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Occupied Equestria - New Opportunities
Anonymous
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No.143000
Continuing
1691 replies and 27 files omitted.
Anonymous
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No.144676
144678
>>144674
"Oh," Iron muttered, now feeling overall confused before giving her a small, content smile. "You had me worried for a second."

With that matter resolved for now, he turned towards Cauldron, beaming proudly. "Shall we continue?" he offered with a tinge of dramatic, playful, frou frou intonation. "Perhaps you would want to get off the rock instead?"
Amber Sunset
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No.144677
144678 144705
>>144660
That's exactly what I thought Sands was doing
Also, I can play today
Anonymous
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No.144678
144679 144681
>>144675
"Like the fact that we were far from alone in living like that, for example. The griffins are too."

>>144676
"Perhaps."

She relaxes on iron's legs, trying to ease down.

>>144677
Your section has a hell of a lot of description, so give me a few minutes
Anonymous
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No.144679
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>>144678
Iron decides Cauldron has had enough, gently lowering his legs towards the cushions with a warm smile on his face.
As soon as he was able to do so without making Cauldron plummet into him, the native cheekily decides to sneak his forelegs back around her crest for a big hug while his back legs ensured Black had the balance to land her backside on either him or the cushions.
"As a complimentary gift to our passengers," he playfully added with his pseudoformal tone "she will get a big hoof full of hugs after the flight to welcome them back to the earth."
Anonymous
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No.144680
144682
>>144679
She is lowered slowly on top of him

"Ah, hehe."
The fur on her back is a bit softer, and she gives him an at least lightly gripped hug in kind
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144681
144683
>>144678
"That I know. Griffons and ponies are not so different."

If she's nearby, Silver looks and smiles at Jubilosa.

"Is there anything else?"
Anonymous
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No.144682
144683
>>144680
Iron simply closed his eyes at the reply, breathing satisfactorily at his successful attempt as he tenderly stroked Cauldron's withers with his snout. "I am glad you are here with me," he cheesily admitted with a stronger blush than before.
Anonymous
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No.144683
144684 144685
>>144682
"And I'm glad you haven't killed yourself yet." She replies

>>144681
Jubilosa has come in and out of the room at points, but now is nearby

"Well, yes. I can't say that my father's experience with the Union wasn't a big part of it. But then there were the clashes in the street. the rhetoric of the demagogues. And of course the Aquelian Revolution just across the straight."
Anonymous
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No.144684
144686
>>144683
Iron snorted softly in amusement, deciding instead to let Cauldron properly stand up on top of him, fully allowing her to move off of him if she chose to.
All the while, he stopped his nuzzling, opting instead to temporarily lose herself on Black's eyes with a dumb smile, still lying on the cushions from head to tail. "After I met you? I would not dream of it," he softly whispered, blushing lightly.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144685
144686
>>144683
Silver nods, hearing the reasons behind his communist ideals.

"What was it like when Black Hooves first started to find power?"
Anonymous
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No.144686
144687 144688
>>144684
"D'aww"
Instead of moving, she stays close to him, hugging him back

>>144685
"Almost immediately every paper that was printed was watched by some official. They wanted us to report some things and not others. it was very intrusive. Education was also changed. Some texts changed. Many professors and teachers resigned in protest, others were removed. The old factories were repurposed. The money changed. The Unions, well, they didn't cease to exist. But they were placed under the control of the government. It was... it was a vast change. A dark change."
Anonymous
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No.144687
144689
>>144686
Iron practically squeed as Cauldron's forelegs wrapped around him, ecstatic to find himself willfully enveloped by the zebra mare's toned legs, evidenced by his heartbeat rising in excitement.
(T-this is great,) he cheerfully thought to himself. (I got hugged with love. Good job, me.)

He didn't really say much, simply reciprocating her hug with his own once again, hoping they'd stay like this for a good while.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144688
144689
>>144686
"It sounds as much. I suppose it was not long after they began to go after those they believed to be harmful to their vision?"
Anonymous
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No.144689
144690 144691
>>144688
"Removing local officials, professors, newspaper editors and so forth began almost immediately. They nationalized many things, like the schools, and exerted influence over things they didn't, like the newspapers."

>>144687
She does stay like this for a time. After perhaps a minute, she stands up, and moves off
Anonymous
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No.144690
144692
>>144689
As Cauldron separated, Iron was practically beet red, fully immersed in all his mushy, cuddly feelings as he chuckled dumbly. "Hoo~" the stallion exhaled sharply, completely pleased with himself. "Now that felt quite good."
The stallion took another discreet look at Sands just to see how she reacted to such a display.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144691
144692
>>144689
"And their political opponents, like, well, yourself?"
Anonymous
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No.144692
144693 144694
>>144691
"They had arrested protestors, yes. I didn't... quite get that honor. But yes."

>>144690
She has moved a bit forward again, and lower to the ground, staring at the scene.

Cauldron smiles
"Glad you are feeling better."
Anonymous
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No.144693
144695
>>144692
"Mostly thanks to you," Iron swiftly replied with a content smile, lying on the bed as she stared at Cauldron.

It did make him wonder just what was going on with Sands and her need to get closer to the action, as if... she was attracted to it somehow.
(D-does she get turned on when seeing two ponies hugging eachother?) Iron theorized in his head, soon starting to daydream White staring with dilated pupils as both him and Black rubbed their snouts together from side to side contently. (I certainly would not mind it.)
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144694
144695
>>144692
"I would still like to ask questions about what it was like when you feel more comfortable with it, even if you did not go through deed.

