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He whispers back
He Seems distressed by the news but trys to keep his composure
"W-what? whats wrong with them are they ok?"
While the other two ponies walk away, the bat zony stops and looks at the two as they whisper
>>158403>>158404"They are safe for now, but they are being hunted. I will tell you more once we leave, but I am wondering if you are able to help Skies and I make them safe once again."
Silver looks over at the bat zony, and smiles at her.
"Hello there, young mare. Who are you?"
She moves her head (but not her body) back, and folds her previously unfolded wings back together
"Lunar Nadir" She answers
She gives a weak smile
"Um... Who are you?"
Silver whispers to Dark Star before replying to Nadir."They are being hunted by pony in Waterfront Gang who sold them to Comte Burgher, Bargain Strength. We are going to stop him."
Silver returns to looking at Nadir, and offers her a hoofshake.
"Silver Sword. I am friend to Solar Night."
She replies, after a moment.
"Oh. You are? Um... I'm... also a friend of Solar Night. Do you um, do things together like... he said he hunts for treasure."
Dark Star Bites his tongue trying not to explode in angerWhat?? He' Sent More after them?? i knew i should have just shot the bastard."
His eyes are ablaze with anger at the words.
Silver nods, not knowing everything that he's told her.
"We do things like that, yes."
Her slit, purple eyes light up, she smiles, showing her small fangs, and her grey, zebra-tail with it's tuft of black fur on the end begins to move back and forth.
Silver nods at her.
The unicorn returns to whispering with Dark Star."You have met Bargain Strength before? Anyways, would you like to help us stop him?"
"Alright. When you are ready, we will go."
He Turns to the two mares with him>>158413
"Ladies, i have to go. there's a problem."
Nadir frowns, and her ears go halfway down
Mars Loaf is further away, talking to some other pony.
[1d20+3 = (13+3) = 16]>>158420>>158421Sense Motive
: After her reply, Silver attempts to search Nadir's feelings for Dark Star.
He hugs her
"My young Friends are in trouble. they need my help. i'll see you tomorrow, i promise."
She wants more attention from him, and it seems that she was expecting it>>158423Bat creature is hugged
She is course, but fuzzy on the wings.
"Tomorrow???..... oh... okay. Uh... I'll see you then" she says, a little less happily
His tone gets serious
"Its a matter of life and death."
Her ears move up, her eyes grow wider, and she is definitely frowning with her lips closed in such a way that her fangs still show under her lips
"Oh... Okay. Um... Uh... I'll... talk to you about the book situation later, then?"
"Of course. we might be done before tomorrow, im not sure though. we'll definitely take care of it."
"Do not worry, Nadir. I will return your Solar Night to you shortly."
"Um, okay" She says, smiling again, and generally perking up.
"Just come back some time if you uh, if you want to help me maybe with the books. To find them at least...">>158428
"Hehe" She blushes, and pulls her lips back in a toothy smile.
"Without a doubt i will. don't worry. i could give you the bits for it now if you want."
"Uh..." She stands up, and has her lips pulled back. Her tail starts moving.
"That's uh, very generous of you." She says
"it pays to be Generous and help out when you can."
"Uh, thank you, heh. Well... Uh, I'll let you get to the thing" She says
"Ok. see you then, nadir."
She closes her lips, maintaining a smile.
If Dark Star is ready, Silver would lead him outside.
Dark Star goes with Silver>>158435
He Waves goodbye to nadir
As strange as it looks, she attempts to wave back with her wing. Solar can see the bones and "fingers" on the wing as it flaps.>>158437>>158436
Silver and Dark Star presumably trot back in the way of the Medical School, to a parked black car that Dark Star has never seen before.
Unless Silver and Dark Star want to talk before
getting back to the car
Before they get to the car, Silver comments,
"She is rather cute, do you think?"
"She seems to have taken liking to you."
"She's not really my type, she's a Good friend though."
"You seem to be helping her quite bit, just from that little I saw. I like her."
"Yea i am. She's from a impoverished family. i got her into college, through uh totally legitimate means."
They likely have now arrived at the new, mysterious black car with a familiar blue pegasus inside.
He smiles as he sees blue
"Nice car. is it yours?"
