90f91 No.85095[Last 50 Posts]
Six years after season 6, Occupied Equestria presents an alternative history where Chrysalis chose a different approach to her second attack on Equestria. The Changelings have conquered half of Equestria, while a former Equestrian colony - soured to Princess Twilight's notion of harmony with all creatures thank to their dealing with griffins - Invaded and took the other half. In Baltimare and the Equestrian Southeast, the magic of friendship has weakened, as Communists, Changeling infiltrators, Fascists, gangs, and corrupt creepy politicians threaten the city. This role play is based in large part upon the Equestria at War mod for Hearts of Iron 4, and uses D&d 3.5e mechanics.
The party now takes on the task of breaking, entering, and investigating the house of Social Democrat politician Comte "Cheese" Burgher, who is alleged to have 'purchased' two young foals. They have already distracted the guards around the gated community and explored most of the property. Now, Ash tries out her role as a 'dog whisperer,' Dark Star contemplates the evidence he has already collected, Silver shifts between stealing jewelry from innocent third parties and talking about the joyful smell of wingpit sweat, Iron harasses guards by talking to them about queer theory while Onyx acts as his his homosexual partner, Brie tries to get the guards drinking on the job, and Spark follows around the group in the attic.
I mean, Silver did return the jewelry…
Sister Ash steps back non-threateningly as she inquires this about the dog.
"THIS ONE here started off demanding to be let in. I thought, no real issue, we have a lot of stallions who think they are important and want to be let in, so I just shut it off. Then he tried to claim that he is someone, so I thought that maybe he is a guest of one of the residents who is coming back from a party or bar drunk, so I tried to get his ID. And then… That's when the ketamine, or whever he is on kicked in. He started talking to me about all of this weird sexual shit like stallions who think they are mares or something. And I thought, well, we do get a lot of weird ponies coming through here. But THEN he started hitting on me like a weird pre-vert and tried putting his hoof under the glass trying to touch me. But he broke through the glass. At that point, I thought 'OH HELL NO" and I pulled my gun on him. And I called these other two here while this guy is still hanging around the gate.">>85092>"I am a one dog army!">>85098
In retrospect I should have just said 'it is so,' and then later after Blue Skies reads the police report and finds out that the party - silver included - has robbed a coin collection, cut pictures out of frames, and stolen a mare's jewelry, she would have told Silver something like 'you can never again criticize my government. If you think we Blackhooves are thieves who break in to hearth and home under cover of night, you are nothing better' and basically would have said something like 'clean your room' to Silver anytime he got onto her about the supposed moral superiority of Equestrians
Iron's an intimidating boi, that's for sure.
Well, it happened, so nothing more can be done. Congratulations on being the first person to guilt trip me in a long ass time, especially about something as silly as pinching a mare's jewelry in a game.
|Rolled 9 + 7|
This is about the time I should be able to roll Wild Empathy, to see if I can influence the dog's attitude towards me.>"If I open the door, will you promise to be a good boi?"
A 15 would normally be good enough to make a domestic Animal friendly, unless this boi has a particularly bad disposition…
Brie nods uncomprehendingly. "Sounds like I should probably clear the area then. Am I intruding?"
>>85106>"I am a good boy! I am the guardian of the pool house!">>85108
He stares at the queer pony
|Rolled 18 + 5|
Rolling Sense Motive, to see if my check succeeded (what his attitude towards me has become).
Warmer, but he is still a protective animal, and does not want to stop doing his job as one quite yet
So, indifferent, or friendly?.
This may determine whether or not I open the door?
Probably best to try a little more to warm him up first
Iron waves at the scared guard. "You will confess your true identity sooner than later."
>>85114>"I AM… …."
>>85116>"Then why don't you come out with us for a bit? Being kooped up inside can't be good for you."
Sister Ash commands Caleb to 'stay' beside her as she telekinetically opens the door.
"Fuck off, queer">>85117
The door is locked>"You… you shall not harm the poolhouse!"
>>85118>"Why would I want to harm the pool house? I'm only looking for somepony."
She produces her photograph>"Have you seen this foal?"
Now here is the question I want to ask Ash: which foal?
Iron does not relent "If you keep dodging the question, you will not have a happy life. Are you sure that you are not a mare pretending to be a stallion? Mares are usually more stubborn than stallions, and you are acting quite stubborn."
Fuck, I thought she knew which foal had been bought by this guy.
Correction, she produces all three of her photos, and shows them to the doggo.
>>85123>"I'm looking for a foal that may have been lost
or hiding here. Would you mind if I looked around?"
>>85125>"I'm looking for a foal. A lost foal. A foal that doesn't belong here."
She says genuinely
She leans in>"Are you absolutely sure? There's nowhere here a pony could hide?"
Is there a third building?
No>>85128>"No pony can hide from me!"
Well fuck. I must have missed something. Either me or this dog.
>"Did you happen to notice any strange foal that may have come by lately? A new foal, one that didn't smell like the rest?"
I g2g to dinner.
Off topic, but just read the entry for "What Lies Beneath." Cozy Glow is definitely getting appointed as a Black Hooves governor
So are either of the idiots tied up?
Lol no, they would get punchedif they tried.
Do they all have machine guns?
>>85142Not really. Just creating a suitable replacement if Iron kicks the bucket from bad rolls.>>85143
Nope. Booth guard who you're talking to has a shotty, the second guard uses a baton and the third one may or may not have a concealed pistol.
"So what are you gonna do with them? Have them arrested?". Brie asks his drinking partner
I'll be AFK for a bit. 30 minutes max
“We could, or just see if they get bored and go away on their own. So long as they don’t try to touch me or go past the gate”
"Wait, they're free to go?"
Sister Ash steps inside slowly>"That's odd.. I had thought that the pony I was looking for would be somewhere around here."
- she beams sadly
“They are free to go. What they are not free to do is come any closer. Or stay here”>>85151>”Which pony?”
"Ah, well then.". Then to the idiots. "You hear that? Be good lads and fuck off?"
>>85154>”There have been some of those”>>85153
“Indeed these weirdos ought to fuck off”
"I haven't said shit captain, what did I miss?"
Sister Ash seems interested in this>"Really? Do you remember anything odd about them?"
Sister Ash's ears visibly perk beneath her shawl>"That sounds like the foal I was looking for.."
-she beams>"Did that pony stay in the house?"
"Apparently nothing and no one is holding you here, so if you wanted to not get shot or arrested, maybe think of GTfO."
Iron shrugs. "Well, if he wants to live a life full of misery and regret, I suppose I cannot stop the pony." He motions Onyx to follow.>>85157
"I will tell you later, when we are out of this mare-in-denial's hearing."
*"If she or 'he' wants to
>>85161>”There were several odd ones. They stayed in the pool house. They never left”>>85163
“Yeah, right on out of here, weirdo”
Onyx bolts like a batpony out of Tartarus
Now sister Ash seems very curious>"So, they're still here?"
-she asks, her spirits visibly lifted
Sister Ash's eyes go wide as she realizes she's found what she's looking for.>"May I… See them..?"
He chuckles at the guard's insistence. "Well, I could, but let me check if I am not forgetting something." He walks to any remaining shard of the booth window still in its original position and proceeds to 'comb' his hair while looking at its reflection. Just in case they need more time.
"As for me, my wife is probably going to give me an Eeee-ful after how long I've been gone. Sorry to keep you.". Brie offers, exiting nonchalantly at a casual pace.
“You can go now”>>85171>”You may not. I am the Guardian of the Pool House”>>85173
Only if they are in the pool house>>85174
“Farewell. And good luck in Baltimare!”
After checking his current body, he finally nods. "Yes. I am not forgetting anything. Well, good luck on your whole 'mare-disguising-as-a-stallion' business." He walks out of the scene deliberately slowly, just to add a little salt to the guard's pride. He decides to wait inside one of the nearby buildings, specially if they're social buildings.
"We should leave. i think we have searched all the rooms."
“Yeah, go fuck yourself”
To Iron’s surprise, there are no low-class drinking areas immediately adjacent to high-end residential zones>>85177>”Yes”
Silver nods. "All that is left is poolhouse. And there is dog guarding it. Makes me think there is something hidden there."
Iron furrows his brow. Where could a stallion like him spend his time near this residential zone while the others do their thing?
|Rolled 5 + 9|
Sister Ash prostrates herself in a begging position>"…. Please..?"
Must be a few blocks further south>>85182>”Well…”
"lets go check it out."
Silver nods once again, and makes his way back out the way they came in to head for the poolhouse.
Iron decides to walk some more blocks south to see the building options to stay in. Hopefully he can listen well enough to hear any trouble if something bad happens.
"Need some help getting out the window?"
I get done searching the room and head back to the window to meet up with Silver and Dark Star.
"I…do not think so?"
A terrier barks at them>>85188
Indeed, it seems that there are some establishments of medium repute further south
"Calm down, boy, we are leaving."
Iron decides to go to a random establishment, not really knowing what it is. Hopefully it's a nice place.
|Rolled 2 + 2|
"hey, i found some interesting stuff.">>85192
dark Star uses wild empathy to calm the dog down
"Cool. You should tell me all about it when we escape that dog and this place."
Roll a d20>>85196
Holee fuk. Gimme the two remaining children now.
She pleads, still on the floor>"I won't make a mess."
"Come. Do not try to provoke dog further." Silver turns to leave the way he came in.>>85200INB4: strip club
|Rolled 11 + 7|
"calm Down boy i dont want to hurt you im a good pony."i overlooked the part where it said i add my ranger levels
Once out of obvious range, Brie takes flight for the closest liquor store he can find, purchases a bottle of their most potent (and preferrably cheapest) booze, a box of matches, and returns to the scene, this time from a rather high approach (like, almost hard to see the house, high)
Could you not set things on fire, please? We don't want police panicking over arson.
I’m not even sure how to interpret that. He sure as shit finds drinks >>85202>”….. okay”>>85205>”Okay…”>>85206
Ever seen Donnie Darko?
[Happy dragon noises]
Sister Ash enters the building and furtively looks for the children.
>>85208>drinks>native unfamiliar with drinks
Uh, can I ask for something other than drinks? At most, he'll drink some water just to pass time.>>85209
"yea he is.">>85208
"whos a good boy? whos a good boy? you are!"
"Then we should move to poolhouse as soon as we are able. Unless you believe you need to stay to ensure he stays calm."
You're in for a treat then
The one at the docks obviously
Do I need to roll for this?
Is he going to the house or to the guards?>>85213
Except that the door is still locked
The door to the pool room, or the door to the children?
With Star handling the dog, Silver heads out through the living room window.
What children? The door to enter the pool house is locked
He can see that Ash is over by the pool house, and the dog has stopped barking
The children the the dog just told her about.
Sister Ash uses her telekinesis to unlock the door from the inside, through the glass.
Silver trots over to Ash. "Find anything?"
"I'm not sure yet."
Iron decides to sit at an presumably
empty table, glass of water in tow. He wonders if this place hosts a bunch of changelings to make contact with, although he'd be fucked out of luck if he had to identify that they are, the slippery bunch that they are.
"Well, I would like to assist, if I could. I have found some evidence we could use, if we find anything substantial to bring case against Comte."
High above the house
Sister Ash is magically reaching through a glass door.
"I'm just looking for the children. I want to find them asap."
It is so>>85232
It is so. A waiter approaches>>85229
The door unlocks
Silver assumes she's trying to unlock the door. "Please, be careful of dog."
Sister Ash enters the room and begins furtively searching for where the foal may be hiding.
Silver peaks his head into the unlocked poolhouse to see if the dog guarding it inside reacts negatively.
Dark Star playfully pets the dog.
"i have to go boy."
Calmly, and with an almost nihilistic casualness, Brie opens the bottle of booz, stuffs a napkin into the mouth of the bottle with a trail of cloth/paper sticking out. He swishes the bottle around a bit to allow the napkin to absorb some of the liquid, before pulling out a match, striking it, and lighting the napkin.
Iron notices the incoming waiter. "Good afternoon." He makes a mental note of the waiter's appearance.
Most of what is visible from inside is visible from outside as well. It hosts yet another bar, and couches that have their backs to some of the windows. There is a dog bowl on the floor, and refrigeratir in the back, as well as a closet that appears to hold more wine>>85242
Sister Ash seems confused>"…So.. Where are the foals..?"
Iron nods. "Do you have anything interesting to offer at this hour? I am basically new to these kinds of places."
Silver looks at the dog in the poolhouse as he takes a step inside. "Easy, boy. Easy. I do not mean you harm."
Dark Star grabs spark and climbs out the window after saying good bye to his friend the doggo
“What are you looking for?” She says with a smile. “Food? Drinks?”>>85248
“Grrr”>>85246>”inside here I think”
"Easy, boy." He takes another step forward.>>85246
"Ash…mind helping me here and telling dog I am not threat?"
"I suppose I can go with some food and some water." Iron scratches his chin. "What is there to choose?"
|Rolled 12 + 5|
Rolling a Search check for Sister Ash.
Sister Ash takes a move action to direct Caleb to perform the 'Seek' trick, several minutes to sniff out any creature in the vincinity.
|Rolled 17 + 5|
"In a minute, Sir."
"He's a guard dog, and it wasn't easy yo convince him to let me in."
(FYI, the check to influence an animal takes a whole minute.)
>>85252is feeling seriously tempted to just take a picture of a menu at the bar I’m at>>85253
No obvious passages, but the door is locked to the closet
Sister Ash inspects the door, and taps on it to see how deep the chamber behind it goes.
Room seems small from the echo
|Rolled 10 + 6|
"Three!" Brie silently Eeee's to himself as he lines up the bottle and drops it as accurately as possible toward the house. (attack roll, if needed)
>>85256Ask Silver to break the lock or Star to open it with some other ability he has.>>85255
"Eh, I will take whatever you think I would like. I do not know what to pick anyway.">>85258Arson is Ash's job, not yours.
Fucking high area bombing although to be honest, I would have preferred dive bombing
If there were any option to burn the place down, I would have done it already.
For all we know, there might still be children in there.
While Silver has the dog's attention, Sister Ash tries to melt the lock.
Silver starts to wonder if he's the only pony here who doesn't immediately resort to arson as a solution to a problem.
This isn't arson, this is something else disguised as arson
The bottle hits the top of the roof a little towards the left, breaking open on the roof top. I am presuming this alcohol is something like a 100 proof vodka, meaning that it catches fire where most shaken by the crash, but as it is still as much water as ethanol, not all of it lights. A pretty yellow light is spread across the roof tile going down >>85262
Heated, yes. But nirik fire can’t melt steal beams
>>85270>Can't melt steel
Can she just sear a hole around the lock?>>85269Yeah, but if the house catches fire, the smoke will alert authorities, and idk if I'll be able to find the kids in time before that.
I would have hoped they'd have some 151, pr some 120 proof, but eh.
Brie makes a rapid descent in a trajectory that allows him to "happen to be strolling back by this area of the neighborhood", but at a 'conceivably' rapid pace because he's a concerned citizen and there's a fire. He returns to the guards. "Sorry to bother, but is that building on fire?"
"Is everything okay, Sister Ash?">>85270Who of the party can see the fire?
"Just trying to open this door."
He’s intentionally trying to summon authorities. I think he wants to rob firefighters or something
Maybe if the door is wood then the entire door can burn? It’s not going to melt>>85274
“Oh shit, that does look like fire. Which one is it?”
"Do you need assistance? I am not sure if this dog will let me pass, but I can try to help."
"Sure.." she replies
Silver carefully trots towards where Ash is, hoping the dog will not attack him.
Wait, are people coming now?
From a distance, Brie tries to observe what the guards do
A pair of them set off in the automobile
>>85287Well, here's hoping the dog doesn't try to kill Silver.
Silver takes a look at the closet Ash was trying to open, to see how the door opens and what kind of lock it uses.
>>85285If this goes to shit because of you, I'll be severly dissapointed.Specially since Iron was going for some grub when you decided to act dumb and they will be forced to kill if blows are exchanged unless they severly handicap themselves.Also stop metagaming so explicitly, my guy>>85287
Remember to make Iron pick up distant sirens when the firefighters come.
It opens outwards. The lock is internal to the door, evidently with a key
Hit the door already.
The individual in the booth. Essentially, the guys who had been in the automobile much earlier got back in it, while the guy at the gate remains
A plan starts to formulate in his head.>>85281
"Ash, do you mind trying to get dog away from here, or make it so he can not hear what I am about to do?"
"Just stick it in quickly and jam it open." She says
He looks confused at her. "…Stick what in where, exactly?"
|Rolled 3 + 11|
Stealth approach the booth guard
Okay, we need to find this foal NOW. Before the authorities get here.
"Stick the sword into the doorframe, and pry it open." She says, a little frustrated
… maybe more bonuses cuz dark?
