First for sleeping in Blue's soft belly fluff.
Anyways, rollcall for new bread?
Woah, good thing I looked at the overboard.
Yeah, I don't know why /vx/ glitches like it does, where posts on the board don't show up on the main page.
Oh that's just the /x/ from /vx/Cuz it's paranormal
No need to delet stoopid posts. It's part of the charm.
Ah. New bread. I didn't notice at first.
Quick question. Did you make your character fall asleep?
I had. Though I placed him at the door on purpose to be woken up in case I was needed, and to keep certain trouble makers inside the room.
Good. That leaves Star and Iron remaining to end the day. Brie was pretty eager to do so.
So we're waiting on you then? Hurry the fuck up faggot
Can't. Dark Star is non-responsive and Iron commited to a heartfelt discussion about feelings.
Even if Iron decides to go to sleep, eaving the edgy horse alone in the bathroom to brood, that still leaves Star awake, you do know that?
Well, yeah. It won't change things if Iron goes to sleep since Star is still canonically awake.>>87021
Any suggestions on how to deal with this conundrum?
Like what are you all even wanting to do? Most things can be done without other players, some things directly affect other players and would make things awkward, and some absolutely require other players. I don't know what players intend, and so I don't know how what is intended can be accommodated. I can't accommodate what I don't know
Brie just wants to go to the next day. This is stopped by Iron and Star not being asleep, and the problem may originate by:
a- Star's player is still not here.
b- I feel that, in-game, it would be a dick move to just leave Star brooding in there with just encouraging to confess his tragedies to Skies.
If b is not an issue and Iron can walk out without problems, then a remains, which by your suggestion, it implies that it can be disregarded. It's up to you if b is important enough of an issue to halt the game.I wonder what's taking Star's player so long. He should be here by now. Talk about random chance.
>Wonders if maybe should have continued with the Silver dream
Probably. I like hearing about his family.
Eh, I guess it isn’t that important then
"yea that might help."
Dark Star walks over to the bathroom door and peeks outside and looks towards the table they were sitting at
oh i guess im not welcome anymore...
You are welcome. Brie's player was just impatient.
he wouldnt have to wait on me if i didnt play.
There you are!>>87029
Silver and Blue Skies are still there. Silver has laid down in the booth, with his head resting on Blue Skies’ lap. He seems to be asleep. Blue Skies is reading what seems to be material collected from Comte’s house while petting the sleeping Silver
If you didn't play, there would be no Blue Skies, no mayor running against the socialist party, and no main story. He would have to wait because there would be no game.
I mean, I'm always up for stuff to do using Silver, but it's not necessary to the story.
Im sure he could do all that stuff
No he can't. You are the only one for the roll. Who else will raise Blue Skies' foals? And don't you say he can.
Dark Stars eyes widen when he sees this he thinks to himself "my thought from earlier has been realized" so he shuts the door gently walks back over to iron says "i wasn't in the bathroom when you came looking for me,got it?" then Dark Star walks over to the window and climbs out then he walks 5 blocks over and curls up in an alley with some discarded newspapers like he used to do.
Would there be a window there which can be accessed by a pony?
Irons turn, respond >>87038>>87039inside
of the bathroom? No. American restaraunt bathrooms never have windows >>87035
And the band played on
Whatever then Dark Star goes to sleep in the stall closest to the back wall
But in any event he is just going to ditch her?
Iron rolls his eyes. "Are you serious? You are just going to give up again on Skies? I know. It irks me too how physical the two are, but you cannot just lay down and take it."
"she'll find a better stallion eventually. i'm not good enough for her. i mean look at her beauty, i couldn't protect her or any foals she has, i couldn't even protect my own family i deserve to be alone.">>87043
He's a sad boi right now hes not thinking clearly
"That is false. Everypony can defend themselves with all the tools of war at their disposal, or are you going to tell me your two guns you used back at the catacombs are useless? Besides, the way Skies kissed you in that boat. She is eager to quell the same loneliness you have. You are practically made for each other." Iron moves closer to the stall. "I know losing your family hurts. Gods know I would not be here if that were the case, but you have the chance to come back. To resurface. To laugh at life's face and be happy in spite of your tragic past. Because right now you are acting like a deadpony, all passive and unwilling to risk your own hide to compete against an old stallion." He peeks into the stall. "Do you know what Skies said to me? She would be your foals first. Now tell me, are you going to separate with her after what she told me? You are only passing your pain to her, you know."
*are you going to break up with her
"Yes. She cares about you, Star. Who do you think sent me here? She would freak if I found you beaten up in here, maybe go on a revenge if she can." Iron extends a hoof into the stall. "Now come on, let us go back at the table. You should tell all of this to Skies. Do not cower at the chance of disagreement with your mare."
DS takes Iron's Hoof "i believe i told her about it before."
Iron pulls Star out of the stall gently. "I think I remember. You got a nice back massage afterwards." He looks to the side. "I suspect it is not just Skies, right? You were pretty angry at the foals we rescued, give their 'nature'."
"Right. Nevermind that. To the table we shall go." Iron wraps a foreleg around Star's shoulders and proceeds to carry him to the table.
More like lead you to your destination.
I think he means he's leading you out to the table.
If he gets woken up, I suppose it would.
I suppose you left it on pause, then.
"hey, thanks iron,you're a good pony."
Assuming they actually do go over to the table, Blue Skies looks up as they approach
"Oh good, you two are back finally. I was worried I'd have to go into the Stallion's bathroom myself
to see if you two had been ambushed or coltnapped or something"
"Do not thank me. I did not do anything." Iron shakes his head.>>87061
Iron sits at the table. "I know what you mean." He is quiet for a bit, then a small yawn.
Dark Star Laughs
"i cant be coltnapped. although i did think about taking a colt nap"
"Dark Star must have really done violence to that poor toilet"
"the toilet will never be the same."
"I think we will need to leave soon enough"
Iron shakes his head. He looks down at the sleeping Silver. "Do you mind if I take Silver upstairs to his room? As much as you want to preach it is fine for him to sleep there, you cannot really move with him there."
"...ehm...mmh…" Silver nuzzles a little into her stomach from the attempt to wake him up. "...do not go...Storm...not...yet..." Slowly he manages to wake up, looking a little disorientated as he lifts his head off of Blue's lap. "...wha'? Something wrong?"
"yea its about time to head back to the headquarters."
"Yes, you are drooling." Iron snickers. "Come on, they need to go back. Go to your bed." He hands over his hoof for Silver to stand up.
He pauses to wipe the drool off his face once Iron says this. "Uh...sorry if I drooled on you, Blue. You make for great pillow." Silver grabs onto Iron's hoof to get up out of his seat, grunting. "Thank you, Iron."
The image of the old Equestria and of his beloved wife Storm Warning fades, and the mare he saw and felt is replaced with an inferior substitute
He looks up to see Blue Skies smiling at him, though he could already see her fur and some other parts of her intended for foals from his position
"Haha, were you hoping for somepony else? I am sorry to disappoint">>87070
"Yes, we should go soon"
"Right. Now go to an actual bed." Iron titls his head sideways to where the stairs are at. "The foals may want their saviour in there."
"No, I was just having good dream, is all..." Silver wipes some of the sleep from his eyes. He's a little disappointed, though it's not directed at Blue, rather it's directed at having the nice dream fade away. Even if his changeling-bitten mind was doing odd things during it.
"And you may continue your sleep upstairs. Don't let the Changelings bite"
He get's a good laugh out of that one, even if it's punctuated by a yawn. "Of course. I will see you three tomorrow." With a final salutation, Silver slowly waddles his way back upstairs to his room.
Iron puts a hoof on Skies' shoulders and leans in to whisper. "I was right about the whole 'lay head on lap' business. Be sure to address it with Star." He then leans back.
Don't forget that this was rolled for conception a while back and by all logic Skies should already be pregnant.
*back and takes off his hoof off her shoulder.
It is so. He would probably hit spark when he tried to enter>>87078
Pregnancy isn't that
Testing the post>>79423 →
"You shall see soon." He stands up and proceeds to exit the tavern, destination being the abbey. He wonders if he should ask the sisters about changeling feeding.
And thus he walks to the abbey and eventually arrives>>87081What?
Iron decides that there is not much of a problem. He knocks on the door of the abbey again.
He most definitely does.>>87039
Spark feels the door bump against him as it opens, and a hushed, apologetic voice belonging to Silver whisper out once it does so. "Черт возьми, прости!"
Despite it being after midnight, a sister responds
>>87090Silver hasn't even had sex with her>>87087
Something like a cat scurries across the room when he does so>>87070
I assume they walk back to headquarters
"It is the native again." He proceeds to let himself in. "By the way. I am kind of curious. Do you sisters know what are the effects of changeling feeding?" he says to the mare answering the door.
Dark Holds out his hoof to help Blue up
"Let's get going">>87092i was talking about with Dark Star, it might have not have taken
Spark wakes with a start.
“Ow.” I grumble as I move away from the door.
Sardonic Economist? More like Sardonic Biologist.
Silver continues whispering as he enters the room, closing the door behind him. "My apologies. I did not expect anypony to sleep in front of door.">>87092
Silver assumes it's Kerr, from how he had reacted earlier. "Es ist nur ich.">>8709760%, if we decide that ponies go through estrus.
Child-bearing rates are relevant to economics.
I guess economics do keep track of birthrates and life expectancy.
“I thought it would be best to make sure no curious creature went roaming out the door.” I whisper back.