He says to silver
A small blue muzzle pokes up from the passenger seat, followed by ears
"Sort of. I acquired it through, uh...totally legitimate means. Do not mind blood stains, I may have bled out little bit in it earlier."
Silver starts gathering the weapons and equipment he left behind before getting in the driver's seat.
Dark Star seems concerned
"Bled in it? are you ok?"
Dark star opens the available door
and puts his bag on the floorboard
And gets in
The blood is in the right back seat.
Blue Skies slightly
sits up, still mostly slumped down in her seat. She looks back, towards Dark Star
"Darkie?" She says in a low voice, almost a whisper.
"I was shot couple of times, but I got better."
He turns to Skies.
"I told him little bit already, but you may want to fill in details."
He turns the car on, and starts on their way to the restaurant once Dark Star is on.
"In the flesh"
"Looks like a slaughterhouse back here."
Only a little blood
Blue Skies looks over to Silver, and then back to Dark Star. She smiles. She remains slumped down.
"So, according to Silver, anyways, several creatures, evidently attached to the made stallion "Bargain Strength" of the Waterfront Gang, attempted to kidnap one of the two remaining victim-witnesses in the Comte case."
"Well, I cannot claim responsibility for all of it. Mala was with me when they tried to take White Orchid, and he gave attackers hell."
Dark Star Grits his teeth loud enough for it to be audible in the front seats
"Are they safe?">>158456
"Mala? Is he ok?"
"He did not get hurt in slightest. Gangster he attacked...not so much. All of that in backseat is gangster's blood that dripped off of Mala's muzzle."
“I think Silver is keeping them for now. But just to be safe… I think we may need to interview them in more detail, just to be sure we have their full statements in case they are made unavailable for trial.”
Dark Star Laughs
"I wouldnt expect anything less from Him.">>158459
"They won't be made "Unavailable." Trust me."
Dark Star takes the Linen out from his bag and places it next to him, he then unfolds it to reveil his pistols
She looks down, as sees the top of Seeker of Truth and Ride the Lightning. She forms a wide, malicious grin
"If either of you think you will need more firepower, I put some of my spare large weapons in trunk of car, including pump shotgun gangsters this car use to belong to left behind."
His Grin equally matches hers in terms of maliciousness>>158462
"More firepower huh? exactly what are we talking about?"
"I don't know" She says
"I'll leave that to you. 'Firepower' isn't really my style."
"Nothing too much, but everything I have is available for you two to use."
He notices the grins on his two companions' faces.
"You two are perfect for each other, you know?"
"Yes we are."
He continues grinning.
"so whats in the trunk besides the Shotgun?"
"Hehe, maybe." She answers
"SMG and Lavender Rifle. Not much, but it is something."
You remember the SMG he got from the quarry?
"A SMG and a Lavender rifle? if you would be so kind i would like to use one or the other, just in case."
Silver stops and parks the car a couple of blocks away from the location.
"Alright, we are nearby. What will be our plan of attack, before we get there?"
"im not sure. Whats the situation? whats it like in there?:
I'm not seeing a note of the SMG, at least specifically, being taken along>>158476
The location is a restaurant called "The Golden Sun."
"I do not know, all I know is that it is restaurant used by this Bargain Strength and his underlings and sort of hangout."
Dark Star Holsters his revolvers
"Are we ready?"
Silver looks to Blue Skies for confirmation.
She sits up in the seat, wearing a sweater. She reaches for and grabs her revolver under her clothing.
"We don't really know what we are entering into. Then again, I don't think we are going to."
They are across the street, and a block or so away from the restaurant. The restaurant has a set of glass windows facing the street, a standard door, a brick façade, a few windows on a second floor, and a large patio that has seats a covered wooden roof. The letters "Golden Sun" are hung in big, brass lettering above the door.
he examines the building for anypony nearby
"Do you still have my jacket, blue?"
It appears that the restaurant is being used as a standard restaurant, with ponies moving around on the patio, outside, and evidently, inside.
"Hehe, yes. It's in my room."
The White one speaks
"As I said. There are likeminded griffins in the Order in Hellquil. Griffins who share my understanding, and my preferences. If not, there are some in Yale."
The red one speaks
"This was great while it lasted, but it's over now. There are cells everywhere there are griffins. I will find something." He answers
he takes note of how its being operated.