I sure hope Brie knows what the fuck he's doing.
As the guy is inside a booth with walls on two sides…
“Hello again. We sent the other two to see the address so we know where to send the firefighters”
I don't think he does, but my mission just got a few hours loppoed off of its time limit…
|Rolled 2 + 2|
He sighs. "Right…"Strength
: Silver unsheathes his greatsword, and sticks it into the doorframe, trying to use it like a prybar.
Dark Star and spark make their way over to the pool houseand is the house brie set on fire the same one we just came out of?
Well, fuck you too.
|Rolled 19 + 1|
"Let me try."
Sister Ash makes a check using her telekinesis.
Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. There's vomit on my sweater already. Mom's spaghetti.>>85312
Mare power at it again.
Well, fuck you again, dice.
The thing bounces>>85310
Yes. Yes it is.>>85312
Welp, the breaks the lock the fuck out
Silver stares in silent confusion and awe. "…Well, it turns out you did not need my help in first place." He sheathes his sword again.
Sister Ash sticks her head into the chamber with her lightrock and peers inside.
>>85310The one you just came out of>>85307
If the guard goes for the phone, would he be able to see Brie approach?
I'll suppose the afternoon meal is cancelled for now, seeing that Brie is currently doing some stupid shit. Here's hoping the waitress was a changeling to bond with
"Son OF A DIAMOND DOG."
Dark Star goes back over to the window and calls the pupper over to the window
"Boy The house is on fire come with me."
Is there a fire extinguisher?
Wait, has anyone seen the fire yet?
Silver hears Star's shout from the poolhouse. "…Did you hear that, Ash?"
We have to do something about that smoke before anypony sees it.
"No." She replies,her head stuck in the closet
Silver heads for one of the poolhouse windows to see what the commotion is about.
More wine bottles. Some cans of food>>85318
The phone is within reach of the guard, and presumably he is looking out through the door of the booth waiting for the other two to return with the address>>85320>”FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!”
I dont have any spells for this. or any way to put it out. i should really fucking invest in a fire extinguisher if you firebugsbats
are going to keep burning shit.
"Calm Down boy, come here you'll be ok."
Dark Star reaches his hooves inside to grab the doggo
>>85329>Nothing in the closet
Are there any other possible signs of where a child could be hidden? Any unusual smells?
Also can she see the fire?>>85331
Don't forget the pet tarantula. He's in there too.
"I'm gonna go and see if there's anyone that needs help."
He stashes the bottle (the one he and the guard were drinking from) as near as he can to the booth without being obvious, and then runs toward the house.
Fire departments arrive in minutes, and we still haven't found our foal.
Alright, it is so>>85332
She is looking the opposite direction of the fire, and also I have it on the opposite side of the house. She could look more closely, but it appears to be a sort of pantry>>85339
May I ask whether he only runs (versus flying up 30 feet over houses) and whether he tries to enter from the ground level or the window on the roof?
Flies, since you're giving me a chance to amend, and ground level.
Gosh darn it…!
Sister Ash ramsacks for a bit more before she looks for anywhere else the foal could be.
By now, what places haven't been searched?
He can fly over a set of houses, and thus arrive before
the car drives by the house. On the way over he thinks he sees ponies by the pool house in the back, but no obvious lights on. The front door to the house is locked>>85344
Well, she hasn't done a search roll on the pantry
|Rolled 6 + 5|
|Rolled 9 + 5|
Rolling Search for both her and Caleb
He decides to see what the ponies by the pool-house are about
|Rolled 10 - 1|
: Silver tries to help Ash search.
It looks like there are no lights on over there. There seems to be at least three of them inside of there, with two dogs that are not barking>>85346>>85348
It looks as if there is a very large movable cover on the floor of the pantry, covering almost the entire floor. Would you believe that it is locked?
|Rolled 17 + 1|
Rolling to pry it open like before
"Think you can work your lock-breaking magic again, Ash?"
The prying is able to cause the part of the cover that attaches to the lock to break off. Moving it aside reveals a stair case going down, away from the house. Wooden steps
Sister Ash proceeds down the stairs with the light orb levitated ahead of her.
Brie picks a dark corner nearby to keep an eye on the scene.
"Nice work, Sister Ash!" Silver follows, keeping his horn lit to provide additional light.
In the front yard, the car approaches, and slows down for a short moment>>85357
Doggy is grabbed>>85356>>85354
What they see when they enter is a room with green painted walls probably at least 20 feet by 20 feet. There is a matress on the ground, and several chairs. A couch. A film projector and a screen.. An open door to what appears to be a small bathroom. A small pile of papers over by a chair in the corner. A closed door at the other side of the room
Silver looks at the scene more closely, not very enthused about any of it. "Well, this explains how he made film…" He goes for the door, trying to open it.
|Rolled 12 + 1|
Not seeing any children, Sister Ash makes a b-line towards the closed door.
Then she tries it open, because i'm pretty sure it's locked.
Sister Ash looks a bit agitated.
"Let's just find what we're looking for and leave."
The door - would you be surprised - is locked. Forgot to mention a refrigerator in the room>>85361
Smart cookie. Close, but not quite
|Rolled 16 + 1|
She doesn't give up.
>>85363Might as well try, you know.>>85362
"With what else we have found? I already have very bad feeling about what took place down here."
Sister Ash hurls the door aside and looks into the room.
Dark Star ushers himself and Spark Towards the pool house
Is ushered. Apparently.
Pls try to put out this fire before the cops arrive…
Only got fire magic. Sorry.
i dont know what you want me to do dude, i dont have anything to put it out with.
I can put it out with Create Water, but my character isn't there.>Nervousness intensifies
The room smells… unpleasant
Another room, smaller. Unlike every single other room they have been in, this room has a light on in it. To the left periphery is a bed, and past that is a lamp that is on. On the far end is a bed. On that one bed, is not one, but two foals. Both have thick collars with thick leather chains around them, attached to the wall where their is a sturdy metal base.
One is a light green unicorn. Colt, younger, blank flank. Blue eyes cast a very deep sense of despair and sadness, looking towards the door, as his ears droop and he lay on the bed, head close to it. The second foal is a white earth pony colt, also young and a blank flank. He sits up close to the wall, back against it. He does not make eye contact with those entering the room, although he is clearly aware of them. His drooped ears and cowering appearance suggests a sense of intense dread. In the center of the room, on the far side, is a veil that hangs between the left half where the foals are, and the right half of the room. It must serve to keep what exists on each side from having constant line of sight with what is on the other
On the right side of the room, on the side opposite the entrance, are two cages, each not very large. Inside of each are creatures that probably neither Ash nor Dark Star (or even Spark, if he be present) have ever seen in this form alive. Two small undisguised Changelings. At least that must be what they are. They are black with coats more chitinous than furry, big blue eyes with no whites or very distinct pupils, severed tubular ears, translucent green barrels, dragonfly-like wings with green sheaths, and giant holes in their legs. Both of them are drones. They are too small to be adults. They must be in some formative stage of development - that race's equivalence of pre-adolescence. Both are also fitted with leather collars, though these attach to their cages.
One of them hisses at the creatures in the doorway, and its hiss is the one and only sign of a resisting will in the room, as is bares its fangs at the intruders and lowers its tube-like ears. Even it does not come as close as its leash or cage will allow. The other is quiet, and stays at the back of its cage. It too seems to convey a sort of fear in the way it cowers towards the back of its cage
Dark Star quickly takes pictures of the scene
"Hush, we are here to free you young ones."
>>85374Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this is all too much to handle quietly before the freaking cops show up!
Sister Ash is taken aback, but remains steadfast. The approaches the nearest foal and removes his collar.
"Are you alright..?" She asks in a soft voice, despite the fact that he obviously isn't
"Can you walk?" She asks>>85375
When did he get here?
Quite picturesque, indeed
No creature responds, although the changeling on the far right hisses at the flash photography
If Dark Star is there, then so would Spark.>>85374>>85377
I go help ash and calm down the foals.
He was heading to the pool house>>85378
Dark Star turns around so where he is standing in the stair well and takes a picture of the house
he turns back around to the foals and walks over to the white earth pony "im gonna get you outta here, the bad pony wont hurt you anymore."
No pony responds, all remain cowing in fear save the one changeling. The green unicorn seems to stare far past Ash and Dark Star
"…Oh, sweet Celestia…" Silver looks between the foals and the drones. A desire to see Comte burn in Tartarus slowly rises to the surface.>>85377
Seeing Ash take care of the foals, Silver slowly attempts to approach the drones. He hasn't had many good encounters with changelings, but this…no one, pony or changeling, should have to be in a position like this. His voice assumes a natural paternal tone, trying to sound calming to the drones. "Young ones…are you okay? Are you hurt?"
Holy shit. Can anypony do something to stop the Safety Squads from showing up?Wtf are we supposed to do in this time? Reeeeeee.
I'm probably going to need a long time to get these foals ready for transportation, and a bit to plan how to sneak them all out.>>85381
Sister Ash proceeds to remove all of their collars.
The Earthpony lets out a whimper, and his right ear twitches, but he does not respond>>85382
The right Changeling charges his cage and hisses
You probably got like 4 minutes or so probably maybe>>85383
Now how is she going to do that? They are clearly made to not be easily removed by telekinesis
She pulls out her divination blade and attempts to cut through the leather, carefully.
He instead turns to the changeling on the left, the one cowering. He takes a closer look at the drone.
That doesn't sound like it's enough.
How far away are we from the orphanage?
This one has signs of multiple physical injuries. They don't bruise per se, but the way its body is colored suggests at least beatings, possibly electrocution>>85388
15 minutes probably
|Rolled 1 + 7|
Dark Star pets him non threatnigly
Diplomacy to get him to trust me
"its okay i promise im with the good guys we are here to save you all. we arent going to hurt you."
Loud damned whimpering from that foal and the other one. The white earth pony collapses down in fear
"О богини…" Silver turns to both changelings, looking sympathetically at them. His voice continues in its paternal tone. "I promise, to both of you, we will find pony who did this. And he will
pay. Now, let us see if we can not get you freed."
Silver takes a look at how the cages open, and if there's something in the room that will let him open them.
"W-What are you okay?? stay with me."
I'm going to have to sleep soon. This time limit is stressing me out though.
Simple locks on each cage
Now, the drone responds and talks to Silver, with an unnatural voice, and nothing less than a deep despair. He is monotone, and stares past the other Changeling
"Das schlechte Pferd hielt uns fest. Es gibt keine Liebe von diesem Pferd. Einfach nur Lust."
He talks aloud to the other:
"Es gibt keinen Grund, Bruder. Unten bleiben.">>85394
He responds finally
"I don't want to go to the bed" he cries
Sister Ash removes his collar.
"We're leaving. Can you run?" She asks softly
Of the earth pony or the green unicorn?
"Well this is taking far longer than I had expected,…" Brie Eeeee's to himself.
|Rolled 9 + 7|
"shhh, shhh its ok. i promise you no one will hurt you. my names dark star. and im here to help you, and the rest of your friends down here. what's your name my friend?"
Dark Star undoes the collar on the white earth pony
|Rolled 11 + 2|
He can not understand the changelings words. But he understands what they mean. "Do not worry, young ones. He is not here right now. I am."Strength
: Silver grabs his railroadmare's hammer, and tries to break the locks on the cages.
How many foals are there here?
@ and the chanlings
If they're blankflsnks, I can probably pick them up.The Changelings can go fuck themselves. My priorities have shifted now that It on a 4 minute timer.
ill carry the earth pony out
Brie goes into the pool-house and follows the 'trail' downstairs to the cell rooms.
"You might consider hurrying." He says entering the room.
No, you need to gather evidence of these atrocities before the cops show up.
Sister Ash will take these two and try to get back to the orphanage without being seen.>>85408
"Brie! good to see you. what are you doing here?">>85409
The green unicorn cowers, but is submissive enough to obey orders. The white earth pony remains cowering on the bed, and non-responsive>>85401
"I am… White Orchid" responds the colt, still very afraid>>85402
The simple lock breaks, allowing the door to open slightly. The other drone is scared by this, and backs down. He stops hissing. The drone in the cage Silver opened, however, won't shut up
"Wir hungern. Das Pferd würde uns dazu bringen, Bilder anzusehen und uns in viele verschiedene junge Pferde zu verwandeln. Seine Freunde würden ihre Sachen in uns stecken und uns berühren. Sie hatten keine Liebe zum Essen, und wenn wir versuchten zu füttern, würden sie uns einen Stromschlag geben"
Sister Ash pets him softly with a telekinetic tendril.
"It's going to be alright…" She whispers
"But we have to hurry."
"okay well, the nice nun is gonna get you to safety alright? everything is going to be ok now. your nightmare is over. you have to be a tough colt can you do that for me?"
|Rolled 3 + 11|
Brie stares at both of them like they're missing something. And without responding gets to work picking any/all of the other locks.
Sister Ash stares back for a moment
"… Who.. are you..?"
"… okay…" he says, very submissively>>85412
He does not respond, only complies.>>85414
Only one more lock. The lock on the cage of the changeling that was hissing
|Rolled 9 + 11|
That one then
The door opens right up
Silver doesn't seem to hear him, or doesn't care much about it.>>85411
Silver understands this much, as well. "They did not let you feed. You are hungry…" He thinks for a moment. "Here, if you still can feed…"
He brings a memory to mind. A loving memory, of him and Storm and their foals together. Storm and Silver, sitting together on the front porch of their cabin out near Manehattan, watching as their foals play out in the front yard. He remembers the joy from watching his offspring try to tag each other, the worry when one of them faceplants into the dirt, the relief when they get back up, smiling and laughing. But most of all, the love from just being there, and being able to enjoy being with his loving family in such a beautiful yet simple moment like that.
He is unsure how much love the changelings can get from this small memory, but he hopes it's enough to get them going.
"… he helped us at the docks. we met him at the tavern remember? it doesnt matter. get them out of here NOW."
Sister Ash picks them both up and places them on her back.
Then she turns to leave.
"I'll let the two of you take care if this for now.," She says, as she leaves through the threshold
"silver do you know what i- he is saying?">>85421
Brie says to the hissy changeling. "Guten tag. Wir gehen aus."
The small and deformed bee pony rises to its hole-filled feet, and seems actually happy
"Kann ich mich von dir ernähren? Danke vielmals!"
There is still the leather restraint tying it down, but it moves forward as close as it can get to Silver, at the very end of its leash. It then opens its mouth, exposing its small fangs and thin tounge, and bites, as if it found something in the air. A green and purple energy is even visible flowing from the air to the small drone
Roll a fortitude save>>85423
It seems a bit confused. Note that it is still restrained by a leather bind>>85421
Small foals, but strength check anyways
|Rolled 15 + 1|
Rolling with telekinesis.
As in needing to be cut, or undone? I thought for certain that was Germane he spoke
Dark Star walks over to the cages and thinks bout how much he loves blueyea hes giving some of it to the most malnourished one.
As it draws away magic from the Silver, he feels different
at first, it is a lack of happiness. A lack of joy. The memory loses its color, going from color to black and white. He feels his body become suddenly cold, almost violently cold. The same as he felt after raising his wet fur into the winter air after jumping into the pool. It is as if the very will to live is slowly being drained from him, and he is slowly feeling the despair that the foals on the other side of the veil feel right now. But Silver is not there yet, as his magic is strong and he holds steady. The little vampire wants more>>85428
Yes, cut or undoneAll of the foals are non-responsive at first>>85429
The one on the left is sucking from Silver. the one on the right, near Brie, could use some love
he walks over to that one
Wait, are there any more foals in the room?
If not, she leaves the way she came, and gets ready to to flee the scene as fast as she can.
Brie begins undoing them in sequence, starting with the pissy one.
"Can you talk to them?"
"Apparently not. I thought I caught a few of the words they were speaking, but it might be a different dialect of Scandaneighvian. Oh well, they'll figure it out."
The Drone stays in the back of his cage for a moment. Unlike his companion, he is not talkative, and says nothing to Dark Star. But Brie has undone both the lock and his restraint. He bolts out of his cage, and lunges at the air itself in front of Dark Star - bypassing the physically closer Brie in the process. It pulls a green and purple energy from Dark Star, and towards its open mouth.
Roll a fortitude save
"Buck, i was gonna get you to ask it about a blonde haied changling."
He pushes onwards, a singular goal of making sure these changelings get out of here in his mind. He opens the cage and levitates a small, simple survival knife out of his bags. He uses it to cut the restraints off of the changeling. His voice still retains the paternal tone he used. "…this feeling…it is draining…" He looks at the changeling, bringing another memory to mind, for its sake. Him and Storm, out in a field. He looks deep into her yellow eyes. She offers to show him a trick. And suddenly, she takes off, soaring through the air. He sees her zoom across the sky, doing twists and twirls in the air for him, a trail of lightning following her. Suddenly, she makes a sudden turn in midair, right next to the air. A bolt of lightning appears to blow up a nearby cloud, creating possibly the most beautiful rainbow he has ever seen.