Her eyes widen to an expression of deep fear.
She smiles warmly
"Then let's go">>87097
Alright, first off, it was only three times (plus more oral, but that does not count for pregnancy), and more importantly, you can't just compound the chances each time, because some months a female just won't get pregnant at all, either because it happened to be at a time when the female was not fertile, because a fertilized egg failed to plant on the side of the womb, or for whatever other reason the pregnancy fails to take at all that month. If I were doing this completely accurate to horses she'd be in anestrous right now because it is winter>>87099
A pair of blue eyes look at him from the end of the room, and two more from on top of the bed
"Fair enough, I suppose.">>87105
"Ich bin müde, junge Veränderer." He punctuates this with a yawn. "Ich hoffe du hast anderen Ponys nicht zu viel Mühe gegeben."
Iron nods. "Yes. Exactly that. Do you know about it? If not, do not worry about it. I was heading off to bed."
The far side replies
The bed replies
"Sie haben überlebt">>87109
"How could we not worry about Changelings?"
"Fair enough. Well, I suppose you do not know, then?"
>>87107>implying i didnt want the consequences>>87105
Dark Star Puts his arm around her neck as they walk there
"Gut." He heads to a clear section of the floor, sets his fatigues down like a blanket, and lays down on them, curled up in a ball. "Gute Nacht, kleine Wechsel. Wir sehen uns morgen."
She smiles at him, midway between the devious and the warm smile. They arrive soon enough at the headquarters>>87111
"They steal away a part of your love and warmth. The take away that harmony magic that is the life force of all things">>87113
Is he not sleeping on the bed?
He's leaving it for the changelings, if they want it.
"Yes, I know all that. I was thinking about the effects of changeling feeding on the victim."
Uh, I guess if he wants to
"It removes positive social emotions. Friendship and love of every form. Love of parent or child, love of country, love of Celestia, love of romantic partner, and so forth. How much depends on how much was extracted"
"It is only temporary removal, right?"
"I'm very tired, it's been a very long day."
"That depends. Usually a soul can find more love to replace it. If the soul is damaged, they may never love again">>87120
She pets him. Presumably they go to the room that Blue Skies has commandeered on the fourth floor
Iron shivers. "I see. Sorry to bother you." He lightly bows. "Unless you need anything, I will go to sleep."
Dark Star coos For the first time in years
She laughs at this as they enter the room. She open the door for Dark Star to her room "You can come inside"
>>87124I guess she doesn't add anything then.
Judging by the sister remaining silent, Iron concludes that is all. He goes to his room and proceed to plop down on the bed.Do I dream?
Pretty sure she said it like that on purpose.
She would just be looking at him wondering if there was a particular reason for his asking>>87126
The pair of eyes walks forward, and curls up next to Silver>>87128
When Dark Star closes the door, she walks forward with her tail raised, and goes and lays on the bed
Dark Star Walks over and starts preening her
She doesn't need to know the reason. Iron does not change his actions.
Silver seems calmed by the presence now next to him.
"Hey now, what are you doing?">>87133
"Warum nicht das Bett?">>87132
It's one of those questions that begs a "why are you asking?" follow up question. Don't ask if you don't want to be asked
So she does ask then, right?
"just sit back and relax,i learned a bit about pegasi"
"Ich war mir nicht sicher, ob Sie mich dort haben wollen."
She seems embarassed, and turns towards him>>87135
"Ein Bett ist schön. Es ist bequemer als ein Käfig"
Fom the bed:
"Das ist mein Bett!"
If you say so. Iron is considered asleep then, right?
Silver chuckles from hearing this. "Es ist in der Tat. Schlaf weiter mit deinem Bruder auf dem Bett. Ich bin mit dem Boden gut."
"no need to be embarrassed, i'm doing this because i care about you."
Dark star continues the things silver taught him, such as gently plucking dead feathers and helping spread the essential oils all over her wings. and he attempts to catch a whiff of her pheromones
"Aber ich will deine Wärme...">>87139
She's a little guarded, evidently not used to doing this with a partner
Alright, I'll head to bed IRL too, then. Night.
"Kerr scheint über das Bett defensiv zu sein. Sie müssten mit ihm reden."
He looks at Silver
Then he looks over at the bed, and says "Kerr, geh aus dem verdammten Bett. Es ist nicht Deines"
He chuckles. "Das habe ich nicht gemeint." He gets up, and looks at Kerr. "Würdest du alle drei zusammen auf dem Bett schlafen lassen?"
Dark Star Pets her and gives her a kiss then continues his work on her wings.
"i love you,Blue."
He seems to consider it for a while
"Nimm einfach nicht meinen Teil, Pony"
None of the feathers are obviously dead, however
"I... preened recently. Maybe in a few days"
Silver nods. "Das ist fair." He gets up into bed, letting Kerr have his part of it, as agreed.
Wesley curls up next to Silver, either in front or on his back. After a couple minutes, Kerr moves to laying over top of Silver's rear legs, threatening to cut off circulation
She pets him
"In Nimbusia, the mares preened each other. I've been doing it myself since then"
He moves his legs around as much as he can, which is presumably very little. He tries to speak gently to Kerr. "Könnten Sie sich etwas bewegen, Kerr? Meine Beine werden einschlafen, wenn Sie so sind."
Mild growling, but he moves aside, still partly on Silver's legs
He checks to see if Kerr is still cutting off circulation to his legs in this spot.
"I didnt know."
Dark Star Gives her another kiss
He hopes so, or that his body will at least wake him up if his legs fall asleep. "Vielen Dank, Kerr. Schlaf gut, kleine Wechsel."
She kisses back. She is fairly warm>>87159
Kerr pretty much hides himself under Silver's blanket, and makes insect-like sounds, while Wesley presses up against Silver
Silver passes once again into sleep.
As does the sorcerer by the door.
Dark Star Does >pic Related
Blue Skies looks down
"And Just what are you going to do with that?" She asks
"I think he wants a little kiss too."
"Is that all he wants?" She asks, smiling, before diving down and licking him
"hnng, he says he isnt going to suck himself."
"Well, I better help him then"
She places a hoof on each side of the horse penis, and starts by giving a long lick from the testicles to the tip, then she places the penis in her mouth. First just the tip, rubbing it with her tongue, But then the whole thing goes into her muzzle and towards her throat
Dark Star Moans and then stokes her cheek with his hoof
Her cheek feels like it has a penis on the other side. She sucks down on him, and as the saliva wets and covers his piece the mouth feels much cooler, and she starts moving up and down on him
"Oh Buck, that's Heavenly."
She pulls her mouth up, covering only the tip, which she repeatedly licks with her soft togue. The shaft, lathered in saliva, is almost cold in the cool air of the room. She looks into Dark Star's eyes, and with a look that would be devious if she didn't have her mouth too full to complete the grin, she dives down and places the hole thing in her mouth, sucking, licking, and pulling up and down
>>87172>she dives down and places the hole thing in her mouth, sucking, licking, and pulling up and down
Dark Star's upper body falls backwards as she bottoms out
In doing so he adds just a bit more length. But her mouth is able to handle it as the tip rubs the back of her throat, and she stands up to get the best grip her mouth can get on it. Her cheeks and tongue do what the can to lick and massage him as she sucks move up and down on him
She continues sucking, and licking, and sucking and licking, until she forces Dark Star to let free what he had within him
Dark Stars Eyes are Sparkling and he has the biggest smile on his face
"I Love You, More than anything else in this world Blue."
She would speak back, but her mouth is full of cum, which she promptly swallows, and continues licking and sucking as more comes out. From her eyes, he can see that the affection is much appreciated, and the orgasm is damned near dizzying
Dark Star Strokes her mane and her face
"You Are my favorite pony."
When Dark Star has no more to give, she stops sucking, and swallows a few more times before speaking
"D'aww, that's sweet"
Dark Star gets into the bed
She smiles back, and then assumes a position where he can easily spoon her
"I like to think I am. Would you mind cuddling me as I sleep?"
Dark Star himself is very tired by this time in the night
"It will be my pleasure."
Dark Star Assumes the Big Spoon position
*pegasus pony is spooned*
Pony is soft and cuddly, if just a little bit cold. Better warm her up
Dark Star Cuddles the Buck out of her
Oh boe. Hospitals everywhere would be filled with love-drained mares and stallions if that's the case.It could be the reason they lost the war.
Hello. Do we wait for all players to be here when the next day starts? I am worried about Ash's player not coming the last two days.
I am busier today than most
I made the mistake of walking a mile in freezing-cold weather wearing only a light jacket and heavy gloves, so excuse me if I seem out of it today.>>87195
...though since GM's busy, I'm fine with waiting.
Oof. Mine is the opposite. If I go outside, my skin will burn.
I'm sorry for disappearing without a trace these past couple of days. I've just been really sick lately, and had a whole bunch of shit come crashing down on me in meatspace that I didn't want to talk about.
Well, the good news is that nothing happened in the past couple of days that would have required Ash's aid. I hope things go better for you going on.
>>87199>thinks for a bit who this is>remembers the kirin is a druid
I half-expected something bad or time-consuming happened. So far none of us excluding Onyx and Brie for a bit
really were absent for more than hours at a time.>>87200
This. We pretty much are set to start the next day.Though I doubt it will happen right now, since it's getting rather late
The awards banquet is over, now it’s just a matter of seeing if my parents will stop socializing before I die of hypothermia
I feel like I should have said something though.
Still not feeling well, tbh.
