517f7 No.99000[Last 50 Posts]
Set six years after season 6, Occupied Equestria presents an alternative history where the Changelings have conquered half of Equestria, while a former Equestrian colony - soured to Princess Twilight's notion of harmony with all creatures because of their encounters 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 long train ride from Baltimare to Bales has been interrupted by a group of partisan fighters, claiming to be looking for none other than Pinkie Pie, who has been kept prisoner since the end of the war. They don't seem to have found their prize, but they do seem to have found a very pissed off Brie, Onyx, and Spark, as well as another Bat Pony, and both groups have been interrupted by a new set of intruders. In Baltimare, Silver, Dark Star, and Iron await a new and uncertain dawn.
Here's hoping we can actually hit Day 6 in this thread. Also hoping the train gang returns so we can actually finish that encounter and move onto the next day.
Are we seriously only 5 days in still?
|Rolled 7 + 7|
"What's the status of the Engine?" Brie assumes a confident and "I'm supposed to be here" posture.
“It’s… stopped now.” Answers the closest of the postal workers
"I mean is it secure, or has it been compromised?" Brie doesn't hide the fact that he felt that was a rather thick response.
A different postal worker answers. The further away postal worker, a jade green Pegasus answers now
“We don’t know. We just know there have been attempts to break into this car.”
Then the Midnight blue bat, Ozren, gives his own answer
“I intend to find out”
"But you haven't tried going into
the engine? Fuckin' n0obs." He says, frogging a pair of daggers (he's down to 8 or 9, depending on if the one pony got a knife to the face). "Have you tried knocking?"
have tried knocking”
Then Ozren says
“They are postal workers, not engineers”
He goes forward, towards the door on the far end
"If you want to do things the hard way,…" Brie changes his appearance to mimic the lime green officer. "Tell you what. If I get shot, we can do it your way."
The jade postal worker moves aside, because it looks like Brie is not, in fact, the least patient bat in the room. Ozren moves to the door, twists a knob on it, pulls a lever down, then pulls the door in.
Through the open door Brie can see that this gap between the RPO and the locomotive does not have a cover connecting the cars, like the other gaps between cars. It is exposed to the outside. Ozren looks over.
“Is this other door locked?”
"You're asking me? I just got here. Let me take a look." Brie goes over and inspects the lock.
|Rolled 16 + 7|
It does not appear to be tampered with, but….
From above, a pony drops down onto the coupling. A burgundy Pegasus. She is old looking, and has noticeable scars on her, including around her right eye, both eyes glowing gold. She is carrying, of all things, a sword, shorter in length and with a curve.
|Rolled 15 + 5|
She immediately swings her sword, upwards and down upon the nearest target. Not Brie, but Ozren, who was standing further out. He holds his carbine between his hooves, and raises it up, blocking the sword
|Rolled 10 + 3|
Oh no, that’s already started. Brie May act in whatever way, including attacking now
Wait, the train is stopped. Brie takes flight and tries to position himself (on top of the engine, if possible/necessary) to surround the pegasus.
Well, maybe. The door itself is narrow, as is the gap between the locomotive and the RPO, so taking flight would require basically already require getting to her side
So,… tumbling to maneuver around?
Success. Brie rolls out through the door, under and besides Ozren, and off to the right of the Burgundy Pegasus, who is standing on the coupling. Brie falls off unto the rocks of the train tracks under the cars, and lands gracefully enough, placing him about a foot lower than the Pegasus, who is still aiming her sword at Ozren
|Rolled 3 + 5|
|Rolled 18 + 9|
So now that Brie has flanking Brie starts planting roses (and by roses, I mean knives).
Modified for flanking bonus
One flies right past her, another hits her in the side of her barrel
|Rolled 3 + 1|
Oh. Huh. Thats,… okay. I did not know that.
|Rolled 1 + 5|
The knife sticks into her side and draws blood. She moves a hoof to pull it out, and drops it on the ground.
Finding herself flanked by a pony with the ability to tumble out, and facing a reasonably skilled pony, plus two postal workers with shotguns, the old mare looks over to the side, and herself tries to tumble away, to the left.
And she simply falls
So,… Ozren's turn?
He moves forward, and pulls on the door
“Give me a key!”
|Rolled 19 + 11|
"Gait aside, do try to keep the angry pegasus occupied,…." Brie says rolling his eyes and pulling out his lockpicks.
She tries to pull back for the moment, rolling over the side. The door comes open at Brie’s efforts, and Ozren swings it open, trying to enter as quickly as possible.
"You're welcome! Sorry for the whole leg stabbing thing!" Brie calls as he rushes away.
He frogs another pair of daggers.
"Now then. Shall we dance?"
If she’s looking to dance, she doesn’t respond to Brie immediately
Brie frogs more daggers
Ozren goes through into the locomotive unit, disappearing out of line of sight
And the postal workers close the door to the RPO, not enthusiastic for any battle
Brie may now go into the locomotive, move around outside, or bet the postal workers to let him back in
|Rolled 4 + 3|
|Rolled 19 + 7|
Oh right, I'm gonna leave an unvanquished opponent,….
In this time, she’s moved away a bit, but not entirely out of line of sight.
If thrown, one knife hits her
|Rolled 3 + 1|
That was the idea
She’s hit again, and it seems the injury is enough to deter her from immediate further engagement
"Not getting cold feet are you? I don't suppose you could return those two? They're kind of sentimental." Brie taunts the pegasus, while drawing another pair. "I mean I have some more, but I am
She gets back up, holding her sword
“Did you want something?”
"Those two blades sticking out of you, if you wouldn't mind."
|Rolled 16 + 5|
She pulls one out - the one that landed - and throws it back
“Find the other two yourself”
And it hits Brie
"Much obliged. I've lost so many killing your comrades. Who is it you all are again?"Is she proficient with throwing knives?
>>99065What kind of bandit would she be if she wasn’t?
"I was trying to be nice. Would 'controllers' have been more accurate? Perhaps 'taskmasters'?" Brie says, retrieving the knife she threw back and otherwise disregarding the damage.
“No… It’s just us out here. Perhaps you’re thinking of those ‘freedom fighters’. We have nothing to do with them.”
She uses her wings to make air quotes
"Well that's just disappointing. I hope you don't expect me to learn your
names, because I'm quite disinterested in caring who I scrape off my hoof."
She half smiles at Brie, or rather, she raises her lips on the left side of her face as if in a smile.
“It’s Red Morning. And you can tell your friends.”
Keep in mind that unless she can see through illusions (which as a player I would wager she can, since she was introduced with glowing eyes) Brie still looks like a lime green unicorn.
"She says its Red Morning!" Brie shouts, then waits. "Hmmm, it seems they're as disinterested as I am."Also keep in mind, Brie is deliberately trying to buy Ozren or whatever his name was, some time to get the engine going again
>>99075I recalled Brie removing the illusion altogether when he tried to reconcile with Snowflake, although I think maybe he added another illusion when he went to get the changelings? In any event, this particular Pegasus has not seen the lime green unicorn as she arrived after the the lime green unicorn was on the train. So unless Brie has partisan colors on…
So Brie is not going into the locomotive?
She narrows her eyes a little, then nods, as her eyes come up into a full toothy smile
Red Morning’s face realizes a full, malign smile. Behind Brie, there is a very loud BOOM
Briefly, the area lights up to nearly as bright as day - or more accurately, as light as around a campfire - and the medium height grass, as well as the gravel around the tracks are fully visible, as is Morning’s faded burgundy coat. The light dies down quickly, and from somewhere behind Brie a smoking something (it looking like a can) is tossed over Brie’s head, hitting the slopes ground around the tracks and rolling down, maybe ten feet from Brie to his left and about the same distance away from Red Morning, a bit to her left and in front of her.
Red morning breaks off her stare, ducks her head down, then pulls her forehooves up around her head. Her wings spread forward around her face as well, as she pulls down.Roll Reflex Save
I can't stay long, but I need to know what happens after I shot that one pony.
|Rolled 17 + 3|
|Rolled 1, 4 = 5|
And rolling damage
The canister explodes in place, setting off a bright light and with a loud “BANG.” Another question, does Brie stay in place and dive down, dive to his right (the right of the train) or to his left (the left of the train)?
Its a reflex save, I'm surprised you're giving me a choice. With respect to Red's position, where would those options place him (closer/further)?
Down is in place, left is to her left and in front of her but slightly closer, and to the right is further away and likely out of line of sight
Definitely the right then
>>99085In retrospect, to the left wouldn’t have worked, because that’s where the flash bang landed
Brie dives out of the way, and avoids being blinded or deafened. He can see over here two more bandits, both pegasi, holding guns, and with attention most on the RPO, which has a noticeable hole blown into the right side of it. One of them tries to jump on and into the car.
|Rolled 15 + 3|
Brie dives down to the left and towards the side of the locomotive (on the right side), laying on the railroad tracks. There’s some yelling, and the two Pegasi jump onto the RPO,m through the hole in its side. A few letters fly around in the air, and start to slowly come down. The scene is like this for another few seconds, when there is a loudWOO
It unmistakably comes from the locomotive
Before the sequence of events in >>99088
, there is another loud “BANG” from the RPO
Brie adjusts his disguise to appear like Red whats her name (I know, its not that far away, but I'm both not back-reading to see it and I'm trivializing her) and jumps up from his newly successful hiding spot that would have done him no good anyway. Concluding that Ozren has the engine going, he follows the 2 pegasi that jumped onto the RPO
The hole goes from a foot above the base to the very top of the RPO. There is broken wood and parts of steel containers on the floor. One of the postal workers is lying down on the ground, another cowers in the far corner, the other is not visible. The two Pegasi - one a cloudy white, the other a faded tan - talk to each other
“Safe is over here, it seems to be dislodged from the explosion.”
“I knew that was the right place.”
“Alright, now help me get this open”
The train starts to move, with a sort of jolt. Not fast at all, but the cars are starting to stretch the coupling between them
“Shit, it’s moving!”
|Rolled 14 + 3|
|Rolled 3 + 7|
Brie plants another two flowers, one in each of the ponies' back
Hmmm… I don’t think the targeting of two distinct opponents in the same round is normally allowed
A song for Dark Star and Silver, who have not been seen in a while.https://youtu.be/Rkeh50Nig5UActually this is beyond the cut off yearPlaying because it’s the ending song of Avengers End Game
And now, a boop for confirmation that I'm available for some RP.
Anyways, Cauldron completes her home cooking, and pokes the minty green life serum into empty liquor bottles
Iron, giddy from curing his moderate to severe wounds, takes one full life bottle and chugs like no tomorrow.
He sighs in relief, turning to Cauldron.
"Alright, we are going through a lake path in order to avoid any big ambushes. It has a lake too, if you are feeling thirsty."
The three begin their trek down the hillside, through brush that is a bit thicker than before, as the trees are not as tall nor the canopies as thick as elsewhere. Some of the plants are bid deader than before, or at least, a bit yellowed. Otherwise, the journey is fairly uneventful. Cauldron enjoys the scenery, occasional looking at plants, while Pear is sometimes impatient, sometimes annoyed by the heat, and other times anxious
Iron feels slightly cheated by the lack of a lake but thinks nothing of it for now. He pokes Pear. "What can you tell me about this path that caught your eye enough to suggest it?"
“It gets us there” she says, dryly
Now who says there wasn’t a lake?
What're you talkin' 'bout? I'm always here.
You know what they say.
Three's a crowd.>>99105
Iron walks along the path, a bit confused by how she answered.
He takes this travelling time to spot any interesting events of nature, among other sightseeing opportunities. He cannot stay in the jungle for too long or else somepony back at his tribe would think he's trying to avoid his maturity call, but he'll take this chance to feel comfortable while it lasts.
(Nothing like a calm stroll towards battle.)
Oh shit, people are here
Uh, to repeat what I said before, I'm not sure that attacking two distinct opponents in the same surprise round without the requisite feats and levels is possible
Iron cocks his head at the foreign metal object. He walks to the edge of the lake to get a closer look at the metal object at the shallower area of it.
"What is that?" He says out loud to no one in particular.
"Looks like a crashed plane" Pear says
On closer inspection, the object has solid metal surfaces in parts, and only ribs to show in others. it looks like at least half of the object is below the water
"Crashed plain? What does it do?"
He says as he dips his hooves in the water to attempt to look through the holes this metal object has a little closer to see what's in it.
