Welcome back to thread number like 5 or 6 of Occupied Equestria, a My Little Pony RP based heavily upon the Equestria at War mod for Hearts of Iron 4, and using the mechanics of D&D 3.5, and set in South-East Equestria after it has been conquered and split between the Changelings and a foreign fascist power
Onyx is cleaning glasses, Spark has secured a contract to clear a quarry of Zombies for a real estate developer, Silver is eating meat, Ash and Iron are trying to raid what they believe to be a gangster's den, and Dark Star is holding hooves.
[Determined kirin noises]
Iron is wondering when him and Ash will reach the destination to fight. "I will be ready by then." He makes sure that he did not put his other hoof's armor as he wants to feel the hit. "Do you want ponies to be alive or dead?"
She audibly purrs, and continues smiling>>74697
And thus the facility is before her. It has many ups and downs in its roof, and 4 separate doors, one on each side and two in the center. As with the Darrien Cannery, the north side has a dock, and no ship masts can be seen over the roof of the building
"Shall we knock on the front door?" Iron whispers to Ash
Sister Ash enters the building through the nearest entry.
Listen check to detect creatures>Doggo is also sniffing>>74707
"I don't think that's necessary.." Sister Ash responds
This particular glass is not a Mimic. This glass>>74708
The closest one is an entrance on the South to the right. It looks like it was once a worker's entrance>>74710
She has blue-green, same as Onyx
What about the listen check my GM?
Sister Ash takes a deep breath, before treading into the building
".. Here goes nothing..."
Onyx moves to the next one.
Iron nods, then enters with her. Shield ready and hoof unarmored to punch some ponies.
"Your Eyes Are Beautiful, they're like a never ending forest."
She can here some sort of movement, deeper in the building>>74713
She is not shot nor does she spring a trap as soon as she enters the door. It's dark... This hallway is illuminated. It goes off to the left as well as the right, with a door in front of them to what looks like a normal room. The hallway to the left extends 40 feet before turning, while the one to the right extends 30 feet
The hallway is not
illuminated by artificial light. It has windows>>74714
I feel like you should start making dice rolls on this
[1d20+3 = 6]>>74717
Doggo goes ahead of the other two, going to the right.
Rolling for stealth
"How long before you have to go back to work?"
"I mean, they let me take an hour and a half, though it's technically one hour. We can stay here longer by maybe 20 or 15 minutes, but if you want to do anything quickly in the room before I have to go back, you need to pay and go now">>74720
How far does she send him?
Far enough to peek around the corner.
[1d20+5 = 13]>>74726
This glass is also
not a mimic. The bar patrons are safe for another glass>>74727
When he gets to 25 feet - not yet to the corner - you can hear a very
Iron puts himself in front of Ash. "It seems we have some company." He whispers to Ash.
Hmmm... Technically, this would not pierce the dog's hide. But it doesn't feel right to think of a shotgun blast as not penetrating dog hide >>74729
This glass is also not a mimic. Bar patrons can breathe easy
Half of that is Dex AC...>Pierce hide
B-but.. much magic skin!
It's not just thick hide. It's magick.
Thankfully, none are Mimics>>74733>>74731
Doggo trips on something and flips the fuck back before a shotgun blast is heard. Each of you roll for luck
Truly made to be together.
Neither is hit by ricocheting pellets, but stealth is gone it seems
"Oh hey! I got something for you"
Onyx sends the bag of 3500 bits flying at the magic hoers.[1d20 = 1]
Iron approaches closer to the side where the shot went off and prepares to attack if the bastard goes through the corner.
Sister Ash calls her dog back moves forward with determination, hold her tower shield ahead of her as total cover.>Is glad she brought this thing.
No adversary is seen coming around the corner
Sorcerer, roll for reflex save
Alright, to where does she go?
She turns the corner, still using her shield as cover.
Wherever the hallway leads.
Iron goes the corner opposite of Ash.
Dark Star Smiles
"We better hurry back then."
Dark Star motion at the waiter
Remember to hold up that shield. They can't shoot you so long as you have cover.
He uses his shield as cover, then.
[1d4 = 2][1d20+6 = 18]>>74749
Spark is hit squarely in the chest by a huge set of bits, knocking him down
It's getting dark this way, as there is no illumination. There is a door to the right, and it seems more down the hallway as it is straight. It is hard to see, and there are no visible enemies>>74752
As he nears the corner, he hears a loud damned bang. It comes from the side
and thus is not protected by the shield>>74753
Maybe 50 bits for the set, including the band
It does not seem to penerate, right?
"Ow! The hay was that for?"
The sorcerer slowly gets up after the hard hit.
"The Spaghetti was Fantastic."
DarkStar pays the bill plus the tip
Also, you added an extra hit bonus for some reason.
"So you decided to throw it at me?"
I gather them up before some other patron decides to swipe it.
[3d6 = 14]>>74755>>74756
Iron is hit by a shotgun blast that comes from beside him. The pellets just barely pierce through the side of his armor.
This happens 5 feet before he gets to the corner, in essentially the same position as where the Dog got shot at by the same method>>74757
Well, equaling the AC is a penetration. If the shot had come from in front of him, it would not have beat the shield
"It was the easiest way to get them to you"
If that had been a pitfall trap instead, it would have been a +10 bonus on the daggers>>74765
From the front, yes. From the right side, no
Wait, are you saying that flanking negates shield bonus?
[1d20+5 = 17]
Listen check, to hear how many shooters there are
Blue skies canters back quickly, but still enjoys the benefits of a government job>>74770
The air in the immediate area is silent. Further away - and I mean much
further away, there is movement, but the shooters either don't exist, or are perfectly silent. Ash was not shot after passing the location where the dog was shot at
Ash takes off a bucker and tosses it down the hall ahead of her, still using her door-thing as cover.
The shot comes from the side>>74773
Roll to see how far
Can I attack the pony, then?
She only manages it 15 feet. It clanks, but nothing else happens>>74777
Well that's precisely the thing. There is no pony>>74776
And one comes
>>74778Great. Just great.
Iron turns his shield around to where the shot hits him, protecting him from further shots.
It looks to be a wall, with no slots in it for an attacker to shoot through
Also, Iron is not
[1d20+4 = 8]>>74778
She hurls a sling bullet down the hall
Whatever, she uses her remaining move action to advance 15 feet in that direction.
Ash advances 15 feet. If she is only 15 feet past the turn in the hallway, she is still in the light area
Iron slowly follows Ash, backs against eachother. "I cannot see the attacker."
Didn't you go to the opposite hallway from Ash?
[1d20+4 = 5]>>74785
"Neither can I...."
Ash hurls another stone blindly into the hallway, still hiding behind her shield
That's my question. I've had Iron advancing down the hallway opposite of Ash
Then he back away from the corridor and go to Ash's corridor. I am backtracking my movements, still facing the corridor that I was going through.
He Gets in
"To the Hotel on [Enter Street Name Here]"
The journey to Ash's corner is uneventful, until shortly before he gets there, where he sees a stone fly back from Ash's direction and hits a window>>74791
And thus the pony takes them there. It feels a bit dangerous, but it is quick. They arrive at the steps
[1d20+4 = 8]>>74792
Ash tosses one more rock, before moving another 15 feet
The sling fails to open at the proper time, hurling the stone backwards
This one.... also fails to go very far
"Thanks Colt. How much for the ride?"
Now that one goes far. She eventually hears it hit what must be a wall or door
Iron follows "Alright, let us stick together and go for one corridor. When we reach the possible door, we enter shield facing each side." Iron whispers to Ash while she does her actions.
Position is still walking backwards, protecting Ash from flankshots.
"Here you go."
Dark Star gets out of the taxi and walks towards the hotel
Four directions. Forwards, left, right, back. Which position does Iron take?>>74793
The 15 feet is uneventful. She is now in a sort of Twilight zone, where she can't see the floor that well, although shinier objects would be visible>>74804
And thus it is so
"I had a good time" Blue is walking towards the hotel
Sister Ash continues this process, throwing rocks pathetic distances and taking short steps, all the while using her shield for cover as she makes her way down the hallway.
Basically, the opposite of Ash's direction. If she is forwards, I am backwards. >>74806
Iron follows while she does it.
She casts Light on a rock and moves forward, levitating it ahead of her.
"i did to,i always have a good time when im with you."
Door at the end of the hallway is 50 ft down from her 30 ft, and the hallway is illuminated.... well enough
Alright, now does Dark Star enter the building with her?
What does that even mean? Is there a door at 50ft or what?
She doesn't see any shooters or traps?
"That's... Odd..." She says, still holding her shield in front of her for cover as she creeps towards the door.
Iron keeps her back secured with his shield as he follows her.
