods.
(Oh, so simple purchases of this 'oil' thing)
He checks the oldest receipt
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117036
117037
>>117035
The oldest documents, in a separate folder, are not receipts at all. Something about a "Mint Berry" admitted briefly after a bout of homelessness
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117037
117038 117051
>>117036
>Mint Berry
That name sounds familiar.
He inspects some of the older documents, trying to see if they can find a written document of one of the captives.
He beckons Skies over, hoping she knows if one of the ponies in this document is a missing pony.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117038
117039
>>117037
Skies walks over and looks at it
"This is at least 50 years old, probably older"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117039
117040 117041 117042 117051
>>117038
Iron frowns.
"Help me out here, boss. I bet there is some written evidence of missing ponies in here."
And thus, his paper scanning commences.
[1d20-1 = 3]
<Natives are not meant to be assistants
uDJxE
?
No.117040
117043
[1d20 = 18]
>>117039
rolling to help
u3bnr
?
No.117041
[1d20+11 = 30]
>>117039
"Alright..."
She looks at the papers
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117042
117043 117051
>>117039
Might as well. [1d20-1 = 13]

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117043
117044 117045
>>117042
>>117040
Oh now you two show up
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117044
117046
>>117043
?
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117045
117051
>>117043
i've been around.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117046
117047
>>117044
You know, the whole silence thing after passing the whiskey between the two of you. Kinda made me believe you went to bed.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117047
117048
>>117046
Silver was given whiskey? I completely missed that.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117048
>>117047
Oh whoops. Misread. I meant after passing the documents to Star.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117049
117050
Anywhey, going to bed. Night.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117050
>>117049
Sleep well!
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117051
117052 117056 117057
>>117039
>>117037
>>117042
>>117045
She silently looks over the documents, combing through them. At the end, she picks out a page, holds it before her with a hoof, and reads it in silence. After a minute, she lowers the document, sighs, and says solemnly

"I don't want to say they are the perfect victims... but the thing about illegal aliens is, the government doesn't really have papers proving they were there in the first place.

This... 'criminal enterprise,' seems to target mostly immigrants without papers and war refugees. These are people who have few relatives and connections to this land. No one would know that they are missing, because no one knew that they were there. Most of the creatures who know them live thousands of miles away, and even then, many of those creatures are either dead, living in a war zone, or in a dictatorship. Communication is poor.

Sure, Ponies notice them. The police see faces on the street, they eat food which travels by vans, they check into the hospitals, they use utilities and they rent out apartments. But they are not noticed as individuals. It's kind of like hearing the scratches mice make when they scurry through the walls. You know they are there, sure, but you don't see them. You don't even know how many there are. And so it is with these creatures. You never quite know if they were abducted, or if they just moved away.

And on top of all of this, this is a group that, if they survive and witness something, doesn't always want to go get help from the government. They are afraid they will be deported. If they report what they see, they will not want to go to court to testify. They live in the shadows. It's hard to see when one goes missing."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117052
117058 117060
>>117051
Iron curls his lips in frustration.
"So basically, this search is fruitless because they do not actually care about these ponies. Great."
He sighs dissapointedly, going back to the door of Records.
"I will wait for Star and Silver to finish up their rummaging to look out for any patrols that happen to pass by here," he states with the barest hint of morosity in his voice. "Come along, Sands."
And so, he opens the door and walks out, leaning against a wall next to it, eyes scanning the corridor.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117053
117054 117055
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I wanted to note that Midnight Lily has changed classes from Cleric to Paladin, so a slightly different pony
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117054
>>117053
Roger doger.
I suppose that's more layers of clothing to unpack~
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117055
>>117053
Lunus Vult!
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117056
117058
>>117051
"Sounds like a tough existence."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117057
117058
A couple changes to make note of in addition to class. She's now a pegasus, she now has two shortswords instead of her dagger and her pistol, but she does still have her necklace.
>>117051
Midnight shakes her head
"It is a sad life. Let us hope we can help them."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117058
117059 117062 117070
>>117052
"I would hardly call it 'fruitless'. There are shipping records that can help us tell what shipping companies they were using, who they were working with in Griffonia and Zebrica, and things like food purchases that can help us guess how many creatures are living here at any one time"
By this time Iron is already walking away, and Skies is talking to no one. So she just stops talking

>>117057
I don't know about all that...

>>117056
>>117057
"Well, it's definitely not helpful for our purposes"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117059
117060
>>117058
She simply shrugs
"It is still a sad existence for them"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117060
117061 117062
>>117052
Hopefully those footsteps down the hall stay far enough away. No creature visible in the secondary corridor

>>117059
"In many ways it can be, yes"

That damned whispering again. It's a bit louder now though
"Do you want to have wings, Midnight?"
"Would you like to punish those who reside here?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117061
117063
>>117060
She closes her eyes, clenching her jaw as she listens to the voices.
"Shut up, shut UP"
She then looks back at Skies
"Then let us find a way to help them"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117062
117063
>>117060
>>117058
Iron huffs to himself, deciding to absent-mindedly pet Sands as he stares at her hooves vacantly, his ears ready to detect any clawsteps around him.
(I have to wonder why ponies cooperate with eachother on such a grand scale only to abuse said deal.)
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117063
117064 117065 117067 117070
>>117061
Fuckin' Mala must be whispering
"There are ways indeed to help them"

Skies is silent for a moment, then returns
"There might be more upstairs"

>>117062
Sands gives an expression of surprise, evidently not anticipating being pet. Her eyes focus on the nearing hoof, her face moves away. But when the hoof comes, and it pets her, she realizes there is nothing to fear, and she lets him pet her, closing her eyes, and now placing her head closer to him.

Her hair is not the softest. If anything, it feels a bit ragged. Like it needs to be washed. Much the same with her hooves, which while belonging to a set of pretty feat, could stand to use a trim.

Off in the distance, further away, Iron can hear what does indeed sound like claw steps. Maybe it's up a set of stairs, maybe in the tunnel. But it's not in this hallway. Not in this little corridor. It's just him and Sands here for now
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117064
>>117063
"Shall we investigate? It can't hurt"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117065
117066 117068
>>117063
"Well... it can. If there are too many armed creatures"

"What would you like to know?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117066
117069
>>117065
"Hmmm, fine. That is a good point."
Midnight looks around, not quite frantically yet, for the source of the voice.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117067
117069
>>117063
Iron looks up to see Sands leaning in on the petting, causing him to smile a little.
(It is easy to handle a couple of ponies here and there. Manage their issues and such, and if it does not work, one simply fights the other to determine the victor, maybe cast him out.)
His hoof brushes along her mane, taking one step closer towards her to allow him more comfortable strokes.
(Little worlds, caring for themselves, not a big, unfeeling world of metal.)
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117068
117069
>>117065
"I will try my best to make sure they hurt only me."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117069
117072 117073 117074
>>117066
Mala is moving up from behind, evidently heading to the door after interesting himself in the cigars and whiskey. His voice is a little off for it. Khoi is already by the door. Her voice is definitely off for it. The voice sounded most like it came from just over Midnight's right shoulder. The best candidate for that is Meadows, who is over to the right. She is blinking and has a hoof on the shelf, probably testing out her vision. She's not finding the exit soon.

>>117067
Now, she takes a few steps closer, and leans into him. She wants him to stroke her mane

>>117068
"Oh Silver... You don't need to be that brave"
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117070
117071
>>117058
>>117063
"Upstairs?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117071
117076
>>117070
Mala looks over, and speaks with his detached, defeated sounding voice
"That's the main dorm area. There might be some captives there. Same with the workshop. But it's nighttime, that's less likely"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117072
117075
>>117069
He nods. "I appreciate the thought, but it is better that I am one who gets hurt than rest of group. Do not worry, I am tough pony."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117073
117075
>>117069
Iron obviously obliges on Sands' request, accepting her leaning fully, deciding to sit down against the wall slowly to make sure Sands doesn't fall from his change in position and starts stroking her mane with his two hooves.
(A life like this, where a pony only needs a couple of other ponies with different skills and similar interests living off the land.)
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117074
117075
>>117069
Midnight sighs at the group, before walking over to Meadows, making sure to make a few noises to announce her presence.
"I know I am asking a loaded question, but are you okay?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117075
117077 117078 117079
>>117072
She places a hoof behind his right ear in an almost petting action
"D'aww, you're adorable when you're so selfless. But seriously. Don't get killed"

>>117073
She sits down as well, up against Iron. Her mane is long, and could use a brushing. Khoi Lua walks by, looks over at the two, and expresses visible disgust at the public display of affection

>>117074
Meadows looks around, then points her head at Midnight. When midnight speaks, she smiles, as if joyed that she recognizes the shape in front of her as a pony.

"No... I... One of those monsters got me. A Rakshasa. I almost died. I think I am safe now, I hope."
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117076
117080
>>117071
"Mala where do the guards sleep?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117077
117080
>>117075
"I see, would you like me to assist you for the time being? Maybe later I can help to heal you as well."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117078
117080
>>117075
Iron looks at Khoi quizzically at her expression as his hooves stroke her long mane and he rubs his coat lightly against hers.
"Is something the matter, Khoi?"

Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117079
117080
>>117075
The ear folds in a sign of enjoyment. "I have not died yet. Are we ready to move out?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117080
117081 117082 117084
>>117076
He blinks, then looks over to the right. Back the way they came
"You met all of the gnolls, right?"

>>117078
She just shakes her head, and walks forward a little. Sands seems to be enjoying it
"No pony has stroked my mane in a while"

>>117079
"Yes, I am ready"
She takes a few papers, and places them in a sack she has

>>117077
"Yes, if you can? You are... not a Rashaka too, are you?... Nevermind... Yes, I would be delighted"
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117081
117083
>>117080
"Yes, i assumed there's more than just 2 gnolls down here guarding the prisoners."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117082
117083
>>117080
Midnight gently lays a wing across the pony's shoulders, judging her reaction
"Of course I'm not, I just wish to help you if I can."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117083
117085 117086
>>117081
"Well, there were four of us...."
He looks away, and down
"Yeah, those were all of us that lived down here... But those who live up there, who are actually part of the Society... There are many of them, and they might find arms if they know danger is coming"

>>117082
She flinches a little, as she didn't seem to anticipate the touching
"I am... weak. I am afraid I will be a burden"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117084
117087
>>117080
Deciding that he should test the touching boundaries for Khoi later, Iron gives Sands a little smile and a chuckle.
"I can imagine."
He strokes for a little bit in silence.
"Do you have any loved ones you are eager to go back to?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117085
117087
>>117083
"A pony in need is never a burden to me. I have dedicated my life to helping others, and would be honored to help you."
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117086
117087
>>117083
"How many do you reckon are up there?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117087
117088 117089 117090
>>117084
She looks at him, and blinks. Then she opens her mouth as if to say something. But she just blinks again, and nothing comes out

>>117085
She is already standing, but when she lurches forward, she seems to raise in height half an inch, coming out of what must have been a resting stance. She walks a pace closer towards Midnight, placing her hoof in the air and gliding it over the ground as if feeling for any obstacles in her path. She wobbles almost like a newborn foal
"If you could just stop any others... from becoming like me..."

>>117086
He looks up, and places his teeth together - row after row, of unsettlingly sharp teeth - in a fearful wince.
"I... I don't know. I think at least a couple dozen. Before I came here I heard they were raided by police, and they lost half their number. Then last year, at the end of the pony civil war, after the ships stopped coming, they were raided again, and again they lost half their number. But they grow back. They gain new members every month"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117088
117091
>>117087
Iron cocks his head, worried, while the mane stroking continues.
"Is something wrong, Sands?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117089
117091
>>117087
Midnight steps to Meadow's side, wrapping a wing around her barrel, as if inviting her to lean on her.
"Of course, but for now just rest. I will keep you safe."
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117090
117091 117113
>>117087
"Do you know how they recruit?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117091
117092 117095 117118
>>117088
She looks down, and ahead, as if focusing a hundred meters distant
"No... I don't think I do" She says, finally answering Iron's question

>>117089
Meadows is noticeably taller than Midnight, and with visible ribs as well. Instead of leaning, she moves her legs, and locks into a resting position, standing up
"I-I am afraid that if I rest, I will waste away. And my legs will fall off my body. I must move"

>>117090
His head is low, but his muzzle is level. He speaks to Dark Star
"Sort of... They look for the vulnerable. Those who wants omething very badly, but can't seem ever to get it. Those looking for power, respect, revenge, money... someone to talk to. To be around... I think most of them come from across the seas. Apparently they have groups over there. They smuggle them in, same as the captives. Some, they recruit from here in the city. That's how they found me. It was a creature I knew in the brief time I was in school who told me. I was happy to have a bed, and some creatures to talk to. Before, all I could eat was bread. That made me weak and feel sick. .... . I thought of joining the Society itself. But there was a separate set of gnolls, who worked for them but didn't participate in their activities because of culture I guess. I was excited to be around gnolls, so I went with that group. I got kind of stuck with that group. This whole time I felt I made a mistake by not pleading to be let into the bigger group"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117092
117093 117094
>>117091
Iron cocks an eyebrow, still trimming that ragged mane of hers with a tiny blush on her cheeks
"That is quite surprising. A mare like you would have made some waves with your beauty."
He hums slightly.
"It is not like you appeared out of nowhere, right?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117093
117097
>>117092
"You don't have to come from nowhere, to end up nowhere."
She looks up to him with those sparkling green eyes
"Enough of me. Tell me of you"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117094
117096 117097
>>117092
Silver, listening in on th conversation for want of things to do, briefly glares at Iron. "Or...something has happened to her loved ones. Something which would cause great grief to her."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117095
117096
>>117091
"Then let us walk around the room a bit, I will make sure you do not run into anything."
Midnight wears her sadness at the situation on her face, wishing she knew what to do to help this pony.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117096
117098 117099
>>117094
Sands has a grave look. Khoi still looks kind of displeased, and standing ahead of the set.

From behind, Loputu coughs on a cigar

>>117095
She stands up, cautiously places one hoof ahead of the other, then another hoof ahead of the other. Then one and two and one and two. They go on in the small circle. Meadows looks ahead mostly fearful of running into something. The lack of light in the room is doing her no favors
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117097
117103
>>117094
He glaces at Silver, a bit surprised.
(Now that is unexpected. He seems a bit too interested in Sands. Maybe he wants to have her for the night?)
>>117093
He turns back to Sands, his surprise still apparent.
"It is true."
He hums for a bit, thinking on what to say.
"I am Iron. My previous life before coming here was back at the jungles, where I sparred with my kin and broke down medium-sized rocks as practice."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117098
117100
>>117096
Silver looks to Loputu. "What are you doing, little one?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117099
117100
>>117096
"It is okay Meadows, just walk and I will guide you, just hoof after hoof and you will be fine"
Midnight is extra cautious, hoping she can get Meadows to trust her so she can help her.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117100
117101 117102
>>117098
He looks up at Silver, like a dog caught eating off the table
"Uh... That hyena said these had good flavor. Opened the carton too"

>>117099
Midnight has to hold onto her muzzle. She resists at first, but quickly enough, Midnight can walk the horse. Her hoof steps become more even. Less afraid. Or at least that's how it is along the ground that has already been trotted. At least she's not wobbling now. Like a foal running
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117101
117103
>>117100
He sighs. "It is not good idea for foals to smoke, little one."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117102
117103
>>117100
"Good pony, just like that. You're doing great. So Meadows, where are you from?"
She continues to lead her, slowing down a bit.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117103
117104 117105 117106
>>117097
"Huh"

>>117101
"But... I am not a foal"

>>117101
>>117097
Sands says to Loputu and Silver
"Don't worry, I'll take that cigar for you"

>>117102
"I am a horse... And I am from Karkardannistan"
She moves with Midnight, being able to move her hooves at the right pace
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117104
117107 117113
>>117103
Silver chuckles. "Right. Still, it is not idea for you to have those. They do not taste good."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117105
117107
>>117103
He witnesses the cigar taking offering, looking wary.
"Are you sure that is safe for consumption? It looks unedible."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117106
117107
>>117103
"Ah, forgive me, but such a long way to here? What brought you?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117107
117108 117111
>>117105
She grabs it in the magic, and smiles in a half-laugh at Silver
"You really are from teh jungle. It's not for eating"

>>117106
"My Nephew told us of this place when he was here. It sounded lovely. Equestria seemed like a lovely place. After I lost the pistachio plantation, I thought I would come here"

>>117104
He looks at Silver with big, puppy dog eyes
"Okay...."
He relinquishes the cigar
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117108
117109
>>117107
"Well, someday I hope you get it visit some of the better parts. I think you would rather enjoy it."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117109
117110
>>117108
She nods slowly, with a tired smile.
"Maybe..."
She blinks, then blinks again thrice in rapid succession
"Are there criminals and Rashaka elsehwere in Equestria?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117110
117112
>>117109
"I have never heard of Rashaka before, so I believe you would be safe from those. As for criminals, they are fairly sparce and there will always be a pony willing to help you."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117111
117112
>>117107
Iron glances at the relinquished cigar.
"Thank the gods. It looks poisonous."