"So...did you have any questions for me, now that I have gotten to know you bit better?"
Anonymous
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No.144695
144696 144697
>>144693
Black Cauldron gets off, and stands next to Iron

"Will you be okay here?" She asks

>>144694
"Uh... Where did you come from? I guess."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144696
144698
>>144695
"I was born in St. Petershoof in Severyana, but I lived much of my adult life in outskirts of Manehatten prior to Great War."
Anonymous
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No.144697
144698
>>144695
"I will be just fine here," Iron replied, giving Cauldron a confident yet thankful smile "specially after your healing hugs."
Anonymous
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No.144698
144699 144700
>>144696
"Uh, what was that like?" he asks

>>144697
She smiles at him

"You'll need to heal and get better. But you really have created a mess."
Anonymous
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No.144699
144701
>>144698
"I know," Iron agreed, mellowing out as soon as he was reminded of his travesty, yet now he found the strength to smile "and I am ready to do what I must do correct it."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144700
144706
>>144698
"Well, St. Petershoof was quaint, old city, even back then. Only couple factories were in city and they only produced materials like timber and steel, so artisans were very much active and traded many finely crafted goods. There were not many non-ponies, mostly those were griffons from Nova Griffonia looking for better life, and while I did not interact with them much I knew they were not well liked or accepted by ponies. Living outside of Manehattan was quiet and peaceful, it was only when you got close to city that it started to get loud and chaotic. Mostly I just stayed out in rural farm area, making living by fixing tools used by farmers, and only went to city to buy food and supplies."
Anonymous
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No.144701
144702
>>144699
"Not right now you're not. You're hurt." She says
Anonymous
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No.144702
144703
>>144701
Iron scrunched at the immediate rejection of his help, almost offended, yet he sighed softly and laid himself down on the bed. "Right..." he muttered, blue, before his energy came back with a vengeance. "...then I will heal as fast as a pony can just to apply!"
Anonymous
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No.144703
144704
>>144702
She smiles

"Well heal quickly. You'll need it."
Anonymous
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No.144704
144706
>>144703
"Yeah!" Iron cheered excitedly, pumping his foreleg up before immediately laying back on the couch's cushions, thoughts of healing for Cauldron flowing through his head as he once again secretly glanced at Sands.
Anonymous
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No.144705
144727
>>144677
>>144574
>>144532
The rain that so mercifully ceased for the early hours of the night, has resumed its fall at moderate pace. Amber continues her walk down the long boulevards and simple streets through the city's grid pattern. It's a decent walk, and yet it's only a walk, all the same, as at least half of the inner portions of the city could be traversed in easy walking distance.

Amber has found Traveler street, traversing North and South. She can be pretty sure she's walked across this same road, albeit further north, along the way from her apartment to her places of work. And looking down it, she can see the side railings and upwards arch of a bridge. Before that, and to the right, is a tan brick structure, entirely rectangular in shape, several floors high and with simple, narrow windows where they are any windows at all. To the left of the same, is a mostly empty concrete lot ending in a few small, single story buildings that block a firm view of the river. Still, Amber can see lights on the other side, and lights that illuminate the lot. In front of the rectangular building is what is certainly the most impressive building there, with a red brick first floor, a grand stone stairway to a second floor, and walking paths above the first, before a set of ionic columns at least 30 feet tall that form the entrance of a larger rectangular building with a triangular roof in the center and patterns along the roof. This building, doubtless more impressive in the daylight than the limited light of the night, is completely dark, save for the lights in the front that illuminate the public street path.

In front of this same building is an open city block, with grass and multiple concrete paths along it. A bit off center and closer towards Amber is a statue of a pony rearing, surrounded by a small walkway. On a side opposite Traveler Street is a fountain. Nearer the side of the far building is a circular patch of concrete with an obelisk in the center, and a set of columns arranged in a half circle on the side facing Amber, and topped with stone.

To the left of the park, to the left of Traveller street, to Amber's left, and opposite across an east-west street and Traveler Street is a tan colored, multi colored building of brick with big windows and Doric columns at the street level entrance. To this building's side, but in front of Amber, and indeed almost directly in front of Amber, is a large row of both carts and Automobiles in blue color, parked by the building's side, and evidently wrapping back around the building.

Amber is not the only pony out at this hour. Parked in the open lot, a bit nearer the left, is a form that Amber can identify as a truck, colored in green and with a strangely metallic rectangular rear, along with an object protruding from between the cabin and the trailer. There are a couple ponies standing near it, who indeed, resemble pairs of ponies standing at many areas around the block. They have visible brimmed hats, thick green clothing, and the outline of a long object protruding from behind their backs. They are none too keen to be in the rain, and try to stand as close to buildings as possible. They are not alone, as ponies walk down streets, or come in and out of buildings, the building on the left in particular.
Anonymous
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No.144706
144707 144709
>>144700
"So uh, were you alone?" He asks