My parents seemed very intent on discussing some reform of the property tax that is coming before the state legislature with our state representative in the parking lot. For some reason I cannot fathom, they absolutely refused to turn the car on while I waited, or at least close the driver side door. Anyways...
Begin Day 5
Okay, I'm feeling not-terrible enough to do just a little bit of RP for now.>>87211
Sister Ash would have slept through the whole night, because she had a rough day (and like hell I'm taking on any exhaustion penalties).
She still gets up in time for prayers though.
Mind that, she has to sleep from at least 10-6 or earlier, if she's going to avoid hustle penalties and still be able to prepare spells.
10-6 is doable, she'd be just in time for taking the Celestine mass with the others
That's what I was aiming for; preferably going to bed earlier.
If she doesn't pray on the dot, she loses a whole day of spells.
Fug. I guess I should probably prepare spells for the day.
>>87208>>87212Well, if you are sure.
Iron wakes up, stretching his legs, popping a few bones. He gets off the bed and stands up. He inspects if the memories that the changeling fed upon have been restored.>>87217Here. Don't shoot!
I'm thinking I should probably rest, tbh...
Alright, everyone can wake up, although maybe we should wait on Brie for Spark and Silver. Any idea of when you want characters to wake up and what you want to do with them?
Spark is by the door, so he will wake up when the others open the door.
Dark Star would probably wake up later than the rest of the party.
Iron would wake up at 9 to 10 AM. He will mostly try to finish Ash's quest aka either go for the mademares or find Ollie. That can wait if the changelings are to be deported immediately, but he has to be notified to cancel the plans.
About 8 in the morning for Silver. First thing he'll do is probably find something to eat, then take care of whatever the 'lings need.>>87228
Hell, Silver and Spark could go out to eat someplace, if they wanted.
That would sound good as long as you stay away from... certain food choices.
He knows not to order that while friends are around. He's better than that.
>>87231>>87228Probably after Brie>>87230Long
Dark Star wakes up alone in the hotel bedroom, which feels like the heat has been cut off, with the covers removed from over him
Actually, sure, let's try this
Silver is roused out of his sleep by the deep sound of his gurgling, empty stomach. "...Oooouuuh…"
Dark Star Shivers at the frigidness of the room,so he decides to get up and go over to the window and look out at the street.
Oh dear. Light shines into the room.>>87238I had originally thought of the room as being an inside room with a window to a courtyard, but I also don't really know what makes sense in fancy 1910ish hotels, so sure
Light of mid-morning
>>87236>>87234>>87239Pretend Iron wakes up when Ash wakes up
Iron opens his eyes, feeling the heat and light of the sun on his face. He stretches his legs and gets off the bed. He inspects his memories to see if the changeling feeding effects have passed.
>>87239thats what i had pictured in my head,sorry we can go with the court yard.
Dark Star overlooks the courtyard as he is rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he then goes to the bathroom to take care of business.
Silver uses a foreleg to shield his eyes from the initially blinding light as they adjust to the sudden change. "Ack! Останови это, солнце. Я еще не готов." While they do so, he takes a look at where Wesley and Kerr were sleeping, to see if they're still there.
>>87241I'll be honest and say that I don't quite recall precisely what my model was. Something like Hotel Lutetia or Hotel Prinz-Albrect, maybe 84 Avenue Foch. Only 84 Avenue Foch has a courtyard, and it isn't a hotel.
At least it isn't raining outside. It looks like he has the room all to himself.>>87242
They have decidedly moved. In fact...Crash. dingdingding
Wesley has just opened the bag of marbles. All over the floor. Kerr is trying to open a container of water>>87240
His memories don't seem to have suffered any decay beyond that which would be expected from the advance of time
After He gets through using the bathroom he washes his hooves and heads down to the lobby
It is so. Sea Breeze is available at this time
Well, if he wasn't awake before, he is now. Silver looks a bit amused at Wesley's predicament. He covers his mouth with a hoof to hold back some laughter. "Du musst vorsichtig mit diesen Murmeln sein."
He turns to Kerr, having trouble with the water. "Brauchen Sie Hilfe?"
Iron stretches a bit more. From what happened yesterday, Ash would not be ready until some time passes. He decides to seek that unicorn foal again, see if he has his starvation problem still. He may have a clue of what's going on with him.
Wesley just looks at Silver, eyes wide open. He sees he has been caught making a mess of the entire floor. "Das war Kerr"
Kerr has stopped trying to bite it, and is now attacking it with green magic. "Ich kann es bekommen">>87247
"And a good day to you as well" he replies>>87248
At this time, the little foal is still sleeping
"How are you this morning,sir?"
Iron shrugs. Stuff for later, it seems. He supposes he has about 3 to 4 more hours before Ash is ready to move out. He ponders if the changelings are awake at this hour, or the current guardians for that matter. He decides to think while doing some physical excercises at the abbey's garden.
Silver can't hold back the laugh from Wesley's response. Exactly what he would expect from a pony foal. "Nun, wer auch immer es war, wir sollten dieses Chaos aufräumen."
Before he carefully steps onto the floor, avoiding the mess of marbles Wesley has made, Silver nods to Kerr. "Wenn du es sagst. Ich habe festgestellt, dass die Registerkarte oben wirklich sehr hilfreich ist." He points to the tab on top of the water container used to open it.
"Busy. In no small part thanks to you" He replies with mostly joy, and a tinge of annoyance>>87251
Nuns approach him, "excuse me sir, could you help us move some trees?">>87252>carefully steps onto the floor, avoiding the mess of marbles
Kerr has by now started attacking the container with both fangs and magic. When Silver says his thing, he stops, then lowers his jagged tube-like ears, and opens the tab by catching it in his fang and pulling it
Iron nods. "Just point me to them and it will be done."
It's a good thing Ash isn't awake.
"In our lower fields the blight got to a few fruit trees. They need to be cut down and moved to the burning pits"
>>87253I mean, as funny as Silver getting a broken back would be...
"Wesley, kannst du mir helfen, diese Murmeln zu sammeln?" Silver's stomach grumbles again, reminding him that he should probably get some food in his belly soon. Silver reminds his stomach that it's hard to get outside to get food when there's a marble minefield in between him and the door.
"i'm just doing my job,sir. speaking of which. whats my next assignment?"
>>87255That's a rather strange comment.
Iron nods, then proceeds to the blight zone described. He inspects the tree's toughness. With some bucking, they could be torn down. He also guesses if the cutting could potentially damage the abbey or any other building.
Wesley's ears droop
The trees appear to have been orange trees, or some sort of tropical fruit. There are a little decayed and weakened by the blight, and they were never particularly of thick stock
Before trying to dislodge the trees or break them down, he asks the nun who asked for help. "Is there any danger that these trees may hurt buildings or foals? If not, we can start the process of cutting them down."
Silver smiles at him. "Hey, es wird okay sein. Zusammen dauert es nicht lange." Silver starts to gather up the marbles, using his magic to sweep them up into a nice little pile.
Fuck. I didn't anticipate a need for 'small' missions. I guess I could have a 'go to this police officer and see if he takes a bribe,' or a 'see if this griffon merchant offers to sell illegal shit' or 'pick up surveillance bugs from this location' or 'talk to this bureaucrat and see if they are persuadable to talk about revolting' but I'm not sure if I can do those without it being rote or boring>>87262
Silver is able to push them along the floor a little, and Wesley tries putting them into the bag>>87261
"We are hundreds of yards away, there shouldn't be any danger"
: Silver looks around the room for any more marbles that are out of sight.
[1d20+6 = 16]>>87263
He nods. He stands in front of one of the blighted trees. He ensures that all nuns are behind him and proceeds to buck the tree. Rolling unarmed damage with power attack, adding +5 damage and subtracting -5 from hit chance.
a couple by the provisions stack and a couple more under the bed
[1d3+12 = 13]>>87267
Rolling damage to that tree.
He uses his magic to grab them and put them by the others. "Ich weiß nicht, wie man Murmeln spielt…Aber ich weiß, dass sie gerne überall rollen." Once finished, he pats Wesley on the top of the head. "Behaltet sie im Auge, damit sie nicht fliehen, okay?">>87232
Silver's stomach grumbles yet again. Seeing Spark is still asleep, he trots over to him and tries to poke him awake.
*poke, poke poke*
I groan but slowly open my eyes.
"Ah. Morning already?"
"Seems like it. Just helped Wesley with marble mess. Surprised you did not hear it." Silver pats the side of his empty belly. "Anyways, I am starving, and I think changelings can look after themselves for few minutes. Want to go get something to eat?"
"I could. But are you sure they should be left alone? Something tells me they are not going to like being locked up in here, especially after what they went through."
Oh it's very damaged, but not quite dead>>87269
Fuck it, let's do this
Sea Breeze leans down and rests his foreknees on the table
"So you've shown you can handle the dangerous stuff. Let's see if you can handle the grunt work. Sea Captain Wind Bard's Ship is returning from Saltmane. See what he is up to this morning"
"I suppose I should ask them, then.">>87273
Silver turns towards the two changelings. "Wesley, Kerr. Denkst du, du kannst dich selbst im Auge behalten, während Spark und ich essen gehen?"
[1d20+6 = 12]>>87273
Supposing the tree will fall down soon, he decides to call it out to the nuns. "First tree is coming down! Clear the area!" He then prepares the second buck, same as last one.
"yes,sir! Sir,may i ask if the name of the ship is the "Jungle Express?"
