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Occupied Equestria - Winter Winds
Anonymous
f2e4233
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No.171000
Continuing
107 replies and 20 files omitted.
Anonymous
bb49236
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No.171125
171126
>>171123
>>171124
Posey keeps kissing him for over 30 seconds, with her eyes shut, before she pops them open and makes aggressive eye contact with Ms. Debride, then she closes them again and keeps kissing for a another minute, even more deeply, like a scene from a French movie.
Gloomy acts like this is completely normal.

"... ~Aaaah... Th-That wasn't too bad, was it sweetie?" Posey says softly, cupping Gloomy's cheeks with her aura.
The tip of her tongue seems to sizzle a bit as the hole in it heals, her impure flesh burned by the substance (I assume).
Anonymous
0e9ef8f
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No.171126
171127
IMG_6268.png
>>171125
And I thought Debride was being creepy…
Debride does not intervene.

I lack the reaction images for this scenario, and Debride lacks the proper facial expressions.
Anonymous
bb49236
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No.171127
171129
>>171126
>I thought Debride was being creepy…
She was, which is why Posey is asserting dominance for touching her most precious thing. Nopony out-creeps the Dread Necromancer.

Posey pulls a way with a toss of her mane with a scarlet halo of magic.

Gonna Roll intimidate with a +2 Circumstance Bonus (also finally remembering the bonus from the Tattoo'd mystic astrological background)
[1d20+15 = (2+15) = 17]

Posey gives a polite bow
"You have my thanks, Ms. Debride. You've been very kind to us today. Gloomy and I will be looking forward to studying with you. I believe we have much to teach eachother." She says, with a deceptively warm smile
Anonymous
bb49236
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No.171128
171129
>>171121
>It smells like roses.
Oh, Gloomy's favorite food.
Anonymous
0e9ef8f
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No.171129
IMG_0959.png
>>171127
> Posey is asserting dominance
Okay, that’s what I figured.

>2 on an intimidation roll
I think the French kissing a… 8 year old? Is enough to keep Debride away

>>171128
“… Right…”
Anonymous
bb49236
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No.171130
171131
If the substance works as intended, Gloomy would begin running around, like with a sugar high.

Btw, is there a fortitude saves to avoid addiction? Or is it not habit forming?
Anonymous
0e9ef8f
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No.171131
171132 171135
>>171130
It’s a single half-dose, I don’t think addiction is likely to be an issue. Unless Gloomy starts asking gif it all the time.

As Gloomy runs along, Debride says “Alright, come along. You can’t really run around in here. But I know where you can.”
Anonymous
bb49236
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No.171132
171135
>>171131
Gloomy is a well-trained colt, and does as he's told
Posey follows
Anonymous
84b082e
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No.171134
8wbkoykfxsr11.jpg
Between now and the next quest, I would like for Posey to take a couple weeks of downtime (unless quest opportunities arrive earlier).
For no particular reason, just settling in to the university to blend in as an upstanding citizen. Posey has all the time on the world so long as the Dread League doesn't require her to mobilize, so she can lay low and take things slow. I'll have her roll her profession skill to earn lifestyle expenses (feeding Gloomy) and do some research rolls.

If spell research is an option, I would like Posey to spend her time at the university researching the spells that the university uses in its medicine, and possibly add them to Posey's Dread Necromancer spell list so that she is able to perform such tasks and thereby blend in as a "respectable" Necromancer more easily.
Of course I don't expect mechanics to be written for largely inconsequential effects, although Diligent's description of medical Necromancy reminded me of a couple 0 level cantrips:
Necrosurgery
>Necromancy [Death]
>Grants +2 bonus to resist disease by dealing 1d4 damage.
>Range: Touch
Preserve Organ
>Necromancy
>Protects one detached organ from decay for 24 hours.
>Range: Touch
Both 0 level Necromancy spells that are useful in medicine. Dread Necromancers do not have lvl 0 spells, so if Posey were to research them they would have to be lvl 1 spells for her (like detect magic is).
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171135
171136 171137 171146
>>171131
>>171132
Debride walks the ponies out of the basement, back upstairs, back outside into a day that is still cloudy, but brighter with the movement of a cloud to expose the sun, and onto the sidewalk. They walk a couple blocks past large buildings with blue roofs that Posey can discern must be a part of the campus, and past red brick buildings with white first floors that are presumably residential apartments. Ponies cross the street, disregarding designated crosswalks, in either direction. She looks back, happily to Gloomy, and sometimes with a concerned look towards Posey. She turns to the left, to a small park with a child's play area. This includes a swing, a green-painted roundabout, and a stairs and slide styled as a castle turret. There is a Pegasus foal on the roundabout, a unicorn being pushed on one of the swings, and an earth pony in its natural environment the sand.