>>144704
She has again moved further away, and looks back at Iron
Anonymous
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No.144707
144708
>>144706
Deciding to leave Cauldron alone for now, he soon decided to focus fully on Sands now with a calm smile. "How are you feeling?" he asked.
Anonymous
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No.144708
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>>144707
"Still in pain, for one. And wondering why I agreed to be a soldier in someone else's war."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144709
144710
>>144706
"In St. Petershoof I lived with my father, who was blacksmith and former Royal Guard Quartermaster, but in Manehattan I was alone for good amount of time. I was married long time ago to pegasus mare named Storm Warning and we had three foals together, but she was murdered when we were together having picnic, and few years later my foals grew up and moved out to live their own lives, so for quite some time I was alone until Great War. I would consider right now, being in company of so many wonderful people, to be far superior to loneliness."
Anonymous
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No.144710
144713
>>144709
"Wait. She was murdered? I'm sorry to hear that."
Anonymous
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No.144711
144712
>>144708
"Oh," Iron muttered before extending his forelegs slowly towards Sands, beckoning her closer. "...will a hug make your pain go away, at least?"
Anonymous
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No.144712
144715
>>144711
"No." She says, flatly

"... But I'll take a hug."

She stands up, and moves in towards iron. Within hugging range.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144713
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>>144710
Silver smiles at him.

"I appreciate it. It still hurts to think on, but time has dulled pain. Now I continue to live my life as best as I can, and I can find solice in fact that she is resting easy in Elysium."
Anonymous
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No.144714
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>>144713
He twists his mouth, and says nothing for a moment. Then he says,

"Well, it's good that you haven't let it ruin you."
Anonymous
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No.144715
144716
>>144712
After she got close enough, Iron gently and carefully wrapped his forelegs around White's crest, making sure not to make her wounds act up and hurt her.
"We can sleep together in the couch if you want to," he suggested in a half-whisper, a bit embarrassed to proclaim it enough that Cauldron would hear it "so that you can get more hugs if need be."
Anonymous
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No.144716
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>>144715
"I liked the hotel.." She says

She's definitely softer, and perhaps even a bit fluffier than Black Cauldron, with a bit more bone and not much of the muscle.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144717
144718
>>144714
Silver tilts his head at the stallion.

"Something bothers you."
Anonymous
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No.144718
144720
>>144717
"What?" He says, without blinking
Anonymous
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No.144719
144721
>>144716
"This is obviously temporary," Iron reassured the bug, softly stroking her mane in an attempt to comfort her "until we get healthy enough to not rouse any suspicion as to why we are hurt all over."
He had to admit, while Cauldron filled the soul, Sands filled the hooves. It was a rather nice, comforting feeling in its own way. "Did you groom your coat before coming here?" he whispered gently, reveling in the fluffy sensation.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144720
144721
>>144718
"I do not know, but way you replied makes it seem like something about what I said bothered you."
Anonymous
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No.144721
144722 144723
>>144719
>bug
*Unicorn

"At the hotel, a little. But I've been sliced up and sewn back together, the same as you."

She seems slightly indignant

>>144720
"Well. Maybe the remark about Elysium. But.. No. Nothing bothered me."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144722
144724
>>144721
"What about Elysium?"
Anonymous
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No.144723
144724
>>144721
"That does not really explain why you tried to knock that bull out when I went down," Iron admitted, not really sure if he should feel thankful or confused. "You could have stayed out of it, yet you tried to take him down almost without a second thought."
Anonymous
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No.144724
144725 144726
>>144722
"Um..."

>>144723
"What was I supposed to do? Leave you to the mercy of that menace, and leave all of them aware of us but not beaten? It was supposed to be a simple hit to the back of the head, and then we were done with him. I did not think I would be stabbed anymore than you thought you would lose a hoof fight."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144725
144728
>>144724
Now Clip has done it. Silver is now looking at him with big, curious eyes, making the big, rough, fluffy stallion look surprisingly adorable.
Anonymous
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No.144726
144728
>>144724
"If it meant you not getting stabbed," Iron suggested, tenderly stroking her mane. "Besides, we were going to go back after overexerting myself anyways. Y'know, cut our losses and come back for round two against that bull."
He soon flashed a sporting smile at Sands. "I am certainly itching to brawl with him again," he added "just to pay him back for all the cuts he did to you. No matter what."
Amber Sunset
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No.144727
144728
>>144705
Interesting, I've never seen a truck quite like that. Well, courthouses are where magistrates live and I'd reason that the really imposing building has got to be the courthouse! So, the police station must be there!
She directly approaches the tan, multi-storied building and looks for an entrance. It's not quite so cold as to shiver but Amber is thankful for her cloak keeping her somewhat dry as she huddles by a blue car.
Anonymous
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No.144728
144729 144730 144731
>>144725
Oh noes

"Well, I was going to say I don't think any such thing as 'Elysium' or anything like it exists, but... that would be horribly inappropriate under the circumstances, so I... tried to say nothing."

>>144726
She leans in, closing her eyes, and smiling as she lets him stroke her rather long, and still reasonably soft, mane.

But then she sits up, and looks back at Iron with concern
"No. You don't understand. You surprised them before. Tricked them into fighting with less than their all. They know you are a threat now, and they will not make the same mistake again."