Roll a spot check>>74812
Door 50 ft away from her position after going 30 ft down the hallway
[1d20 = 15]>>74813
"Remember, there will probably be an ambush on the sides. Prepare formation when ready to breach." Iron whispers to Ash, concerned. This is an ambush haven. He decides to spot for anything that may seem dangerous.>>74815
Ah, now I get it. Thanks.
[1d20+5 = 13]>>74815
Rolling with the dog instead, since he has low-light vision.
[1d20+5 = 25]>>74818
... Although, 2 spotters couldn't hurt
I wish these were combat rolls, but if the enemy is going to be a pussy...
Down the hallway, 15ft from the door, (s)he can see in the dim light a red object and a beige object. He looks closer and can see that there is a shotgun shell affixed to a board, with a mouse trap. Even more closely, (s)he can see a fishing line strung across the hallway>>74817
Seabreeze sees the two, and Blue Skies shows a badge that she kept in her folded wing to a security officer. To the room I take it?
"Spotted a trap. 15 hooves away from the door." Iron calls out silently.
Geddit? Cuz ponies have hooves?
Sister Ash picks up her stick, and breaks s piece off of it as torch.
She moves ahead slowly, still using her shield as cover as she burns the threads one buy one.
"There's Sea Breeze. He'll Probably want to talk to me. ill meet you in the room."
Dark Star pats her head
She can barely see the fishing line, but she does see that it burns and breaks. The one trap is neutralized>>74827
"Alright, but I have to get back soon so if you take too long I will need to go back anyways"
I take it he approaches Sea Breeze
[1d20 = 14]>>74830
Iron, paranoid because one of them got him, spots again for any traps.
"Dark Star!" He seems genuinely warm to him
"We've been working with the fruits of your success all morning, and we'll still be working on it for several days. Do you mind coming with me?"
She takes off her other buckler, then cowers behind her tower shield as she waves the buckler blindly all over the hallway to trigger more strings.
"uh, yes sir. right away." he looks back towards blue then looks back to Sea Breeze "um, you aren't mad about the fire are you?"
Iron still follows, still looking backwards.
If there are any traps down that hallway, then they must be either magical or rather well hidden, because he can't see any. The one he saw earlier, and the two that have been set off, were decidedly neither magical nor carefully hidden>>74834
No shotgun sounds, nor do spikes fall down from the ceiling, nor falling rocks>>74835
"We'll talk about this in private"
He looks to Blue Skies
"Blue, your lunch break ended 15 minutes ago. Come with us"
Sea Breeze gets up, and tries to limp towards the hallway, using his magic to lift his rear prosthetic leg>>74836
There is no one behind him. That he can see.
Dark Star Gives Blue An apologetic look
She continues to flail the buckler about as she creeps forward behind her tower shield, now taking off her medium shield and flails it through the air along with it.
Iron notes this trap for later, ensuring he will not trigger it when they explore the corridor opposite of this one. "We seem to be safe from traps, for now. Hope we did not spook any remaining members that were stationed here," Iron whispers to Ash. "The fact that they rigged this place with them means we will find information, probably for finding your target."
"It can't hurt to make sure..." Sister says, still flailing her shields around the hallway until she reaches the door.
Iron follows. "It is true."
Do they make it to the door?
She sighs, and lowers her head as she trots forward
Sea Breeze limps to a room that is 3 doors down, opens it, and lets the two in. Blue Skies takes a seat in the center, and Sea Breeze sits down in a chair across from where Dark Star would be sitting.
Sea Breeze says "This one here has been giving reports of what she saw and heard all morning. Well, much of the morning, but we have not heard from you.
We counted 15 dead ponies, 5 critically injured, one who died this morning and 4 in our custody, two live prisoners, 10 dead griffons - 9 of those from a sea crew - one critically injured griffon, 3 unconscious griffons who were waking up as our teams came in and taken prisoner, and one injured griffon crewgrif taken prisoner. And a Changeling with a severed head...">>74844
Yes. It is locked
Iron pokes Ash. "We may be dealing with another one of these traps the moment we open it. If you are going to open it, then stay away from the door and specially avoid the narrow gap when opening it."
When he starts tallying of the body count dark star gets a big grin on his face and it gets even bigger when he mentions the changeling.
"yes that seems accurate to what i saw,Sir."
"It's locked..." Sister Ash replies
"I think our only option may be.. breaking it down.."
"And two dead Baltimare police officers..."
Wood and steel. And by "steel" I do not mean one of those big freezer doors, just a relatively ordinary door
Iron is a bit annoyed. "While I can break it down, at least the lock, I may be shot by that kind of trap again. Maybe I can hit it with my back hooves while you hold your shield with telekinesis. You can do that, right?"
[1d20+5 = 25]>>74851
"... It doesn't look that tough..">>74852
"Let me try something." Ash replies
She stands back, using her shield as cover once again, levitating her greatclub, before hammering it into the door.
Roing to sunder
Dark Stars smile melts off his face
"The Changling that was impersonating marecuse gunned them down before she...it could be stopped."
Iron clearly can see that the door is being damaged by Ash. He prepares his shield, pointing it towards the door, awaiting the incoming trap.
The door splits right down the middle. No shotgun blast goes off, and there is light on the other side>>74854
Blue Skies interrupts
"'Worker' is the term for a female Changeling"
Sea Breeze continues after that. "It looks like in terms of the objectives, the mission was a complete success. Both advisers have been killed, and 1500 rifles were intercepted and destroyed. We know Prywhen sent the Griffin, and obviously the Changeling adviser is suspected as being fro the Changeling Empire. We are still awaiting data on who sent the guns. We know now that they intend to strike in the south, although it appears that this opperation has delayed that plan significantly. We have not located all of their safehouses in the city.
The decision to send in the troops made by Blue Skies here has had, shall we say, mixed results. It allowed us to not only capture the live prisoners in time, but several that had been shot and... bandaged up? Anyways, they will be interrogated soon enough. Unfortunately the troop presence has caused suspicion among the Leftwing activists of the city, who think that we did it. But we made sure to send in reserves with, shall we say, 'unloyal' griffins, who will report back that the seen they saw included deaths caused in ways the Blackhooves don't do. I mean, two eyes stabbed out? Impalement? We are doing are best to try to avoid tipping off the Communists that we knew about their operation. Right now, we want all eyes on the Waterfront gang and on griffin shipping"
[1d20 = 4]>>74858
Iron does a spot check for any traps from the door onwards.
[1d20+5 = 20]>>74858
Sister Ash dons a slightly smug expression as she watched Hal the door disintegrate from her strike.
She finishes jabbing away what's left of it until the hole is big enough to trot through.
Then doggo peers his head in.
Iron is surprised by these events, but still thinks that he could do it better. "That is some luck there."
They are in a new room now. this room has some conveyor belts in it, and seems to have once been a location where cans were packed. The room is large, at least 50ft by 80ft. No pony is immediately visible in the room. The room is illuminated by natural light coming in from over head panels>>74859
The room has a number of objects in it none of which he can identify as traps or not
Iron awaits for Ash's recon to come back. "I think we may need that trick of light again just in case."
Ash and her dog slowly enter the room, Ash holding her shild up defensively as soon as she passes the threshold.>>74861
"I don't know what's going on here now, but somepony definitely hide.." she mutters, her tone low
*Definitely had something to hide
Iron steps up to be next to Ash, following her sideways. "I have no idea what this is."
"Neither do I.." she replies
"But I intend to find out."
"Yea the ponies that accepted the job, were strange to say the least but they all did very well. and sir may i suggest a bonus for Miss Skies here. i would not have been able to complete the mission without her. How would i fit into the current situation,sir? Want do you need me to do?"
The conveyor belt has an L shape and sort of cuts the room in two, being 25 ft away from the wall closest to Ash, and the right wall. When Ash enters the room, she can see that there is a railing of a second floor above them over the wall where they came from. Against the far wall are a few crates, a few jugs, and cages. This room does not have obvious pony presence, and most of the floor is open, although there are some boxes closer to the center
[1d20+14 = 16]>>74869
Ash looks around for any sign of recent activity, her dog sniffing to detect any scents.
Rolling survival because that's my highest mod
Iron inspects the crates, see what's inside and other small details of importance.
Sister Ash, likewise, appears interested in the cages
Skies takes the complement, with a "D'aww"
"Well, it looks like you can be promoted to a full officer, if you so desire. We know the location of one safe house, and of some of the communists involved. We will be releasing some of the prisoners soon enough in a controlled manner, hoping they will feed back false information about how much we know, as well as following them. Unfortunately, these have seen you and your team. We will be gathering more information about the whereabouts of the communists, but we don't want to attack again in a similar manner so soon, less we tip off what we know
What sort of deployment would you like?">>74871
This varies. Some are empty. Some have jugs of who knows what. And some have Ammunition.>>74870
Doggo quickly wiffs up a smell of something dreadful, which hurts his sense of smell>>74872
These vary in size. A large one on the far side of the room could fit a Manticore. Most are smaller. Pony sized, or bunny sized. Black painted metal.