"Here we are. A playground."
Anonymous
7fd8b5e
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No.171136
171137
>>171135
Posey squints at this (it's a sight she's never seen before, growing up in the slave pens of the coven)
Common knowledge check
[1d20+3 = (2+3) = 5]
Anonymous
7fd8b5e
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No.171137
171138
>>171136
>>171135
Posey once again fails a check she could've taken 10 on.

"... What.. what is this? A training regimen for foals? I hadn't expected such a thing here in Equestria."
Gloomy seems interested, Posey seems concerned and confused
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171138
171140
>>171137
Debride chuckles.
"Of a sort, you could say it is. C'mon little pony, you wanna have fun?"

Debride picks up Gloomy, and places him on a swing
Is a grapple check necessary here?
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171140
171141
>>171138
A grapple isn't necessary, although halfway through Posey floats Gloomy with her aura to levitate him into the swing.
"Careful. He bruises easily." She says with caution
Posey makes a peculiar expression, nervous and confused as if it only just suddenly hit her like a pile of bricks how little she actually knows about mundane aspects of this land.
>you wanna have fun?
Gloomy gives a start at this suggestion, but as Posey strokes his mane with her aura and gives a worldless gesture of reassurance, he perks up.
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171141
171142
>>171140
“Alright now, let me just give you a push, and…”
Debride pushes Gloomy on the swing, swinging him a relatively short distance
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171142
171143
>>171141
Posey looks on cautiously.
Gloomy is swung.
He swings back.
And he swings fourth.
"... Again."
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171143
171144
>>171142
Debride sits behind Gloomy, slightly off to the left, in case Gloomy swings back too far. “And forward, and forward…” Debride pushes Gloomy forward, then again and again, smiling as she does so.
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171144
171145
>>171143
Posey watches, her eyes moving with the swing
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171145
171146
>>171144
Debride lets Gloomy stabilize, and moves over to in front of him. She sits upright, and demonstrates with her forehooves, extending them out or letting them fall limp as necessary
"Now, try to move your hindlegs out, like so, when you are at the top, about to go down, and then in, like this, when you are forward at the maximum extent."

It's perhaps not the best demonstration, but as the unicorn foal is occupying the other swing, it's the best she can do in the moment. Debride has an overly wide smile. "Wanna try?"
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171146
171147 171148
>>171135
"... What's the security situation like around here?"
>>171145
>"Wanna try?"
"I don't see why... Or why not." Posey replies, approaching the swing.
Gonna roll a Dexterity check to see how well she swings
[1d20+5 = (1+5) = 6]
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171147
6047a04e1f8d0ea733b98a8efac840fe.gif
>>171146
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171148
171149
>>171146
"Oh, it's safe."

Posey trips and faceplants into the sand. Debride chuckles.
"No no. Gloomy, you try."
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171149
171150 171152
>>171148
(I thought Gloomy was already trying)
"Be careful, sweetie..." Posey say
Gonna roll a check for Gloomy, with a +2 bonus for having two examples
[1d20+4 = (2+4) = 6]
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171150
171151
>>171149
Posey is quick to catch Gloomy with her aura of he falls
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171151
>>171150
*if
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171152
171153
>>171149
Unlike Posey, Gloomy got a 2 and not a 1.

Debride frowns.
"Well... You're learning."
Debride goes back to pushing Gloomy with her forehooves, sitting upright. She smiles and pushes him.