>>144727
The street, especially near the entrance, is brightly lit by street lamps and lights on the buildings. Amber can see another pair of ponies standing outside the building. The Entrance is right there, well illuminated, behind the doric columns, and guarded by the ponies.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144729
144732
>>144728
"...okay, I can see why you would not try to say anything. But really, you do not believe that Elysium exists? What do you think happens to souls after death, then?"
Anonymous
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No.144730
144732
>>144728
"They might," Iron admitted, obviously agreeing with Sands before steeling his gaze, determined "but I am also going to change up my tactics to throw them off. Steal that case of his so we can have a clean fight like before or threaten to break it."
With that hopefully consoling explanation in order, he continued to stroke her mane to lighten her mental load even further.
Amber Sunset
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No.144731
144732
>>144728
Amber approaches the guards by the entrance and asks them gently,
"Excuse me, may I come in? I have...um...something important to give."
Anonymous
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No.144732
144733 144734 144735
>>144729
Sheepishly, he answers

"No. It dies with the body."

>>144730
"That might not be enough. They may come in number, and well armed."

She does, however, lay her head down, and lets him pet her.

>>144731
Amber can see they are stallions, who wear green and have long guns across their backs.

"If ya lookin' for an offica', you'll find one in there" a grey stallion tells Amber, pointing through the door. But just shortly inside, is a blue unformed zebra standing upright and out of the rain.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144733
144736
>>144732
"Huh. Wow. That is honestly depressing way to look at death."
Amber Sunset
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No.144734
144736
>>144732
"Okay! Thank you!" She steps inside, making sure to wipe off her hooves. She goes over to the zebra. "Hello, I would like to turn in some evidence, where can I go do that?"
Anonymous
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No.144735
144736
>>144732
"I can run very fast if we have to retreat all of a sudden," Iron boasted as he tenderly kept it up in the hopes of comforting the unicorn in distress. "Perfect to then lure them into a chokepoint and make their numbers insignificant."
Anonymous
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No.144736
144737 144738 144739
>>144733
"Well... Think of it as that much more of a reason to value life. If you only have the one to live."

>>144734
"Go further, ma'am."
He says to her

"To turn in evidence? In what case?"
He asks

>>144735
"You can only take so much. And they are - they will be so much more powerful than before. I think you need help." She says
Amber Sunset
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No.144737
144740
>>144736
"Hoebuck," she says, not looking back as she continues on. Is there a stairwell in view or should I roll for that?
Anonymous
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No.144738
144740
>>144736
Iron creaked his mouth open to object, only to be reminded of him biting the dust and getting Sands stabbed for it, which caused him to relent with a scrunch. "Well..." he trailed off, unsure "...we could recruit some more ponies for this... but I do not know who."
He took a second to consider it as he lightly curled one of White's mane strands before an idea popped up. "How about some Waterfront goons?" he offered.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144739
144740
>>144736
"I suppose...still, I will let you have your opinion. I know in my heart Elysium exists, even if I am not yet ready to make that trip.

"Any other questions for me?"
Anonymous
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No.144740
144741 144742 144743
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>>144737
Features like stairways and hallways should be plainly visible.

But let’s roll anyways and see what happens. Spot, wisdom modifier.

>>144738
“I think the Waterfront only wants to own this if it’s a success. You heard what the Zebra said. Something about ‘authority to start a war.’”

>>144739
“Uh... so, we’re you a fighter always, or a... tractor repair stallion?”
Amber Sunset
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No.144741
144744
>>144740
[1d20 = 11]
Anonymous
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No.144742
144744
>>144740
"Oh," Iron muttered, at a loss for words, looking deeper into the confines of his mind. "I... do know a pegasus that likes to beat griffons up... but she is working for one of those government agencies... Blackhooves, if I recall correctly."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144743
144744
>>144740
"Bit of both. My cutie mark lends itself both to fighting and to forging. But besides those two, I have not done much else."
Anonymous
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No.144744
144745 144746 144747
>>144741
Over to the right, in something of an atrium, is a rather large staircase, going up. In the center, is a hallway leading away. To the left, Amber's field of view cuts off, but it seems logical that there would be a hallway. The floors are tile, mostly holding a beige color not much lighter than the tan colored wooden walls.

>>144742
"Blackhooves." She pulls her upper body away as her hooves remain in place.

"They will do such much more than 'beat them up.'"

>>144743
"Well, I suppose that's a useful range of activities."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144745
144750
>>144744
Silver nods in agreement, and then waits for the next question.
Anonymous
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No.144746
144900
>>144744
Iron, in response, stopped caressing and hugging her for the time being, feeling it inappropriate for the situation.
"I feel it would be adding wood to the fire and give them more power to nose into other stuff," he presumed with a frown "but if they are tipped towards them, they will be wiped out for sure."
He thought about the option for a second before shaking his head. "... not sure if it would be a good idea..."
Amber Sunset
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No.144747
144914
>>144744
Amber hurries over to the right, trying not to make too much noise, and looks to make sure she can get up the stairs unobstructed.
Anonymous
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No.144748
Okay, I have to sleep now
Anonymous
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No.144750
144751
>>144745
"So... what will happen to me?" He asks, pulling his lips up in an awkward smile.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144751
144752
>>144750
He smiles down at the smaller stallion.

"If you are worried about any of us turning you in, you can discard those fears. You are free to stay as long as you like."
Anonymous
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No.144752
144753
>>144751
He tilts his head, and an ear flops

"But why?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144753
144754
>>144752
"Because it is nice thing to do, and because you are not bad pony. I actually think you are nice stallion."

