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Occupied Equestria
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145000
145001 145002
Iron got his ass beat and has pissed off a whole criminal syndicate, Amber is doing some shady shit at the police station, Silver is making friends, and Spark is enjoying Whinnysotan hospitality.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145002
145004
>>145000
"Heheh, that is rather cute reaction. Maybe sometime soon we will go into town and see if we can not find one for you to work for. I saw protests just some short few days ago outside city hall, if we get lucky and there is another protest maybe we will be able to ask one of protesters about subject."
Amber Sunset
e803b06
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No.145003
145004
>>145001 →
"Sounds like you can tackle just about any crime!" An idea suddenly pops into her mind. "You know, I've only just arrived but Baltimare's streets have an unsafe reputation and I've seen ponies act ugly.... You say Red Scabbard has a talent for confrontation. Could he give me some lessons in defending myself?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145004
145005 145006
>>145003
"Oh, I don't know if he's available right now for that. I think he's... not on the chief's good side and is working extra hours? We don't actually get overtime, which is not something to recommend this job over patrol duty. Anyways, I don't know where he's out to."

>>145002
"Oh. That's a good idea. I would say check with the unions, since they usually know but... they don't have those here anymore, do they?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145005
145007
>>145004
"I would not know, I have not been part of union. It might still be possible some workers would know, if they would have been part of union."
Amber Sunset
e803b06
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No.145006
145007
>>145004
"Oh, he sounds like a really busy stallion. Even compared to the others." She smiles.
She thinks, Yes, I'm finally on the right track! And even if he's not here it won't be my fault for messing it up, though I still wouldn't get paid.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145007
145008 145010
>>145005
"Hmmm... that's another idea. Ask workers directly, yes."

>>145006
"Well, we are all pretty busy. He's probably somewhere in the back. Anyways, that gun should be put up, and you should write a sworn affidavit about where and how you found it."
Amber Sunset
e803b06
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No.145008
145009
>>145007
A chill goes down Amber's spine. "A...sworn affidavit?
What's that?"

Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145009
>>145008
"Oh, it's a paper where you make a statement sworn under penalty of perjury about what happened. It's intended to be used in the criminal prosecution."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145010
145011
>>145007
"What else were you thinking of doing?"
Anonymous
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No.145011
145013
>>145010
"Well, i don't really know yet. Relax, and get acquainted with the city I guess."
Amber Sunset
e803b06
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No.145012
145022
"Oh, I see."
To herself: Oh no. Maybe sneaking in would have been better after all. Quick, keep talking!
Amber continues, "You said Red Scabbard doesn't have a good relationship with the chief? How come, was he lazy or somethin'?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145013
145022
>>145011
The unicorn smiles warmly.

"That sounds like good plan. Need somepony to be your wingpony?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145014
Okay, I have to sleep now
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145017
hopes to continue soon
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145021
145022
>>144957 →
"Still worried?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145022
145023 145024 145025 145027
>>144746 →
See >>144900 →

>>145021
"Yes..." She confesses

>>145013
"Uh..." He taps his forehooves together

"Like, at a bar?"

>>145012
"I've said more than I should already. Just understand that he is here for a purpose. At least i think he's here. i haven't seen him in an hour..."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145023
145026
>>145022
She adopts a worried expression. "Oh, I do hope he's here--I mean, that he's okay. It's not good to be up so late, even for a detective. It sounds like a hard job."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145024
145026
>>145022
"Heh, well sort of. I was thinking in more general idea, like friend to go places with."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145025
145026 145041
>>145022
"I wish I could help, but there isn't too much more I think I can provide."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145026
145028 145029
>>145023
"That it can be. It definitely can be. Anyways, let's go put this away."

[1d20 = 3]

>>145024
"Oh. yeah. Sure." He places his hooves down next to himself (the glass long having been placed on the bedstand)

>>145025
"Oh, you've done plenty. I wish I could do more..."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145027
145030
>>145022
"That is what I am worried about," Iron agreed with a nod. "Even if they do focus solely on them, there is no guarantee they will not come for the other concrete jungle tribes."
The stallion soon turned pensive, wondering what other avenues he had to choose instead.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145028
145030
>>145026
Sensing he's a bit disappointed, Silver gives him a small squeeze around the shoulders, being careful for his injuries.

"But I can be your wingpony in bar too, if you want."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145029
145030
>>145026
Do her pupils narrow? Perhaps but in the dim lighting of the hallway it may be hard to see. "Oh, of course, of course." She will follow him.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145030
145031 145033 145036
>>145027
"Maybe... uh... Maybe try that 'friendship' thing? I've never cared for it but I've herd it's effective. Not as effective as Family, obviously, but they have that and you need something to counter it."

>>145028
"Heh, that's alright. What places are there to go around here, anyways?"

>>145029
"Alright, let me just take this."

He takes the gun

"And be on our way."

He starts to go to the right.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145031
145032
>>145030
Iron couldn't help but blink as he refocused on Sands' statement, looking rather unsure about that suggestion. "How would I go about doing that?" he questioned. "I do not have such things that I know of."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145032
145034
>>145031
"Uh... I don't really know, to be honest. I'm saying that when facing them it's best not done alone. It's better like back at that Prison, where you have other people to help fight them."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145033
145035
>>145030
Is it possible to turn left? If so she'll try to make her way down that way without him noticing.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145034
145035
>>145032
Iron scratched his head in a bout of hopeless thought. "So I should ask for fighting ponies in the street through this 'friendship' avenue?" he tentatively asked.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145035
145039 145040
>>145033
He's not looking back, so yes, it is. Note that he physically possesses the gun.

Also, roll die

>>145034
"I... don't... really... know. Where did you find those ponies and that griffin the last time? And have you thought of hiding? Perhaps they won't be able to track you if you change your name.... well, I don't know if that would work, but... hiding is good."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145036
145037
>>145030
"I have not been to many places in city, but I have been to couple of bars and couple of nice restaurants."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145037
145038
>>145036
"Well, that's nice. Uh... Hey. Is the Occupational Government... well, we're not exactly entirely out of Blackhooves territory. Are they going to be able to find me here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145038
145041
>>145037
Silver shakes his head no.

"They will not. Even then, they have their hooves full trying to keep everything here from falling apart, so I do not think they will spend resources looking for runaway buggerer."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145039
145041
>>145035
Screw the gun, it's a liability if Amber held onto it anyway. [1d20 = 1]
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145040
145041
>>145035
"If I hide," Iron prefaced, expression soon oozing determination "it is to heal my wounds and go back to my mission of putting the fear in the enemy's hearts like I was supposed to."
It soon dissipated when considering Sands' other, slightly
more appealing suggestion. "I... sometimes stumble into them," he admitted "mainly because of those Black Hooves folk. I have no idea where they are."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145041
145042 145043 145045 145047
>>145025
"Well... I don't know if I could really replace him." She says, with a tinge of fear

>>145038
"They will absolutely send whole groups of armed police to your house back home if you don't show up to a recruiting office, or if the recruiting office rejects your request for deferment. Here, I suppose, the population won't just go along with it, and they know it. I think it will be better here. Better here, frankly, than probably any other ponish speaking area."

>>145039
Amber takes off down the hallway.

Then a wooden door opens right in front of Amber. It's one that opensthe other way causing Amber to hit the foreleg of whoever opened it, ruin into the narrow piece of wood, and force it open.