A grey unicorn mare with a short cut black mane must be the mother or caregiver of the other foal, and she has come closer to her child, intermittently staring at Posey, Gloomy, and Debride
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171153
171154
>>171152
Posey eyes the mare cautiously, but realizes that she's been overly paranoid today
"Good afternoon, ma'am." Posey says, kindly
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171154
171155
>>171153
"Good afternoon..." She replies, also seeming cautious.

"I haven't seen you here before." She says

Debride is still happily swinging Gloomy
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171155
171156
>>171154
"Oh, I'm a new researcher here. Just taking a moment to see how family friendly this campus is."
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171156
171157 171158 171159
>>171155
She takes a moment, but then responds
"It's friendly enough, I would say. They are tolerant of motherly needs, and the party scene is not as strong in the graduate school... Which program are you in?"
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171157
>>171156
"Security, concerning the arcane."
Anonymous
2f7c5b2
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No.171158
>>171156
"What are you here for, may I ask?"
Anonymous
3b0120c
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No.171159
171160
>>171156
(What's the name of Posey's actual program?)
Anonymous
db5f888
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No.171160
171161 171163
>>171159
Posey is in the college of Arcane Arts.

“I’m in the Masters Program for Ponish and Equestrian literature.” She answers

“Security? Such as against Changelings? Burglars?”
Anonymous
a0056c4
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No.171161
171162
>>171160
"Well, I do have some military background, but my specialty is more focused on.. the macabre. I'm a Necrologist. I study curses, haunts, ghosts, ghoulish things. There's always work for those if my field where there's war." Posey replies, in a bit more of a hushed tone (to avoid the children hearing)
Anonymous
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No.171162
171163
>>171161
She moves back into a more reserved stance. I see..." After a pause, "You were in the military?"
Anonymous
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No.171163
171166
>>171162
"Well, more of a cleanup manager... Magical battlefields are rather hazardous, even after the battle has long passed, as the soldiers themselves need help passing. Dying curses, swordwraiths, haunts; anything is possible when magic turns violent. I'm from northern griffonia, although Equestrian by blood. I came here to find work in the aftermath of the war, and study Equestrian magic."
She wipes her brow, trying to look away from the sun even in the overcast
"... I'm still getting used to the weather here."
>>171160
"Masters in Literature, you say? That's quite the prestigious profession. (She thinks all Lit majors are archwizards) Poetry is a hobby of mine, although, with the demands of the wars and whatnot, I never really got a chance to study it in earnest."
Amber Sunset
e5d580b
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No.171164
171166
>>171102
Amber tilts her head. "Did the station manager not update the schedule like he said he would? I was called this morning to fill in for the conductor from Kronburg, who was not feeling well. I was not their first choice, as I am formally retired, but the other they tried to reach hadn't answered." Amber sighs. "I am sorry for the mix-up, officer. I do not envy the staff in the offices, as they have to deal with gargantuan amounts of paperwork with budget cuts and recent staff layoffs, but this level of incompetence is beneath them. I've suggested a way of simplifying scheduling and staff assignment, but they brushed me off, for, you see, they said the bureaucracy at headquarters would never allow it...."
Anonymous
2a313f3
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No.171166
171167 171168
>>171163
The pony takes a half step back, and leans on her legs ever so slightly further away. Momentarily her ears go down, and her eyes widen. She raises her left foreleg and crosses it against her chest. She pauses for a moment before saying,

"Equestrian blood, you say? And where are you from, exactly? My plan... at least originally, was that I would go teach ponish and ponish literature in Griffonia, once I had my masters.

>>171164
The griffin pauses, leans back, and opens his beak halfway, a state it remains in for quite some time. He looks over to the griffin to his side, then back to Amber, then back to the griffin to his side.

"Uhhh... What was the name of the station manager who called you?"

He whispers to the griffin next to him, asking "Did they fail to note the change in the paperwork?" and "When did shift change occur?"
Anonymous
637f33b
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No.171167
171169 171171
>>171166
Okay, just out of character
>Equestrian blood
I was under the impression that most ponies in most places felt kinship with Equestrians, because it was sort of a cultural huh for ponies. I guess some of the lore in EaW contradicts that though; then again, international lore consistency isn't EaW's strongsuit.
>And where are you from, exactly?
Hahaha... I take it Posey's master's had a plan for her false backstory? That might've slipped my mind.
If there wasn't a pre established one, I'll go with this:

In character:

"Oh, I'm from Farbrook. Our society isn't that unlike Equestria, although a lot more high-strung because we do have to deal with the threat of war from all sides... I say Equestrian by blood because my ancestors moved there centuries ago."