"that could be a problem, a lot of ponies moving in and out"
"Im glad you do."
"Witnesses. Potential collateral" Blue Skies says. "And for all we know, these are guards. Or even our target."
"I Have a bad feeling about this."
"They probably know we are coming..." Blue Skies says
"We should find rear entrance."
"They will probably know who you are. But they don't know who I and this yellow earth pony are" She says
"we still have the element of Surprise for now..."
Dark Star looks around at other buildings and in the windows of said buildings.>>158490
Roll spot (wisdom modifier)
"Think you will be able to scout out building without them raising alarm?"
"Walking through the front door is my specialty" Blue Skies says
"i might be able to. say how exactly did you acquire this car again?"
[1d20+3 = (20+3) = 23]>>158495>>158498
"I may have stolen it from gangsters who attacked us. I personally definitely will not be able to park right in front, or go in through front.Spot
: Silver also looks for a potential back entrance into the restaurant through back alleys or adjacent buildings.
it rolls well for him
Yes. There is an alley behind the restaurant with a door that leads inside.
"Yea that would be very unwise."
Silver points out the alley.
"I can go in through back, there. It sounds like you, Skies, wants to go in through front door. How about you, Dark Star?"
"Hmmmmmm. i wonder if anypony can get in through the roof?"
"That might be for the best. or i could see if theres a ladder somewhere."
[1d20+3 = (7+3) = 10]>>158504>>158505>>158506Spot
: Silver uses his keen eyes to try to spot any sign that there's an external roof access.
"Tell me where you think you are best sent"
It looks like it has a flat roof, and that is about all he can figure out
i blame the first roll failing.>>158508
"If i was a mafia leader i would have the roof guarded."
"So who gets the front door?" She asks
"Well, i might be the least suspicious."
"It does not have to be only one pony per entrance, keep in mind. You both could go in through front, like couple on date."
"Well, maybe not suspicious. but a beautiful face draws a lot of attention.">>158517
"Hmmmmm not a bad idea."
"They won't think I'm there to do them harm if they are trying to fuck me, or assume I'm there for somepony else to try."
Dark Star trys not to sound jealous
"That makes sense."
"But... We can walk in together. Unless I should go in through the roof. What precisely do you want to do when you're in there, anyways?"
"I do not know about you two, but I plan on going in through back and tearing them apart."
His voice returns to normal
"we can go in the front, i think thats probably the best idea.">>158524
"That sounds good. We can go together like a couple, or separately. Going in separately may make it easier for me to hide while you confront, or I distract while you take your position."
"Unless you have better idea."
"What is your goal, exactly? Making them stop? Do you know if this is all from the initiative of this one, slighted gangster, or are they just the pawns of someone else?"
"How about i smoke a cig outside while you slip in first?"
"Making them stop, most of all."
"How are you going to do that?" She asks
"That sounds rather complicated."
"I could kill them, that is simplest solution. I could try to detain them and have them arrested. I could
try to intimidate or persuade Bargain Strength into stopping, but that would be difficult and may not work."
"Order me a hayburger when you get in.">>158535
"a very simple solution. but the only problem i see,is comte will just send another capo to do the dirty work."
"All I can say is that my superiors will be very upset if these witnesses are not available. And I suspect a number of very powerful, and maybe a few not so powerful, ponies will be very upset if they are
Her mouth drops open
Silver nods firmly.
"Alright, whenever you two are ready."
Blue Skies opens the door, and stands up, carefully looking over towards the location.
She gives a small scrunch.
Dark star walks around to the trunk.>>158541
He smiles at her
Silver also gets out, heading to the trunk to grab the pump shotgun and whatever potential ammo was with it.
Be warry. The shotgun is far from easy to conceal.>>158542
She smiles back
what else is in the trunk?
Just the rifle, which is even bigger
Perfect for a less-than-stealthy job. He pulls it out, checks it, and loads it if it's empty.
Could it fit under my trench coat?
Six shells, pump action.>>158548
Sort of, just barely, with the edge of the barrel sticking out. But you can't mount the bayonet and hide it.
It's a bolt action, and thus not necessarily the equal of a pistol in close quarters.
Perfect. he pusts the bayonete in a pocket and the rifle under the coat.>>158547
He Turns to silver
"So when we get inside whats the siginal?"
