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Occupied Equestria - The Thread That Came Late
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133503
133506 135124
In Changelingia (West Equestria), Brie gains the support of a Changeling queen for his endeavors. Spark is doing his best to help an ill Wolf spiritual leader.

In Free Equestria (East Equestria), Iron is trying to intimidate a group of criminal griffin interlopers. Fantasy Play is helping to shut down an Anarchist press. Silver is helping his new household. Amber Sunset is walking through the city, and Dark Star has just finished helping the orphans.
2265 replies and 44 files omitted.
Anonymous
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No.133505
133508
"Niggers"
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133506
133508
>>133503
>>133502 →
Dark star heads over to the black hooves hq
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133508
133509
F705504E-D481-4ECB-9649-CBFFA2EF0091.png
>>133505
*gasps*

>>133506
This is simple enough. He finds Fellipe at the door, who waves at him and lets him in
Anonymous
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No.133509
133510
>>133508
Dark star waves back
"How are you today Fel?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133510
133512
>>133509
He nods
"I'm getting paid to be in airconditioned building, and that's good enough for me right now"
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133512
133514
>>133510
Dark star smiles as he walks into the building.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133514
133515
>>133512
Now Dark Star is inside, with the same grey-white receptionist they hired a few days ago at the front desk. Who does he wish to see?
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133515
133516
>>133514
He says to the receptionist.
"Hows are you today? Have ypu seen Blue Skies?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133516
133517
>>133515
"Is she..." she looks up to him, then down
"I think she's out on duty. Sea Breeze should know."
Anonymous
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No.133517
133518
>>133516
"Thank you. Where are they at?"
Anonymous
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No.133518
133519
>>133517
"Over in his office" She answers
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133519
133520
>>133518
He walks over to the office.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133520
133521
>>133519
Entering into the office, Dark Star sees Sea Breeze behind his table, doing paperwork
Anonymous
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No.133521
133522
>>133520
"Good Afternoon,Sir"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133522
133523
>>133521
He turns his head up to Dark Star
"Good Afternoon. Checking in after whatever in the hell went down on the shoreline last night?"
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133523
133524
>>133522
"It was a wild night"
He grimaces
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133524
133525
>>133523
"Well... I've heard... Mostly that mission is an R&M detail. But I think it's given you enough of a view into Griffonian culture to understand why it's best we let Griffonian culture stay in Griffonia, and why the Equestrian Project must be preserved."
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133525
133526
>>133524
"Yes sir. The griffions i saw last night were savages. The dont belong here."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133526
133527
>>133525
"No. I'm sure the ones they captured will not have a pleasant time on their return to Griffienheim. I just wish we could have captured more of those involved in the process."
Anonymous
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No.133527
133528
>>133526
"Thats the thing about crimainals,sir. They always commit more crime. We'll bust em next time."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133528
133529
>>133527
"Well, that we shall. It's unfortunate that there must be a next time. But really, all of that is more of a problem for Customs. I think you see why we keep them around, even if half of them really ought to be mobilized in the Army."
Anonymous
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No.133529
133530
>>133528
"I dont thonk i had the pleasure of meeting anypony from cistoms yet."
Anonymous
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No.133530
133531
>>133529
"Didn't you meet Parade Pass, or some other officer, when they came to the scene?"
Anonymous
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No.133531
133532
>>133530
"If i did it has slipped my mind,sir."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133532
133533
>>133531
"Well, you should pay them a visit some time. They are an essential part of the organization of the Pony State here in Baltimare, even if they aren't as well organized as we here in the SSA."
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133533
133534 133536
>>133532
"I will sometimes,sir. I was actually wondering if you know where miss skies is?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133534
133535
>>133533
Okay, is the goal to definitely meet up with Fantasy Play, or to just see Skies?
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133535
133536
>>133534
To meet up with fantasy
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133536
133537
>>133535
>>133533
He moves back in his seat
"Dark Star" he takes in a breath and sighs
"Before we move on from the aftermath of Hoebuck, there is one crucial part of that operation that does concern this agency. One that I'm afraid you and Skies overlooked. Slipped right under your snouts."
Anonymous
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No.133537
133538
>>133536
He Looks concerned
"What did we miss?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133538
133539
>>133537
"Tell me Dark Star. Have you ever heard of Special Monster Interdiction and Law Enforcement?"
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133539
133540
>>133538
His expression chamges to puzzlement
"I cant say that i have"
Anonymous
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No.133540
133541
>>133539
"Well..." He turns his head to look over down and to the right, his line of sight ending at the wall.

"Every nation has matters that threaten its stability, and the safety of its people. Matters that must be handled with discretion... In Equestria, long ago, the role of handling these dangers was taken by the Inquisition, as it still is in Griffienheim, albeit under more State control. In many more modern countries, like ours, there is a special police force responsible for the security and stability of the nation and its ruling party. But Equestria... it seemed to be lacking any such special police force, didn't it? Once the Inquisition withered away..."