He is unsure how much more he can go on, or how much damage this will do to him, but he will push on, if it means he can get these two out of here.
*right next to a cloud.
Why'd you guys take them out of the cage ffs? You could have just taken the cages with you.
Sister Ash leaves the building, and then promptly leaves the community.
She proceeds towards the orphanage in a hurry.
It's nightfall by now, right?
Spark stares at this scene, more than a little disturbed.
When it first sinks into him, Dark Star feels cold. Perhaps the last time he felt significantly cold was waking up, naked and no cover on, alone in Blue Skies' bed in the Grand Baltimare Hotel. They must have neglected to keep the heat on. But this is not the same as simply awaking in a cold room. This is true cold, with almost a fear behind it. His euphoric warmth for Blue Skies… starts to drain and to fade. Even the image in his mind seems to fade. Not so much fade as drain of all color. All happiness starts to fade, all joy. Then a feeling of the very will for life itself slowly fading away. He starts feeling tired
Dark Star collapses to the floor. The drone automatically stops extracting>>85440
The vampire's eyes glow. It looks as if Silver has brought joy to this insect as it draws away his memories, his magic - his life essence.
Roll one more fortitude save>>85433
Did you cut the restraint on the one eating Silver?
Oh dear. Now how is she going to leave the community? Remember, it is
The drone - the one that was hissing earlier - is still hungry after causing Dark Star to collapse to the floor
How did she get in in the first place? (I was asleep)
I thought she'd leave the way she came.
I glare at the changeling.
"You stay put."
I then drag Dark Star away from it and guard the door so they don't blast out and become the next quest.
"this..is what empathy gets you…. i told her emotions were a weak…ness"
Dark Star pulls out his revolver and aims it at his temple
I quick yank the gun away from Dark Star.
|Rolled 1 + 3|
Brie sighs and grapples the loose changeling.
A hole in the fencing some hundreds of feet away from the gate>>85448
The pegasi still twists and twirls across the skies of Silver's mind… but it's getting harder to focus. Harder to concentrate. The images in his mind bleed color, then become like static, then he can scarcely think at all. There is this sort of feeling of a lack of purpose. A lack of hope. Like Storm is forever lost. But Silver remains standing, he remains awake, and though he definitely has less
energy, he's defintely felt worse
Silver's little incubus friend, for his part, voluntarily stops. It would not be fair to say that he is 'sated.' The hunger is still visible in his eyes. But what is
fair to say, is that the desperation is gone, He is no longer like a child fallen through a frozen lake, trapped under ice and desperate for air. He looks… grateful
But he has one more request, looking over to the other changeling that has just knocked Brie on the ground
"Könnten Sie meinen Bruder füttern?">>85454
he falls to the ground, prone>>85450
He is weak. He is not suicidal yet. That would require even more>>85449>Block the open doorway
Very good answer
She goes for the hole, Caleb beside her.
|Rolled 12 + 3|
Eeeeeeeing internally, Brie gets up and tries again as fast as possible.
"You will see her soon. Just hold on my friend."
|Rolled 8 - 1|
He can see her, the color blinking in and out. The image in his mind gives him that smile>>85459
The white Earth pony foal -White Orchid - either falls off, or jumps off
"there she is…everything is so du….ll."
She stops and catches him with her telekinesis.
"Are you alright?"
"Let me go!">>85461
Brie captures the insect, who tries to flap his wings and buzz away, but fails>>85464
He feels weak. Is he ready to try to feed the drone again?
"Focus on her. She loves you. She needs you. You need to go to her."
|Rolled 7 + 5|
Sister Ash seems confused
"..Do you… Want to go back..?"
He doesn't respond. for a moment. Then he tears up
"I want to go back to mom"
dark Star is reaching his hooves out forward
Silver focuses on the joy in the changeling's eyes. Even with himself feeling hopeless, even with the joy having been sucked from his life, he managed to help this changeling when they were in need. It's a calling he has strived for his entire life, helping those in need, and it fills him with a renewed sense of joy, of purpose, in his heart. Even when all around him goes dark, when he himself is joyless, he can still give joy to others, still give light to those who do not have it.
He looks at the changeling as best as he can. It's clear he's having difficulty focusing, but there's resolve in his eyes, now, that wasn't there before. "…You…you want me to feed him…I…I will try…">>85461>>85466
Silver turns to Brie and the changeling he's grappling with. His legs are shaking, but he stays strong. "…Let…him go."
He attempts to pick up the bug.
|Rolled 16 + 5|
"What's your mother's name? I could take you there." She asks, still moving towards the exit
"Yes, yes, we'll get to that." He then proceeds to exit the underground post haste.
Bug is still picked up. that doesn't stop him from Vampirizing off of Dark Star and Silver>>85470>>85471
Roll fortitude saves>>85475I think he's taking the changeling with him, but I am still going to let it parasitize the ponies>>85473
"…. Rose Glass"
Darn bat ponies phasing through ponies in their way.
|Rolled 8 + 5|
"Very well. I'll do what I can to find a her."
She offers her hoof
"Can you trust me for now?" She asks, pleadingly
Didn't mean to roll
Oh yeah, Shimmer is at the exit>>85477
The image goes from black and white to static. He can feel the great church of Saint Petershoof destroyed. He can feel Storm Warning killed before his very eyes. He can feel the thousand year empire of Hamrony destroyed. These are not thoughts called to mind nor images nor memories… They are feelings. It were as if every other feeling he had. Every other positive thought and memory has been pulled away. Vacuumed, if you will, leaving behind only the unpleasant, the evil, and the despairing. He now feels weak, and collapses.
"Es tut mir so leid" says his little incubus friend. As he falls down, he can tell that both
changelings had been feeding on him at that moment, the changeling he sought to help and the changeling he thought had taken enough
"I don't suppose I could squeek by?" somewhere in the background there's a drum tap.
I'm about to pass out soon, willingly or not.
Is Sister Ash able to make it back to the orphanage?
"You are about to carry a changeling outside, where it can fly away and do Celestia knows what. No, not until we secure them. Help me get the others up."
I think he made the direction it went based on the outcome of your roll.
Eventually, yes. Just keep the foals tight>>85488Honestly, I may have to rewrite the scene if Dark Star never offers to feed the second changeling
"Luna no, I'm going to go get caught with it."
"I'd wager the authorities are going to be far more worried about a changeling or two, and he emphasizes aggressively since we're all just bystanders responding for calls for help because of the fire, we should have an easy time explaining why we're here.
"Then for certain you are not leaving with it. The public unrest alone will be enormous, not to mention blowing any cover we might have in this town.">>85493
Actually it is an excuse and you should know it. I have done my fair share of complaining to the GM about how he has handled my character. At the end of the day, it is his story being played out. You have to adapt to it as we go. It may be fucking irritating as all hell, but it makes the whole story a bit more interesting.>>85494
"You aren't going to risk the city with on of those things. Get the others up and then we will talk."
"Ist ein Wechselbalg
!" interjects Silver's incubus friend>>85493Alright, first off, when you wrote that thing about silver still feeling warm and fuzzy for helping the changeling - those emotions are blood in the water for hungry sharks. I though that both Dark Star and Silver would be feeding the second changeling, which was actually more than was necessary, so I decided to say 'you cut your palm in front of the hungry vampire and the logical happened,' so the first one was feeding too. I had intended to write that the first one looked apologetic, and if you translate the German, he is saying something like "I am so very sorry"
Attempting to overrun SS
Changeling? What Changeling? Brie is holing a Blue unicorn foal.
|Rolled 6 - 1|
Brie, unicorn foal in hoof, manages to knock over Spark and escape the room
What are you talking about? This is the most sympathetic I have seen the changelings outside of bad fanfics and the skittlebugs. So the bug couldn't fight off the temptation to get more food? I don't see the major problem here.
The sorcerer is knocked over by the extremely foolish bat. I grumble at this and swear under my breath how he will wind up getting somepony killed because of this.>>85501
"Damn it, Silver! Can you hear me? Can you move?"
I get up and go over to silver and drag him away from the changeling.
Ok man. But if you think about it, that's life. You don't automatically get rewards for good deeds. You can get rewarded later on, but you can't expect all the things you do that are good to rake in profits with the snap of your fingers. But take a little break if you need to.
I will take this opportunity to remind that Brie >7 Wis
1. Fuck you
2. Go fuck yourself
3. Did you watch the show? In the episode where they try to redeem changelings and show them as not really an Always Chaotic Evil race, one of them does exactly what just fucking happened here
. Thorax is nice to Spike, and is just fine around ponies in his disguise as he is brought along as Spike's friend… and then he passes by the love emanating from Flurry Heart. He couldn't control himself
, he lost over to instinct, and even let down his disguise, causing himself to get caught. And the first thing he does after that is hiss and behave like a monster. All of this after he had been so nice to spike, and because he lost control over his instinct to look for love. Actually, when we first meet Thorax, the first thing he does is hiss at spike. This drone has not done even that. The other drone hissed at Silver, this one cowered in the corner because he's been fucking traumatized by being used as a sex toy, being electrocuted, and being starved for a month or however long. This changeling, thus far, has been nicer to Silver than Thorax was
. The fucking pony show did exactly what you are bitching about, and they still went the "Changelings are actually super good" route, even changing their biology
4. Have you ever stopped to consider that maybe, just maybe, the reason that everypony and their mother says that Changelings can't be trusted is because they fucking can't
. Maybe, just maybe, the millennia of wisdom that teaches that changelings cannot be trusted has a basis in reality
. Not every bit of dislike of Changelings needs to be nothing but "Hate, Fear, and Xenophobia." Changelings are not 'Muslims in America' or 'Black People in America" or whatever oppressed minorities. People who do not trust them actually have some reason to do so. Maybe, just maybe, not all good deeds are rewarded
. Maybe that old adage of the farmer and the viper wasn't just a racist xenophobic homophobic transphobic sexist white male being oppressive. Maybe good payed unto evil is wasted.
5. For the fourth fucking time, the only reason I wrote that scene like that is because we didn't need two ponies for only one drone. If I had known Dark Star would die after that, I wouldn't have written it that way
Cooled down a bit, had something to eat, realized I was being unreasonable. Apologies, everyone. Just been in a generally pissy mood today and it rubbed me the wrong the way, and I acted like an ass because of it.
It's ok Silver's player. We all have our moments like that. You may want to apologize to the GM especially. He has been having it tough with all of our complaints.
Sorry for giving you shit, GM. I should have taken a step back and thought more on it, but I didn't and acted like a fool because of it. I know it's hard putting up with us, and it's mostly thankless work, but I am genuinely grateful you do so.
No, it worked, it's just me making a mess of things, as per usual. It was a great scene, I'm just sorry I ruined it for you by being a stupid boi.
It will, provided we can GTFO from the scene before the authorities Brie called on us arrive.What is it with our missions and fire?
We should be well know enough to call ourselves the Firefront Gang now.
The good news: the three foals have been removed from the basement
The bad news: time is damned low, and all three characters in the basement have been knocked down on the ground, two of them with negative levels
>>85516Nah. We're the Firefighters.>>85517
If they can get away, I imagine they could try to go to a religious institution to remove the levels, or see a hospital since I imagine they've had to deal with these sorts of cases before, so I'm not too worried about the negative levels in and of themselves. It's just a question of if
they can get away.
Before I head to bed (as I assume you have already done so), I'm gonna ask a question for you when you get back to the thread tomorrow: where exactly could changeling-inflicted negative levels be cured at?
Anyways, off to bed with me.
If negative levels are something akin to succubi kiss. The negative level damage will dissappear after a good night's sleep. I don't think there is another way to do so.Fuck, Iron wishes he were there.
>>85520>tfw can't sleep
As far as I've read? They require a spell like Restoration to be dispelled. If it doesn't get cured within 24 hours, we have to make a Fortitude save to avoid losing a level. Could be the GM has made special rules for negative levels inflicted by changelings, in which case it's whatever he says, but if it's just from the SRD, then we need to find a pony who can cast the spell.
Taken from http://dungeons.wikia.com/wiki/SRD:Energy_Drain,_Negative_Levels,_and_Level_Loss
"Negative levels remain until 24 hours have passed or until they are removed with a spell, such as restoration. If a negative level is not removed before 24 hours have passed, the affected creature must attempt a fortitude save… On a success, the negative level goes away with no harm to the creature. On a failure, the negative level goes away, but the creature's level is also reduced by one."
In other words, you can just wait it out and roll a fortitude save to dispel negative levels but there's a chance that it will drain one level from you. So, you better use restoration on Silver, since he seems to have terrible rolls as of late. Iron should have smaller problems with it. Here's hoping that endurance can help with energy drain.
>>85500>unicorn foal in hoof
Motherfucker. Did I miss one?!
Funny thing, apparently the changelings are smart enough to realize that we're getting them out of there and are putting on a disguise that prevents further scrutiny.I'm rather starting to like them.
*Gasp* GM was replaced with changeling!
Just don't let it get away.
It'll be hard to find again if you lose it.
Small update. I'll be unavailable for a long time, maybe 5 to 6 hours, maybe 9 maximum. If you had something planned for Iron, let it wait until I come back.>>85531
[spiiler]Listen to Ash. I want to snuggle the bug.
TBH, I hadn't expected it to adopt a disguise, that makes GTFO alot easier. But no, I'm not going to let it get away.>>85532
Where's Chris Hanson when you need him?
What did you intend to do with it?
That depends on what happens if/when we can develop an effective method of communication. A pair of changelings might make for some right and proper burglars.
So.. you're going to keep them..?
There are alot of options on the table right now. I really hadn't planned on determining what to do with them until everyone was clear of the property and hopefully back at a/the base.>>85539
That will also be an option. I'm not taking anything off the table at this point.We could always ask the other one
I'm really looking forward to somewhat peaceful changeling interactions and how will Iron react to it all.Besides the whole succubus thing
I guess the war has to end somehow.
Alright, I'm trying to understand where, precisely, the characters are.
Iron obviously is at a bar or restaurant. Onyx is MIA. I had Ash have a foal try to escape right before she went through the broken fence, although she caught it and I believe she went through. Dark Star and Silver have both collapsed to the ground inside the basement room. Spark has been knocked on the floor at the entrance door of the same.
Now Brie… Yes, I know he left out of the basement of the pool house carrying a unicorn foal as his prize, but where precisely is he? And how is he doing it?
Just the person I was looking for. I am unavailable for quite a long time. Refer to >>85532
At the time we adjourned, Brie would be exiting the poolhouse and assessing the situation topside.>>85541Succubi aren't a problem for sociopathic bats
Tbh, the end of the war seems oddly far-fetcged, from what I understand from this setting.. the world is really big and complicated. Waging Peace was really the character goal I had in mind though.
I still wanna progress things to get to the point where we can free the Show's cast though. For that though, I need levels.
Waging peace a/the-only way of ending the war, but it depends on where Chrissy's head is at,… though freeing 2 kids from 'what was going on down there' is a good start
Eh, I'm starting to wish that Knowledge Geography/History we're a class skill for me.. First I need to figure out how exactly this world works, as well as it's politics/history. It seems to be like five times bigger than the show's world.
Ending a single war is one thing, but future wars can't be prevented unless the countries themselves are remade. Every race needs it's own territory.
I personally have no bones about war or no war, I'm just saying that IF an end to the war is possible, doing the changelings a solid is a good start.
Also, from what I've heard, there's not just one Changeling hive, but dozens of them.
I hadn't heard that. That begs all sorts of questions, such as do they all have regional queens/governesses? Are all the leaders female? Are their differences of opinion among the/any leaders, and/or are some of them more reasonable and open to parlay, or are they all pissy like Chrissy?
The little colt in Brie's grasp struggles against him
Roll opposed Grapple
"Eeeeeeeee!" he responds
|Rolled 12 - 1|
And the foal
The foal falls to the ground, and starts running. With a flash of green light, he changes into a terrier dog
What other objective could the story have other than to free the show's cast and restore Equestria to what it was?
It'd feel weird to just do whatever when all the ponies in the show are imprisoned or dying.>>85553
Idk. I don't even know what creature Subtype they count as yet (Monstrous Humanoids, Vermin, Fey?), so I can't roll any knowledge checks. If it's not a class skill for me, I have to assume my chart has only common knowledge: checks with a DC of 10. If they were Monstrous Humanoids, Vermin, Magical Beasts, or Fey, I could learn more about them as I gained ranks in knowedge (nature). If they're Abberations, then they'd apply under Dungeoneering, but only Rangers, Wizards and Bards have that skill.
"Oh you little… EEEEEEE!" Full chase
*my character has only common knowledge
Good to know nothing went on while I was passed out.