"Smart boy. Pier 10. Pier twelve has been closed after a warehouse fire, so the ship was redirected to another berth. It's a seaport, obviously. Try to look like a dockworker, or someone who belongs there. You don't need to alter your whole appearance like a changeling does, but what you will be doing will require you to go unnoticed.">>87275
"What would you like me to do sir?"
"Ich denke schon, wir haben viele Spielsachen."
"Oh, natürlich kannst du essen, während wir hier festsitzen">>87278
The tree breaks in the mid section, and falls over>>87279
"Observe who he speaks to and what he does. Take notes, and take pictures. If you interact please, please, note that they get very suspicious quickly" He hands Dark Star a camera
Dark Star Takes the camera and salutes him
He nods in acknowledgement
Iron nods. That's one down. Iron looks how many trees are remaining and estimates what time it took to down one tree. He then turns to the closest nun. "Do we also need to pluck out the stumps?"
"The stumps will likely need to go eventually, but for now simply killing the trees will suffice"
3 more blighted trees
Dark Star heads off to the Docks
[1d20+6 = 21]>>87284
Another nod. He places himself in a bucking position at the next tree and bucks it same as the last two times.
"So ist es nicht…" Silver sighs. "Es tut mir Leid. Ich bin jetzt sehr hungrig, weil ich seit einiger Zeit nichts gegessen habe. Sie werden hier nicht mehr lange stecken bleiben, aber ich muss essen, um klar denken und sprechen zu können."
Two blocks south of Black Briar road, onto the seaport itself. At this time it doesn't look as if walking up to the docks themselves requires going through security, although it does look like many ponies are using the area. The steamer in question is pulling into position. There are a couple warehouses prior to reaching the sea wall, a situation similar to the experience a few nights ago>>87286
The hind hooves hit the tree squarely, and leaves fall from it towards the ground>>87287
*pouting changeling noises*
Kerr seems to accept this answer begrudgingly
Silver nods, thankful. "Vielen Dank. Ich werde nicht lange.">>87272
With that, Silver turns back to Spark. "They will be fine here. Do you have anyplace particular in mind, or should we just stop at first place we come to?"
Are There any buildings close by where the ship is docking?
"I'm just as new around these parts as you are. Whichever you think sounds good will be fine I'm sure."
Spark gets up and stands ready at the door.
"Then we will stop at first place we see." Silver steps out of the room and makes his way down the street, looking for the first restaurant he sees.
Spark follows, making sure to wave bye to the changelings and close the door behind them first.
There are two warehouses within 500 feet. There is a smaller structure on the opposite side the loading dock at the base
After the last two bucks which I'll assume took down the tree being attacked, leaving 2 more.
, he decides to do some small talk. "So, how has the two foals that recently came with Ash been doing?" He says as he goes towards the third tree.
Dark Star walks over to where the boat is docking like he is supposed to be there
Is Anypony working close by?i caught that skyrim reference
"Well, we are trying to integrate them back in. They were not very eager for breakfast this morning, but were accepting of toast after a while>>87298
Yes. Close to the ship, a couple ponies moor it. A few more ponies prepare to load coal into the ship's bunker. On the dock itself, ponies move crates>>87298
Dark Star walks over to a crate and starts sliding it
[1d20+6 = 20]>>87299
"I see. I heard bad stuff happen to them." He positions himself and bucks the third tree with his hindlegs. Same attack as the other ones.
It's a little weaker than the first. It is kill>>87300
Crates are by the seawall, but can be moved. Over by the ship itself, the mooring is tied up, and the gangplank is coming down>>87301
"Oh yes. I haven't heard what, but from the way they talk about it, it must be unimaginably bad"
Iron nods, then changes into a thinking expression. "What is your usual routine at the abbey?" He walks to the last tree to be taken down.
Can i see anypony standing on the deck?
Alright, between my getting only 5 hours of sleep last night, and my wanting to finally get this damned job application turned in, I am going to sleep now
Alright. Night GM. I'll go to bed too.
REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE NO MURDER TREES!!!
That's three total. Iron, Ash and Spark. Silver, Star, Brie and of course the GM are missing.
Do I look like an edgy nymphomaniac to you?>>87323
Wat. Who is the edgy nyphomaniac?>>87327
Here, kind of
Pretty sure he mixed up Star and Spark since they both have an S as the first letter and an a on the third letter.
Yes because I glance at this only occasionally in the midst of my studies.
I'll have some timeduring Movie night, but don't expect too much out of me
edgy nymphomaniac reporting for duty
Ok, so far we have Star the edgelord, devoted follower of Aphrodite, Iron the big dumb stubborn boi, Ash, harbringer of peace and trees, Brie, the mad batpony who seems to have scizophrenia for some dark past reason, and the god of the world they inhabit it. Hopefully Silver, the benevolent meat eater, and Spark, an intellectual with a case of alcohol withdrawal or something, can join in while the stew's hot. aka Ash not passing out.
Anyway, Sister Ash would be attending prayers, and speaking with the Sisters shortly afterwards. She would have sileni picked her spells about an hour after figuring out just wtf she was planning to do today.
Is world of harmony and wholesomeness. No goddess of "sex," only love, marriage, and new foals>>87342
The Princess of Love. Not sex.
Pretty sure she was, judging how Equestria was split in half to begin with.
All the princesses are by default sex gods.
Candy just shares an alesthetic/niche with Aphrodite.
Also, Aphrodite is not the goddess of sex, but passionate love, whereas Eros is affection. Pan is the god of sex, iirc.
Pony Princesses are pure. Just because they are fapped to by tens of thousands does not make them sexual
There's no rule against being pure/virgin, and still having sex in your deific portfolio.>>87351
This guy gets it.
Note to self: no sleep during the night combined with sleeping well into the evening leads to really weird dreams/nightmares.
Yes, Brie is literally schitzo, that's the only reason he can understand anything the Lings say, because the voices in his head tell him bits and pieces about what the words mean.Get it? He's bat-shit! XDDDD
If by hot you mean "Playing an AARPG and getting killed multiple times by a gigantic terrifying demon boss" then yes.
Only the intellectual remains to appear.Have a good lunch/breakfast
Well, maybe... All you need to know is that Alicorn bodies are the pinacle of Pony perfection, and that the Princesses save the married one are all paragons of chastity and virginity (and even the married one is perfectly 'chaste' by Catholic definitions). Or maybe they had lovers long ago, who were died or separated tragically, and vowed never to love again after that. Or maybe they are extreme sluts regularly taking secret lovers and fucking their guards>>87357
Noted for future dreams and encounters>>87356
Well, it was a demon, so I'm sure it was burning hot. So hot that if you touch it, you would literally catch on fire.Like Ash's angry side
Anon, why don't you have a seat
Preemptive F for Silver>>87361
More like lanky, ashy-skinned, and wicked-grinned with a smile full of sharp teeth, and with hands the size of bedrooms that grab you and try to tear you in half.
Well, at least it was turned on before the fight.Cuz its skin is ash-colored, which implies the demon had to endure fire on his body
sounds pretty lewd to me.
Interesting. Tell me more>>87363
Pony royalty is pure, like Queen Elizabeth
So, for some reason, in this made-up game my mind came up with, there was a super boss in the middle of a large grassland valley with no trees in sight. It was the kind you were expected to go after once you killed the main boss. It was some kind of formless entity wearing a white cloak, and used holy-based magic to attack. It was very difficult to kill, but after finding out that it was weak to dark magic, I managed to defeat it. Didn't get any rewards for doing, though.
A couple in-game days later, I returned to the valley to see if I would get a reward, and this massive rift opens up in the middle of it, and out comes this giant, lanky, pale/ash-skinned demon, with the most terrifying evil grim you've ever seen. It was the size of a small mountain, and its hands could easily crush a small house. Apparently the other entity I killed had been sealing it away and keeping it from invading the mortal realm, and now that it was dead, it was free to invade the mortal realm and spread death and destruction across the world. So, we fought, and I managed to take out maybe a 20th of its life bar before it grabbed me, tried to tear me in half, and then threw me so far across the valley I hit the hills on the other side of it. Then it managed to cover the same distance in only a few seconds, grabbed me again, and finally managed to tear me in half. I tried fighting it about four different times, each ending the same way, before I finally woke up from the dream.
Uh, why did you even have those kinds of dreams? Did you play many games with allusions to demons like Diablo and other RPGs which focuses on demon killing before bed or something? Got frustrated on a boss and your brain decided to torment you about it? What the hell?
There are very few times when I can even remember if I had a dream, and even fewer times I can remember details about the dream long enough to relay it to someone else. When it happens, I don't know why my mind comes up with stuff like it, but it's always fucked up like that.
Man you need to grind to get more xp, before you fight the final boss.
>>87372You need Jesus in your life
All dreams have this rule. If you recently woke up to a dream, you will remember the details for it, but slowly fades from memory unless written down. Most of the time, I don't even dream. It's like sleeping just to pass time, like how many games nowadays save progress when you go to bed.
Knowing you, you could very easily surpass whatever I could describe.>>87374
Maybe I haven't gone through enough NG+'s yet.>>87375
I guess so. It just seems like the more messed up the dream is, the longer the amount of time I remember it for.
In my headcanon, Celestia is more of an Aphrodite and represents the more epicurean approach to life, enjoying each of life's pleasures. Luna would be more of an Athena and a stoic, being rigorously ascetic and still a virgin after thousands of years.>>87369
Sounds like dreams I like to have.
Epicurean? Pony society is very nearly an enactment of Plato’s Republic in a children’s show. I cannot imagine Celestia taking s hedonistic approach of any kind to her life.