He looks back up directly at Dark Star
"Now, you know, going into Hoebuck, we sort of just assumed that what went on in Hoebuck, the true nature of that operation, was unknown to the Equestrian government. Customs went and searched the files and could only find a little. But then they asked us. And after the mess of last night, we decided to check the archives in Canterlot. And you'd be amazed at what records we found sealed away in the mines under Canterlot."
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133541
133542
>>133540
Dark star cocks an eyebrow.
"What was found,sir?"
Anonymous
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No.133542
133543
>>133541
"Well, what we found is that the Equestrians knew significantly more than they ever let anyone know. The first time they entered that building, they discovered evidence of cult activity. Just like you. They arrested who they could, and tried to shut it down. They may have gotten further, but the leaders of the cult and smuggling operation got away. Must have had a heads up warning. Most of those arrested were either released without charge, or deported without notifying the Griffienheim government of the cult activity. They made their way back... But the Equestrians did raid the church. They did capture more than a few of the senior priests. And they did set the cultists back several years. They kept what they found a secret from the general public and from the Baltimare Police, even." He shakes his head.

"They must have not wanted to turn local opinion against Griffonian Immigrants. Must have thought it would be bad for integration, or something. They also didn't want to shut down smugglers generally, or deport immigrants who were caught. Now of course we know that if you don't deport immigrants who hire smugglers, they just assume that any money spent on smugglers will result in them getting here whether they get caught or not, but that was their 'soft' approach. Anyways... This gets us back to the Equestrian Special Police, the Special Monster Interdiction and Law Enforcement. You see, Equestria did have their own secret police to hunt down Changeling Infiltrators, to spy, and to hunt bugbears. And they tried to track down the smugglers involved in Hoebuck."
Anonymous
3047f61
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No.133543
133544
>>133542
Dark star looks intruiged at the idea that there are secret police that kill monsters
"This is very interesting,sir. Did they succseed in hunting them down?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133544
133545
>>133543
"No. No they didn't. But you see, it's not because they didn't try. The primary agent assigned to the Baltimare smuggling operation died in the line of duty. They say that as she was riding a ferry in the harbor, she fell into the water and drowned, pulled down by the undertoe and her body dragged out to sea, or more likely caught underneath a pier somewhere. But this agent was a hippogriff. And whoever heard of a hippogriff who drowned? Even the Equestrians didn't believe it, as they tried to investigate, and I am sure they would have launched a more thorough homicide investigation if they didn't need to divert resources into tracking down Changeling infiltrators.

But you see, I have a theory. Well, not really my theory, I got it from an analyst who went through all of this information, But I have a theory, and that theory is that the agent in question was never found because she never died. I believe she was taken captive, found by you, and then pretended to be an indentured servant alien so as to slip by you. How does that sound to you?"
Anonymous
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No.133545
133546
>>133544
Dark star blinks rapidly mouth agape
"I uh...what? Why?"
Anonymous
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No.133546
133547
>>133545
"Why? It's rather simple. The secret police apparatus doesn't belong to the nation, so much as to the particular state and its controlling ideology. S.M.I.L.E. was Equestria's primary intelligence agency. They very nearly discovered our planned landings, and the only reason they didn't is because of a favor of the Changeling Infiltration branch, and even they only barely outsmarted S.M.I.L.E. She is a special agent of Princess Twilight. Not the last soldier fighting her cause to be sure, but surely alone in the moment. And so she pretended to be an innocent alien, and slipped by. I have to wonder just how many dangerous cultists, smugglers, and criminals, slipped by the Equestrians by pretending to be innocent aliens. It seems she learned something in her time on the case."
Anonymous
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No.133547
133548
>>133546
Dark star sighs
"I feel like i've failed our ponies by not detaining her."
Anonymous
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No.133548
133549
>>133547
He gives a curt nod, and pulls up a hoof
"That's alright. I can understand the desire to be compassionate. Kindness is, after all, a cherished pony value. But in this case, we have an intelligence operative who could meet up with resistance groups, or even worse, with the government of her birth country where she has dual citizenship."
Anonymous
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No.133549
133550
>>133548
"I understand,sir. Do we have any more intel on her? Maybe we can find her before she flees."
Anonymous
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No.133550
133552
>>133549
"A few addresses. Where she used to live, where creatures she knew used to live, and the old headquarters in Baltimare. Maybe she will check there. But otherwise, who knows."
Anonymous
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No.133552
133553
>>133550
"Hmmm has anypony checked them out?"
Anonymous
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No.133553
133554 135125
>>133552
He shakes his head
"To try to intercept her? No. We could send an agent or two to look for her."
Anonymous
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No.133554
133555 135125
>>133553
"That could be a good idea"
Sorry i gotta sleep now fren.
Anonymous
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No.133555
>>133554
Goodnight. I hope you play again soon
Anonymous
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No.133561
133562 133571
501EEF9B-D0A6-4BCB-AABC-582DEB67FD02.gif
Tell me when anypony is available
Anonymous
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No.133562
133563
>>133561
>>133487 →

"Okay," Fantasy says and nods. "I would take some if you have any to spare that is."
Anonymous
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No.133563
133564
>>133562
"Oh, yes. There's a few. It explains all of this stuff a lot better than I could, really."
Anonymous
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No.133564
133565
>>133563
"Are you sure? You explain it well to me, While it was a bit complicated at times, you seemed to really know what you were talking about?"
Anonymous
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No.133565
133566
>>133564
"Well, these things help you to organize your thoughts, you know?. They help to put what you already know and have seen into words more clearly. I've been here and I've seen a lot of it since the uprising back in '90. Well, I have a couple pamphlets about that. About the centralization of power and whatnot. And a few more about the Resistance. But if you don't already know all of this stuff, well, there's a lot of good stuff in there. And you won't hear in on the radio or read it in the newspaper."
Anonymous
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No.133566
133567
>>133565
Fantasy nods. Then she hangs her head forward with a glum look on her face.