"looks to be a Wirraway Dive Bomber"
Cauldron Smiles, then adds
"'Tis the Wirraway of the Lake. You may ask it it's wisdom."
Some areas look a bit broken, who knows if there is a risk of getting cut if it is touched. There's definitely something inside, looks to be debris though. It appears that there is space for at least two ponies in there
Well, yes, now
I am.It's hard playin' vidya and checking the thread at the same time, alright?
I hit and miss the bigger one
So, commit to attacking one of the two ponies?
|Rolled 2, 2, 5 = 9|
|Rolled 4 + 1|
Yes. Sneak damage
|Rolled 17 + 5|
That's a lot of damage. But the stealth is gone. The other one attacks back
|Rolled 2 + 1|
Looks like a hit with the butt of a rifle
>>99116Huh, it's the 'challenge' of the lake if (((Wikipedia))) is right about its origin word. So it's definitely New Mareland owned if Australia==New Mareland.
Iron ponders for a bit. He decides to gently place his hoof on the side of this seemingly wise plane.
"Wirraway of the Lake, I wish to access your wisdom."
Oh, this is definitely a die roll
Any mods to it?
Sadly, it looks like the Wirrary of the Lake is not in a talking mood at the moment
>>99129Judging by your confusion, I think you weren't expecting this. Well, time to see if this plane is 'alive'.
Iron looks over to Cauldron then back.
"Wirraway of tha Lake, are you there?"
>>99130Of Course I was expecting this
The plane is non responsive
Iron blinks once.
"I think the plain is asleep."
He looks at the spots where the two ponies would reside if it were used and looks inside for anything that does not look like debris.
Is the inside completely dry?>>99122
Down to 13. Brie draws his last 2 daggers
Of the train car? Yes. Yes it is.
“Did you forget about me already, Changeling?”
Brie can hear behind him
There are of course shards of metal, pieces of glass, and also, straps of leather in the front section. The rear section has much the same, a notebook, and what looks to be a very, very large black gun
"I thought it best. It would never work out between us and we should go our separate ways, Red Whatever-you-said your name was." Brie doesn't hide his sarcasm
Iron pokes the very very large gun at the rear section.
(A strange thing to see. It looks to be quite heavy.)
He decides to check the notebook first before doing anything that could damage the Wirraway of the Lake, opening on its first page.
|Rolled 5 + 5|
Looks to have another map of the area, as well as photographs, also of the area.>>99136
But the melee instrument fails to land
Iron nods to himself. He takes it and passes it to Pear.
"Is there something that catches your eye for this map?"
“That settlement didn’t seem to be there on our map… these photos would have been really useful before.”
"Excellent. Keep it. It seems you have acquired new places to study later."
With that, he walks back to the plane to inspect the big gun at the rear again.
(Is this thing fixed to it? Will it break if I pull it? It seems like it would sell well with any sort of tool user experts.)
It is very big, and seems to be fixed to it. Whether it can be detached is hard to determine
Iron nods, concluding that the plane would get upset if he were to pull its gun out of it.
He walks back to the dryland a little content by obtaining some more useful intel.
"I think that is all there is inside that plain. Shall we go?"
“Take another look at the map”
"Oh. Alright then."
He proceeds to do so, trying to see what new information has been obtained.
More detail on the layout of the temple, and sone sort of settlement to the north that looks a bit like a camp
Iron's torch turns on.
"Ah! So that was what you meant by a sort of settlement nearby that did not appear before."
He makes a mental note of the temple's layout for when the time comes.
"Do you suggest paying a visit to the camp?"
“Huh? What is it?”
Pear doesn’t seem to understand
Iron blinks in confusion.
"This one over here. You were
pointing this part out on the map for me to check out, right?"
She takes the map, and looks at it more closely
He walks next to her and points where the camp is supposed to be.
"This little place right there. Is that not right?"
The location is clearly marked as more important in the notebook
“Huh… this must have been the bomber’s target.”
Iron cocks his head, not understanding bombardment concepts.
"What is that metal thing supposed to do? Drop in like it did at the lake and destroy the camp with it?"
“I don’t think that was their plan…”
She looks at it further, then a grin takes over her face
“This must be the bandit’s staging area.”
"Now that is more like it. How would we be able to reach there according to the map?"
“It’s on the other side of this mountain.”
"Can it be travelled through or across said mountain?"
“Yes. It must be, if they can get to us. Unless you’d prefer the air route.”
She looks over at the decayed plane wreckage
"Then it is settled. We change course towards the camp through the mountain if possible. Point me towards the direction the mountain is and we shall start our travel."
"What do you mean? Is the camp not where the bandits are residing?"
“Why would we go to the bandits.”
Iron thinks for a bit.
"I was thinking to strike them to prevent any further ambushes for your safe extraction. The best defense is a good offense, after all."
Cauldron pulls forward
“You said we were getting money. Do you really want us to get killed in the process?”
Pear, however, says
“On second thought… Yes. We should.”
>>99167Ooh. Pear seems quite interested.
Iron shakes his head.
"I understand the danger of facing his ponies now, but if we do not crush them, they will haunt us for longer and sabotage our lives. We need to show that we are not ponies that should be messed with. Keep in mind that more ponies mean more things we can sell later."Besides, I want great cleave to be useful for once. Damn feat.
I don’t know about starting any gang wars…”
“As he says, better to attack them on our terms then let them attack us on their’s.”
Cauldron seems unconvinced, but acquiesces
"It is settled. We shall go to the camp and deal with them. We march."
With that, he awaits Pear's direction to start the travel in the usual travel formation of Iron at the front and Cauldron at the back.
(The money we will get after getting all of these bandits' loot will be quite larger. Cauldron will thank me later as long as we succeed. Still, there might be the possibility of causing some turmoil in the gang but how would they know our afilliation? I am just a rookie while Cauldron is a grunt, nevermind the archeologist making things more confusing. Focus on downing all the ponies there and getting their stuff. The profit will be worth it.)
Thus, they go. The position seems to be over the hill, and down around the other side. This area is more filled with brush than trees, though there are enough high canopied trees to break line of sight. Pear regularly stops to try to evaluate their position and make adjustments to their movement
Iron goes along with it.
(Pear seems to be a lot more confident now that she has someone to act as brawn. I wonder if the bandits took some of the archeologists captive to know the temple's layout.)
>>99175I’ll say at least this
After some time, they come upon what must be the camp. It’s a clearing with several tents in the foreground, as well as a fire. From Iron’s side there are trees that are taller, as well as some brush, to allow for cover. There is a set of raised rocks behind that part of the camp with a larger rectangular tent above it, and to the right is a pathway. There is a sense that this is not the totality of the camp, and that more exists to the right and behind what is immediately visible.
Dark Star hasn’t been seen for five days and Silver isn’t active, but nevertheless:
Skies wakes up, pulls herself out from under Dark Star, and goes to shower
Speaking of inactive players…
I should be free tonight and tomorrow, but from then on it is pure chaos.
And I didn't see if my damage to the pony with a gun did anything. I may have missed that, but I am still wondering if I got at least one before I find myself the one taking damage and/or falling to the ground.
Dark Star is reluctant to let go of her but he complies after a few minutes then he cutely pouts.
|Rolled 15 + 2|
“D’aww. Did you want to do more cuddling?”>>99180
Shimmer’s shot hits the pony and does damage, causing him to bleed from his chest. He levels his carbine and shoots at Shimmer
|Rolled 3, 2 = 5|
Looks like a hit. Rolling damage
"Its never a bad time for cuddles." He Grins at her.
She smiles at him in her way
“Unless you want to join me. Or cuddle now.”
11 HP left.
Spark stumbles backwards from the hit.
"I'm not letting you take this train! Can't you leave a pony to travel in peace?"
He fires once more.
"Joining you sounds fun" he whispers
Dark Star gets out Bed and follows her to the bathroom
|Rolled 2, 1 = 3|
Hit. Rolling damage>>99187
She gives him that grin. She walks over towards the bathroom door. Silver is sleeping on the bed, across the bottom, almost like a very large dog. Skies enters the bathroom, then the shower, and starts to turn the knobs.
Dark Star Grins Back at herDark Star's Cock is slightly poking out of his sheath seeing her walk over to the shower
He Then walks over to the shower and steps inside>1
Skies turns on the water. She seems to have it a little colder than Dark Star may like.
She places herself into the stream of water, closed her eyes, and lets it flow over her head and her neck. She almost looks like a dove, bathing in a fountain as she lets her wings spread out slightly, touching Dark Star
Does the pony fall, or tis just a flesh wound?
Dark Star inhales sharply at the cold sensation hitting him
"You are as beautiful as a dove,blue"
He Starts gently trying to preen any loose feathers off of her as he kisses her neck
‘Tis but a flesh wound>>99193
Her wings flinch a bit, and she pulls her wings back
But she sort of smiles at the kisses
Bonjour you faguettes
Spark is not going to have a good day.
HE FUCKING LIVES.
Gunshots heard at the end of the train car in the vestibule
Only on the outside.
Onyx decided heading towards the gun fire is a smart idea.
Looks like one of those insurgents is near the door, shooting at Spark, who is shooting at him. Both are wounded
Dark Star Frowns slightly as she pulls her wings away
He Trails kisses down her back getting closer to her flanks
They are still there, as pretty as ever. She continues to wet her mane, and let it fall down
|Rolled 20 + 10|
Onyx rolls his eye before preparing his halberd and charging the shooting pony.
Dark Star takes a second to Admire her wings before planting a kiss on her dock.
"Your Wings are Magnificent.">>99202
…. I think Onyx may have just made that pony into a shish kebab>>99203
Her tail instantly goes up
Her wings spread a little more, and a forehoof tried to apply some shampoo
|Rolled 39 + 6|
Oh boy! Halberds are a x3 crit too!
|Rolled 2 + 6|
…. I think the dice fucked up
Uh… what am I looking at?
Well the most recent one is damage…. But I prefer the fucked up one
That pony is invincible…
Dark Star GrinsHe then Buries his face into her Marehood, running his tongue up and down the length of it before pushing it inside.>>99207
Atlas Did this.
I’m… I’m pretty sure he’s dead
Well… it looks like the pony inside the door is dead and Spark is safe. But there are sounds outside of ponies rushing towards the door
"Good to see you, bartender."
Spark holds a hoof to his wound.
"Just in time as always."
"Interesting flavor this morning."Dark Starwinks back at her before sucking on her clit and rubbing her vulva with his hoof
"Looks like we need to get you out of here"
Onyx looks around for any exit
“Woah there boy, hehe.”she winks again, getting wetter>>99217
What is he exiting? Because the danger is attempting to enter the train
"As much as that sounds like a good idea, we can't let those ponies in here. They will overrun us regardless if we run."
"Well, then I hope you can fight"
"I'll do my best."
So… are the two going to stand there and wait for them to enter?
Unless you have any better ideas…..
The door opens to another stallion holding a rifle and looking down at the body
He ChucklesHe Increases the suction on her clit, she can also feel his tongue rubbing circles around her love bud. he reaches his other fore hoof up to her perky little teats, He plays with her nipples as he continues to tease her vulva
|Rolled 10 + 3|
We are getting to that…
Spark casts a silent image spell of a changeling in front of the door to distract the invasion forces.
>>99225water flows down in gentle streams from her nopples, which harden a bit in the colder water. Her vulva, by contrast, expands and stretches as Dark Star moves it, allowing a glimpse into her vagina. She trembles a little as Dark Star dies his work.>>99226
|Rolled 22, 20 = 42|
“A FUCKING CHANGELING”
He fires his rifle at it, as does another partisan
Spark makes the changeling Roman salute one of the invaders, hopefully making them think there is another changeling in their midst.
Did onyx disappear again?>>99228
Another shot. Nothing quite yet
|Rolled 20 + 10|
Nope, just waiting to know I can do something.
So Onyx decides to charge again, at one of the distracted ponies
Well, at least they don't catch on to the changeling being a illusion.>>99230
Well… you are on a roll.
Only one pony inside
the train, but holy shit
|Rolled 6 + 6|
Once again, x3
Yeah, he’s dead
There is another one outside of the train
If the illusion is still there, Spark sends it running toward the pony outside.
*whinny*she clamps down on Dark Star’s muzzle
He shoots at it
Holy shit, not only is there mass action from more than one player, but there's 20s everywhere.
Umm…. what does this mean for Spark? Is he hit from a lucky ricochet?