Anonymous
Ym6Yq
?
No.117112
117114 117115
>>117110
She nods
“Good... because I do not want to encounter those things ever again”

>>117111
“Don’t be a bitch”
She takes the thing, and places it in her mouth
Anonymous
Ym6Yq
?
No.117113
117116
>>117104
Silver may want to pay attention to Mala’s answer fo Dark Star’s question >>117090 >>117091

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117114
117119
>>117112
"I cannot blame you. How are your legs feeling?"
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117115
117117 117119 117144
>>117112
Iron cocks his eyes at her wording, frowning.
He strokes her mane still out of habit still, but his efforts are reduced, glancing at Khoi.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117116
117119
>>117113
Eh...okay?

Silver comes over and places a hoof on Mala's shoulder.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117117
>>117115
*Iron narrows his eyes slightly
Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117118
117119
>>117091
"That is Absolutely Disgusting."
Dark Star's face has a Loathing expression on it.
"Just one more reason to Hate these Bucking Monsters,Hook Beaked Bastards. They will pay for everything that they have done, all the suffering they've caused. this ends tonight."
Star's face goes from Loathing to outright hate.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117119
117121 117122 117123 117124
>>117115
She takes it out, and looks up at Iron
What?”

Khoi is over by the other wall. Looking onwards. Listening

>>117114
“A little better. They are not numb anymore. I can move them now. Stretch them.”

>>117118
Mala looks to be mostly unsettled by Dark Star’s reaction
“I’m sorry...”

>>117116
And so he does so. Mala looks up at Silver, before looking back to Dark Star
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117121
117125
>>117119
"Good, that is good progress. You will get there, even if it takes some time. Just let me know if you wish to rest or do something different."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117122
117125
>>117119
"I do not know when, as I have...admittedly many things I must do tomorrow, but perhaps you would like to go out for something to eat? I think I know place that will be to your tastes."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117123
117125 117144
>>117119
Iron shakes his head, before standing up, ending their stroking session but not before giving a farewell pet and a small forced smile.
(She has red flags all over. I better disengage.)
He decides to walk up to Khoi instead.
"So how was life back in wherever you came from?"
Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117124
117126
>>117119
"What's Wrong? you don't have to be sorry i wasnt talking about you. i know you didnt have a choice."
He pets mala
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117125
117127 117128 117131
>>117121
“No, I like trotting in place. It is like galloping up and down the valley in the springtime... I can almost smell the flowers”
She looks around, eyes not quite locking in on anything
“You know, I though I remember the flowers being bluer...”
And she is silent

>>117123
She is locked forward
“Don’t like a mare smoking? Back off. I am trying to listen”

>>117122
He looks up at him. Brown eyes, black fuzzy muzzle. He looks intrigued
“That’s nice if you.... but bread and beats will make me sick if I eat for too many days”
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117126
117129
>>117124
*gnoll is pet*
“But that’s just the thing... they were the only ones who even offered friendship to me. Or claimed to offer it, anyways...”

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117127
117132
>>117125
Midnight doesn't respond, silently guiding her fellow equine while trying to make her feel comfortable.
Inside, she is already swearing revenge against whatever did this to Meadows.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117128
117132
>>117125
He smiles. "I do not know exact gnoll diet, but I would not imagine you are well suited to living as omnivore. No, I saw place where griffons and polar bears go to be served and eat meat. Sounds like kind of fare that would suit you."
Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117129
117130 117132
>>117126
"I'll be your friends mala."
He Smiles at him
Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117130
>>117129
*Friend
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117131
117137
>>117125
Iron shakes his head.
"We both know it is not only that."
Nevertheless, he decides to watch what Khoi is witnessing to pass time, maybe he can feel what she's feeling.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117132
117133 117134 117143
>>117127
So highland meadows torts in place in her 18 foot diameter circle, inside of the poorly lit room in the basement of an abandoned mare’s shelter.
“Tell me, what is the Canterlot mountain like?”
She trots forward
“I feel the cool air... I can imagine it. It is like I am there”

>>117129
His eyes go wide, and for once, his natural frown turns into a smile
“... Really?”

>>117128
“That would be, that would be very good”
He sounds happier


Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117133
117136
>>117132
"I Promise. You seem like a Good Creature."
He Gives Mala a hug
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117134
117136
>>117132
"I will see what I can do about schedule." He smiles.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117136
117138
0C57DD73-2F77-43FA-981A-D0CA0B601546.jpeg
>>117133
>>117134
Dark Star hugs the gnoll. He’s actually surprisingly fluffy to touch, even if there is a smell to him.

Mala is very happy at Silver’s offer as well
“I don’t think anyone has offered to take me out into the town in a long time. At least not for food. At a real restaurant.”

He smiles. It’s kind of a toothy smile, but there’s nothing he can do about that
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117137
117140
>>117131
“Really now? Because I see you slobbering all over the first mare to show interest in you. Until she tries to take a smoke to calm her nerves after always I can assure you had been a very long day. You try to control her, she resists, and you discard her.”
Though her tone is serious, her face never moves from its position facing forward and towards the access tunnel
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117138
117139 117142
>>117136
"Then it is time to break that streak." He stands up. "Are you ready to move on? It is not best time or place to idle."
Edgy boy
y9tkd
?
No.117139
>>117138
"I Agree. We need to strike them now."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117140
117142
>>117137
"It is not about control," Iron explains plainly and calmly. "More about concluding that our personalities do not match in a healthy way after exploring the other pony's personality and quirks."
u3bnr
?
No.117142
117150 117163
[1d20+4 = 10]
>>117140
Khoi shrugs, still looking forward. At this point Sands slowly walks into line of sight between Iron and Khoi (or on the other side of the two are very close together.
“How is this for a personality trait? Big guy right here has a different girl back at home. A zebra, in fact.”

At this point, the jilted and discarded Sands takes the lit cigar, and, with a glow of magic, flicks it at Iron.

“Tells you what you need to know about him, hmph! Trying on every mare he meets like clothing, discarding or putting away the ones he doesn’t like”
She shakes her head, and walks out of line of sight

>>117138
“Sure...”
He stands up

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117143
117145
23.png
>>117132
Midnight grins a little bit as she thinks
"They are beautiful. Very steep mountain and cliffs, with very many waterfalls breaking up the rocky scenery. Then there is Canterlot, nestled inbetween the ridges of the mountains. Many tall spires, pure white, gold, and purple set it apart from the cliff sides. I used to enjoy finding a nice place to rest and just view the city, watching pegasi fly in and out as the waterfalls flowed...."
aA3wm
?
No.117144
117163
EEF7A456-8ACB-43B5-8060-3AF1075F2038.jpeg
>>117115
>>117123
Maybe I should be happy that it went as well as it did for as long as it did, because frankly I was expecting much less. I was expecting you to meta-game yourself out of the situation immediately. I was very pleasantly surprised to see you not-meta game and play along. It was very fun and enjoyable, and it let me flesh characters and provide some minor conflict. I am not in the slightest surprised that the fun character moments didn’t last. But I’m not “happy that it happened.” I’m both disappointed and angry about how it fell apart.

Please listen carefully, because I mean it in all sincerity. When you use metagaming to do shit that entirely sucks the fun out of the experience, there will be bad consequences. It ended absolutely terribly for Dark Star when his player did it, and so it shall be for you and yours. When the other characters are having fun and fruitful interactions with NPCs in downtime, Iron shall have nothing, or less pleasant interactions. Every creature in that hallway is witness to Iron being super affectionate to a victim of the traffickers, getting upset over one supper minor thing, then not even 10 seconds later, walking up to and talking to a different mare, a mare who knows damned good and well that she was not his first choice. When you do things in character that are justified only because of knowledge outside of character, the characters in the scene are going to see an irrational schizo who does hurtful things just because he has a shitty personality. That’s not going to go over any better with the characters than it does with me personally.

Don’t give me some bullshit about, “no, it’s actually because of the cigar.” That autistic shit is as obnoxious as the derailment-by-meta gaming. It was frustrating beyond measure whenever Ash did it. It was infuriating when you did it out of character that one time Blue Skies shared a scene with Silver. Frankly, that shit is just another form of meta-gaming, because it inserts the player’s personal preferences over the actions of the character in a way that doesn’t really make sense in the setting. This is the fucking 1940s East Coast United States amongst the poor and working class. Smoking is perfectly socially acceptable. There is no Surgeon General’s warning, no fear of “big tobacco,” no Truth.org, no ban on smoking in public buildings, and no studies about cancer. A moral crusade against smoking - barring the parallels to the Nazi party, which decidedly does not include your character - simply doesn’t exist in this setting.

Your character has very little reason at all to even have any comprehension of what smoking is. He has no reason at all to think that is bad, beyond maybe a bad smell. And frankly your character should be used to bad smells. He has absolutely no reason for smoking to be the one and only thing he is ever moralistic about. Inserting modern moralism into this setting is immersion breaking, and it’s immersion breaking for everyone because everyone can hear your shrieks.

Even if it did make sense in the context of the story, and even if it it weren’t an immersion breaking insertion of modern moral opinion in a setting where it has no place, it would still be obnoxious. And that’s because dear god, has it been expressed in a shrill manner. There are plenty of other evils within the story that deserve far greater indignation.

The characters watching Iron do all of this - and they can’t miss it, because it’s super public - aren’t going to think “oh, she wanted to puff a cigar after being rescued from being held prisoner by gangsters. I can see why it wouldn’t work out” because no real person in that era would think that way, and frankly very few people with functioning minds even in modern times think that way. They are also not going to perceive it as a pretext for ditching Sands because of her other unsavory characteristics. Most of them don’t know about Sand’s other unsavory characteristics, and the only one who does, Khoi, knows damned good and well that Iron does not.

They are only going to see a stallion who is nice to a mare for a moment. They are going to see a mare who has been through some bad shit - evidently being abducted and held prisoner. They see the wounds left on her body from her captivity. They heard her imply that her loved ones are all dead, presumably from circumstances relating to the invasion of her homeland by Communist Griffins. And so after this, after all of this, they see her try to calm her excited nerves by smoking a cigar that would ordinarily be too expensive for a poor war refugee like her.

And what does Iron do? At random, he leaves her, and immediately starts hitting on an entirely different mare who he blew off earlier. What the fuck kind of shit person does that? Would you want to date that? Would you trust that? Would you honestly believe that that kind of person would come to your aid in battle? Do you think that kind of person would risk themselves to help you up if you fell down in the heat of battle? Would you want to help that kind of person? Are you sure they aren’t the same kind of person as the griffin captors, just wearing a different coat?

Jesus, this made me so angry this morning that I was late to work because of thinking about it. Midnight’s post is super sweet though. I’ll try to think about that instead
\r
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117145
117146
>>117143
She closes her eyes and trots about with gaiety
“I hope I don’t fall off cliff”
Then her trot turns into a prance, as she adds little skips of the hoof
“I am there...”
And for a moment, she prances on, her mane bouncing. Then she slows down, slows down. Stops. She opens her eyes
“The spires of Canterlot don’t shine gold like I used to imagine them. Even the grass is not so green...”

She looks over to midnight. Except she doesn’t quite, her eyes seem to miss her by a few degrees.
“Is it still so pretty to you?”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117146
117147
>>117145
"No... It is not... It has not been since the war started, but I prefer to imagine it as it was. It gives me a sort of hope. A reminder of what I want... A hope that things can return, not to as they were, but maybe... Just maybe a little bit better."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117147
117148
>>117146
The smile dissipates. She looks over to Midnight, and this time she points her head at Midnight, an improvement over how she was previously. But her eyes point a little down and off to the left from Midnight’s eyes, missing the mark

“But I cannot imagine it being so golden. Even my memories are washed of color...”
She is silent for a moment, and the muscles in her face seem to pull back in fear
“Will it always be like this?”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117148
117149
>>117147
Midnight slowly hugs Meadows, as not to startle her, praying to Luna that some of her own courage can rub off onto the mare.
"No, it won't. Things will get better... Even if it takes some time, you just have to hope."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117149
117151
>>117148
Her head follows Midnight as she comes up to her, and is not surprised when Midnight hugs her. It’s a little difficult to hug her. She’s taller than Midnight, and either because of her natural build, slow starvation, or both, she has a skinnier frame that feels bony.

“Can you help me with the hope? I have difficulty seeing it myself”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117150
117152 117155 117156
>>117142
"When this is over, I would also be glad to help you through what is troubling you. You have clearly been through lot."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117151
117152
>>117149
"Of course, it is always easier when another pony helps"
As she embraces her, she uses one of her lay on hooves points to heal her some, hoping that it helps.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117152
117153 117154
>>117150
Um.... Hi floofer. But which creature is he saying this to?

>>117151
The room is pretty dark, mostly illuminated by one light towards the back that still works out if a set of about four, and the light from the hallway. It would be easy to trip over objects even without blindness. But the darkness of the room is briefly overcome by a dim but clearly present blue light that seeps out of Midnight’s hooves, and into Meadow’s barrel. She tenses up for a moment, then relaxes and breathes. She looks down at Midnight. Directly into her eyes, with eyes that are blue-gray.
“You have quite the touch...”
She lifts up a hoof, and then another
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117153
>>117152
Mala, the last person he spoke to.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117154
117156
>>117152
Midnight softly smiles up at the larger mare
"So I have been told before. How do you feel now?"
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117155
117156
>>117150
"I'll be happy to do the same."
He says to mala
aA3wm
?
No.117156
117157 117158 117159
>>117150
>>117155
His doglike tail perks up at Silver’s words and moves too and fro
“Yes, I would like that. Very much so.”

When Dark Star speaks, his tail positively wags
“Really? Hah, ha”
His laugh thankfully doesn’t sound like the gnollish laugh. It’s more Pony-like
“Two friends in one day?”

>>117154
“I feel... better. I think I can see slightly better”
Her muzzle returns to a smile

\r
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117157
117160
>>117156
"Good good, when this is all over I will do my best to help you. You have my word."
She gives the mare a gentle squeeze before releasing her from the hug.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117158
117160
>>117156
Silver smiles at seeing the gnoll happy. "I suppose so."
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117159
117160
>>117156
"Yep."
He Smiles at the gnoll
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117160
117161 117162
>>117157
She is hugged. Her coat in large part has the feel of some partly dried substance in it. Sometimes it’s wet. But underneath all of that, she has a coat of short hair that surely must serve well in hotter, mountainous environment
“I don’t really want to be dependent... I don’t know how to repay your kindness”
She does a minor bow to Midnight after she is released from the hug, including her left hoof being turned upwards in a sort of curtesy that accompanies the bow
“But you have my gratitude”

>>117158
>>117159
He is smiling. His teeth are a bit less even than you’d see in a dog, although a little bigger
“Two pony friends! I’ve never had that before.”