"Part of me doesn't really wanna see them, you know?"
Anonymous
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No.133567
133569
>>133566
She blinks, but cuts the next part of her hair
“Why is that?”
Anonymous
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No.133569
133570 133572
>>133567
Fantasy looks down into her lap.

"Becuase if you're right then my Dad might loose his shop in the future. If the goverment is run by ponies who doesn't care about their citizens then I cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. But don't like conflicts..."
Anonymous
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No.133570
133572
>>133569
"But you seem like a nice pony so I don't think you're a liar."
Anonymous
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No.133571
133572
>>133561
If Amber's next stage is ready, I can play, otherwise I don't mind watching on the sidelines.
Anonymous
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No.133572
133573 133574
>>133569
She takes a step back, frees her right hoof, and pats the back of Fantasy’s head.
“There there, little pony. I can understand the worry. You should be worried. But I can also understand the desire to avoid conflict. Remember most of all that it isn’t supposed to be your fight alone. This is a struggle that concerns all of the masses of the creatures, and it’s in our numbers that we show we will not be put down. But you don’t really have to do anything. I just think you should know. Become ‘class conscious.’ When that happens... you’ll know what to do.”

>>133570
“Well, either way, you don’t have to take my word for it. We have a little novella. There’s this pony I know who used to be in the unions who drops them off for me, since he knows I see a lot of creatures. You can take a couple.”

>>133571
Um... do you know what you want Amber to do?
Amber Sunset
4b38890
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No.133573
133575
>>133572
Yes, Amber will trot to the west, deeper inland, eager to put that stallion's lurid stories out of her mind.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133574
133575
>>133572
Fantasy nods.

"I think I will take some," she says and sends a smile via the mirror toward the mare behind her. "Thank you."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133575
133576 133577
>>133573
Amber goes further inland to find, first of all, that the grid pattern gives blocks that are longer north to south and thus there are fewer streets crossing East to West. Going further, she finds that many of these buildings are run down or crowded together. At one point she finds a street with a make shift barricade at the front of it, although it seems to be pushed open at the moment to allow for thru traffic

>>133574
Another snip
“But be careful with them. The fascists will be suspicious of you if they know you have them.”
Amber Sunset
4b38890
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No.133576
>>133575
Without really thinking of why there would be a barricade on a busy street in a bustling city, the mare passes through it to whatever neighborhood lies beyond.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133577
133578
>>133575
"Are they illegal?"
Anonymous
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No.133578
133579
>>133577
“I think one is, and the other two aren’t.”
Anonymous
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No.133579
133580
>>133578
"Okay." Fantasy takes a deep breat and clenches her teeth for a moment. "I'll take them but I'll keep the illegal one at home. You would think that no information would be illegal to obtain."
Anonymous
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No.133580
133581
>>133579
“I know, right? But those in power are afraid of the truth, and want to keep it from us.”
Anonymous
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No.133581
133582
>>133580
Fantasy smiles.
Anonymous
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No.133582
133583
>>133581
And now, she completes the humane styling, fluffing up Fantasy’s hair so that the forward facing layers are more apparent.
“Well, that’s still five bits” she says
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133583
133584
>>133582
Fantasy looks in the mirror while she turns and tilts her head in it to inspect her new mane.

"Woah, only five bits for this? That's cheap," Fantasy says.
Anonymous
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No.133584
133585
>>133583
She smiles back
“A discount for a fellow. So you can look like you want, but not be so drained financially. I can tell you’re new here, and you probably need it.”

The mane flops a bit, but seems kind of precarious, otherwise the layers may come undone.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133585
133586
>>133584
"My economy is quite stable at the moment. I don't mind paying full prize," Fantasy brings out her pouch with her magic out of her bag.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133586
133587
>>133585
“All the same” she says.
“But” she looks down. There’s something for you in the back...”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133587
133588
>>133586
"Heh," Fantasy chuckles. "Well, if you insist." Out of her pouch five bits fly out and form a tower on the counter.

"O-okay," Fantasy stammers and swallows. She looks over her shoulder towards the windows.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133588
>>133587
She goes to the back and opens a door and carefully moves something just out of Fantasy's view on what seems to be a wooden shelf to the left. She thinks she sees a small steel box move and open, but she pulls out three printed papers, one blue, and two red

"Uh" She looks down, clearly nervous herself. She looks at the papers, and then tenders them towards Fantasy, as if she doesn't know what to do with them
"Here."

Blue Skies keeps her eyes on Mint, while nopony passes outside in the moment
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133589
133590
Fantasy quickly pull them into her magic aura, the flap to her bag lifts aside, and then the papers fly into her saddlebag. Fantasy then takes a deep breath and then looks over at Skies .

"There was nopony ouside, right Cloudy?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133590
133591
>>133589
"Hmmm? Oh. No." She answers, looking back

Mint breathes, and smiles awkwardly, seeming nigh exhilarated from the illicit act.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133591
133592
>>133590
Fantasy releases a breath.

"Well, now I kinda wanna get home and put these-" Fantasy taps the bag with her hoof. "-bad boys under lock and key. Not just stand around with them in public."