Well, I have to sleep. Hopefully we can all pick up again tomorrow
"When you hear sound of gunfire," he slings the shotgun over his shoulder, "you will know shit has hit fan."
Who were these griffons again? They seem vaguely familiar, yet Amber can't place their names.
"If you say so. Will you go by new names, or don't you think a change of identity is needed?"
Blue Skies nods to the other two
Amber knows who these two are. The white griffin is Helder Von Neuestadt. He claims to be a family friend of the Katerin dynasty, somehow. His father was director of art for the previous king, or something, and so is he. Nominally, anyways. The red griffin is a bit more familiar: Erich Sóbányász. He's not from around here, and plays the violin in the town orchestra, but more importantly, in the personal sessions given to the princess
"I think my name will be helpful, if anything."
"If they are looking for me, yes. If the rumors about the Imperials being involved are true."
"You two get into position. I will give you minute or two before I start my move. Maybe I will be able to avoid violence, maybe not, but be ready."
Silver attempts to move over to the alley, hopefully without anyone from the restaurant noticing his shotgun.
Blue Skies walks to the other side, and takes a round about way of going to the restaurant before walking inside
What is Silver wearing?
It's difficult to move into position, because the alley is genuinely behind the restaurant, rather than to the side. The restaurant occupies a corner position on the lot, with the patio (which is to the left of the building) along the side of the road. The alley is ten or so feet wide, and is between the building and a department store.
What is he wearing? Either the tattered remains of his uniform and his armor, or nothing but his armor.
How is he going to prevent a shotgun from being noticed as he walks directly past on a city street?
Hide it on the other side of his body?
Which would also face a public building? It's a city street
Hmm...any way to go around?
By driving the car around, yes.
Probably a good idea then.
If silver is going to both drive the stolen car out in the open, and carry a long gun out in the open... he should roll die for luck
Okay, so what is Silver’s precise move?
Go around the corner, park, and approach the alley from the other side.
Indeed, very prominent and skilled musicians, though their particular placements place them in the same sort of danger she is in.
"Knowing to disappear is always a valuable skill, though the only griffins able to practice it are lucky spies," she remarks.
"No. Our kind has lived in the shadows long before the first Grover dared to leave his tree in Griffonstone. And we shall outlast this last of the Grovers, just as we have outlasted the Katerins. What was different this time was that we moved into the light. We can move back into the darkness as necessary."
"If you say so, just be careful the light does not follow after you," she warns.
This is not a joke, and Erich especially makes an expression that betrays his fear, while Helder at least gives the impression of being unaffected
"Yes. I know. Are you ready?"
"I have everything I need."
"Alright. I think we can... borrow a car, and go to Montierter Helm's place, where we will meet the others."
"We need to leave the palace..."
"You think?" she asks, raising an eyebrow or the griffon equivalent. "I was hoping it wouldn't be an improvised performance."
"What do you mean?" He asks
"You two weren't able to plan this out in advance to make sure we don't get harried along the way?" she asks in a disappointed tone.
Helder replies, and his voice starts to quiver
"We didn't think they would arrest the princess, let alone think to come after us
"Nothing in this world is certain anymore," she mutters with a sigh.
"Oh I would say some things are certain. The Katerintrue's attempts to save themselves will not work. They will be hanged, or at best thrown aside like the rest."
"It's a shame, but with the way the world is, the best one can do is save oneself."
"How are we going to 'borrow' a car? And can you drive?"
“An associate of Montierter will drive us. We can borrow a car from the lot, if necessary.”
"Alright, good…." though the tone of voice is uncertain.
What is Dark Star’s next move?
Does Dark Star require anything if Silver before he goes through with his plan of driving around the block to come at the alley from the other side?
Sorry did see you respond
a highfive(high two?)
It looks like the ponies are ready to proceed
I suppose there's time for a high-hoof before we get to our positions.>>158675
Once on the other side, Silver makes his way to the backalley, hopefully inconspicuously.
Dark star looks over at blue
"Ready to go?"
He has a semi-grim expression on his face
She looks back to him, and nods
"One last thing. Am I waiting for you inside, or have we never met?"
"Yea we can have met before, perhaps we are a couple. meet me at a corner booth."
Maybe we can pick back up this weekend.
Maybe it will be substantial progress as well