Roll two separate d20 dies

>>145040
"I'm just saying they are kind of scary themselves. Hiding is a viable option... I hope. Wait what? You found them through the blackhooves?"
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145042
145044
>>145041
"The two times I met with them," Iron tried to recall "they were for work that organization couldn't officially do... or something."
He opted to shrug instead. "All I know is that it was quite profitable to loot the spots they have sent me to so far," he added.
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145043
145044
>>145041
[1d20 = 7]
[1d20 = 2]
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145044
145046 145048
>>145042
"Couldn't officially do? They're a terrorist organization. The only thing that separates them from those communist wackos who blow up subway trains is that they have more money. Wait. loot?"

>>145043
Amber hits the door with force. There is nothing broken... probably, but damn, she hit it squarely with her muzzle. Better feel to make sure there is no busted lip or chipped tooth. Amber is knocked back, though probably not off of her feet, and momentarily stunned.
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145045
145049
>>145041
"You shouldn't focus on that aspect. What really matters is that you be there for him, even if that means filling a position. I think he will need some rest even after recovery. You might need to take the initiative and be in his spot for him."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145046
145049
>>145044
Iron blinked even further with a hint of disbelief at the unicorn. "You... do not remember how we took off with all the stuff from the place you were imprisoned?" he presented, slightly puzzled by her answer and considering how she actively helped transporting the stuff. "Granted, I doubt they would have simply let me take it without some negotiations, but I do not care for their political nonsense."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145047
145049
>>145041
"I know, that is why you are safe here. They are already having to deal with Celestialist loyalists in Stableside and Communists and other related groups here, if they tried to institute draft they would be dealing with mass revolution. Best they can do is to try to get ponies to willingly join up in army, or to colonize griffon lands they have taken over."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
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No.145048
145049
>>145044
Amber falls back on her haunches and hold a fetlock up to her muzzle. She shuts her eyes and whines softly.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145049
145050 145051 145052 145096
>>145045
"That's true." She says calmly.

"Still, I... i don't know how well I can fill that spot."

>>145046
"I mean you could do it again if only they could be beaten. What can we take from this group of griffins?"

>>145047
"Yeah, that's right. I almost wish they would try. Then again, that last Princess tried it here and they went along with it."

>>145048
"Are you alright miss?" Amber hears a voice that is at once deep in origin, but nasally and raised higher than it ought to be. She feels a hoof... or something softer than a hoof(?) placed on her.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145050
145053
>>145049
"Maybe one of those magical friendships some ponies like to ramble about with Germane," Iron offered with a shrug. "I did sign up for this to secure Cauldron's business' supplies, after all."
The stallion soon smiled with a hint of mischievousness. "I do have to admit that not having to search for the targets makes things a lot easier," he confidently asserted. "All I need is a spot to lure the would-be assassins in, a place to restore my health and a way to travel from one spot to the other without much risk."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145051
145053
>>145049
"That was different. That was our own Princess reluctantly calling upon her ponies in defense of our nation against invader, one who would have truly enslaved us to far greater degree than any Black Hoof or Il Duce or other fascist regime. Black Hooves are from foreign nation fighting foreign wars, and they are reason why Equestria is split in half and why Chrysalis still holds power. The owe nopony any loyalty here in Equestria, save for those few who were maligned by both Harmony and Communism, like Dark Star."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145052
145053
>>145049
"It might take some time, but you wouldn't be in the position to take that spot if you weren't supposed to."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145053
145054 145055 145065
>>145050
"No. It doesn't make it easier at all. You do not want them to find you. They won't give you heads up, and they won't give you a chance to fight back. They will stop an automobile outside your apartment and start shooting. Or follow you home, and as you are opening the door, start shooting. Or wait until you are eating dinner at a restaurant with your zebra friend, and shoot you from behind. Or wait until you are on the subway... and stab you. And then they'll run away. It could happen any time."

>>145051
"Defense of the Nation? Heh. That's what makes it alright? Do you think the Princess is the only one proclaiming 'defense of the Nation'? You should have seen the articles they made us run in Freeside. When Sicameon landed troops on the mainland, in the Colony, there was absolute hysteria and outrage that we were being invaded! Every indiscretion by the invading soldiers, every single tipped over rock, or whatever. It was all published. Then they'd call to expand the age range for the draft. It was the patriotic duty to defend the homeland against griffin invaders. It got so much worse when Aquellia invaded New Freeside. The island, they didn't come near my town, not that I would have opposed them. But I think it genuinely scared them. That was when they eliminated all deferments for the draft, eliminated all limits on terms of service, and loosed the medical requirements. They made a big deal about how Equestria supported the Aquellians. They called it a 'betrayal of Ponykind'. They must have realized that a third of their army is griffins, because the next day they sent a request to have any future publication change those words to 'a betrayal of Faustian Civilization', the same thing in different words. Then when Equestria declared war - and I assure you they denying publishing of any paper that suggested New Mareland declared war by sending its forces into Lushi - they called it a 'war of independence' against the colonial something or other. And of course even before the war started the made a big deal about the war against the Marehobdhi, or about the wars Aquellia and Wingbardy waged against their neighbors. They said New Mareland needed to expand to secure its supply lines and export markets, like it were a matter of national survival.

I have not the slightest bit of doubt that over somewhere in the Changeling Lands, those poor fools are absolutely convinced that the war against Equestria was necessary for national survival. Any war can be twisted in such a way. And I don't doubt either that these wars really are necessary for the survival of the ruling classes, who can forestall revolution at home by stealing from those abroad. But the ponies, griffins, and drones who fight them? Well, they don't always survive."

He is silent now

>>145052
"How would I know when I'm ready?" She asks
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145054
145056
>>145053
"I get that," Iron prefaced with a nod "but considering I can most likely survive the initial attack and fight back if they are forced to rely on less powerful weapons and out in the open. This is why I need to have a place to restore my health in a different, secret location at hooves' reach so I can recover from that and repeat the process. With enough tries and after beating the best teams they can muster, they will most likely relent out of shame and fear."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145055
145056
>>145053
Silver is silent and a little stunned during the outburst. His response is considerably shorter in comparison.

"...it was actually defensive war. And, unless you are saying it would have been better to surrender and submit to atrocities that are going on in Western Equestria now, we really had no choice in matter. I know what kind of propaganda Black Hooves might have pumped out, but it truly was war of survival for us."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145056
145057 145058
>>145054
"No. If they fail to beat you, they'll probably just run away. If you want to scare them, attack them. Let them feel unsafe anywhere near this town."

>>145055
"I have friends - had friends - who told me the same thing, and joined the Army. Communist Party members who opposed the Blackhooves takeover and supported the Aquellian Revolution. They say things like 'we have to stop Beakolini,' or 'Aquellia betrayed the Revolution' - they did, in fairness - and 'have became Imperialistic', or 'Chrysalis would have won anyways, we are saving half' and other such rationalizations of someone who has made a very bad choice and knows it. We should have waged war against the Blackhooves, against the Princesses... The drones would have joined in doing the same, if only we provided the example."

The way he says the last sentence is peculiar, like he's run out of energy. He says it as if with little faith in his own words - or at least, that his words will be believed. They are thrown out, almost in afterthought.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145057
145059
>>145056
The big unicorn actually does feel a little bad for Clip. And, whether or not he would believe it, Silver does agree with that last sentence. He gives his newfound friend a real, proper hug.

"That, I believe."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145058
145059
>>145056
"What if I capture them instead?" Iron offered as a compromise. "Surely, if I get enough of their ponies hostage, they will relent, right?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145059
145060 145066
>>145058
"Where are you going to put them?"