"T-thanks again for the cut. Its actually wonderful. I love it." Fantasy beams as she peers up at the fringe of her mane.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133592
133593
>>133591
"Well, they are meant to be read. But fortunately your mane won't need to be kept hidden." She returns to her warmer smile.

The bangs are definitely cut above the eye line, which means that the forward most layer doesn't look that much like Songbird Serenade's mane, although the layers above do
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133593
133595
>>133592
"Hehe. No it doens't. If that ever gets illegal, then I expect every mare in baltimare[?] will riot." Fantasy smiled.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133594
133595
Fantasy seems a bit nervous.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133595
133596
>>133593
She chuckles

"I bet they would. Don't ever let anycreature take what makes you, you."

>>133594
Mint seems to be a little as well, although less so now that the papers are transferred
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133596
133597
>>133595
"Agreed." Fantasy nods.

"Well, I'll think I take my leave and as I said take these home." Fantasy starts to turn. "This was great. I may come back here if I decide to style my tail and if you do style tails that is. I haven't decided yet. I always wear this cloak so I never bohrter wth it." Fantasy lifts up a patch of fabric of her cloak.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133597
133598
>>133596
"Take care, and come back any time" She says

Blue Skies stands up, not saying a word
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133598
133599
>>133597
Fantasy smiles back.

"Yeah, you too. Thanks again for, you know, everything."

Then Fantasy lets Mr. Snuggles crawl back on her back and walks out of the shop.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133599
>>133598
Mr. Snuggle jumps on Fantasy, and crawls up on her

Fantasy and Blue Skies walk out of the shop, onto the street
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133600
133602
Fantasy walks back the way they came in a controlled pace, not too fast and not to slow.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133601
133602
A glum expression startsto appear on her features as further away they get. Shetiltes her head forward so the hair falls over her eyes.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133602
133603 133604
>>133600
Blue Skies looks around, and then speaks to Fantasy
"Ugh! Why do they all sound like that? It's like they are made in a factory. I wish they were as well educated about virtue and science as they were about 'class consciousness.' It's hard to suffer through them talking about 'nations dividing the creatures' and 'equality.'"

>>133601
Unfortunately, her new haircut makes this impossible
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133603
>>133602
>Unfortunately, her new haircut makes this impossible
You are right. I thought that but yeah I thought wrong. That makes more sense.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133604
133605 133606
>>133602
There's a hitch up in Fantasy's throat.

"Hee... Heee... Haaa-haa-ha," exits her mouth.

Her eyes go wide for a second and then she shuts them and tear streams runs down her cheeks.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133605
133606
>>133604
She stops walking and hangs her head while she sobs.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133606
133607
>>133604
>>133605
Blue Skies pats her

"I'm sorry Fantasy. Many otherwise normal ponies have been claimed by this ideology. That's why we must stop its spread. It's like a virus, forever trying to spread itself as it slowly destroys its hosts."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133607
133608
>>133606
"I feel so dirty..."

What does Mr. Snuggles do when his owner is in distress?
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133608
133609 133613
>>133607
Call up on the seaponies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iakTl9SZTTY


Blue Skies:
"I don't think it's wrong to pay for a manecut from an Anarchist. You did get a lower price, after all."

It's not clear whether he's responding to Fantasy's emotional state, but he is snuggling up around the base of her mane, and partly underneath it around her shoulders
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133609
133610
>>133608
Fantasy for a moment cracks a smile but then she frowns.
"Hilarious *sob*," Fantasy says and wipes away the snot from her nose with the side of her hoof. "Did we really do the right thing?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133610
133611
>>133609
"Well..." She looks down and away. "You got what we assume are some copies of the pamphlets. But you didn't find out where she got them from, although she sort of hinted at it. On the bright side, it looks like she took a liking to you, and will trust you in the future. So can probably get more information out of her."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133611
133614
>>133610
Fantasy is silent for a moment.

"She seemed like a nice pony, minus the Anarcho-syndicalism."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133612
133614
"I don't wanna do that again."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133613
133645
>>133608
>Seaponies
Sounds like a plan!
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133614
133615 133616 133618
>>133611
"Minus the Anarcho-Syndicalism? It is the Anarcho-Syndicalism that's caused Baltimare to revolt twice before in the past, to vandalize and burn houses of worship and destroy business, to murder police officers, politicians, and generally disrupt the social harmony. It's containing Anarcho-Syndicalism that we're here for."

>>133612
"Why not? You did a pretty good job at it. She seemed to trust and like you and you could certainly go back to her again. And you could probably do this with more mares. I myself often have difficulty with females, but you didn't have any problems."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133615
>>133614
>I myself often have difficulty with females
Okay, that's a funny line.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133616
133617
>>133614
She says this but what is the tone of her voice?
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133617
>>133616
First line with regards to anarchism: urging, slightly indignant

Second line, with regards to Fantasy not liking the work: consoling but supportive.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133618
133619
>>133614
Fantasy still looks a bit sad when she lifts up her head to meet Blue Skies' gaze. She wipes away her tears with her hoof.