[1d20+5 = 12]>>74872>>74871
"They wouldn't have booby-trappee this place if there were nothing to hide.. They must have been covering their tracks.."
Rolling Listen to detect any creatures
Iron shrugs and picks the ammunition up. It may sell for that vendor at Jungle Rush.
Sounds coming from a different room to the far left>>74876
Anything from oil on the floor to particularly rotten fish
[Omnivorous Horse Noises]
"They were holding a lot of different kinds of creatures here.. more than just ponies.">>74877
"Something's there." Sister Ash whispers, making her way towards that side of the room, with her shield up.
"The Nun i Brought on mentioned that the water front gang foal-naps foals,i think i would like to be put on their case."
Iron stops what he's doing and regroups with Ash. He stores all ammo picked up and stores it in his bit pouch.
Ash puts her glowstone in her sack to delay it's effect, taking advantage of her dog's ability to maneuver in the natural light with it's vision and smell.
"Where is the noise coming from?" Iron whispers to Ash.
"It sounds like it's coming from that room over there. Let's check it out."
"I do not think we can be stealthy, I say we rush the position." Iron whispers as he slowly moves towards the room Ash pointed. "When you're ready, we run for the noise."
As Silver continues to violate the natural law with his beef roast, he can hear a couple conversations
"Did you hear about the Skyfall grand fleet?"
"Yes, It's going to affect the shipping routes for sure"
"Bullshit this herring is as good as they serve in in Nouvelle Aquellia"
"It isn't too salty though"
"That son of a mare killed my brother, and the police couldn't even arrest him"
"Well, do you expect them to? They can barely control crime as it is">>74881
"Foal-napping, at the end of the day, is a criminal matter left to local authorities. That is not within our juridiction. One of those foals, I was told, is being held by a group of communists. We could take that child away. And if messing with the gang is you aim, there may be ways to get involved">>74879
She can go to her left and eventually get to a door>>74882
If only you were a paladin
She makes her way over to the door quickly, holding her shield up in front of her, knowing that she's won't be able to operate stealthily anyway.>>74887
"Let's go then." She says, rushing for he door
Well, IDK how to paladin and fighter is a newbie class so I picked that. Next time, maybe.
Iron rushes along with her.
What do you mean by "rushing" for the door?>>74891
"Well, we believe they are facilitating arms trafficking. We may be able to cause a war within their ranks if they believe the robbery was perpetrated by one of their own, or make the Police crack down on them. And of course, you can always try to infiltrate again">>74892
I linked the wrong post there, that was a mistake
Running straight towards the door, maybe even crashing through it if you want. Rush=Go quickly and without stealh
Alright. Iron goes to the door at the end of the room, and does so quickly
Don't forget Ash does this as well.
I say just going for it quickly.
I don't intend to crash into anything, yet.
They are at the door, and got there quickly
Ash stands back 10 feet and attempts to open the door with telekinesis.
The door opens regularly, as it was unlocked
He perks his ears up at the third conversation, trying to listen in further.
[1d20 = 10]>>74901
Iron rushes inside the room and looks for anything that could do a loud enough noise for Ash to hear.
The dog follows shortly behind, followed by Sister Ash.
Yep. Two ponies standing before him. Several more standing around. They must have been alerted by the shotgun sounds, because they were ready at the door
"Who the fuck are you?"
The dog follows shortly behind, followed by Sister Ash.
This conversation comes from two diamond dogs, one of whom is charcoal grey, and the other a white. The charcoal dog is angry. Yes, their voices are unusually high pitched for a creature of that size
"They want to say it was 'self-defense' or something. He had the weapon out first"
"That shopkeeper must have lied to the police"
"We came here to fetch somepony." Iron states as he slowly backs up, shield facing towards the ponies. "I have no clue who you are as well."
"...Just a couple poverty volunteers.." Sister Ash replies meekly
"And who are you?"
There are five of them visible. Two have shotgun, another has a sawed off rifle, and the two closest have crowbars
"We are the ones who are supposed to be guarding this place. Who are you?">>74909
"And you went right through several shotgun traps? How are you... This is private property. It is off limits"
"Private property? It looked abandoned to me." She says, sternly, although she's only barely peaking past her shield.
"We came here looking for someponie. A several foals, and a nun by the name of Sister Sage."
"I may only tell you until you tell me who do you work for. " Iron still moves backwards, also ensuring to protect Ash with his shield. "If you tell me, I will tell you who I am."
He puts this collected knowledge into the expanding mental notepad he's keeping, and attempts to see if he can catch the tail end of the first conversation.
"theres one more thing of interest i forgot about in the heat of battle. the guns were being guarded by members of the waterfront gang. the muscle i hired on seemed to know the zigger guarding them. i dont know if ill be able to infiltrate the zigger saw my face."
If you say my name to this guy, I'll punch you in character when he finds out.
One of the ponies levies a shotgun at Ash. The one speaking says. "I don't know who a 'sister sage' is">>74912
"Mr., you are on our
territory. We set the terms here">>74913
"Shit, this changes the war significantly. With the fleet defeated, New Mareland rules the waves"
"I wouldn't say that, they took a beating as well. They will be out of commission for a while"
"Still... this is a significant set back">>74914
"Did she see you shooting ponies or acting hostile? Because if not, she might think you were just another pony that was attending and fled the scene or left early.">>74916>>74915
Blue Skies alone among the Blackhooves knows who the party members are
Ash seems unconvinced
"Are you by any chance associated with the Waterfront gang? We came on the hint that several abducted foals had been brought here."
*Ducks behind shield cover*
"Yes. Yes we are. What foals are you looking for?"
Iron places himself on the left flank of Ash, protecting from any attacks diagonally left with his shield. He does not respond, opting for Ash to do the talking.
That is, until he picks up the word "Waterfront Gang. Iron drops his shield. "I am a friend of Black Cauldron."
"The ones from the orphanage, on the hill." She conty, still behind her shield
"They've been foalnapped. I came to negotiate a ransom."
"no she did not see anything of the sort. I Did tell her i was a communist, so maybe she would think im with them."
Most of them look at him with a "are we supposed to know who that is expression." But one says: "Oh yeah, I know her. She's a made mare of the east side" This definitely calms them. Two put down their weapons from the ready position>>74924
One of them interjects
"You mean the foals from the Order of the Sisters of Saint Prancis?">>74926
"Well, for the time being, they all should, which is what we want. You should be safe among the communists for at least the next few days, probably much longer"
A war? Between New Mareland and Skyfall? This is the first time he's heard about such a thing. He wonders how many of their forces are split between trying to keep order in East Equestria and fighting in this foreign war, and how much of an effect it's having on their security operations.
Iron nods. "I suppose we are, right?" He looks to Ash when saying that.
"Yes. Those foals precisely." Sister Ash replies, still not budging from behind her little wooden fortress.
"Do you have any idea where they are?"
Iron hears two weapons above him set down from a ready position. This room, it turned out, had a railing on the second floor the same as the last room, and there were two ponies with rifles above them and to their left. There are 7 in the room in total.>>74929>>74929
From his basic background knowledge, he knows that virtually all decent forces are overseas on Griffonia, with native recruits and non-pony garrisons being the majority of the garrisons of East Equestria. There is almost nocreature to oppose a Changeling invasion, with New Mareland's greatest security being that an invasion of East Equestria would start a war the Changelings could not end without superior naval power. It is very bad for their security.>>74931>>74932
"Those foals were taken because the Order did not pay what they owed. One ran away, 5 have been sold, and 6 are here"
"Sold?! To whom?!" She replies, a wisp of smoke rising up from behind the large shield
"i will stay in their 'good graces' for as long as i can."
Iron is a bit perplexed by this. Who would let their children to be taken just like that? It didn't make sense. He still had a mission. "We come to take the 6 remaining children as well as the name of the buyers for the remaining five."
How far apart are they, precisely?
Is this a big room?
He grimaces. Why the Changelings haven't yet invaded, he doesn't know, but he starts to get the feeling they would quickly take over all of Equestria if they did.
"'Sold' isn't necessarily accurate. One was placed with a Manehattan family for a fee. They wanted to adopt but couldn't get around certain regulations. Two of them were sent down to mademares in the Eastside as laborers, with the intent of inducting them into the gang. And two went to... well, there is this a, big individual. Big in politics, if you will. And he likes foals. And let's leave it at that">>74938
Officially, New Mareland, The Griffionian Empire, and the Changling Hegemony form a three part alliance>>74937
It is a very big room, sort of the mirror of the last. But the 7 here are pretty close, at least within a 30 ft circle>>74935
"Well that is very good. Is there anything else we should know? Some information you have?"