That’s one 20 Onyx won’t be getting.
The shot goes straight through the illusion’s head, leaving a ripple >>99239
I know right.
Dark Star's eyes Have a prideful look about them.as he continues to attempt to stimulate her with his tongue as much as he can.
|Rolled 19 + 10|
Onyx seems unable to stop his assault through the red mist in his vision and continues his rampage, swinging the blade down upon the second distracted pony.
Not a twenty, but still on fire.
She continues shivering, as she tries to wash her maneAnd she continues winking at him>>99243
A fucking 19?
The pony figured out the Changeling was an illusion with a lucky shot. He was not so lucky with onyx. Hit.
From inside of the car comes a new pony. Or rather, an old one. It’s the Forest green stallion Spark battled earlier, and he has his gun back
|Rolled 10 + 6|
Atlas has bestowed his luck in battle upon me this day
|Rolled 10 + 5|
"Drop the damn gun or suffer the same fate as all of these ponies that refused."
Onyx stands over his work, breathing heavy as the red mist dissipates
"Hey Spark, thanks for the distraction"
He then sees the third one and tightens his grip on the halberd
|Rolled 19 + 4|
At this point, she stops what she is doing, and looks up. Her shoulders are wet, but she stands strong.she continues to wink, as he can feel>>99250
He is not intimidated.
"Actually, how about I drop you?"
Firing once more.
Now that’s an initiative roll
Darn rules of D&D I still don't understand… Alright, I'll get shot more.
|Rolled 5 + 2|
And he shoots
I like initiative
And he misses >>99258
Onyx is next in line
|Rolled 16 + 7|
Onyx decides that he's suddenly a pacifist.
Nah, jk he charges again. This time -3 for power attack
He looks a slightly concerned
"Something wrong?"He Continues to rub his shaft along her mound gathering lubrication on it.As he moves his head close to her's then passionately kisses her
Actually, onyx started outside if the train, whereas this is inside the train. So Spark is next>>99256
Ok. The only thing I can do if I want to save those scorching rays… Spark fires his not-so-trusty gun.
“No”And she kisses back, like Dark Star’s own dove. She’s definitely wet, though much if that is the shower water
Him, I think that would miss unless Spark’s modifier is higher (and I don’t know what it is).>>99260
Now onyx’s turn, and that would hit
No modifier. The only ones I have are to charisma, bluff, intimidation, and negative to strength.
|Rolled 5 + 12|
Yippee! Murder time
It’s the base attack bonus plus dexterity>>99268
The pony was already wounded from earlier when Spark shot him. So now, he’s super wounded. Or dead. More like dead.>>99267Skies gently wraps her tongue with his, and closes her eyes. Her mane is rather pretty when wet, and shampoo comes out of it. Now, Dark Star is directly under the stream of water from the shower. It’s a little chilly.
Are Spark and Onyx kill?
A minute passes, perhaps, before a BOOM is heard from nearer the front of the train
"Do we investigate and face more certain death?"
"Well I figure it's investigate and die, or stay and die. So yeah, let's go"
"Good point. Why do we have to have the worst kind of exciting lives?"
Spark painfully walks toward the explosion noise.
Onyx frowns and walks up next to Spark, bracing him up
Seems to be coming from the train car in front of them
"Thanks. The sooner we get this over with, the sooner I can have this looked at.">>99279
I open the door slowly and peek through.
"No problem, I need someone's help here"
Going through the coach car of frightened ponies, and to the end of the car… the door to the other car is locked>>99281”oof” Pony is kissed more so. Star has her pretty thoroughly under his hooves
But of course it is. I really should have got the knock spell… really messed up on that one.>>99282
"Think you can bust this thing down?"
|Rolled 14 + 4|
"I can try…"
Strength check to buck down the door.
>>99285She opens her mouth and stretches out, while she clamps down as tightly as possible in Dark Star>>99286
The door cracks
|Rolled 11 + 4|
Onyx tries again then, hoping to expand upon the crack.
The train jolts as it starts to move.
The door now opens, lock broken. Inside he can see a long train car with broken metal and wood on the floor, and a large hole in side. Two identical looking red ponies stand near the edge of the hole, with a black pony standing up and facing the left one. Never the door, a pony in post service uniform lays against a wall.
WHY ARE THEY SO CUTE
>>99177Alright, let's get this show on the road.
Taking advantage of the brush and trees, he decides to try and spot any sort of bandit activity from his covered position.>>99300Aren't they such cute bugponers.
Two immediately pop out. In the lower area, next to a tent, is a bandit on a chair next to a set of rocks that seem to be used for a campfire. He seems to be sleeping. On the ledge above them is a bandit who seems to be standing sentry
Iron focuses on the sentry stallion on the ledge and tries to guess the distance between them for a charge attack.
150 feet horizontally, 20 feet vertically. There is at least more brush along the left side.uh, would you rather I used metric? Since you are evidently not-American
>>99306I only need to know if they're in the 30 feet radius for a charge attack, so don't worry. I'll assume I'll need to do a jump roll to reach that guy as well.
Iron nods to himself, looking for any covered path to reach his charging range in order to get his attack first before the bandit at the ledge can react with his own.
Completely covered, no. It kind of looks like Iron can’t attack until he is distracted or otherwise not looking
>>99308Imma try to use some game logic.
Iron look near his position for any pebbles that could make a noise.
Rocks, twigs, you name it. Although iron is still fairly far away
>>99310Darnit. So there's no chance to close in without getting shot… unless…
|Rolled 8 + 5|
Iron decides to place a little rock on the ground and promptly shoot it out in the general vicinity of the ledge stallion.
(If the stallion gets curious enough to investigate it, it should close the distance.)
Not far enough, especially considering that it is daytime in a jungle, and thus sounds in the brush are to be expected
He tries to see if the bandit at the ledge has a long gun or a short gun.
It’s shorter, but black and boxxy
>>99314>black and boxyDang.
Iron presumes the pony with the gun would not have as much damage and accuracy than the two riflemares he had to fight previously. He turns his attention to the sleeping bandit below to see if he has a gun in hand. He will be the first target for his charge.
He has a rifle off to the side of his chair. In any event, he is unconscious.
“There are definitely more of them…”
"I agree. There are more of them, but I can't reach them with either throwing or punches. The sentry will undoubtedly see me if I try to move closer which will alert all the other bandits in the area."
(There is always using the rifles we took from the riflemares, although I am not a good shot.)
“On the bright side, they aren’t aware of us, and at least one of them is sleeping. They are complacent.”
"If that is the case, then they will not take a single native as much of a threat and might try to intimidate me by pointing their weapons and closing in. That would undoubtedly help with the whole range problem I have currently."
He points to the bags.
"There is also coat puncturers and shedders if that does not work. I think waltzing in could work while you cover me."
“Walzing in? Coat shredders? Why would we let them know we are here when we don’t even know how many or where most of them are?”
>>99320I had a feeling I couldn't from the lack of cover but if that's possible…
"You are right, we should continue looking for bandits, maybe even the leader or a right hoof stallion."
With that, he studies the cover to see if he can walk along the covered forest edges to the other side.
Along the left side there is some cover. At least it looks like the ledge itself blocks line of sight to things to the right and beyond it
Iron points it out to the others.
"We might be able to close the distance and scout some more if we follow that left side."
Uh… anyone here?
Under the hot jungle sun the two mares have ambivalent responses to the heat. Pear is an academician who has spent most of her life indoors. She is rather small and dainty, and though she is an earth pony, her body has more in common with the unicorns that doubtlessly dominate that profession. But this is not her first run through the jungle, nor even her first week here, and she has accustomed herself to the inconvenience. Cauldron is larger, stronger, and generally more resilient. Whether zebras, as a race, are studier than the average pony, who can say. But Cauldron is clearly studier than the average female. And yet, she has spent most of her life in the city. When she works outside, it tends to be at night. And so she is not well acclimated to the heat in her first day in the jungle.
The same ambivalence applies to the mission in the camp. Cauldron is fairly well accustomed to stealth and even melee combat, and seems to have some idea about how to execute the attack on the camp. What she lacks is a conviction of the necessity of the operation. Pear, by contrast, truly wants to go into that camp. But a firefight is no place from her, if the last battle didn’t make that obvious. Cauldron tried to shepherd her, thinking Pear is out of her element, while Pear tries to press Cauldron forward.
Cauldron moves ahead, in almost perfect silence
>>99327Woah, I wasn't expecting this. Good to know.>>99328
Iron follows along the sneaky zebra to the best of his ability.
The brush continues in lower bushes under the canopy over the left, within 20 feet of the tent. The one pony is still sleeping. The one on high is harder to see, but still there
“You see that? He’s bored. He’ll be reading a magazine soon enough.”
"That is to be expected of a mere bandit," he whispers back to Cauldron. He awaits the moment when the sentry at the top gets distracted, also keeping an eye out for any new additions to the punching list.
No obvious new additions
Among other things. Really, there are multiple possible angles of approach
>>99336Drat. Well, the time for scouting is still up then.
Iron keeps along the cover, trying to get away from the guards' line of sight as soon and as quietly as possible.
This is possible, as the ledge is almost complete vertical
"Alright, those two will be dealt later. For now, let us focus on gathering the current bandit strength," he whispers to Cauldron and Pear (if she's there of course.)
Caldron does not
trust Pear, but they go forward. It isn’t far at all before two ponies are seen around a barrel talking to each other. There seems to be a wooden panel on it, to make it into a surface for eating
(So that makes 4 bandits to beat up, huh?)
Iron does a double take of his position in relation to the current foes around him in his cover and wonders if there is more of the camp to explore.
Indeed there is, to his present left, wrapping around the raised area of the ledge
>>99342If there's more to explore of the camp…
Iron keeps on moving along the cover to his present left.
(Maybe I can get a knockout punch from that pony at the ledge.)
He advances further to the other side. There is a pony at a pot over a fire, who seems to a cook, and another in brown shirt with a gun that is standing guard. He is looking out of the camp, in the opposite direction
(2 more ponies. It seems we will have to hide as soon as we take out some of these ponies.)
Iron decides to keep going along to see how many more ponies are there to keep track of.
The next area may be advanced only by waking up tam trail to the top
Iron looks around from his cover, remembering the bandit looking to the outside, probably at the trail they have to cross.
"We have an issue. Our path from here is going to be without cover, which will let us be spotted almost instantly. I think we need to start clearing this area. It seems isolated enough," he whispers to the team.
Cauldron nods. She understands
Iron nods back. He starts scanning the area for the bandits closest from his position to the furthest.
From where he is now, the cook. But does he remain in that position, or slink back?
Iron, currently standing in his position, ponders for a bit. He looks to Cauldron.
"It seems we are close to the one escape route further into the camp. Do you have any silent weapons in your possession?"
She pulls out a trusty crow bar
"It will have to do. I will need you to hide and steal their weapons without noticing. If a shot is fired, no matter the distance, it will attract unwanted attention. If you have a chance to knock them out or kill them, only take it if it is guaranted to succeed and will not compromise your stealth. When you have done that, I will fight them all hoof to hoof."
|Rolled 2, 17 = 19|
She smiles, then slinks off
Looks like a pole (tent or lamp post) was knocked over
Iron's ears flick at the scene. He looks over to the guards closest to the dropped pole. She may get into trouble.Please include target distance.
Okay, that’s all for tonight
Fair enough. Night.
Cauldron may be in quite the pickle.
Honestly, I'm gonna have to read back through your dream thing. I got a little lost in the middle of it.Also, I'm fairly certain that we can add Deponian (Serbian), Prywhenian (Bulgarian), and Lushian (Romanian) to the list of languages available. That is, if I've associated the correct languages with the correct countries.
Likewise with your character's recent actions.
>>99368Right. Sorry, not thinkin' straight right now.>>99367
Silver's just been sleeping. He oughta be waking up here, soon.
I still want to reach the epic conclusion of beating a whole bandit camp and get money.
|Rolled 11, 16 = 27|
I’m going to try to get this done soonish.>>99369
Skies and Dark Star are awake
One of the bandits from the table goes to investigate the pole
Iron ponders if he can throw something to make another noise worthy of investigation, looking at the rocks around him.
(Aiming it at another thing that could fall over would make them search there.)
If he’s sort of “in” the camp or at least near it
Iron huffs in slight annoyance at the current unfavorable outcome.
(I guess I shall have to move in slightly. I hope they do not see me.)