"I'll need some time... to... mull this over. Do we go back and leave these pamphlets at headquarters?" Fantasy taps her saddlebag. "Or can we visit a dairy bar before that I could go for an ice-cream."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133619
133620
>>133618
"We can leave the pamphlets back at headquarters, sure. I'm not sure how much information about their origins we can gleam from that. What we really need is for Mint to give up the name of the pony who is providing her these pamphlets, as that pony - hopefully - knows the actual source. It would make sense to wait a while before coming back to her though, so it seems like you've had time to read them and consider what she said." She blinks. "There's enough time for ice-cream."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133620
133622
>>133619
Fantasy seems to be half-listening at first but thwn she nods.

"Then let's leave for that dairy bar. I need something to cool my head. It is burning up like furance."

She starts to walk over but thens stops and turns around.

"Well, heh. I guess you should lead the way."
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133621
>She starts to walk over but thens stops and turns around.
>"Well, heh. I guess you should lead the way."
And the prize of the most jarring tone-shift goes to...
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133622
>>133620
"I don't... really know many dairy bars... uh..."
She turns around to Fantasy and looks at her skeptically
"It's winter, and you have less hair now to keep your head warm."

[1d20 = 6]
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133623
133624 133626
"Tell that to my head," Fantasy rubs her forehead with her hoof. "But fine, let's just go back to HQ and I will slump down in a couch there or something while drowning myself in cold tap water."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133624
133625 133626
>>133623
"No... We can, uh, find an ice cream place. Somewhere."
Blue Skies looks around

"If you had asked for a bar I would have a dozen local recommendations. Let me see, where have I seen an ice cream parlor..."
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133625
>>133624
Fantasy remembers the map she bought at the train station and holds it out between them in her magic.

"I wonder if this has dairy bars amrked on it."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133626
133627
>>133624
>>133623
After a few blocks, and looking down to each side, Blue Skies says "There we go" and trots over to the left, to a corner shop in a building with a white coloration and a set of colored circles over the top that look like icecream in a bowl. Going inside, there is a tan stallion at the counter, and of course many flavors of icecream on display
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133627
133628 133629
>>133626
Fantasy orders a bowl with three balls of ice-cream if they exist. She orders blueberry, chocklate, and strawberry flavours. On that she pours caramell sauce and a slice of banana. Is this possible?
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133628
>>133627
[1d2 = 2]
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133629
>>133627
Strawberry, Chocolate, caramel sauce and banana slices are all available. But Blueberry ice-cream, unfortunately, is not available
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133630
133631
That's fine, she then takes something random for that ball of ice-cream and pays the stallion. She then moves towards a desolate table where the two can speak in private.

What does Skies order? Does she order anything?
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133631
133632
>>133630
There' s a mint flavor. Just saying....
The ice cream costs seven bits
Blue Skies: "More expensive than a mane cut"
Skies does not order anything

There is a table past the door in the corner of the parlor, where the two may sit
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133632
133633
>>133631
Fantasy sits down there.

She sneaks a spoon of ice-cream over to her cat and holds a hoof below it to catch any spill.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133633
133634
>>133632
Mr. Snuggles moves his head back at the spoon shoved in his face.... At first. But after a moment, he licks the ice cream
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133634
133635
>>133633
After he is done, Fantasy takes a spoon for herself. Her spoon cuts a banana slice into a smaller piece, dips it in caramell suace, and then scoop up some chocklad ice-cream on the spoon.

"Mmm..." she mumbles with plasure on her features after she had consumed the spoon's contents.

She then sighs a calming sigh.

She meets the gaze of Skies.

"You didn't buy anything," she says.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133635
133645
>>133634
"Well, no... I have to keep my figure after all."
She has a sort of half-smile
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133636
133638
I'll stop here for today. This was a great session.
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133637
133638
:D
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133638
>>133636
>>133637
Huzzah! Goodnigth, and I'll see you again
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133645
133646 133647
>>133613
Ah, in distress. Call up on... Okay, I got it.

>>133635
Fantasy's eyebrows heighten.

"Well, good thing I don't."
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133646
133648
5DD461C4-0611-41F8-8CDF-2454F43F242B.jpeg
>>133645
She gives a kind of confused smile, and then shrugs

“Well... carry on eating then.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133647
>>133645
Then she smiled.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133648
133649
>>133646
Fantasy eats a bit more in silence. After some time has passed, Fantasy make eye-contact with Skies again. Her face still carries the glum exprsssion from before but perhaps a bit less strained.

"So, you said I did good for my first time?" she says.
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133649
133650
>>133648
Blue Skies seems to stare at her the whole time while Fantasy eats her ice cream.

“I mean you bonded with her fairly well. Made her think you were real, that you were interested in what she was trying to sell. But you didn’t get the name of her friend.” She tilts her head and looks off to the side. “Not that she would have given that to a filly she just met anyways.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133650
133651
>>133649
Fantasy nods.

"Though, I wonder a bit, now in hindsight, mmmm.... Why you gave me this mission. I said that my specialities *lips smack* were sneaking and illusions and you gave me a social infiltration mission," Fantasy says while taking spoons of ice-cream. "But I'm glad I did well, though." Fantasy adds.
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133651
133652
>>133650
“Well... The Blackhooves don’t exactly get to chose what tasks they have to do. Preventing the spread of propaganda that may incite rebellion is just part of the job description.”

Then she looks at Fantasy, and smiles wickedly
“Besides. Who says you won’t get to sneak and use illusions? We’ve only just begun.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133652
133653
>>133651
Fantasy still looking a bit guilty cracks a small smile.