So, GM, about >>85519>>85552>>85553The easiest way to think of the Changeling Lands/Changeling Hegemony is to think of the German Empire. It's a single country made up of numerous formerly-independent counties and states. There are many different hives, but they all swear fealty to a single Queen/King. In-game, the only way to stop the Changelings from trying to declare war again is to beat them in a war, and either puppet them or annex them. As New Mareland is fascist like Chrysalis, they'll likely try annexing them if they win. If Equestria is released from New Mareland's occupation as a Harmonist, Communist, or Non-Aligned country, then they'll try puppeting the Hives under the ideology of their choice. In the event of a Harmonist Equestria puppeting the Changeling Lands, Thorax becomes King of the Free Changeling Hives.
The Changeling is heading to an area behind the house that has greenery and a small stream - a sort of common area used to separate lots. Brie is faster than the foal, so he may roll opposed grapple>>85558
If I said "fey" I am sure that would have all sorts of ramifications that are not desirable for gameplay. So think of them as humanoids, maybe like drow elves or something. But realistically speaking, they are a mix of Vampires, Succubi, Irish Changelings fairies, and the Soviet Union in the immediate aftermath of WW2. Closer to soviets in terms of difficulty to find and kill>>85563
I only spoil things when I am pissed off and there is no other way
, or when something is completely over. Figuring out how to do with Changeling vampirism is all a part of the fun
|Rolled 5 - 1|
Brie has caught the dog. He shall eat well tonight
Since the changeling doesn't seem to speak Ponish, Brie gives him a quick pep talk in Bat.
"Eeeee! E eeee eee'ee eeeeeeee eeeeeee eee eee eee eeee EE eeee eee eee eeee E ee, eee eeee eeee eeee! E'e eee eeeee ee eeee eee, ee EEEEE eee eeeee ee EEEEE eeeee ee'ee ee e eeee eeeeeee eeee!"Listen! I know you're probably freaked out and you have NO idea who the fuck I am, but calm your tits! I'm not going to hurt you, so PLEASE sit tight at LEAST until we're in a less obvious area!
>>85563>the only way to stop the Changelings from trying to declare war again is to beat them in a war
That makes no sense. Changlings are made to infiltrate and interconnect with other groups of creatures. To say that they'd stop being agressive just because you tried to crush them doesn't make sense when you think if how it worked in the show.>Puppeting
That's not friendship….
Also, wtf is New Mareland, and wtf are they in power? I sense subtle notes of Fascism, only without all if the traditionalist factors that make fascism worth supporting.>>85564
Humanoid is split into several different groups. Are they a group of their own?
What do they fall under as Favored Enemy targets?
Now that he has the 'dog' back in hand, are there any adjacent buildings that aren't part of the house in question?
The changeling recoils a little, and seems to submit. He speaks for the first time
"Töte mich nicht… Ich werde mich benehmen">>85570>wtf are they
They are a settler colony of Equestria. If Equestria is Great Britain or America, New Mareland is Australia
They are in their homeland, where their version of the same religion is a little different. T hink of how Protestant christian Americans used to be mistrustful of Catholics for the specific reason that they thought Catholics may be more loyal to the Pope than to their own country. You might have noticed that unlike the Communists, they are not Atheist and they are not Anti-clerical, nor do they actively try to destroy religion. They are also not the sorts of people to write about "The Psychology of Sex" and what have you>>85570
Changelings are their own creature. You can specify "Changelings" as a favored enemy>>85572
Yes and no. This property only has the Pool house and the House. They are adjacent properties with their own buildings
>>85573>their version of the same religion
How exactly does religion work in this game?
How many religions are there, and how many are legitimate?
Moreso, how does it differ from Equestria?
When you find something that doesn't quite make sense in regards to what we saw in the show, remember that all of this comes from a game mod, so there's going to be some difference to compensate that.
New Mareland is essentially a combination between Australia and America. At the start of the game, New Mareland starts as a Harmonist Dominion underneath the indirect control of Equestria, in the middle of a Great Depression and with numerous Griffon minorities, AND surrounded by the griffon nations of Aquilia to its north, the griffon nation of Talouse to its northeast, the griffon nation of Wingbardy to its southeast, and the Sun Sea to its west and south. There are a few different paths New Mareland can take to try to fix the state the country starts out in, and in this particular instance, New Mareland took the path of independence and electing the Fascist Duke Haygle as their leader, with the goal of defending their nation against the expanding and increasingly aggressive griffon nations at their borders, at all costs.
Well, should I approach this with the values of the show, or the game saga?
I'm familiar with the show. I'd have to read about the game if I want to understand the thematics behind conflict resolution and peace.
"Probably too risky to try commandeering a neighbor's building," he Eeeee's to himself, "… probably best to keep moving."
Tightening his grip on the 'dog', Brie takes flight, setting a course for his hideout (since he doesn't know where the meeting point or wherever is).
If only there were NPCs whom Ash could ask that were experts on theology, religion, and global politics>>85579
Be advised that three more are inside of the Poolhouse. There are
some bushes and trees with cover by the stream, which seems to be where the terrier was running for
I have other priorities right now.
Sister Ash is also supposed to be an apolitical figure. She wouldn't ask things like that unless she had a specific reason.
Does she make it back to the orphanage?
Well, unless another foal tries to escape, I wouldn't imagine her having any difficulties
What time is it by now?
Noted. I'm hoping that between the 3 of them they can come up with a reasonable solution for carting out a friendlyier
changeling. If this guy hadn't tried to run off, Brie might have tried going back to assist them depending on where the authorities are at, but he's thinking that will be improbable.
Go with a mix of both, I would say. Try for peace, but prepare for war. That, and just ask those in-game who would have more knowledge than Ash.It would be helpful for Ash at this point, I would imagine, if she knew of the existence of underground Harmonist enclaves in Baltimare, but I get the feeling there aren't any.>>85581
From what I understand, Ash is trying to get a better understanding of the cultures, customs, and religious practices of Equestria. I would figure learning about the history of the region, both distant and recent, as well as the political situation in the region would be ways to succeed in this endeavor, even if she remains apolitical and refuses to take a side.
Alright, be advised that the damned town home is a little to the East, and so a number of minutes by flight
High-altitude approach then, avoiding contact with anypony, if possible.
I'm wondering if it's fair to have brie Advance so far when none of the other characters have responded after falling to the ground
I'd prefer to resolve issues as the characters of the show would, but that's just my preference.
Even in a war game, there's gotta be a way to attain world peace by the end of it so everpony can live happily ever after.Sister Ash isn't aligned with any particular religious association. Druids are technically all part of the same sect, and the concept of that is that the Will Of The World supercedes artificial political boundaries and alignments.
She's only staying at this abbey because she considers it to be a good place for her to do volunteer work. If it weren't for the children, she'd just go innawoods, and never come out unless the Earth spoke to her again.
I'm just waiting for Dark Star and Spark to get back so all three of us can continue.Did the other changeling stick around with us three, or did he flee into the night?
By that, I mean time in game.
The 'nice' changeling still has its collar on, and is with the 3 downstairs
When she leaves, probably 8 or 9 PMish. When she arrives, that plus like 20 minutes>>85590>there's gotta be a way to attain world peace by the end of it so everpony can live happily ever after.
You understand that that is damned difficult even in the pony show right?>>85591
said. He never had his chain removed. He retreated to the back of his cage in a cowering position, similar to the way he was when they came in
I thought Silver cut his restraints off.
Can you point to the post? I know
he opened the cage
Ok, I'm back now.>>85595
I thought it was just the one the bat knocked me over for.
Possibly, but I don't recall. GM?
I don't know. Maybe he did in one of the long posts before feeding the thing
In FiM, Equestria is a pretty peaceful place overall. There's not very much threat of large-scale violence, mostly just cookey individuals.
Anyway. That's just me daydreaming. I just thought that "beating the game" entails stopping wars, and eliminating the imminent threat of foreseeable future wars.
Unless I misread something that makes the "cutting off the restraints" part null and void…>>85597
Well, I guess we just gotta wait for Dark Star, now.
I went and re-read the entire thing, and Silver did break the lock on the cage, as well as Brie unlocking the other cage and cutting the leash on the other one, but this changeling never had his leash cut
So he lays there at the far end of his cage, ears down
Is there anypony left in the room?
Also, what happens once Sister Ash gets back?
She knocks on the door of the orphanage.
Silver lets out a long, low groan. When he speaks, he sounds rather emotionless, and is so quiet Spark can only barely hear him. "…help me up…"
I assume I don't need a listen check for that.
"Why are you feeding the changelings before we get them out of here?"
I help him up.
"Are you able to stand on your own?"
His voice continues its monotonous, emotionless tone. "They were not going to be able to escape without it." His legs seem weak, barely able to hold up his own weight plus the weight of his equipment, but he manages to stand.>>85603
He reaches into his bags once more for his survival knife, this time using his mouth to hold it, and approaches the remaining changeling, knife in mouth.
"You going to be ok? You can lean against me if you need to."
The insect in Brie’s arms addresses him, as surely as it does Silver, and a green and purple stream flows from Dark Star and Silver into its mouth. And he can feel the image of blue in his mind going cold, flickering, then a mild headache, and she grows more distant. Joy leaves, as does all pleasure. At the end of all of it, he feels weak and tired - but not much weaker nor more than he was when the second session began. Silver, for his part, falls to the ground. Then the Changeling turns into a dark blue foal, as Brie knocks over Spark>>85610
The Changeling’s ears droop, and it rushes to the back of the cage, now cornered. It knows what is coming
“Es tut mir leid, Es tut mir leid Ich werde es nicht nochmal tun!”
If silver wishes to cut the restraint, rather than slit its throat, Silver could go around the cage to the back where it is tied, so he doesn’t have to move his leg past the saber-like fangs of a scared and cornered animal
Does anypony respond to Sister Ash at the door of the orphanage?
Although pulling it out of the cage before
holding the knife could work as well
Does anypony respond to Sister Ash at the door of the orphanage?
Yes. A sister opens the door, starts to say "Hello there Ash, and when she sees the foals, her mouth drops open and she is left speechless, at least long enough for Ash to make another action
Does anypony respond to Sister Ash at the door of the orphanage?
He mumbles around the knife in his teeth. "I 'ill be fine. 'e 'ill 'eal 'ith it 'fter 'is.""I will be fine. We will deal with it after this.">>85614
Silver trots around to the back of the cage, and cuts the leash with his knife, though the effects of excessive changeling feeding mean he can't put much effort or emotion into the action. He puts the knife back in his bags. "You are freed."
Sister Ash enters the house with the two ponies under her arms.
"I'll explain later. Shut the door." She says, as she enters the building.
I proceed to see if Dark Star can be helped up.
The changeling looks at Silver through the bars, but has not yet moved from its position>>85621
"You brought home more… I thought I'd never see them again"
Her face is grim.
"..These two.. have been through quite a bit…" She mutters darkly
He looks right at the changeling back. From this position, he can more clearly see the negative effects the feeding have had on Silver. "Go, if it pleases you. I would not stay here if I were you. As matter of fact, we will not be staying for much longer."
The two colts do not speak. The sister contemplates the meaning of Ash's statement>>85625
It looks at him, then out of the cage, and then slowly walks out of the cage
Brie shakes his head from deja vu and makes his way out of the poolhouse, tightening his grip on the changeling omenously
I interrupt him.
"Umm… we need to take him with us. We can't let them run around out there. I only hope the bat has not unleashed that other on the city. Somepony… or changeling… will be a causality if that happens."
>>85613gommununist, that spoiler sounded red to me.>>85614
Dark Star stands there with a blank look on his face.
Silver gives him another emotionless look. "He is likely to seek out his hive and his brother, if he leaves. I do not know what we can do, but if you think that is for best, then fine."
The Changeling, for his part, walks around Silver, staying relatively close to Silver, and trying to lose line of sight to Spark, and if possible, Star>>85627
"Well, they ended up here on their own. We will figure out the best course of action when we get to safety.">>85631
"Come on Dark Star. I'll get the changeling and you need to help me and Silver get out of here. Blue Skies is waiting for you.">>85632
"Or… Silver, if you have the strength, the changeling seems to trust you more. Think you can help him out of here?"
Sister Ash seems stressed and tired.
"..Ummm.. Let's get these two something warm to drink.." she says, with a bit of a stutter
"And blankets.. two blankets.." she says, asshe walks deeper into the building
Caleb similarly let's himself in, stopping to nod at the Sister as he passes her
Dark Star says with no emotion in his voice
"emotions are a weakness i was right. i told her."
"I will try. Get Dark Star up and to hospital. He needs to see doctor for cure for this effect feeding had on him. I will join you once this changeling is secured.">>85632
"Come, young one. I will try to see you out." Silver turns for the exit to this horrible place.
Fluffy quilts or soft but simple blankets? The orphanage has a variety, from simple cotton fabric with some fluff to it, to quilts showing the pony tribes of the old Equestria
"Alright. I'll heat them up some milk" assuming ponies drink milk, and if not… whatever kids like>>85633
You should probably link to Silver to say that, rather than to me
"Snap out of it. I need you right now and she needs you more. Help us get back.">>85636
"You are coming with us. You were hit by them too."
"I will seek medical attention as soon as I am able, which will be once I see changeling is made safe.">>85638
He still seems emotionless, but either way, his statement would accurately reflect the truth. "No, young one, I am not mad. Right now my biggest concern is ensuring you are safe."
>>85637Give them hot cocoa.
Sister Ash takes whichever blankets look the most comfortable.
The foals of the orphanage have already gone to bed by now, right?
"back? Theres no going back.. she will know. im going to the city hall, a certain bad horse is going to pay now."
"Just don't let it go. Find the bat and get them back together and tell him to hold onto them until we can make sure they are safe to leave. it is very important that you don't let them go on their own."
I help both drained ponies get out of the basement.>>85642
"Not until you are better. We are going to the hospital. Once you are there, I will get the others so we can take him out together."
"ask it about a blond haired changling that appeared in a dream i had."
The changeling drone comes closer to Silver. he is noticeably shorter than Silver. A green light, almost like a fire, goes from one end of the drone's body to the other. As it recedes, the Changeling assumes the appearance of a sad, droopy eared yellow lab>>85641
They have been taken upstairs. The sister returns with hot chocolate
"You don't have a choice in the matter. You are going to the hospital and I will personally see to it that Blue Skies helps you recover if I have to."
I drag him along.
Sister Ash whispers to the other Sister a quick rundown bon the situation, leaving out most details, but expressing the morbid gravity of the situation.
"… -And after that I ran here as quickly as I could.."
"I do not know where bat is. I will take him to my room at Tavern, he can stay there until I am made better. Then we can find this bat and reunite them.">>85644
Silver is most definitely not in a state of mind to ask a question like that right now.>>85646
"Come, then. I will see you safely." Silver leaves this terrible place, heading topside with the changeling dog (hopefully) in tow.
If he leaves now
, he can catch the bat while he is still looking at the fire and assessing the situation>>85649
Her eyes grow wide
"What horrible ponies there are in this world! It is a very good thing you saved them"
"Star! It is in times like these when your hope is gone that you choose what to do. Will you fight me or will you heed my advice and stand a chance to fight the true enemy?">>85650
"Good plan. I will head to your room once Dark Star is secure in the hospital to keep him from leaving out of fear of being alone again."
|Rolled 10 + 3|
"… Yes.. yes it is.."
She turns to the two colts.
Rolling Sense Motive to determine how they're feeling rn.
Joyed, but shocked. So very shocked
"Spark let me go i dont want to hurt you. he has to pay now."
Silver does so.>>85627
Silver catches up to Brie as he exits the poolhouse, looking visibly weakened and emotionless, but still standing. "You, bat. Let changeling go. I will get them to safety."
Sister Ash slowly approaches the colt who tried to get away earlier, and she speaks softly
"Your mother.. do you know where she lives?"
"You can't carry two, especially not with a spirited one like this, and I can fly. Where do I meet you guys at?" He says taking flight.
"He pays when you have the back up needed to guarantee he doesn't escape the law this time. One pony isn't enough to take down such a public figure. Plus, when you start feeling again, you can enjoy him going down."
Silver nods. "I have room at Eastside Tavern. Ask Glass for Silver's room, tell him he sent you. Take him there, I will be there shortly.">>85651
Silver takes a look at the changeling dog with him to make sure he's still following.
"the law? hes going to wish the law had him."
What has the actual terrier been doing?
Little White Orchid's head droops
"Eeee," and without another word, Brie takes flight as fast as possible, attempting a discrete route to the Tavern Isn't that the one he worked at?
It walked away, but has been spotted on the opposite side of the pool>>85664
"Come on Star. I can't let anything happen to you. Please go with me. We need you."