Out of character:
The last part is not a lie. Posey's living ancestors would have been from Farbrook, since it's the nearest peaceful pony society for the vampires of the Coven to abduct and prey on.

In character:
"There's a lot of Equestrian traditionalists in Farbrook. You wouldn't be pressed hard to find demand for Ponish literature there. It depends how the wars go though..."
Amber Sunset
e5d580b
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No.171168
171169
>>171166
Amber gives a grumpy look. "I had been retired for three years, was put back on call recently, then I got an urgent call this morning to get dressed and get on the train immediately. There are multiple managers for the station since they work in shifts from the early morning to the late evening, and there have been a couple of new ones since I retired. I didn't ask for the honorifics of this particular manager, no."

Also I just realized that Amber didn't get on at Katerinburg but at the other town across the river. Darn me and my lack of note-taking since the barn!
Anonymous
2a313f3
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No.171169
171170 171173
>>171168
The griffin is confused

Hmmm... Maybe roll diplomacy

>>171167
>international lore consistency isn't EaW's strongsuit
scrunch

"I wanted to go to Aquelia. That will be rather difficult now... But I will finish up my masters either way first."
Amber Sunset
e5d580b
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No.171170
171171
>>171169
[1d20+4 = (17+4) = 21]
Anonymous
2a313f3
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No.171171
171172
>>171167
>>171170
The griffin sighs and turns around. "Call back to the Kronburg station. Find out precisely who was put on this morning."

"Verhoven was not sick and did not call off. He was not supposed to be relieved at Kronburg" the other griffin, charcoal in feathers, replies

"That doesn't mean there wasn't a mix up with Hofstadler called to the wrong station or time." He answers. He turns to Amber. "Come inside. We will sort out this mess. And the same with the 'bandits'."

He turns away to go back into the station.
Amber Sunset
e5d580b
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No.171172
171175
>>171171
Amber takes a deep breath. "I will help clear things up. My subordinates, though, have had a very long day and have had to sort out many issues, calming down rowdy passengers and catching stowaways for you just being two of them. I've seen Hellheim before but I do think they've earned a reprieve and ought to see the city while the afternoon's still young," she insists.
Anonymous
4070929
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No.171173
171175
>>171169
"I might be here for some time... I'm hoping the program here is accommodating for my research. The mages in Farbrook were quite hyped about the magic in Equestria. The war to the northwest may turn grim in the coming decade, and they're all quite interested in Equestrian magic's defense against the dark arts. I came here to study that, in part."
Anonymous
4070929
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No.171174
171175
DM, how much downtime are you okay with Posey taking? Posey could go about her days pretending to be a researcher for more than a decade if no quests come up.
Anonymous
2a313f3
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No.171175
171176
>>171174
Not ten years

>>171173
She tilts her head
"War to the Northwest?" She asks

>>171172
The leader asks the charcoal griffin, "And what did Kronburg say of the Porters?"

The charcoal griffin replies,
"A porter stated he was replaced alongside the conductor. No others reported."

The leader replies, "Either way, we will need them as witnesses to this 'robbery'." And then he addresses Amber
"They cannot go far, we will need them."
Anonymous
19733c6
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No.171176
>>171175
"And to the southwest, and south, and increasingly the east..." Posey replies, whispering quietly
"It's something I'd rather not discuss around the foals." She continues, gesturing to Gloomy who is being initiated in the dark art of the playground swing.
Rollin for mastery
[1d20 = 14]

Posey then changes the subject
"But enough about me. What sort of literature have you been studying? I'm partial to romance, tragedy and nursery rhymes."

What about 5 years?
JK... Unless...?
Anonymous
61e7753
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No.171177
Is there anything or anyone else that Posey has to do or meet at this university?