He lifts a forehoof, and pats the top of Clip's head.
Anonymous
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No.144754
144755
>>144753
As the hoof comes down, his eyes close and his ears move aside.

"Well thanks. So, you've got a little group of 'rescues going here, don't you?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144755
144756
>>144754
"Sort of, though I am not sure that is term I would use. They are just good people who all looked for better life and got tricked by traffickers, and now they are free but do not have anywhere else to go. And it is not like I had much else use for three bedrooms. If I had any more room here, I would let even more stay if they wanted."
Anonymous
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No.144756
144757
>>144755
“And you say you took this from one of the traffickers?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144757
144758
>>144756
He nods.

"From leader of traffickers, Stormfeather Maakie."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144758
144759
>>144757
"Heh, a great use of that property, I might say. I am fond of the idea, giving it back to the victims."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144759
144760
>>144758
"I could not agree more. There is one more member of household you have yet to meet if you want to."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144760
144761
>>144759
"Sure. You say you rescued a gnoll?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144761
144762
>>144760
He nods and gets up from the couch.

"They are like big hyenas. His name is Mala, and he is honestly one of nicest people I have ever met."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
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No.144762
144763
>>144761
"Where did you find him, exactly?"

Paper Clipping gets up from the couch, and seems willing to follow Silver.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144763
144764
>>144762
Silver leads Clip upstairs to the door to Mala's room, talking along the way.

"We found him tied to leash in Hoebuck's lower levels. He was forced to do Maakie's bidding after his parents died, otherwise he would have died homeless and hungry out on street. After we found him and gave him promise of better life, he took up his family's sword to help us bring Maakie and Maarists down, and has since proven himself to be exceptionally nice person, and great friend."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
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No.144764
144765
>>144763
"Well that's pretty neat. I've always thought creatures are good at heart. It's the circumstances that make them bad."

He follows Silver up to the room. The door is already open. Silver can see Mala, who appears to have gotten up to great them at the door. He has a small smile and ruffled fur, which goes every which way.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144765
144766
>>144764
Silver smiles at the lovable gnoll, and greets him with a big hug.

"It is great to see you up, Mala!"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144766
144767
>>144765
"Hello." Mala says to Silver. His head quickly turns to the newcomer, ears at full attention, before he moves his forelegs back to halfway turn his body towards the new pony.

Paper Clipping's reaction is more dramatic, his smile fading, and immediately taking a step back, then another, and then another, almost tripping because of his bad leg.

"You didn't tell me it was this one."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144767
144768
>>144766
Silver looks back to him.

"What is wrong?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144768
144769
>>144767
Paper Clipping retreats out of the room.

"That's one of the jailers!"

When he is able, Paper Clipping pulls up his right hind leg and shows Silver the wound - not that there is anything to see with the bandage over it.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144769
144770
>>144768
Silver pets Mala, and looks back to Paper Clipping.

"Mala is fine. As I said, he was forced to do Maakie's bidding for food and shelter. He is good person and great friend at heart, if you give him chance to show you."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144770
144771
>>144769
Mala, still in his own room, is pet. He seems a little disturbed by the response, though much less so than Paper Clipping, who says,

"He sure looked enthusiastic about it to me, barking and yipping at us at the tables and cages. He got his teeth into me when I didn't move from a work bench."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144771
144772 144773
>>144770
He looks back at Mala.

"I am sure he is sorry for what he did."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144772
144773 144774
>>144771
Mala is frowning, and his ears are down. Note that Paper Clipping is in the hallway, Mala is in the room, and the two don't really have line of sight to each other.

"My leg is still not right." Paper Clipping responds, looking afraid
Anonymous
d163c59
?
No.144773
>>144771
>>144772
This pony bein' specist?! Call the thoughtcrime police!
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144774
144775
>>144772
Silver stands up, and goes out to look at Clip.

"Please, just come back and meet him, properly this time. I promise you, Mala is good person when you get to know him. Khoi and Jubilosa both get along with him despite having been in much same situation you yourself were in, and you said it yourself that you think all creatures are good at heart."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144775
144776
>>144774
"O... kay..." Paper clipping cautiously limps forward towards the door, and comes within view of Mala. paper Clipping stares for a moment.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144776
144777
>>144775
"Alright. Paper Clipping, meet Mala. Mala, meet Paper Clipping."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144777
144778
>>144776
There is silence for a moment, before Mala says

"Hello."

Paper Clipping takes a step back

"Um... sorry... heh."

Paper Clipping continues staring at Mala

"Uh... Hi."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144778
144779
>>144777
Silver smiles, and claps his hooves together.

"There, see? You two can be friendly together, start your relationship from scratch."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144779
144780
>>144778
Paper Clipping moves his head a bit forward

"Is that an earring?"

"Yes," Mala says, twisting his lips, sitting up, and holding a paw over his ear

"Heheh,"
Paper Clipping has a small, somewhat nervous giggle
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144780
144781
>>144779
"Khoi gave him bit of makeover yesterday. You should have seen him, he looked quite fancy!"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144781
144782
>>144780
"And the mane. It's... it's a bit different from what I was expecting."

Mala's mane is decidedly ruffled and unkempt from what it was last night. Still, most of the pattern of combing remains.