>tfw you realize Call Lighting also works indoors
Iron feels this is not going to end well. He slowly picks up his shield and readies it casually.
Despite this, he gets the feeling the Changelings will not be satisfied with this arrangement forever.
"i think i have told you everything,sir."
"This.. big individual.. what is his name?" She implores, her tone growing venomous>30 ft circle
They'd all be dead by now if I weren't trying to be a pacifist
Well, he's not really alone in this belief>>74944
"Aldermare Comte Burgher. Well... Alder-stallion">>74943
"Alright, I guess you are free to leave if you like. We'll have Blue Skies here contact you when there are new jobs that need
to be done, and you can take the day off"
The two holding crowbars backup from the position
.." the dragonmare replies, her tone now alarmingly polite, despite the smoke which has not stopped
".. and these 'Mademares', as you call them.. Who were they..?">>74946
*Smoking intensifies, with a few cinders and ashes*
"Thank you,sir. ill be at the eastside tavern if i am needed."
Dark Star looks longing at blue for a second then gets up and leaves
Iron is fully ready to strike at any of these ponies, shield on his armored off-hoof.
He sighs, knowing full well where that train of thought will lead, and he doesn't want to think about anything related to the war or politics or these short-sighted New Mareland occupiers right now. He has a quality meal to look forward to. Speaking of, he looks in the direction of the kitchen, wondering when the roast will be ready.
"I take it you're not asking simply because you are curious"
Those two exchange their crowbars for handguns>>74948
She smiles with a "have a nice day"
Sea Breeze adds "If you want to check out something, there is a Soup Kitchen on Vine and Main that is known to be operated by Communists">>74951
Roast is indeed ready. Sicko
".. No.. I am indeed much more than just curious.." she says, more smoke rising from behind the shield
"a Soup kitchen?? where do they get the food? they're communists."
He enjoys it tremendously, leaving after paying with a full stomach and a satisfied sigh of relief. With the rest of his day clear, he makes his way back to his room at the tavern, whistling yet another old marching song along the way.
"Do you wish to negotiate something?"
The smoke makes them uneasy>>74954
Sea Breeze chuckles
"It's their way of recruiting from the poor. That soup kitchen is run by a pair of stallions, who also raise a foal whom they have indoctrinated into their ideology. As I understand it, this is a violation of Governate family law, as two stallions may not raise a foal where both do not have a blood connection to the foal. So there's a foal to be removed, but I think that you'll be better off not making that child custody intervention yourself. Nevertheless, we know that these two were at the scene last night">>74955
Celestia herself would express disgust
Sister Ash takes s 5 foot step outside the doorframe.
Are any of these ponies within 5 feet of each other?>>74956
".. Preferably..." Sister Ash replies, still smoking
"However, I would much like to see the remaining foals first..">>74955
Holy shit dude.
As far as Silver goes, he has no regrets.
I bet you take cannibalism on Fallout New Vegas, bastard.
If it was actually a good perk, I suppose I would, but as it is, it's garbage compared to literally everything else you could take.
"I believe they should be here">>74957
They are not quite that close>>74958
If you were playing that Changeling character I would so
make you RP feeding
"Show them to me." She demands
"I will scope out the place a little later today.sir. Good Day Sir. Good Day miss Skies."
Dark Star leaves the room and heads for the eastside tavern
It is so>>74963
"What are you offering for them?"
"It depends on their condition." She hisses in response, a couple sparks flying out from behind the shield
"Show them to me."
Do i run into anypony on the way there?
Oh come on. It cannot be that hard. Just say nice things and pay attention to their wants and needs. If I could control two characters, I would show you how I can RP that shit with ease. If I get 18 Charisma and high dex
Well, Changelings are dicks, so it would be more like non-functioning parasitic relationships than great friendships of the kind you write to the princess about>>74966
A pony gets up from the line, and goes into the room behind him. This takes a few minutes. He comes back with 5 foals. Three fillies, two colts. The foals don't look particularly happy. They are not malnourished. If they have bruises they are not visible from 15 feet>>74968
No. Spark, Onyx, and eventually Silver should be at the bar>>74969
Pic is for you
Friendship is important anon
I-it's character flaws, not IRL.
"Hey barcolt. one double shot of apple whiskey."
Iron feels confused. "Where is the sixth one? You said there were 6."
"The sixth foal is, well, a bit difficult. He behaves wildly, so we don't let him out much">>74973
Would this be Onyx or Glistening Glass?
"Bring him here..!" Sister Ash hisses, the smoke now at a level that begins to make it difficult to breath
Iron does not feel like Ash would restrain herself if she had to witness that foal. He is mostly assured there was beating.
I imagine some hives would follow a slightly different approach to handling ponykind, compared at least to the Changeling Hegemony. Though those hives would most certainly be exiled from Chrysalis' lands.
i assumed oynx was out. so glimmering glass i guess.
Anyways, at what times did/will Spark, Dark, and Silver arrive at the bar?
This foal is a bit smaller, and wiggles around in the hooves of the pony.
"I need more attention" the foal says, evidently to his handler
He looks happy to see Ash>>74979
"Coming right up"
He pours the glass>>74978>Skittlebugs
Yeah, that's fuzzy. Let's say "earlier"
No, more like changeling farmers taking good care of their livestock in the hope that doing so will provide higher-quality yields than just hooking them up to machines.
Iron almost laughs for a bit there. He decides to look at the foals, see what their physical state are. If they are wounded or something.
Sister Ash walks into the room, her dog alongside her.
She inspects each of the foals closely, one by one.
Two of them look like they might have a bruise. One is carrying a blanket and normal, and two of them seem normal enough. The sixth colt, or the problem one, is making a number of requests, and is very energetic. None are malnourished save the sixth>>74982
All changelings in this game must be parasitic
"Hows it going? anything interesting happen while i was out?"
The fact that some of them are bruised puts him on edge. He thinks this will blow up badly.
"I saw that scrawny guy who always carries a glass get hit with a sack of coins by the homeless veteran. That was new. Also I believe there is a guy looking for you"
My ears perk up when I hear this.
"He goes by the name Silver Sword, I believe">>74991
I had forgotten about the owl...
"..... Very well then..." Sister Ash declares, after a long pause>>74987
"Iron, gotske these children outside, while I reply these kind ponies.." Sister Ash says sternly
So, am I there, or is the time line all funny again?
After an uneventful walk, Silver finally arrives back at his room at the tavern to take inventory of his supplies, mark the locations he visited on his map, and have a smoke.>>74995Nobody knows at this point.
Iron nods and beckons the children to follow him. "All of you, on me. Do not go in front of me, only behind me." Iron walks until he reaches the door to this room, waiting the children to follow.
"Do you think we are just going to let all of them go with you just like that?"
"is he here? What was he like? did look like a communist?"
"He had the accent of one, but he insisted that he wasn't"
"Let them go." Sister Ash replies sternly
"I would prefer to see it that they leave safely before I finish." She says, rumaging through her sack
"Now tell me. Just how much did those poor sister at Said Prancais owe you?"
Iron stands by the door, awaiting the children to follow. "You do not need to follow those ponies' orders, come on." Iron beckons the children again.
>>75003>18000 bitsWhat bullshit.>>75004
Sister Ash awaits for all of the children to cross the threshold before she replies.
One pony places a hoof on the shoulder of a foal
"You have no more reason to trust them than you do us. Do you think that someone who has to hide behind so much steel has faith in his agreeability?"
"I could say the same to your guns." Iron looks defiant. "I say you let the children go and we can talk about payment. After all, she will be here still, and I do not plan to do sacrifices."
Do you think they would place a low value on children?
The chances of these ponies just handing over the children are between zero and zero. If any feel inclined to run over, they are paused, and most do not attempt it.
Except the sixth foal. This one runs over to Ash and demands to be hugged>>75007
"We don't believe you"
This pony wants more hugs
Even if I threaten them to do it? If I successfully intimidate every single pony in this room, do I win this?
Yes to the first question or the second?
"I will be sure to repay you." Ash says, through gritted teeth
"But not a moment before the last foal steps past that threshold.">>75010
*Gives poner generous helping of hugs*
"If you weren't planning on trying to kill us before they left, then why would you demand they left first?">>75013
If you intimidate all of them you win
Iron awaits the moment Ash is done with negotiations to do what he does best in terms of rank ability
: Intimidate every single pony.
If the intent is to make them release the children, he need only intimidate the 5 on the floor
"Ifi had intended to attack you. I would have done so before you brought them out."
I guess I can flex a bit and go all in on this and get them for free if I try it. If it doesn't work, a battle starts anyways.
"What do you look to offer?"
Wew, don't just go for it. This is dice territory here. Luck will decide the winner here.
"What you're owed." She says, producing the two gold bars
"What you weighed, for the price of six foals."