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117161
117164
>>117160
"You do not have to repay me, seeing you start to feel better is enough."
Midnight returns the gesture, hoping she doesn't look like an idiot for it.
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117162
117164
>>117160
"I'm glad you're happy."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117163
117165
>>117142
Iron cocks his head at the retreating Sands, then turns back to the original position, with no attempt to stop the cigar from hitting Iron's body.
(It is intriguing how she went out of her way to say that. I wonder what is fueling her.)
>>117144
Oh no, it's not metagaming. Just as Iron cannot stand Skies' abrasive, forward and sometimes lewd attitude, he cannot stand Sands' quirks as a pony. He, of course, was exploring her actions and mannerisms, but she kept on sending subtle signals of future conflict later, obviously starting from Silver taking her away for a private talk when the two couldn't possibly have unless there was a secret going on, but kept on piling up with her constant acts of self interest and subsequent challenge that drove Iron away. It's not about being a changie or not. I'd obviously had gone with dicking the changie, since he'd love to try that out, but he can't share a life with that sort of personality without things escalating into an even larger dumpster fire, and he has the foresight not to keep at it.
It's not the smoking, it's the retort that came with it, and it was the final straw of many. A mare whose only purpose so far is nothing aside from an interest in guns and revenge is indeed going to drive him away, and her brash attitude only accelerated that process, because his patience is thin for those kind of mares if you hadn't noticed with many of Skies' interactions with him.
I obviously get it's a dick move and won't get me rewards for it, only downsides in the short term, but it's not out of a desire to evade the changie in a metagaming move, rather to make her think 'Hey, why did the stallion that I got so enamored moments ago decide to bail out on me? I thought I had him in the frog of my hoof. How did he suddenly have the desire to leave me?' and reflect on her actions. Of course, this obviously opens up the possibility of betrayal out of anger, but maybe, just maybe, she can realize that all his headcocking, staring and suspicion Iron sent out can make her realize some of her actions were counteracting her attempts to maintain him charmed.
And no. I'm not expecting to get kirin coochie either. Of course not. Iron may aim for that, but he knows it'll take a lot longer than a romp destroying her captors to consider him a viable candidate. Heck, for all he knows, she could be another gunloving, revenge fueled mare with the same brash attitude like Sands and would dump her as well.
Now you'll be asking "What? Why didn't he communicate that to Sands from the start? I bet this is all an excuse." and sure, between two adults that could be a viable option, but consider the fact that Iron is not going out of his way to pursue and change a mare unless she actually has something of value worthy of pursuit, and he doesn't care about revenge-fueled mares or gun skills or even combat magic if he ever gets to know about that because he sees himself as the muscle, concluding that while it would be a bonus in a mare, it can't be her only trait because Iron has that part covered as pretentious as that sounds. Besides, she wouldn't change her ways by simply pointing it out. Obviously it's deeper than that. It's an intrinsic part of her that defines her as a different pony among the masses caused by both dealing with a totalitarian indoctrination of changeling superiority and getting abused by outsiders.
Don't fret, because there is still a chance to charm Iron again, but Sands is probably going to swallow her pride to do it, which I don't see her do for a literal stranger anyhow, unless she still saw him as an easy target.
To summarize, yes, I know it is a dick move but it's not to avoid the changeling in a bout of 'player brilliance in avoiding danger' but rather to spark doubt in Sands' mind over what made him discard her. Obviously she can recharm him again through a simple apology and a change in attitude and approach but if that can't be achieved, he probably lost interest in her. I know it sounds pretentious, but Iron is a pretentious pony that seeks a specific number of traits in a mare to be deemed pursueable, and if that can't be achieved, he discards it and keeps going. After all, there are plenty of fish in the sea to hook up with.
And no. It's not the smoking. Smoking, while it could make him uncomfortable with the smell, it's not a dealbreaker, even though it is for me IRL.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117164
117166 117171
>>117162
There is some enthusiasm in his voice when he says
“Okay, so what is the first thing I am doing with my new friends?”

>>117161
She giggles at Midnight’s efforts
“Again, I thank you. I am not recovered, but I am better than I was before”

Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117165
117168
>>117163
There is no “doubt over what caused whatever” just you and Iron being an asshole, and that is that
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117166
117167
>>117164
"Well, that is all I can ask for for now. Say, is there anything that you can tell about this place that could help us? I understand if you cannot, but if you have any information..."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117167
117169
>>117166
Her expression becomes blank, and the smile fades away
“I don’t... I don’t think I have much I can tell you. I know I was kept chained to a desk in a big room with other features. I was made to sew leather to iron horseshoes. They took me here, and placed me next to a caged Rashaka, and that was all I could remember”
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117168
117170
>>117165
Here I am, proposing a possibility to return to status quo with one little tweak, yet you shrug it off because you believe Iron and I are 'assholes' due to my decision as a player to stop interacting with Sands out of a desire not to after not giving me a reason to aside from 'I give you a snuggle so you better love me' and nothing else. If you want to destroy Iron's life over not falling for the character you presented due to lack of interest in her characteristics that make her, you can obviously do it.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117169
117170
>>117167
If Meadows could see Midnight's face, she would see her face go blank and then contorts into anger. She then steps forward and presses her snoot into the larger horse's shoulder.
"I... I will make sure that whatever did this to you pays... I am sorry about making you think about that, now just rest. Nothing will harm you now."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117170
117173 117174
>>117168
I’m not in the right emotional state to sift through an entire block of text right now. My normal patience is gone. What is the tweak?

>>117169
The shoulder is also bony, but there is some muscle here.

Now, Meadows comes over, and hugs Midnight. Her legs are long and kind of bony. She places her long muzzle overtop of Midnight’s fur
“Thank you”
She’s sniffling
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117171
117172
>>117164
"Well, we could take you out to eat,Do you like Whiskey? i know a Great Bar on the East-side of baltimare."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117172
117175
>>117171
“Yes! I haven’t been to a bar in that many occasions. I think I’ve only stayed to drink at one maybe twice. I didn’t know they could have food there”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117173
117177
>>117170
She hugs her back, wrapping her wings around her.
"Of course... I just pray I really can help you"
Midnight is sniffling as well.
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117174
117176
>>117170
Simple. Make Sands realize what is ticking Iron off and promptly using it to her advantage by falsely apologizing over it and downplaying her abrasive in Iron's eyes temperament with more active actions of physical contact to make it up to him, or even presenting a hobby of hers that isn't about combat.
It should allow to buy you some more time to flesh her out further as a pony alongside Iron, and I believe she would be able to since she seems like the kind of pony to be able to do that, being a manipulator and all.
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117175
117176
>>117172
"Some do. i'm not sure if mr.glass sells any at the eastside though. theres this one restaurant named "Benito's" that i think you might enjoy."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117176
117179 117180
>>117174
No one in that situation would realize what is ticking Iron off

>>117175
He nods, but then lowers his head, looks away, and says almost restfully
“But I have to eat meat...”


Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117177
117178
>>117173
She presses her muzzle down and towards her
“You’re so kind. I was afraid I would find no kindness in this supposed land of friendship. But I see it is real. Thank you again”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117178
117181
>>117177
"I am glad that I have been able to do that for you, and I hope you can find more ponies that treat you with the same kindness."
Midnight is sniffling a bit more now, and her eyes are very watery as she raises a hoof and boops Meadows on the snoot.
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117179
117181
>>117176
"I believe they sell spaghetti."
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117180
117181
>>117176
Iron was indirectly pointing out his perception of her flaws with his expressions, which mostly encompasses her combat-focused demeanor from the eyebrow raising at her thirst for vengeance at first, which while obviously being justifiable in the current situation, it isn't particularly interesting to him long term. Compound that with a lack of other quirks to balance it out and a 'sassy' demeanor, like when she taunts Iron to 'not to be a bitch', and he loses interest quickly.
Remember. Iron likes Cauldron as a zebra and wants to be with her not because she beats ponies with a crowbar or is the hottest mare or sucks his metaphorical dick everytime she gets a chance, but her other skills, like cooking and potion making, and motivations to both better her life without sacrificng her fathers', not to mention her caring, generous and sometimes innocently fun attitude.
Sands is a changeling version of Skies in a superficial level as of now: Revenge-focused mare that wants to make their captors pay as well as being playfully abrasive, thinking it's a good way to interact with others because it worked previously from where she comes from.
I'm not expecting a Cauldron clone, don't get me wrong, but she should have something more interesting than simply being a nuzzling machine or a petting toy to charm Iron further, and her attitude towards others only serve to undermine her efforts.
aA3wm
?
No.117181
117182 117183 117184
>>117178
The pony is hugged. But when the hard object touches her soft, grey nose, she reflexively pulls back, wrestling her self out from under the wing. Stepping back, stepping back, stepping back away from her attacker. She goes back a couple more feet until...

Her right, rear hoof steps on an open cigar box, sending the wooden edge of the other side of the box into her long pattern bone, and launching cigars across the floor. She stumbles, her right hind leg collapses, then her left hind leg, and she falls down onto her rump

>>117179
He twists his mouth, and something about his expression implies he’s not convinced that spaghetti is a meat dish
“I’m not sure if I’ve ever had spaghetti before”

>>117180
You want a fleshed out character with whatever quirks and a distinct personality, you have to interact with them and give them situations to react to and bounce off of. You throw away characters I spend a large amount of time building and that I personally like, just because “eh, I don’t like this one” - and you did exactly the same thing to Black Cauldron last December and it pissed me way the fuck off then - then I’m not exactly inclined to do anything other than blow off your character in reciprocity. You don’t have to fuck it, just not discard blatantly and casually
\r
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117182
117200
>>117181
I did try to approach her with questions regarding her past in an attempt to open her up into a more fleshed out character, but none of it worked because she's paranoid of revealing her nature as a changeling, so she can't be approached unless I do the flashlight trick on her which is metagame-y currently or otherwise have Iron know she's a changeling and she knows he knows but doesn't care, unlike Cauldron, which wasn't due to a lack of cooperation or actual way to explore her personality, history or hobbies.
There has to be an incentive to interact with other characters, GM. She provides none, so of course Iron'll stop caring about her sooner or later unless she gives a bone to chew on.
Anonymous
R2q+6
?
No.117183
117185
>>117181
I... Feel terrible now.
"Oh my Celestia I am so sorry!"
She rushes over and gently strokes her back, looking over her for any injuries like cuts or scrapes.
"I am sorry, I am sorry, are you okay? Oh Celestia I was not, thinking, I am so sorry!"
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117184
117185
>>117181
"Spaghetti is a pasta based dish that comes with meat chunks in it. it a Delicious meal i believe it originates in wingbardy."
He whispers the last part about it being tasty
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117185
117186 117187
>>117183
Her face reveals that she is shaken and frightened as she sits down
“I am... I am... I don’t know. My leg hurts just a little. I am fine though”

>>117184
Jubilosa (in the hall opposite the door, with a line of sight to all of the character scenes)
“I heard that! You can’t take it back!”

Mala nods, looking a little more pleased
“Okay, I guess I can try that”

Anonymous
R2q+6
?
No.117186
117188
>>117185
"J-just rest and I will look over you."
Midnight quietly looks over her leg, looking sad at herself.
Heal check to look for any problems.
[1d20+6 = 25]

Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117187
117188
>>117185
Dark Star squints at her
"Whats your story?"
He asks her

Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117188
117189 117201
>>117186
The only injury of any kind is on her right hind leg, caused by the wooden side of the box jabbing upwards into Meadow’s leg on the mid pattern bone, when she stepped on the opposite side of the box sending that side up in a seesaw action kind of like stepping on a rake. It’s a blunt injury, far from the worst Midnight has seen, but it seems to cause her pain. Nothing is broken or fractured, but there will probably be a bruise hidden under her leg fur.

>>117187
“What is my story? Heh, I am pleased you asked. My name is Volador Jubilosa, and I am from the Federated Parishes of Sicameon. Excuse me, I forgot the new name. “Territory of the Military Commander in Sicameon.” I grew up in Campo Claro, a little town twenty kilometers outside of Midora, and I attended the Parish School there. There was a griffin there who fancied me. A nice griffin, seemed to be heading to university. I wasn’t betrothed to him, but that seemed to be where things were going. Then you ponies attacked. His militia was mobilized, and I did not hear from him. I was heart broken, and remained in my parents’ house for a month when I found out he had been killed. Still, I persisted, and became a milkgrif, flying around delivering milk in my town. I knew I could make more money if I went to the city, so I did so. I became a typist for a shipping company in Midora. I worked there a year and a half.”

She’s been making gestures with a free claw through out her small speech, but it intensifies at this point, and she moves forward

“You know, there was this kid who lived just down the road from my parents. Then one day he just wasn’t there. I don’t know if he moved suddenly without telling his neighbors, if he joined the partisans out in the forests up north. But I think your secret police got him. Took him from his house in the night. Maybe stalked him as he walked home from the sugar mill where he worked. He wouldn’t have been the only one. Your damned soldiers walked the streets of the city. Redirected shipments going out. Frankly that’s a lot of what I did as a typist. Went over documents about exports, I didn’t like what I saw. I talked about what I saw. And when my parents wrote me and told me about little Mullido down the street just vanishing, I knew that it could happen to me.

So I went back to Campo Claro, and told my parents I would seek refuge in Aquelia until the end of the War. Then I went down to the city to locate a griffin I was told made fake passports. I should have trusted a different griffin. I would have used a ship my company contracts for, except they don’t run to Aquelia. And so, somehow, I ended up here. Tonight.”
Edgy Boy
J3+u4
?
No.117189
117190
>>117188
Dark Star Remains stoic for her story.
"Interesting. Why do you think the Secret Police were involved?""
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117190
117191
>>117189
“They do not want an independent Sicameon, and they supposed little Mullino was in the way”
Edgy Boy
uDJxE
?
No.117191
117192
>>117190
"Sounds to me like he ran away from home."
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117192
117193
>>117191
“He was an adult, no need to run away. He didn’t hate his situation there. He would have told his mother”
Edgy Boy
uoD9x
?
No.117193
117194
>>117192
Dark Star remains unconvinced
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117194
117195 117196
>>117193
She rolls her head, closes her eyes, raises her eyebrows and does a sort of shrug
“I never said you’d care, I just said what happened”
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117195
117197
>>117194
*boop*
Edgy Boy
bh38P
?
No.117196
117197 117198 117199
>>117194
"I Care,in a way."
He turns to silver and iron and asks
"Are we ready to head upstairs?"

Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117197
2EEAA31C-FE52-4627-932C-4AD3835607EB.png
>>117195

>>117196
She remarks
“Probably joyful”
In an offhoof comment
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117198
117200
>>117196
Iron simply nods.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117199
>>117196
Silver nods.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117200
117208
>>117182
Plot twist: there has to be an incentive for the GM to waste his time interacting with the character.

I have no idea why you think that having your character treat well established female NPCs as if they are articles of clothing that can be stolen and then discarded when you don’t like how they fit, is acceptable, but I assure you that it is not acceptable.

>>117198
I refuse to acknowledge anything happening with the Iron character after >>117142. You can have a reset of any of the scenes leading up to that to see if you want to do anything differently. You can roll a new character who will join the quest later. You can wait in limbo to see if I change my mind later. But what is not happening is trying on my favorite new female NPC like a shoplifted article of clothing and throwing her in the garbage when she makes you look fat, and then proceeding on to combat tonight.

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117201
117202
>>117188
Far from the worst yes, but this one hurts Midnight too cause she knows her carelessness caused it.

She gently and slowly strokes Meadows' mane, hoping to calm her down after that.

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117202
117203
>>117201
She shakes for a moment, but she is calmed down. The hair is long and was arranged in some sort of pattern, but had since been undone. It too, has remnants of a goo remaining in it, messing it up.

“You know what I am glad about?

I can feel things now. When I was suspended in that goo... when I was awake at first... I couldn’t touch anything, except the walls”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117203
117214
>>117202
"That is good to hear. Even of what you feel is pain, it still means your condition is improving, and it means you will get better..."
Midnight wishes she had some type of brush or comb to do the mare's mane, but alas.
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117204
117205 117206 117207
Eeeee's in EEEEEE
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117205
117207
2F0BA838-F790-4808-BF1D-69F4603BA714.png
>>117204
EEEEEEEEEEEEE Mother Fucker!
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117206
117207 117256
>>117204
Hey. Not sure where Spark is, but since Onyx is here you guys could start up one the next day of your journey.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117207
117209
>>117206
>>117205
>>117204
North gang gang time?
Anonymous
Pkzdz
?
No.117208
>>117200
Counter plot twist: If you want an NPC to stick to a PC/PCs, it must have something going for itself that keeps the player/s interested in it.
Unless, of course, you want her to become a villain and subsequently get killed or fade away from memory as she is slowly forgotten.
An NPC is well established due to the players perception of them, because even though the world you create is indeed yours to rule, you do so in order to provide players a setting to play in. Otherwise, you end up playing with yourself and the fun is stripped away even further than how you currently feel.