Sister Ash realizes that she doesn't know where that is
"… Is that near here?" She asks the sister
Distant sirens can be heard
>>85665>All this story progression Iron has to catch up with
Great. I hope the food is good. I can try to reach the same timeline now, if you want to.
"Oh, that's just South">>85669
Indeed it is. And you may, should you try
"Come, then, unless you want me to carry you." Silver heads for the way he came in, through the hole he made in the fence. He pays very little attention to the fact that Comte's house is on fire.>>85668
Silver pays little attention to them as well, as he's just trying to make his way back out of the area.Gotta leave here in a few minutes. I'll try to stay for as long as I can, but once I leave, I'll likely be gone for two hours or so again.
"your master rapes foals boys."
He says to the terrier and the griffin shepard
Its not really all that
much to explain
Anything in particular to signal Iron the deed is done? I'll suppose the sirens could be something to panic enough to rush to the scene or the abbey, if I can justify it.
*dragging along Dark Star intensifies*
I help Dark Star to the hole in the fence and guide him to the hospital.
I don't… think
A fire truck is the first to come by, going along while they are still walking along the road
However long it takes to fly from the scene to the tavern
Sister Ash nods.
Then she turns to the colt
"We're going to try to get you to your mother as soon as possible." She says reassuringly
"blue's gonna know. what happend when i act strange around her."
the dogs dont say anything to me about what i just said to them?
Silver tries as much as he can to look his part: a very tired pony with his dog.
He speaks to the dog as he continues towards the hole in the fence. "It is not much farther, then we can head for safety, reunite you with your brother."
The only dogs that talk don't speak ponish, and both left before Dark Star came out
"Yeah, but it will be ok. Nopony expected changelings. We will work it out with her when the time comes. For now, just focus on not being caught by the cops."
Okay, definitely have to leave now. Should be back in a couple hours, if my ride doesn't suddenly crash because of bad weather and worse roads.
Yikes. Be careful anon. We will see you soon.
"Wo ist mein Bruder?"
Says the lab
"Wo bringst du mich hin?">>85685
In flight, Brie addresses the 'dog'. "Kinder. Tu vehrstehen mich?"
"i dont think it will.">>85685
The dog has been restless thus far, moving about in Brie's hooves. Finally, it speaks "Ja…"
"I bet she gives you a kiss once she sees you."
I nudge him slightly.
Who else is present at the scene right now?
Onyx looks around, attempting to gain some kind of bearings
I was about to say "no one"
Then Onyx joined>>85693
Onyx can see Spark, Silver, and Dark Star going through a hole in the fence and coming out onto the street. Spark and Star are talking, while Silver is walking ahead with a yellow lab
Welp, let's continue the dinner scene then.
Iron said he'd order anything the waitress recommends for food and some water.
Is he at the orphanage?
"you realize i dont feel anything right?"
Before they leave Dark Star calls the terrier
"What better way to get to feeling again than with your marefriend?">>85693
I wave to Onyx.
"thats not how it works."
Dude, he only lost one fortitude save. Not like three of them. It would take more soul-sucking for Dark Star to lose all emotions for a very long and sustained period of time>>85696
It is so
"Great." he Eeee's to himself.
"Mein deutsch ist sehr schrect. Wir spreche,… uhm,… soon."
Iron eats it with gusto, not using the utensils provided on the table. He checks the time of day through a possible window.
"We will see. Something tell me you will be singing a different tune when you see her."
Who's awake in the abbey right now?
Like 8ish or 9ish>>85705
Should be most of the sisters. Probably many of the older foals as well, although they are in bed quarters>>85702
"Wo bringst du mich hin?"
The insect asks. And then, he says the following, in a firm tone, almost as if he were in a position to negotiate terms or make demands:
"Ich werde deinen schwanz nicht saugen, wenn du mich nicht liebst"
What was the time at the start of the heist?
7:15, maybe? Something like that
"Shit!" he Eeeeee's to himself
"Uhm, Ich verstehen nicht, halt ein minute"
Ooh.. How old?
Also, did any of the Sisters have anything to say after Sister Ash gave them the explanation?
The equivalent of preteens and teenagers. Probably alos even Abby should that be of interest
I thought only one spoke to Ash about that?>>85710
The bug isn't going anywhere. Or if he is, he's not revealing his plans to Brie
Iron thinks he waited enough for the others to do their thing. It should have been a quick in and out to grab incriminating evidence. He pays what is due, plus 30 extra bits for the unicorn mare. "Thank you. It was a good meal you recommended." He stands up and starts his trek back to the Eastside Tavern to see if everybody else is already there
… we'll be there soon. You'll be safe and unharmed. Tu wehrstehen?"
The insect reads the tone of his voice, and understands that Brie is not trying to be assertive back. At least he isn't forcefully refusing
"Ja…" he says, uncertainly.
He says to brie,
"Wenn ich bei dir bleibe, kann ich nicht versprechen, nicht zu beißen"
Onyx shakes his head and falls in line
She would be speaking this whole time while the foals are calming down.
It is so>>85716
Dark Star is going through some kind of emotional breakdown or something, and Spark is trying to talk him out of pulling a Jack Ruby>>85717
"Du wirst mich nicht zur Polizei bringen? Die Polizei wird mich töten."
Iron enters the tavern, eager to see the results of the operation.
Onyx joins spark
"Can I help?"
"Nein. Ich bin polizei nicht. Ich bin dei fleidermaus."
"Yes. We need to get Dark Star to the hospital. We ran into little changelings. I'll explain on the way."
|Rolled 12 + 4|
Strength to pick up Dark
"Mein namae ist Brie. Brie Achtzig-Sechs" (actual name)
Sister Ash gives the Sisters a quick rundown as the colts drink their hot cocoa.
"Come on big guy, we're getting your ass to a hospital"
They are utterly alarmed to say the least. Does she give them the name of the politician?>>85725>>85722
He is silent for a moment. Then he responds
"Ich bin ein Wechselbalg. Ich heiße Kerr">>85728>>85727>>85723
Alright, where are you all going so I can set the scene?
Well, roads were indeed icy, but I lived.>>85687
"Bat is taking him where I am taking you. To my home." He thinks a bit on what to say. A little emotion is coming back to him, but he still can't feel quite like he did before letting the changelings feed. "I understand if you are worried, but I tell you I will not hurt you. It is only place I know that would be safe for you two, and away from police. There you can rest, gather your strength. In morning, once we are rested, we will help you get to your family safely." Him and the lab reach the hole in the fence Silver made earlier.
"Hallo Kerr." is all he can think to offer.Internal dialogue
"A fat lot of good you lot did me!" he Eeeees.
"You got his name didn't you, and at least he's not trying to escape."
"That was messed up."
"Are any of you going to explain exactly what you're doing inside my head and how you got there?!"
he Eeee's internally.
>>85729Finally at the computer.
Iron does not see any of the people he's agreed to work with here. Iron shakes his head. Great. Well, he should equip his armor and shield while he's at it, maybe they'll come after he puts on his armor pieces. Should take a long time by himself, so feel free to recall Iron when 10 to 12 minutes have passed.
If they asked for it, she would tell them.
Otherwise, she'd keep details to a minimum.
Is Silver going with the others to the hospital?>>85730
Does Dark Star agree?>>85732
He asks almost apprehensively
Wenn ich beiße, wirst du mich verletzen?"
But he immediately adds as essential explanation
"Ich würde dich nicht bald beißen. Ich habe die Seelen von Earth Pony und Unicorn gegessen. du warst gut">>85733
Alright, although really he should probably take that long anyways>>85734
Whelp, they are horrified to say the least
He is being carried by Onyx who did agree, so he is coming. And he was walking with me before hand, so I assume.
>>85736After he makes sure the changeling with him is safe in his room at the tavern, yeah.
Silver squeezes through the opening just as he did last time, and waits for the changeling to follow. "What is your name, young one?"
Horrified as in disgusted that this could happen, or horrified as in afraid?
"Uhhhh, ja das Unicorn und Pony gegessen ist gut. Du brauche?"
"Ich verstehe nicht">>85739
"Nicht jetzt nein. Aber ich kann nicht versprechen, nicht zu beißen">>85741
"Uhhh…" He thinks back to when he saw Changeling records and reports during the Great War, and what little of the language he managed to pick up from them. After a few seconds of trying to remember, he speaks in a difficult to understand accent, and butchers the language in the process, but he manages to speak it all the same. "…Dein Name. Was ist es?"
>>85742"Well, anything?" he Eeeee's impatiently.
"He talks funny."
"Its unlike any language I'm familiar, don't ask me."
"Baka! He say he no hungry now!"
"… there's more?" he Eeee's apprehensively.
"You have no idea."
"Das ist gut. Wir spreche en das kopfkevarten," he says, hoping that came out right.
As sister Ash finishes explaining, she stops to breath
"It was absolutely sickening.. I grabbed these two and left as soon as I could.. I'd like to find this one's mother as soon as possible; she must be worried sick."
He looks up with cute Labrador eyes
"Oh… Ja. Ich heiße… 'Wesley.'">>85745
One of the more incensed sisters replies "I would imagine! What evil!"
Another calmer one says
"Ash… that Colt's mother is dead. That's why she's at the orphanage and not living with her mother"
He looks a little confused for a moment, but then answers "Sehr gut."
I take it you wish to arrive nowish to soon?
Silver puts a hoof to his own chest. "Ich heiße 'Silver'." He continues to struggle with the language, making it very clear this isn't a language he can actually speak. "Komm durch Loch, wir müssen zu mir nach Hause gehen."Can I just say that it's interesting looking at which members of the party tried to help the changelings?
Well I'm about at my limit for german, and hopefully getting the two of them back together will aid a bit in translation and morale,….
Sister Ash's eyes grow wide and then darken at the sound of the second Sisters words
(I got mixed up. I though Compt bought one and kidnapped the other)
"… O-Oh…." She says somberly
"Sher gut… Du bist nett"
He obeys and followsI was most surprised by Dark Star. that and I didn't think you all would be okay with earning negative levels>>85750
"She died six months ago of fever. She is buried in the Westwood Green Cemetary. I know, because she was a practitioner at the local church"No, two purchased. I was contemplating having at least one more non-pony to indicate exploitation of immigrants
Wait, so how many ponies are missing still missing then. I thought there were only three left, including the one haybuger bought.Fuck. Now I regret telling this colt I'd take him to see his mom…
"Vielen Dank. Du bist auch nett." Silver leads the way to the tavern.I absolutely did not expect Dark Star to be willing to help. He definitely got good boi points from Silver for that. I wouldn't say we're okay with earning negative levels, but it's not as if they're impossible to remove, and 24 hours is still a fairly generous amount of time to have them removed.I'm more surprised at how Ash did absolutely nothing for the changelings, not even acknowledging they existed.
I decided that Dark Star and Silver were enough to handle them. That, and I was too tired to give a fuck at the time, and it leaked into my gameplay. I made her take what she cane for, because I didn't want to handle the authorities.
12 taken. 6 at the Warehouse, 1 escaped, 2 sold to comte, 2 given to made mares to act as apprentices, 1 adopted by a couple in Manehattan>>85754Male changelings try to avoid sucking cock if they have an alternative>>85757
As Silver walks, the Labrador is a bit surprised by this statement, and initially unsure how to respond. He finally says "Es ist gut zu sehen, dass nicht alle Ponys böse sind"I honestly thought that Dark Star would shoot them, or at least, say 'leave them there.'The player controlling ash takes a laser focus interpretation to motivation. "I am here for this, and I do not care at all for anything besides this very specific purpose"
Silver's sense of laugher seems to have returned somewhat, as he chuckles at the changeling's statements. "Es ist lustig. Das sagen einige Ponys über das Wechseln."
So, 3 foals remaining to be found?>Adopted
Adoptions don't cost as much as a (medieval) house. I'm very suspicious about the couple that took that foal; in fact, i'm even more suspicious of them than I was of Comte.
Sister Ash rubs her temple.
"By the earth.. it's been such a long day…"
It was probably a gay couple. Sounds like the most reasonable explanation to me.>>85760
Like I said, Dark Star got some good boi points from that. I can see where having laser focus to missions would be useful, but when I see something I can do, I tend to try to do it.
But what of the 2 changelings? WTF did they
come from? It was like Tom Cruise's house in there.
Landing eventually finally at the Tavern, Brie sets Kerr down.
"Vorsicht," he says looking around cautiously. "Wir ist nicht aus das wald." and starts inside, waving for him to follow.
Idk. I didn't have the time or energy to think about it.
Noted, that's where he's headed anyway.
For the ninety-second fucking time, the amount in question is NOT as much as a house. It's about the same amount of money as in 2019 America would buy a new car. That's how much foals cost. A new car, or slightly more
"Well I would imagine. These poor foals. It will take them a very long time to get over it">>85765I wouldn't judge Dark Star for killing dangerous monsters.>>85763
A cool breeze blows through the winter night, a bit unpleasant on Silver's still-wet fur
"Du bist das erste Pony, das mich füttert. Die anderen werden mich schlagen, wenn sie mich erwischen. Ich versuche zu nibbeln, damit sie es nicht merken, aber sie begannen, uns mit einem elektrischen Schlag zu überfallen">>85767
Kerr looks around. Then, he flashes into a blue unicorn foal again. He looks uncertain, but follows
Brie walks up to the clerk at the desk. "Good evening, I'm supposed to meet Silver at his room. Could you direct me?"
Iron huffs in annoyance. Armor equipping sure is hard to do by your lonesome. He decides to stop his equipping and just hang out on Silver's room, laying on the floor in boredom.
Glistening Glass remains the only attendant at the moment. "Well, Silver isn't here yet.">>85777
Foals don't have a real market price: they're illrgal and immoral to buy, and have no definite cost to produce/acquire. Those are ransom numbers, determined only by how much people are willing to pay on an individual basis.
Also, by that pricing, a suit of full plate also costs as much as a car: d&d prices aren't exactly consistent.
I'd get it if land should cost more though, because of population growth.
Sister Ash nods in agreement.
"… I'm sure they will…" She replies, trailing off.
".. Now what to do…" She wonders, to nopony in particular
Well, the foals are still traumatized, and since they will never get therapy or medication, they could use something
Silver shivers a bit at the feeling of the wind against him. He looks with sadness at the changeling-turned-dog. His speech slowly becomes more understandable to the changeling, from the practice he's getting by speaking to him. It's still in a fairly broken state, however. "Es ist schmerzlich, das zu hören. Es tut mir leid, was meine Freundin Ihnen und Ihrem Bruder angetan hat. Nicht alle von uns sind gute Ponys, soviel weiß ich. Aber ich verspreche Ihnen, wir werden dafür sorgen, dass er für das bezahlt, was er getan hat.
"Ich möchte, dass Sie sich von mir ernähren. Sie können nicht helfen, und Sie müssen es tun, um zu leben. Es war klar, dass Sie verhungerten, und ich wusste, dass ich auf diese Weise helfen konnte."
Sister Ash walks up to the two of them.
"Are you two alright? Does anything hurt?"
>>85778Is this the same guy who Brie worked for for a day?
"… right, he should be here shortly." He sees the writing on the wall. "Can you give me an idea of which floor
he's on, so that I'm not just waiting here in the foyer?"
"Through the door to my left, your right, up the stairs one floor. His is the second room">>85783
The green unicorn says
"My pastern hurts" He raises his left foreleg>>85782
"Das ist okay. Ich habe nur Angst vor Hunger"
He comes closer to Silver, looks around, and then, in a flash of green, transforms into a young pegasus colt>>85784The guy he stole from? Yes
He didn't steal it! He bartered it, in exchange for having never been paid! You weren't online for that, I was going to run it by you,… but it was fair!
|Rolled 14 + 12|
Sister Ash inspects the ponies hoof to assess the damage.
Rolling survival to identify if it's just physical injury, or infection.
>>85785What does this disguise look like?
He smiles, and picks the changeling-colt up. Silver sets him on his back as he continues to walk, like a father giving their foal a ponyback ride. "Die meisten von uns sind es. Nur…wenn Sie füttern, füttern Sie bitte nicht zu viel. Ich bin immer noch schwach von früher."
Brie motions for Kerr to follow, and then leads up the stairs to the room Glass indicated, and then knocks lightly on the door.
Iron hears the knocking. "Who is it?" he shouts at the noise.
"Eeeeee,… <ahem> Brie."
Iron cocks his eyebrow. Brie? He sounded familiar. "Who?" Brie can hear heavy hoofsteps going towards the door.
"Wer zur Hölle ist das? Sie sagten mir nicht, dass es ein anderes Pony geben würde"
"Brie. Silver said to meet him here">>85793
Brie shrugs. "I don't really recognize the voice, but this is apparently the place."
Iron opens the door to Silver's room, revealing a grey coat, mostly greyed dark-green mane and brown eyes with a slight tint of red in it. "Oh, it is you. Thought you died back at the docks." He looks to the foal. "Well, I was not expecting such results." He moves aside to let Brie and the foal in. "Come on in. Silver should not take long."