Alright, I need to go to sleep. I will be travelling pretty much all of tomorrow, so do not expect consistent responses
The foal wants more hugs>>75030
Okay, I am questioning the "2 bars" thing. I had it as Ash getting 1 bar. I mean, I guess she could have?
I could have sworn....
Idk, I'll deal with this in the morning.
*Hugs poner affectionately*
OK, I'll sign off for now. Tomorrow, I'll roll for intimidate.
"not much" he leans in and whispers "im an officer now! i got accepted because we pulled off the mission. and you remember Blue Skies? she and i bucked last night. i think im in love."
So, if they don't let go of the children after that display of monetary power, I will intimidate them to do it. Right?
I guess so.. I kind of wanted to at least get the kids out of the room though, lest bullets start flying...Fucking gunz.. I think I'm turning into a liberal
Pic related is me.
Alright, plan is settled. Prepare for the bullets to start flying anyways.
That's why a brought the shield, despite not being profficient in it.
Nope. A tower shield is an exotic shield. Only Fighters and Blackguards get automatic profficiency.
I can still use it, but I would take a penalty to Melee attack rolls with my off hand. However, Sister Ash doesn't really use her forehooves for anything other than walking, or the occasional somatic component.
Oh. So I don't get a -4 penalty to my attacks then?
What is the standard penalty then?
-2 to attack rolls, while guarding.
Cool. Thanks, now I feel a lot more confident on future rolls.
>that feel when you find some of the foals, but in doing so reopen 3 other sidequests
It's going to take a while to get all these foals back.. I still need to find Ollie too..
I guess this is our downtime. Should give the GM a lot of time to think up another big quest.
I guess it was to be expected that they wouldn't have all been in the same place.
Also, no way these low-life NPCs collectively had 18000 gp to give away (unless bits are silver, idk). There had to be someone else involved in the matter.
Well, they did say they were part of a prolific gang instead of some nobodies without group affiliation. Gangs usually have a little more worth than just these guys.
“Wow. That’s pretty impressive. I’m really happy for you.”
I look toward Onyx, passed out on the bar.
“I was about to get our sleepy brute bartender here to help me with a monster problem. Are you too busy to join us?”I’m going to be mobile posting and pretty busy today. Sorry if I don’t respond quickly.
I wonder who could be behind so many bits
Obviously (((someone))) who'd be the most interested in pony-trafficking.
He really wasn't joking when he said he would not respond for this day.
What was that gif you probably posted? I saw it for a bit then dissapeared.
I didn't mean to post it here, so I deleted it.
Oh. It's cute. Sorry for the intrusion.
What do you think the CR is for a shotgun trap? Like, a Wyvern arrow trap?
We triggered 2, and disarmed 1.
I might be on later, probably sometime after 7, in case anyone is wondering.
I'm fucking tired.
Also, still confused as to when exactly Silver, Spark, and Dark Star arrived at the tavern, in addition to who arrived when.
I think that's the order in which everyone came to the bar.
Alright, I’ve thought about it and if 2 bars go to Onyx, 2 to Iron, 1 to Dark Star and 3 are the Devil’s Cut, that leaves 2 bars, both of which could go to AshI was hoping Brie would claim it... or Silver otherwise>>75042
Guns are a fairly easy way, in addition doubling and tripling HP, to make a 1/2 CR threat into a real threat, as they have much bigger damage die. To make an enemy with a longsword as damaging as one with a revolver would require giving it 14 strength, which is well above the standard template>>75075
Onyx and Spark were already there, then Dark Star and Silver arrive. All 4 are at a bar.>>75068
The spring shotgun trap that has been pretty commonly used by Americans to secure abandoned buildings, so much so that states have had to ban it specifically
Well, I only would have picked up the bars for the sake of freeing the foals, or donating them.
Sister Ash drops the two bars out of her wrags before her.
"Do we have a deal?" She implores, coldly
The Stallion looks at the bars from a sort of distance, and then says
“Yes, two gold bars will cover all of the expenses. Normally we’d value these foals at much more, but, considering...” He is looking specifically at the foal attacking Ash. “I think we will take a loss on this.”
“You two, go over to them.” Two female foals are sent over towards Iron.>>75034
The colt in Ash’s legs wants even more affection
"Very well then." She says, relieved, but doing a poor job of hiding her disgust in the matter
".. Now that that's settled.. would you so kindly tell me who these two 'mademares' you referred to were?" She inquires, tilting her head clockwise>even more affection
Ask and he shall receive.
*Tickles poner with telekinesis*
>>75080>Smoke has settled down slightly>>75076
She gestures to Iron to lead the other foals out of the room.
Iron nods. "Come on, children. We shall go outside." Iron starts heading out of the door and stops at the door, expecting the children to follow him.
The Stallion comes and picks up the two gold bars. “Send them over.” And the three remaining foals are sent over towards Iron.
“One is named Willowbrooks. If you want to find her, go to an establishment called Windywillows on East Sixth. The other is named Saintgallop. You may find him along the streets of Wasthaven if you ask around.”
The colt giggles, and responds with some sort of magical something. He wants more.
"... And whatever happened to the sister that was abducted..?"
“Your sister was adbducted?” He sssms to not understand>>75082>>75081
The foals leave the room as directed by Iron. Except for the sixth colt, who remains on Ash
“That one will need to be restrained.” Says the Stallion
Iron looks at Ash. "Do I need to take active measures to take the colt or is it alright for him to stay with you?"
".. Yes.." she says
"She was taken from the orphanage not long after the goals were.">>75086
"I can handle him for now." Sister replies
[1d20 = 5]>>75087
Iron nods and leads the children out of the room to outside, always looking for any traps along the way. Rolling spot to determine his success in detecting them.
Just go back the same way we came: that route is clear.
Guess he can do that. It's just a precaution.
I’m back. Is your character in the bar right now?
I think my character is travelling through limbo to reach his destination.
Dark Star, Silver, Spark Shimmer, Ash and Onyx are floating in limbo, unable to see eachother. Brie is a pile of bones next to a bag of mangos. Dark Star has the bliss face when ejaculating from all that hoofholding, Silver is eating raw elk like the cannibal he is, Spark is reading a book and Onyx is throwing deadly bit sacks to people. Iron is confessing feelings of attraction to every mare he is acquaintanced and promptly gets slapped for it and Ash is coddling every foal in the world while burning every steel beam around her.>Living the dream
Tipsy is inside the book.
Hey, racially speaking, are changelings bisexual, as in they have the capacity to use both male and female sexual organs according to the changeling's needs?
If they're anything like doppelgangers,they could be genderless.
I think an average Changeling's reproductive orhans are vestigial and underdeveloped, since they're hive creatures.
He's outside at the rear of the tavern, having a smoke. Then yeah, he'll head into the bar.
In other words, they don't work as reproductive organs and they are very small/thin for sexual encounters, right?
I'm just not sure if you're waiting on Dark Star and Onyx or not.
I will, but we could have in character conversations if you would like.
>>75109That is true.
After a final draw on his cig, Silver stamps it out underneath his hoof. "Onto next bit of business."
He steps into the bar to see if Spark made his way back after losing track of each other, looking at the counter and at the various tables.
I am talking to Dark Star and Onyx, both passed out at the bar, when I notice you and wave.
He lets out a sigh of relief before trotting over to greet him. "Finally found you again, friend."
“Sorry that I fell behind. I got distracted by a conversation these ponies had about monsters. I’m going to ask these guys to help me do it while there is a lull in actual assignments.”
I turn to point them out and turn back to you.
“So, what have you been up to?”
He takes a seat next to Spark. "Well, I have been investigating incident on pier from last night. So far I have not learned what caused it, but I have heard...'interesting'...theories on matter."
“Ah. And what theories are those?”
"Monster Problem?" Dark Star asks while rubbing his glazed over eyes
“Yeah. Apparently some kind of necromancer left a ton of things in a quarry that are supposed to be dead, but aren’t now.”
"Everything from police, to gangs, to changelings. None of it is really concrete, mostly just rumors, and I could not get close enough to site to actually investigate it." After a couple seconds of silence, he leans in and speaks in a low, quiet voice as to avoid being overheard. "Between you and me, I am little spooked by idea that changelings are here. It is not good if that rumor is actually true.">>75116
While talking to Spark, Silver notices Dark Star finally get up from being passed out on the bar. "Sleep well?"
“Interesting. I got my own theory, but I’ll fill you in later. Are you interested in joining us in our extermination mission? I hear it will pay.”
He nods. "Of course. Give me five minutes or so to gather my supplies."
"Yea i had some nice dreams"
“A bad sorcerer apparently. He isn’t there anymore... so they say, but left a ton of monsters there that were dead, but not anymore.”
