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Occupied Equestria - Back to the Forest
Anonymous
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No.151000
151002
Virgin Flame arrives in Baltimare and makes her aqua intense with the staff of a Cathedral there. Spark goes back to Blackwood, helping a rebel and several wolves. Iron takes a train off to the mountains where there is said to be treasure. Silver is pleasantly surprised to wake up to the world-not-ending. Dark Star goes home for the night, disturbed by the forces corrupting the youth, and left to contemplate his role in stopping it.
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Anonymous
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No.152401
152402
>>152400
It isn’t long at all before a taxi comes and picks the two creatures up. The older looking purple stallion driving is fairly talkative, but takes them directly to the Saint Prancis Orphanage.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152402
152403
>>152401
I imagine Silver would oblige the driver as they travel with idle conversation. When they arrive, he pays the driver, and exits the taxi with Mala.

"Well, here we are, Mala."
Anonymous
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No.152403
152404
>>152402
The stallion tells of how he’s lived in the city for a while, how taxis were not especially common just a few short years ago, and how Cherry Hill especially has built up. He engages Mala directly, asking him if he speaks Ponish. And if Silver’s service is brought up, that’s a rabbit hole he tumbles straight down.

Saint Prancis orphanage is an unassuming two story brick building on the northwest side of town opposite Cherry Hill. The drive avoids the less savory parts of Cowtown and Eastside with a more northerly route. Mala steps out, and looks around at the plentiful foliage.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152404
152405
>>152403
Silver heads towards the building, enters, and smiles at whatever nun is up at the front.

"Hello, I am back."
Anonymous
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No.152405
152406
>>152404
“Hello.” A nun answers. Silver doesn’t really recall her, but she seems to have an idea of who silver is. She recoils, and moves slightly behind the door frame when she she’s the large gnoll next to Silver.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
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No.152406
152407
>>152405
"Oh, this is my friend Mala."

He pulls the hyena into a side hug, showcasing how fluffy and friendly he is, just like the Unicorn.

"I was wondering if we could see White Orchid and Mint Marine again."
Anonymous
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No.152407
152408
>>152406
Mala seems to like the hug, leaning slightly into it, and lowering his ears for a moment. Silver can feel how the main barrel of his body is much taller than it is wide, or how loose his belly is.

The Nun's eyes remain wide

"Um... White Orchid, I think is practicing for a play. Mint Marine, I am not sure about..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
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No.152408
152409
>>152407
"Hmm, do you know where Mint Marine would be?"
Anonymous
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No.152409
152410
>>152408
“Uh…. I suppose I can fetch the two of them for you. You can - you can step in.” She says, moving from the doorway
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
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No.152410
152411
>>152409
Silver smiles, before stepping in with his friend.

"Thank you!"
Anonymous
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No.152411
152412
>>152410
Silver, and then Mala step into the large entryway of the orphanage. There is a delay of perhaps a minute and a half before a large... well, a large something comes through the hallway on the right.

Silver sees a red dragon-serpent looking costume thing which has a paper machete head with tendrils on the long snout, plastic eyes, a yellow belly, a long back that arches up with about three cardboard(?) fins/spikes, and a long green, fabric tail. The head section seems to be proped up with something solid, while the tail seems to be stuffed with something. There are two thin arms on the costume, eaach of which is connected to a thinner rod that seems designed to facilitate movement. Inside of this fabric and paper machete monster is a familiar face, sticking out from the lower yellow neck. It's White Orchid. His legs are covered in black stockings, as are his thighs. He looks happily to Silver.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
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No.152412
152413
>>152411
Silver feigns terror in a fairly obvious and playful way, if evidenced by the smile on his face when White Orchid comes in.

"Oh no, it is ferocious terrifying dragon! What will we do!?"
Anonymous
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No.152413
152414
>>152412
"Ha! Actually it's a freshwater serpent" the costumed colt replies

"What brings you here?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152414
152415
>>152413
"Oh, my mistake. It is ferocious terrifying freshwater serpent!"

He maintains the facade for a moment before breaking into smiles and laughter. He runs up and gives the colt a hug, being careful not to damage his costume.

"It is great to see you again, White Orchid. I hope I am not interrupting."
Anonymous
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No.152415
152416
>>152414
It isn't particularly easy to hug the colt, particularly because of the cardboard fins that stick out of the costume's back. White Orchid also seems a little less comfortable with male touching than Mala does (at least when the costume is on), tapping his hooves.

"No no, we were starting to practice for a play, you see..."

White Orchid turns his head, and then shoots back in place, slightly bending one of the fins, as Silver is still presumably hugging him

"Ahhh!"
His terror is a bit less feigned
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
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No.152416
152417
>>152415
Oh, right, almost forgot about his aversion to contact. Silver tilts his head at the colt and lets go of him.

"What is wrong?"
Anonymous
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No.152417
152418
>>152416
"What is that?!" he says, pointing at Mala
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152418
152419
>>152417
"Hmm?" Silver replies, looking back at Mala.

"Oh, that is my friend, Mala. He is very friendly. We rescued him on our most recent mission, and he helped to save many other people."
Anonymous
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No.152419
152424
>>152418
Mala's eyes are a little wide, and he tilts his head down,, looking to the ground

"Is it safe?"

However, this scene is interrupted by the arrival of the nun, and a familiar blue unicorn, who looks to Silver, to White Orchid, and then with concern, to Mala
Amber Sunset
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No.152420
152421
>>152394
Even zebra foals are cute, she muses to herself. It's nice to see a large, happy family.

