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The flaxen mare, however, has a question for Amber
"What did he say to you?"
>>151778"He had to leave, but wants to meet up again sometime and he gave me his address."
Amber is relieved that the flaxen mare didn't read the note, though she doubts Dark Denizen shares the same scruples.
"No no." She says
"The griffin viol player."
"I suppose" she says
"I didn't wake up. I'd call that good."
"I haven't seen him talk with... well, almost anyone. Denizen likes him. But even she can't get more than a few words with him. I don't think he likes.... playing for, well, playing for other creatures. I mean... like it's alien to him, or beneath him."
"I don't know if it's that" she says
"There's this rumor going around that he was the private musician for the Von Katerinbergs, and fled when those two counties fell. Some one else says they passed by his apartment and heard him playing with a whole orchestra. I don't know, I just... I wonder, some times.."
Amber tries to recall who the von Katerinbergs are....
Knowledge (geography): [1d20+4 = (5+4) = 9]
Somewhere over in the Griffin lands. It's sort of in the Empire but not really. There was this young girl who was not just a despot but literally insane, and an older male in a different kingdom who was murderous towards the ponies there.
>>151790Griffin is squeezed
"No. I mean... like a classical orchestra. Playing notes and songs he had never heard before. Sounding almost like chords from heaven. He couldn't really describe it. Of course, he doesn't know music very well."
"Yeah, that's exactly what I would like to know too. I don't know, he just seems a little strange."
"Heh. That's what Dark Denizen thinks. I think a swing, or jazz band would probably be more popular with the patrons."
"Are you sure you are okay?"
"Well... you and her. Maybe that's why he'll talk to you and her, but not me or the other staff.">>151798
"I don't know. But I'm still here, aren't I?"
She smiles back, showing teeth
“Thank you. Where did you come from?”
"I just worry about you sometimes, my dove."
She leans into him, until most of her weight presses into him.
Silver holds her weight, standing strong against this onslaught.
She leans into him a little more, tilting her beak so that it buries in his fur.
"I will be your support, dove."
>>151801"I'm from a hundred-and-fifty miles to the west of here.
I grew up on a small farm and decided to come here to better support my folks. It's been...a big change of pace."
She continues with a smile, "How about yourself? Are you from around here?"
"I figured you were from the country. I wouldn't have guessed you were that close though."
She pauses at Amber's question, and it seems as if she was not expecting to be asked reciprocally.
"Well, no. I am from Las Pegasus. But I've been in Baltimare several years now."
Silver looks up at his griffon.
"Are you sure
you are alright? You know I am only here for you."
“Well…” she looks down
“I was abducted, I am a stranger in this land…”
She points her beak directly at the ground
“And… other things… so I’m… not alright…”
Her eyes also light up hearing this. "I've never been there, but I heard it's such a beautiful city up in the clouds. Is it true that the sunsets are like nowhere else?"Does Las Pegasus also have gambling? The association with Los Angeles is obvious but there's no Las Vegas analogue otherwise.
She pulls her lips back, showing teeth
“Yeah. I suppose you can call it beautiful. Some places were, some times. I don’t know how the sunset looks most other places. But yeah, it was nice watching it from the clouds as it set over the water. Or from the seaside cliffs. Better than watching it vanish into the forest like it does here.”I think depictions of Los Pegasus are careful to turn the obvious slot machine allegories in the background into arcade games of various kinds, but it’s definitely a Los Vegas parallel with giant “casinos.” If gambling is legal in Equestria anywhere besides on injun reservations, it’s in Los Pegasus.
“Yeah….” She pauses “There we’re a decent number of things to do there. The things the tourists like, we did but they got old. But I was younger then, and had less freedom than I do now.”If that’s how you want to interpret it. It seemed pretty clear that the animators wanted to depict a modern Las Vegas mega casino, but were restricted by the show’s rating.
She blinks at some portion of the first half, but then turns her head and says
"Oh really?" at Amber's last words
She turns her head, still grinning widely.
“I don’t think I snuck
out, ever. I lied more than a few times about what I was doing, or didn’t say all of where I was going.”
"Well, out with friends. I went where they went. To the cliffs. Card games a few times."
"Yeah. Well, seaside cliffs. That's what the waterline was like. Cliffs, though there were beaches below that in many areas, so you could go to the beach. Just jump off, and glide right down. Well, it helps being able to fly." A quick look confirms that she is indeed a Pegasus.
"Good. So you have at least two specific names. But we need specific plans and evidence. And more importantly, we need to know who else - and what else. If these ponies are a part of a larger network, it will help to learn as much as possible. It seems it will be profitable for you to stay on their tails. Continue posing as one of them. Go deeper. Gain their trust, and learn more,"
"Understood,sir. i'll do what i can."
He gives a single, sharp nod
"Good. Do you wish to know anything else, or need anything else?"
"No,sir. thats everything i believe."