>>85788I was going to make him look like one of Silver's colts so that way the changeling's disguise would be kind of creepy and subtly imply that the changeling had accessed silver's memories, and was using them to try to imitate one of them (probably Silver Rain) but extensive searching through old threads failed to find any descriptions of coat colors. So… I don't know. I feel like one of them was pink for some reason
"Okay…" He rides on the back of the old stallion. Silver can feel a looming dread>>85787
No exterior damage. It looks as if the issue with the leg is the foal sitting, laying, or kneeling in a way that is awkward for excessive periods of time, placing too much strain on that joint>>85795
The foal is a dark blue unicorn with white and streaked mane. It looks in around the room, and seems kind of uncertain
"Wait, weren't you just at the guard post outside the house? Nevermind. Yes, the extraction had,… complications." he looks to Kerr.
"Herr ist gut. Ish."
Sister casts Cure Minor Wounds to alleviate pain and mend all physical damage.
Then she takes 10 on a Heal check (has a mod that'd give her 17), to help quicjen the foals recovery overnight.
Would that be enough to help him?
He nods with an expression that says "If you say so," and very cautiously enters the room>>85798
Yes, and maybe heal other bruises as well
Iron cocks his head. "What did you say? Did you two have a secret code language set up already?" He watches the foal and Brie enter the room. "I think you can use the bed if you want to. Silver is a pretty heavy pony and you do seem like light ponies."
>>85796Silver Rain had a grey coat and a light grey mane, Spectral Streak had a light grey coat and a dark grey mane with a yellow streak running through it, and White Light had both a light grey coat and a light grey mane. Both Silver Rain and Spectral Streak have the same dark grey dorsal stripe that Silver himself has. Not sure if Silver would be too worried about the changeling taking the form of one of his foals. I think he'd find it a bit endearing.
He figures it's a product of the changeling feeding. As long as he keeps it at such a level, he can withstand this. Silver keeps heading for the Tavern.How much farther until Silver reaches the Tavern?
Does he still have bruises? I'll heal them if he does.
"I'm fine, I sleep during the day."
He looks to Kerr. "Shlafen sie bitte?"
And then back to Iron. "Its complicated, but this is the only language he speaks. His name is Kerr."
He starts to look back to Kerr but stops.
"Uhm,… what was your name? We've never been officially introduced."
Iron shakes his head. "Right. We never really spoke to eachother back then either. My name is Iron." he pokes his chin. "How come a pony foal speaks such a strange language?"
First looking at Kerr, Brie says "Herr ist namen Iron"
Then looks back to Iron. "Yeah, about that. He's not from around here."
Iron does not buy it. "Yeah, right. I am also not from around here and I can speak with you right now."
His form is of a Pegasus with light grey coat, Dark grey mane. Generally to a passerby he would look like one of Silver's grandchildren, albeit of pegasus race. The little foal seems happy to be riding on his back, and when a chill that runs through Silver is clearly more than just the winter wind, he can be sure the hungry little demon has taken Silver up on his offer>>85803
A tear in the jaw muscle, a bruise on the back>>85804
The foal goes over to an area away from Iron, and away from the bed, with an untrusting eye
Brie sighs, unsure how Iron is going to take this since they've never really spoken.
"Don't forget, I helped you out with those guards earlier so if you're going to be alarmed, just know that I've got his back."
"He's a changeling."
Another slightly uncomfortable shiver runs through Silver's body. He whispers to the changeling-colt on his back, so no other passerbys can hear him. "Denken Sie daran, nicht zu viel zu füttern."
Iron rolls his eyes at the foal's untrusting attitude. "What is with foals and being scared of me?">>85809
Iron raises his eyebrows in surprise. "Wait, really? Are you serious? How did you get your hooves on one of the stealhiest species on this world?" He looks to the small foal and back at Brie. "I am going to try something. Would you mind closing the door?"
He pays attention to Iron's eyes>>85810
>>85811>didn't realize the door was still open
Brie closes the door. "Again its complicated,… but go ahead."
Sister Ash casts Regenerate Light Wounds, to slowly recover 15 hit points worth of damage (1 per round).
Kerr is incensed
"Was zum Teufel ist das? Du hast mich reingelegt!"
"Herr ist ein freund. Herr ist here goes
Iron nods. He then lays down and tries to think up something nice about his childhood, like small games that he, his brother and sister would play. The kind where he was the bad pony who kidnapped the princess while his brother acted the role of a hero saving her.
Silver chuckles. "Es ist in Ordnung." He looks a bit more at the color palette of the changeling's disguise, noticing similarities to a pony's he knows. "Du erinnerst mich ein bisschen an eines meiner Fohlen. Er war auch ein Pegasus mit gleichem Fell und Mähne. Er hatte jedoch einen gelben Streifen durch seine Mähne. Sein Name war 'Spectral Streak'."
Brie squats down near Kerr.
"Its not ideal, but it will have to do for now. Your brother - Ihr bruder - will be here soon. I don't speak your language. The only reason I can speak it at all is cuz,… nevermind that. Relax a bit, its been a stressful day for me, so I can only imagine how its been for you."
"Das ist schön, Väter zu haben. Wir haben nicht wirklich Väter. Wir werden von Arbeitern aufgezogen">>85816>>85817>>85819
Kerr doesn't quite seem to understand what is going on, but seems reassured by Iron lying on the floor, and Brie's words. He walks up to Iron slowly
"You were cut off. What were you going to say?"
Iron does not react to Kerr reaching his laying form. He can almost visualize it. How he would laugh handsomely while having her sister on his back. 'Muahaha. You will never defeat me!' he would say to his brother, which would then be replied with his own retort. Iron would then lay down her sister on the floor and have a fight, where he usually let his little brother win. It was a nice memory for him.
The little foal seems uncertain, but comes closer. He licks his lips, and then opens his jaw to bite the air in front of Iron. It almost looks as if he is biting into the hindquarters of some great beast. A green and purple energy starts to flow from Iron into the foal's mouth.
Roll for fortitude save
Silver smiles at this. "Ja, ich habe gehört, wie deine Bienenstöcke funktionieren. Es unterscheidet sich stark von Ponyfamilien, aber ich denke, das ist es, was so toll ist. Obwohl sie so verschieden sind, obwohl wir so verschieden sind, sind sie für uns beide Familien.
"Also, deine Familie, deine Königin und die Arbeiter, hast du gute Geschichten über sie? Ich würde gerne hören."
|Rolled 15 + 5|
As Iron lays there, Brie briefly recounts… some… of the conditions he found Kerr, his brother, and the others in.
"It was unthinkable. I can't imagine what he must have gone through, and I got there late. The others were….>>85823
"Oh shit, not this again. Uhm! Uhm!" he flails his hooves a bit, unsure how to respond to this development.
"Does that feel better?"
I know you didn't mean me
Didn't mean to reply to you.
"Y-yes" answers the little colt>>85825
Iron's little brother becomes fuzzy. Then his sister. Then the whole image… bleeds
, of color, slowly. It becomes sad. Unpleasant, joyless. At first it's just this sense of of the same scene, but in rote. Like it has no more meaning. Then, a memory comes up. Ash. Ash fairly pretty and calm and helping ponies. Then this to becomes grey, and there is a sort of shock to the whole scene. Not shock in the sense of surprise, a feeling almost of electric shock. Like somepony were intentionally trying to incentive him to stay away. As all of this happens, Iron feels a cold over coming him. At first, it could be an open window. Then it is something more. It feels kind of like how he felt a few nights ago, jumping into the water, and then walking out into the January night. That kind of cold.
After some time of this, the colt closes his mouth, and the feeling subsides. He does not feel any weaker, nor does he think he will have lasting headaches.>>85826
The little colt sits and draws energy from Iron for some number of seconds. If you aren't going to burn the Changeling with cold iron, you may as well be glad he is well fed and not in the mood for Bat
Sister Ash gives the foal a deep, long hug
"..Just breath.. you're alright now.."
Don't have it even if I knew to use it,… which I didn't/don't,….
"Shit! I seriously hope this doesn't kill anyone." Brie Eeeeee's softly to himself.
Iron is very surprised, even scared at what is happening to his memories. He pants for a bit, not really grasping what is going on, the cold and electricity making him involuntarily shiver. When the colt finishes up his feeding, he tries to remember the same scenes that were recently greyed out.
So… assuming Spark, Onyx, and Dark Star with them made it to the hospital…
I try to get Dark Star set up with a hospital room.
"Yeah, I wouldn't get sentimental around him too often. The same thing happened to Dark when we were… down there."
Wesley starts talking to Silver
"Ich wurde im Bienenstock in Vraks geboren. Meine Mutter war Lacinia. Ich hatte viele Brüder und Schwestern, einschließlich des anderen Wechslbalg, mit dem Sie mich gefunden haben, Kerr. Ich wurde später in eine Kolonie versetzt, um … wie heißt es …" He seems to be searching for words "'Reichskommissariat Tall Tales.'">>85833
He has no problem retreading the memories. What is more questionable is the quality of the memories. They still seem to be black and white. As time passes, they become more colored>>85835
It is so if they ever show up
"I see. *pant* Gods. What happened?">>85838
Iron feels relieved by knowing the effect is temporary. He decides to test something else. He starts approaching the changeling foal himself.
Brie shrugs. "I'm not exactly sure, it looked like some sort of energy exchange. Like, this glowing aura came off you and went directly into his mouth."
Silver reflects on this. Kerr and Wesley. The names of the changelings they rescued. "Tall Tales? Ich glaube nicht, dass ich vor dem Krieg jemals dort war. Es klang jedoch nach einem schönen Ort. Hat es dir dort gefallen?"
The foal looks at Iron, an starts to back away slowly. He can't speak, obviously, but he has a 'what are you doing?" kind of look to him>>85837
He starts to cry. This is good, because these two colts had been almost entirely free of emotion before. He starts focusing his eyes on objects that are actually within the room
Iron tries to pick up the foal and nuzzle him, seeing if this also can feed him without sacrificing his memories. He is such a cute foal, after all.
Brie walks irritatedly to the window and glances outside before slowly pacing in acorner of the room.
Sister Ash pulls them both into a group hug.
A wagon going down the street, I don't think anypony is approaching>>85843
This frightens the hell out of the foal. The snoot of the foal feels real. Very real. Exactly as he would expect it to be. He doesn't really feel anything that he would not expect, except for the awkward and frightened look in the foal's eyes>>85844
"Was macht er hier?" Asks Kerr, startled>>85841
"Mir hat es nicht so gut gefallen. Die Gebäude waren seltsam. Wir waren meistens in der Changeling-Kolonie. Es gab eine Sache. Es gab Ponys. Sie könnten zu ihnen gehen und sich von ihnen ernähren, und Sie mussten nicht befürchten, getötet zu werden, weil eine Soldatendrohne mit einer Waffe zuschauen würde und das Pony schlagen würde, wenn sie kämpfen würden">>85845
This gets them to emote more
"Nothing, I'm just getting impatient waiting on silver and your brother is all."
Iron now strokes his mane, see how soft this cute little foal is. Will it compare to the magestic mane that is Ash?
Oh, the joys of Socialized medicine. After some time in the waiting room, a nurse asks the nature of the injury>>85849Soft
Silver seems saddened by the last part, visibly so to Wesley.
"I've seemed to have encountered a changling without knowing."
Sister Ash holds them in her weakened arms for several minutes as she speaks with the other Sisters and fills them in with details about what she experienced, apologizing again for disappearing unnannounced.
"…-And as soon as I saw them, I took them and left..">>85849
No mere transfiguration can ever hope to match Sister Ash's natural softness
Finally, Iron decides to gently put Kerr on the bed and pats his head for a bit. He then starts gesturing. "Did the petting," he strokes the air in a horizontal motion. "give you," he points to him, "love like when I," he points to himself, "gave to you with memories?" He strikes a pose where he puts his hoof on his chin.>>85854That's why Ash's mane is the best.
"Alright. I'm guessing it drained you?">>85851
Wesley looks a little awkward
"Habe ich zu viel gebissen?"
He can feel a winter wind blow through on his wet coat, making him cold. And there is no way he could know if the feeling is really the result of the wind and water, or the parasite on his back>>85854
"That's terrible! You should take that all to the police"
Bitch please. They evolved
specifically to have lovable disguises.>>85855
He seems to understand Iron's meaning
"Ich habe genug von den Seelen dreier Ponys gegessen"
Iron, opposite to Kerr, does not understand a bit. He turns to Brie. "I need some translation. Would you please do that?"
"He said "I have something of the something something Ponies love", and I'm not sure about that last one."
Iron furrows his brow. "That does not help much, but thank you." >>85856
Iron decides to go for more risky stuff against Kerr, now moving to light tickling of the foal.
"Welcome to my world."
The nurse sends him to an Orange Unicorn
"So it says here that you got drained by a Changeling. He looks at the paper, and then pulls a hoof to his mouth. Then he fails to hide a laugh, then he starts laughing
"Let me guess, you picked up a girl at the bar?">>85860
"Hiss!" sayeth the foal
I refuse to believe that transfiguration could ever be as good as the real thing.
Sister Ash seems unsure
"… Are you sure..? I wasn't the only one there, so he won't get away with it.. I had hoped to avoid needless contact with the local authorities.. I'm not really very familiar with how ponies manage things here.."
His wavering and distracted attention drawn by the hissing.
"Eww! Whoa! What the fuck are you doing?!" Instinctively his hoof draws a knife.
"Take your hooves and,… everything off of him!"
Iron chuckles at the little one's hiss. He seems like a good colt. He stops from further tickling him, still snickering. "Did that give you," points at him, "love?">>85864
"Oh please, like I would want to abuse a foal. I prefer something that can actually fit my length." Iron waves off Brie's outburst.
"no,i was helping what i thought was a foal."
Dark Star says Flatly
"Nein, Junge. Es ist nicht das…" He sighs, trying to find the right words to describe it.
"Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie wären Pony. Sie haben viele Jahre in Equestria gelebt. Du warst dort glücklich. Du hattest Freunde, Familie und dein Land, um dich zu schützen, um dich glücklich zu halten. Dann kommt eines Tages eine Invasionsarmee durch. Sie fordern Sie auf, die Gesetze eines anderen Landes einzuhalten. Diese Ponys, auf die Sie sich zu verlassen hatten, um Sie zu schützen, waren jetzt wegen der Armee verschwunden. Sie sagen Ihnen, dass, wenn ein Changeling sich von Ihnen ernähren will, Sie sie lassen müssen. Und es ist ein Entleerungsprozess. Wenn das Wechseln nicht vorsichtig ist, kann es weh tun, es kann dir das Gefühl geben, dass es keine Hoffnung in der Welt gibt, keine Liebe, nichts, außer Traurigkeit, und manchmal hast du nicht einmal diese. Und wenn du das nicht willst, wenn du dich nicht auf diese Weise fühlen willst, kannst du nicht nein sagen oder zurückschlagen, wenn sie immer noch versuchen, dich zu ernähren, oder sogar von Soldaten getötet. Es würde dich nicht gut fühlen oder glücklich machen. Es würde Sie traurig machen, Angst, allein.
"Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich Sinn habe. Ich kann diese Sprache kaum sprechen, nicht wie kyrillisch oder sogar ponisch. Aber ich hoffe du kannst es verstehen. Ich möchte nicht, dass sich jemand auf diese Weise befindet, ob Pony oder Veränderer."
"My hooves are off of him already. Learn to watch the scene in front of you." Iron rolls his eyes. >>85868What's with this advanced german that I'm seeing? Is Silver a damn multilingual pony or what?
I still don't know what languages there are to choose from in this setting, but I hope to finalize my character at level 6.
Most creatures of the same Subtype speak one language, except for Humanoids, who may be divided by race.
|Rolled 11 + 2|
"Dein Schwanz ist klein. Ich habe größere Schwänze als deine genommen">>85872
"Brie, I need more translation. What is the little foal saying?"
"Needless? Is stopping a child molester who keeps colts in a sex dungeon 'needless?">>85864
With the knife drawn, the Changeling turns his back so that Iron and Brie are to either side. He then entirely drops the disguise, reverting to Changeling form. The hatchling already has a ray on its back, which is stood up in a display of what must be assertion
He does not look pleased, and transforms to his changeling form. Big blue eyes with no whites, a red ray for a mane. Little tube like ears that are 'cut' in two places. Large fangs, two inches long even as a child and a long, narrow, snake-like tongue. Wing covers of a greenish color over dragonfly-like wings. A translucent blue green belly that looks a little full. A short cut tail that has holes in it. A horn on the head of the same solid black as the rest of his chitinous body. And of course, the famous holes in the legs.