However, her attention is quickly captured by the pegasus performing the impressive dive, and then by by the stallion who is impressive in another way. She can guess how a "dive" by him will turn out.
Anonymous
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No.152421
152422
>>152420
One of the zebra fillies runs over to the side of the pool, evidently to come to one of the zebra colts, who is inside the pool next to her. However, she comes up a little two quickly, and a hoof slips on the wet concrete. Her leg slips into the pool, then she falls, she makes a "Yip!" sound, and she falls on her side in the water. She stabilizes herself as the colt comes along to help her up.

The Impressive does not go to the diving board, as interesting a sight as that might be. Rather, he goes to the edge of the water, dips a hoof in, looks down at the water, forms his forelegs into a diving pose, and jumps right in. If Amber ever had interest in what a meteor would look like crashing into the ocean, she surely now sees the same in miniature. He enters the water belly first. It looks uncomfortable, but the stallion doesn't seem to sense a difference, and extends one leg in front of the other swimming. Meanwhile, the young colt, so un-phased in his laps so far, is swept away by the waves, trying to thrust his head above water to get a gasp of air. The Pegasus, further away from the epicenter, swims along, using his wings to push the water behind him as he goes.

Mustard Trim makes a turn, and now circles around the right half of Amber clockwise.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152422
152423
>>152421
Amber, as far away as she is, can't help but flinch with such a huge bellyflop. It's amusing to her, but the humorous nature of the situation is cut short by the colt's apparent distress. Still not paying attention to Mustard, she puts her forehoofs on the edge of the pool and lifts herself partways. She watches intently to see if the colt will recover or if another pony will help him.
Anonymous
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No.152423
152426
>>152422
There is a moment where the colt is overturned in the tumultuous water. After a couple seconds, he recovers, takes a breath, lingers on the surface of the water some seconds, and then returns to swimming laps. Mustard Trim takes a moment to look over at the commotion, if Amber cares to look. The large stallion continues waddling forth in the water, making a lap, and turning around. The Pegasus has already made almost two laps in that time.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152424
152425
>>152419
"He," Silver corrects, "and yes, Mala is very friendly, I would not be friends with him otherwise."

Silver looks over to Mint Marine, and smiles.

"Hello Mint! It is good to see you again."
Anonymous
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No.152425
152428
>>152424
“Hello.” Mint Marine says. His voice is lacking in elation as he walks in, although judging from his expression, that may be from concern or confusion at the prescience of the hyena and the lake monster.
Amber Sunset
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No.152426
152427
>>152423
Amber breathes a sigh of relief and relaxes, and then turns back to Mustard. "There are a lot of different ponies around. This see-ment pond is so very different from swimming in a regular pond or lake." She smirks and continues, "Want to swim some laps?"
Anonymous
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No.152427
152429
>>152426
“Uh… sure” he says, attempting a smile
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152428
152430
>>152425
"Ah. Some of foals here are holding play. Anyways, meet Mala. He is friend of mine."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152429
152430
>>152427
She pulls herself out of the water, shaking her mane and swishing her tail to get rid of some of the water before she walks on the cement. A very good idea pops into her head, and she looks to see if there is an open spot/lane that has a diving board.
Anonymous
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No.152430
152431 152432
>>152428
Mint Marine slowly moves closer, and more closely to Mala.

"What are you?" Mint Marine asks

"I am Kaftar." He answers

"But I suppose the term used by ponies is 'gnoll'."

>>152429
It's just a little crowded, but doable. There is a free diving board to be sure
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152431
152433
>>152430
Amber grins and slowly climbs up the ladder onto the diving board. She looks down to really make sure the water is deep enough and steels herself.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152432
152433
>>152430
"I call him 'big, friendly, and fluffy'."
Anonymous
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No.152433
152434 152442
>>152431
Oh it’s deep enough. This is a competition swimming pool. It’s on the smaller side of competition swimming pools, but it’s built did it all the same. The real question is, is Amber built for it?

>>152432
Mint Marine moves closer, and extends a hoof. Mala extends a pas, and the two shake paws/hooves.

White Orchid, however….

“Are you… sure he doesn’t eat ponies?”

Mala turns his head to White Orchid, twists his ears, and lowers his head
Amber Sunset
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No.152434
152435
>>152433
Confident in herself, she takes the dive. Do I roll tumble?
Anonymous
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No.152435
152436
>>152434
Yes.
Amber Sunset
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No.152436
152437
>>152435
[1d20+2 = (14+2) = 16]
Anonymous
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No.152437
152438
>>152436
Amber dives into the water rather gracefully, smoothly retaining the infernos of her jump to push her into the lap.
Amber Sunset
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No.152438
152439
>>152437
She feels the cool air breeze past her for a minute before becoming submerged in the lukewarm water. Quickly surfacing, Amber looks to make sure she's headed in the right direction before settling into a breaststroke. If she wasn't busy regulating her breathing, she would smiling for how pleasant it is to be immersed and have a chance for exercise.
Anonymous
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No.152439
152440
>>152438
25 meters from one side to the other, and chlorinated water at 82 degrees. If ever there were a time and place for exercise in water, it’s here and now.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152440
152441
>>152439
She lets herself loose and swims with carefree abandon, only making sure she doesn't collide with other swimmers. She realizes that she brought Mustard here and ought to spend time with him, but there will be time for talk after swimming.
Anonymous
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No.152441
152447
>>152440
Mustard seems to join in, though he stays out of her way and stays in his lane.