I'm going to have to leave for a while.
I'll pick my spells after seeing where Sister Ash leaves off.
Well, she is infamous for eating cake every day. It's not unlikely she would also take on prince-consorts as in the fanfic "The Sun and the Rose." Whether that's hedonistic or not is up to debate, but there's no question she lives in luxury.
I'll take a short nap, just in case I feel like passing out in the middle of a session. At most, I'll come back in 3 to 4 hours.
I don't think Luna's chastity is necessarily the result of ascetiscism. I think she's just autistic, and extra awkward after being imprisoned in the moon for so long.
Celestia is married to cake.
That's gamer-brain right there. Lucid dreaming.
You must not realize, Luna is the ponification of Nyx (not the poner) the mistress of the night and hidden secrets. You probably already know 'Luna', but without ever knowing her. Cuz thats how she rolls.
Legend says men who knowingly embrace Nyx are forever fixated and sworn to her, cuz its so UNNNNFFFF
Nyx is the "night" and represents the first offspring of the primordial Chaos before the beginning creation, feared by even Zeus. She's the Mother of Hypnos (Sleep) and his brother Thantos (Death), amd the proginator of all other personified deities. She's supposed to be as terrifying as she is beautiful
If Luna were in any way like Nyx, that would encompass the Nightmare Moon aspect of her.
However, in Greek mythology, Nyx is supposed to be the mother of Day.
The ancient Greek cosmology has a thematic of all good things rising from darkness and death.
Tl:dr Love, and don't fuck with, Luna
I think I have my spells, but I'd like her to start the day first.
Alright, I recall praying with the sisters
That's about it.
Is there any word about last night?This is GM, right?
This is GM from mobile IP. What is the question concerning last night?
I was just wondering what the general mood in the abbey is.
I think I'llhave her check on the children before she leaves.
A sort of quiet
has come over the air. Like some facts are too horrible to be spoken aloud, but so impactful they shake you to the very essence of your soul
Sister Ash would have a similar aura to her after waking up, unsure how to speak of what went on last night, and even less sure of how to react to it.
She decides to help the Sisters with their morning work (while I wait for Iron's player to show up).
“How well do you understand plants?” Asks a sister
"Quite well, if I do say so myself."
"Quite well, if I do say so myself."
[1d3 = 3]>>87403
“Oh, excellent. We have an area of one garden where the plants are not growing very well. We are trying to clear out other parts of the property for other fields, but we thought that maybe you could help”
"Hmm, that's odd.." Sister Ash replies quietly, somewhat disappointed that the Enrichment spell she cast on the garden hasn't yet had any dramatic effect.
"I would be glad to help."
“Oh yes, just up the hill. We have some plants that seem to have stunted growth.” When the sister takes her there, she sees an area that is cultivated more like an agricultural field than a garden, although still not very large. It is on non-level terrain and not terraced. The plants immediately approached seem to be turnips, although other tubers like onions”
“Well, here we are. The problem is that growth in this field seems to be stunted compared to field elsewhere. We were wanting to simply abandon the field, but we were wondering if you knew what the issue was”>>87406
This is a distinct set of plants
[1d20+13 = 16]>>87407
Just restating. She would be particularly interested, since she believed that her blessing would have been enough for the whole garden.
Sister Ash enters the area and levitates a clump of the soil.
Rolling Knowledge (nature) to see if there's any evident cause to her.
I would have just taken 10, had I not suspected it to be supernatural in origin.
The dirt seems a bit on the alkali side
The sorcerer finally returned if you are available to continue.
[1d20+9 = 23]>>87412
Sister Ash narrows her eyes.
"The soil.. doesn't seem to be very balanced. It seems as though it hasn't been properly fertilized to me. I would have to examine further."
She decides to make a Spellcraft check, to see if anything has been interfering with the soil enrichment blessing she cast on the land two days ago.
No obvious issue with magic, and it seems to be a separate section of land
How big is this land in total exactly?
Alright, I'm here. I'd like to follow up with Iron's questions about the sister's routine as he walks to the third tree.
[1d20+13 = 30]>>87407
As Sister Ash continues her examinations she pulls a tuber of each species from the beds and examines the plants individually.
Rolling knowledge (nature) to identify any ailments they share, and any plausible cause.
Spark looks around for a restaurant.
"So, did you expect to be caring for two changelings when you set hoof in this city? Could you even see yourself being kind to them before yesterday?"
Silver trots with him. "I did not see myself caring for them, no, but I suppose if I were willing to care for ponies in need, then it would only make sense to be willing to care for changelings in need as well."
Iron’s last act was to ask the sister a question, “what do you do around here?” She answers
“I am one of the sisters responsible for maintaining the orchards and gardens. I also teach the foals horticulture”
She is a tan colored Earth Pony with brown hair under all of that clothing, evidently>>87420
It is an area of maybe an acre and a half. None of the plants have any signs of predation from insects, nor infestation of fungi. Indeed, the area seems particularly lifeless. Their growth seems to be stunted by something in the soil or water
"I never could imagine me liking them before. I got very upset when Dark Star was threatening them. If only they weren't so dangerous, I wouldn't mind them staying here... if we could hide them from Star's marefriend that is."
[1d20+6 = 8]>>87423Blighted, to be exact.>>87424
Iron nods. "Ah, I guess it was kind of obvious." He lines up his hindlegs towards the third tree. "What is horticulture? Sounds like it is important." He bucks with mostly power at the third tree, sacrificing +5 bonus hit chance for +5 damage.
Plant Growth's Enrichment affects a range of one half mile. I think I'll have her make an additional casting for good measure, on a day where she isn't in a hurry to find missing children.
Sister Ash turns to the sister beside her.
"Poor nutrient balance. It must be an issue the soil or water. Do you fertilize these fields regularly?"
And he MISSES!
“It’s the practice of raising plants in gardens, which I help with, though I deal more with the trees on the property. I’ve extended my expertise on occasion to a few other farms in the area”>>87427
“This particular field has been treated with some organic fertilizer from our wastes, as well as a nitrate based fertilizer and compost”
"It helps to see them as you would see ponies. Even with their differences.." He stays silent for a couple of seconds before continuing to speak. "Under normal circumstances, I am not entirely sure I would have been willing to trust changelings, even those who came out willingly as such. At least not enough to let them in my place of residence."
Sister Ash nods.
"Very well. How do you irrigate this section?"
[1d20+6 = 26]>>87432
Iron huffs. He tries again.
"It sounds like you were a farmer before joining up here. Am I wrong about that?">>87434Oh, well. They could have asked you to burn the trees down if that were the case.>>87436True
[1d3+12 = 13][1d20+6 = 11]>>87437
Rolling confirm for funsies as well as damage.
"Under normal circumstances I'm pretty sure we would be drained completely or close to it and taken away. It's just when they clearly are talking to us. What do they say? You seem to be able to understand them."
[1d2 = 1]>>87437
Iron’s hoof goes so cleanly and so perfectly though the tree, that it falls forward
. Roll reflex>>87440
Indeed he does. It takes a minute, but he sees a pony he can immediately identify as Wind Bard based on the dossier. He’s a blue Earth Pony, with a set of scruff and a red toboggan on, as well as a dark red tail and mane. He is carrying a briefcase, small and black. Next to him is a white Pegasus wearing a black tobaggan they walk together talking down the gang plank>>87435
“Well, it’s a little higher in elevation, but we have an auger pump that can divert water from a stream that runs through the old property into the hill
"Yes, it is trick I picked up during Great War, reading and eventually being able to translate stolen enemy intelligence and reports. I do not have perfect understanding of Wechselbalg, but through talking with Wesley and Kerr, I feel as though I can reasonably communicate with changelings.
"Both of them say what you would typically expect foals of their age to say. Wesley speaks more like innocent foal, and Kerr speaks more like he is trying to be tough and strong, likely for his brother. I do not know if you wanted to know something specific I might have heard."
"Just if they want to kill us mainly. Are they thankful for what we have done?"
Sister Ash nods
"And do you water all of the crops with the same water?" She asks
*Looks up gardening tips irl*
"It most certainly seems they are thankful. When we brought to my room at tavern, they had discussion about whether or not they should stay, and they both agreed that we were nice ponies, and that they had better chance of surviving by staying there than not. Though Kerr obviously needed some convincing from Wesley. I can safely say that neither would want to kill us."
>>87444It happens in real life, doesn’t it?
Iron pulls out of the way as the tree falls down in Iron’s place
One final tree is all that remains>>87446
“No, this area is seperated from the main property by a the hill, and is closer to the old property, so we use a stream that goes through it, whereas the main property uses a separate steam that runs along the front
I pause for a moment.
"I really don't want to send them back though."
Silver looks confused at Spark. "Why is that?"
Unlike Silver, Changelings cannot eat what is deadsorry for comments, I just really wanted to say that
"Well, I was not expecting that." Iron looks to the nun. "Are you okay?"
Sister Ash seems interested in this.
"Hmmm.. Perhaps it could be the water.. Would you mind leading me to this stream?" She asks
[1d20+7 = 25]>>87442
"hey there colts need anything put on the ship? i can help."
“Yes. Most of it goes through the property you were on a couple days ago”>>87457
Is he speaking to Wind Bard?
"Because I don't want the day to come where we might be on opposite sides from them. We they either want to kill us by being raised by other changelings, or they have to. Or even worse, we are forced to kill them. Though, then again would we even know it is them apart from the others we may encounter? Would we see a little of them in every changeling now, and it be our undoing?"