She tilts her head after saying this

>>145057
The young stallion has his forelegs between his two hindlegs as he sits upright. He accepts the hug. He has a decent amount of fur, and feels a bit lankier than the more muscular and slightly younger Loputu.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
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No.145060
145061
>>145059
"Uh..." Iron trailed off, unsure himself. "...maybe in an abandoned building?"
He was admittedly grasping at straws on this point, mainly because he didn't think it that far through.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145061
145062
>>145060
"Well, maybe I can help with that, maybe. I'm not saying you should call Customs, but if you did, I think they could help send them away."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145062
145063
>>145061
"If you can set the price to pay for trying to get me, do so," Iron agreed, nodding with her idea without really understanding what she was offering right now. "Any blow to their morale is a win in my leaf."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145063
145064
>>145062
“Uh, sure...” she shakes her head.

“Why were you doing this in the first place? Something about helping the zebra?”
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145064
145067
>>145063
"Yes," Iron confirmed. "It is to secure the trade route for Cauldron's business."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145065
145067
>>145053
"You probably won't know until you are already doing it for a while."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145066
145067
>>145059
"Hmm. If you do not mind me saying, you seem rather...well, soft, for lack of better word."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145067
145068 145069 145097
>>145064
She breathes out, and then sits down against the couch on the far side.

"Very well.. I'm a part of it now, though I'm not really sure why I agreed to go along in the first place."

>>145065
"Perhaps... I'm still worried. All of that knowledge. Our culture. Legends and folklore. Stories from long ago."

>>145066
He answers, although probably still in Silver's embrace

"I prefer to think of it as compassion."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145068
145070
>>145067
"Did you learn any?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145069
145070
>>145067
"No no, your compassion is good thing, I am not talking about that. I am talking about you physically. Your long mane, soft fur, slim supple frame...I can see why that one stallion took liking to you. You are very attractive stallion."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145070
145071 145072
>>145068
"Well.. yes. I know some of the myths and legends. He's been teaching me for years now."

>>145069
"Oh. Ha. You think really think so?"
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145071
145073
>>145070
"Then not all will be lost when he leaves."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145072
145073
>>145070
He pulls back out of the embrace slightly to get a better look of the young stallion. He still has his forelegs around him, though.

"Oh, very much so!"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145073
145074 145075
>>145071
"Perhaps" She says, sitting down on the floor

>>145072
He is smiling, and blushes

"Thanks"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145074
145076
>>145073
"If you do not mind me asking, are you really attracted to other stallions? Or do you like mares? Both?"
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145075
145076
>>145073
"Does that put you a bit at ease?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145076
145077 145078 145080
>>145074
He pulls his lips back and up for a toothy smile, moves his head back slightly, and his ears move down

"More of... stallions..." he says quietly, and looking away

>>145075
"A... little bit, maybe..."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145077
>>145076
"Glad to hear it."
Spark smiles.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145078
145079
>>145076
Silver smiles, lets go of his small stallion companion, and stands up off of the bed.

"And what do you think of me?"

The elder unicorn performs a macho pose to flex and show off his muscles to Clip, and even underneath his thick and fluffy winter coat it's clear he's a strong one.

"I know I am getting little 'long in tooth' as saying goes, but I would like to think I am still in better physical shape than most ponies half my age."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145079
145082
>>145078
"Heh. Not terrible for an old stallion."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145080
145081
>>145076
"So, what kind of stories have you learned?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145081
145084
>>145080
"Oh, stories from when the world was young. Stories of folk heroes. Things of that nature. From before when the ponies came."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145082
145083
>>145079
"Heheh. More than that, I have hardly slowed down step in my age. I am still just as numble and dexterous as I have always been, despite my size."

He slides his forehooves in front of him to stretch out, face down and ass up. It's a shame Clip is facing Silver's side, no doubt it would be quite a show to be behind him. He then stands up on his forelegs while sliding his hindlegs behind him, bending his back and placing his hips right on the floor.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145083
145087
>>145082
"Heh. I suppose that is pretty good, for that age."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145084
145085
>>145081
"What was it like before ponies?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145085
145086
>>145084
"There's been entire eons in the time before. Whole tribes have come into being and faded away. And yet so much of it is the same. It all follows the same cycles."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145086
145088
>>145085
"Has there been a war like this one too?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145087
145088
>>145083
Whether it's the drink or something else, Silver does feel rather comfortable showing off with his newfound friend.

"We have not gotten to best part, yet. Jubee can attest to this, but I am far from shooting dust yet. I remain very health, very productive, and very well endowed."

He turns away from Clip, swinging his hindquarters from side to side at him. With his short, simple tail it's not difficult for Clip to see the productive organs hanging like perfectly ripe, juicy fruit between his legs, if he chose to.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145088
145089 145206 145234
>>145086
"There have been many wars. The Great Horned Serpent, for one, was the source of much chaos. It's minions must still be fought, even now."

>>145087
He blinks

"Mr. Sword, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145089
145090
>>145088
He turns his head around to look at Clip behind him with a smile.

"No, just curious whether you would find somepony like me attractive or not."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145090
145091
>>145089
"Oh. Uh, maybe."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145091
145092
>>145090
He turns around to properly face Clip.

"Sorry if I made you uncomfortable."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145092
145093
>>145091
"It's fine" he says, covering his face with a hoof
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145093
145094
>>145092
Silver's smile gets just a little wider and a bit more mischevous.

"But if I was trying to seduce you...would it have worked?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145094
145095
>>145093
"Uh....."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145095
145098
>>145094
Silver trots up to Clip, putting a hoof on the one covering his face and gently (yet firmly) moving it out of the way.

"Well?"
Amber Sunset
a05a371
?
No.145096
145098
>>145049
Amber opens her eyes to see the origin of the voice. "I think so," she says softly. "I just wasn't looking where I was going, sorry...."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145097
145098
>>145067
"I assume it is because you have little choice in the matter," Iron mused pessimistically, sighing softly. "It is either us building a living through extreme danger or doing it alone."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145098
145099 145100 145102
>>145095
He only has a wide, toothy, awkward smile in silence

>>145096
Looking down at Amber is a tall, brown furred diamond dog with a relatively long muzzle and pointy ears.

"Be careful. There is not much light. Sorry for opening the door."
He rubs the back of his head, and then leans down offering a paw.

>>145097
"Well, now I'm not so sure you should do it alone. Take the fight to them, bring help, and most of all, end it."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145099
145105
>>145098
"Hardest part is getting that help," Iron pointed out with a frown and a frustrated pout. "The first and third thing I can definitely take on."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145100
145101
>>145098
"Did you like small show I gave you?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145101
145103
>>145100
"Well, do that pony thing and get some friends"

>>145100
Uh... I was... not expecting it"
Amber Sunset
a05a371
?
No.145102
145104
>>145098
A little bit more hope of finding Scabbard died, seeing that instead of the stallion she had run into a diamond dog instead. "It was my fault, really." After a bit of hesitation she takes his paw and returns to being back on her hooves. "You must be...Tracker, yes?" she asks.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145103
145104
>>145101
"Heh, it does not answer question."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145104
145106 145119
>>145102
Can roll another die

He pulls her up. "Yes. No 'e', just 'kr'"

The pink mare runs over
"Are you okay?!"

And after another moment, Stalwart arrives

"What are you doing over here."