Mala gives a light smile, looking back at Paper Clipping, while running his paw through his mane, trying to push it over to the right.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144782
144783
>>144781
"Do you like it? I like it."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144783
144784
>>144782
"I like it."
Paper Clipping still has an awkward expression, but he manages a smile

Mala smiles likewise.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144784
144785
>>144783
Silver smiles as well.

"See? You two can get along."

He looks down at the smaller stallion beside him.

"I can continue to show you upstairs of house if you want, unless you would rather get to know Mala better."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144785
144786
>>144784
"I'm... sure I'll have plenty of time for both. What else is up here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144786
144787
>>144785
"Well, this is Mala's room, and over here is Khoi's room."

He leads Clip over to the mentioned room, and opens the door.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144787
144788
>>144786
Silver opens the door to a simple bedroom with a well kept bed, and a door to the patio. There are no clothes on the floor, no depressions in the bed, and the only sign that anycreature has occupied the room is a couple candles and a couple pieces of wood, looks like they came from the sea, placed on a dresser on the far side.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144788
144789
>>144787
"She does keep tidy room."

He closes the door, and continues to tour onto the next room.

"And here is room where Jubee and I are staying."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144789
144790
>>144788
"Woah." Paper Clipping is already impressed with the room, trying to make his way inside. There are no bedsheets, nor any covers on the bed.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144790
144791
>>144789
Silver lets the stallion inside, following him in close behind.

"I know, it is amazing room. Our bedsheets are currently in wash, we got them rather, um...dirty."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144791
144792
>>144790
He looks back to Silver with twisted lips. But then he continues his search around the room. Again, he takes particular note of a taxidermied animal, this time being the weird dog thing that is near the wall.

"Woah. Is this is a Star Cross Wolf?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144792
144793
>>144791
"Is it?"

Silver goes to look at the animal?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144793
144794
>>144792
It looks like a small wolf, sort of, with a canine head and general appearance of a carnivore. But the ears are rounded, the fur is stripped in the hind quarters, and its arched rear only gradually connects to a long, straight tail with a rounded end. It's hard to tell how accurately the taxidermist imitated the live animal.

"I think so. Hard to say. I've never seen a live one."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144794
144795
>>144793
"How do you know so much about these animals, anyhow?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144795
144796
>>144794
"I don't, really. It's one of our local animals. One of the animals of 'Her Majesty's Dominion of New Mareland, New Freeside, and Starcross.' I mean it's not found anywhere else. There were some articles about the animal some years back, and they mentioned them in school."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144796
144797
>>144795
"Is it endangered?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144797
144798
>>144796
"Well, yes. That is what the articles were about. The colonial government passed a law to protect them."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144798
144799
>>144797
"Hmm. I suppose that is why Maakie sought to hunt one."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144799
144800
>>144798
"Heh, good luck finding one. He probably bought one someone else stuffed years ago. They're not exactly easy to come by."

He takes a pause, and his smile fades to straighter expression
"Oh course I don't really know."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144800
144801
>>144799
Silver pats Clip's back.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144801
144802
>>144800
And Clip is pat

"Some griffinland decadence. Always wanting to show off by collecting the rarest things."

After another pause
"I can almost understand it. This might be the only one I'll ever see."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144802
144803
>>144801
"I suppose there is some good in that. It is good to learn about world, and things within it."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144803
144804
>>144802
"Education is always good, and always important." He says, moving on to a different item. this time, he inspects the globe a little past the taxidermied animal.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144804
144805
>>144803
Silver joins him.

"It is hard to believe world is so vast."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144805
144806
>>144804
Paper Clipping moves the globe around, looking at new Mareland, and then Equestria in particular, before moving it around to what seem to be random points.

"It's getting smaller." He says
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144806
144807
>>144805
"Yes, but in some ways that is not so bad. It means it is easier now than ever before to learn about different places and peoples, and come to understand and appreciate them."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144807
144808
>>144806
"This is true. Perhaps someday we can have true friendship. A true fraternity of all creatures, everyone working for the good of the other."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144808
144809
>>144807
"Maybe, or something like it. World where we recognize that we are all not so completely different that we can not get along, and where we all are firm in our knowledge of our place in this world."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144809
144810
>>144808
He smiles
"Oh, we can do better than than. Just 15 years ago, many layers of Harmony were thought impossible. A thousand years ago, Harmony itself was barely known. Imagine what could be done with another good, productive, 15 years. Or even another thousand. Elysium will be here, on this planet."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144810
144811
>>144809
Silver smiles back.

"I must admit, that does sound pleasant."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144811
144812 144813
>>144810
"Better than all of this. Better than all of this for sure. I like what you've done here, helping us. It's a very good step."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144812
144813
>>144811
The bigger unicorn smiles even wider.

"Thank you, that means lot."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144813
144814
>>144811
>>144812
"So...you do not happen to feel more comfortable about talking now, do you?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144814
144815
>>144813
“I should thank you, really. Helps to restore my faith in Harmony after all that.”

The colt gets up, and sits down on the bed, with his front legs on the side of the mattress .

“About what?”
He asks, looking over at Silver
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144815
144816
>>144814
He can't help but smile even warmer at the praise. He sits down next to Clip.