Her eyes are very wide and her cloak is pulled down partly, showing her hair
Alright,if I have any chance of being attacked by freaking dire wolves again, I may as well post my spells for the day:
Regenerate Light Wounds
Vision Of Punishment
Regenerate Moderate Wounds
It's close to an hour after prayers, so they should be prepared.
Sister Ash follows the other Sister to the stream, after calling Caleb to join her.
Iron breathes a sigh of relief. "Thank the gods. Sorry about that." He starts his trek to the last tree. "So, where was I? I tried guessing your previous profession was a farmer. Was I right?"
"War requires certain level of..." Silver thinks for a few seconds for the right word. "...detachment, I suppose is word for it. They taught in army that when you fight somepony, or someling, else, it was either you or them. You both have families, and you both want to see those families again someday. But only one of you were going to see them. So, you were taught that it is better you see your family than opponent see their family. But I suppose this all does not relate to current situation.
"I do not want to end up fighting them, either, but I get feeling there will be war before they grow up. Even then, we have no right to keep them here against their will, especially when they have family of their own in Hegemony they care for and cares for them in turn."
It’s only just over the other side of the hill, with a small metal windmill set up to pump water. The stream is rocky and the area is forested, but there are not too many plants to either side of the stream>>87462
Last tree is next in line.
“No, I’ve always been in the religious order. My father was a farmer though. And it is my cutie mark as well. And there are no gods but the Harmony in all things, as epitomized in our princesses”
Her flank is not visible
he speaking at neither of them in particular but hes addressing wind bard and his companion.
[1d20+6 = 19]>>87464
Iron shakes his head. "Right." He puts his hindlegs in position. "So, have you met Ash recently? She seems to have done quite a bit of work for the abbey." He kicks the final tree, same as all other times.
[1d20+13 = 21]>>87464>not too many plants to either side of the stream
Not a good sign.
Sister Ash examines the plants and the water.
Rolling knowledge to notice anything that may be wrong.
And for the sake of it, Caleb sniffs the water to see if there's anything poisonous in it, since dogs are good at that kind of stuff.
"I guess not. It doesn't change that if we send them back they are our enemies. I will miss them, as strange as that may sound. I haven't even talked to them. All of what they say makes no sense to me. But I will miss them all the same."
He nods. "Just because they will live in Hegemony will not mean they are our enemy. It is soldiers we fight that will be our enemy, not every changeling in existence. Although Star would likely disagree in that regard."
They are more than a little shocked to see somepony taking to them at the moment, but then calm down
“You must be with the dock workers. Yes, this boat needs to be coaled before it can leave harbor” he says to Dark Star.>>87466
“I’ve answered the door for her on a few occasions, I don’t believe I have talked to her at length. I have seen her though”
The tree is badly damaged, and leaves, a book, and an empty bird’s nest fall from its branches>>87468
The stream looks like it probably floods on a yearly basis, discouraging tree growth within some feet of the banks. The area next to the steam also seems to have been used for either ponies or animals - maybe vehicles? - to traverse. But the problems with the stream plantlife go beyond that, as plant growth seems slow here >>87469
Just a little off
Iron stops what he's doing. He looks at the nest that just fell down.
"They will be called to fight one day. And if we do reclaim our land by some miracle the Blackhooves have tucked away, then they might be called even sooner. And the thought that they won't have any feelings for us after however long it will be...it's just sad."
He now looks at the book that just fell down and didn't notice OOC 'cause if I kill bird, Ash will be mad.
"Do i have permission to help fuel her,Captain?"
Sister Ash's expression grows dark.
".. Something's wrong with this stream.. could it be.. pollution..?"
She turns around towards the Sister
"I'm rather new to this area. Where does this stream lead down from?"
"I do not like it either, but there is little else we can do."
He looks to Dark Star
“Yes, get to it”
Both walk down the gangway onto the dock
“I... think it originates in this area, just beyond the old property, eventually merging with a river that flows from moonlight shoes into the harbor”
Dark Star walks onto the ship after they have moved out of the way.
"If we must, we must. I'll follow your lead."
One of them goes into the small building. Wind Bard himself just stands there for the moment, presumably waiting. The ship itself seems to have a shallow draft, meant more for estuaries than open ocean. It’s a smaller craft
Iron goes to the book and inspects it a bit closer, skimming the contents inside.
Rather large, but with a plain leather cover and binding
"I will talk with them about getting them home once we have eaten, and see what they think about options currently on table."
Sister Ash seems vaguely upset.
"... I believe this water may be polluted. The cause of which is likely to be upstream. Perhaps it could be an oil can, or some other piece of trash left in the stream. I would like to investigate." She says
Sister Ash gets up, and begins to follow the stream up towards its supposed source.
Some in ponish, some in a foreign language, some in something that doesn’t even seem to be a language
Iron cocks his eyes. He tries to grasp what this book's all about. Rolling intelligence or knowledge to see if he can understand parts of it.
>>87492>cocks his eyes.
Fuck. I meant cocks his head.
Roll a d20>>87492
Seems to be religious in nature, about prayers and such
Dark Star tries to snap a picture discretely of the building he went into
Iron nods. He puts it inside his mane for the time being to storage it. He then inspects the bird nest more closely, risking possible bird ambush.
[1d2 = 2][1d2 = 2]>>87496
It is so. Does he simply observe them?
he shovels coal but he stops periodically to watch.
It looks to Dark Star, who can see through windows, like the Pegasus is operating a radio inside of the building >>87497
A small, red bear-like creature with ragged fur comes out from the brush, a little angry. >>87499
It is so. There are no birds in the nest now, it seems
Iron looks inside the nest, see if there is any eggs inside or it is just an empty nest.
Sister Ash becons the other Sister to get behind her, Caleb to her side, as she kneels down slightly.>"Hello there."
Dark Star takes a picture
Iron looks to the nun. "Say, you do not mind if we set this nest up on one of the healthy trees, right?" He picks up the nest.
Continues restaurant search.
A dragon approaches Wind Bard. At least, that is what it looks like. Much bigger than a pony, larger that a griffin, with a scaly hide, alligator-like belly, and long muzzle a pinkish colored creature walks up to him, and addresses him at the end of the pier, after waking up there from the left on the wharf >>87508
The Wood Spoon is the first option
[1d20+7 = 8]>>87506
She bows towards the creature, like she does to literally everything.>"I'm investigating the stream. It seems as though something has been polluting it. I don't know if your familiar with the concept of riparian territory, but I think it would be in the interests all the local creatures to see that it is amended."
Of course, Wild Empathy doesn't give anywhere near that amount of clarity in communication, so I'll just roll to see if it's influenced.
He looks at her. "Are you certain? It could be a bird that may harm the crops. Do you mind taking a look to see if you can recognize it?"
"what the buck?" Dark Star whispers
>>87511>Rolled a 1 on a diplomacy check>”You overgrown lizard! You tryin’ to take my territory with your fancy ‘ripparian’ concept of property rights. Well I’ll show you my concept of property rights!”>>87513
“It looks like a sparrow”>>87514
Well, the rest of the part did
freak out over the well being of parasitic bees, so I guess he isn’t alone>>87517
They talk briefly, and go into the building, slightly out of line of sight
I point to the Wood Spoon.
"What about that one? Does that look good?"
is there a captains quarters?
Silver shrugs. "I have not heard anything about it, good or bad. Let us see what they have."
"So it is fine if let him hatch, right?" He starts walking towards one of the healthy trees, thinking on climbing it to put the nest on a branch. That's how nests work, right?
Sister Ash seems disappointed.
She tries to change the subject>"Has the water in this stream been tasting funny lately?"
Of the ship? Yes>>87521>>87519
And they go in, greater by an orange unicorn mare
“Why hello, what can I get for you?”>>87522
“Uh, I think so. I’m not really a bird expert. They can eat crops, but they can also eat the insects that eat crops”>>87523
You better score high on your next diplomacy roll
Alright, now roll for intitiave
[1d20+5 = 23]>>87525
Iron nods. He then starts the climbing process to find a branch to perch the nest on. Rolling climb of course.
"Hello. We are new to area, so we were hoping for menu, or recommendation as to what is good to eat here.
[1d20 = 18][1d20+3 = 17]>>87528
The one with the modifier is Caleb.
He expertly climbs up the tree>>87530
You really should
>>87533>>87532Hah, now I don't have to since Ash has good rolls and the bear thing will have less 'cause probability says so.
Iron then places the nest on one of the higher branches at its base.
[1d20+2 = 19]>>87531
“Soup? Salad? What would you like?”>>87532>”All you damned ponies commin’ onto my property tryin’ to take it. Well I ain’t gonna let you take it!”>>87534
He finds a little spot where it should be balanced
Iron places it there, see if it actually works.Also, jinxed it. Feeling guilty again.
Silver finds this not very helpful. "Uh...do you have...oatmeal, at this hour?"
[1d20+13 = 30]>>87535
I'm rolling knowledge (nature), to identify what kind of creature this thing is.
This is a free action.
[1d20+4 = 14]>>87536
In the captains quarters? Yes>>87537
And... seems to>>87538
“Yes, we do”>>87532
The order of initiative is:
The mascot of Camulet, Colorado high school
Iron now climbs down the tree and starts walking to the last tree again. "Sorry for the delay. We should finish the job now."
"Then I will take oatmeal.">>87524
Silver looks over to Spark to see what he wants.