>>145103
"Uh... heheh"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145105
145107
>>145099
"Well, do that pony thing and get some friends"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145106
145108
>>145104
"Would you like more of show?"

He smiles seductively down at Clip.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145107
145108
>>145105
Iron huffed softly. "Easy to say," the stallion grumbled with a bit of frustration at the seemingly important yet practically impossible task "but hard to do."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145108
145109 145110
>>145107
"Well, best you get on it."
From within her mane, she pulls out a lighter, and a cigarette. She lights it with a 'ching.'

>>145106
"...."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145109
145111
>>145108
Iron simply opts to look to the roof in contemplation, unsure of where to even start finding those supposed 'friends' for this sort of gig.
Maybe try the fighting arena? he figured in his head, a bit unsure. Perhaps some of them would like to beat griffons for reasons.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145110
145111
>>145108
"You know, it is hard to figure out what you want when you do not say anything."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145111
145112 145114
>>145109
She takes the cigarette, takes a puff, and looks out the window.

“I’d go out tonight, if I hadn’t been stabbed.” She says

>>145110
“I’ll... well, I don’t know you very well...”
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145112
145113
>>145111
Iron takes a quick check on his body to see just how visibly stabbed he was, now that Sands reminded him of it.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145113
145115
>>145112
Iron has been stabbed something like four times (admittedly not especially severe stab wounds, but wounds nevertheless) plus a number of bruises from being punched, and many tears in the flesh from birdshot pellets.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145114
145116
>>145111
"You can always say no, it will not bother me."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145115
145116
>>145113
That answers that, Iron mused with a sigh, feeling himself unable to properly 'make friends' with his current look.
What pony could possibly want to establish a relationship with a physically scarred stallion in the middle of the night? It is more likely another band of bandits would try to remove whatever few possessions he had in person rather than finding a miraculous would-be friend willing to take down a gang he's probably not even familiar with.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145116
145117 145118
>>145115
On the one hoof, Iron has found fighting buddies before. on the other hoof, Iron has also been mugged before. Tavern doesn't always hurt, but it's dangerous to go outside.

White Sands has returned to her bored and displeased expression, again looking outside.

>>145114
"Uh.... not right now"
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145117
145120
>>145116
Guess I will have to wait, Iron muttered, displeased himself at this rather unfortunate outcome.
However, he soon realized something that may cause a bit of friction if he doesn't address it now, as he turned to Sands once again. "Are you sending the smoke outside?" he tentatively asked.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145118
145120
>>145116
Silver nods.

"Alright then, not right now."

He offers him a hoof to get up off of the bed.
Amber Sunset
a05a371
?
No.145119
145120
>>145104
[1d20 = 13]
"Oh, I hope my snout isn't too badly bruised! But it's still not as injured as my dignity...." she whimpers.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145120
145121 145122 145126
>>145117
“Huh?” She has to turn her attention to Iron

“Oh. No.”

>>145118
He looks at Silver for a moment, then pulls a foreleg out from between his legs, and extends it to Iron

>>145119
“I can understand that. It’s alright.” Trakr says

“That’s the wrong hallway.”
The mare says

“Yeah, how’s you end up that way? It’s this way.”
Stalwart says.

[1d20 = 9]
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145121
145156
>>145120
"You should probably ask Cauldron about putting the smoke in here," Iron suggested. "I do not want to breed hostility between the closests thing I can consider as friends right now."
Amber Sunset
a05a371
?
No.145122
145189
>>145120
"I'm sorry. I was...I was looking for the bathroom," she says, wincing.
Oh, how I hate lying! she thinks to herself. But if they knew what I was here for they would lock me up and throw away the key. Being alone in the bathroom is my last chance of finding Scabbard, or getting out before it's too late.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145123
145124 145125
Okay, I have to work tomorrow...
Amber Sunset
a05a371
?
No.145124
>>145123
Glad I caught today's session then! Thank you.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145125
>>145123
Night
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145126
145159
>>145120
Silver levitates Clip's drinking glass out and places it on the end table with the other before pulling him up into a standing position.

"Guess we have something to look forward to someday, maybe."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145129
145130
This twink stallion is almost unreasonably cute.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145130
145131
>>145129
It's the temptor's work, Silver. It's all a ruse to chain you into the path towards the spiral.
First, it's the twink, then comes the stallion, the zebra, the minotaur and finally, the Dragon.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145131
>>145130
Are you saying Silver is going to fuck a dragon? Sweet!
Shimmering Spark
27b49ba
?
No.145137
I will try to make it tomorrow.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145148
I will not be available for a while, not until Tuesday.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145156
145157 145158
>>145121
"Not much breeding going on for sure" She seems to grumble to herself.

She complies with Iron's request, raising her left hoof, and smashing the end of the cigarette against her nail. She returns to the look of bored irritation.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145157
>>145156
Me thinks Iron has a zebra and bug to fug.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145158
145159
>>145156
Oh god, that caught me guard. Delightful giggle.

Iron's eyes widened considerably at Sands' remark in awe at what she just grumbled as he glanced over to where Cauldron might be.
H-how oddly specific, Iron mused in his head, the tiniest bit uncomfortable as he tried to figure out how to interpret such a statement.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145159
145160 145173
>>145158
Black Cauldron has left the room. There is a smell of cigarette smoke. White Sands looks bored.

>>145126
"Uh... Sure...." He has a wide, awkward smile
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145160
145161
>>145159
Feeling he should do something to stave the unicorn's boredom, Iron decides to start some pressing conversation up. "So," he started with a neutral, professional tone "are you planning on taking off on your own after your wounds heal?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145161
145162
>>145160
She turns her head up, examining Iron with skepticism

"Why do you say it like that?"
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145162
145163
>>145161
"Because this is a low point where one's loyalty is tested," Iron replied neutrally. "I do not wish for you to go, of course, but you have plenty of incentive after what just happened."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145163
145164
>>145162
"Go?" She says

"Getting up and moving around is the last thing I want to do. I feel sore." She leans back, and tilts her head back, mouth open and eyes closed. "But it looks like your zebra friend is offering a place to stay."

Then she hold her head up, and looks to Iron with a half smile
"Unless you want to rent a hotel room again."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145164
145165
>>145163
Iron couldn't help but smile a little, too, yet he wasn't about to separate from Cauldron just yet. Not after feeling she was unintentionally roped up into this. "I am a bit concerned with moving about while being a target," he admitted with a weak smile. "I could give you some money if you wish to move there while I deal with this gang business."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145165
145166
>>145164
She raises her left hoof to near her face.

"Hmmm... I'll think about it."
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145166
145167
>>145165
Seeing her considerating brightened the native's smile, relieved to hear her words. "Perhaps you want to cuddle a bit?" he suggested without a hint of lewd behavior on his tone. "I may be out for a while without your soft coat."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145167
145168
>>145166
"Well.. I suppose I've nothing better to do at the moment."