"I'm glad that it can still happen," she says. "Does this mean I'm hired?"
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133653
133654
>>133652
“Well” she looks up and off to the side. Then back to Fantasy with a more norma smile. “On a mission-by-mission basis. We use quite a few local informants, after all.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133654
133655
>>133653
Fantasy nods.

"That's fine. While I do this for the cause, I cannot live on that alone and I have a feeling I will try to take on as many missions as possible. I want to at least a get a small salary per mission.
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133655
133657
>>133654
“Don’t worry about that. They pay by the mission, by the bounty, and for information. For as long as the sparks of rebellion threaten to become fires, there will be missions.”
Amber Sunset
4b38890
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No.133656
133658
Ready to play
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133657
133658
>>133655
Fantasy scrapes up the last part of the now melted ice-cream from the bowl.

"Okay," Fantasy says and nods. "Then I say I like to return and cash in these pamphlets." Fantasy tries to wink at Skies but since she still feels bad it comes off as forced and pats her bag. "It would also be intresting to read what they say. Maybe we can find some clues on the whereabouts of the printers on them."
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133658
133659 133660
>>133656
Um... let me see if I can think of anything

>>133657
“You can try...” she says
“But I’m not sure it will be so simple.”
Amber Sunset
4b38890
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No.133659
>>133658
No rush, still really tired.
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133660
133661 133662
>>133658
"Yeah, probably," Fantasy says.

Fantasy stands up and walks over to the tan stallion.

"The ice-cream was tasteful. I may return."

She then leaves teh establisment with Mr. Snuggles on her back. I assume that Skies follow after.

"There were two times which I had to stop myself from speaking up before." Fantasy looks into the ground. "When she talked about equality and hierachies and the idea that the fascists were trying to divide creatures through nationality.

"First, I don't believe that, even if we wanted to, a world could exist without hierarchies. It's just the nature of nature.

Fantasy starts to stare up into the sky above.

"Second, I find it sad and hilarious taht she thinks that the divide between creatures is artifical but the one between classes isn't."
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133661
>>133660
Tasteful*
Or delicious
Anonymous
22a52d7
?
No.133662
133663
>>133660
She nods
“I know the feel. I’ve had to learn to hold my tongue as well. There is a hierarchy of creatures in nature, and for the same reasons, a hierarchy in everything nature produces. Ponies who follow these ideologies tend to hate hierarchy because they often find themselves on the bottom. They don’t understand how to run a society or an economy. You couldn’t run a daycare without a clear understanding who who does what and who has final say in what is done, let alone a country. As for this ‘unity across nations... they don’t understand that ponies are like ands and bees. They live in hives by nature. Destroying the hive does little good.”

She sighs
“But ideologues similar to these, if not the same, hold sway in many parts of Equestria and parts of the world. It will take a long time to rehabilitate this area. Everypony has their place. Everypony has their role. Fighting that leads to unhappiness. But making ponies see that... is more challenging than I’d wish.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133663
133664
>>133662
Fantasy mostly nods throghout Skies' dialogue.

"Mmm... Yes. Though I would say that mare knew her craft well. I assume that she thinks stuff like this because she pities the creature and ponies below her. She might not fully understand that money cannot be given to everypony that has it rough.

"Although, from where I'm form this did not matter because ponies help each other for free. The idea that social benefits from the tgoverment were to solve everything never even entered our minds."
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133664
133665
>>133663
She shrugs
“She’s an Earth Pony. They always find themselves on the bottom of society, and they always want to get out of it. Government is a tool of it sometimes. Sometimes it’s unions. But always, it’s the same peasant revolt.”
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133665
133666
>>133664
"I suppose that's fair. I wouldn't trust some higher standing ponies to always be on the lookout for my best intrests. To seek power isn't wrong but the methods can be.


"Though I would say that I never seen any branch of socialism as peasenats revolting, its kmore like they are used by someone powerful to their purposes rather than for a cause." <- Would have liked to add this buI'm not sure if this is something she would say.


"Anyway, let's get back to HQ."
Anonymous
22a52d7
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No.133666
133667 133749
>>133665
“Seeking power is wrong when the ponies seeking it can’t use it well” she says.

But the two ponies walk back to HQ, arriving back at the offices
Anonymous
29673c8
?
No.133667
>>133666
I guess we'll stop here until Dark Star returns.

Anyway, this a was fun and a fine session. .
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133668
133669
Once it gets closer to dinner, Silver gets up and goes to the kitchen to prepare their food.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133669
133670
>>133668
This is pretty straightforward, with the kitchen having all the necessary equipment, and mod ingredients
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133670
133671 133673
>>133669
Then Silver gets to work preparing the stroganoff. He also tries pan frying some of the crocogator meat they got for Mala.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133671
133672 133673
>>133670
Hopefully Silver knows how to prepare both. The electric stove isn’t quite as powerful as the gas or even wood stoves Silver is familiar with, but he makes so
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133672
133674 133675
>>133671
cooking pony noises
Anonymous
4b38890
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No.133673
133674 133677
>>133670
>>133671
Be thankful you aren't being asked to roll for cooking. inb4 roll 1 and burn the house down
Anonymous
2ab3651
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No.133674
BD233399-19B3-4B5D-82BE-DE41737B5F09.png
>>133672
>>133673
Hmmm.... Tempting
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133675
133676
>>133672
Silver is able to complete both: stroganoff, and fried alligator
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133676
133678
>>133675
Silver sets the table, and calls out to the household.