Avoiding collisions is sadly harder than it should be, but Amber doesn’t need to slow herself by much to get around others.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152442
152443
>>152433
Silver nods to White Orchid.

"100% positive."
Anonymous
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No.152443
152444
>>152442
“Oh. Okay” he answers

Mint Marine almost pets Mala
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152444
152445
>>152443
Silver looks at Mint, smiles, and nods him on.
Anonymous
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No.152445
152446
>>152444
He pokes the fur

“Huh. He is fluffy.”

He pokes it even more
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152446
152448
>>152445
"That he is. He is great to pet and hug."

He smiles at Mala now.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152447
152448
>>152441
She keeps swimming for a good amount of time until she's somewhat tired. Then, when Mustard doesn't suspect it, she swims underneath him and pulls him underwater.
Anonymous
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No.152448
152449 152450
>>152446
Mint Marine comes in closer, and starts rubbing the fur on Mala’s back; that portion of the land that doesn’t stop, but spans all the way down to the base of the tail.

Mala smiles back

>>152447
https://youtu.be/yrEvK-tv5OI

And Mustard Trim is pulled under the water. Never suspected a thing.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152449
152452
>>152448
She hold him in her clutches only for a couple of seconds before releasing him and letting him resurface. She pops up a moment after with a grin on her face.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
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No.152450
152452
>>152448
"You do like petting, right Mala?"
Anonymous
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No.152452
152454 152455
>>152449
“Wha” he looks confused and frightened for a moment. But then when he sees Amber, he starts to laugh

“Hahaha”

Then he dives under water, snd grabs Amber’s legs, attempting to pull her under.

>>152450
“I don’t know… I haven’t really been pet before.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152454
152456
>>152452
"Well, it feels nice, yes?"
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152455
152456
>>152452
"Hey!" she exclaims. She kicks her legs, not hard enough to cause inadvertent injury, but to get him to release her.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152456
152457 152458
>>152454
“A little.” He says.

White Orchid starts to move closer, a bit less afraid, and more intrigued of the new creature

>>152455
Too late. She is dragged under the water, with her head and eyes completely submerged. She’s let go almost immediately, but still.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152457
152460
>>152456
Though she has had barely any time to catch a breath, she doubles around and grabs him by the midsection, pushing him back up. When Amber's head emerges she's panting and laughing.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152458
152460
>>152456
To help reassure the costumed colt, Silver goes towards Mala, standing by him happily.
Anonymous
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No.152460
152461
>>152457
“Ah!” He doesn’t go as far up as she goes down, with gravity and all, but he goes up enough to fall back down. He laughs as well. But he’s not content to leave it at that. Instead, he grabs her around the waist and pulls her up out of the water, before falling down while holding her.

>>152458
White Orchid comes up, and extends a black stocked leg outwards, barely touching Mala. Mala makes an expression almost like he’s intimidated by the large costume
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152461
152463
>>152460
Silver pats the big, fluffy hyena on top of his head.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152462
152463
>>152459
"Blrblrblrb!" Amber is caught off-guard by this but after the splash she wriggles out of his hold, pushing underneath him and reappearing behind him. "Nothing personal, colt," she says, before sweeping her forelegs together to spray him with water.
Anonymous
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No.152463
152464 152467
>>152462
For a moment he feels he has overstepped a boundary, then he is confused as to her whereabouts, and then, only then, at the last moment does he realize he has been out maneuvered

"Ahh!"

He is splashed with water, and falls into the water. But he twists his body as he does so, and with a wide sweep of his foreleg, splashes Amber in return.

>>152461
He is pat, and smiles.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152464
152465
>>152463
"See colts? Mala is very friendly. I am glad to be his friend."
Anonymous
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No.152465
152466
>>152464
And both colts start petting him, which he seems okay with
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152466
>>152465
While both colts double team pet him, Silver attacks from the rear and hugs him at the same time.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152467
152468
>>152463
This time Amber takes initiative, taking a gulp of air before diving and grabbing the colt's hind legs, pulling him along in the water.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152468
152469 152470
>>152467
Mala lets out a “yelp,” which startled the colts. But he is hugged, all the same.

>>152467
“Ah!” Amber starts to pull him along, although his slightly larger size and buoyancy make this just a little difficult
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152469
152471
>>152468
"It is okay, colts. I am just demonstrating how good he is for hugging."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152470
152471 152472
>>152468
Amber tries to see how far she can drag a pony while swimming underwater. [1d20+2 = (3+2) = 5]
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152471
152472 152473
>>152470
Not. Very. Far.

His turn
[1d20+2 = (20+2) = 22]

>>152469
Mint Marine in particular looks on in intrigue
“You found him?” He asks, as if for confirmation
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152472
152474
>>152470
>>152471
Mustard Trim grabs her forelegs, pulls her up next to him, as if in a dance in the water, swings her around, and then twirls her, spinning her off in the water.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152473
152475
>>152471
Silver nods.

"On our most recent mission, Mala was one of several people we rescued from group of traffickers. Mala personally chose to pick up weapon and save many people from their clutches."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152474
152475
>>152472
She goes along with the dance, her hair twisting around her head and body as she spins in the transparent medium. She falls to the bottom and bounces off one leg back up to meet him, grabbing his hips to pull herself up.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152475
152476 152477
>>152473
White Orchid expresses horror. Mint Marine expresses horror, but then anger

Mint Marine:
"Did you beat those traffickers?"