Now, I'm willing to give her a shot because your actions beforehand were fueled by fear of me metagaming my way out of it to resort to dodging the question in order to keep her around because you like Sands and don't want Iron to discard her as a potential plot hook and fail to properly characterize her which I admit I'm surprised you thought that after that IronxChangeling dream orgy he had on Night 1.

I'll pick to rewind back to when Iron was combing Sands' mane with two hooves.

He asks the following question with his usual small smile he had:
"So, what life did you live before ending up here?"
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117209
117210 117214
>>117207
I'm down to stab some bitches
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117210
117211 117214
>>117209
Same here my dude
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117211
117212
>>117210
>inb4 I get stabbed
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117212
117213 117217
>>117211
NAP between us, at least for tonight?
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117213
>>117212
AFAIK, the NAP has been in place the whole time
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117214
117215 117218
>>117203
Indeed, it looks like this mare would benefit strongly from a brush or a bath. But none are available

She sits there in place, where she fell, and looks forward in silence for a moment.
"I can touch things now... But I can't quite feel some things... When those Rashaka take you, they don't just remove from you your strength, your energy, you stamina. They take something from you emotionally, maybe spiritually. Memories of the plantation, the races in the village, seeing the Fire Temple in Neighran... the horses... it's all a vague sadness now. Not even a strong one... At least the numbness has cooled on the outside"

She stretches out a hoof

>>117209
>>117209
>>117210
Brie and Onyx wake up
Do you want the end of the journey, a little side quest, or a dungeon clearing combined with the end?
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117215
117216
>>117214
I'm assuming we're geographically still a good distance from the 'end', so I would prefer that we get there organically.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117216
117217 117221
>>117215
Well, assuming the ending is meeting any queen who could help, an ending is not far away. Just a road trip
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117217
117218
>>117216
Well then, I suppose we should be off.
>>117212
"Ah. I suppose there's nothing left but to play our hand. Are you comfortable walking straight into the lion's den?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117218
117219
>>117217
"We've got nothing better to do, so let's get it over with."
>>117214
Midnight ever so slowly, and ever so gently stretches out her own hoof, and places it on top of Meadows'.
"There there, just rest now. The joy will return in time."
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117219
117220
>>117218
"Perhaps, but this could get us killed. Up until now I've been able to rely on my wit and negotiations, but I can make no such guarantees."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117220
117221 117233
>>117219
"Well, I have my halberd, you've got your fancy knife skills. I reckon we can do this."
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117221
>>117220
"Fair enough. I'll see to Sparks, the little ones, and the not-so little ones then."
>>117216
Brie goes to ascertain the readiness - in order - of the aforementioned.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117222
117223
[Sorry, on phone]
Please do figure out the NPC situation though
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117223
117224
>>117222
I suppose I should assume that the 'Lings are squared away, both the young and older ones? Brie returns to Onyx. "I suppose we're all set then. We should have our new friends on either side of the cart when we approach the hive, though they agreed to 'assist' in pulling it (which of course means its their turn)."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117224
117225
>>117223
"That sounds good to me, let's move out then."
Onyx grabs his halberd before heading to the cart to make sure it's ready for travel.
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117225
117226 117228
>>117224
"Right behind you," Brie says, gathering the 'Lings, the Changelings, and of course Sparks.
Are there weakened ponies? I seem to recall there being weakened ponies, but somehow I think if we brought them they would end up eaten.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117226
117227
>>117225
Actually several. The brothers, Ruby and Red Wine, and the Married Couple Dawson and Rose

I assure you your Changeling allies are way ahead of you on that whole "eaten" thing
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117227
117229
>>117226
Well, they could secretively be salty warriors, but that's not where my money is at. Hence, I'm figuring we'll leave the ponies behind.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117228
117229 117230
>>117225
Hi.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117229
117231
>>117227
>Warriors of the saltlands
Intriguing idea

Anyways, Seb and Fun can now be made to pull the cart, appearing to be brown ponies. They aren't fully healed, and Fun pretty clearly still wears his bandages, but they are healed-ish. There is no immediate noticeable traffic on the roadway. The sky is clear, the temperature is pretty warm, maybe 20 degrees F. A light breeze, making it feel just a little colder. The sun is barely up

>>117228
Do you agree with >>117227?

Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117230
117231 117233
>>117228
"Oh good, there you are. We're preparing to disembark. Our new changeling 'friends' have offered to pull the cart for a while, but when we get to the hive they're to walk on either side of the cart as something of an escort. I'm figuring that the hive won't respond well if we have changelings operating as laborers."
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117231
117233 117239
>>117230
"I'm thinking the same thing."
>>117229
I don't know if it is a good idea to bring the family along for this adventure. Their adventure awaits for them across the border, not deeper into changeling lands.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117233
117234 117238
>>117231
>>117230
>>117220
Red Wine is up making breakfast while Rose stirs and even Dawson sleeps in. It's based on boiled potatoes
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117234
>>117233
Who?
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117235
117236 117238
For clarification, I know who you mean, I'm just intent on disembarking and since Brie was never really formally introduced nor had any significant interaction with them, he's not inclined to start now.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117236
117237 117238
>>117235
I guess it's more for Spark and Onyx...

Ready when you all are
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117237
117239
>>117236
They're free to interact of course, but I'm ready to go.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117238
117239
>>117236
>>117235
>>117233
Well, I'm ready. Onyx is just preparing the wagon and waiting on the others.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117239
117240 117241 117243
>>117237
>>117238
>>117231
And so, the ponies set out

Kerr and Wesley go outside and load up in the wagon, hopping through the snow

Wesley: "Ich vermisse die Hitze"

Kerr: "Ich auch"

Maybe Spark gets inside the cabin with them. Maybe even Onyx does as well. Seb and Fun really don't appear to be as strong as Onyx, or really, as strong as they would be under more normal circumstances, but they will suffice
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117240
117241 117242
>>117239
Onyx looks uneasy as the cart begins to move.
"Gimme a moment Spark... don't stop. I'll be back"
He suddenly jumps out and gallops to the house, looking for Ruby.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117241
117242 117252 117253
>>117239
Spark waves goodbye to the family.
"Think about my offer. I'll be back this way to head back home."

He enters the wagon to watch over the changelings.
>>117240
"Oh?"
He watches the bartender rush back towards the house.
"Did he forget something?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117242
117244
>>117241
Dawson nods, lethargically and calmly, looking out. Red Wine is actually still inside, but Dawson says he says thank you for the owlbear

>>117240
Ruby is at a table, eating boiled potato, with a side of fir tree leaves
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117243
117245
>>117239
Brie addresses Seb and Fun: "Werden Sie beide in Ordnung sein, dies zu ziehen? Wir werden in regelmäßigen Abständen handeln."
Did you pick Seb cuz of the lolcow?
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117244
117245
>>117242
"Hey Ruby... Remember that promise I made you? Do... Do you wanna come with us?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117245
117246 117248
>>117243
"Seb" is short for "Seben." His real name is a hell of a lot longer, and frankly just a gender, number, and name of mother and sire

Fun: "Meine Haut ist immer noch empfindlich, aber ich glaube, ich kann ziehen.

Seb: "Ich kann nicht gut atmen und habe Schmerzen. Ich kann versuchen zu ziehen, aber ich kann nicht wissen, wie weit ich gehen kann"

>>117244
He looks up from his dish of potato, turnip, and fir leaves
"Are you going to take me to Canterlot?!?!"
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117246
117247 117252
>>117245
Brie sighs, taking off his fancy coat and cloak, and stashes them in the coach with the 'Lings, then returns to the front.
To Seb: "Scheisse. Ich hatte gehofft, dass Sie sich nach einer Weile mehr erholen könnten. Zieh das aus, ich zieh."

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117247
>>117246
Seb gives excuses, but of course accepts the offer to go back to sleep in the more protected cabin
"Ich wurde mitten durch meine Brust gestochen ..."
I though Onyx would pull?
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117248
117249 117252 117253
>>117245
"Well, would you like to come? You gotta decide, cause the wagon is leaving. Just know it won't be easy."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117249
117263
>>117248
"YES!"
He grabs a blanket, a couple baseball cards, his scout's knife, a pair of milk containers, a sack of turnips, and a half eaten potato, and jumps inside the cabin of the cart after hugging his brother goodbye
"I'll send you pictures!"
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117250
117252 117253
On second thought, Brie removes his trousers as well and places them with his coat. "Wouldn't want to wrinkle them." he sighs to himself.
He's still wearing his vest (with 2 throwing knives) and his fine sword.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117252
117263
>>117250
Hopefully that fits under the vest. And hopefully it’s enough protection from the cold

>>117246
>>117248
>>117241
The party pulls ahead, Brie in front. The dogs follow. There’s a pretty decent view of what goes by. Mostly it’s coniferous forest in this area. Though there are some inclines and hills, it’s more flat than not. Occasionally, a steam cuts through, and the road crosses a stone bridge. Birds chirp in the sky regularly, but really it’s more quiet than it isn’t. More than one cart is passed, mostly pulled by oxen. The ponies inside look down or ahead, not at those who pass by, and often cover their faces, presumably because of the cold.

Mostly this road doesn’t have large settlements, or settlements at all. But there is a trend. Individual buildings and small settlements - farm houses, cabins, and less often mills and hamlets - are more likely to look abandoned. Villages and towns may have a guard post in them, and there seem to be ponies living there. The population is becoming centralized. Sometimes, there almost seems to be a line between abandoned and inhabited buildings. There are several buildings that are visibly damaged by artillery, like a windmill that has its top half half blown off, and rubble strewn about.

Of course the forest doesn’t last forever, nor are most of the settlements near the forest. After that, they are meadows, then cattle pastures, more fields of winter wheat, and then fallow field after fallow field. Some naked soil, some planted with clover or grass. Some fields look as if they were burned and never replanted. But most fields have either stubble, clover, or wheat, with occasional crops of Timothy grass, rye, and rapeseed. And all of these are covered in a fine layer of snow, or at least, they usually are. One hamlet seems to be abandoned all together, buildings damaged. The changelings have a definite presence here, even if it is less felt than the pony presence of big red barns, and rustic windmills. Every settlement has a Changeling post near the center. With guards. And a station that has a small fence around it, surely a collection station.

They travel for quite a while
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117253
117254 117263
>>117250
>>117248
>>117241
And so, it’s a while before they get to their first major challenge. A guard check point. It’s actually not the first one they came across, but the first one waved them through

Here, the creatures seem more serious. The guard is unambiguously an undisguised Changeling drone in a field grey uniform.
“Papers, Please”


Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117254
117255
>>117253
"Ja natürlich, einen moment" Brie immediately responds, removing the harness and stepping back to retrieve his coat, and the requisite documents.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117255
117257
>>117254
The creature responds with an expression of clear surprise, not expecting that result. He is speechless, and leaves Brie to go retrieve the items
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117256
117259 117260
Okay, I have to go to sleep now. But please keep replying

>>117206
*floofs the floofster*


Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117257
117317
>>117255
Returning with the papers provided by the changeling at the border, Brie smiles self-assuredly and extends the paperwork. "Ich vertraue darauf, dass Sie hier alles in Ordnung finden."
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117258
Also, I'm not worried about the cold for the time being, as nothing warms you up like physical exertion
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117259
>>117256
*is floofed*
Sleep well!
Anonymous
aAdwQ
?
No.117260
>>117256
'Night
Not sure how we're supposed to carry on while you're gone though
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117263
117264
>>117249
Onyx chuckles as her gallops back to the cart, ruffling the colt's mane as he sits down.
>>117253
>>117252
Ah travel montages, gotta love them.
aA3wm
?
No.117264
117265
7DFD8301-5C31-4258-A8DE-0037B65DA00B.jpeg
File (hide): 0.0 (0.0 bytes, 0, )
>>117263
*colt is indeed excite*

It’s a bit weird being in there with a dark brown Earth Pony who isn’t quite familiar though. He wants to take up an entire seat
\r
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117265
117266
>>117264
Onyx stares down the earth pony, having never seen him before.
"And who exactly are you?"
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117266
117267
>>117265
The pony is lying across the seat on the other side. He has a large, white cloth tightly wrapped around his barrel. He lifts his head up, and looks at Onyx. His blue eyes go wide, and he turns his head around the other way
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117267
117268
>>117266
"Hey! If you're gonna ride in this wagon, I wanna answer to my question."
Onyx walks around to the direction the unknown pony turned.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117268
117269
>>117267
The wagon is arranged as two seats facing each other in a little compartment. It is physically impossible for Onyx to go around

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117269
117270
>>117268
Hmm, then Onyx puts a hoof on the pony's shoulder "gently"
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117270
117271
>>117269
The head pokes up, and he turns around yet again, hooves facing Onyx
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117271
117272
>>117270
"I asked, who are you?"
His eyes narrow, as he hopes he doesn't have to throw this pony out.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117272
117273
>>117271
He blinks. No response

The colt is kind of confused and a little afraid by the tense situation
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117273
117274
>>117272
Onyx seems purely baffled now
"Can... Can you even understand me?"
He looks over to Ruby and notes the colt's reaction, relieved that at least he isn't imagining this.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117274
117276
>>117273
He sits up now, but he is still silent
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117275
117276 117277 117292
Oh, hey, people!
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117276
117277
>>117275
Hello Floofster
>>117274
"Come on! Respond! Flick your ears, twitch your muzzle, tap your hoof for Celestia's sake!"
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117277
117278
>>117276
He is uncomfortable, and has his lips pulled back in such an expression

>>117275
Hello floofster
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117278
117279 117280 117281
>>117277
"Well? Do something before I throw you in a snowdrift for being a stowaway."
Onyx taps a hoof impatiently.
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117279
>>117278
He seems confused, and certainly unresponsive
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117280
117282
49CBFF7A-97EB-483D-8FF5-1908698CB92E.jpeg
>>117278
Then all of a sudden....

A NEW CHALLENGER APPEARS
Anonymous
k1YKl
?
No.117281
117282 117283
>>117278
"Oh for fuck's sake, let him sleep! He's still too injured to pull the cart." Brie's voice emanates oddly from the front of the cart.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117282
117283 117285
>>117280
"Huh? Oh, it's you."
Onyx pats the lil ling.
>>117281
"But who the Tartarus is it?!"
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117283
117284
>>117281
Kek

>>117282
The colt is pet, closing his eyes, and pressing his head up to the hoof
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117284
>>117283
Onyx pets him more, still casting a glare at the stallion before he lies on the floor hoping that this trip goes well.
Anonymous
k1YKl
?
No.117285
117286
>>117282
Onyx hears a bit of muffled Changeling-speak from the front, and he cart stops for a moment. Moments later, Brie's face appears in the window.
"That's Seb. He was gonna muscle through and pull the cart, but I could tell he's not in condition. Don't wrinkle my suit btw."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117286
117287
>>117285
"Oh. Wait, what suit?"
Onyx looks for any protrusions of a suit from under his body wondering what the bat is on about now.
Anonymous
k1YKl
?
No.117287
117288
>>117286
"You'd better not be sitting on it, I'm gonna need the documents in it when we get to this next checkpoint!"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117288
117289
>>117287
"Grrrrrr, fine"
Onyx stands up, making sure he wasn't lying on the suit
Anonymous
k1YKl
?
No.117289
117290
>>117288
I never specified where the suit was, I just figured it gave me an excuse to dialogue with some near 4th-wall breaking references to the upcoming interactions
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117290
117291
>>117289
Fair, but it's nice to have Onyx know some stuff in character now
Anonymous
k1YKl
?
No.117291
117293 117296
>>117290
Speaking of which
Brie's gaze turns and looks uncomprehendingly to the colt who has joined the party. Then looks at Kerr and Wesley (who should be obvious, cuz the fancy suits), and then back to the colt. Putting on a slightly exaggerated grin he says to the colt. "Why hello there. Who might you be?"
Edgy Boy
esgtH
?
No.117292
117293 117294 117306 117310
>>117275
henlo
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117293
117294 117296
>>117291
Since GM hasn't responded
Onyx pats the colt on the back
"This is Ruby, he's interested in seeing more parts of Equestria. Especially Canterlot, so I decided to bring him along and show him around."
>>117292
Howdy edgy boi
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117294
117295 117296
>>117292
Haroa fren
>>117293
Brie looks to Ruby and extends a hoof. "Well hello Ruby. You've chosen a rather auspicious time and group to venture the world with but sit tight, you probably won't die!" he says, sincerely cheerful.
Edgy Boy
esgtH
?
No.117295
117298
>>117294
Boops Bat
Anonymous
aA3wm
?
No.117296
117297 117298
>>117291
“Oh, hello! Are you one of the ponies that saved my brother and Dawson? I’m sorry we didn’t really meet before but mighty fine thing you did helpin’ these fellows here rescue my brother and all, and Dawson and his wife Rose, real good family friends. Nice to meet you, by the way, my name is Harrowed Holler but folks just call me Ruby on account of my shinny red coat here lookin’ like a Ruby. This fine young man here volunteered to take me to the Canterlot Palace. My folks didn’t really want me to go, with my oldest brother gone and all, but given that things aren’t really safe here they let me go ahead.”