Picking up about 2 or 3 rocks, he cautiously steps closer into a possibility of causing some minor ruckus through his rock throwing, trying his hardest not to be seen.
Where is Iron?>>99369
Is Silver Kill?
From what I recall, Iron would be closest to the trail path to reach to the next area which was guarded by two ponies, still in cover.
Hmmm… I guess that could work
|Rolled 13 + 5|
Alright, here goes.
Iron aims at the area behind the guard investigating the fallen pole, somewhere that would arise a need to check out like another thing that could fall over or make a clang soung when colliding with the rock, and throws it.
It makes a sound, but does not knock anything over. Roll luck.
DICE GODS GRANT ME YOUR FAVOR
….. They are more interested in the rock than Cauldron
Iron nods in satisfaction over granting Cauldron some more time to get all the weapons off the bandits' hooves, looking over her actions to see if she needs another distraction.
She scurries the hell out of there
Iron, grateful she took advantage of his bait, breathes a sigh of relief. Now it is a matter of time before her part is done.
He turns to Pear, wondering what sort of task would he give her.
"Is the trail familiar to you?" He says, attempting to guess the Temple's distance to the camp from Pear's current knowledge and map information
“If there is a trail I haven’t seen it.”
(Now we wait for Cauldron to do her thing.)
“I could not take the gun from the one guard, or go up the rock formation… but it’s more than nothing.”
"The one guard at the ledge, right? That should leave about 5 unarmed guards, correct?"
“No… the one around back. Two armed guards visible.”
Iron cocks his head.
"No idea about the other four?"
“No, they are disarmed.”
"So the ponies closest to the trail or the first two bandits we saw are still armed?"
“No. The two ponies standing guard are still armed.”
(So the bandit at the ledge and the one looking at the trail are still armed.)
Iron ponders for a bit.
"I should strike from the trail to ensure that no bandit flees further into the camp."
He looks over to the gun wielding pony and measures the sistance between him and his armed target for either a charge or a rock throw.
On a brighter note, I saw something happen in a game of HoI4: EaW I haven't seen before: the Changelings capitulated Equestria without ever taking Canterlot. They took every province around it and moved on.
Huh. I thought capitulation happened with conquering cities in that game. Strange stuff. Were there a lot of divisions there?
That's my hypothesis, but I wasn't able to get a look.
Speaking of HoI4, what type of weaponry do you commonly use? Infantry, motorized, tanks, artillery or planes?
I suppose I use mostly infantry and artillery in the early game, tanks in the late game, and planes all the time as support. Other than that, I use everything when I have the fuel for it.
First off, exclusively use 20 and 40 width divisions for combat. 40 width is objectively superior to 20 width, and should be your end goal in any nation you play that has enough pony power to make enough divisions to cover your borders.
New Mareland, County of Griefwald, Socialist Republic of longsword, Nimbusia, the breakaways in the Equestrian Civil War, Wittenland, Penguinland, and maybe Firtree, Greneclyff, and Farbrook should remain 20 width, although frankly even with Greneclyff and Farbrook I tend to go 40 width. It’s acceptable to use 20 width in early wars even for larger nations like Olenia versus the Changelings or the Equestrian Civil War, but both nations should switch to 40 width thereafter. All major nations, plus Olenia, Stalliongrad, Skyfall, Dread League, and also the Riverlands nations that gain cores over the other nations (think of fascist Lake City and Communist River Republic) should eventually become 40 width. But basically, ask yourself “do I have enough ponypower and production to produce enough 40 width divisions to cover my current and anticipated borders?” If yes, then go 40 width, of no, then go 20 width.
Division templates are extremely important. A basic but extremely powerful template to use is the 20 width 7 infantry 2 artillery template. This template will beat most, though not all, enemy divisions in one on one combat if you have modern equipment. A better infantry division is the 40 width 11 infantry 6 artillery template. This infantry division has so much artillery in it that its model displays itself as an artillery division rather than an infantry division. It is probably my most produced division template, and I use it for defense, to fill the gaps in the line, and to kill enemy pockets. It is not the core of my attack.
The best division of the entire game is the 40 width medium tank division: 9 medium tanks, 8 motorized, and 2 Motorized Rocket Artillery or Medium self propelled gun. This division will melt away virtually any opposition, only really failing when its organization is very low or when it is outnumbered by more than 3 to 1. It’s as good of a defensive unit as it is an attack unit, allowing it to hold the line after making breakthroughs, and defend itself against enemy attacks without the need of infantry. It’s very fast, allowing it to encircle enemy forces easily.
Between these two templates I usually create a third division that’s kind of between them. Medium tanks are amazing, but they are insanely expensive. As such, I usually make a cheap but fast alternative. One such unit is the 40 width Motorized a Rocket Artillery Division: 11 motorized, 6 motorized rocket artillery. This unit has the coolest looking and sounding model of the entire game, with an amazing sound in the attack action. It’s not as efficient in breaking through enemy formations as the tank division, but it is fast
, quickly encircling enemies, and efficient at taking victory points. It does require many factories to produce, and it’s easy to set aside a few early. Unfortunately, the nations that benefit the most from this kind of unit - like Lake City, Olenia, Changeling lands, or Greneclyff - don’t have domestic supplies of rubber, which seriously cuts back the cheapness of this unit. Another option is the 40 width Light Tank division: 9 light tank, 8 motorized, 2 motorized rocket artillery or light self propelled gun. This unit is efficient at breaking through, and is very fast. Unfortunately it’s almost as expensive as a medium tank division, as is only cheaper by virtue of allowing factories for it to begin production earlier.
Those three templates will do pretty much everything you need, but special forces can be a thing. The best special forces unit in the entire game is the pony Pegasus division. It is fast
and can be paradropped. These units are best as pure 10 Pegasi 20 width divisions, with 20 pegasi 40 width divisions being even better. These things are as fast and as powerful as rank divisions when armed with magical weapons. The next unit to be considered is the Changeling Jager, which is not as good as Pegasi. I tend to either neglect these because I am running out of Army experience make templates by this point, or make them into 14 Jager 4 motorized rocket artillery or medium self propelled gun templates. Deer nations get bonuses to mountaineers, so I make mountaineers if playing Olenia. I use the same 14 Mountainer 4 motorized rocket artillery or medium self propelled gun template as with Jagers, basically. I don’t play Griffins enough to know much about knights, but you can neither drop them from planes, nor are they faster than infantry, so there isn’t much reason to not mix regular artillery.
Finally, sometimes you want garrison divisions to stop naval invasions. The 8 width infantry templates that you get at the start of the game are frankly strong enough to stop the great majority of AI naval invasions.
|Rolled 3 + 3|
|Rolled 19 + 7|
"3 at once? I must admit, I'm getting a bit of stage fright."
Brie says, disingenuously attacking Red.
Hit on Red.
But wait. Two more have entered the train car from the door far to Brie’s left
Is it too late for me to jump in?
Oh joy. For the record, Brie is down to his last 2 knives, so he's going melee
Whether it’s consultation or annoyance, it looks like the Calvary has arrived: Onyx and Spark have broken down the door at the far end of the car
|Rolled 2 + 1|
"Oh lovely, ponies I'm not going to have to worry about killing"
Holy hecc. Thanks for the small strategy guide. This should make it somewhat easier to play.Before we may continue, is my assumption that the ledge pony and the one looking at the trail or backside are the armed ones aka there's one armed pony for each side?
>>99416>That die roll>>99417
Yes, that is correct>>99413
Is Spark plainly brandishing a weapon?
Alright. I need some distance in feet to see if Iron is in charging distance for the armed pony. If not, he'll try to close in within the current cover to try and reach charge range.
I see. Red is not completely wounded. Rolling
Seeing as I didn't put it away… yes… gulp..>>99416
"Ah… there you are."
I have a sneaking suspicion about how Onyx may react to this situation.
Stab ponies with halberd?
Nonsense, he'd slash too
Henlo FrensDark Star throws his head back and Groans, blue can feel His Member begin to twitch. He Picks up the Pace of his thrusts while pulling Blue's Tail
HelloYep. Silver’s gonna hear that.>>99426
Hello. Onyx should be in the car looking at an old burgundy Pegasus mare, an old Burgandy Pegasus mare, an old black Pegasus mare, and a beige Pegasus mare. All 4 look like bandits and two look like twins. They variously hold knives and rifles, and the beige one looks seriously wounded. They are probably responsible for the hole blown into the side of the rail car, but that isn’t really easy to confirm. All 4 look at Onyx and Spark
Red looks at Brie, squinting her eyes and drawing her teeth back, holding her sword now.
"Less teeth, more tongue lass."
"I don't suppose any of you are willing to drop your weapons and come quietly?"
"Whether I come quietly is up to the mare and her technique!" Brie quips
>>99428Silver most definitely does.
|Rolled 15 + 3|
With a snort, Silver opens up a sleepy eye to gaze at the clock. He briefly wonders why he's sleeping at the hoof of the bed until the events of last night replay in his head, making him frown. Ah well. Maybe he'll get to sleep in
the soft bed next time.Listen
: For the now, Silver tries to focus on where the sound that woke him up just came from.
Onyx glares at him
“Your mouth and tongue really must be useful than your teeth, wouldn’t they, Changeling?”>>99435>>99433>>99431
One of the burgundy mares looks over at Onyx and Spark with strained expression of anger, then yells
With that, the beige mare, the black mare, and one of the two burgundy mares jumps for the whole in the wall of the train car, to stretch their wings and fly once they jump out. By now, the train has accelerated to maybe 20 MPH.>>99435
“I’ll let them
handle you, Succubus.”>>99437
Moaning in the bathroom
"Huh, that was easy"
>>99439I guess an action is needed again?
Iron looks over to the armed pony currently looking at the trail, calculating roughly the distance between him and the target for a charge attack.
"Finally. But there is still one more here.">>99435
Spark points to you.
"And why aren't you going with them?"
"Because I still have corpses to loot." Brie shrugs
Onyx's halberd points at the horse
"And why should we let you?"
The one looking at the trail who holds a gun, or are both guards in that particular area with guns? I thought the other armed pony was on the other side, back where we entered the camp.
I think he only gets one. One hit.>>99443
To Spark’s side, a cowering pony speaks up
“Thank goodness you’re here. They were trying to rob the safe before that one attacked them.”>>99450
I don’t think that is possible at the moment. One armed pony is above and one is around back
|Rolled 3 + 1|
"Something to remember me by"
>>99451Not of the train, but thanks?>>99452
Within these parameters, I'm trying to charge the one around back.
With the look in her eyes, Brie can guess that she will indeed remember him.
The Pegasi open their wings after going out, falling a bit, then quickly flapping and pulling up to the left before they hit the trees beyond the rail line, which is forward to the train and still causes them to fall behind the faster mining train>>99454
A pity Brie is disguised ^_~
>>99439Bathroom moaning…Star and Skies are not in bed, I see…
It's not hard for a pony to put two and two together, and for Silver it's certainly an excellent thought to wake up to. To have that kind of energy once again…
Silver will just have to make do with his old pony energy, he supposes as he begins doing bits of a morning routine: some stretches, some basic exercises, and to take stock of the state of his equipment. He especially looks at his poor saddlebags, having not the opportunity until now to inspect the damage that's been done to them.
>>99427Skies moans at this, pulls her head up, eyes closed, and clamps down on Dark Star.>>99456
‘It’s a pity indeed>>99457
It’s… well, some damage has been done to them by the weight of the books
"I would say you are safe now, but I have no idea if we have seen the worst or not yet. There could still be more robbers on the train."
Spark thinks for a moment.
"Any idea what all is in the safe?"
>>99455Alright, time for some loud action.
|Rolled 15 + 6|
Iron, after properly positioning himself to charge against the armed pony around back, does so with the intention of delivering a powerful hit on the target's snout.If there's a cleave chance, please inform me before making the opponents react with their own attack actions.
Taking care that the raiders have sufficiently left, Brie reverts to his dapper (what? It's a nice suit) appearance.
“Usually money, jewelry, or other valuables.”>>99456>>99446>>99459
From forward of their position, there is a loud [b]BAM and the entire car is jolted. Roll balance/dexterity>>99460
Hit. No targets in cleave distance
"Oh, that explains the double thing. It slips my mind that you can do that. Shall we check on the-">>99462
The guard bandit gets non-lethally booped hard.