Mala lowers his head

White Orchid asks
"Did you save those ponies?"

Mala answers timidly:
"Yes..."

>>152474
"Woah! Heh heh"
He smiles, looking into her eyes
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152476
152479
>>152475
As he peers into her purple eyes, Amber thinks, He's leaving himself open! Time for an attack of opportunity! She uses her left forehoof in a clothesline maneuver to dunk him on his back. She can't help but giggle.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152477
>>152475
"That he did, to both of those. Mala here is hero."

He looks right at Mala from his rear hugging position, and smiles brightly.

"He should be proud that he helped save them."
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152479
152482
>>152476
Sadly, he's hasn't proven himself a very good opponent, He is dunked with a "wah!"

He submerges, stays under, and grabs Amber by her hind legs to pull her down.

>>152476
He smiles, and wags his tail

"You should tell us all about it" White Orchid says
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152480
152481
>>152478
She doesn't directly resist this time. Instead, she doubles over and grabs him by the back, twisting her body as she wrestles him underwater. Her hooves slip on his wet coat but she attempts to retain a tight hold.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152481
152483
>>152480
He drags her down and she grabs onto him. He tries to continue like this for some seconds, but eventually pushes himself up above water, with Amber on his back
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152482
152489
>>152479
"Well...alright. I think I can tell appropriate story about how we stopped traffickers and saved those they captured."

Silver finds a good storytelling seat, sits down, and motions for Mala and the two colts to gather around.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152483
152484
>>152481
It's an odd sight, as she is upside-down. She falls off backwards with a splash and flips upright. She pushes her mane out of her face, grinning at Mustard. "Wrassling is fun, ain't it?"

It's a small miracle they haven't been kicked out yet for horseplay.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152484
152485
>>152483
"Yeah, a bit" he answers.

Amber can see that the lifeguard assigned to monitor the pools has struck up a conversation with a mare and hasn't seemed to notice the thrashing about in the pool. Multiple other attendees, however, have taken notice, giving the pair odd stares.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152485
152486
>>152484
"Folks don't seem too happy and I'm tuckered anyhow. Want to rest a bit?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152486
152490
>>152485
"Sure" He says, moving to the edge of the pool. The lifeguard by this point has been cajoled by a mare into taking notice of the duo, and he belatedly says "No horseplay," only after the two horses have ceased playing.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152489
152492
>>152482
Mala sits next to him. Mint Marine prefers to stand. White Orchid would sit, except his costume doesn’t entirely allow it.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152490
152491
>>152486
Amber pulls herself out of the water, chlorinated water dripping, shakes herself off, and walks over to an unclaimed chair where she plops herself down. She waits to see if Mustard will take a chair beside her.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152491
152493
>>152490
If she sits next to an open chair, he indeed will. He casually sits down next to her.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152492
152494
>>152489
Silver starts to tell them the story of how they stopped the traffickers at Hoebuck. Mala perhaps notices that as he tells it, Silver leaves out a few details. For instance, the other gnolls, his position among the group at Hoebuck before being rescued (Silver describes finding him leashed by himself), and some of the more gruesome, not appropriate for foals-kind of details and findings like the garbage chute full of bones. He also doesn't really elaborate any on the cultists they fought, mostly lumping them in with the other traffickers, and describing Boek as just a powerful spellcaster. Instead, Silver's story focuses mostly on the battles the group had, with a bit of embelishment and atmosphere to give the story an almost cinematic quality for the colts' enjoyment. He describes Mala's part in the fights as a very heroic one, jumping into the blows that were targetted towards teammates, using his growl to ward off aggressors or intimidate them into submission, wielding a sword like a heroic knight, and his immense strength to help Silver when even he himself got injured.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
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No.152493
152494
LyraDirectorChair.png
>>152491
Not her usual posture, but comfortable enough. She looks to see how the other swimmers are doing.
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152494
152495
>>152492
Mint Marine is horrified, genuinely horrified, and unable to reply.

To White Orchid, however, he replies,
“I think I heard a radio play like that before.”

>>152493
Probably a little bit better with Amber and Mustard Trim gone. A few mates and fillies casually loungue in the pool or around it, while several colts and stallions do laps, or lounge themselves.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
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No.152495
152496
>>152494
"...is my life just radio play? That is not first time I have heard that about my adventures."
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152496
152497
>>152495
“Well… No…”

It’s Mala who says
“It’s no play.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152497
152498
>>152496
He looks to Mint.

"Are you okay?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152498
152499
>>152497
Mint Marine quivers, but does not reply.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152499
152500
>>152498
"...Mint?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152500
152502
>>152499
“Y-yes?” He finally answers
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152501
152503
Amber leans back casually and turns to Mustard beside her. She remarks, "It doesn't have the same embrace of nature that a classic pond has, but this is much more inviting in the winter. No wonder there are so many ponies here. I'm not seeing any griffons though, is it true they hate water?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152502
152503
>>152500
He bends down to look him in the eye, and speaks in a soft, concerned voice.

"Are you okay?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152503
152504 152505
>>152501
“I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe if we stick around long enough, one will show up. The whole Williams society is really more of a pony thing though, anyways.” He blinks

“Though I’ve never seen a Griffin in the water.”