I’ve been waiting like a week to talk about changelings, it just hasn’t come up in the story
Changelings are essentially the same as bees sexually. They have Drones, which are males, Workers, which are infertile females, and Queens, which are fertile females. Workers that are away from the presence of queens for long enough can become fertile to lay eggs that will necessarily become drones. (Same as bees). A Changeling’s shapeshifting will give it the genitals of the creature it has turned into. (At least if it has bothered to change with that much detail).
Every Changeling besides Chrystalis seen in the show at least until the very end of “to where and back again” and perhaps even “To change a Changeling” has an unambiguously male model, which I think implies that Drones are a sort of military force.
A wave of confusion washes over Dark Star
"if they are already dead whats the problem? and whats a sorcerer? like a unicorn?"
So changelings are bees. Ok.
[1d20+13 = 25]>>75124>Queens
Rolling knowledge (vermin) to see if Sister Ash has heard of how many queens there are.
“I’m a sorcerer. Some unicorns aren’t, such as my friend Silver here. And the problem with dead things is they are not dead now. They are minsters attacking ponies. We can’t let that happen.”
"Hmmmmmmmmmm But if they are already dead..... how are they not dead right now?"
Silver nods as he gets up from his seat. "That is good to hear." As he leaves to grab his things, it occurs to Star that his voice has an unmistakable Stalliongrader accent, and that he's seem him in the tavern the night before.>>75128
When Silver comes back after getting his supplies, he looks kitted out for an adventure. His white button-up shirt has been replaced by worn olive drab fatigues, rubber military boots reinforced with metal plating, and a thick battle-scarred metal cuirass. "I believe I am ready when you are. Now, what are details of this job?"
"Hey youre silver right? i heard you were looking for me?"
“The mission is pretty simple. Clear out the quarry. All ponies have been removed from it so anything that moves in there is a monster. They seemed pretty scared, so I would be this isn’t going to be a trot in the park.”>>75130
“Magic, as always.”
"I suppose looking is word for it. Heard from Glass that you were in here with pegasus mare hiring ponies from bar for job of some sort couple days ago. Got me curious."
"Then it is good thing I have sword with me."
"Magic is strange">>75136
"Thats true. Spark here was one of the ponies that accepted the job."
He looks at the passed-out Onyx when he says this. "I also heard you hired other bartender, Onyx, onto job, whatever it was."
“Alright. We just need to carry the bartender with us if we are traveling there now.”>>75138
Already looking at the comatose barkeep, he performs a double take. "...We will carry him?"
"Yea he may not look like much when he is passed out but that Pony is a killing machine.">>75140
"So where is this Neckrowmencer at?"
"we could stuff him into a taxi."
"So I have heard. Pricey, too."
It's the first time he's heard the term. "What is taxi?"
“We are going to need this pony when the fighting starts. He has quite the reputation of being the hardest and toughest in the city, at least as far as any of us have heard.”>>75142
“He is gone, at least that’s what I understand. It’s the monsters left behind we have to clear out.”>>75143
“If it has to do with taxes, I’ll pass.”
"its a vehicle we can rent to get from place to place without having to drag an unconscious pony with us while we are walking."
"Where are the monsters at?"
After a couple seconds of silence, he speaks up. "I see. Let us hope he wakes up in time for battle, then."
I pull out my map with the location marked on it.
“Here it is.”
Dark Star Walks over to Glass and tells him
"Hey if anyone from the Black Hooves come looking for me,especially Blue Skies. Tell them ill be at [location marked on Spark's map]"
Silver leans in to see the marked location as well.
"im ready to go when you colts are."
He looks up from the map. "As I have said, I am also ready."
Okay, it's nearly midnight, and I haven't slept right for 2 days.
"Did you Want to know about the job?">>75155
Unfortunately without GM and Onyx, and with my traveling for Christmas... I think I need to call it a night this time. I’ll hop in the taxi as my next action if you guys set it up so I can get there and set it up for tomorrow. Or if GM gets here before then, so I can join you guys in the quarry tomorrow. See you then.
I'll jump in the Night wagon and say I'll go to bed too. Night everyone.
"About this job? Spark has already told me some about it.">>75157>>75158Goodnight!
"no you seemed curious about why i was hiring ponies for the job i did."
"Oh, that job. Yes, I am curious about it, but I felt it would be rude to ask of you so early."
"all im allowed to mention is it was at the docks. and stuff kind of got out of hoof if we do a few missions together, i might tell you a some more."
A number of pieces of the puzzle he's been trying to put together snap in place with the addition of this new information. "...So, your group was at pier when incident last night happened?"
"Howd you hear about that?"
"There was protest about it in front of city hall. Went from there to pier to see what had happened, but police had area guarded."
"Protests? who was protesting?"
"Mostly griffons, diamond dogs, and other non-ponies. Some had strange red and black bandanas on. Had signs saying Larry Berry is 'not true socialist', whatever that means."
"Red and Black? and them saying that the Socialist mayor isnt enough of a socialist,Sounds like Anarcho-communists to me."
"So What did you do last night?"
“To be honest, I don’t know. I just remember going to sleep. I guess that wound took it out of me.”
"yea Speaking of that i need some more armor. mine got turned to cheese."
“Hmm... well, since the bartender is asleep, we can run by an shop to get some I suppose.”
"Do you and silver need some? i could get some for you two."
“I’m sure Silver would appreciate it, but I don’t like armor.”
"are you sure? you look kinda banged up."
“That’s because the bartender threw a bag full of bits at me. That pony can’t control his strength. But if you can find something something light and not too expensive, maybe I will take it. Just hate stuff that weighs me down.”
"I think my tailor could help us with that problem."
“That’s really nice of you. Thanks.”
I reach behind the bar and pour you a drink.
“Go ahead and have this. It’s on me.”
"Ah how Gracious, thank you."
Dark stat takes the drink and sips it
Roger that. Iron is on standby escorting children out of the building from where he entered.
Ah, I'm unfamiliar with the name.
Silver looks down at the armor he's already wearing. "...Is there problem with my current armor?"
“Nothing wrong with it. Doesn’t mean you can’t get more if you want. What do you think?”
I'm here for now, but I might be busy soon.
"I hadent noticed it, but if you want some more i know a pony."
He inspects his armor some more, at the damage it's taken over the course of its lifetime. "...That is...nice of you to offer, thanks. But, why? I feel as though I have not earned this offer."
"I try to help out the ponies around here."
“If you are going to help us fight monsters, then you are going to earn it. Don’t worry.”
Did the pavement equines have anything to say about Sister Sage?
After a couple seconds, he nods at Star and Spark. "If you are offering, and if it is not too much trouble, then I suppose I should at least look. I appreciate it."
"Oh yes, her
. She left of her own accord">>75088
He cannot see any traps. A stallion says to him "Are you really intend to take them through the closed off portion? That area has traps.">>75107>>75119
The colt wants more attention>>75178
All physical armor gives a chance that arcane spells cast by the wearer will fail>>75127>Vermin
These magical parasites are more like Vampires than rats, but I'll buy it. There are at least 100 queens of the Western Hives under Chrysalis and 10 under the Eastern Hives. The number has gone down in the past 20 years as queens have been killed in the wars of consolidation, and in the Thoraxian rebellion
Iron is a bit dissapointed that he went the wrong way. He turns to the door that he previously stormed through and returns the way he came, obviously stopping at the crates to pick up some ammo if he can.
"Do you wish to buy that ammunition? The door is to your left">>75204
"I will do so. Have a good afternoon"
Sister Ash seems confused
"When? And to where?"
"Follow me, somepony grab oynx."
Iron shakes his head. He decides not to pick up the ammo then.
>>75201>at least 100 queens
Fug. That's a lot more than I thought.
Didn't think parasites could be so numerous.>Colt
Silver does so, putting Onyx on his back. He grunts as slowly trots to Star.. "He is...heavy pony..."
"Yea hes a pretty big horse.">>75205
Dark Star heads for the bar door
Silver follows close behind, struggling a little with the heavy weight on his back. "I hope taxi is...close by."
The sorcerer follows as well.
"they're usually all over the place."
Dark Star holds the door open for silver an Spark
Silver nods his head in thanks as he passes.
In the distance, someone screams internally as the meat eater takes captive a pony to eat later.
It is so>>75206
"She was not at all happy with Sister Marery's dealing with us nor selling foals. When she was causing too much of a fuss we took her from the Orphanage with the children. The police were bribed off and she was never going to go to the Blackhooves, so we did not need to kill her. She stayed here for at least a week or so tending after the foals. She left here last week, disgusted. She said something about joining ponies who were 'going to do something' down south.">>75209
A bare minimum of one-half million hissing drones, and likely far more
If you haven't gathered by now, the colt wants more cuddles>>75211
It is so
Of course, Iron waits outside for Ash to come out with all 5 children.