"Черт." Silver lets out a sigh. Yeah, he'll definitely require new saddlebags. Gonna have to stop somewhere before heading back to quarry…
His ears perk up at another moan from the bathroom. His interest is definitely piqued. Should I…?
Silver slowly begins to advance towards the bathroom door.Probably stupid question: is there a keyhole on the doorknob.
|Rolled 14 + 3|
|Rolled 20 + 5|
Brie and Spark keep their composure. Onyx is knocked right the fuck over, possible into his halberd. The train keeps a rolling, and a separate tap is heard from the roof of the train car.>>99467
And he is out, or at least injured enough. The cook sees Iron.
Yes, he is in charge distance.
Also, rolling >>99466
She lets out an involuntary *coo*and takes it, spreading out her wings and stretching her neck outwards
"Sounds like we're not finished here." Brie says with a smile. Brie looks at the safe and the general situation in the mail car.
Onyx is now on his back, hoofing at the air
"Damnit, a little help anyone?"
Spark rushes to help Onyx.>>99473
I use magic and hooves to help him upright.
"Are you hurt?"
With little else to pass the time, Silver presses his ear against the door. At the very least whatever is going on in there should prove entertaining until they get out. Hmm…I wonder if they will be up for going out for breakfast after they have culminated.
There are still the three mail ponies in the car, with the one knocked to the ground evidently slowly coming to consciousness. None of the three are standing. There is still a big gaping hole in the side of the car, with scenery moving at increasing speed outside, although the night obscured much. The air is colder than it was in Baltimare already. There is general disorder in the car, with lose letters and envelopes blowing around in the air, fluttering up then falling back down. Part of the floor is covered in debris, and only one light at the far end of the car is working. The safe is off to the left side, not too far from the hole in the car.
Onyx bends over to grab his halberd again.>>99476
"So now what?"
|Rolled 15 + 11|
"I'll just check to make sure this is working,….">>99477
"Get ready, because I doubt all of our stow-aways have left"
Spark uses magic to grab ahold of the loose paper.
"Does anypony else need help up? We should move these letters to another car."
A very nice attempt, but this bastard is a bit resilient >>99479
A pony in the middle of the car raises a hoof. He looks harmed by a prior explosion
Onyx walks over and helps the pony to their hooves or, if necessary, carries them
>>99481Cauldron’s attack on the sleeping bandit>>99482
Carrying will work fine
Can I take a 20 if I take my time?
"Do you need medical attention?"
Yes.assuming it’s not a magical lock..>>99475
Silver can hear an “oh blue!>>99487
“Maybe…”>>99485”Keep it comming”
A spartan medic appears,….
"Sounds like a yes to me"
What do you know, it is
entertaining to listen in on Star asserting his dominance.
Cauldron and Iron are not in line of sight nor attacking the same or even nearby targets>>99489
And thus, presumably onyx carries the pony
"Are you okay? ARE YOU OKAY?!"
Sorry, associative memory
"We will get you some help.">>99491
"Get him to a safe place to lay down at and I will look to see if there is anypony with medical training on board."
>>99493Oh! I'll assume I can attack the cook now
|Rolled 3 + 8|
Iron charges straight into the cook, attempting to hit the pony right on his cheek.
Onyx carries out the orders, making sure the pony doesn't need anything else
“I… I don’t know”>>99496Fail
He dodges back, then knocks over s pot of boiling water towards Iron. Roll for reflex save>>99497
Where shall he take him?
>>99498I suppose AC is higher than 11 then.
|Rolled 6 + 1|
I'd assume a different car would be safer, no?
Don't personify the spartan medic, otherwise he'll be stuck in this world.
Brie takes a 20 on his open lock check (with a +3 cuz dex)
Spark walks through the cars, asking ponies if they can help patch up the wounded pony.
|Rolled 1, 1 = 2|
She smiles at him, warmly
A red unicorn looks up from an injured pony in the coach car
“I could help!”>>99500
“What are you doing?” Asks a different postal Employee.
|Rolled 11 + 6|
Thankfully, Iron only had little portions of his coat burned by the cook's boiling water throw. He goes for another power hit at the same spot.
"I'm making sure the mechanism hasn't been compromised. Shoo."
|Rolled 1 + 12|
Eventually it clicks>>99510
Dark Star Smiles warmly at her to
"I'd love to be with you forever."
Iron licks some of his wounds briefly. He looks around if any of the other ponies have come to investigate the callout the cook made.
(I should not stray too far from the trail. If anypony escapes, they will be on high alert.)
|Rolled 2 + 7|
"Yep, this bany is holding fast." Brie stands up and affects more certainty than he feels.
Spark leads him back to the injured pony.
|Rolled 14 + 1|
Okay, serious question. Where
are Onyx and Spark?
"Bullshit you are!"
Fuckin Yoda over here,….
"Try it yourself then!"
Spark would be now wherever Onyx put the injured pony.
He stares at Brie with Narrowed eyes
She kisses him
Brie reclines, waiting to see what this most intrusive of ponies does
>>99521>>99513Oh alright, I'll move forward.
Iron, seeing that nopony is there to answer the pony's call, decides to start moving further into the camp, looking for enemies to punch their lights out.
Well…. I thought he was going to be here to answer that. I guess the first bedroom car he would come across would be logical.
pony continues staring. But…
From above, and through the hole in the train car, comes a smoking can that hits the floor next to brie, then bounces and rolls over a couple feet.Roll for Reflex save>>99524
The pony says
"Yes, I am a doctor" and starts looking at the injured mail pony, who is aided by one of the other mail ponies
Dark Star Kisses her back
He Works the Shampoo into her Mane.
I blame you
Of course I'm not going for the trail path. Quite the opposite, trying to eliminate these 6 guards, which I think there's only three left if the rolls are any indication.
"Glad to hear. Think you can patch him up?"
A Bright light flashes, and Brie is disoriented. With a wave, he is knocked down, and a loud ringing over takes his hearing>>99528Soaks up that sweet, sweet hatred>>99530
He looks at the pony, a bit confused
"Sure… let me get some alcohol for these burns."
He calls out to other ponies in the car
"Can we get some alcohol? No, rubbing
Oh no, two familiar faces are coming for Iron. One is unarmed, the other has a pole>>99526
The shampoo slowly works into her mane. It's kind of short, so there isn't that
much to work with. The water is kind of cold, or feels cold more so than before. Skies closes her eyes and let's Dark Star do his thing
>>99531How familiar, exactly? Are we talking zebra and earth mare familiarity?
Iron readies his stance, awaiting the opportunity to charge at the pole pony.
"Would there be any medical supplies or first aid kits on this train? I could go fetch them."
|Rolled 17 + 1|
Nope. The two ponies standing at that table.
"Uh… try the room off to the left of the sleeper car. Any sleeper."
|Rolled 17 + 5|
During this period of disability
Dark Star moves down her neck washing her fur, as he gets down to her back he tries to lather her wings.
And so the sorcerer goes to the left of the sleeper car. I think they are in one, but if not he goes to the first available one.
|Rolled 2 + 2|
|Rolled 3 + 3|
She moves her wings up, and lets Dark Star lather her>>99537
Both manage to try to attack Iron>>99538
There's a small little door on the side next to a lavatory. Opening it shows a first aid kit
|Rolled 12 + 6|
Iron blinks at the clunky attacks after dodging with relative ease.
(They may be having a bad day.)
He focuses on the pole pony, throwing an uppercut right on his jaw.If charge applies add +2 to dice roll.
Hit. Too close for charge
Dark Star admires her wings, he then begins massaging them
|Rolled 5 + 1|
She stretches them out. They are thicker in the muscle and bones by the base. The feathers themselves are white, a bit bluer at the tips.>>99547
He is hit by what is reconizable as the butt of a rifle
>>99545Come on great cleave. PROVE YOUR WORTH.
|Rolled 4 + 6|
With some slight and swift movement, he turns the uppercut into a knee strike into the unarmed pony's side.
I bring the supplies to the doctor.
|Rolled 14 + 3|
I believe Brie avoids becoming directly unconscious, but he is blinded for at least 18 seconds. He's a little dizzy, and the tinnitus remains.
When he regains sensibility, the safe he recently unlocked is open with at least most of its contents missing, and the culprits already on their way out.On the bright side, Brie regains his senses before the other pony>>99549
He opens it
"Yes. Right here is the Iodine.."
He pours a brown substance onto a cotton ball
"And the alcohol…"
|Rolled 3 + 2|
|Rolled 4 + 6|
Iron rubs his side.
Now he tries to power hit the offending pony's muzzle
>>99555https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8MI mean, they aren't fully out, if that is the issue>>99556
|Rolled 19 + 3|
|Rolled 4 + 2|
"I Always Love touching your wings."
Dark Star Smiles and continues Down to her Barrel
>>99559>>99558Getting angery here.
|Rolled 13 + 6|
Iron tries to power hit this pony for the third time.
am having a bad day)
|Rolled 3 + 12|
Shit, I thought for sure the Monty Python song would cheer you up.>>99560
Soft and now wet, there is much more to lather.>>99563
Iron shakes his head in self-dissapointment.
(Gods, what a mess of a fight that was.)
Licking his wounds again a little more thoroughly after the unarmed pony's beating, he walks over to see if there are any more of the guards in this camp.
(That is four ponies down. I know there are two more ponies at the very least and one is armed at a ledge. Now where are those ponies?)
|Rolled 4 + 3|
He doesn't have to wonder about one of thoseBANG!
He could see him quickly
|Rolled 9 + 5|
Iron, dead set on the offending armed pony who dared shoot at him, runs there and attempts to jump to his location.
|Rolled 19 + 3|
He is able to jump at least half way up the ledge (which has a walking path) towards this pony
He shoots at Iron
|Rolled 3, 3 = 6|
|Rolled 13 + 5|
Cursing for both his inability to reach the pony and the searing pain of a rifle bullet inserting itself on his coat, he jumps again to try and reach the damn pony to melee range.
>>99573What a waste of a 20. All for a misclick.
|Rolled 13 + 6|
Iron finally power jabs the armed pony right on his cheating face.
|Rolled 16 + 3|
Who besides Iron is not kill?
Dark Star Moves to her Flanks and begins lathering Them up
Um… what is it?>>99578
That’ll do. He’s down
And may she be lathered eternal, shinny and foam
>>99583So… about that other dice you rolled…
Iron looks at his vantage point for what he assumes to be the last bandit around.
I'm 'bout to be kill here in a sec.
I know. Any new actions to declare for Brie?>>99586
One more stallion with a rifle, and a unicorn mare of peach coat.>>99587
And silver never got his breakfast
|Rolled 15 + 5|
Iron shakes his head and jumps down, trying to land as close to the duo as possible.
You can try following them and downing the one carrying the loot. It shouldn't be too hard to keep up, especially with wings in what I assume they parked on a flat grassland.
Man, I had the weirdest dream. It was like a real-life version of a tabletop game, set in a fantasy world with swords and magic, but also with sci-fi elements in its story. Me and the other players were just wandering mercenaries and adventurers, but we all shared a secret past none of us knew about: we were all the progeny of an advanced race of aliens who mated with the natives of the fantasy planet we were on, and we had only recently come out of cryo as adults with no recollection of who we were, or what the mysterious devices we were "hatched" from were for. Our ultimate goal in the game was to find out who we were, and to travel the world to find the other 14 cryo pods that were yet to be opened. It ended with me playing as a mage/wizard assaulting the Duke's palace with a character who was more than a little like Brie, because we believed there was a cryo pod hidden underneath where the palace courtyard had been constructed.
Don't know why I wanted to post that. Maybe because I thought it was interesting and I wanted to share it before I forgot all the details.>>99588
F. Silver will be forever hungry, because he couldn't have his Wheaties.
Just how my brain works, sometimes.
Just another D&D Sci-fi RP, just without the PCs in there.
I have decided to compose a list of all logically possible reasons why the Changeling Hegemony has not yet invaded East Equestria. This is intended to be a logically exhaustive list, not spoilers for any one possibility.
1. Silver is right, Skies is wrong. An invasion is imminent. Skies is either delusional or lying.
A. "At 7:48 AM Central Equestrian Time - 12:48 Sunset Mean Time - The cities of Canterlot and Bales were suddenly and deliberately attacked by the air and ground forces of the Changeling Empire."
B. They are Changelings. They don't need to let you know they are invading in order to invade. They would rather slowly infiltrate and conquer peacefully by replacing government officials.