>>152502
Mint Marine looks him back in the eye, shaking.

“I’m, I’m alright.”
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152504
152506
>>152503
She ponders about something. "I don't know much about the Williams Society at all. I heard they're a charity of sorts?"

Amber gets up and picks up a couple of body towels with her teeth. She throws one to Mustard and returns to her seat, draping the other around herself. "I was sitting careless...and cold," she explains.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152505
152506 152507
>>152503
He smiles at him.

"You are clearly not alright. What is wrong, son?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152506
152507 152508 152510
>>152504
“Well, they are like a youth group. I think it was originally religious, or something. Now it’s sort of like a gym, or, well, a pool.”

He turns over and looks to Amber, not understanding her last words
“What do you mean?”

>>152505
“Eh…” he shivers again

“It reminds me…”
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152507
152509
>>152505
>>152506
Mala steps closer to Mint Marine, and places a paw on him, and then a foreleg. He starts to pet him.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152508
152509 152511
>>152506
Silver looks sadly at the colt.

"Oh...I am so sorry, Mint. But that is why ponies like me and Mala exist. We are here to stop baddies."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152509
152511
>>152507
>>152508
D'awwwwwwww!
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152510
152511
>>152506
"Odd name. And as nice as pools are, I don't see how they help ponies other than giving them a place to swim."

She shrugs. "It's chilly out of the water...oh, and it ain't polite to sit this way. At least that's what my ma told me."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152511
152512 152513
>>152508
>>152509
“I… I know.” He says. “I know.”

A grave expression has likewise consumed White Orchid’s face, even if he hold together better.

>>152510
“I think it’s kind of helpful.” He says

“I don’t see the problem with sitting.” He says, making an awkward smile
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152512
152514
>>152511
As Mala pets Mint, Silver decides it would be a good idea to in turn pet Orchid.
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152513
152514
>>152511
"Well, it ain't hurtin', that's for sure," she says with a giggle.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152514
152515 152516
>>152512
White Orchid turns, looking strangely at Silver. He is still dressed in a large dragon-serpent costume. Silver gets a feel of a red fabric set of scales on Orchid’s back. Again, he is less comfortable with touching than Mala is, evidently.

>>152513
“Heh” he responds, stretching a leg, and lounging about.
“I’m just fine with this. All if this.” He replies
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152515
152517
>>152514
She likewise stretches out her body, pushing her forelegs up above her. "Does your school encourage swimming?
I think they oughta."

Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152516
152517
>>152514
He smiles sheepishly at him.

"Sorry. My ways of soothing others is rather limited."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152517
152518 152519
>>152515
"My school doesn't have a pool" He says

"Kind of limited in the physical education. Rope climbing and dodge ball, but we're inside the city. We don't have a full sized race track."

>>152516
He looks back
"It's okay."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152518
152520
>>152517
"Aw...but you can trot to places like this. Don't folks like to keep an active lifestyle? I'd imagine you have to make up for not working out in the fields."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152519
152520
>>152517
"Anyways...maybe I could see what your play will look like? Mala and Mint can continue to bond if they wish to."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152520
152521 152523
>>152518
"Well, yeah. But there's walking. And jogging. And being a waiter. Besides, I've never worked in the fields.

>>152519
"Yeah! We've only been working on it for a few days now. It was Dark Star's idea, you know."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152521
152522
>>152520
"Really? He told me he visited you, but I did not know he was artistically inclined. Show me!"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152522
152524
>>152521
"Well, come this way." He says, turning to the doorway. The long tail of the costume nearly hits Silver along the way
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152523
152527
>>152520
"It ain't the same. Pulling a plow does wonders for your haunches. But you don't do it to be strong, you do it to eat." She pauses. "Nuthin' wrong with working in any sort of job, but if you ain't fit enough for when you need it, that's no good."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
70f05f5
?
No.152524
152533
>>152522
Silver's dexterous reactions help him evade being hit, certainly. He follows the costumed colt.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152525
152526
I think I have to sleep now
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152526
>>152525
Goodnight, thanks for the session!
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152527
152528
>>152523
"Well, I suppose my grandparents had to pull a plow. But I didn't figure I ever would." He says. "I kind of hoped I wouldn't have to."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152528
152529
>>152527
"You're lucky. My pa didn't grow up as a farmer, but my ma did, and depending on the type of work it wears on you." She continues melancholically, "Plus there's always the risk of the harvest not being enough...."
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152529
152530
>>152528
"Yeah I'm... I'm not sure I ever want to be a farmer..." He looks over for a moment. "Just being a waiter wears on me."
Amber Sunset
8cd3caf
?
No.152530
153126 153127
>>152529
"It ain't that bad...," she says, smiling at him. "We all have to start somewhere, but you'll find better work for sure. What are you plannin' eventually?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
9bea5b9
?
No.152532
152533
wonders what the orphanage play will be about
Anonymous
c6bf562
?
No.152533
152534
>>152524
>>152532
Silver follows the little pony down white washed hallways, past wooden doors, and to a set of double doors at the end. The doors open into a room that spans both floors, sloping down with rows of seats towards a raised wooden stage. The chairs have built in wooden tables in front of them, and the whole room most closely resembles a university lecture hall. With white walls, a shallow stage, no backstage, and large windows providing natural light the room is suboptimal for a play, yet still silver can see that and effort is being made. Three foals are on the stage . One pink unicorn filly wears a white, thin garnet, while a green and a brown Colt each wear face paint, interestingly, of whichever of those two colors, green and brown, the colt lacks. There are two large paper machete trees on the center right and center left of the stage. Two nuns in robs sit in the first row, watching them.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152534
152535
>>152533
"Hmm...this looks quite nice! What is play about?"
Anonymous
0f03497
?
No.152535
152536
>>152534
White Orchid walks ahead of Silver. The tail, long and unwieldy, touches the ground and drags along it as he descends down the sloping center path. He attempts to turn to Silver

“It’s a play about the story of Saint Colopa.”