[1d4+2 = 4]>>87539
I think he hits, striking Ash with his claw>>87541
One more blow
is anyone watching? and is the window unlocked?
[1d20+6 = 15]>>87543
Right. Rolling the same buck.
"I suppose I will take what he is having. I have trouble deciding when I go to a new restaurant."
She briefly gives him a look of “Are you crazy?” But writes it down >>87544
It’s a down time as the ship is in maintainance. It seems to be unlocked>>87547
She writes it down
Silver doesn't understand this look, but he doesn't say anything that would make him seem rude. I suppose he also sits down at a table, if he isn't already.
Well, that knowledge check was high enough for me to know that he can't go into Rage unless he takes damage.
Sister Ash winces in pain and responds by casting Scarecrow, a chilling aura radiating out from her.
The fat weasel needs to make 13 DC will save, or be Shaken for 5 rounds.
[1d20+2 = 15]>>87549>tfw the reference is lost>>87551
Kind of awkward, but he falls on the floor>>87549
And thus, he sits>>87550
Tree is kill
[1d20+7 = 16]>>87552
Spot to find anything important
Iron nods. "Well, that should be all of them. Now what do I need to do now?"
[1d20 = 15]>>87552
Stupid weasel, making saves...
Caleb takes a moves action to get between Sister Ash and the animal.
Then he snarls.>"Back off."
>>87552Yeah, I have no clue what reference that is.>>87547
Silver motions for Spark to join him. "Do you mind if I ask you about yourself? I do not know much about you, and with you being both my friend and my employer, I feel it is good that I get to know you."
"Well, I fear that I won't be able to give you anything as sweet as your story was."
I join him at the table.
"But what would you like to know?"
Navigation charts stand out immediately >>87554
“Well, if you could drag them to the burn pile...”>>87555
I think that works
He does back up
Iron nods, but he believes he can do better than just simple virgin dragging. He goes the chad carry on back to the burn pile, wherever that is.
"It does not matter whether it is good or bad, I just wish to hear more about you. I suppose beginning is good place to start, unless you have better idea."
Caleb crouches interposingly between the two, to give Sister Ash some cover, and prepare a readied action to strike if the animal attacks.
Sister Ash nurses her gash and tries to negotiate again.>"We didn't come for a fight. We only came to resolve the issues with the water."
"The beginning is perhaps the most boring. I was born to a moderately wealthy family in Canterlot. They always made up for it though with their connections and friends. If something wasn't to their liking, the could probably ask around and get it changed. Take my education for example. I am not exactly super gifted in intellect or magic, but yet I wound up in the school for gifted unicorns regardless. It didn't take me long there to figure how what they did however."
I chuckle as try to hide my glass under the table, unsure if that would get me kicked out of this establishment or not.
Roll strength check!>>87562
The dragon and Wind Bard leave the small building (only in there a couple minutes, dragon holding something, and wind Bard still carrying the brief case>>87561
Hugh Jackman seems unsure of Ash, but doesn’t want to get past Caleb>”Alright... you can go by”
He chuckles. "You make it sound almost as if they had underground contacts or something of that sort."
[1d20+5 = 22]>>87565
Rolling. Here's hoping spaghetti does not fall off.
Sister Ash seems satisfied, dabbing at her wound with a bit of cloth.>"Very well then. We'll be on our way as soon as we resolve what's been polluting the water."
"I doubt it, but I don't exactly have proof otherwise. More likely though they just were really good friends with the super rich and powerful."
Dark Star Discretely closes the window takes a picture then gets back to the coal
Sister Ash goes over to calm the Sister, after ensuring that he Jackman has gone on his way.
"Maybe. I can not say I ever got to spend time in School for Gifted Unicorns, or that we were wealthy. Give your own story some credit.
"So, what is it you did once you left that school?"
"I wound up here I suppose. I said in school for... quite a bit longer than what is normal due to my grades. By the time I could see the end of the tunnel the orders had gone out to evacuate Canterlot."
The Dragon walks off. A Mustang Royal car stops by>>87571Was she supposed to be following?>>87574
More than a little startled
"Yes... sure. That thing is gone"
Dark Star takes another picture
Not if she didn't want to.
On second thought, maybe she should stay behind...
"Sorry about that.." Sister Ash says.
"You don't have to come if you don't want to."
Haha! Take that, trees! I can carry you all on my back! He feels proud of doing so, walking with confidence of his strength as he places all parts on his pack except the book to the burn pile.
He tries to get the license plate in the picture.
"Hmm. So, you have not had much chance to actually experience world, then."
From the car walks a Unicorn mare, Pink in Color, hair black in part and white in part, wearing an elegant white and gold dress that seems to be an old Canterlot Carousel dress. They don't make 'em like that any more. She carefully comes up to Wind Bard, and starts talking to him>>87579
Hmmm. It is perpendicular to the ship, so that is not possible from this angle, or at least not while the vehicle is stopped. Perhaps when it drives off>>87578
And thus Iron has established the natural order with trees, or at least dying trees, below him.
"Alright, this way to thee burn pile"
Says the sister>>87577
"I think I'd rather walk with you than back alone" she says
"Let's just say, I wouldn't have been ready to if there never was a war. I suppose it is rather sick to say there could have been a positive out of all of this, but it forced me to grow up a bit. Not without its costs though."
"... Very well then..." Sister Ash says with a nod.
She continues following up the stress, searching and sniffing for any signs of what could be polluting the water.
>>87582Nah, I probably would have said it on my own
She leads him to a spot with several dead plants pilled up over black, grey and white ash
Dark Star Snaps a picture
Silver nods, with a hint of sadness. "War has its ways of doing so."
Iron dumps off all plant matter he has on his back, being sure not to throw the book in there burn pile, which is in his mane.
"It does. Though my mind wasn't exactly ready for the sudden change I'm afraid. A life where even the reach of war was softened for the longest time, to one in and around the jungles near where the war first came here. It just was a bit too much for a while."
[1d3 = 1]>>87584
The area next to the stream widens into a meadow>>87586
The mare in pink talks to him, before some time a trio of griffons approach. Two large black colored ones, with green work clothes on. And in the center, a white griffon with elegant white suit and pilot's cap on>>87588
It is so
"Thank you with all of this. Hopefully that should keep the blight from spreading and killing the rest of out fruit trees. Eventually we will want to use that land for other plants, and so will need to dig up the stumps, but I think we can let it rot for the moment"
Iron nods. "Well, your group did let me sleep here so it is the least I could do." He smiles. A pause, then smile turns to chin poking. "How come there is not any other stallions here to help out?"
Dark Star Whispers
"What the buck is going on here?"
[2d20 = 31]>>87591
"Lovely place we have here." Sister Ash says, enjoyingbthe scenery.
May as well roll two perception checks for her and Caleb to see if there's any danger.
Both are +5
"It seems you have adapted since then, and are doing fairly well for yourself." He thinks for a moment. "Where are you currently residing, if I may ask?"
Nothing much, just mud, grass, a trio of rather large puddles, and a couple rusted barrels in the meadow>>87592
"Our mendicant order here is all female. We do have some older colts, but we have them in class at the moment">>87593
Wind Bard pulls up the brief case and opens it in front of them. The mare uses her pink magic to pull something out of it, as the Gryphin in white examines it
"I don't have a place really. Just sleeping where I can. Which reminds me."
I hoof Silver 10 bits.
"Hmm, what is this for?" Silver looks at the Bits, not yet taking them.
"For letting me stay at your place."
Sister Ash moves closer to examine the barrels.
"Right. I asked Marey once about the fuss of sleeping in the same room as Ash. It got kind of awkward." He chuckles. "Hopefully she is feeling well now."
Can i see what it is from here?
He pushes the Bits back towards Spark. "Unless you want to split rent and live as roommates, I do not need Bits from you for merely staying for one night."
She tilts her head a little confused
She delivers oatmeal>>87602
Roll spot. You are rather far away. Well, you are not exactly close>>87600
A bit damaged, used to have blue paint, some rust. Two are visible
He waves it off. "Sorry. I did not mean to bother you. I suppose that is all, right? If so, I would like to ask Marey about the book we found."
"I don't think I would make a good roommate. I don't have income until I can get this damn quarry taken care of.">>87604
I take a bite of oatmeal.
So, they're empty?
Sister Ash examines the puddles, looking for any signs of oil or other pollutants.
"Thank you." He grabs his respective bowl of oatmeal.>>87607
"As long you do not throw wild parties, I do not doubt you would make for at least passable roommate." He takes a bite of his own oatmeal. "I should also mention that I do not have income either until we finished quarry job, so we should talk about getting that finished once changelings are sent home."
He can see. They are gold bricks
Wind Bard closes the briefcase, and the griffin in white takes it. All three shake hands>>87606
"That should be all. Thank you for your help. It would have been rather difficult for us to have knocked down those trees"
Dark Star takes a picture and goes back to shoveling coal
"It is my pleasure to help out a mare in need." He bows. "I will take my leave." He proceeds to look for Marey, hoping she can understand the mumbo-jumbo this book provides.
"I already promised you I would cover, to the best of my ability, your expenses should you run low on bits. But yes, it would be most helpful financially to get that place cleared. I just hope that the others don't want to abandon the project because so far it has proved less than profitable."
"It has admittedly proven to be more difficult than it should have. Though that might be partially of our own making." He thinks back to Sister Ash setting fire to the library's worth of books.
The Mare in dress walks back to her vehicle, where two Earth ponies stand, and help her back in before the vehicle drives off>>87612
Marery seems to have been talking to another sister about some matter
Iron pokes Marey. "Excuse me, are you currently busy?"