"Dinner!"
Anonymous
29673c8
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No.133677
133678
>>133673
I'll probably leave the station soon if Darkstar doesn't show. Then I'll just check on the pamhplets and then leave. Our characters can bump into each other on the streets.

I will give Darkstar sometime thought but otherwise it make sesne that my charcter would take the rest of the day off and not meet Darkstar (if he doesn't appear) since he is in a meeting with Seabreeeze.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133678
133710
>>133676
Khoi and Jubilosa enter the room together, while Mala, last to enter, is the first to the table. Jubilosa looks with intrigue at the new food while Khoi examines it with caution. Mala sniffs both the struganoff and the fried alligator with enthusiasm

>>133677
Hopefully he'll be around tomorrow...
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133710
133711
>>133678
Silver serves up portions of the stroganoff onto everyone's plates, and serves up a portion of fried gator to Mala. He looks over to the other carnivore in the room.

"Want some crocogator, Jubilosa?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133711
133721
>>133710
Each of the creatures looks at the strogranoff as it is placed. Mala bends over to sniff the stroganoff, and then the fried alligator. Jubilosa looks down at the stroganoff with curiousity, and then picks up a fork to move it. Khoi is rather skeptical of the stroganoff, unsure about it.

Jubilosa:
"Crocogator? What's a crocogator?"
But when she looks over to Mala's plate, she says,
"Oh. Sure. I'll try it, I guess."
Anonymous
6594ab4
?
No.133712
133713
I'll wait a bit more. No stress.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133713
1597345994392.jpg
>>133712
Hopefully Dark Star will return soon. Hopefully...
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133721
133724 133725
>>133711
The stroganoff moves, well, like a cassarole. Noodles provide the base of the dish, covered in a simple sauce of cream of mushroom soup and sour cream, with extra mushrooms to add more substance to the meal.

He looks over to Khoi, and smiles.

"Go ahead, try it. It is quite good!"

He sevres some meat to Jubilosa and then sits down in front of his own plate. He licks his lips before digging into the satisfying meal.
Anonymous
ab45c57
?
No.133722
133723
We need to send a radio signal to see if Dark Star and Iron are okay
Anonymous
f80e909
?
No.133723
>>133722
I’m pretty sure Iron is okay, I just need to stop being lazy and summon him
Anonymous
f80e909
?
No.133724
133725
>>133721
Khoi seems rather hesitant looking at it. She looks over to Mala and Jubilosa.

Jubilosa, however, uses a fork to try to pick up some of the aligator meet, moving it up in her beak in exactly the manner you’d expect a bird to eat. Mala basically just puts his muzzle directly in the Stroganoff.

[1d2 = 1]
Anonymous
f80e909
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No.133725
133739
>>133724
>>133721
Khoi picks up a fork, and starts nibbling on the Stroganov, with an expression of discomfort and uncertainty
Anonymous
ab45c57
?
No.133733
133734 133735
If Dark Star and/or Fantasy shows up I can squeeze in a session, otherwise I won't be here
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133734
126056.jpg
>>133733
Um... Okay
Anonymous
c398d98
?
No.133735
133736
>>133733
Would like to play but has some stuff on my mind. I think another day. I just can't hack it today. However, I think my character will seek out yours next time I play.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133736
2371220__safe_artist-colon-lollipony_twilightsparkle_alicorn_pony_animated_cute_donut_female_floppye.gif
>>133735
Um, okay. Hope you can play tomorrow
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133739
133741
>>133725
Silver at least looks like he's enjoying the meal.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133741
133743
>>133739
Jubilosa eats a piece of alligator, and then another and another. She's eaten a significant portion of it before she tries the Stroganoff. She takes a small sample with her fork, tastes it, and looks off to the side to contemplate it, before using her fork to eat it in earnest.

Mala sticks his muzzle into the stroganov and eats a portion of it, before pulling his muzzle out and licking his nose and lips - covered in cream - for many seconds, before placing his muzzle into the plate of fried aligator. Mala eats all of the fried alligator quickly, always directly with his mouth, simply biting off pieces where the meat is too large to swallow. When this is done, Mala goes back to the stroganov, especially liking to lick up the cream.

Khoi is the slowest to eat, trying but struggling to use a fork, before using her magic directly to pick up noodles. She chews the noodles extensively, unlike Jubilosa and Mala, who don't or very possibly can't chew. She often looks over to Mala and Jubilosa with concern o judgement, and while Mala does not notice, her glance seems to provoke Jubilosa to switch from the alligator meat to the stroganov. Khoi avoids the cream where she can, and eats mostly just the noodles.
Anonymous
ab45c57
?
No.133742
133744
Nova Griffonia is a much better country to play for a new player than Equestria is. You won't get dec'd on by anyone else and there are hardly any unexpected surprises. There are several very fun paths to go down, and the research bonuses you get from national focuses are useful for keeping up in different areas.

I picked Goldfeather for the ancap memes and it's actually a fun and very different way to play the game. You can actually get civilian factories in return for volunteers which is a great help for such a small country, and it lets you play the game and get experience without risk of getting invaded. I've found that special ops units (mountaineers and knights in particular) are the best option, at least because my main army templates are still substandard. You can basically ignore navy and air force as you can't use those as mercenaries, though I'm playing catch-up with those since I'm boosting fascism across the northern hemisphere and maybe making a faction.