Both nuns turn to the two arrivals, and one starts to get up.
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152536
152537
>>152535
Silver nods to the nuns, and smiles to Orchid.

"I am bit fuzzy, what is story of Saint Colopa?"
Anonymous
c6bf562
?
No.152537
152538
>>152536
“It’s a Saint. From the early days after Hearthswarming. She went further south, and came upon some native ponies. And they didn’t trust her exactly. But there was this river, and this river had a ferocious monster. Or so they said there was a ferocious monster. And then one day she had to cross this river, and she had some of the leaders with them because they were going to a meeting or something. Like, some sort of dispute between clans and she was trying to mediate if, but they had to go back to their sacred place which was across the river. Anyways, there was this river. And the river had a monster in it. And the natives thought the monster would attack. And it almost did. But Saint Colopa tried to talk to the monster, and it was threatening at first, but they found out that the monster was just afraid of the ponies because of their traps and how they placed logs in the river. So she showed the monster kindness and befriended the monster. And this impressed the leaders of the clans, and got them to stop fighting each other. And they later joined Equestria, probably because of her and that day.”
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152538
152539
>>152537
Silver smiles wider.

"It is story that is example of what makes Equestria special. It is also kind of like meeting Mala, do you not think?"
Anonymous
c77989a
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No.152539
152540
>>152538
The colt tries to look back, finds that the costume doesn't really allow this, and then tries to turn all the way around, with the tail squishing up against a wooden base of a table top. He tries to look up at Silver, within the frame of the red and yellow costume.

"Like what?" He asks
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152540
152541
>>152539
"You saw Mala and were afraid and thought he was ferocious, but when you got to know him, you found he was rather friendly."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152541
152542
>>152540
He turns his head away, which has the effect of turning the dragon's head away.

"Yeah..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152542
152543
>>152541
Silver resists the urge to pet Orchid to cheer him up.

"I like what you have set up here! Do you know if play will be open to public?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152543
152544
>>152542
"I think it would be neat if it were" He says.

However, a green earth pony (or pegasus?) mare with green coat, and bright blue mane walks up, wearing the black robes of a nun.

"Are you here looking to adopt or foster?" She asks. Then, baring teeth
"Or are you from the State?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152544
152545
>>152543
He looks over at the nun, and shakes his head.

"I am not from State, no. I am just visiting with White Orchid right now, but maybe in near future..."

He cuts himself off as he looks around again at the set.

"Why is play not open to public?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152545
152546
>>152544
"Are you a relative?"

Evidently she doesn't expect Silver to answer this question, as she blinks, and follows up with another statement

"They are foals. They are only just beginning to practice."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152546
152547
>>152545
Silver avoids answering the first question anyways because of its answer.

"What about later date, after some practice?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152547
152548
>>152546
She looks away
"Who would want to see?"
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152548
152549
>>152547
"I do not know, but I imagine there is at least one pony out there who would. Hang fliers around town, attract ponies to watch play of our history, and you can use event to encourage ponies to adopt."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152549
152550
>>152548
She sighs
"Perhaps it would give the foals a goal to follow. But for now, just putting on a full play for other foals would be an accomplishment. Maybe for a church or more if they are successful."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152550
152551
>>152549
He looks at the stage.

"I do not know. They seem to be doing good so far."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152551
152552
>>152550
"Well, we are practicing lines now. It took us several days to decide on a play. And to design props..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152552
152553
>>152551
"Can I stay and watch little bit?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152553
152554 152800
>>152552
"Um..." She looks away

"Sure..."
Silver "The Floof" Sword
449c43b
?
No.152554
152800
>>152553
He smiles, and finds a seat to sit in.
Amber Sunset
2502c61
?
No.152555
I'm up if you are
Anonymous
3046ecd
?
No.152557
Spark might be finally free tomorrow
Amber Sunset
6986977
?
No.152558
152560
Due to unforeseen events I won't be able to play for the next couple of weeks. I wish this was because of happy news.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152560
Spoilered
>>152558
Awww...

Well, I hope to see you again...

Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152563
152564
>>151575
Iron's ear flickers at the sounds of the presumed small creature, causing him to look over there in awe while continuing to walk to their destination. "I wonder what sort of animals are in here," he soon utters with great intrigue while he now ensures to be right next to Cauldron rather than the back of the line. "Do you know, Black?"
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152564
152565
>>152563
"It's a uh..." She looks away "I'm more familiar with the plants... and this isn't exactly the jungle. But uh.." She stops to look over at the bush, and moves multiple steps closer. White Sands, almost uneasy, keeps her distance from the bush, and focuses her eyes forward, and then up at the sky, onto the mountainside, and behind them as she steps ahead of the two.