"You know, about your experience in dance hall."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144816
144817
>>144815
“Well... I... went to a certain dance hall to meet a certain older stallion I’ve known from my working in the newspaper and with a certain political party. I went there, we talked, I drank a couple... alcoholic beverages, and we went to a backroom. There was a knocking on the door, then the door was knocked down, and police entered, and it was very embarrassing. They put me in a cart, they arrested the stallion, they arrested several other ponies and griffins, and I pleaded with them not to tell my parents. Eventually the police stallion did release me, but he gave me a ticket, and told my parents where I was. Thankfully he didn’t tell them why I was detained, but my parents could figure it out, and I rushed to find ponies to help pay off the ticket. I was underaged at the time.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144817
144818
>>144816
"Wait, you were underaged? By how much?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144818
144819 144821
>>144817
“By about six months. For alcohol, that is. For, uh, ‘sexual intercourse,’ I was of age. Not that certain kind of intercourse are legal at any age.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144819
144820 144821
>>144818
"Ohhhhh. It is silly there is different legal ages for those. By time I was 16 I had already discovered what my favorite type of alcohol was. Good old whiskey..."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144820
>>144819
"Heheh, it was 18 in New Freeside. I've mostly drank beer. Can't say I know much about whiskey. Tried a sip once and it seemed a little strong for me."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144821
144822
>>144818
>>144819
"Did you know older stallion, or was he just random fling?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144822
144823
>>144821
"I knew him, yes. He would sometimes write columns for the paper, and I knew him in the Party. I can't quite say he got me into the Party, but that wouldn't be entirely unfair either."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144823
144824
>>144822
"That is good. Sounds little bit like story friend of mine from Nimbusia told me, where young stallions would take on older stallions as their mentors, and would do things like you and this older stallion did."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144824
144825
>>144823
This statement takes him a moment, and he blinks

"Ha! Yes. Equestrian culture isn't really the standard of all cultures through out history when it comes to many things, like attitudes to sexuality, or family formation."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144825
144826
>>144824
"I suppose so. Did you like it, what little you and your partner did?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144826
144827
>>144825
"Uh, well, I suppose..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144827
144828
>>144826
Silver tilts his head at the colt.

"You do not know?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144828
144829
>>144827
"It was, it was new."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144829
144830
>>144828
"Just new?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144830
144831 144832
>>144829
"Well, a bit fun. Awkward, scary, or disgusting at times, but fun."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144831
144832
>>144830
"Sounds little bit like first time have sex. Awkward, little bit scary or disgusting at times, but fun."

He smiles at Clip.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144832
144833
>>144830
>>144831
"If you want, I have bottle of nice whiskey I bought recently. I can go and get it, teach you how to best drink it."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144833
144834
>>144832
"Uh, well, maybe. It is a time for trying new things, and freedom."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144834
144838
>>144833
"Alright, just stay here."

Silver goes downstairs, grabbing the bottle of whiskey and two glasses to bring back.
Amber Sunset
7802ef3
?
No.144835
144836 144837
well then
Anonymous
d163c59
?
No.144836
144837 144838
>>144835
The degeneracy levels are rising. We have reached peak Roman Era.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144837
144839
>>144835
>>144836
I will get the twink!
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144838
144840
>>144834
Silver finds the set of apple whiskey, pours two glasses, and returns upstairs easily enough.

>>144836
I don't know... That's a tough peak to climb
https://youtu.be/Wy_kKBBe2Co?t=1233

Anonymous
d163c59
?
No.144839
144840
>>144837
Good luck, Nero Sword.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144840
144841
>>144838
He smiles at Clip once he returns.

"Ready for your lesson? This is good stuff."

>>144839
He doesn't need luck. Just his Sword.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144841
144842
>>144840
"Uh..."
He looks down at the glass

"Sure? I think..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
f19911a
?
No.144842
144843
>>144841
Silver rejoins him on the bed, pouring whiskey into each of the glasses he brought, giving one to Clip and setting the bottle on the end table.

"Alright, so there are two ways to drink whiskey. First is to drink it quickly, getting through burn as fast as possible. It is good way to get drunk quickly, but you can not enjoy flavor of drink this way, so sometimes it is waste of good whiskey. Alternatively, second way is to hold it in back of your throat, letting burn spread throughout your mouth and enjoying flavor before swallowing. It takes practice to take burn, but once you have it down, you get satisfaction of feeling warmth of drink spread throughout your being, burning in your throat, boiling in your stomach, and tasting like pure, melted gold."

He holds his glass up to Clip, waiting for him to toast their drink.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144843
144844
>>144842
"I suppose the second one is what I should do." he responds
Silver "The Floof" Sword
f19911a
?
No.144844
144845
>>144843
"Well, either works in different situations, but second way is better for drinking to enjoy drink, or drinking with friends."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144845
144846
>>144844
"Eh, I've seen what alcoholism can do to ponies. And I've heard of what it does to the working classes. If I am going to drink, I'd rather drink more slowly."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
f19911a
?
No.144846
144847
>>144845
"That is good reason."

He continues to hold his drink out to Clip, still waiting for cheers.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144847
144848
>>144846
He gives a weak smile, holds the glass up to Silver, and clinks it

"Cheers"

He takes the glass, and slowly sips it, holding it in his mouth with a scrunch for some seconds, swallows, and then

"Gah! Ack!"
starts coughing

"Smooth"
He says, smiling in part.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144848
144849
>>144847
Silver smiles back, and takes his drink, holding it in the back of his throat with a practiced ease. He holds it for a few second before swallowing, shivering as the warmth spreads through of his body.