2. The Changelings are afraid to attack at this moment.
A. The ocean between between New Mareland and East Equestria only promises an eternal war, especially if the army of New Mareland is not deployed in East Equestria and defeated, and if Nova Griffonia, Stalliongrad, or the Equestrian Islands can be used as bases of deployment on Equus
B. New Mareland has a superweapon it can use against the Changelings, secret to the rest of the world, but not to the Changelings (who have oodles of spies). Silver can be proud of White Light after all. Did you think that splitting the Elements of Harmony would be the end of super weapons?
C. Some other secret threat, magical or mundane, acts as a deterrence. Maybe they have assassins on Chrysalis to be deployed in the event of an invasion (and she knows it) or blackmail that will cause her followers to revolt.
3. They can't invade now.
A. the Changelings were on the verge of defeat in the last war, with casualties so extreme as to greatly reduce their effectiveness now. They need to wait to rebuild their strength.
B. The ponies of the West and the North are disturbing the plans of the Changelings by mounting an effective resistance. Even now, Spectral Streak makes Silver proud.
C. The Changeling coalition is breaking down. Chrysalis is kind of a bitch. Maybe even the changelings don't like her. Or maybe some of the queens have their own ideas.
D. Some magical something prevents an invasion. Time travel and magical barriers along the border are two possibilities.
4. They are waiting for an opportunity
A. Rather than invade East Equestria now while the army is away, and leaving an army to fight in Nova Griffonia, Stalliongraad, or on the continent of Griffonia, the Changelings would rather destroy the army at the same stroke as they take East Equestria, either forcing peace or making the invasion of Griffonia easier.
B. They are instigating revolts in East Equestria, which could either bleed New Mareland, or create a logistical disaster for any army that would be deployed to defend the region.
C. They want to instigate revolts to create breakaway states, and then invade and conquer these states. Conquest of East Equestria without ever declaring war on their old ally.
D. They are looking to coordinate an attack with the Griffonian Empire. Having an ally on Griffonia to tie up New Mareland would be very helpful.
5. They don’t want to invade, at least not yet.
A. Chrysalis has had her revenge against the Mane Six an Equestria, and the rest of the Changelings have enough Liebenraum to satisfy them for now. Whether Ash was right about Changelings being like locusts, eventually exhausting supplies and forcing them to take more populations of ponies, this could be true either way.
B. Removing the main threat to the Changeling rule isn’t conducive to Changeling unity or to Chrysalis remaining in power, and Chrysalis really likes her position as Queen over all Western Changelings.
C. They find other enemies on the continent to be more promising targets for now. After all, if East Equestria falls without the destruction of the New Mareland Army, but before Stalliongrad or Nova Griffonia, then New Mareland will simply redeploy their troops to those locations, meaning they have many more troops defending a much smaller border. But taking Stalliongrad and Nova Griffonia first actually expands the border New Mareland has to defend, while removing potential allies and alternative points of deployment.
6. They don’t need to Invade
A. The poorly garrisoned East Equestria allows for easy infiltration by love harvesters. So what if New Mareland collects the tax revenues, the area is easily harvested for love and the government is easily bullied. It’s basically a non-official vassal state, with someone else doing the hard work.
B. Through a secret agreement between the governments, the area is de jure vassal, or otherwise gives the Changelings all they could want.
7. Wait, you seriously believe East Equestria is run by ponies?
A. Changelings are shapeshifters whose entire biology is geared to deceiving ponies. How do you know the entire Blackhooves government on the continent isn’t Changelings? If any other factions also have Changeling influence, they are only what you call “controlled opposition.”
8. You think Chrysalis (or any changeling) controls the Hegemony?
A. Within the My Little Pony setting, there are no less than three powerful magical races that spread and feed off of Chaos, a magic absorbing centaur, vengeful night and day goddesses, powerful dark Unicorn, goat, and cat sorcerers, and an adorable pegasus filly. Any of these could be either a puppet master over Chrysalis, or an ally steering her towards their own interests.
Well, that's cool. Your worldbuilding logic is on point.
Now how could I forget to include the simplest explanation of them all?
9. Silver is right, Chrysalis is wrong
. East Equestria is actually entirely ripe to be invaded now, but Changeling leadership is failing to capitalize on the opportunity in either an error in judgement, because of personal reasons that don't correspond to the broader picture, or a miscalculation of facts that seems reasonable to them, but is out of line with a fuller assessment of all of the facts.
This solution seems the least satisfying, but it's hardly without precedent in the real world.
In the Athenian expedition to Sicily in the Pelopennesian war, the general Nicias decided to withhold the Army from attacking the Sicilians shortly after the Spartans arrived because of a lunar eclipse, which he took as a bad omen. Thus what might of been a victory became the disaster for the Athenians in Sicily.
At multiple points shortly after the Turk conquest of Central Anatolia and the establishment of the "Sultanate of Rum," the Byzantines could have invaded and pushed back the Turks. They failed to do so, largely because of infighting, and thus these regions where forever lost to Christendom.
Frederick Wilhelm II of Prussia withdrew from the First Coalition in 1795 to make peace with Napoleon in the treaty of Basel, leading to Austria being defeated in that war, then Prussia being invaded and catastrophically defeated in 1807 by Napoleon.
Windrow Wilson refused to enter the United States in WW1, and also refused to ban American shipping from entering more dangerous areas of the Atlantic. Thus the war dragged on and more Americans were killed by German Submarines.
After the Nazi invasion of Poland and the French declaration of war, the German-French border was very poorly defended because something like 4/5 of German troops were sent to Poland. France could have invaded Germany and ended the second world war before it began. They did not, and the rest is history.
The entirety of the German high command, besides Eric von Mannstein and Adolf Hitler, thought that an invasion of France would be catastrophic and end as well as in WW1. They were wrong.
After the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact, everyone knew that war between Germany and the Soviet Union was inevitable. Yet Stalin ignored intelligence reports from the British that the Germans were preparing an invasion under the belief that they were trying to goad him into attacking. He even withdrew a portion of the army from the border to try to look "less threatening."
During the U.S. intervention in Vietnam, North Vietnam was not invaded nor even properly bombed until the end of the war. Supply lines in communist Laos were also not invaded by ground troops. Instead, the Communists operated from secure bases and supply lines as the US played whack-a-mole in the jungle. This failure to take the war seriously possibly contributed to the disaster of the war as a whole.I've heard that during the Iraqi invasion of Iran, Saddam Hussein issued an order to stop, thus giving time for the Iranians to mobilize and prepare defenses. But I can't confirm this.
If all of the above sounds like a testament to human stupidity (and thus to Changeling stupidity, should some or most of them make the same mistake), please remember that the list of invasions and declarations of war that failed catastrophically is far, far longer, and far more well known than the list of failures that stemmed from a failure to attack, invade, or declare war. Even half of the examples given above stem from invasions and declarations of war that didn't need to happen. When you declare war, or invade a country with most of your army, you roll the dice. And what you are gambling can be the fate of the kingdom itself. War often topples queens. Peace rarely causes the fall of an empire.
>>99603So much detail for this one option…
Poor little bug.
Looks like EaW got a new update. The Kingdom of Vedina and the Socialist Republic of the Free Griffons got unique focus trees. Kinda sad they didn't do the same for the Northern Tribes.
Here's hoping everyone will be on for the weekend. Here's also hoping I can actually get something done with Silver.
Poor Silver. Will he ever get his wheaties?
At this rate, Silver is beginning to have doubts.
And then what shall Silver do after his wheaties?
Finish getting those books for Blue hopefully
so he can finally get paid some much needed Bits. After that, probably look into if there's any records for where his children are. Either that or ask about/look for a new job.
How much later are you planning on being up?
I can stay up however long
Alright. When we last left off, Brie was getting kiked by a shitty dice roll and some curiously interpreted game physics.
How fast is the train going?
Maybe 30 MPH? Pretty fast, but very far below the 80 MPH+ that is the average speed of the train’s route
Brie sticks his head out of the hole the ponies fled through
Much as last time, they jump into the wind trying to glide forward by using their own momentum. They try to fly in the 20 feet or so of clearing between the tracks and the forest
"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" Brie Eeee's to himself.
Pulling his head back into the car, Brie storms toward the engine room.
For the record, I'm pausing to allow you to throw a wrench in my plans or intentions,… never know when a pony is going to fly out of the woodwork and try and cut his head off
Brie runs over and past a disoriented mail pony, and opens the door. As stated before, the gap between the locomotive and the RPO is not covered nor is there a floor, but neither is it non traversable. The door to the locomotive is unlocked. Going in, the Layout, strangely enough, is almost like that of a normal sleeping car, with a door in the center and a narrow corridor along the far left side of the locomotive. But unlike a normal car, there are no windows, only lighting. To the right are noisy stainless steel covered units with gauges, handles, and small openings fit things like oil. Some parts are more exposed, showing massive Diesel engines with giant cylinders driving large electric generators. Further towards the front, the corridor leads into an open cab. Or rather, an area behind the main cab that has a pair of bunks, a coffee machine on the right, and a small door on the left that is probably a lavatory. Through a threshold is the cab itself, where there are a pair of seats, a throttle, and a number of gauges and what have you on a control panel. Through the forward windows the track and the night are illuminated by the train’s headlight, and the night above is starry.
Black Ozren stands there and looks back at Brie, and another pony, an earth pony who is also blue, wears a grayish uniform. There is a copy of the Princess’s journal laying on part of the control panel off to the right. Ozren addresses Brie
"What was in that safe?" Brie demands.
“What safe? The one in the RPO the bandits dynamited to try to get? Probably cash being transferred between banks, maybe jewelry… if it was something special, I am not aware of it.”
"And what are
you aware of?"
Ozren looks over the to the engineer pony demandingly
The engineer pony lowers his ears
He pulls out a cigarette from a pocket
“A light, too.”
“That I need to get the hell out of this forest”
He lights a cigarette
"You don't seem one to fuss about breaking a nail. What's got you scared of this forest?"
“Did you not see those sun cultists swarming this train? The pyromaniac train robbers didn’t help.”
"Oh for fuck's sake,…" Brie storms back through the train, pausing to search the corpses of the various ponies who are dead, headed for his cabin.
Search roll and a luck roll
|Rolled 18 - 1|
|Rolled 14 + 10|
+10 is the search
-1 cuz charisma
Loot, ammo, weapons, whatever. Brie has no idea how long this is going to take, and since he's down to two of his daggers ;_;
it may be time to improvise
Looking into the opened safe, Brie can see, or rather, feel, that a number of notes were left in the back safe by the bandits in their haste. A book is also neglected. Perhaps more interesting are several envelopes that have fallen on the floor, but are too “fat” and heavy to simply be normal letters… they carry something valuable.
Also probably some of his daggers should still be there. At least the ones that were thrown inside of the train.
There is a shotgun with some shells in the RPO, and a carbine in the coach car as well as a pair of magazines. Private snowflake seems to have jumped the train when she could earlier.
Taking everything, Brie heads for the Ling's quarters. He remembers to do the 2-1 knock
Kerr opens, sticking his nose through, then looks at Brie
“Was ist mit dir passiert?”
"Jemand musste diesen Zug wieder in Gang bringen, …."
Brie deposits his newly acquired equipment in the corner and takes inventory.
>>99644By that I mean, how much ammo does he have for each weapon, how many of his blades did he manage to locate, what's in the envelopes and everything, how much money did he find, etc.
"Du Junge Tiere hast noch die Papiere, die ich dir gegeben habe?" Brie asks the Lings, while pouring through everything.
That picture makes me feel sick at my stomach tbh
So what I neglected to mention was that several hours before I drugged myself with sleeping pills>>99643
“Aha” says Kerr>>99645>>99644
“Ja” responds Kerr. Wesley however, open the door to the bathroom, and looks in with an expression of apprehension.
Then he points his hoof in and says
“Was wirst du mit ihnen machen?”
I guess that's one way to fall asleep…?
It’s the only
way to fall asleep
I'm free until…whenever, I suppose.
Well… it looks like Dark Star is dead…
At least he got to lather Skies
Silver may need to go for his Wheaties alone
F. He will be missed.How long are those two going to be in there?
Silver gives the clock an impatient look, as he has been doing since he had stopped eavesdropping on Star and Skies' passion a few minutes ago. He throws his hooves in the air in a "fuck it" fashion, signaling he's had enough. I have things I need to do today. I can not wait forever for them to finish.