Also it was disappointing to see how the Equestria AI trounced the Karthianian Empire. Then again, it clearly had naval superiority whereas my navy was bugged in the other game. Interestingly that bug hasn't surfaced in this game. Also the Griffonian Republic's faction declared war on the Empire which never happened in my last game.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bd13d36
?
No.133743
133744
>>133741
Silver looks up from his food and over to Khoi. His raises his eyebrow and tilts his head slightly to the left.

"Why do you not use fork?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133744
133754
>>133742
I remember playing Goldfeather... It's been over a year and a half, but I do remember it. Nova Griffonia can be fun. Navies haven't really entirely worked right since Man the Guns.

>>133743
She looks back to him, with wide eyes.
"Uh...."
Anonymous
43d46bc
?
No.133749
133753
>>133666
>“Seeking power is wrong when the ponies seeking it can’t use it well”
Kind of like this qoute.
Anonymous
0d9345d
?
No.133752
133753
This is getting pretty far off-topic, but has anyone else played Darkest Hour? I wanted to get some vanilla HOI in but for some strange reason the vanilla game crashes after loading though EaW works fine. The next best thing was to try Darkest Hour, a "Hearts of Iron game" that is a standalone built by the modding community. It's based on HOI2 which I've heard is the best HOI game. It certainly is a very different sort of game and has a vast amount of depth.

The amount of depth in the game is astounding. For one, the time-frame extends from WW1 all the way to 1970. The densely-packed research system works off a research team system--rather than have a flat bonus based on government ministers (though you can get that too), you hire teams according to their expertise and skill level. I think the political system is far superior since rather than four ideologies, you get ten Kaiserreich-style depending on the axes of democratic/authoritarian and left/right. Diplomacy and intelligence are both self-managing for the most part. Although there are decisions, there are no focus trees, and outside of special events you can change the path of your country's politics only very gradually. Being an older game it isn't heavy on the visuals (and I still don't know if there are any hotkeys), but it makes up for it with the sheer amount of flavor text in the game (every historical government minister of every country is present!)

Part of me wishes that EaW was made in this game because of how well-grounded everything is. HOI4 is definitely a much more arcadey and "dumbed-down" game in comparison, but that probably works better for a cartoony setting. Still, if you like the history aspect of Hearts of Iron then check out DH.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133753
>>133749
Huzzah! I got one good line of dialogue

>>133752
That does sound pretty neat. It reminds me of the "Realism Invictus" mod for Civilization 4, which has something like three times the detail of the base game
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.133754
133755
>>133744
Silver smiles at her.

"It is okay, I am just curious. I have not seen unicorn - or kirin, in this case - eat like that."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133755
133756
>>133754
She is silent for a moment, looks down, then back up to Silver, and blinks

"What is this?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133756
133757
>>133755
"What is what? Fork? Stroganoff? I am afraid you will have to be more specific."
Anonymous
f80e909
?
No.133757
133758
>>133756
“This”
She points to the cream
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133758
133759
>>133757
He looks at the cream, and gives an amused smile.

"Cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. It is very good!"

He demonstrates by using his fork to impale some noodles and a large piece of mushroom from his plate, scooping up some of the cream sauce, and eating the savoury bite with a look of definite enjoyment.
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133759
133760
>>133758
She watches with something between fascination and horror
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133760
133764
>>133759
Silver swallows the bite, and smiles at Khoi.

"You do not have to eat it, and you especially are not obligated to like it, but it would be nice to see you try it before you give final judgement."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133764
133766
>>133760
She blinks
“But what is it?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133766
133767
>>133764
Now Silver looks confused.

"Cream of mushroom soup and sour cream...? I am afraid I do not understand."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133767
133769
>>133766
“Yes. This uh... this ‘sour cream’ she says.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133769
133770
>>133767
"Oh, that! Sour cream is made from cow's milk."
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133770
133771
>>133769
She narrows her eyes and slowly nods her head
“I see...”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133771
133772
>>133770
Silver now looks even more confused.

"What is wrong, Khoi?"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
?
No.133772
133773 133774
>>133771
“Is using animal for food.” She says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
?
No.133773
133775
>>133772
"...uh...well, yes, I suppose technically. It does not hurt cow to make, though."
Anonymous
ab45c57
?
No.133774
133779
>>133772
"You drink the BREAST MILK of a sentient creature, what's wrong with you!"
Anonymous
9fc34cb
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No.133775
133777
>>133773
“Are you sure though?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
bce850a
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No.133777
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>>133775
Silver nods.

"Absolutely."
Anonymous
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No.133778
>>133777
I don't want to be the one looking this up, but did they use certain machines to incentivise cows to produce milk in the 1940's and would those exist in Equestria?
Anonymous
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No.133779
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>>133774
Pretty much, yes.

>>133777
She looks up at him, silently for a moment, and then over to the other two

“Very well...”

She picks up more noodles with her magic, and tries to eat them
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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>>133779
Silver shrugs to her use of magic instead of her fork, and resumes eating the last of the stroganoff on his plate. He leans back in his seat once he's finished, giving his stomach a satisfied pat.

"Ahhhhh, that hit spot..."