I head out the door and hold it with magic for Dark Star
*all 5 children around Iron
Dark Star leaves the bar and looks for a taxi
One is hailed quickly>>75220
The foals are anxious and looking around>>75219
The Stallion gives the foal a strange look and the foal gives a "hiss!" right back. The foal doesn't seem to want to move from Ash's embrace
Iron is a bit uncomfortable, but feels the need to guarantee their security. "Do not worry, nopony will hurt you when I am around. It is just waiting until the mare comes out to escort you back."
"Here we are colts, get in."
Dark star opens the Taxi Door for them
One speaks up
"Where are you taking us?">>75227
And it is so
Silver sets Onyx in the farthest seat before he gets in himself. "Ugh. I really hope he gets up before we reach destination."
Iron shrugs. "I only know that the mare in charge will not take you back into those kinds of ponies that captured you. I think she will take you to a religious building, maybe."
A fillie screams
"THEY ARE GOING TO SACRIFICE US!"
Another one runs
Another one looks like he might, and another two just sit
Iron huffs in annoyance. Iron follows suit as fast as his armor lets him, motioning the children to do so as well, as to not spearate the group too much. "You think that such a mare will hurt you for a god? She is too good to do that! She sacrificed two gold bars for your lives, so be grateful for her!"
Sorry, I had to step out.
Sister Ash picks up the foal by the scruff and leaves with him without a word.>>75230
"Let's take these foals back where they came from..." She says somberly
"Oh hey, some children ran off after telling them you were taking them to a religious building. Think you can calm them down?"
"Two gold bars isn't the only thing she would sacrifice!" says the fillie, having run to a wall, and looking for a way out of the room.
Iron's speed is reduced by the weight of the armor>>75233
Two foals have run
Sister Ash lets out a tired sigh and walks after the children.
Iron is a bit irritated. "Why would she do that? She would not hurt a fly even if her life was at stake!"
Dark Star help Spark into the taxi then gets in himself
>>75237I mean, she did set a dock worker on fire...>>75239
Silver looks around the inside of the taxi. "Hmmm...is nice."
The fillie seems to have found the busted down door, and is now running for that after having run towards a wall, then around conveyor belt in the room. The colt that ran seems to have cowered up near a wall on the left side>>75237>Would not hurt a fly
I think Marecuse would beg to differ
"Mar will only be satisfied by the blood of innocents!"
Iron is getting a bit tired of this nonsense. "You need to calm down, we are not going to sacrifice any one of you. It is stupid to kill children anyways!"
"yea they usually are, unless you get one thats been partyed in.">>75241
"Hey cabby, take us to the quarry that is at [Insert address here]"
Oi, I only sicked the wolf on her because the bullets wouldn't stop flying otherwise.
Besides, it wasn't the bite alone that killed her.Also, I can't do sacrificial rituals because of alignment restrictions.I wanted to be exalted anyway. If anything would have a cost, I'd rather pay for it in XP.
Sister Ash walks after the foals slowly, the colt wrapped around her leg taking a chunk out of her carrying capacity (I do have a doubled carrying capacity because I'm quadripedal, right?)
"Don't go hurt yourselves now. It's quite a long walk back." She chides patiently
He tilt his head his head in confusion. "Ponies have parties in here? But it is so small..."
The fillie is not persuaded, and has found the abandoned hallway. She is running down it now. The colt that ran is now cowing by a wall. The other three are sitting down>>75243
"Yes, I can take you there"
The cab advances towards a location in North Town
I am kind of wondering how you are fitting 4 ponies in one taxi though
"Well they dont necessarily party in here but after the party is over they can take one of these and when they're drunk they continue to try and party in these and generally get kicked out."
Dark Star sounds like he is speaking from experience
>>75247We sucked in our guts to make room.>>75248
This explanation doesn't serve to do anything but make him more confused.
onyx can go in the trunk if necessary
Sister Ash sends her doggo to move after the filly slowly, just to ensure she doesn't get herself hurt or run into danger.
Ash steps towards the cowing colt slowly.
".. Are you hurt?"
[1d20+7 = 17]>>75247
Iron has had enough. "If you keep running away, I will show you some discipline when I catch you! Do not force me to do that! I dislike spanking bad fillies!"If this doesn't work, I'll just jump into some more shotgun traps without any armor
If she beats this, I swear...
"When ponies get drunk in small areas they tend to break things."
Dark Star sips his whiskey
This much Silver understands. "Oh."
While the fillie may not be nearly as fast as an adult, and she can't fly yet, she clearly has no intention of being a sacrifice to the blood god Mar
Cowing colt: "No...">>75250
It is so>>75252
This would have worked if she were in the same room as Iron. It scares the piss out of the other foals though. Literally in at least one instance
[1d20 = 20]>>75256
Iron huffs in annoyance. "Great, that did not work anyways." He looks at the cowering children. "Take my word for it. Do not run away or will do the same to you." He runs off after her last known position.
Take that as a luck roll to find and catch that filly for once
The dog follows after her, keeping his distance but not letting her get more than 60 feet away.
Ash walks just a bit closer to the colt.
".. Are you afraid?">>75257
NO SCARE THE KIDS!!!
>>75259>No scare kids>Filly running off already is already scared
No change of emotion there.
Well shit, it looks like he caught her and has her in the air. She will do nicely for Mar>>75259
This colt, like the other three in the room, is laying on his stomach with his head down, and ears lying back shaking
Iron pants a bit, clearly annoyed by the filly's antics. Iron looks at Ash "I hope these children do not act so scared for nothing. Next time, I deal with the adults, you go for the children."
*Iron returns to the other children and looks at Ash
[1d20+2 = 19]>>75262
The rust colored earth pony colt can be felt shaking under her hoof >>75263
You need to roll for grapple, because fillie is rolling for escape.
"Wait cabby, take us to the tailor first we need to speak to him before we go to the quarry."
She picks up the poner and Pat's his back
"...Shhhhhhhhhhhh... It'll be alright.."
He's... a little calmed>>75266
She has failed to escape thus far. The corn harvest will be good this year>>75268
Alright, a couple things. First off, any physical armor Spark wears will cause him to have a chance of messing up his spells (he can wear magic rings though). Second, Dark Star has not exchanged his gold bar for bits yet, so he only has the bits he started with
Where did this sacrifice idea come from anyway?
She places the colt on her back and (very) slowly treads over towards the other colts.
".. Are you all okay?"
[1d20+7 = 19]>>75270
Iron is further annoyed by the stubborness of the filly. "Listen, if you want me to discipline you, I can. Do not test me." Iron whispers to the filly.
"... Please just put her down.. She's not going to get very far on her own anyway.."
It'd be kinda funny if Star only realized that too late.
Also, I think we need to wait for Spark to get back.
"I don't think so," Iron tells to Ash. "This filly thinks you are cultist. She will run really far if we let her."
we could wait for him at the tailor
[1d20+3 = 8]>>75273
Rolling against her will not to become a sacrifice>>75272
Well, Iron told her that he was gathering the fillies for a mare who "would take them to some religious building," and the universe I am basing this on has religious sacrifices as a thing (in non-pony lands)>>75275
You have a point there, it's probably best that I let players make mistakes rather than telling them before they do
The cream colored pegasus filly's ears droop, her wings fall down to her side, and she submits to her fate
Iron nods. "Thank you. Ash will treat you well. Do not worry."
Didn't they come from an orphanage?
Also, do the other foals respond?>>75276
"Just let her go. She'll tire herself out anyway, and we can't just drag her kicking and screaming all the way to the orphanage."
Iron looks at the filly and shakes his head. "I do not trust her enough to have rational thoughts at the moment. I will just carry her to the place we are supposed to drop them off."
"She'll only run away. Let her go."
Iron does not budge. "Running away in a place like this would lead her to worse fates than simply being carried around. Do you want her to get shot or worse, kidnapped again?"
Nuns don't typically wear steel plate or have shields of steel, and nuns also don't have scalely backs or antler-like horns. But a foreign witch with a hired mercenary? Now she just might. One of them seemed to believe her, and three did not evidently.
At this moment, all of them are cowing and submissive. At least one has peed on the floor. The sixth colt just gave a "hiss!" at Iron, and continued to cling demandingly to Ash
Iron disregards the hiss. 'At least he is not running away' he thinks.
>>75289>shields of steel
Just fyi, it's a wooden shield, handmade. I'm actually prohibited from carrying any metal shields at all.
Also she would have dropped it by now, since she doesn't need it anymore.
Sister Ash pets the colt with her magick as she slowly steps over to the others.
".. come on now.. There's no need to fret..">>75288
"I didn't intend to let her out of my sight.." she says softly, referring to the dog, which is standing by
She'll be fine.