>>117294
“I like not dying!”

>>117293
*colt is pat*


Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117297
117299
>>117296
"I'm glad you like not dying, so let's keep it that way"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117298
117299
>>117296
Brie cheerfully replies "No! I was asleep." he smiles, as though he just described an accomplishment. "We'll try to keep it that way."
>>117295
EEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117299
117300 117301
>>117297
>>117298
The smile fades slowly from his mouth, but he says nothing
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117300
117302 117303
>>117299
Brie turns to Wesley and Kerr. "Jungetiere, ich brauche für jeden von euch ein Wurfmesser. Sie haben noch 2 Stück" then turns to Ruby and says "Do you have any weapons? Do you know how to use these?" he asks, holding up one of the throwing knives.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117301
117303
>>117299
He pets the colt again
"Don't worry, I'll take care of ya."
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117302
>>117300
Shitty translations aside, -1 knife from both Kerr and Wesley would leave each with 2, and 2 for Brie as well, while also giving 2 to Ruby.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117303
117304 117307
>>117300
“Okay...”
“Ja”

Ruby looks a little uncomfortable at the the language, but answers
“Well sure, I know how to cut things. I was in junior scouts”

>>117301
He smiles a little more, as Onyx knocks part of his mane down over his eyes
“Well sure, you’re big enough to fight anything. Even fought a bear and won. Changelings too!”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117304
117305
>>117303
"Heh, yeah. I guess I am pretty good. Just stay away from trouble and we'll be fine."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117305
117308
>>117304
He tilts his head
“.... Define trouble
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117306
117310
>>117292
Henlo fren.
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117307
117310
>>117303
"These aren't just for cutting, though they'll work fine enough for that. These are balanced for throwing so that you can strike at an opponent without being up close. Try to keep them hidden, because an opponent won't see you as a threat if you appear unarmed. Then, when they're full of confidence, you can stick them in the face!" Brie conveys with perhaps a bit too much disclosure. "If you want, I'll show you more as we travel." Then, turning to Onyx, flashes a wide-eyed expression for just a moment, before heading back to the front of the cart.

I don't know if this exchange is occurring while the Changelings are examining their papers, or if this is occurring somewhere in mid-transit, but it could work either way.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117308
117309 117310
>>117305
Onyx narrows his eyes
"Don't pick on anything bigger than ya, and don't get under my hooves in a fight"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117309
117310
>>117308
Calling back from his departure "The best combat stance is a scared face! They'll think you're helpless!"
u3bnr
?
No.117310
117311
>>117292
Hello

>>117306
Hello

>>117307
Before

Ruby’s mouth hangs open, and his eyes are wide
“... Woah. Can you show me?!”

>>117308
“Okay, I’ll try not to mister”

>>117309
*pulls out notepad, and writes with a pencil in his mouth*
\r
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117311
>>117310
"Good, then you'll be fine. And now, we wait."
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117313
117314 117316
Brie swats at a bug in a gesture that strangely resembles a face-hoof
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117314
117315 117316
>>117313
Kerr jumps up
"Hiss!"
He moves to the other side of the cart
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117315
117316
>>117314
Not that kind of bug
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117316
>>117313
>>117314
>>117315
I kek'd
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117317
117318
>>117257
A second Changeling comes out and watches Brie and the cart, while the first reviews the papers. The first then calls the second to look at the papers, says something to him, and later both nod

He says to Brie
"I see... you're the one they called us about. You have special instructions"
He hoofs him a sealed note
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117318
117320
>>117317
"Splendid!" he exclaims opening the note. I hope its not in wechselbalg,... Brie can't read
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117319
117320
>>117312
I'm not going to get into the argument as I'm not involved here, but I want to say that I really love your characters, and I appreciate the work you've put into them for both us and the game. I know we don't give you nearly enough appreciation for it, so I just wanted to tell you.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117320
117321 117322
>>117318
There is more to the note, but this much is pertinent:

Brie is invited to meet an individual at the Iron Mine outside of Haysabi

The note includes directions

>>117319
D'aww

*hugs the floofster*
Silver "The Floof" Sword
JiZUC
?
No.117321
117329
>>117320
When you hug the floofster, the floofster also hugs you.
*hugs the GM*
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117322
117323 117328
>>117320
Brie gets Fun, and they go back to the cart. "Word of our venture precedes us. We have been given an assignment." He translates the same for the benefit of Kerr, Wesley, Seb, and Fun
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117323
117324
>>117322
"Oh joy, this oughta be good"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117324
117326 117328
>>117323
"It says we're supposed to meet somepony, so I'm assuming its a kill mission." Brie says with enthusiasm.
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117325
117326 117328
"... But I always assume its a kill mission." He says with a wink.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117326
117327 117328 117332
>>117325
>>117324
"Well... Maybe this will be good. I see no point in delaying"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117327
117336
>>117326
"Splendid!" Brie doesn't miss a beat and slightly rudely pushes Fun back to the front. where they both don the harnesses and disembark.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117328
117330 117332
>>117322
>>117324
>>117325
>>117326
What follows is a synopsis of the letter's contents, if not a perfect transcript:

"Steel Otis is a Pony collaborator who used the opportunity of the Liberation of Equestria to rise from being a simple forepony of the Marion Mining Company, to being the Overseer of Taconite production for most of the Haysabi region of Whinnysota. He is aided by the Changeling head of Equine Resources for the Haysabi Taconite mines, a drone called "Fang Zu Lang." For most of the time that the mines have been operating, they have fallen behind in production and requested a more than normal share of equipment. This has been variously blamed on Pony sabotage and heavy rains, but deeper in Winter it is evident that that is not the cause. Otis is suspected of corruption, either selling the Iron himself, or worse, of treason by siphoning ore and materials for the partisans. Zulang, likewise, is believed to be guilty of corruption, and taking bribes to allow the continuation of non-productive behavior.

Your assignment is to collect evidence of said disobedient behavior, and then make an example of the guilty parties

Hail Chrysalis!"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117329
>>117321
*is hugged*

D'awww
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117330
117333
>>117328
Brie doesn't share this with the party yet
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117331
117333
Don't worry, he will, but he's intent on getting there first
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117332
117333
>>117326
Uh... Onyx does not see >>117328

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117333
117334
>>117330
>>117331
Oooooh, Onyx ain't gonna like you.
>>117332
Noted
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117334
117335
>>117333
Oh hush, I'm just eager to get there before too long. We'll have plenty of time to status
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117335
>>117334
Also, Sparks should be on this venture too, though we haven't heard from him
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117336
117337
>>117327
Fun is shoved to the front, a little unsettled, and they go off. It's a road going North of Whinnyapolis, but also not as far West. Fields become barer grasslands, and the layers of snow and frost become thicker
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117337
117338
>>117336
As they get started, Brie says to Fun "Entschuldigen Sie meine Begeisterung, aber genau so sorgen wir - und ich meine Sie und ich - dafür, dass die Königin glücklich ist."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117338
117339
>>117337
He nods with a sort of concerned look
"Was auch immer mich davon abhält, erschossen zu werden"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117339
117341
>>117338
"Ihre Hilfe wird bei dieser Mission besonders nützlich sein. Wir sollen Korruption und Betrug gegen den Hive untersuchen, und ich bin nicht gut daran gewöhnt, wie die Dinge auf dieser Seite der Mauer funktionieren."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117341
117342
>>117340
Then why pet her mane before immediately leaving her in two sentences to go talk to a different female. Why bother in the first place. Why make me think you were going that direction

>>117339
"Ich war noch nie ein Anführer oder hinter einem Schreibtisch ... Aber ich werde versuchen, Ihnen zu helfen"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117342
117347
>>117341
"Ich bitte Sie nicht, ein Anführer zu sein oder hinter einem Schreibtisch zu dienen. Etwas ist faul und die Königin schickt uns, um nachzuforschen. Ich gehe davon aus, dass die Königin diese Mission als Test angeboten hat."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117343
117347
*waiting paladin and rock noises*
u3bnr
?
No.117347
117348 117352
>>117342
"Ich kenne deine Absichten nicht, aber ich kenne meine. Ich werde es auch sehen, dass wir gehen"

>>117343
What'cha waitin' on?
\r
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117348
>>117347
Ponish speaking I guess
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117350
>>117349
Uh... what's the matter?
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117352
117353
>>117347
"Meine Absicht ist es, die dargelegte Aufgabe zu erfüllen. Davon profitieren alle Beteiligten, auch Sie und Seb. Die Augen der Königin sind auf uns gerichtet, und ich beabsichtige, sie dafür zu befriedigen, dass sie uns dazu bestimmt hat. Es hilft allen."

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117353
117354
>>117352
"So sei es. Beenden wir diese Aufgabe. Ich kann nicht ewig im Schnee leben und ich möchte nicht erschossen werden"

>>117351
>>117346
Do you think that the Blue Skies character is not likable? Do you think that she is not a pony you can share a proper bond with?
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117354
117357 117362
>>117353
"Mach dir keine Sorgen. Wenn du erschossen wirst, werden wir ALLE erschossen, und ich habe DIESE Scheiße nicht." Brie chuckles.

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117357
117358
>>117354
“Gut zu wissen”

They go forward even further. At least some of the coniferous trees have returned. The cart passes over a a stone bridge. On the other side is a wood and wrought iron rail bridge. On the otherwise in good shape bridge, some of the track ties seem broken in half, including a few falling down and held in place only by their connection to the rails
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117358
117362
>>117357
Spot check. Can the cart make it across the bridge?
Secondary check. Can Brie and Fun successfully pull it across?
[1d20-2 = 8]

[1d20-2 = 0]

Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117359
Oh FFS
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117361
117362
Eyeing the bridge, Brie says "Es sollte uns gut gehen"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117362
117365
>>117358
Yes and no

>>117361
They nod, and proceed to pass over the stone pedestrian bridge

>>117354
I intended to add that Fun "has a reserved fear"
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117365
117370
>>117362
Well, hopefully we don't die
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117370
117374
>>117365
They do not die crossing the bridge

On the other side is forest, and past that a town, labelled as "Blackwood" on the sign. The houses are mostly wooden and triangular roofed in a similar design, often treated a greyish color. Off in the distance, over the tree line, the end of a machine pokes up
Anonymous
iyDmr
?
No.117374
>>117370
Not seeing any signs for a/the Iron Mine, Brie says to Fun "Ich denke, wir sollten in die Stadt fahren und versuchen, die Eisenmine ausfindig zu machen. Es wurde in der Notiz von der Königin angegeben."
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117381
117382 117383
rainboom.jpg
Epic boop
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117382
117386
66B98781-C100-4214-86FA-9C3B3B350A9C.jpeg
>>117381

Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117383
117386
>>117381
Pretty
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117384
117385 117386
Heyo!
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117385
>>117384
Hiya
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117386
117387 117388 117389
>>117382
>>117383
>>117384
How's everyone today? Its not my situation, but I'm hoping that enough was discussed that everyone has a better appreciation of where one another are coming from, to the degree that we can continue.
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117387
>>117386
I believe we have reached an agreement.

Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117388
>>117386
I'm hoping we can continue, too. It sounds like combat is coming up for the Baltimare Group, and I'd like to see what combat will look like with everyone together.
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117389
117390
>>117386
I believe GM and I reached an agreement.
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117390
117393
hug.png
>>117389
This pleases the bat-fag
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117391
117392 117393 117394
1F16E592-D810-4645-8050-423632A63677.gif
Um... Hi
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117392
117395 117400
>>117391
*drags GM into the hug*
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117393
>>117390
>>117391
Hugs
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117394
117395 117400
2172638__safe_artist-colon-anticular_princess celestia_princess luna_pony_ask sunshine and moonbeams_animated_behaving like a cat_cute_cu.gif
>>117391
Heyo, GM!
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117395
>>117392
Gah!

*is hugged*

>>117394
Hello

Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117396
117397 117398
Onyx/Midnight and Sparks/(does he have a 2nd character) are as yet unavailable, so the Northern Posse (is that what we're going with?) is on standby.
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117397
117398
>>117396
I don't think Spark has something like that.
Dark Star isn't here either, and two missing party members is quite the the blow on party power, so I can't say we can proceed onwards
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117398
117399 117400 117433
>>117396
Going a little further up, at the top of the hill, is a grey stone stone general store, a church of the same grey stone, and a cluster of buildings around a small square.

Looking down the hill, off in the distance a big hole in the earth is visible beyond the tree line, and between the tree line and the hill top is much of the remainder of the town - rows of buildings mostly in an even, planned style, and mostly of that same wooden construction, treated with something that gives the wood a greyish hue. There is almost a second town center, bigger than at the hill top, with a three story building, a smaller building opposite, and elsewhere what looks like a red brick school house, even a cinema.

>>117397
Alright......

Loputu claims that he just wanted to try a cigar and that Mala gave him that one. But Silver shames him into submission.

White Sands takes the cigar with a magical glow
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117399
117400 117401
>>117398
Iron looks at the floating cigar questioningly.
"That thing does not look edible."
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117400
117404 117408 117433
_Boop redheart.jpg
>>117399
>>117398
>>117394
>>117392

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117401
117402
>>117399
She looks up to him and giggles"
"hehe"

Then leviates it to her mouth, and tries to get a grip before picking up a hoof to deal with it. She then sucks on it, making it glow red
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117402
117403
>>117401
Iron's eyes widen at the lighting of the cigar's tip, head craning backwards slightly in surprise.
"How did you do that?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117403
117405
>>117402
She giggles again, puckers her lips and blows out a small cloud of smoke with a unique smell neither really pleasant nor unpleasant that smells kind of like wood

She takes it out of the green magical aura, and places it in her hoof

"Have you never smoked a cigar before?" she asks
Anonymous
fLbFk
?
No.117404
117409
1491083580218.png
>>117400
Don't.
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117405
117406 117408
>>117403
Iron blinks at Sands.
"I have not."
He glances briefly at the cigar before looking back at her, hooves caressing her mane idly.
"Is that what that itcis?"
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117406
117407
>>117405
*What is."
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117407
>>117406
**?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117408
117410
2f63ec42-a06c-4f2d-b0a9-fb5057fe8404.gif
>>117400

>>117405
She blinks at him, and has a surprised expression
"You really are from the jungle, aren't you? They are like cigarettes, but more expensive and you don't necessarily have to inhale. The ends usually need to be cut first but that was already done for this one"

A set of smoke slowly goes upwards
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117409
_boop (you).gif
>>117404

Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117410
117411
>>117408
Iron cocks his head.
"They smell funny."
He focused his gaze on the cigar.
"Why are you inhaling it?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117411
117412
1517311597957.png
>>117410
She twists part of her mouth up
"It's a cigar. That's the smell of the tobacco plant. And as just now I said, you don't need to inhale it, just let the smoke stay in your mouth"
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117412
117413
>>117411
Iron ponders for a bit.
"How did it light up like that, then?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117413
117414
>>117412
"Inhale lightly but only let the smoke into your mouth, and it lights up..."
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117414
117415
>>117413
Iron stares at the cigar for a bit.
"Can I try it?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117415
117416
>>117414
"... Sure" She passes it over to him with the green aura, on the non lit side. It still has an orange glow
"Don't try to inhale all of the smoke, but let it sit in your mouth, then puff it out"

Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117416
117417
>>117415
Iron tentatively opens his mouth, placing his lips on the unlighted tip.
For fun, I'll let the dice decide how good he inhales his first puff.
[1d20 = 4]
<Iron's blowing skills at work
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117417
117418
>>117416
A little harder than perhaps desirable, a little more smoke in the lungs
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117418
117419
>>117417
He widens his eyes in surprise, not liking the sensation.
(Oh no.)
He quickly takes his lips out of the cigar, followed by a series of small coughs.