"Dunno." Brie replies coldly, without taking his eyes off Iron.
"No, I meant rather that it's already been reported by now.." she replies.
"Do not worry, little one. Brie is just a dumb bat who does not understand how to defuse a situation." He pats the now undisguised changeling. "Brie," points at the batponnt, "dumb."
"Says the good-for-nothing colt who didn't even have the sense to disengage when there were guns trained on him, and then when I finally do
bail his ass out, he wanders to a tavern. Meanwhile, THIS little guy was trapped in the worst sex-dungeon I've ever seen. But go on. Tell him how I'm
dumb, having pulled him out of there and brought him back here, apparently just in time to be molested."
Is silver there with the other changeling yet? He kind of needs to diffuse this situation.
"Judging by the changeling's reaction to your impulsive action of threatening me with a knife, the changeling is more scared by that than mere tickling. Besides, I am trying to see what other methods a changeling can use to extract love, and no, I am not going the sex route. Like I said, he is too small for me." Iron deadpans at Brie. "Stop trying to act like a hero and sheathe the knife."
"Thinking about it."
"I see. Well, these foals don't have mothers or fathers to help them through this">>85880
Kerr reads Bries eyes, and seems to understand, changing his stance more towards Iron>>85882>pats
It's not letting a hoof near the top of its head>>85868
If Silver thought that arguing politics with Blue Skies was bad….
Wesley responds with a slight air of offense
"Denken Sie, wir wissen das nicht? Deshalb müssen wir entweder betrügen oder mit Gewalt gewinnen. Das Pony wird immer widerstehen. Sie werden uns Monster nennen und uns jagen. Sie werden in unsere Bienenstöcke eindringen und unsere Königinnen töten. In Vraks bekamen wir den süßen Honig der Arbeiter. Es gab nie genug und viele meiner Brüder und Schwestern fielen zu Staub. Glücklicherweise hat unser großartiger Reiseführer einen Weg gefunden, uns alle zu ernähren.">>85887>Speak german
Because I wanted them to speak a language that was foreign, but not entirely alien. Now shut up. If you need more reason, it's because in the mod they are a reskin of Nazi Germany under Hitler. If that is not a good enough reason I don't give a shit, I like having intelligent creatures that are capable of speech yet can't speak directly with most of the characters, and I always
love throwing in bonuses to players who bother to google translate foreign phrases.>>85888
"Du bist zu klein für mich, winzig!"
What languages are there available to pick from?
I still haven't picked mine.
Iron massages his temple. Great, now he feels threatened. Even then, he does not even understand his comment. He decides to go to a corner and try to remain passive. Here's hoping Silver comes already. What a bust.
>>85890>"I see. Well, these foals don't have mothers or fathers to help them through this"
"… It's rather unfortunate indeed…" She says, her voice low as she tries to rock either child to sleep.
>>85890>"I see. Well, these foals don't have mothers or fathers to help them through this"
"… It's rather unfortunate indeed…" She says, her voice low as she tries to rock either child to sleep.
Hmmm… die rolls>>85892
Kerr calms down, and with a flash of green, goes back to being a blue unicorn foal>>85891
Are there any religious or extraplanar languages that might be of interest?
Brie makes a show of putting his knife away.
Can I assume Dark Star will now be taken care of so I can fetch Blue Skies, fill her in, and head to the tavern to make sure everything is going smoothly?
Iron huffs in annoyance.>>85897
"You could have told me that he was abused when you brought him here, you know?" he massages his temple. "Not when I am stroking his mane, nuzzling him and all that. Why did you not react to those two previous acts?"
Uh, let me think about it>>85898
He can try>>85897
Kerr takes interest>>85899
>>85887I have no idea how many, but it's a fair assumption to say there's a pony equivalent to most of the major languages we have here on Earth. That's just how many I've seen from the mod and from this particular game.I imagine German is the language taught to Changelings from the moment they're hatched, and over time, they pick up the languages of nearby countries so they can better blend in. Since Chrysalis has united the changelings under the idea that they don't have to hide among ponies to obtain love, I imagine most changelings being born around this time won't even bother with trying to learn other languages, and will stick with their own native one.>>85890
"Und Sie glauben nicht, dass das die Dinge für unsere beiden Leute noch schlimmer macht? Ponys fürchten sich natürlich vor dem, was sie nicht verstehen, und die meisten Ponys haben niemals die Möglichkeit, Veränderungen zu verstehen. Wenn Sie ihnen beigebracht haben, dass Sie nicht die Monster sind, von denen Sie glauben, dass Sie sie sind, würden sie nicht negativ reagieren. Sie begrüßen Sie vielleicht nicht immer, aber Sie würden Sie auch nicht hassen. Diese? Was macht Chrysalis? Es lässt die Ponys denken, dass du die Monster aus ihren Geschichten bist. Sie fürchten dich nicht mehr, weil sie dich nicht verstehen, sie fürchten dich jetzt, weil sie denken, dass sie dich verstehen. Und wenn sie sich entschließen, sich zu wehren, wird es für eines unserer Leute nicht gut enden. Viele werden wegen zu vieler Missverständnisse sterben."
After a couple seconds, he realizes he's arguing with the changeling equivalent of a teenager. "Ich weiß, ich kann Sie nicht anders überzeugen, aber stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der sich keiner unserer Völker vor einander fürchtet. Wo wir lernen, einander zu verstehen und zu respektieren, und diese Unterschiede zwischen uns. Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass das Essen, das man von Ponys in dieser Welt bekommen würde, viel erfüllender wäre als das Essen von Ponys, die um ihr Leben fürchten."
Silver shrugs as best as he can with a changeling on his back. "Ich weiß es nicht, nur zum Nachdenken."
I'm not going to bother finalizing details until level 6.
Also, with a technicallity here: is Sister Ash, at 6 Strength, physically capable of cradling both foals while sitting?
Worth a shot.
I head to that base, hoping I don't get shot for just approaching. I look for guards that don't look like they want to shoot me today.
"Pardon me for being distracted and not wanting to go into detail. I was glad enough to get out of there with him when I did, but waiting on the others has left me thinking."
Iron rolls his eyes at the bug's sudden 180. He did not complain when nuzzling, mane stroking and love consumption were involved.>>85906
"Sure, whatever you say."
I really thought I responded to that one…. Hmmm. Anyways
The unicorn says "Let me guess, the foal had a very cute mother?" He stops laughing
"Anyways, this isn't that uncommon. What you have here is a dearth of Harmony magic. The magic that is love and friendship at its essence, and makes up the life force of beings. This is no physical problem." He waves an instrument of some kind over Dark Star
"Alright, it doesn't look like she got you too
bad" he holds back a laugh. "You are not at the point that you cannot regenerate harmony. Don't worry, the life force they take should come back on its own. Chocolate and sugar can help the process, as can being around friends and those you love. But expect to feel weakened at least the next 12 hours. Rest can help as well. And try to stay away from certain cute mares. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is">>85905
It would take a while, but the Grand Baltimare hotel is available. There are no guards outside of the building.">>85907
Dude, quit being a dick>>85904
While sitting? Yes
He adds "Let me get you a tonic that should help in the magical healing process"
Good help is hard to find these days.
I approach the door. I assume that they allow you to enter the building if they don't have a guard outside. I enter and look for somepony to address the situation to.
A chill and (depending on temperment) uncomfortable silence echoes through the room. Brie has a casual stance, but he's visibly on edge, and his eyes never waver from Iron.
>>85908I'm venting a bit. Iron just has the worst luck when dealing with traumatized foals. Fuck's sakes. I tried being nice to the little foal, attempting to find an easier way to help the changeling to feed which judging from the genome reference, it doesn't matter and I get a hiss and a knife pointed at me. Sure, Iron has touched the foal but he never complained until the tickling and he does a hiss of discontent and Brie decides to be a hero without informing Iron that, hey, this changeling has been abused physically so no touching until Iron touches him. No, Iron was not informed how was the changeling found or what state he was in, just something ominous like 'ooh, he has bad stuff happen to him'. Man,
that stuff is frustrating, specially since I knew OOC but could not act on it.>>85911
Iron lays on the floor in the corner, not wanting to disturb the changeling any further. His expression is still frustrated, but not really threatening. He starts doing a light tap on the floor to keep him occupied.
Since it's about 8 o'clock, Sister Ash would try to get ready to put both foals to bed when she's sufficiently calmed them down, and then she'd go to bed herself, since she's had a terribly rough day.
Also it's 2:00 am where I am, I I think I'm going to call it a day as well.
"Ich habe den letzten Monat in einem Käfig verbracht. Ich wurde erst herausgenommen, als sie mir Fotos von Fohlen zeigten. Die Hengste würden mich zu diesen jungen Fohlen machen und Sex mit mir haben. Die meisten dieser Ponys hatten keine Liebe, als sie dies taten. Ich musste stärker beißen. Aber als ich das tat, schockten sie mich mit einer Batterie. Sie würden mich schlagen, wenn ich nicht folgte. Ich lebte unter Chrysalis und ich lebte unter Ponys. Ich bevorzuge Chrysalis. Ich weiß nicht, wie man ein angstfreies Pony macht…."
*sad changeling noises*>>85910
As soon as he goes through, there is a guard
"Can I help you?">>85912
The tonic is handed over. it seems to be natural and plant based>>85913
It is skeptical of being touched. Hush and stop being an asshole>>85914
The little foals are compliant, though still mostly not talkative. Ash can tuck them into their respective beds
"Aber er ist nicht alle Ponys, ja? Er ist schlecht, ja schlimmer als schlecht, aber es gibt auch gute Ponys. Gute Ponys, die Ihnen helfen möchten und sicherstellen möchten, dass schlechte Ponys wie er gestoppt werden."
"Yes sir. I need to relay a message to one of your officers. Is there a process I need to go through in order to do so? It is a rather important message from one of your own recruits."
>>85917I think I calmed down a bit.
Iron is slightly less frustrated. I guess Marey was right in this situation. 'No touching' seems to be a good rule of frog.>>85918Whoopsie. Guessed a word wrong. I'm trying not to google translate, since I think it's cheating for Iron's situation.>>85915
"Tell me a bit more about the heist. I was supposed to act as a distraction at the gate and missed all of the action."
Dark Star Drinks it
Not the best tasting. Seems to be based on seaweed or something. Not really terrible either though. If it has an effect it isn't instant
"To whom do you need to deliver it?"
"Not much to it really. I was in and out of the house before anyone even knew I was there. I picked up a few things from the main house - still haven't looked them over yet - and came back to run interference. Thats when I came across you and Onyx at the guard booth. I had planned on getting the guard drunk and then blaming a bunch of shenanigens on him later, but that didn't pan out. After you left, I set fire to the house and then alerted the guards to the fire so that I could go in and out of the scene without being discrete. I saw the others entering the pool house, and so I kept watch outside. I expected them to come out quickly, but they took their time so I went inside." He goes quiet after that. "When I entered," he says finally, "there was a secret room. With a bed. With chains all around it. Beyond that room was a room with cages. In it were Kerr, his brother, and a pair of foals that priestess retreated with. The stench was unpony, and the sight,… I've seen some shit in my day, but that shook me."
"Könnte sein. Ich weiß nur, dass es keine guten Drohnen mit Waffen gibt, die mich jetzt schützen, und ich bin machtlos"
The little grey foal's ear's droopShouldn't he arrive eventually?
"Blue Skies. The recruit is in the hospital and requested me to give her a message."
"Uh, I'll go ask who that is, and see who is her handler. Can you leave the message with me to relay or must it be communicated directly?"
"Not too bad,Doc. It Didn't have anything weird in it, did it?"
>>85926Here comes the comments>set the house on fire to enter and leave the scene
"Why did you choose the one house the others were in? You took a big risk for practically nothing from what you said.">secret room
Iron feels similarly disgusted. "That Comte guy sure is weak if he has to use foals as sex toys to satisfy his sexual urges. Ugh. I bet he cannot even please an actual mare."
"I think it best if communicated directly. See if it can't be done."
>>85927TBH I was waiting on you for that, but if you were waiting on me…
"Dann werde ich dich beschützen. Und wenn es möglich ist, werde ich Sie zu Ihrem Bienenstock nach Hause sehen." Silver and Wesley see the Tavern come into view. "Wir sind fast da. Ihr Bruder sollte dort sein, und Sie zwei können sich ausruhen, während ich einen Arzt aufsuche."
"It was a small fire, incapable of compromising the building, little more than lighting a bit of cologne on a brick on fire. But it gave me free access as 'a good samaritan' to engage the scene. And with any luck, the authorities have found his little secret and are putting the pieces together themselves."
He goes through a door. When he comes out, he says
"She is out working at the moment. You can write down a message, or maybe have it communicated over radio if necessary">>85933
"Das ist gut"
The little foal leans down, and hugs the back of Silver's neck
He should be through the front door now
"But 'his little secret' is missing the one thing that makes it bad, which is the foals." Iron pokes his chin. "Besides, Star was carrying something important for the exact purpose to collect evidence of wrongdoing. It was a small rectangular box if I remember correctly." He ponders. "Apart from that, did you not stop and consider how
the others got in the house themselves?"
"No manticore toenails or hippogriff droppings if that is what you are asking. I can't really say though. I don't make these things."
"I don't suppose the radio would be secure would it? If not, I suppose a written message will have to do."
"It should be fine. You can leave a written message and we'll have a flyer send it"
"I've pulled dozens of jobs like that, maybe hundreds. A little B&E, a little bit of misdirection, smoke and mirrors, in, out, done. I'd never actually seen a changeling before either. I thought they'd be ferocious. I thought my first encounter with a changeling would be terrifying. Well it was, but for all the wrong reasons.">>85936
"I don't know about all that. All I knew is one of my sources said there was a job, help people get in and get out and the pay was on-site acquisition. It was a rich neighborhood, so I took him up on it."
Silver uses a foreleg to return the hug before he enters.>>85934>>85935>>85936
Silver smiles as he sees that Iron, Brie, and Kerr has arrived. "Ah, good! You have arrived! I assume this pony with you two is Kerr?"
Brie starts at the sudden entrance (from his perspective) but only slightly.
"Finally. You brought his brother?"
"Hello, Silver. I may have caused a bit of distrust of the foal on me. That is why he will be a bit jumpy." Iron is lying down on a corner. He looks at the other foal. "It seems there are two of them." He checks from his current position on how hungry the changeling entering the scene is.>>85941
Iron is a bit annoyed by his lack of information but cannot blame him. He wasn't at the planning.
I write down the following:
Evidence collected. Dungeon in pool house. Foals rescued/secure. Dark Star injured, recovering. Slight complication of the fire type. New development. Meet back with us for more details.
I then fold up the message and hand it over.
"Thank you for your help sir."
"Das graue Pferd kennt meinen Namen">>85944
Changeling? What Changeling? There is a small grey pegasus colt on Silver's back, with darker grey mane>>85945
"We'll have it sent out" says the guard
"Have a good day sir."
I then take my leave and head for the tavern.
"Yes. Excuse me, but I do not believe we have had proper introduction, yet, even though you appeared out of nowhere to lend us aid. I am Silver.">>85944
"Yes, there were two. Brothers." He seems a bit worried about Iron's statement about causing distrust, especially knowing what that changeling has been through. "What exactly
did you do that would cause distrust in this one?">>85946
Silver turns to Kerr, his voice returning to its paternal tone, even if he's not sure if it's having a positive effect on his voice. "Hallo Kerr. Ich habe deinen Bruder zu dir zurückgebracht." As he says this, he helps Wesley off his back and onto the floor.
"Thanks for the potion."
Dark Star Stands up and reaches his hoof out towards the doctor
"Ich vehrstehen 'Das', 'meinen', und 'Namen'."
Then to Silver and Iron, "I've been able to pick apart their dialect a bit, but the longer I hear it the more bewildered I get.">>85948
"Yes, of course. The name is Brie, Brie Achtzig-Sechs." Then "How can you, I can't even,… nevermind."
"I have gone as far as doing some tickling to see if I can produce a substitute to using up memories to feed a changeling. So far it is unsuccessful. Now Kerr is untrusting again. I could try to put some memories to surface again but I dislike the feeling."
The two little foals walk towards each other, mostly Kerr going closer to Wesley>>85949
The doctor has a 'what are you doing?' look, but lets him>>85948
"Die Hölle? Sie sprechen Wechselbalg?">>85950
"… Ich vehrstehen"
"What the fuck" Brie whispers indirectly.
"It is nice to meet you, Brie." He seems amused at how Brie reacts to Silver speaking Changeling. "What, ponies can learn more than just Ponish. Я говорю на одном из этих языков прямо сейчас.">>85951
"Yes, it is feeling of him feeding on your inner Harmony and life force. Also emotion, but that is tied to Harmony. It is meant to be unpleasant." He sighs. "Just…try not to tickle him any more, okay?">>85952
He rotates his hoof around. "Ehhhhhhhh…Ein bisschen."