Iron is unconvinced. "You think a wolf will give the filly safety and not make her run away even further, make her do even more extremely erratic decisions? Give it a rest. I will carry her."
Sister Ash sighs in response
"... Just don't marehandle her too much..."
Iron has a steel shield and Ash has a giant attack dog
He's calmed down a little more. The sixth colt seems to be jealous. The other three are definitely cowing
Iron nods. "Whenever you are ready, we move out. Lead the way. I will tail the remaining colts from behind. Just in case anyone else decides to be irrational." Iron stands by, ready to move.
The foals' ears raise at that. They have heard Iron's threat
"This could take quite a while." Ash replies, sternly but softly
"Either way, you're going to have to put her down once we're outside eventually.">>75294
Sister Ash kneels down between the colts (away from the pee), and lays there between them for several minutes
Iron looks at the foals. "If you do not act like this filly, then you have nothing to worry about.">>75298
Iron shrugs. "Alright. I guess I can wait."
At that first statement, she snaps at him (softly)
This gesture of solidarity reassures them, even as Iron's threat does not. These foals are older, and so more mature>>75300
They understand the threat
Dark Star Start Day Dreaming About Blue
"Would you like to come back with me?" She asks soltly, after some time
Iron nods. He then remains silent.
So, what's going to be Ash's plan for freeing the foals that have been already sold?
She flies down from Yellow Mountain
O'er a dark, flat land she glides
With a fellow agent named Wildfire
And a whirlwind by her side>>75304
"W-Where are you taking us?" one asks
*On a cold Neighbraska night
Track them down one by one and get them.. I guess...>tfw five sidequests>>75307
"Back to the orphanage, if you'd like. Your friends are all worried about you.."
Nah, you don't want Skies to become jealous now, do you?
Fine then, Forget i mentioned anything
They nod, and are willing to comply>>75312
Why would she be jealous?>>75311
Becuase she will next to best waifu. Who wouldn't just drop all romantic relationships with best waifu? Skies cannot compare.
He's implying she'd be jealous from him talking to and working with other mares.>>75311
Well, I suppose that leaves a few ponies still she could ask.
Oi, it's for the same reason the other nuns don't want to.
"Come along then." she says, getting up and slowly approaching the other filly>>75316
"..Please put her down now." Sister Ash says
Iron finally budges. "Fine." He places her down gently around the other foals. "Do not run away."
Will your waifu take care of children as expertly as Ash does? I don't think so. Best waifu confirmed. No matter how wild Skies is in bed.
They get up>>75319
He can see in her eyes that her will may have receded and complied, but it has not been crushed fully
Sister Ash approaches the foal, and speaks to her softly
".. Would you like to come with me back to the orphanage?"
When you say the foal, I'm assuming you mean the cream colored pegasus fillie who ran away and was being held by Iron.
She stares somewhat defiantly in the direction of iron, before saying. "Yes, I would" to Ash
>>75322>yes, she will
She will probably cry about her past more than raise your children. Skies cannot compete against the mighty Ash, the lifebringer and keeper.
Iron disregards the defiant look given to him.
Neither of you could have best waifu, because Silver had best waifu.But then she died.
Ash carressses her mane
"Let's go then. It will be dark soon."
And with that, she leads the small herd outside.
>>75328>had best waifu
Well, it doesn't count since she is not here, but I'll take your word for it.
Like seriously, do you have to start a waifu war out of character?>>75329
"How do we know that is where you are taking us?" one asks
They follow her anyways. The door here exits to the left and onto a small area of land before the sea. You are on the North side. You can see that there was a small yacht docked at the pier. It is sundown
the foals she bears will be natural warriors.>Vow of Chastity
How Can you think of violating a nun thats sick!>>75328
Sister Ash shrugs in response
"You'll have to trust me..." She says
"Will you trust me?">>75333I won't be able to get that feat unless the GM changes his mind about letting me take the Vow of Poverty.
Like they can pack a punch with both your low strength stats. Bet they can't shoot straight because the guns weigh too much for them.>Chastity>implying
Can you not?>>75335
The foals look at Iron, and then back at her
"I guess we don't have much choice.">>75336
"Of we go then."
And so, she leads them on the long journey towards the orphanage on the hill.
Iron follows behind all of them, watching for any attempts of escape.
The prisoners do not attempt an escape, although given how some of them look around he can see that a couple of them are thinking about it>>75338
It's a very long journey, well over a mile by walking
"Are we there yet?"
"Are we there yet?"
The Sixth colt wants more attention>>75318She's willing to work with a waterfront gangster thoughOkay I'll stop
Among Sacred Vows, Vow of Chastity is okay, because enchantments are a bitch and the trade-offs isn't that drastic. It's not that useful though, because the classes that would benefit already have decent will saves and don't really benefit from it as they would from other feats, thus, it's only really worth the slot if you take the Vow of Poverty for the bonuses, since having enough ascetic Vows might make it easier to qualify for Sainthood.
She gives all of the foals plenty of attention on the long journey.>Core character belief: all foals deserve love
As long as they don't run away, Iron does not react to the children.
The sixth foal believes you have misunderstood him. He thinks that what you heard is that he wants a lot
of attention. But what he actually wants is all
of the attention
Does Ash know how to make it back?
[1d20+14 = 27]>>75343
But then again, that's really what Sacred Vows are all about: becoming closer to godliness, even if the benefits aren't that great.
Vow of Nonviolence and Vow of Poverty are both prerequisites for the Apostle of Peace prestige class, and they're the hardest Vows to keep. Apostle of Peace is like being Jesus though.>>75346
*Gives foal extra attention, and tickles him until he's all tuckered out*>Does Ash know how to make it back?
I take it that means asking for a roll
She finds her way to Percheron Avenue, and from Percheron down south to a location she is familiar enough to walk to the orphanage from. It is a long walk, and the foals don't like it. The environment is more urban now, so there are more ponies around. It won't be that hard for one to be lost, or to run away under cover.
The colt is indefatigable
Ash should get a map whenever she gets a chance.
[1d20 = 4]>>75348
Iron keeps a vigilant eye on the children, having a watchful eye on every single foal. Rolling spot for efficiency.
[1d4 = 3]>>75348>indefatigable
Rolling non-lethal tickle damage for this round.
Also is there a detour she could take that's safer?
Ash, please roll spot in case the GM does make us look for a lost foal again.
[1d20+7 = 19]>>75350
Ash is preoccupied, so rolling for the dog.
He can also sense creatures within 60 feet by smell.
Not very. It is dark and there are other ponies around>>75353
The dog is no New Mareland Shepherd, but he's able to keep stray foals from getting loose out of the herd>>75351
The foal is tickled, but not down. There are roads that would not take them through urban areas (and this less likely to be lost) but Ash doesn't know the road routes so these are not immediate options
Also, I'm going to call the dog Caleb. I had held off on naming him, because I had intended on giving him to the orphanage as a gift to the children.
Iron is a bit dissapointed in his lack of spotting qualifications, but remembers the dog, and now he feels a bit safer that all the children are being kept in the convoy.
I lost my text when the page refreshed!
>>75354>The dog is no New Mareland Shepherd
He's fully trained for the general purpose of guarding. I summoned him for that reason.
This isn't guard work (you're thinking of the Griffenhiem Shepherd). This is sheep-dog work>>75356
Ash continues down the route, signalling to all the foals to stay close by her side as she trots towards the orphanage discreetly as possible.
She also signals Caleb to guard each of them.
More tickle damage, to see if I can get this greedy boi to
I could punch the child to sleep if you want.jk
[1d4 = 1]>>75359
What would sheep dog work qualify as, under the Handle Animal skill?>>75361>Damage
... You don't need to answer that question for now. It's irrelevant.
[1d4 = 1]>>75363
And another round, while I'm bored.
The colt giggles and has some sort of magical spurt>>75360
One of them is about to fall behind, but he can glare her into submission>>75367
The sixth colt is finally put out. For now
Tell me I can reroll that.
Caleb falls back and coaxes the fillie towards the rest of the group.
"Do you want to slow down?" Sister Ash inquires?
Staph trying to scare the kids
When a pony passes in front of the fillie, she is not there when the pony moves>>75372
"A little" the 4 foals answer. Baltimare be a little far south for the Equestrian East coast, but it's still Winter. Ash is feeling a bit cold
[1d20 = 15]>>75375
Iron is upset. Rolling spot to find filly again.
Which direction does the dog smell her in? He proceeds to follow her.
Ash slows down, holding them all close to her.
[1d20 = 11]>>75378
Iron starts heading there with a quick step. Well as quick as a full-cladded pony can do. "Hold up. Filly ran away to across the street. I will fetch her." He tells Ash
Caleb looks both ways to cross the street before going to fetch her.
Continues day dreaming until we get to the tailor.
It's a good thing he does, because the "automobile" drivers don't
Roll to grapple