She has a mischievous smile, and starts to roll her body over, as if to present her side to Iron.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145168
145169
>>145167
Iron's mood lifted further, getting off the sofa excitedly to properly and gently press his chest against her backside as his forelegs draped around her fluffy crest. His lower half, meanwhile, wasn't quite sure what to do, leaving his hindlegs next to hers, yet judging by how he sunk his snout into Sands' mane, I doubt he's too worried about it.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145169
145170
>>145168
"Hehe" She gives a light giggle, indeed being as soft as she looks. She rolls still more - or the top part of her body, at least - to open her forelegs to Iron, and allow her to move a foreleg around him.
Anonymous
e0f9cdc
?
No.145170
145229
>>145169
Iron couldn't help but chuckle a bit as well, face getting a bit red when Sands' foreleg wrapped around him as well as one could while behind somepony.
Yet, despite this, he simply decided to softly stroke her mane with one foreleg while the other snuck over her body to hold hooves with her just to add a bit of extra intimacy.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145173
145175
>>145159
What's the current time?
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145175
145176
>>145173
1PMish, maybe?
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145176
145177
>>145175
Hmm...this means Silver has some time left to spend before his date with Jubilosa. He looks at Clip.

"Is there anything else you would like to do, or should I leave you to get acquinted with house?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145177
145178
>>145176
"Well, at some time, I'd like to meet with anyone in printing, or journalism, you know? If you can find free journalists. Not official."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145178
145182
>>145177
"I have some time before my date with Jubee. We can go and see if we can find someone if you want."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145182
145184
>>145178
"Do you know anyone?" He says with a hint of excitement
Amber Sunset
34b3bdc
?
No.145183
145187 145189
I can play a bit if that's possible.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145184
145187
>>145182
"Not personally, no...but we can go find someone, together."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145187
145188
>>145183
[1d20 = 2]

>>145184
“We should do that some time. There should be plenty. It’s a big city. I think many sympathize with the movement,” he says, somewhat excitedly.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145188
145189
>>145187
"You do not want to now?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145189
145190 145194
>>145188
"Sure. Now." The colt stands up, having some pain on his bandaged chest, and needing to reposition his injured right, hind leg.

>>145183
>>145122
Stalwart raises an eyebrow, and tilts his head.

But past him, at the entryway, the door opens.

Amber is no longer the most interesting pony in the room
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145190
145191
>>145189
Silver holds onto Clip as he does so, looking worried for him.

"Are you okay?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145191
145192
>>145190
"Aside from - uck! - the obvious, yeah. Why wouldn't I be."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145192
145193
>>145191
"Alright. Let us go then, perhaps slowly at first."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145193
145195
>>145192
He can't move his head all the way down to his chest. But he tries to look down.

"Well... maybe you're right."
Amber Sunset
34b3bdc
?
No.145194
145196
>>145189
Amber gets back up on her hooves and tries to remain as inconspicuous as possible, looking to see what changed.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145195
145196
>>145193
The unicorn helps Clip to trot out of the room and down the stairs.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145196
145197 145205
>>145194
Two ponies enter. One, a stallion. Earth pony? Hard to tell at this angle. Olive green, wearing a black jacket. A smaller mare behind her. Scrawny, kind of greyish-lavender coloring, with thin webbed wings. She wears the same jacket, and stays behind.

Stalwart turns around to face them, as does Trakr

>>145195
Clip slowly follows after Silver
Amber Sunset
34b3bdc
?
No.145197
145198
>>145196
Amber slowly backs away toward the main hallway, but stays close enough to hear what they might say.
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145198
145199
>>145197
The stallion announces,

"This is Officer Swift Soul of the Order Police of the State Security Administration. We have reason to believe that your office has information that can help us in our investigation."

It's Stalwart who volunteers an answer. It's only him, Trakr, the mare, and Amber anyways.
"Investigation into what, precisely? Do you handle actual crime now?"

"Investigation into collaboration between criminal syndicates and foreign hostile actors to commit acts of terrorism against the State and populous."

Stalwart and Trakr move forward to meet the Swift Soul, who himself moves further into the room. The mare at the doorway remains still. Her slit eyes are fixed on Amber.
Amber Sunset
34b3bdc
?
No.145199
145316
>>145198
Her mouth gapes open. Wait, these are different police? That's awfully confusing! Wait...these are the occupiers. She freezes in her tracks, feeling a sudden chill as the batpony stares at her. Could it be the same one from the store? Their muted colors makes it hard to tell them apart!
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145205
145230
>>145196
"After we return home, you really need to rest. I know of a superb potion maker named Black Cauldron, maybe I can get potions to help cut down on pain and help to heal from her."
Shimmering Spark
9bc37a4
?
No.145206
145223
>>145088
I don’t have free time just yet, but I really want to learn more about this. Can’t wait.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145207
145208
thinks u are all pretty ponies
Anonymous
10ca8cc
?
No.145208
145209
0A7146B3-62BE-41D6-97EF-160CE60920A7.gif
>>145207
is a pretty pony
Anonymous
b306c1d
?
No.145209
145225
>>145208
As if on cue Oh, you think you're the only one who can derail and obstruct other people's threads with unwarranted drama?
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Shimmering Spark
a13edc2
?
No.145223
145225
>>145206
Tomorrow I really will have time to play, so let’s aim for then.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
68137a5
?
No.145224
145225
still thinks u are all pretty ponies
Anonymous
a40eb10
?
No.145225
>>145223
Hopefully we can play tomorrow

>>145224
Is still a pretty pony

>>145209
Are you okay?

u are also a pretty pony
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145229
>>145170
The mane is messier and rougher than when they left in the morning, full of more knots, and drizzled by salt water air. Yet under the ruffled surface, it still feels like fine silk, with a hint of peach smell.

Iron’s body now contacts her long, sleek back and it’s fuzzy fur, the full length of her body pressing against a significant length of his.

Her hoof touches his
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145230
145233
>>145205
“Well I had a couple potions when they brought me into the hospital.” He looks down at his chest. “But uh.z yeah. Potions are good. Let’s do that.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145233
145236
>>145230
Silver looks for a taxi in the neighborhood with Clip, despite how uncommon they are in this particular area.
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145234
145235
>>145088
"The Great Horned Serpent?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145235
145237
>>145234
“Yes. A terror, and source of much chaos from the beginning of the earth. Fortunately he is no more, at least in physical form.”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145236
145240
>>145233
As usual, it’s a while before the first taxi passes, and that one continues driving. But the second one answers and pulls over.
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145237
145238
>>145235
"What kind of chaos?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145238
145239
>>145237
“Wickedness. I suppose you ponies would call it ‘disharmony.’”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145239
145241
>>145238
"Well, I am just curious. Did the serpent do anything in particular that you might say was strange?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145240
145243
>>145236
When the pair get in, Silver decides to take a chance on whether there will be protesters today.

"To city hall, please."
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145241
145242
>>145239
“Strange? I’m not sure what is strange. But you needn’t worry about him.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145242
145243
>>145241
"I suppose. What drove him out of physical form?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145243
145244 145246
>>145240
And the ponies are off towards city hall.

Roll die

>>145242
“A hero of our people. The Trickster. Nanabush.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145244
145245
>>145243
"Can you tell me more about this hero?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145245
145248
>>145244
“Well, there’s a legend about it. About the slaying. And many other legends. That is, if you wish to hear it.”
29bff06
?
No.145246
145247
[1d20 = 18]
>>145243
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145247
145258
>>145246
There is indeed a healthy array of protestors with varied signs outside of city hall. In fact, they occupy much of the square before the city hall, with a few uniformed soldiers taking position along the roads around the square.

Signs vary from “down with the occupation,” “death to collaborators,” “no pedophiles in government,” “no more weapons of war,” “reinstate CAN,” “Peace, Bread and Land,” and “support our brothers and sisters in Manehattan”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
?
No.145248
145249
>>145245
"I would love to."
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
?
No.145249
145251
42142A04-85B1-4AEF-A497-873F77682F0D.jpeg
>>145248
“Well...” she looks around, sits down, wraps her tail around herself, and wriggles both ears while smiling.