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117419
117420
>>117418
"heheh, you're supposed to take a small breath, and let it sit in your mouth. Not inhale it"
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117420
117421
>>117419
Iron can't help but smile lightly.
"I will have keep that in mind for next time."
One last cough comes put of him before facing her.
"Do you usually smoke this kind of stuff?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117421
117422 117424
>>117420
“Not really. I prefer cigarettes. But these griffins only have cigars, and it’s kind of a more expensive brand. It’s been a long day, and I needed something to calm my nerves.”
Anonymous
PMF92
?
No.117422
117423
>>117421
Iron ponders about her plight to calmness.
"What was your life before being dragged here?"

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117423
117425
>>117422
She closes her eyes and tilts her head to the side in a manner resembling a shrug
“A life in the city. Working during the day time, trying to be sociable and have fun at night. Living alone.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117424
117426
>>117421
Silver pulls out his pack of cigarettes for Sands. "Want one? They are Old Guard brand."
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117425
117426
>>117423
"What kind of fun did you have?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117426
117427 117428
>>117425
“Socializing. Dancing. The cinema less often.”

>>117424
And with that, her eyes widen, and her mouth firms into a smile. It is an expression of pure joy, as if seeing a rainbow in the sky after months of ceaseless rain

“Yes! Yes!”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117427
117429
>>117426
Silver gladly gives her a cigarette, even lighting it up for her with his lighter, once it's in her possession.
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117428
117430
>>117426
Iron is admittedly surprised about her love of cigarettes being expressed currently.
"...how often do you take those things?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117429
117431
>>117427
She takes it, places it in her mouth, and lets him light it. She gives a smile back to him, more in line with a mischievous smile than the child-like wonder of a moment before

She suck on it, and lets the orange line recede down the cigarette, before later blowing out a long breath
"Thanks"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117430
117432
>>117428
"It varies from night to night and who I'm with, but several a day. And this one is the first one in a very long time"

If Iron isn't taking the cigar, she takes that too with her magic
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117431
117434
>>117429
Silver smiles back in his natural, pleased look. He closes his lighter with a *clink*. "No problem."
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117432
117434
>>117430
Iron is slightly concerned over her need of cigarettes
(Maybe she relies on them?)
Nevertheless, his interest lies elsewhere
"What friends do you have out there?"
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117433
117434
>>117398
But the town is somewhat populated?
>>117400
rood
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117434
117435 117443
1931953 (2).png
>>117433
Yes and no. There are ponies around, yes. Not very many. The presence of things like trucks - looks like a version made for, or the same as an army logistics truck - it looks to be reasonably populated

>>117431
She smiles again back to Silver, now in a more generally happy way

>>117432
She looks at Iron suspiciously. Defensively, even at Iron's look of concern relating to an alleged and completely unproven "need"

"In this area? Not many. It's hard to make friends in a new location, especially in the city. But it's worth trying to meet new ponies"
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117435
117436
>>117434
Chill out, man. He needs to find out how good smoking is before he can realize it's an entretainment activity.
Iron's eys widen.
"Oh! Are you a traveler of sorts?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117436
117437
>>117435
"Of sorts. I moved from Skynavia to Manehattan. And from there to Baltimare."
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117437
117441
>>117436
Iron nods approvingly
"What inspires you to travel so far?"
He looks down for a bit.
"...if it is very far. I think it is."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117438
117439 117440 117441 117444
QUICK, EVERYPONY
BOOP GM
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117439
117444
>>117438
I have no hooves and I must boop.
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117440
117441 117444
>>117438
*boops GM*
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117441
117442 117443 117444
Thorax_hissing_at_Princess_Cadance_S6E16.png
>>117438
>>117440
HISSSSS!

>>117437
She nods and raises an eyebrow, then takes a puff
"Oh yes. Very far. Very far indeed. It's nothing less than necessity. Can't live in your hometown without the Talonberg family taking a five eights share of your farm. Can't live in Manehattan without the landlord taking six eighths of your income. So I'm here."


Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117442
117445
>>117441
Iron stares pensively at Sands.
(It sounds like somepony that can help me.)
"So you were a farmer previously?"
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117443
117445
>>117434
>>117441
Brie leans over to Fun and whispers "Wir befinden uns immer noch in einem Bienenstock und sind auf Mission für die Königin. Wie heißt sie übrigens? Wie auch immer, Sie können sich jederzeit als Veränderliche herausstellen, aber bleiben Sie vorerst als Ponys, damit sie Sie nicht als Bedrohung sehen. Nutze die Offenbarung taktisch.
Ich empfehle eine Strategie, die vorgibt, die Jungetiere seien Adlige. Hast du die? Anders als die Königin natürlich; Oh ja, du hast mir ihren Namen gesagt."

Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117444
117445
_Boop flutters.png
>>117441
>>117438
>>117439
>>117440

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117445
117447 117451
>>117442
"No. My family were."

>>117443
"Es gibt viele Königinnen unter der Königin der Königinnen. Ich weiß nicht, wer Sie geschickt hat, aber jeder von ihnen kann ein Urteil wegen Desertion fällen.

Ich glaube nicht, dass viele Mitglieder der Rasse die Haut eines Ponys tragen würden. Es wäre nicht vorteilhaft für sie. Sie werden überrascht sein, wenn wir es tun."

>>117444
No.


Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117446
117448
For a moment, Brie forgets himself and staring straight ahead, adopts an overjoyed expression. "Ich hatte gerade die beste Idee!", remembers himself, and goes back to looking the stance of a standard laborer.
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117447
117448
>>117445
Iron hums in thought.
"So you left because of how much money these ponies took from your family, not wanting to be a part of it?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117448
117452 117454
>>117447
"Griffins. A lot of ponies left because they didn't like the culture shock, or the reduced autonomy, or the collectivization"

>>117446
Some eyes watch the creatures as they go forward, towards the second, lower center of town, to where a couple changeling guards seem to be posted. But neither is it an inordinate amount of attention. Carts must not be much out of the ordinary
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117449
117450
How be Meadows? And Ruby?
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117450
117453
>>117449
Ruby is looking outside of the window
"Well this isn't Whinnyapolis. Where is the State Fair?"

Meadows is standing up, and stretching out, still looking fatigued
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117451
117455
>>117445
Brie responds "Das ist mein Punkt. Niemand wird denken, dass Sie Wechselbalg in Pony-Verkleidung sind. Wir sind hier, um diese Firma zu untersuchen, und alle Streiche, die wir spielen können, sind auf dem Tisch. Lassen Sie uns beim Gemischtwarenladen anhalten."

Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117452
117455
>>117448
Iron's mind realizes something.
"Wait, you came from across the endless waters?"

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117453
117455 117456
>>117450
Onyx looks a bit nervous
"We've... Got a bit of a detour before that."

Midnight does her best to help the mare as she can
"Gently now Meadows, don't strain yourself"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117454
117455 117460
>>117448
Silver solemnly nods, knowing the pain of what collectivization and communism can bring.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117455
117457 117458 117459 117460 117489
>>117452
She nods. Up and down repeatedly
"The long way"

>>117451
"Oh Okay"

Stepping into the grocer shows a set of rows of items of food. The grocery is pleasantly well stocked with a variety of food, including cheese, milk, a few items of vegetables, and bread produced in an attached bakery. There are no processed foods nor more complex baked goods,, though there is a small amount of beat sugar behind the counter. Everything seems to be locally sourced. There is a distinct lack of any tropical fruit, be it mangos or kiwis, and of any kind of food that would need to travel more than 100 miles.

>>117453
".... Alright"
He looks disappointed
"I wanted to ride the tilt-a-whirl.."

>>117454
Loputu nods as well, slowly and solemnly
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117456
117457
>>117453
Meadows:
"Oh, I've strained myself plenty when I was younger. I can handle it."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117457
117461
>>117455
Onyx pats the colt's back
"Don't worry, I'll get you there."
>>117456
"Well, I do not want you injuring yourself more. So be gentle."
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117458
117461
>>117455
Iron pondered for a few seconds
"How did you do it?"
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117459
117461 117465
>>117455
Hold on one sec, he's not going in QUITE yet. After removing the harness, Brie steps back to the cart. Opening the door to the cart, Brie pokes his head in.
"We've been sent on a spying mission. We're to investigate a company for crimes against the Queen. I recommend we kidnap the main Overseer." Brie says with a beaming smile.
Anonymous
uDJxE
?
No.117460
>>117454
>>117455
Dark Star Joins in their nod
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117461
117462 117465 117467 117468
>>117459
Small colt Brie forgets the name of: "... This is a strange game you're playin'"

>>117458
She takes another puff
"At the time, the Equestrian government was subsidizing tickets to ferry us to Manehattan, Sunset, and Baltimare"
She breathes out
"So we took ships. Came as whole families mostly"

Loputu walks up to listen in on this conversation

>>117457
Um... see >>117459

Meadows:
"Alright"
she tries walking forward again

Ruby is happy again. Until Brie speaks
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117462
117463 117464
>>117461
Brie smiles at the colt. "I'm sure you'll be fine waiting in the cart. It should only take a few moments."
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117463
>>117462
He remembers, its Runie. Robby? RUBY!
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117464
117469
>>117462
“Oh... okay”

The colt goes back to doing what he was doing before, which seems to be playing tic tac toe with Wesley using a pencil and his notepad, while Kerr stares silently from a corner and Seb sleeps
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117465
117466 117480
>>117459
"Oh, this oughta be great."
Onyx turns to Ruby
"Stay in the cart unless it would more dangerous to stay than leave"
He then jumps out himself
>>117461
Midnight supports the mare, humming a quiet tune.
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117466
117470
>>117465
"We're not there yet, we need to stop and gather a bit of information first."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117467
117480
>>117461
"So that is how most Skynavians came to live here. That must have been back when Canterlot would actually do things like that to help ponies in need."
Anonymous
9L/vj
?
No.117468
117480
>>117461
Iron thinks where this is going.
"...did you come with your family here?"
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117469
117480
>>117464
"Oh, I almost forgot." Brie turns to Wesley and Kerr. "Wir wurden auf eine Spionagemission geschickt. Wir sollen eine Firma wegen Verbrechen gegen die Königin untersuchen. Ich empfehle, den Hauptaufseher zu kidnappen." he reiterates, with the same joyous tone.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117470
117471
>>117466
"Hmmmm, lemme know if I can be of use then."
Anonymous
Edz0m
?
No.117471
117483
>>117470
Brie blinks at him a couple times. "Well I am going to need your help taking him. Unless I can get him alone, and even if I can, there may be guards of one type or another. And if we have to leave in a hurry, you and I will probably have to pull the cart."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117473
117474
Poke?
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117474
117475
D13155DA-A364-463D-8DF7-FBC03C43C1AC.png
>>117473
*is poked*
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117475
117476
>>117474
So...how're things?
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117476
117477 117478 117479
>>117475
They’ve been better
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117477
117479 117480
>>117476
poke
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117478
117480
>>117476
That sucks to hear, man. Hope they get better.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117479
117480
>>117476
>>117477
poke combo
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117480
117481 117482 117483 117486
>>117479
>>117477
Gah!

>>117478
*is comforted by the floofster*

>>117469
Wesley: “ Das ist ein ... das ist etwas Neues”

Kerr: “ Eine Königin! Was für eine Ehre!”

>>117468
“No. My mother wanted to stay there with her mother, and she wanted to stay on the farm. But they wanted me to leave, and to see if taking them later.”

>>117467
Loputu walks over, with a gait most like a fearful and submissive dog. Nevertheless, he answers
“Many stayed. Many went to Bakara. But we came to Equestria. Equestria was something of a fairy tail land to us. Magical guardians, friendship and harmony, wages in a day what would be made in a week back home. Equestria had just defeated it’s own version of Marksism, and was helping those flee from it elsewhere”

>>117465
Ruby: “Well uh, okay”

Meadows walks out now, or tries to
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117481
117484
>>117480
Iron ponders for a second.
"I see..."
He looks at her for a second, from horn to hoof
"What sort of skills do you have?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117482
117484
>>117480
"I suppose when you put it that way, I can see why Equestria would seem like...fairy tail land, as you say. It is difficult to see it that way when you have lived in Equestria all your life."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117483
117484 117486
>>117480
"Well, it is good that you are walking better now."
Midnight helps her along.
>>117471
"Sounds good.... I think."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117484
117485 117487 117488
>>117481
Fairly thin and dainty, a snow white with long haired fur

“Skills?! What do you mean?”
It’s pretty obvious she thinks this is a weird question, or at least, a weird way to phrase it

>>117482
He nods, then lowers his head as he continues nodding

>>117483
They enter out into the hallway. While Meadows isn’t too tall for it, she takes up much of it


Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117485
117491
>>117484
insert black couch here
Iron chuckles at her surprise, before inhaling a little, calming himself down.
"You did travel very far and possibly without much spending money. A pony who can do that must have something to offer in order to sustain themselves. Have you picked up some manual labor jobs along the way, like Khoi?"
Anonymous
BhjRB
?
No.117486
117487 117490
>>117480
Brie smiles again at the 'Lings. He then grabs his suit and cloak, puts them on, and pats himself down for money. I think he's still got like 40 bits on him, that should be enough. He then looks at Onyx
>>117483
"I'm still working on a plan to get close to him and try to get him alone, but that's fine. We won't be there for another 20-30 minutes. First we need som rope!" and as he says rope, he flares his eyes and eyebrows, putting a bit of adventurous anticipation in his expression. He is of course, still smiling. Without a sense motive check, it is clear that he is famously enjoying himself.

Brie now enters the general store.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117487
117490
>>117484
"Meadows, I hope you do not mind me asking... But what is a... Rack-shash-a?"
>>117486
Onyx shakes his head, wondering what the buck he's gotten himself into this time.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117488
117490
>>117484
Silver trots up to him, and puts a hoof on his shoulder. "But together, perhaps we all can help to make that fairy tale land reality."
Anonymous
BhjRB
?
No.117489
117490
>>117455
Brie looks for provisions. Specifically, he's looking for sturdy rope, the sort that could be used to bound a captive, a black bag that will fit over a head, and anything that could be used as a gag.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117490
117492 117493 117495
>>117486
And thus he sees the scene described earlier, a set of food items that is at once disappointing and better than it could have been

>>117487
Her face now almost has an expression of fear
“Terrible creatures. They trick you into thinking they are one of your loved ones, then they eat you”

>>117488
He blinks, and looks up at Silver
“How?”

>>117489
Trash bag, cloth, and indeed rope
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117491
117494
>>117485
“Oh... you are asking about my job... Well, now I am helping to take care of the elderly in the ghetto. Skynavian life is a little different, a little more communal. So care for the elderly is more of a collective thing that a family thing, or than a business”
Anonymous
BhjRB
?
No.117492
117497
>>117490
I'm hoping that its a fabric bag, that one could breathe through. Assuming it is, Brie purchases all three.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117493
>>117490
"By working together, and putting aside our differences to work towards something greater than any of us. By following example set by those that founded Equestria. It will not fix everything overnight, no, but only together can we right these wrongs, and fix what has been broken in this land and its people."
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117494
117496 117497
>>117491
Iron ponders it a little bit.
"So your skills are related to taking care of ponies."
He mulls it over for a bit.
"Why would they want to nab a pony who does that?" he wonders to himself out loud.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117495
117497
>>117490
Midnight's eyes widen a bit, and she can't quite hide the fear in them.
"You mean... They change form?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117496
117497 117498
>>117494
Silver interjects. "They do not care what one did before they were captured. As long as they are fit for manual labor, or...other 'things', they will take them." He speaks 'things' with a particularly disgusted, reviled tone.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117497
117498 117499 117500
>>117492
Eh, fabric seed bag. This may require going to a separate shop. Possible all the same

When Brie places his money on the counter, the clerk looks at the money, then looks at Brie, somewhere between confusion and suspicion. He takes the money, then writes in a notebook

>>117494
She nods,
“Yes, my cutie mark is in service. In Manehattan I was a waiter. I’ve tried to get a receptionist job here but they are not easy to get, and the locals expect me to help them there.