"Ahhhhh…so much better than swill they call vodka back in Motherland."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144849
144850
>>144848
"Is it? I can't really say"

He tries another sip, though this one is smaller. He scrunches again, but swallows with only one cough thereafter.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144850
144851
>>144849
"Vodka is one of strongest liquors. It tastes like gasoline, it is all burn and no flavor. They make it to get drunk, nothing more. It is reason why alcoholism is so bad in Severyana."

He takes another drink, refilling his whiskey glass afterwards.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144851
144852
>>144850
Paper Clipping does not drink as quickly as Silver, still having liquid in the glass

"Yeah, I've heard of what it was like there, with the peasantry and the Boyars, the last king and the colonial government. And the trade embargos since."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144852
144853
>>144851
"Did you know that production of vodka was limited to only Tsar and those he gave production licenses to, prior to Severyana's annexation into Equestria? That practice actually continued afterwards, except instead ownership of production of vodka was underneath Equestrian Crown, and licenses were given out to nobles in Severyana who gained Canterlot's favor."

The downside of being a bigger, more practiced drinker. Still, he tries to stretch it out, rather wanting to enjoy drinking with Clip than just getting drunk.
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144853
144854
>>144852
"That sounds exactly right. And the vodka was portioned out to whoever they wanted to numb."

He takes another sip, and scrunches
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144854
144855
>>144853
"And they got rich and fat off of profits of selling production licenses and from taxes from liquor sales. It is how Severyana managed to fund Empire that could rival Equestria at its peak, at cost of making many ponies in North addicted to drink."

He takes another drink, letting the warmth fill his being.

"But this, this is different. Whiskey...it is smooth, flavorful, warm, and yes while it can be strong it is still manageable. It is perfect drink to relax with."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144855
144856
>>144854
"Relax?" He tilts his head, and one ear flops down

"Not to get riled up?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144856
144857
>>144855
"For some, perhaps. Many drinks affect others differently, and for me nothing is more relaxing than nice glass of whiskey."
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144857
144858
>>144856
"Well then..."

He looks down into the mostly empty glass
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144858
144859
>>144857
Silver levitates the bottle of whiskey over, and fills both of their glasses again.

"What do you think of drink, so far?"
Anonymous
6ec7d89
?
No.144859
144860
>>144858
"It's not too bad. A bit of a kick to it."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
0ba4c80
?
No.144860
144861
>>144859
He smiles at Clip before taking another drink.

"It is good kick, enough to let you know what you are drinking without being overpowering."
Anonymous
d3321f3
?
No.144861
144862 144863
>>144860
“I guess that’s... that’s true.”

He smiles, a little awkwardly, placing the glass between his legs and keeping a hoof on it.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144862
144863 144967
>>144861
"So, anything else about yourself you would like to talk about? What do you like to do?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
?
No.144863
>>144861
>>144862
"For instance, what kind of music do you like to listen to?"
Amber Sunset
6d21f0c
?
No.144864
Hi there!
Anonymous
9145bf6
?
No.144868
144869
I might be busy for the next couple of days, but I hope to be back soon. I am excited to see where this goes.
Anonymous
d163c59
?
No.144869
>>144868
Understandable.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
c95152b
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No.144871
hopes to continue soon
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.144872
still hopes to continue soon
Anonymous
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No.144885
Okay, I’m actually available today and tomorrow. There will probably be a few hours I won’t be available, but I am available.
Shimmering Spark
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No.144886
144887
I believe we left off with Waabishki going to have dinner with the rest of the characters.
Anonymous
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No.144887
144889
>>144886
The Doctor continues speaking with Ply Press, talking about his life has been since they moved, with the Doctor likewise having experienced a move. The one from the country to the city, the other from the city to the country.

Petal enters the room,
“Dinner’s ready.”

Ply Press stands up, and directs the group towards a dinner table, which is down the small hallway, past the kitchen and the stairwell, into a room with a large table, plates, wooden floors, and windows yo the back
Shimmering Spark
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No.144889
144895
>>144887
Spark sits down at the table.
Anonymous
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No.144895
144896
>>144889
Ply Press tells the group,
“Come on, sit down.”

The Doctor sits, and Makade, looking a bit displeased, takes his seat as well. Waabishki, with uncertainty, takes a seat. Petal comes in, with a pan
“We have a hot dish. And some bread.” Placing it on the table. Then she comes out with two special plates.
“Smoked Salmon. Luis’s favorite.” She ruffles the top of Makade’s head, flopping his ears about. He scrunches, then bares his teeth. Waabishki giggles at the sight, and then sniffs the fillets fish before her.
Shimmering Spark
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No.144896
144897
>>144895
Spark takes a little bit of bread and takes a listen to the conversations at the table.
Anonymous
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No.144897
144898
>>144896
Doctor:
“That’s really neat you have something ready for the wolves.

Petal:
“We hoped our little Lyka would come back. And here he is! Smoked Salmon is his favorite.”

Waabishki uses a paw to push a piece of fillet into her mouth. Makade remains scrunching in protest for perhaps as long as thirty seconds, but takes a nibble of the salmon, and then eats more.
Shimmering Spark
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No.144898
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>>144897
"It is very kind of you to have made all of this for us. If you have some kind of errand you need done, I would be happy to be of assistance."