“I suppose I recall the story. Alright.”

The others in the room - Petal, Ply Press, the Doctor, and Makade, dong explicitly cease their own conversations to hear Waabishki speak. But they do not continue them either, and the room is left in silence as she behind her story:

“One day, after a long and troubled journey, Nanabush returned home to find his cousin missing. Calling his cousin’s name and looking around, he was horrified to see the slithering tracks of the Great Horned Serpent, and knew his cousin had been seized. He picked up his bow and crossed rivers and mountains pursuing the trail, which lead him finally to the shores of a dark and gloomy lake the Lake of Demons. Through the troubled waters Nanabush could see the home of the Horned Serpent, and the terrible, evil spirits who served the Serpent. At the center of the mass of evil spirits was the Horned Serpent himself, coiled around the dead body of Nanabush’s cousin. His eyes were a malign, glowing red, his head the color of blood, and his scales every shade. Nanabush resolved he would get revenge upon the Great Serpent.

He ordered the clouds to clear, the winds to be still, and the sun to shine upon the water with all its brightness. In this way he would boil the water and force the serpent to the shore to cool off, where he would set up the next stage of his trap. Taking his bow and arrow, he set up next to a clearing by the lake where he expected the serpent would lay, disguising himself as the broken stump of a withered tree. The sun shone down from the cloudless sky, and under the stilled winds and stagnant air the lake became troubled with bubble and foam. A serpent peeped his head above the water, then another. Not hearing Nanabush’s footsteps, they agreed Nanabush must be sleeping, returning to the lake with a hiss. The water boiled and waves crashes against the shores, until the Great Horned Serpent rose out of the water - his crest glistening, and his scales blinding, reflecting the light like a sleet covered forest under the winter sun. He made his way to the shore, followed by demonic serpents that soon covered every part of the shore.

The serpents knew Nanabush was cunning. They saw the withered stump, and suspected it could be one of Nanabush’s disguises. A serpent wrapped its tail around the stump to drag it into the lake. It’s tail pricked Nanabush’s sides, and he could barely refrain from crying out in pain. But he held firm and kept silent. The serpent moved on. The Great Serpent moved into the forest, wrapping his body around trees, and his many companions likewise found shade, save for a live sentry, who listened for the pawsteps of Nanabush.

Yet Nanabush was patient, waiting until all of the serpents were asleep, and the sentry looked another direction. In silence, Nanabush carefully pulled an arrow from his quiver, drew his bow, and aimed it right at the heart of the Great Serpent.”

Waabishki acts out the scene, sitting in her hind quarter, and miming the act of pulling an arrow and drawing a bow, closing an eye as if to look down the arrow. She shifts the two toes of her paw, and says,

“The arrow found its mark. The monster awoke with a cry that shook the mountains and startled the beasts sleeping in their caves. The Great Horned Serpent plunged into the lake, followed by its companions, who howled with terror and anger. At the bottom of the lake still lay the body of Nanabush’s cousin. The serpents tore it to pieces, and those pieces toss to the top of the water. The Great Serpent knew he wound die soon, but he, and all his minions, would destroy Nanabush. With the pounding of their tails they caused the waters to swell and rise, crashing against the shore with the sound of thunder. The waters flooded over the land, carrying rocks and trees, and on the crest of the highest wave rode the wounded Great Horned Serpent.

Nanabush fled. He thought of his pups. So he ran through the villages, shouting that they must flee to the mountains, as the Great Horned Serpent and his flood would soon be upon them. The wolves gathered up their pups and fled to the mountains, while Nanabush continued his flight, past the foothills, far north of Gitche Gumee, and to the northern mountain where he found many wolves, creatures, and animals taking refuge. Yet the waters continued to rise, covering the valleys, the plains, the low hills, and the mountains, until only the high northern mountain remained above water. So he gathered timber, and built a raft upon which the creatures and animals placed themselves. The high mountain too soon flooded, and they were left alone upon the water, floating for many days.

But the waters subsided, and the mountains, then the hills, the plains and the valleys appeared through the water. And when it was all gone they knew that their troubles were over, for the Great Horned Serpent was dead; his body sealed away under the waters. His minions fled back to the bottom of the lake, where they remain to this day for fear of Nanabush.”

She leaves the room in silence for some moment, looking out at the other creatures.
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145251
145252
>>145249
"Now that's a hero story. I think that was the best one I have ever heard."
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145252
145253
>>145251
The Doctor remarks to himself.
“Pretty sure Celestia controls the sun and the pegasi the wind.”
But Waabishki does not seem to hear if, smiling with pride.

“Yes, he is very important to our people, and such stories are an important part of our culture, passed down orally from generation to generation.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145253
145254
>>145252
"So what happened after the flood? Did Nanabush retire? Did he have more adventures?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145254
145255
>>145253
“Nanabush would have many more adventures, yes, though he mourned the loss of his cousin. The world has not flooded, nor is it troubled by the Great Horned Serpent’s physical presence, sealed away in the lake. Yet the spirit of the serpent troubles us still, and the demons must be threatened into staying away. That is why the Thunderbird must take flight every year. To do battle with the encroachment of corruption and discord.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145255
145257
>>145254
"Can you tell me more about the Thunderbird?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145257
145259
>>145255
“Nanabush knew the demons still posed a threat. He knew he could not be everywhere forever to protect the Ma’iignan from the spirits. That is why he created the Thunderbirds. One for each direction, North, South, and West. They are large, creatures with spiritual powers who protect the Ma’iignan from the underwater spirits, and who punish those who transgress too far. He endowed them with his power to create storms and lightning, and move the winds.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145258
145260
>>145247
Silver smiles at Clip.

"Remember what you said earlier, about movement here in Baltimare?"
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145259
145260
>>145257
"How did he create them? Was it his own magic, or did he have artifacts that gave him more power?"
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145260
145261 145262
>>145258
“Yeah. It looks like we found them. Well, we certainly found something.”

>>145259
“Through powers of his own. It’s his connection with the power of life, and of the power of the spirit. It’s.... it’s kind of like you ponies. But, well, more so.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145261
145264
>>145260
"You want to go check things out?"
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145262
145263
>>145260
“Have there been others to have incredible powers as well?”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145263
145265
>>145262
“Not.... not so many. Not now, certainly.”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145264
145266
>>145261
“Well...” he looks over at the group, and pulls his lips back in an awkward smile.

“Maybe... I’m... not so good with meeting people.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145265
145267
>>145263
“Maybe you just need to find out how to use them again.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
1b73d67
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No.145266
145267
>>145264
Silver smiles more at him.

"That is what friends are for, right? I can help get you started with talking to them if you want."
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145267
145268 145270
>>145265
“Oh... well, things are not like that anymore. That was an older era, closer to the creation, where monsters were bigger and the spirit and earth closer together.”

>>145266
“Um.... sure” he replies
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145268
145269
>>145267
“What drove the spirit apart?”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145269
>>145268
“They are not apart. Not quite. Not really. But it is much easier to forget, as so many of the great creatures are gone now, or hide away in their own corners. The world is older now, as are those who live upon it. So it is easier to forget the connection between spirit and earth. And many do.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145270
145272
>>145267
Silver nods at him, and pays the cab driver. He and Clip get out and approach the protest.
Shimmering Spark
705d4c9
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No.145271
145272
“So, the Thunderbirds would be more connected to the spirit, right?”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145272
145273 145279
>>145270
It’s a few bits. The driver takes it and hastily drives away.