I have no idea what these... creatures are thinking about except money. It is beyond me”

>>117495
“In some tales they shapeshift. In others it is an illusion. All the same, they trick you, and prey upon your trust.”

>>117496
She joins in
“They find a division of labor later...”

Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117498
117501
>>117496
Iron turns to Silver.
"I would agree with you, but I find it far more plausible they trick ponies into their hold, then restrian them. Jubilosa and Khoi got tricked into a ship to another country, while Loputu was a colt without any really powerful connections to dissuade capture."
He mulls over the thing that's bothering him.
"I do not understand why they would try to kidnap a pony who had a job here, which could raise suspicion of their activities."
>>117497
But after hearing Sands' current predicament of no job until now he nods.
"Oh. Nevermind."
He ponders for a second, interested.
"A waiter, you say?"
(I may have some use for that.)
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117499
117501
>>117497
"I see... Shall we look for the others then?"
Anonymous
BhjRB
?
No.117500
117501
>>117497
Brie notes the notation, but pays it no mind. With his new acquisitions he returns to the cart, places them inside, removes his suit and places it inside, and returns to the front of the cart to re-harness.
The guards who were seen further along, were they ponies or changelings?
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117501
117502 117503 117512 117520
>>117498
She looks more than a little offended at the suggestion that caring for the elderly is “not a job,” but she answers anyways

“Yes. In a fancy restaurant in Manehattan in the center town. I was inexperienced, but they thought I was pretty enough.”

>>117499
She looks around the hallway

“Is that not them right here?”
She looks worried
“What am I seeing then...”

Blue Skies:
“We’re right fucking here Midnight”

>>117500
The guards in the second town center - there are indeed two of them - are changelings, around what looks like a small police station and a three story building marked as the offices of the Marion mining company
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117502
>>117501
....
Rood, I didn't know that.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117503
117504
>>117501
Iron simply looks at her.
"How inexperienced are we talking about?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117504
117505
>>117503
“It was my first, paying job”
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117505
117507
>>117504
"You did not have any accidents of any sort, did you?"
u3bnr
?
No.117507
117508
[1d20+5 = 13]
>>117505
Sense motive
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117508
117510
>>117507
He mostly means physicial accidents, like tripping while carrying food around or spilling the contents out.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117510
117511
>>117508
>>117508
“Maybe once or twice or three times...”
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117511
117513
>>117510
Iron smacks his lips with uncertainty
(A social pony, probably good on negotiations. There may be some use for her... just not that I can think of currently. Hopefully I can keep her around. Just not as a waitress, from what I hear.)
He decides to give her a long stroke of her mane, checking his combing progress.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117512
117513
>>117501
Midnight jumps, before glaring at Skies
"I did not notice you. Am I to assume you already know about the changelings?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117513
117514 117515
>>117512
She blinks
“Changelings?”

>>117511
She likes the combing, closing her eyes. The end of a hoof is a bit unwieldy for removing tangles, but he is getting done out of the hair. The remains of tattered braids are still there.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117514
117517
>>117513
"Yes, Meadows here calls them by a different name, but they fit the description. We need to be wary"
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117515
117517
>>117513
He inspects the tattered braids closer as his hooves undo the unicorn's hair tangles.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117517
117522 117526
>>117514
>>117515
It seems she once had her hair in braids kept together with ties. Those braids have since dissipated and come undone, with no ties remaining, nor the hair particularly cared for

>>117514
“............... What”
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117520
117521 117523
>>117501
To the offices!
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117521
117523
>>117520
I should clarify. Parking the car in an area near the offices, but with the door to the cart facing away from the office.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117522
117523
>>117517
"Yes, this may make things harder."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117523
117524 117525 117528 117579
>>117520
A guard looks at the strange ponies going in. Others pay him no mind. A different pony, a blue Pegasus in winter clothing, simply walks by. The walls are a light blue color, and there is a dark wood receptionist desk with a yellow female earth pony sitting in it over to the left, and a hallway back

>>117521
Alright

>>117522
“Is this whole thing a Changeling operation?!?!?”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117524
117533
>>117523
"I am not sure, but there are changelings around. I would recommend we all stay within sight of eachother now."
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117525
>>117523
Yeesh! I'm not going in yet!
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117526
117533
>>117517
Iron decides to try his best in clearing those remains, in order to attain a smoother hair.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117528
117533
>>117523
Once the cart is parked, Brie grabs Fun and goes back to the cart where he grabs (again) his suit (and puts it on, complete with the cload). Then opening the door Brie addresses Onyx and Sparks. "Alright gentlecolts, its game time! Here's the plan. We're a bunch of shady mercenaries who operate on behalf of the queen. We've intercepted someone in their organization who is trying to rat them all out for corruption and imbezzlement. That part will be played by Fun here!" He pats Fun on both shoulders. "We bring him in and demand to talk to the Overseer, using him and our identifications as leverage. Then, we knock the Overseer, one 'Steel Otis' out and replace him with Fun. Fun takes his appearance, and escorts us out of the facility, we all get into the cart, and then leave!" Brie exclaims (not too loudly of course).

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117529
117530
>>117527
"That's.... I.... What. We're foalnapping someone?"
Onyx groans and grabs his halberd.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117530
117531
>>117529
"Coltnapping would be the correct term, but yes." Brie says. "The queen wants us to find out the extent of corruption in the organization. I can think of no better way to determine that than by kidnapping him and either torturing him ourselves or handing him over. I mean, the whole point of this mission is to determine the fault and make sure that the problem is rectified. I can think of few better ways to do it,... though I'm open to suggestions."
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117531
117532
>>117530
Onyx raises an eyebrow
"The queen... As in Queen Chrysalis? Are you telling me this mission is for Queen Chrysalis?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117532
117534
>>117531
"Heavens no, the queen who presides over the home of these two." Brie says, indicating Wesley and Kerr.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117533
117534 117535 117536
>>117526
Her hair is shortly straightened out. She has a long, light red mane of fine hair

>>117524
“Well this could effect a lot of things... what exactly is going on here?”

>>117528
Fun is more than a little concerned
“Was genau muss ich tun?”

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117534
117535 117539
>>117532
"And.... Isn't that Queen Chrysalis?"
Onyx looks like he's about to burst a blood vessel.
>>117533
"I am not quite sure, but as far as I can tell Meadows was attacked by a changeling and left in a cocoon."
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117535
117538 117540
>>117533
Technically, I haven't told Fun yet,... but I'll roll with it.
"Erstens müssen Sie so tun, als wären Sie ein Gefangener. Wir werden deinen Kopf mit einer Tasche bedecken und dir die Hufe binden. Keine Sorge, das ist nur eine Ablenkung. Sobald wir drinnen sind, müssen wir vielleicht ein paar Ponys sinnlos schlagen. Ihre Hilfe wird dabei wertvoll sein. Sobald sie geschlagen sind und wir unseren echten Steinbruch haben, müssen Sie sein Aussehen annehmen und uns dann "aus dem Gebäude begleiten"."
>>117534
"No. Apparently there's a bunch of them. Regional directors or some such." Brie says as though its a silly idea.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117536
117538
>>117533
He makes sure to comb all of those annoying little tangles as his focus is set on the luscious light red mane.
(This will surely make her head clear for the combat later... not to mention it is so soft to the touch.)
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117537
117540 117576
Brie looks at Sparks and Onyx. "Both of you will enter with me, don't worry we have identification, and will be primary in beating faces should that be necessary. It probably will, but we might get lucky. Isn't this fun?" He exclaims, entirely disproportionate to the situation.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117538
117541 117542
>>117536
She’s still clearly a pony, but her mane and especially coat have a real different to them. The hair is longer, fluffier even, and more gifts around the legs and ears. Her coat is softer to pet than Cauldron’s - Cauldron has short hairs, and they are more coarse. These are long and nearly fluffy. Her mane flows down, and is less stiff than that of the zebra, which is able to stand straight up where short enough.

Her mane is kept long, but strangely fine. Irons hooves can only take out so many tangles

>>117535
“Oh.... o... okay”


Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117539
117540
>>117534
“Are any of the other prisoners like that?”
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117540
117543
>>117537
>>117535
"Hmph, fine. Lead the way"
>>117539
"I am unsure, Meadows is the only one I have really talked to. Where are the rest?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117541
117543
>>117538
"Ach komm schon, es wird lustig! Ha! DU BIST SPASS! Das ist lustig! Aber ja, es sollte eine gute Zeit sein!" Brie pats his shoulder jovially.

Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117542
117544
>>117538
Iron's tongue lightly comes out as his attempts to straighten her mane out are becoming futile.
(Damn. This is a losing battle.)
He decides to give her a soft, short stroke on her barrel, to signal his work is as done as he can get and recedes with his stroking with a small pout on his face.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117543
117549
>>117541
Fun is unsettled, but nods his head

>>117540
“Right here. Like, you’re already here.”
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117544
117545
>>117542
She giggles
“Hehehe, you need a brush?”
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117545
117546
>>117544
Iron looks to the ground with a blush present in his face, still pouting.
"Yes."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117546
117547 117548
>>117545
“Hehe, why don’t you look around for something long and slender. I don’t have anything, but maybe your mates do”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117547
117549 117551
>>117546
LEWD!
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117548
117549 117551
>>117546
Using a penis as a comb when?
Iron's blush increases in intensity at her wording, making him cough lightly, both from surprise and the remnants of smoke in his lungs.
"Alright."
He decides to walk over to Skies, with his everpresent blush.
"Do you by any chance have a brush on you?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117549
117550 117552
>>117543
e_e
Yes, because I totally knew everypony didn't just run off.
>>117547
>>117548
Can we get some combat before you two start fucking down some mares?
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117550
117614
>>117549
Call up Dark Star.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117551
117553
>>117547
>>117548
SLENDER!

>>117548
Skies is wide eyed in surprise to see and hear this request from Iron
“Uh...”
She looks through a small pack
“Uh... I have a pick. Don’t lose it”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117552
>>117549
I'm down with that.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117553
117554
>>117551
Iron takes the pick, returning to Sands, then tries using it on her mane gently and slowly, hoping it doesn't hurt or bother her.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117554
117555
>>117553
The hair is thick enough that it cannot harm her. This seems successful, taking out the tangles that his hoof cannot
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117555
117556
>>117554
With newfound confidence, he undoes the evil, anarchic tangles with his weapon of hair order.
(Winning this battle is a certainty.)
He smiles to himself.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117556
117557
>>117555
+2 against tangles

Slowly it is evened out, and laid straight. Her red hair is long, and rests upon her neck, head and back, flowing over


Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117557
117558
>>117556
With a huge smile on his face, he pats Sands' back in reassurance.
"It is done. The menacing tangles have been taken out."
Followed by puffing his chest.

Alright. I think it's combat time.
We can always tame the tail later~
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117558
117559
>>117557
She nods, and smiles
"Nice job"
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117559
>>117558
Iron sits proudly next to her, closing his eyes with a big grin and looking slightly up.
"I am eager to please."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117563
117564 117565 117566
Did everyone die?
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117564
>>117563
I'm kinda hoping Star shows up so we can move on.
Otherwise, I might as well comb Sands' tail.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117565
117567 117568
>>117563
I did
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117566
117567 117568
95015CA0-9907-427C-85EE-F0AF90E7A889.gif
>>117563
Yes
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117567
117568 117621
>>117565
>>117566
Oh. Well, RIP
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117568
>>117567
>>117566
>>117565
Dangit, goiz! Don't spoil our deaths! That's supposed to be a seekrit!
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117569
117570 117571 117572
Um.... you all can still declare actions
Silver "The Floof" Sword
HIKqO
?
No.117570
117571
>>117569
I think Iron and I are waiting on Dark Star, but we're pretty well ready to proceed, free some prisoners, and take on some griffons.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117571
>>117570
>>117569
What the floof said
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117572
117578
>>117569
I had hoped Dark Star would've come by now,
but if I have all this time...

Iron glances back at Sands' tail to see if it needs some combing as well.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117573
117574 117576 117578
"Alright, places everypony,... er bug,... whatever." To Sparks and Onyx, Brie says "Remember, we're disreputable mercenaries." Then to Fun "Tut mir leid, aber es ist unsere beste Option. Ihnen wird kein bleibender Schaden zugefügt."
When Fun is ready, Brie places the bag over his head. He cuts a small piece of rope to bind Fun's forehooves, and then places the rope around Fun's neck like a leash. Checking Fun's appearance briefly he says. "Alright, let's proceed inside.!"

As they're leaving, as an afterthought, Brie looks over to Ruby. "We'll explain more when we get back." and with a wink, turns toward the office.

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117574
>>117573
Onyx sighs and turns to Ruby as he slings his halberd over his shoulder.
"Be good, and I promise we'll be back soon...."
He turns to follow Brie but says over his shoulder
"Um... Sorry about all this"
He then quickly follows
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117575
https://youtu.be/7VvkXA6xpqI
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117576
117577
>>117573
>>117537
"Er... I'll try my best."
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117577
>>117576
Brie whispers "Hopefully it will just be a simple snatch and grab, or perhaps a modest beat-down, but don't hesitate to get creative!"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117578
117580 117581
>>117573
Fun looks like a dark brown earth pony

>>117572
A few tangles, yes

Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117579
117582
>>117523
"Hello my good mare. We are here to see Mr. Otis."
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117580
117582
>>117578
Iron pokes Sands, then points to her tail, followed by moving the pick in a combing motion.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117581
117582
>>117578
With a bag over his face
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117582
117583 117585
>>117579
>>117581
Okay, is Brie going into the administrative offices with a brown Earth Pony that has a bag over his head?

>>117580
"Uh... Okay"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117583
117584 117586 117587
>>117582
Flanked by Onyx and Sparks, yes
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117584
>>117583
Correct!
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117585
117587
>>117582
Iron, albeit with a small blush when realizing what he just asked to do, simply presses on with a determined look, placing the comb from the dock of her tail to the tip, wanting to take out those mean tangles that dare cause chaos against the mare's otherwise orderly look.
He inhales a bit.
"Do you usually comb your mane?"
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117586
>>117583
Right behind you.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117587
117588 117591
>>117583
The receptionist blinks at him

>>117585
She reacts, and raises the tail slightly

"Yes, I do"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117588
117592
>>117587
"I'll just make my way inside then. This isn't a 'scheduled' meeting, but I daresay he will want to see us right away."
Bluff
{1d20+7]
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117589
117592
God dammit
[1d20+7 = 24]

Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117590
117592
I probably should have mentioned that by "making way inside" he was turning to go in (wherever in is, I'm sure there's doors). Seems kind of crass after the roll, but that was his intention regardless.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117591
117592
>>117587
Iron can't help but sweat a little from the reaction, moving the pick up and down along her silk strands with tentative strokes.
"I see."
His blush at how he's acting only gets stronger as his hooves get closer to touching the sacred no-no before every brush
"I heard you like movies. What are those?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117592
117593 117594
>>117589
>>117588
>>117590
"He's.... out doing field work. Probably in the South Mine..."

>>117591
"Moving images displayed on a screen. They even have sound now"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117593
117595
>>117592
"Surely he will be back before too long. I can't imagine he has more to busy himself than with,... well overseeing."
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117594
117595
>>117592
Iron's stress levels die down after catching an actual topic worth discussing over while the tail combing continues, making him forget slightly the action he's doing. In fact, he raised his eyebrows in surprise.
"Really? You mean moving pictures? What kind of magic is that?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117595
117596 117597
>>117593
".... He will be out at least a few hours..."