As he begins to put on his clothing and equipment, he jots down a small note on a "borrowed" napkin for Blue, stating how he's going out to do a couple of tasks before tackling that catacombs job again today.
A few more minutes later, a fully-readied Silver makes his way out of the Hotel for the first time in what feels like ages. An empty growl from his stomach signals his most pressing concern. He quickly hooks himself up to the cart he left outside last night, and makes his way towards the diner he and Skies visited yesterday for Breakfast.Still can not believe all of that took place in one day. Here is hoping today will be little bit more calm and orderly.
Aww, I thought he would go with Skies>>99655
Well, we could
continue with Iron
I sense a bit of resistance. Any particular reason why?
He would have, had Star not stolen Skies for himself.Unless it's a personal request from you. I'm fine with retconning if you want to be able to actually do something with Skies today, instead of waiting for Star to suddenly decide to be not-ded.
Laziness and I don’t want to go back to my laptop>>99659
I mean, I would have thought it would be silver and Skies with Star thereafter joining them… I don’t know. It kind of makes sense to split but I thought there would be a discussion about it first
Ohok. I'll let you be lazy then. For the sake of posterity:
There were two ponies down the ledge. They had a little more description, which makes me think they are semi-important ponies that I don't want to kill and can interrogate for info and be evil with the mare to get it.>>99659Try not to pound her and spill your seed inside of her again. A shitstorm of high magnitude will occur again.
So Iron is right in front of a mare and a new gunman, yes?
He jumped down from the ledge to do that, yes. It is unsure of their allegiance yet. I think they're meant to be enemies from that one bang someone did when I hit the ledge gunstallion.
Oh no, they are both on the ledge
Oh. Well, the gun stallion is
staring at Iron menacingly
Obviously. This is the area where the armed guard was guarding earlier >>99669
wew? Do you have any actions to declare?
>>99670Making sure I'm not accidentally hitting a possible friendly.
|Rolled 9 + 6|
Iron glances at the mare, unsure of going for her first. He fixes his gaze over to the stallion pointing another one of these armor piercers on him.
"You ponies and your guns."
Iron closes the distance between him and the armed pony for a swift, powerful strike on his chest.
Skies finished washing the careful foam and soap out of her coat
Before Iron’s action, the peach coated mare’s horn lights up in blue
>>99673Hm. I think you're trying to make me hit the mare.
Iron, still unsure of hitting the mare in front of him, simply stares the little magic show.
(What is she doing?)
Dark Star's stomach growls
"I sorta am."
She pats him
“You want to go somewhere?”>>99674
With another glow of blue light, the mare pulls up a metal gun, jams a box magazine into the side of the gun, and slides the bolt back in a loud
|Rolled 17, 10, 17, 6, 16, 10, 11, 8, 12, 9 = 116|
Cauldron, not missing her opportunity, shoots at the peach mare from beyond Iron’s field of viewTAT TAT TAT TAT
The bullets collapse and spark against a blue wall, protecting the pony
Fuck it, I have made my decision. Silver never left the hotel room, he's just laying down on his back on the bed, bored as hell.
"Yea. Maybe a hayburger place."
|Rolled 3 + 6|
(Uh oh. She is definitely threatening now.)
Seeing how the bullets he assumes Cauldron shot flicked off without much of an issue, decides to activate his survival instinct, breaking his code, and charges straight for the mare for a powerful hit for her chest.
(I must try her magical barrier to see if melee attacks work on her. She will not be available to fire with me right on her.)
>>99683>she will not be able to fire with me right in front of her
|Rolled 6, 10, 15, 17, 3, 14, 14, 6, 17, 17 = 119|
Uh… that’s not how guns work. At least not short barreled ones that you can move around telekineticallyTAT TAT TAT TAT
Is silver still kill?>>99681
“We could go there, if you like.”
|Rolled 6, 3, 6, 3, 5, 1, 4 = 28|
Let’s be a little generous
>>99690>generous>still ends me at current health after that little goof with the chef and the unarmed pony.
Let's pretend I'm at full health for this blast.
"That Would be great."
|Rolled 19, 9, 16, 1, 1, 18, 6, 14, 5, 12, 13, 8, 15, 5, 17, 13, 8, 1, 2, 10 = 193|
And Iron is knocked down, bleeding out
But the battle is not over yet, as Cauldron fires the remainder of the magazine in a long burst>>99692
“Shall we go?”
In case you missed it: >>99680
>>99693Oh well. Hope it doesn't end too prematurely.
Iron breathes in and out for a bit, in searing pain from his wounds.
(Damn weapons. It is times like these that armor and shield would have been useful.)
|Rolled 4, 3, 6 = 13|
A bullet breaks through and wounds the mare, as blood comes out of her barrel.
“All that for a little blood?” She says to Cauldron, with still 20 rounds in her magazine, which she levels at Cauldron
Pear, by contrast, comes out of the tent carrying none other than the dog statue. She then says, or rather, incants,
“E te atua nui o te whakawa tika a te Atua, kawea mai tou riri ki ou hoa whawhai”
And from the skies above, a bolt of lighting comes down and strikes the mare.
Stunned, the mare drops her gun, and falls back
Cauldron rushes over to Iron
She pulls the stopper out of a container of potion, and immediately tries to make Iron drink it>>99698
So I guess they walk out of the bathroom, possibly meeting Silver
Indeed they do, as he looks over at the two exiting the bathroom. "Finally, I was about ready to just leave without you. You two want to go for breakfast? I am starving over here." An audible growl from his stomach punctuates this fact.
Iron opens his mouth weakly, trying to help Cauldron in the process of forcedrinking the potion.
(What was that?
Are the gods punishing her for cheating with that forsaken weapon?)
Cauldron makes Iron drink the potion, then tries to grab some pieces of cloth to stop the bleeding. A minute passes, and Iron feels, well, not dying.
The peach mare is not quite dead yet, and cauldron makes sure to tie her with twine, almost like a rodeo calf, and she continues to bleed from her wound>>99701
Iron points to the mare that just shot him to almost death, straining his voice a little.
"Keep her alive. She may have knowledge."
"That's just what we were about to do."
Silver throws his clothes, bags, and equipment over his back. He blinks back at Star. "We can head to that diner nearby after I hitch myself back up to my cart outside. I hope they have that delicious wheat-based cereal there."
“Hmmph! It’s hard enough keeping you alive. Drink more of this.”
"Wheaties? i love those."
“What are wheaties?”
Iron takes the potion from Cauldron, drinking it all in one gulp in his prone position
"Right. I might have compromised that after that 'getting my coat shredded' business."Dangit. I could've sworn you'd at least need a perk to fire point-blank in 3.5 but crossbows and arrows are not exactly close-ranged guns. Nevermind that one guy who pulled off crazy close-ranged shots with that one technique. Guessing he had the perk.
"Yeah, those!" His face brightens up upon the mentioning of the name. "We should go get some right now!">>99709
"Only most delicious wheat cereal there is. Perfect for ponies in my profession, too. Gives lots of energy to rely on through day."
"Compressed wheat served with milk. it's a cereal.">>99711
"I haven't had any sense before the war."
>>99710I think you are thinking of Point Blank Shot, which gives a bonus to shooting at close range, but isn’t necessary to do it
Cauldron pulls out a knife
“This May hurt a bit but”
She digs it into his flesh
“I need to get these out.”>>99711
“Oh… Okay.””I don’t need no biscuits or ham,
All I want is Pepperman’s Jam”>>99712
Silver opens the door to the hotel room and steps into the doorway. He looks back at his companions. "Well, come on! Do not make me leave without you."
>>99713Crud. I suppose it was a bad idea to hit the LMG mare to begin with. Would the punch do anything if it landed?
Iron grunts in mild to moderate pain, clenching his teeth strongly to try to stop any screams from the knife digging in his flesh looking for the bits of metal.
She does this more than once, and it hurts. At least one of the potions seems to have an analgesic effect, making it far less painful than it ought to be.
“Now just add this… and it shouldn’t get infected. That will have to hold for now.”>>99714
Dark Star's stomach growls louder than silver's did before
"You don't have to tell me twice."
He heads out into the hall
Iron huffs in minor pain after the ordeal.
"Thank you. You are a good mare to rely on."
He looks around to see if any other ponies are in the area, as well as the sky to see if there are any clouds above to explain the bolt.
There are some looming dark clouds, yes, though they do not bolt out the sun.>>99718
The two ponies he punched out earlier on the flat tops are still down
Silver leads the way downstairs and outside, stopping at his cart to hitch himself up to it and to put his current possessions in the back. "I am not sure if it could take both of your weights, otherwise I would offer to give you both ride to diner."
Iron attempts to stand up.By the by, what's my current health?
If Silver has ever observed the tendency of some cats to try to occupy cardboard boxes, he may sense a familiarity with Skies’s action, as she occupies the cart>>99721Low but not dying
Iron can stand >>99715Yes. The barrier only works against ranged weapons, not Iron’s punches.
"Wheaties are the best. I'd Curb-stomp 80 Ziggers just to get a box"
Silver decides to just file that phrase away as "one of those Star things".>>99722>>99723
And thus Silver heads for the diner, giving Blue a luxury cart ride in the process.
Skies, having grown up in a world without a substantial zebra minority, wheaties, or the 1998 film “American History X,” nods.
Skies would say “I know, right?”
This image is kind of adorable in my mind
(Where did those two come from?)
He turns to Cauldron.
"Do me a small favor and tie all these ponies up. I do not want any of the unconscious ponies to wake up and run off at this moment. Could you do that for me?"
They’ve been there. Since before Iron got there. He has to knock them out. There was a battle. Iron got shot by at least one of the two. Then he knocked both of them out.
Cauldron removes the magazine from the side of the gun, making it into a black almost tube-like instrument. A blunt metal object.
Skies lets him pull her around
>>99728Oh, so they woke up after some time? Whoops.
Iron looks around some more looking for the earth pony mare.
(I think I heard Pear say something?)
"So which shop has the best Wheaties?"
I mean he had to knock them out. Anyways, he’s looking for Pear? Pear has been rummaging trough a large green tent on the top of the little elevated rock formation
>>99731I think I get it.
Iron cocks his head, walking over to her rummaging.
"Are you looking for anything important in there?"
“Some lost items.”
He is holding in her hooves a small statuette, a jade turkey it kind of looks like.
Iron looks at the jade turkey for a bit.
"Huh. There are more of these."
He turns his attention to the mare.
"Do you know where did the bolt come from? Was it a god's punishment?"
Soon enough, the little group arrives at the place that sells wheatiesI’m not sure what that would look like>>99734
“The lightning? It came from a rain cloud. In this time of year the rains come every afternoon. These rains don’t usually bring lightning, but sometimes they do. She happened to be standing in an open clearing on an elevated rock formation. The same could happen to you if aren’t careful.”
"Well, I would assume here." Silver stops to let Blue out of the cart.
Iron cocks his head, remembering the chanting before the lightning stroke the LMG mare.
"I believe I heard some god's chanting before it happened though. Are you sure it was mere coincidence?"Like the implicit threat there. Sadly, Iron doesn't get she summoned lightning.
Dark star helps her out
"Seems good to me."
Aww, I was liking the “If it fits I sits” pictures
She gets out
Presumably, they can find seats>>99738
She nods to him, and gets out
“There are many coincidences. How are you still alive? I believe I saw you get hit repeatedly.”
"Because the gods knew I was cheated in a fight, obviously."
If she sticks around after breakfast, you'll have plenty more opportunities to post more.
As they wait for a waiter, Silver turns to Blue, keeping his voice low. "Skies, let us say I found machine gun yesterday while doing job for you. Would you know of way I could get it cleaned, fixed, and get ammo for it?"
“You were cheated?” She asks
Silver waits to see if she has any further elaboration, or it that's just her answer.
"Hmmmmmmmm that sounds interesting."
"Of course. Tools like that weapon are cheats created by cee-vee-lai-sation to destroy the enemy without honor or respect because they cannot use their natural strength to acheive victory."Nevermind that I rolled bad before but no character can see that.
“And you think the gods sided with you because of it?”>>99745
It looks like that is all she wants to say for now
Iron is not a smart pony.
Well, Silver will just have to accept that, he supposes.>>99746>>99748
"So, it sounds like you two were, uh…'enjoying' yourselves in bathroom earlier."