The ponies move in closer to the crowd, which for its part scarcely takes notice of them. To be sure, an eye of two glances at the two approaching ponies, but no one says anything good or ill towards them, nor otherwise reacts, although one pony decidedly moves out of the way.

>>145271
“Yes, certainly. Like a bridge between spirit and the material.”
Shimmering Spark
705d4c9
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No.145273
145274
>>145272
“What if we were to talk to them? Maybe they could help end this war so we could go back to being closer to the spirit?”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145274
145275
>>145273
“They are spirits of the sky realm. They have been known to cast boots of lightning at troubled makers, yes, but it is their duty to keep the malevolent spirits at bay, and to serve as guardians against spiritual threats.” She pauses for a moment, looking up and out.
“I wonder sometimes if it’s too much for them.”
Shimmering Spark
705d4c9
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No.145275
145277
>>145274
“Then they should be willing to talk if it means lightening the work load.”
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145277
145278
>>145275
“You.... want to try to find one?” She asks, tilting her head
Shimmering Spark
705d4c9
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No.145278
145280
>>145277
“Why not? If we have a chance to push back the changelings with the help of spirits, then we might as well take that chance. I’m quite certain the spirits won’t want them destroying their sacred places.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145279
145280
>>145272
Silver taps the shoulder of one of the protestors.
Anonymous
1c4c5b1
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No.145280
145281 145282
>>145278
All of those listening seem at least somewhat unsettled at the suggestion, except for Maakiade, who seems more angry.

Ply Press is the first to speak
“Uh, careful what you say about the Changelings.”

“Contracting spirits to fight for you? The wishful thinking of those who are by nature slaves. The freedom of a people is won by its own force of arms, or it is not won at all, lest your liberators come back around to enslave you. To place faith in spirits would be foolish even if such things existed, and they decidedly do not.”

Waabishki bares her teeth at Makade, but when he finishes, she turns to Spark and says,

“Neither the doubles nor the spirits are to be taken lightly. They are, well, they are like bears. You must either leave them alone, or if you must disturb them, treat them with the utmost respect.”

>>145279
Reddish colored stallion, approximately the color of the inside of of a grapefruit. He turns to Silver.

“Huh? What do you need?”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145281
145287
>>145280
"Excuse me, I saw all of signs here and was curious why you all have gathered here. What are you protesting?"
Shimmering Spark
3b9662a
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No.145282
145297
>>145280
“Why respect changelings when they don’t respect the spirits? That’s like asking me to respect the forest and the arson equally.”
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145287
145288
>>145281
The stallion takes a moment to respond, but does answer

“The complacency of the SDP. They just let imperialists exploit the the lower classes here and... everywhere, while nothing changes. Add to that one of their members is a sex offender and who knows who else is... We need something new, more effective.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145288
145289
>>145287
"Oh, you are talking about Comte Burgher? Yes, I heard about that, it is terrible."

He looks around at the gathering.

"How in Equus did you all manage to organize protest of this size?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145289
145290
>>145288
"Organize?" A smile grows across the stallion's face, and he raises a hoof towards the other ponies in the crowd with him

"This is not some organization. This is spontaneous. Likeminded ponies who come together all at once to express their grievances, and to show those in power that they will not be silent."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145290
145291
>>145289
Silver follows his hoof.

"Huh. That is impressive! I would have thought there was newsletter or paper involved."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145291
145294
>>145290
He seems to point non distinctly into the crowd

"No, if the paper had organized this, I assure you, it would be much larger than this. It could be the whole city."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
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No.145294
>>145291
Silver's eyebrows raise.

"Paper is that big?"
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145297
145298
>>145282
"No, that's... that's not what it means to respect something. To respect is not to honor. To respect is to acknowledge something's power and place, and to not act the fool around it. You must respect fire, or else you will surely be burned. You must respect the forest, or else you will get lost and die. You should revere fire and the forest, for both have their place here on this earth, and both give life to what is around them in their own way, even if the two conflict sometimes and have different ends. But you absolutely must respect them, as you will be punished if you do not. When the Changelings came, and intruded into our territory, they did not respect us, and... Maakade? Would you care to explain?"

In a moment, Makade explains,
"They came in their standard formation, approaching from the south. Somewhat spread out, with scouts ahead, and a deeper line that allowed for reinforcement in the event of an ambush. They had forest colored uniforms, though that is of only so much use when moving forward, and of course their magical disguises are less useful in an empty forest. They made three incursions in total, towards our camp and I believe somewhere further east and north. They did not respect us. They believed that we had nothing more than knives and bows and arrows. What they did not appreciate is just how silent a bow can be, or a knife can be, when dropping out of a tree, or a bush. They assumed that the small slices caused by said arrows were minor wounds to be bandaged. I don't think they knew anything of the paralyzing venom of the wasp, or how it could be applied to blades and arrows, or the wooden stakes left in pits and covered with leaves.

As for firearms, I don't believe they thought we'd have any at all. I'm not sure that a single one of the conscripts we were up against had handled a firearm outside of the military, and I'm frankly not sure they even fired them much in combat. Certainly none of them had scopes on their rifles, or had trained much for marksmanship. They were not hunters, who in teams, tracked, hid from, cornered, and killed animals in those forest since they were young. We were hunters.

They assumed that as soon as they found cover, got their bearings, and shot back at us that we'd run away. And you know what? They were right. You see, I do respect the Changelings, for even though I did not fight in frontline combat for very long I did learn much. I know they have machine guns, mortars, artillery, and planes. That they have ways of dealing with such inferior forces. And I, leader of the hunting party, had no intention of staying around long enough for them to bring those advantages into play. What the Changelings did not expect, I assume, is that we'd attack again. And again. And again. Not head on, mind you, but a well placed shot from a distance, or an arrow in the back of a straggler. They could walk the exact same path returning home that they used before, and find traps of wooden stakes.

We evacuated and moved our village. We can afford to do so with our mobile construction. It was only on the second day that they used their greatest advantage. A sentry, seeing a bear roaming around, and seeing it behaving oddly, thought it had distemper or hydrophobia, and shot it. And it turned out to be one of the doubles in disguise. If only that that scout had lived around bears, and knew how they behave near settlements, he would have found our camp and we'd be none the wiser. They could have placed planes on us."

Makade pauses, and Waabishki starts again,
"To disguise one's appearance… That's one of the powers Nanabush had. I assure it, the trickster is very much to be respected. As for the spirits... well, have you seen lightning? Or a tree struck by lightning? If you have, you have an idea of what the Thunderbird may summon at will."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145298
145299 145305
>>145297
"I think we have different understandings of the word respect then. I acknowledge their skill and weaponry, as they might acknowledge your own, but I do not respect them. To respect something means to give it a higher standing. The changelings are not to be respected in such a way. They will gladly attempt to destroy the spirits, even if such a thing is not possible, and everything you find sacred and holy, even if it was to seal their own destruction. So, for your sakes as well as their own, why would we not stop them? Why would we respect those that don't know respect themselves?"
Anonymous
37032c5
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No.145299
145300 145305
>>145298
Waabishki, sitting besides the couch, is silent to Spark’s words. It is a silence that is soon filled with Makade’s invective:

“Of course the Changelings are terrible for you. You’re a pony. The world was yours just a few short years ago. In the thousand years since the ponies came here, they have pushed us wolves back to the recesses of the forest, and torn up a part of that for farming and to dig holes. They take us from our homes, they litigate who gets royalties for lumber sales to not pay us for cutting down the forest, and on top of all of that they have the audacity to serve those of us who venture out with draft notices. What, precisely, is new to us about the Changelings that we don’t have with ponies? The strong do what they will and the weak suffer what they must. It’s a grave misfortune to no longer be the strongest, isn’t it?”