>>117594
"Hehehe. Lighting Film. But it really is magical in its own sort of way"
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117596
117599
>>117595
Sands could swear Iron's eyes just sparkled.
"Woah. What did you see done with it so far?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117597
117599
>>117595
"I see. You'll have to excuse me as - though it weren't obvious already - I'm not from around here. Is there an Inn or some such locale that I can wait for him at in the area?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117599
117600 117602
>>117596
She giggles again, holding a hoof to her mouth
"Well, have you heard of Gone with the Whinny?"

>>117597
She stares at him blank faced
"... Is.... I'm guessing it's not urgent? If it's urgent you can just walk to the South Mine and meet him. It's very close, less than a mile away. Would you like to talk to someone else maybe? His first assistant? Maybe Security?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117600
117601 117603
>>117599
"No, this matter demands I speak to him directly. Though since you mention, what is your impression of his first assistant?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117601
117604
>>117600
"Would you like me to start out to the mine? I have nothing better to do yet."
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117602
117603
>>117599
Iron stares at Sands blankly, not even attempting to remember if he had heard of it, followed by a shake of the head but with renewed interest.
"Tell me about it!" he chirps out.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117603
117604 117609
>>117600
“... Are you with the PLF?”

>>117602
Do I gotta describe a whole movie plot?
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117604
117606 117608
>>117603
Brie smiles as though she has just said something she might not have wanted to. "If I were, I would have the good sense not to admit to it, wouldn't I?"
Bluff [1d20+7 = 26]

>>117601
"You're right, we have other matters to attend to."
Back to the Yellow-mare "Thank you for your discretion. We'll try the mine then."

Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117605
Hot damn, my rolls are ON tonight
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117606
117607
>>117604
I do not understand the bluff


Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117607
117608
>>117606
It was a bluff to imply that yes he is part of the PLA, but is shrewd enough to not admit to it.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117608
117610
>>117604
>>117607
Alright. So he ends leaves.... presumably
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117609
>>117603
Ya don't have to, ya goose.
Say the main themes of it.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117610
117611 117613
>>117608
Yes, they leave the office and head back toward the cart, undoing Fun's binds and bag and such, Brie removing his suit and cloak, stashing it in the cart, and then resuming the lead.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117611
117612
>>117610
"Change in plan I assume?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117612
>>117611
"What kind of bureaucrat isn't sitting in a comfy office? Absurd! Still, we know the PLA has their hoof in whatever is going on here. Same plan, different location."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117613
117615 117616
>>117610
And so they presumably leave, heading onwards along the sane path
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117614
117616 117617 117618 117630
>>117550
Boop
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117615
117616 117622
>>117613
>sane
Oh heavens no, but along the path yes.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117616
117622
>>117615
>>117613
Sanity left this group long ago
>>117614
Boops u
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117617
boop_by_freefraq-d7iox5x.png
>>117614
Boop
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117618
117619
>>117614
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Heyo. Wanna fight it up against the griffs?
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117619
117621
>>117618
Yes, lets do it. its furnace time.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117620
Looks like everyone from all gangs are here.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117621
>>117619
Coolio.
>>117567
Silver! Get your butt moving and ready up your rump for more bullets!
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117622
117623 117624
6965FAA1-F3F2-4CC5-91E2-E4CC7E08D2DC.jpeg
D32E3A6A-FD7C-4363-B650-3F96A9AD3FDE.jpeg
>>117615
>>117616
They go onwards. A guard stares them down as they move, but does not act. They go onwards, past cookie cutter buildings, past a railroad track, and through a set of woods. The trees are not even a hundred yards thick before a clearing. This clearing leads out into what could be thought of as a stunning sight

Beneath and before them lies a huge black pit of rock and ore, with valleys all of its own, spanning hundreds of acres and possibly more than a square mile. 100 feet deep (deeper?) at parts and spanning, though perhaps not to the horizon, certainly a fine distance. Inside are dozens of diesel trucks with steel beds, ponies hauling carts, and steam shovels. With magic, diesel, probably explosives, steam and sheer horsepower, they rend the earth and move it likely towards the left side of the mine.

On the mine’s left side is the sand railway line, with a long train with dozens of open cars, and a steam locomotive billowing black smoke into the air. This is next to a large facility that must crush, sort, and clean ore, at the edge of the nine. Below, inside the mind, are a set of trailers and a few more ponies. Elsewhere are what seems to be pumps.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117623
117624 117625
>>117622
Toward the trailers I think, though others are welcome to interject.
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117624
117625
>>117623
>>117622
Nah, towards the trailers seems smartest to me
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117625
117626 117631
>>117624
>>117623
They go down, past a noisy facility, and down a slope where stallions pull carts up the slope, and make way for a diesel truck. There are three trailers down the slope at the bottom of the pit
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117626
117627
>>117625
I probably should have clarified earlier, but when you say trailers, can you be more specific? I mean are we talking mobile building trailers? Empty hauling trailers? Redneck RV trailers? Breaking Bad trailers?
u3bnr
?
No.117627
117628 117629 117630
>>117626
For some reason it never occurred to me that not every one has been to a construction site and seen those mobile home like trailer- buildings they put offices in, or have seen the same used to hold classrooms in those schools where the population of children is far beyond that of the capacity of the permanent school buildings. I don’t know what those things are called and I can’t figure it out right now
\r
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117628
>>117627
Thats what I thought you meant, I just wanted to make sure
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117629
117630
>>117627
Ayyy, I know those things.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117630
117634 117641 117646 117654
>>117627
>>117614
>>117629
So... ya want to start some of that combat stuff for the remainder of the day?
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117631
117632 117646
>>117625
Onyx turns to Brie
"I'll take the cart so you can talk."
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117632
117635
>>117631
"Alright, but don't go anywhere. Once I've figured out which one is Otis, we may have a fight on our hands. Hopefully not." Brie retrieves his suit, his cloak, and all his paperwork should he need it and then knocks on the most apparently active trailer's door.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117633
117635
Spark takes a look around.
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117634
117641
>>117630
Yea, sorry my power was out.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117635
117636
>>117633
Spark sees more or less this >>117622. Of course, he's on the inside, but it's a black, rocky pit that strecthes for perhaps a mile with steam shovels dotting it, and far beyond, some grass and pine trees.

Close to sprak are three seperate trailers. Two are lined up almost, but kind of angled inwards, and one is a bit off yet almost parallel to one of the others. There are a couple ponies who seem to be roaming around, going to the units

>>117632
A gruff voice answers
"What? Just open the door"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117636
117637
>>117635
Brie does so. "Hello? I'm looking for a Mr. Steel Otis. Is that you?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117637
117638
>>117636
Brie opens the door. It looks like a lavenderish colored crystal pony is the one who responded. He has his winter coat loosen up, and lazily holds a steel mug in one hoof and a cigarette in the other. Inside he sees a few ponies and one changeling - who is as unenthusiastic to return to the cold as the ponies - sitting along a set of chairs, with a table in the center, mostly with coffee and or cigarettes
"No. This is the breakroom trailer. He'll be with the forepony over in the foremare's trailer"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117638
117639
>>117637
"Ah, my mistake. Which trailer is the Foremare's? I don't know my way around here, but I must speak with him urgently."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117639
117640 117641
>>117638
He points the cigarette to the right
"That way"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117640
117642 117643 117646
>>117639
"My thanks." Leaving the trailer, Brie wanders over to the cart. "He should be in that trailer there." He says pointing. "There's some rough looking ponies in that first trailer, so if things get hairy we're in for a bit of a brawl."
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117641
117646
>>117639
>>117630
>>117634

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117642
>>117640
"Oh fun, this is just swell."
Onyx stands by the cart, ready to either fight or quickly leave depending on how this goes down.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117643
117644 117662
>>117640
"Ok... so, do you want us to help you there, or stay back here?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117644
>>117643
"Stay here, I'm gonna try and draw him out. If you hear me scream its cuz he's beating the life out of me, but otherwise I should be able to lure him out of the trailer."
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117645
117647
Brie goes and knocks on the indicated trailer
>inb4 there's more than one trailer in that direction
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117646
117648 117651 117653
>>117641
>>117631
>>117630
Khoi remains as she has, like a guard dog at attention by the door

"Somecreature's coming!"

>>117640
A green unicorn walks by, and opens the door
"Alright, back to work. We're behind our quota already"

The crystal pony retorts
"Our machine isn't working"

"No way your shovel is down too. Do it manually if you have to, just get back to work"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117647
117649
>>117645
Well, there are three in total. But no, there is only one that way

"Who is it?"
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117648
117650 117654 117661 117662
>>117646
Midnight's wings reach under the opposite wing and seem to wrap around something when she hears the warning, placing herself between Meadows and the door.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117649
>>117647
Through the door:
"Hello, I'm looking for a Mr. Steel Otis. I have an urgent matter that requires his attention."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117650
117652
>>117648
"Alright, come in"
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117651
117654
>>117646
Dark Star pulls out his bow.
and aims it towards the incoming creature.
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117652
117654
>>117650
Opening the door, Brie enters the trailer.
Spot check (anything that seems useful or relevant)
[1d20-1 = 6]

Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117653
>>117646
Iron stops his combing, standing up and expecting a fight, stuffing the pick in his clothes.
"Sands, behind me," he whispers to the unicorn.
He awaits, ready to pounce any living thing that Khoi just mentioned.

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117654
117655 117656 117657
>>117651
>>117648
>>117630
The creatures are not yet there, but down the hall

"I would've thought Kurzefeder would have got the heat back on by now. It is too cold here."
"Thing must really be down if he still hasn't got it back up"
"I hope he didn't take extra time with that sicameonese girl"
"And where are those other captives? The gnolls should've brought them up by now"
"Maybe they are with the girl"
"Whatever, we'll get them ourselves"

>>117652
Desk to the left. Blue unicorn mare. Board over to the right with papers pinned to it. What is useful?
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117655
117658
>>117654
"Mr... Otis?" Brie asks, slightly off-put by the scene.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117656
117658
>>117654
He decides to await these griffs in the storage room, at the door, ready to pounce them the moment he hears they're in front of the door.
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117657
117658 117661
>>117654
Can i ready an action?
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117658
117659 117661 117664
>>117655
"I am the forepony's secretary"

>>117656
>>117657
If Dark Star and Iron are taking their sweet time, so are the griffins. They enter a different room down the hall
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117659
117660
>>117658
"I see. I was told that I could find him here. Or was he the green unicorn whom I just passed outside?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117660
117663
>>117659
"That may have been the forepony. Steel Otis is here"
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117661
117664 117666
>>117648
>>117658
>>117657
Damn.

Iron decides it's a good idea that because they've entered a room further down the hall, he should be able to get to that room and be ready to ambush them faster.
Therefore, he tells this plan to the others.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117662
117666 117667
>>117648
>>117643
A pair of Changelings walk up towards the third trailer from outside
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117663
117665 117668
>>117660
"Perhaps I'm missing something, it appears to be just you and me."
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117664
117666 117672
>>117658
>>117661
Dark Star nods
"Right behind you."

Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117665
117668
>>117663
Sleight of hand, frogging a throwing knife
[1d20+9 = 22]

Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117666
117667 117668 117672
>>117661
>>117664
Midnight nods and pulls out two shortswords from under her wings
"Here we go"
>>117662
Onyx watches, trying not to make his staring obvious
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117667
117670 117671
>>117662
>>117666
"Well... that's probably trouble. Let's go talk to them."
Spark heads toward the changelings.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117668
117669 117672
>>117663
He is. There is another set of rooms off to the right, and a little hallway

>>117665
Successful

>>117666
They move in, and stand besides the door
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117669
117670
>>117668
Ah, my bad. "Thank you young mare." Brie smiles and proceeds toward the other set of rooms.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117670
117673 117676
>>117667
There are two of them. The black creatures are drones, wearing white, including a white fuzzy hat. It's a bit of a contrast because almost all of the ones they have met so far wore a grey uniform. They are obviously guards or other security staff. One looks at the door, the other back at Spark

>>117669
The little hallway has a room off to the right, another door past that, and a door at the end
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117671
>>117667
"After you Spark"
Onyx will follow the unicorn, while trying to look intimidating.
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117672
117679 117681 117684 117693
>>117666
>>117664
>>117668
With a nod, he beckons the group forwards as he moves himself to the room the griffons had just entered.
(Hopefully they are distracted enough.)
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117673
117674
>>117670
Poking his head back toward the unicorn mare, Brie asks "Uhm, which room am I looking for?"
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117674
117675
>>117673
"The main office is in the back"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117675
117677
>>117674
"Thanks again." Brie smiles and heads toward the back office and knocks three times on the door.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117676
117677
>>117670
Spark addresses the changelings.
"Hello there. I must say, it is a bit cold out here. Why don't you two head the the break room for a bit and warm up. We got this shift covered."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117677
117678 117683
>>117675
"Who is it?" Answers the voice

>>117676
Glares
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117678
117680
>>117677
"Hello sir, my name is Brie and I have an urgent matter that requires your attention. May I have a word?"
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117679
117684 117693 117699
>>117672
Dark Star follows
u3bnr
?
No.117680
117682
>>117678
"Sure. Come on in"
\r
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117681
117684 117693
>>117672
The paladin pony pursues
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117682
117684
>>117680
Entering the room, Brie takes a quick glance around and then settles his gaze on Otis(?).
xm7jZ
?
No.117683
117686
[1d20+3 = 20]
>>117677
"What? Surely you aren't new here. You have seen the boss do some deals, right? I hear the trade this time is with a bat. Now, you didn't hear that from me. As you know, bats are a bit jittery and so while he is here, we got this shift."
Bluff roll.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117684
117685 117687
>>117682
A wooden desk that is fancier than the construct of most of the room kind of to the left, a grey earth pony behind that, a white unicorn stallion standing over to the side wearing a white fur jacket and cap, a window behind with the blinds down, and over to the right as well, a clock on the wall off to the left, and so forth

>>117681
>>117679
>>117672
And so I guess they go to stand outside the boiler room

Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117685
117698 117699
>>117684
Correct.
Iron peeks into the room, trying to see the griffons inside it.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117686
117688
>>117683
He is confused
"We are here to deal with a threat from partisans. This is no 'shift'"

Then he says
"Let me get confirmation from the boss"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117687
117689
>>117684
"Mr. Otis?" Brie says looking at both ponies.
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117688
117689 117690
>>117686
"And interupt the deal? I'm afaid that is a death sentence. Do you have permission from him to interupt such a thing? Not even I am supposed to. I can't even begin to think of what they would do to you if you come barging in and see something you aren't supposed to."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117689
117692 117694
>>117687
He nods
"You're the one from the main office, aren't you?"

>>117688
Now he's definitely weirded out
Anonymous
vk5x/
?
No.117690
117691 117699 117703
>>117688
As if to emphasize Spark's point, Onyx moves his halberd from resting on his shoulder to hiding it at attention, still staring straight ahead.
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117691
117694
>>117690
The other one blinks
"Let me guess. You two are with the PLF?"
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117692
117693
>>117689
"Quite. I'll cut to the chase. You have a mole in your operation."
Bluff
[1d20+7 = 15]

Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117693
117696 117697 117698
>>117681
>>117679
>>117672
Okay, Ive completely misinterpreted the map.

The one doorway there does not lead into the hall. It leads into the boiler room and not a hallway. And the griffins entered the boiler room

>>117692
"... A mole?"
Shimmering Spark
xm7jZ
?
No.117694
117695
>>117689
"Look, I get the feeling you are new to this. Just relax. They will do their thing, and if all goes well, we all might get a little pay bump out of it. This is how the real world works. Sometimes you have to run a little money under the table to get things going."
>>117691
"What? No. Our boss ain't with those low lifes. Not enough money in that in the slightest. Trust me, we are in a get in, get out kind of business. Public recognition of that level gets in the way of such things."
Anonymous
u3bnr
?
No.117695
>>117694
They look confused as all hell. But their weapons go to an at ease position
Edgy boy
uDJxE
?
No.117696
117703
_Aryanne  smile.png
>>117693
>boiler room
>mfw
Anonymous
0wcIx
?
No.117697
117699
>>117693
"Indeed. Your arrangement with the PLA, well I wouldn't say its common knowledge yet, and it can very easily remain that way if you prefer. For example. My men and I have the mole in custody."
Anonymous
wUzlR
?
No.117698
>>117685
>>117693
Post should still apply. Add boiler in front of room.