"I'm just glad everypony made it out of there. There has to be a way to make our decent a safer one. I just can't think of how. It's times like these I wish I paid more attention in school."
She is a little surpised
"Oh, I have a couple minutes. What do you need?">>87608
A shimmer on one of the puddles. Who said they were empty? They have very large holes in them
>>87618>shimmer on one of the puddles
"....Oil.." she says with utmost disgust
She checks the barrels again, searching for any kind of leak.
Iron nods, then fishes out the book that was recently found. "I found this on an orange tree not far from here. Seems to have some religious stuff in there. I am hoping you can tell me what it is about in detail." He hands over the book to Marey.
"Easiest way would be to simply keep calm, slow, and methodical. If it is not yet cleared of poisonous gas, then we should acquire gas masks for all members of party that go back down." Silver continues to eat his bowl of oatmeal.
dark Star tries to get the license plate in a picture.
Again, they have definite holes
"I'm not as sure that's oil...">>87620
She opens it, flips through a few pages, is sort of startled, and then quickly closes the book>>87623
Roll. I'm not sure what, but roll
[1d20+1 = 2]>>87624
"What could it be?" Sister Ash replies
She examines the substance leaking bout of the barrels
Intelligence check, to see if she recognizes it.
Iron cocks his head. "Is something wrong?"
"Any ideas where to find some?"
It's not even a liquid, just salt>>87630
"This book is meant to contact spirits. Malign spirits">>87626
He just barely gets a shot
The griffins start to walk off, and Wind Bard starts to walk back to the boat
"Strange. You do not seem like ones who would do that. Is there any suspected owners of the book?"
Actually, it's gotten really late, and I'm still really sick, despite insomnia, so I think I'm going to have to cut it here for now.
"Black Hooves have plenty of gas masks in their supplies, but whether they could be convinced to part with them is...questionable, at best. There might be couple military surplus stores or even general stores in city that carry them. I know they were freely available for sale during War, to calm fears of gas attacks."
Dark Star goes back to shoveling coal
"There was that much surplus? I didn't figure that. Well, we should see who is coming back with us before buying them."
A number of ponies who seem to be holding weapons of some sort walk around the wharf area>>87635
She looks down saddened
"We had a filly practicing dark magic It may have been her, or another filly associated with her"
Iron pokes his chin. "Do you think it is a good idea to show her the book to see her reaction?"
"We could try that, yes">>87642
No, but they are looking around and sort of "clearing" the area
Has dark Star filled the ship with coal? if so he walks over.
"Do you think your other business can wait, then? I am not that good at reading ponies' feelings."
Well, it's a large steamer, so it would take hours for a single pony to fill up the bunker. But he can walk over>>87645
"No, I have time for this
"Alright. Lead the way, Marey."
Yea sure Dark Star walks over
They are not
happy to see Dark Star at all
“Who are you, and why are you here?” Asks one, a little angrily
>>87649You're probably right. Iron does not have a good track record on foals.
Iron shakes his head. "On second thought, I will not intervene. I am not good with foals, specially fillies. Be sure to notify Ash of the new book that was found, please."
"woah colts,calm down. i just started. and i saw you all over here looking for something. so i wanted to know if you needed help."
They look serious
“I will ask you again. Who are you, and why are you here?”>>87653I mean, you can do it, it’s just that Ash has a sort of relationship with the fillie in question
“Oh, I will.” Sister marery responds
"If I can weigh in on this. Do not, I repeat, do not punish her just from knowing or admitting that the book is hers. You will only cause the foal to act rebellious and fall to the dark side."
"look i already told you i started today, i'm a dock worker and my name is Big Iron"
"Of course. You would not want there to be sudden shortage of supplies in middle of war, yes?"
I finish up my oatmeal.
"So, how bad of a shape do you think the room will be in when we get back?"
"Oh, it will probably be minefield of jacks and/or marbles." Silver finishes up his own, and stands up. He doesn't seem upset or annoyed at the thought, in fact, he seems quite amused at it.
“That’s an interesting perspective. How do you figure?”>>87657
He looks at Dark Star strangely
“Are you that guy who tried to threaten Milk Sullen after some bird dropped a crate a couple days ago?”
"No, i heard he was a big colt. look at me i'm too small."
"We better head back then before they decide to set off any of those mines."
I pay for our meals, leaving a bit for a tip as always.
“So you’ve heard of him
... Tell me then, why are you called big
"I know excessive punishment will lead to resentment or apathy." Iron pokes his chin. "From what you said, she was punished accordingly when the act of dark magic was actually done. That punishment should be enough to dissuade her from trying again for the time being. If you punish her some more from just owning the book, she will grow bitter or cynical and eventually stop following your rules of conduct. You do want her to be on the path of harmony, right?"
"well, you'd have to be a mare form me to show you."Dark Star
Big Iron laughs
"I suppose Onyx and Star would be willing to continue to help, if they were not previously put off by threat of curses and paralysis. I am not sure if Iron and Ash would be. Perhaps with some convincing. And talking about how to ask questions first before setting fire to things." He chuckles a bit, and goes quiet for a couple seconds before adding on: "I am serious if you wish to have place to stay, though. I can not say it will be most comfortable living arrangement, but rent is most cheap."
He is not amused by the joke
“Right. Now tell me, why are you here, and where did you hear of this ‘Iron’ from?”>>87668
“I suppose, but I am not sure she appreciates how dangerous it is, or that we will not tolerate its use”
"theres a rumor going around baltimare. i heard he hurt some ponies bad."
“I see. I have not heard any such rumors. Anyways, why are you on this pier?”
"this is my part time job."
"Did she confess why she used dark magic to begin with? I am certain she knows the danger but thinks it is worth a try still. If you can satisfy her demands, you will probably succeed in dissuding her from using dark magic ever again."
"Thank you Silver. If you can stand a spoiled rich kid as your roommate, then I will gladly take up your offer. Just don't let me slack off payments."
Silver laughs. "And if you can stand crazy old geezer from Severyana as yours, then I think we will get along just fine. And do not worry, I will not make you slack. You pay when I pay."
“Ash has done most of the talking to her”>>87676
“Right. Either get back to it, or clear off these wharfs”
"You should ask her about it. She is pretty good around foals." Iron thinks fondly about Ash, a small smile forming on his face. "Has she made any progress that you noticed?"
I mainly explained away the lack of spoiled attitude with the backstory, but I think it explains rather well why I can't pass any strength checks.>>87681
"We should really go check on the foals now though."
I head to the door.
“With regards to Abby Willows the filly? She seems a little less angry, although still distraught”
"That is good idea.">>87682
When they arrive back at Silver's room at the Tavern, Silver knocks on the door, and, making sure nopony else but him and Spark are around outside to hear, calls through the door. "Wir sind zurück."
"I see. If you are going to question her about the book, you should be gentle. No need to undo Ash's progress with more punishment."
“Alright, we’ll think about it”>>87686
No pony answers, although he can hear some shuffling inside
"Trust me on this. Ash knows what she is doing. I can see her experience handling foals."
He takes it as a sign that they're still there, and that they're aware of their presence, so he enters the room.Search
: As Silver enters, he keeps a look out for any sudden toys he would step.
[1d20+7 = 24]>>87682
"sorry,to bother you colts i just was seeing if you needed help is all."
Dark Star starts to walk away
"Are you colts sure you don't need some help?"
Of Silver had walked into the entrance of a tunnel used by the Viet Cong, he would not find so many traps littering the floor
"Nun, wer hat das alles hier gelassen?" He looks at the mass of toy traps in front of him, and exactly who could have set them all up.>>87684
He motions to Spark to not enter the room quite yet.
Spark understands, but wonders why Silver doesn't have him clear a path with magic.
Iron decides to go back to physical excercises at the garden until either Ash comes back or a nun informs him of Ash's current position.
If 30 minutes passes without any response, I'll suppose GM has gone to bed.
He looks back one last time
"We are finished here" and walks off>>87694
Silver only gets two pairs of eyes staring back at him
Big Iron goes back to the ship
He sighs, and uses his telekinesis to make a path to the bed. He doesn't look angry to the young 'lings. "Es sieht so aus, als hätten Sie jedes einzelne Spielzeug herausgeholt."
Silver chuckles at the response. "Schade, ich habe schon gelernt, nach solchen Fallen Ausschau zu halten. Du hast mich fast erwischt." He sits down on the bed once a path as been cleared.>>87695
With Silver now safely inside and with a clear path to the bed made, he invites Spark back inside.
I head inside and close the door.
I assume you mean shoveling to the coal bunker, alright, he returns>>87704
Wesley is on the bed
I don't think I can come up with any other activities for Iron at the abbey. I guess the book is the abbey's property now. Iron will probably run some laps around the gardens until Ash comes back.
Silver smiles at Wesley, and gives him a head pat. "Geht es dir gut?"
>>87706yea i assumed it was a furnace
Dark Star shoveles some more coal and then looks around for wind bard
poner doppelganger is pet
"Ja, mir geht es gut">>87709
He walks out from the ship with a casual set of clothes
"Nun, da wir alle hier sind, sollten wir über Möglichkeiten sprechen, Sie und Ihren Bruder nach Hause zu bringen."
"can i ask you a few questions? i'm sure a world traveler such as yourself has some amazing stories."
Silver gives him the stereotypical confused look: raised eyebrow, cocked head, one ear at the side of his head. "Stimmt etwas nicht?"