So, what exactly are we calling the Changeling language? Changelisch?
Iron deadpans at Silver. "A little too late for that. Pretty sure he wants me to be a one pony's length right now." He huffs. "Sorry, I am a bit angry at my predicament." He continues laying on the floor.>>85955I was thinking Changish tbh>>85952
Iron decides to surface some other happy thoughts like when his brother was born. He swore to him that he would protect him against everything after that. Now he does not need his protection anymore. He chuckles.
"What are you too good to shake hooves?"
"I need some air," he glances at Kerr. "Ich returnen." And then to the others "Keep an eye on them, but try not to get feelsy around them."
>>85956Well, that's one option.
Silver cocks his head, one ear falling to the side. He seems confused at the phrase Iron used. "What is 'one pony's length' in this instance?">>85958
"I was there, I know what you mean. It was nice meeting you, Brie. Thank you for your assistance."
He nods to Iron.>>85960
"Oh, I'll be back. Ask them how mad I am." he says grimly, and then leaves.
"Basically, just imagine you standing between me and Kerr. That is what I mean."
He looks at where he just left. "…Ask them how mad…?">>85962
"Ah, that is what you mean. It is like how Wesley was back at poolhouse when we rescued him, putting me in between himself, and Star and Spark…so, what did Brie mean, when he said 'Ask them how mad I am'?"
Iron shrugs. "It may be the injustices the foals have to suffer against this Comte bastard. If that is not it, then I do not know what it is."
"Mein Bruder ist aggressiver und paranoider als ich. Ich bin überrascht, dass er ihn so ruhig fand">Was hätte ich machen sollen? Sollte ich dort geblieben sein? Getötet werden?
<Nein, ich dachte einfach nicht, dass du ihnen vertrauen würdest>Und mich nicht. Ich werde kämpfen oder rennen, wenn sie versuchen, mich zu verletzen. Bis dahin schmecken sie gut
<Sie schmecken gut. Aber sie werden dich nicht verletzen. Dieses Pony ist nett. Er ließ mich füttern und ein anderes Pony ließ Sie füttern>Das ist wahr. Diese Ponys waren ungewöhnlich nett
<Glaubst du, sie könnten uns in ein falsches Sicherheitsgefühl verführen? Sie könnten uns später vergewaltigen oder essen>Glaubst du, sie könnten uns in ein falsches Sicherheitsgefühl verführen? Sie könnten uns später vergewaltigen oder essen
Wesley is frightened
<Nein, dieses Pony schmeckt süß. ich vertraue ihm>Du vertraust zu viel. Vertraust du auch all seinen Freunden?
<So oder so haben wir jetzt Essen. Ich denke er wird mich beschützen>Wahr. Ich habe noch nie so viel gegessen. Ich glaube, ich mag das fliegende Pony, auch wenn es nicht gut schmeckt>>85956
The foal is yapping away in his weird speak, but Iron does catch his interest. He stares at Iron while talking, like a dog looking at food>>85957
"No" He shakes hooves>>85947
It is so
Wesley says this remark to Silver about his brother Kerr
"Mein Bruder ist aggressiver und paranoider als ich. Ich bin überrascht, dass er ihn so ruhig fand"
But Kerr responds
>Was hätte ich machen sollen? Sollte ich dort geblieben sein? Getötet werden?
So Wesly says
Nein, ich dachte einfach nicht, dass du ihnen vertrauen würdest
>Und mich nicht. Ich werde kämpfen oder rennen, wenn sie versuchen, mich zu verletzen. Bis dahin schmecken sie gut
Sie schmecken gut. Aber sie werden dich nicht verletzen. Dieses Pony ist nett. Er ließ mich füttern und ein anderes Pony ließ Sie füttern
>Das ist wahr. Diese Ponys waren ungewöhnlich nett
Glaubst du, sie könnten uns in ein falsches Sicherheitsgefühl verführen? Sie könnten uns später vergewaltigen oder essen[
>Glaubst du, sie könnten uns in ein falsches Sicherheitsgefühl verführen? Sie könnten uns später vergewaltigen oder essen
Wesley is frightened
Nein, dieses Pony schmeckt süß. ich vertraue ihm
>Du vertraust zu viel. Vertraust du auch all seinen Freunden?
So oder so haben wir jetzt Essen. Ich denke er wird mich beschützen
>Wahr. Ich habe noch nie so viel gegessen. Ich glaube, ich mag das fliegende Pony, auch wenn es nicht gut schmeckt
Dann lass uns hier bleiben
>Oh, alles klar
Both disguised drones seem content
I'm not exactly sure when you would want to time my arrival.
Dark Star Smiles at him
"I'll be back if my friends or i get into more trouble."
Then Dark Star turns around and walks towards the door
"Perhaps. What we found I would count among worst sights I have seen.">>85967Wechselbalg it is.>>85968
Silver smiles, even if he could barely keep up with the conversation. "Es freut mich das zu hören. Jetzt muss ich ins Krankenhaus gehen, um sicherzustellen, dass die Belastung meines Körpers nicht zu groß ist. Wenn du diesem Pony, Iron, vertrauen kannst, um dich zu überwachen, während ich weg bin, werde ich zurückkehren, sobald ich kann.">>85966
Silver then turns to Iron. "More importantly: can I trust you to look over them while I am gone? Their feeding has taken its toll, and I wish to make sure it has not left any lasting effects on me."
"Stay away from loose mares and you won't need to come back">>85969
um>>85971>Oh Scheiße, er kann alles verstehen, was wir sagen!
"Oh… alles klar
And he is now free. Not cured quite yet… but on track
He lets out a playful bit of evil laughter. "Muahahahahaha! Nun wird nichts, was Sie sagen, vor mir verborgen! Muahahahahahahahaaaaaa!"
After the laugh subsides, he genuinely smiles at the two disguised changelings. "Im Ernst, ich komme bald wieder. Dann können wir darüber reden, ob wir Sie möglicherweise nach Hause bringen könnten."
Dark Star walks to the headquarters
It is so. When he arrives, what do?>>85975
Kerr recoils slightly at the thought, pulling up one leg and sticking out his tongueIron is kill I bet
He walks in and goes to the front desk
I arrive at the tavern, go to Silver's room, and knock on the door.>>85966
Sea breeze is not there at 9 PM. But another agent is
Silver sticks out his tongue right back at Kerr before answering the door.Most likely. I'll just assume he'll watch the changelings.>>85980
Silver answers through the door. "Yes, yes, just one moment." He opens the door, smiling when he sees Spark. "Ah, there you are. I assume you saw Star to hospital?"
>>85982 I thought you had left, that's why I directed that at Iron. Sorry.
"Yes. He should make a fast enough recovery. Now you need to head over."
"hey,is blue skies around?"
Silver gets a slight chuckle out of this.>>85984Nope, still here.
Silver nods. "I was just about to do that." He looks around to make she nopony is listening in on them, and he whispers to Spark. "Changelings we rescued are here. Mind helping Iron watch them while I am gone?"
"Just one moment" And picks up a telephone. In less than a minute, Blue Skies comes prancing through a door straight ahead and to Dark Star's right. This is the first time she has come from this direction. She approaches Dark Star
"Of course. I'll do my best… but don't take too long, just in case."
I step inside.
There are no changelings, just Iron If he is alive
, a grey pegasus colt, and a blue unicorn colt. And maybe Brie? I am not sure
"Hello miss Skies."
i think brie said he went outside.
"I will try not to." He welcomes Spark into his room. Before heading out for the hospital, he removes his equipment, and the evidence he gathered from Comte's house, leaving him with only his clothes and a very-much lightened saddlebag. "Also keep close eye on evidence. We will need it if we are to destroy Comte."
She looks sweet as always, Azure white feathers and Sky Blue mane
"Hello. I got the message.
She takes him somewhere a little more private
"It said there was a 'new development' and you have the foals? I just came back from the scene. It turns out we didn't need a warrant, there was a 'fire.' We implanted an agent with the Batlimare PD on the scene"
I sit down in the room.>>85992
"Right. And these are the changelings I assume. I didn't expect them to be hiding like that, but I guess it wouldn't hurt in case somepony comes in here unannounced."
The pegasus and the unicorn colts look at Spark, with big, bulging eyes
"It could be. In either case, I will be back shortly.">>85993
Silver leaves his room at the Tavern and heads for the hospital.
Cute bulging eyes?
Spark just sits there in the awkward silence, unsure of what to do.
Maybe not bulging, but cutish.
The pegasus approaches a little closer, walking almost like a dog with slow steps>>85996
It is so
I sit still to not scare them.
The little pegasaus inches closer>>86000>wasting millennial posts. Sure, I guess
"It was…Bad." Dark Star looks Distraught "i have the evidence here."
Dark Star hoofs over all the pictures and items he retrieved from the house.Except the pictures he took in the pool house basement.
I remain calm… as best as I can. I don't try to interrupt it.
She smiles deviously
. This will go lovely with evidence gathered on the scene. We might be able to find out more about subversive activity. So tell me, you rescued the foals, yes? They were there?"How is he going to separate out the pictures? Aren't they all on the same film roll?>>86003
It comes even closelier
I still refuse to move.
The foal's ears twitch, but it is not detered. It comes close, so close. Then it extends a hoof and…
Touch. It has touched Spark's foreleg
I smile at how cute this is, but I don't do anything else.
It pokes again
>Berühre das nicht! Es ist gefährlich!
Says the unicorn
Still unmoving, but finding this extremely cute for deadly vampire bugs.
Oh i was thinking it was like a polaroid
"Yes, they were…" Dark Star's Distraught look grows more substantial "Chained up in a basement in the pool house. the sick buck… was in fact Doing Things to them
But his deviancy didnt stop there he had changling hatchlings in cages down there as well. they were malnourished and i felt bad for them so i fed one. the doctor says i need to be around loved ones and eat lots of chocolate and sugar."
At that first part, she smiles grandly, and almost laughs in joy
"This is glorious! It will be on every paper in East Equestria"
On the Changelings
"Well, that kind of makes sense. Shapeshifting is useful for sex fantasies"
On feeding the Changeling
"What you knowingly let a Changeling eat part of your soul?">>86010
It moves up and… is it about to pet Spark?
I keep holding still, holding back from commenting on how adorable the death insects are being.
"My Emotions overwhelmed me, i dont know why i did it. i just did. i acted without thinking. and the doctor said it would grow back."
i just visualized spark sitting there awkwardly while a hatchling pokes him. its adorable tbh.
"Yes, that should happen in all but the most severe cases">>86013
It starts to pet Spark
Alright, I need to sleep
Sleep well, GM. See you tomorrow.
Dark Star Hugs Blue
"I guess? I am unsure if they would trust me unless I feed them some more, which I am baiting out at the moment." Iron shrugs>>85967
Iron now thinks of how his sister was conceived. Mother always said that she looked just like her. She had her eyes, that is for sure. A slightly slender looking Earth Pony with green coat and even greener mane. He wonders how she is doing. His siblings are his best friends after all.
No need to thank me>>86006
"Oh, hey Spark. I did not notice you there." He waves at Spark being 'attacked' by the other foal that assumes is not Kerr.
“Hello. How are you doing?”
It takes every bit of strength to not move from the cuteness.
"A bit bummed out, but physically fine." He pokes his chin. "Is the little one Kerr or his 'brother'? I cannot tell from here."
“Kerr? I wasn’t told their names.”
Iron nods. "One of them is Kerr. The other is Wesley, if I recall what Silver said correctly." A pause, followed by some light hoof tapping on the floor. "You should know which one is which if you try to force one of them to approach me. Kerr should probably hiss at me and try to break free from your grasp. The other would be more cautious but not as fearful to be near me."
I then to the changeling.
“Are you Wesley?” I say as calmly as I can, for a creature that kind of sent my friends to the hospital now petting me.
Autocorrect is not playing nice today.
*turn to the changeling
The unicorn looks over, though perhaps not as interested as in the previous image>>86033
The little grey pegasus colt keeps his hoof extended out, reaching forward, so much so that he has to lean and raise his right rear hoof to keep balance
And after a moment, skittishly, "Ich bin Wesley"
Iron is surprised. He then thinks back to his first actual fight with his brother. He has grown and learned so much. His unarmed technique has far surpassed Iron's, even with his lower strength. He knew how to dodge and weave through his punches with such grace. It was the first time he lost for real against him, and he felt damn proud of him. He was going to be a great stallion one day.
The little colt inches forwards, eyes on Iron
Iron does not react again. It should be a nice apology to give him some more love.
After the fight, his brother helped him out and shook hooves in mutual respect. Iron remembers hugging him and congratulating him for a good fight. His brother hugged back, a tender embrace between two brothers. It was an honor to be beaten by him. A pat on the back and they both left off to celebrate with the family. The lunch he tasted was one of the best he has ever eaten. Father congratulated them on a good fight, mother hugged us both and tended to our wounds and sister simply nodded in understanding. It was one of the best days Iron had in his past.
The little colt breaks his disguise, and in a flash of green light is a drone once more, he extends his tongue and quickly lunges forward, his fangs sticking the air
Roll for fortitude save
A stream of green and purple goes from Iron into the small drone's mouth
The taste of the food in the memory becomes duller dull, then almost like the taste of eating dirt. Pride becomes lesser, then numb. The hugs become cold. Senses of fear and apprehension that had always been present in the memory now stand out, as there is no other feeling to drown it. He feels physical pain. It is the same physical pain as he experienced in the memory, but whereas before its presence was easy to ignore, it is now at the forefront. What else is there to feel when nothing but pain, sadness, and fear remain?
For all of this, it does not leave his mind, and he still feels he could stand if he wanted to. The little drone stops, and sits. It's belly is large, with a little blue light past the translucent blue hide
"Are… you ok Iron?"
Iron is a bit dazed, but understands what must be done in order to take care of changelings. "I… think so. It will pass away soon, I would think." He shivers uncomfortably, feeling the pain and fear of losing against him, hurting his own pride. "He just needed some love, that is all." He does not change his prone position.>>86042
"I hope that counts as an apology, Kerr." he smiles weakly.
>>86044>>86045I had had the DC at about a 15, which means that Iron's combined 13 wouldn't be good enough. But then again, I think Iron has a couple points from constitution that if added, would reach 15. Also these are children, not full grown Incubi drones, so they maybe should have a lower DC of like 12
The little bug licks his lips. He appears sated
A quiet knock sounds at the door, and Brie pokes his head in, before entering fully.
"I need some information. What can you tell me about Comte?"
As he opens the door, he can see a flash of green light, then Spark, Iron, the Pegasus and the unicorn
>>86046If the endurance feat counts, then it would have passed.
Iron lays there, a bit happy about the changeling's sated status.>>86047
"Comte is a politician. A 'stallion for the ponies' kind of guy. He is part of the Social Democrat Party if I am not mistaken, leading figure being some other stallion who is the mayor. I do not remember his name right now."
"The mayor you say? Interesting. I wonder if he has any connection to that one mare who was floating around the tavern. Can't think of her name at the moment."
"What mare floating around?"
Iron stands up slowly. "Spark, I need your help. Could you help me put my armor on? I should go to the abbey to check Ash's status. She may be interested that these two little ones are safe and sated." He then walks over to his armor and lazily starts the process.
Does he need armor to go to a group of children and nuns?
Silver finally makes it to the hospital.
"Prancer, I think her name was. I've got her address written down. I'm thinking it might be time I look around her
property." He says with a wink.
Iron chuckles. "You are aiming for high-class, Brie. Hope it pays off."
"Not at all. Word is she travels in high circles. Like Comte, or the Mayor, but she has no official position in Baltimare."
Iron nods. "You seem to know her a bit. Have you entered her property already? I mean the actual house, not her flanks." He snickers.
A nurse asks him
“Hello, what is the nature of your ailment?”
"I cased her a bit when she was at the bar, and I've seen the outside of her house, but I haven't made a job out of it yet. I was waiting for a good opportunity and then I got caught up with you ponies in the dock mission. I haven't had a chance to get back to it, but in light of these two (indicating the changelings) I have to wonder if she might not be caught up in it. Not being a public official would give her leeway for interacting with unsavory individuals in business dealings without extensive media scrutiny. Its just a hunch, but worth looking into I think." He's silent for a moment, then turns to the changelings. "Hallo Kerr, hallo Wesley. Wie geht es ihnen?"
He goes straight to the point. "Changeling feeding."
Iron nods. "I understand. Be sure to keep these foals safe for now. I will be back after checking up on Ash." He finally puts all of his armor pieces and shield on his back. "Forget about the whole 'help me with equipping my armor' thing, Spark." With that, Iron exits the room. Destination: The Abbey.
Damn it. I leave for just 30 minutes…