The bush shakes, once, and then suddenly in a big movement. Then slowly, a very large and fat looking rodent with black fur. Black Cauldron smiles. "That's a guinea pig." She says
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152565
152566
>>152564
Iron's eyes sparkle in amazement, having never seen one of those creatures before before gently leaning down her neck to meet the guinea pig at eye level. "Hello, little guinea pig," he enthusiastically yet calmly greeted the robust newcomer.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152566
152567
>>152565
The creature is fearless, not running away at the encroaching ponies, though it does seem to change course somewhat from its previous path as it waddles through an open section of dirt and mud, and moves to a fern plant.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152567
152568
>>152566
Iron nods in approval, quite proud of the rodent's bravery at essentially ignoring the big hooved quadrupeds near him. "Quite the inspiring animal," he mused with an appreciative smile before looking at Cauldron with a small degree of playfulness. "Reminds me of myself."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152568
152569
>>152567
Black Cauldron turns her head up, smiling with pressed down lips. She lets out something like a suppressed laugh.

“How does he remind you of you, exactly?”
The rodent begins to chew on the fern.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152569
152570
>>152568
At Cauldron's inquiry, Iron simply puffs up his cheeks with as much air as possible to resemble the rodent with a more defined playful smile.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152570
152571
>>152569
This catches her off guard, and she laughs aloud, turning her head away

“Oh, Iron!”
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152571
152572
>>152570
Seeing Cauldron laugh makes him drop the rodent act to laugh along with her before looking towards the guinea pig eating the fern a little fondly. "Seriously, though," he soon added with a hint of sincerity. "His confidence is certainly admirable."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152572
152573
>>152571
The guinea pig Has by now half of a larger leaf in its mouth.

“Confidence?” She asks, raising an eye brow. “Looks a bit more like ‘lazy’ and care free.”
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152573
152574
>>152572
"Confident folk usually know how to adapt to what life throws at them," Iron mused philosophically, approaching the rodent once again to perplexingly try to give it a little nuzzle. "This little rodent definitely knows how to do that. Otherwise, it would have been dead a while ago."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152574
152575
>>152573
For the first time, the creature turns around far enough to look at the pony and zebra. It’s cheeks are as puffed up as Iron’s

“Well, I can sort of see it.” She says, restraining a smile. “But it’s yet to come into my apartment mauled by a tiger.”
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152575
152576
>>152574
Iron couldn't help but chuckle a little from Cauldron's retort, glad to see she somewhat understood where he was coming from. "You never know," he playfully suggested instead, thoroughly amused. "You might just find it scratching at the door for your loving help." With that final retort, he finally committed the nuzzling act against the guinea pig in an overly gentle fashion and making sure not to scare it.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152576
152577
>>152575
The creature, still chewing on the fern, is nuzzled. It doesn’t smell great, but at least the black fur is relatively soft. The creature does not run away, but it does flinch and moves a little to the side, further away.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152577
152578
>>152576
Having accomplished his incredibly important mission, Iron gladly leaves the guinea pig alone to come back to Cauldron with a satisfied look. "Me and the rodent are now bonded," he dramatically declared, humorously playing up his rather simple act that probably won't lead to anything. "I gracefully told it to go to your humble apartment if it ever needs the help of the great and powerful potion master named Black Cauldron."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152578
152579
>>152577
“Oh Iron.” She shakes her head
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152579
152580
>>152578
Iron giggles a little more before giving the zebra mare a small, gentle nuzzle for her as well before slowly continuing to walk to their actual objective and waiting for her to catch up. "Alright, alright," he reassured Cauldron "that is enough tomfoolery out of me."
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152580
152581
>>152579
White Sands is ahead of them on the shoreline. With an anxious look, she stares back at them. Black Cauldron walks forward with Iron

With the sound of disturbed bushes, the Guinea pig runs away from the fern, and into a large bush nearby.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152581
152582
>>152580
Iron's ears flicker a bit, starting to grow a little wary at the little rodent having been disturbed enough to go into hiding. "We should pick up the pace a little," he somewhat whispered to the zebra mare, going from a slow walk to a brisk trot towards Sands, hoping it wasn't serious enough to warrant a fight or flight response.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152582
152583
>>152581
Sands stands in an angle diagonal between the direction facing Iron and Cauldron, and the mountainside. She looks at the mountain, and starts undoing and throwing off a wrapped blanket with the remainder of her attention. Black Cauldron, by this point, is concerned, and she looks to Iron.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152583
152584
>>152582
Iron simply gave Cauldron a small smile before actively scanning his surroundings with his senses of sight as he eagerly approached Sands' position in order to be at the ready if something were to come out of hiding.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152584
152585
>>152583
Roll spot (wisdom modifier)
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152585
152586
>>152584
Let's see if I recall correctly how to dice

[1d20+2 = (7+2) = 9]<Spot
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152586
152587
>>152585
Iron doesn’t see anypony there, or anything flying in the sky. By this point, White Sands has pulled out the lever-action rifle, and is attempting to level it with her green magical aura.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152587
152588
>>152586
In the face of uncertainty, Iron decides that regrouping is the best move they can make, so with a small exhale, he soon went from a brisk trot to a gallop just in case he needed to charge at something.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152588
152589
>>152587
To where does he gallop?
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152589
152590
>>152588
Towards Sands, of course. Regrouping is his main priority rn
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152590
152591
>>152589
Sands has the rifle out, and tries to aim down its sights at some unseen target behind Iron and to his right, in the direction of the brush and the mountainside. Black Cauldron is spooked, and she gallops ahead a moment, looks around, gasps, and starts forward. There is the definite sound of disturbed brush behind them. White Sands does something with the rifle that makes it flinch, and then she frantically lowers the rifle to inspect it.
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152591
152592
>>152590
Ensuring Cauldron gets to Sands first, Iron slows down just a bit in the offchance the two were going to be pounced on so that he would be the target rather than the zebra mare.
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152592
152593 152594 152595
>>152591
Roll Initiative