Ply Press frowns

Waabishki looks up, and says at a low volume
“I don’t think Miskobag’s affliction is natural....”

Makade sighs, and says,
“I saw the Equestrian front melt like wax. I don’t think we can stop them. Not really, anyways. We can’t hold out forever while we need antibiotics, lamps, salt, and bullets. We should negotiate while we are in a position of relative strength.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145300
145303
>>145299
"And your offer? That you will stop guerilla warfare? Do you think that will be a good bargaining chip when they could just burn anywhere they believe you to be, setting you back each time much more than you can them, all the while you run lower and lower on spots to hunt and gather resources. The plan to secure yourselves is to ask them politely to stop?

I don't really care if you see me as only a pawn of the former government that failed. You should see them as the ones that are more powerful than what I was once part of and ones even less likely to offer you any beneficial trade that doesn't involve your slavery. If you didn't have it well under ponies, what chance is there if you didn't help the new order fight them?

To deal with them is to allow them to be stronger when your whole strategy towards them is to keep them from gaining strength around you. If it becomes too costly to stay, then it is too costly to trade with you. So your only other option is to trade with those that are the enemy of your enemy and find the means to make it really uncomfortable to keep staying around here."
Amber Sunset
7ae6348
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No.145302
145303 145304
Hola!

Anonymous
37032c5
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No.145303
145304
>>145302
Hello!

>>145300
To this, he has a one-word response:
“How?”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145304
>>145302
Hi there!
>>145303
"That's something I'm working on."
Anonymous
37032c5
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No.145305
145306
Okay, Maakade’s response in >>145299 is something he’s brought up before and Spark answered before. It’s not really relevant to the line of conversation and it’s rather offensive when spoken in front of his step-parents. I’m striking >>145299 and replacing it with the following:

>>145298
Waabishki is silent for a moment. She replies:

“I wonder... I wonder if they already have tried. They found something in the woods. And it disfigured them.”
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145306
145307
>>145305
"Maybe. But they won't stop so easily. Eventually their whole might will be turned to trying to destroying something they can't understand. That is something we should avoid allowing to come to pass."
Anonymous
37032c5
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No.145307
145308
>>145306
“That is why it is best to stay out of their sight. Remain unnoticed. Our interactions with the outside have brought us harm.”
Shimmering Spark
f04fe79
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No.145308
145309
>>145307
“Well, you can’t just disappear. You are in their territory now. They will eventually expand to your homes and you will either be captured or forced to flee forever. You can achieve a degree of isolation only by choosing to forgo it for now, and end the crisis that threatens your way of life.. How can you stay out of sight when they are at your gates?”
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145309
145310
>>145308
"And how do we end the crisis, exactly?" She asks
Shimmering Spark
f04fe79
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No.145310
145311
>>145309
“We have to convince the changelings to abandon their post so close to your forest and move on to someplace easier to manage.”
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145311
145322
>>145310
"How?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
29bff06
?
No.145312
145316
You know who's cute?

(You)
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145316
>>145199
Officer "Swift Soul," the olive green pony, moves a step forward. No horn nor wing is visible from his stance by the door, with his body ever so slightly angled to the left. But as he moves forward, Amber can see that any conclusion that he is an earth pony was too hastily made, as a feathered wing can be seen close to his previously hidden left side that has no extant counterpart on his right.

Stalwart moves closer to the stallion, and now Trakr moves to Stalwart's side, both confronting the new stallion.

The lilac-purple pony does not move forward, instead occupying the doorway, with her webbed-wings partly unfolded, the "wrists" and the scrawny bones angled upwards in a point. She does not enter the conversation, but hangs back in reserve. Her slit, ice-water eyes are the only pair to focus on Amber at any point during the room's invasion, and thankfully the lack of focus - for surely those slit-pupils can focus - implies more idle curiosity than inquisitive purpose. Her attention moves to the other mare in the room, the pink assistant, who moves around and closer to Trakr.

The conversation continues, evidently a debate over the jurisdiction of an investigation. There are many words exchanged, but the pertinent points are these:

For Stalwart,
"We already have several officers assigned to the Comte investigation who have done much work on the case. We possess the evidence gathered at the scene. Furthermore, this is a criminal investigation, and the Baltimare district as a self-governing autonomy, is allowed to make and enforce it's own criminal laws an procedures. To interfere with a criminal investigation is to infringe on that autonomy."

And for Swift Soul,
"This is hardly a criminal investigation alone, as we have reason to believe that Comte was involved in a conspiracy with the local criminal syndicates to import arms to facilitate an armed uprising."

These words trouble Stalwart greatly, as they understood to be 'magic words,' giving the officers power to attach themselves to any investigation. Trakr protests that 'these are the same claims used in Manehattan," to which Swift Soul replies 'what of it? That doesn't make them any less true.' Stalwart's rebuttal centers on demanding to know precisely what these 'reasons to believe' are, to which Swift Soul replies that they keep their sources secret for obvious reasons.

Swift Soul, however, has one more argument:
"This may be a criminal case. But it is a criminal case where the defendant is a member of the government, and one who previously approved the budget of the police and the appointment of the chief. Besides, further investigation may implicate other members of the government as co-defendants." This line is delivered with a smile. "There is a clear conflict of interest, and the investigation must be handled by an outside party."

These words trouble Stalwart perhaps even more than the former. He rebuts that the Police Department is a completely separate institution, with the role of the council in approving the budget and confirming appointments being so tenuous a connection as to create no meaningful conflict. Besides, he's been removed from the council, so there is nothing for him to do in retaliation against the police now. And what of possible other members of the government being implicated? Well, though it's alleged that 'ponies unknown' were involved along with Comte, that is all they are. Unknown. There's not any particular reason to believe the co-defendants were in the government or the SDP coalition, save for the fact that such people were among Comte's closest associates.

The argument drags on, but it's clear that the new officers have an edge, and Stalwart and Trakr are fighting a holding action. The latter two physically move back as the argument drags on, with the two new officers entering further into the room.

>>145312
gasps

is cute
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145317
Things are starting to get interesting. A hero story, conflicting desires, and cute ponies and wolves. I should be able to continue it tomorrow.
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145322
145326
>>145311
"Well, a war isn't won in a day. It will take some time and effort, but I believe the opportunity will reveal itself sooner rather than later. Their operation at their mine already had one major set back. Another one or two might just convince their superiors that they are needed elsewhere."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145326
145327
>>145322
She blinks and shakes her head
"An attack? That could provoke them."

Makade butts in:
"We don't have the resources."
Shimmering Spark
e2709e8
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No.145327
145328
>>145326
"It will only provoke them if they figure out it's us. They already know there are monsters among them, so if they think they are under attack by something beyond their control, they will leave. And as for resources, breaking things tends to not cost too much. You just have to find the right tools."
Anonymous
10ca8cc
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No.145328
145337
>>145327
“How then do you do it?” She asks
Shimmering Spark
8642661
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No.145337
>>145328
“Very carefully.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
302a3a4
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No.145338
hopes to continue soon