[1d20+4 = (16+4) = 20]
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152593
152594 152595
>>152592
[1d20+2 = (17+2) = 19]<Initiative
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152594
152595
>>152593
>>152592
B
[1d20+3 = (1+3) = 4]
C
[1d20+3 = (13+3) = 16]

S
[1d20+3 = (3+3) = 6]
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152595
152596
>>152593
>>152592
>>152594
Iron hears the beat of claws against the sand, and a sees the shape of a large, tan coated big cat, close enough to see the golden eyes, yellowed-white teeth, white muzzle, pink nose, pointy ears and showing ribs in that moment as it jumps to attack Iron, before coming invisible in a flash, disappearing into a blind spot behind him. He feels the creature come down on his rear, hit him with the side of its mouth, and make a side swipe at his hindlegs, hitting the left leg.

[1d6+1 = (6+1) = 7]

Roll strength.

He hears a click
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152596
152597
>>152595
[1d20+5 = (16+5) = 21]<Strength roll
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152597
152598
>>152596
The claw slashes into his hind leg and his flank, causing serious pain, and drawing significant blood. Though Iron is injured and rocked to the side, he is not knocked to the ground, and he stands up on the strength of his other three legs.

Iron's turn
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152598
152599
>>152597
Inhaling sharply at the pain for a second, Iron soon turns towards the attacker with great anger, opting to non-lethally strike the attacking feline with everything he's got through his two hind legs, despite his recently acquired injury.

[1d20+5 = (18+5) = 23]< Fully Powered, non-lethal Unarmed Attack
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152599
152600
>>152598
Hit

Right in the chest
Anonymous
2b54ef2
?
No.152600
152601 152603
>>152599
[1d3+10 = (2+10) = 12]<Damage
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152601
152602 152603
>>152600
The creature is hit firmly, and knocked back with a "mrow!" sound

And then there is a sound of thunder
[1d20+1 = (10+1) = 11]
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152602
152603
>>152601
[2d6 = 9]
Anonymous
c77989a
?
No.152603
152604
>>152601
>>152602
>>152600
A large red hole appears along the creature's back. The creature makes a quick turn, and prepares to run. But its leg goes limp, and the creature falls to the ground, unable to get up.
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>>152603
Iron breathed out a small sigh of relief at the sight, somewhat grateful it didn't get any worse, but part of him wanted to see if he could plausibly heal the feline and leave him, so he intentionally went closer to it to see if there was a chance for that to happen.
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>>152604
The bullet appears to have gone through the top of the creature's back just above the lower part of its rib cage. Whether the the bullet broke any bones can't be determined, though the presence of an exit wound implies the bullet went through flesh, perhaps barely ricocheting against a rib or the spine. Whether it hit a major artery, a nerve, or part of the lungs is hard to say.

The creature is still alive, bleeding, still breathing, and unable to move.

click-clack
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>>152605
Feeling a shred of empathy at the feline's struggles, he soon turned towards either of the two mares with a somewhat concerned look. "Do we have anything for it to eat?" he inquired, showing his eagerness to rescue the cat from the jaws of death. "Maybe it can help us later."
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>>152606
The cat lies on its side, breathing heavily. Iron can see that it has more problems than just being shot in the back and kicked in the chest and neck. It has thin fur in many areas, naked splotches, and overly red and irritated skin in the areas that are hairless. Some of the redness appears to be the result of the creat biting or stratching itself. But some of it appears completely unrelated. The skin in areas is about to fall off.

White Sands, who only just finally starts to lower the rifle
"It's a big cat. It would rather eat us"

Black Cauldron
"Uh.. I suppose we have some food. I... don't know if we have anything one of... those would want."
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>>152607
"...seems this feline has been having some health problems," Iron mused with a small degree of disgust, feeling rather sorry for the potentially flea-riddled creature.
Just to make sure, he'd inspect the hairless areas to ensure there were no signs of the little insects that like to hide underneath the fur.
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>>152608
Looking under the hair, Iron can see that much of the skin is overly red, or starting to peel, and hairs come out even as Iron moves them. Iron finds one tick along its back, but there are no signs of mites or of flea infestation.

More seriously, the creature is still bleeding from a major gunshot. If the bullet nipped its postcava artery, it is all over already, and as it is, it is bleeding heavily.

The creature is also emaciated with its ribs showing. It was definitely not eating well.
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>>152610
Thus, with an understanding yet solemn nod, Iron steps away from the feline in question, knowing that their death would most likely end its suffering from whatever caused such malnourishment and disease to overtake it. "Poor thing was borderline dead before it attacked us," he muttered, quite saddened at the revelation.
He sniffled softly before reluctantly readying himself to stomp it on the head to end it quickly but waiting to see if the mares had any objections or ways to help it pull through before doing the heartbreaking feat.
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>>152611
The two mares are simply silent. White Sands blinks, and her mouth opens slightly, while Cauldron's simple staring is a bit harder to gauge.