Pear nods, and smiles slightly. Somewhere, Iron must have said something that pleased her.>>99750
“What do you mean?”
Dark star Grins widely
"I could hear Star through bathroom door."
Pear's smile is contagious, cracking a little smile from Iron.
"I think we can keep moving if the gods give us more favors like that one. I think they will like cleaning some tool-lovers off their holy grounds."
“Then let us go, shall we.”
Cauldron looks over, remaining skeptical
"Whatever do you mean?"
Silver seems rather amused by all this, actually. "So, how was he? It certainly sounded like he was enjoying it."
"Now that is a nice plan I can get behind."
He looks to Cauldron.
"We have to risk everything to succeed."
With that, he walks over to the trail, barrel straight but slightly staggering.Hm. I wonder if Pear is one of the natives' gods.
Skies smirks at this, believing she understands what Silver really intended with that>>99759
“I would rather quit while I’m ahead, and not risk everything for jewelry.”
Dark star eyes them both suspiciously
"I just wanted to know how lucky of catch you were for Skies, is all."
Iron stops in his tracks and turns to her, slightly dumbfounded.
"Imagine the possibilities. You could pursuit and improve whatever business you want to pursue, which will guarantee your and your family's safety! You can freely stop doing your side job you are not fond of and focus on your
interests! Do you not think it is worth risking it for that
life-changing opportunity in front of you?"
Skies comes closer to Dark Star, placing a hoof around him, in an unambiguous “he’s mine, you can have him” move>>99763
“Alright… just don’t get killed.”
Cauldron ends this by looking very suspiciously at Pear
Dark Star puts his foreleg around her and pulls her in tight.
Poner is hugged
"You Sure you aren't hungry? I'm paying."
Iron blinks confusedly, not knowing what's going on with Cauldron's suspicious stare.
(Is she getting jealous because I am following Pear's will to finish the fight or does she think we will get betrayed somehow?)
Shrugging it off for now, he moseys on over to the trail, confident of his odds.
“Feel free to order whatever you like.”
With this, the waiter, a Snow White earth pony with ice blue mane and tail takes orders>>99769
“Over there, down that trail. It ends at the base of the hill, and just over it is our old archeological site.”
"Hey there. Do you serve Wheaties here?"
"Did you sneak a glance on what they brought in terms of firepower after you left?"
“Yes, we do.”>>99772
“Nothing you haven’t already seen and felt.”
Dark Star will be Silver's one day. It's only a matter of time.>>99773
Silver smiles at the waiter. "I will take some Wheaties if you do not mind."
Skies holds on to Star tighter
“Alright, two orders of wheaties.”
"This time I will not be surprised by the cheating these ponies brandishing their cheating weapons. Let us walk the trail, then."
With that, he starts the trek towards the rest of the camp with Pear and Cauldron in tow.
As the waiter (presumably) leaves the table, Silver looks back to Star and Skies. "You have not answered my question, though."
He Grins at silver
More traversing through a path that clearly looks like it’s been widened by ponies somewhat recently through deeper forest, and past a small stream to the hillside. Trees do not grow so thickly not so tall through it, and there is more brush covering this part.
Pear: “right through this area”
Cauldron: “looks like we will need to do sone clearing ourselves.”
She pulls a machete out of a holder, and grasping at it with her mouth, starts hacking at brush>>99778
“He’s pretty helpful with mane and coat care.”
"Try to cut in short strokes. We will definitely need the brush to act as cover when we reach the camp itself for scouting purposes."
(While I could cut it with my teeth, I feel lime Cauldron could find some useful plants to brew more potions when she hacks.)
"Yep. Coat care is important.">>99781
"I Lathered her up well."
“What do you want to know?”>>99782
“You think it will be well guarded?”
"I just wanted to know how he was."
“Pretty good. What he lacks in experience, he makes up for in youthful energy.”
"Maybe, but I cannot risk any more surprises, even with the gods giving us their grace."
"Why Do you want to know? That's weird."
"I could imagine that. Sounds like he was enough to satisfy you.">>99788
Silver shrugs. "I do not know. I just heard you through bathroom door, and it sounded like you were enjoying your time. Wanted to know how it was for other pony involved, I suppose."
"Why were you listening in the first place?"
Skies pets the upset pony>>99789
Silver gives him a deadpan look. "You woke me up with your moans. I do not think I had much choice in matter."
“What do you know of the gods?” Asks Pear
Iron opens his mouth, then ponders for a bit.
"There are many, mostly representing things like the Sun, Moon, rain, life, death and other concepts. I did not pay much attention to the elders so I am missing a lot of information about them."
“What are you
Dark Star Pets her Back
"What were your plans for today?"
"I Gotta Check in at the Orphanage, then I'm Gonna see if Sea Breeze has any Jobs for me."
Iron glances to the side, remembering her disdain for money-oriented pursuits.
"I was thinking on getting something to boost my renown. Taking out a big group of bandits in order to help somepony in need does that, right?"
(Do not say money or she will not be as cooperative.)
"That is…actually rather nice of you, to keep thinking of them. Those foals we rescued, are they doing alright?"
"they are…Doing rather well,given the circumstances. i was actually thinking about Adopting them."
"That is admirable, but do you think you would be ready? It is lot of work, raising foals. Especially on your own. You need stable home and steady source of income. And with what they've been through…"
"Yea i think i am Ready.I'm Employed with the Black Hoofs, and i have a room rented at the Tavern."
“Right… well, let’s go, and don’t get shot. Again.”
Silver gives him a soft but unsure look. "You probably need something more in terms of housing. Something with in-house kitchen and bathroom."
"I shall try to do that."
He feels she could read his intentions.
(Hopefully she does not mind we will take most of the weapons.)Speaking of, can he go back to pick that big gun after finishing off the bandits or was it destroyed by the bolt?
"Yeah, I've been thinking about that too.">>99805
He Turns to Blue
"How can i get one of the rooms at the hotel?"
“I know family law in the Metropolitan, and in Manehattan now don’t allow single males to adopt children. Maybe this district is more liberal, I don’t know.”>>99808
“Ask Seabreeze, Maybe.”>>99807
You mean the peach mare’s gun? It’s an identical model to what Cauldron has
>>99809Wait, seriously? Since when she has that gun? Nevermind. I still want all those weapons for selling later.If this becomes real or at least rewards me for my dream actions.
Iron walks on, slightly bothered about the possibility of more mare punching.
You looted the first set of bandits and took their guns.
I know that, but I think I didn't loot this new set of bandits. I took 3 SMGs and two rifles so far and Iron could
"Well, if you do, and you ever need help, do not be afraid to ask me, alright?"I'll be right back. Dinner.
"Ah well thats a shame…. I Hope they can find a good home then"
Dark Star looks saddend to hear he cant adopt them and keep them safe
She pets him
“Maybe they’ll let you.”>>99812
The hell are you going to do with 4 SMGs?
Sell it? Don't tell me that's impossible…
"It Makes sense why they wouldn't though."
Dark Star Has a Gloomy look on his face.
"Oh, do not look so gloomy. You never know until you ask, and it is not as if it would hurt to do so."
She pets the sad pony
“They’ll let them stay with foster families sometimes for extended periods without formal adoption.”
He smiles a little
"Hopefully it can happen."
"I think I will go see how they are doing after I am done with job today, maybe. If you have not adopted them before then, that is."
"Mention that you helped save them, they might not remember."
The Snow White pony returns with wheatieswhatever those are
"Of course. Would not want to frighten them by making them thing I was just some random stallion there to see them.">>99825
"Yes! Thank you!" Silver happily takes his.
"I'll stop off and talk to Sea Breeze First,so you can visit them.">>99825
"Thank You. I Love These."
He Takes the Wheaties and buries his face into the Milky and Cereal goodness.
"You do not need to do that. I have things of my own that I need to get done first."
And thus they have their milky, cereal goodness
"If You say so.">>99831
"This is Great!"
Skies looks at the wheaties, unsure of them
"Try some, I Promise They are Fantastic."
He Smiles At Her
She taps one with her hoof, presumably causing it to bob up and down in the milk
“What are they?”
"It's Grain Cereal coated with Sugar Looks like this Place adds Some marshmallows."
Silver does indeed dig into his own bowl.
Skies moves her muzzle down and sniffs the strange objects
"It's Not Gonna Bite,you."
She licks up one of the wheaties and starts to crunch it
She Can Taste The Wheat it was made with strongly, Along with the Sugar it's powdered in. All-in-All it tastes Pretty good.
She winces back a little, crunches loudly, and eventually swallows
“I like the… sugar”
"They're Fantastic! The Wheat is the best."
He grins at her
Silver just shrugs at her, mouth full of Wheaties and milk. He swallows them down so he may speak. "You are allowed to like whatever. Same goes with disliking. I think they are better with milk, myself, rather than just dry."
She grins back, not terribly convincingly.>>99845
She nods at Silver
He Buries his Face into his bowl and continues eating
Silver, meanwhile, uses a spoon and his unicorn magic to eat in a slightly more civilized manner.
Pretty big turn around from just a minute before>>99851>>99852
Anyways, unless they have something to say to each other or to Skies, they finish their wheaties eventually
Silver finishes with a satisfied "Ahhhhhhhh". That's the most pressing matter of the day taken care of. He turns to Skies. "So, Miss Skies, what are your
plans for today?"
“I’m working today, of course.”
He nods, satisfied with that answer. "I guess we will all be doing our own things today."
"I'll come visit you at lunch."
He Hugs her
“I guess so.”>>99858
Rainbow of Darkness, the darkness sends. Nowhere begins the night that never ends!
Silver smirks at the two. "I imagine you will be 'enjoying each other's company' all over your office, Skies."
>>99860S-so disrespectful! There's foals in there!>>99859
Truly the darkest timeline these ponies will have to endure.
She shakes her head and smiles
Dark Star Laughs
Silver laughs with him. "Well, I hope you kids have fun, at least!"
Dark Star kisses her
"I Gotta get to the orphanage,Blue."
"You want me to give you ride back to Hotel, Skies?"
Naturally, such an answer to this particular question causes him to raise an eyebrow.
"I'll walk you Back over there."
“But but… a ride in the cart”
He Touches his hoof to his chin in thought
"I Should get a cart, Silver can pull you over there. I'll walk you back too."
“Well… maybe I do want to”
“I rode in the cart as we walked over here.”
Silver laughs a small bit. "Sure thing, Skies. It was rather fun."
The waiter returns
“Okay, that will be 2 bits.”
Dark Star Gives him the Bits he Needs
Reee is a mare>>99875
Skies trots outside and hops in the cart, barely fitting in it
Silver likewise trots outside and hitches himself up to the cart. With the size difference between them, it's almost like he's giving his daughter a ride through town. You know, if his daughter was a blue pegasus.
She’s not that
much smaller. But yes, she’s definitely smaller What is Silver’s con score?
Ooops i assumed her gender
>>99880That would be 16. As far as I know, the highest of the group.
"Next stop, Grand Baltimare Hotel! Be sure to keep all hooves and wings inside cart at all times during ride."
Dark Star walks outside
Skies poofs her wings up, Perhaps in a “don’t tell me what to do” fashion.Well shit, maybe he is much bigger that her
>>99884Silver is a big boi.
Silver's only response is to laugh heartily.>>99883
"You coming?"INB4: "That comes later."
So yeah, can I get that ammo and knives rundown? If he found all the ones that landed somewhere in the train, that would put him at,… 6. Fug, I'm gonna need to buy more. Hope there was lodsaemonay in those envelopes,….
He Gets in the Cart
“But there isn’t room for two ponies in this cart”>>99886
It would take a while to figure out what knives he could get back, but it should essentially be all of the ones that were not thrown outside of the train.
All guns are carbines, three magazines of… ten rounds?
Unfortunately the cash left in the safe was only 600 bits. In the first envelope is just sunglasses, the second one has a jeweled necklace and a ring in it. There is one further item of note - a shiny short sword from the safe
"Oh ja, ich habe sie vergessen." Brie sighs and loots the corpses, and then begins the process of dragging the corpse to the closest vestibule door to unceremoniously dump them off the train.
"You could always ride on my back, Star."
That would require making sure the the car corridor is empty… but it’s easy enough. The scenery passes by quickly, and the bodies can be tossed off. A lighter, some flint, a map, some paper, maybe a compass, another magazine and 50 bits.
"No Thanks i'll walk."
"Suit yourself." Silver begins to trot back towards the Hotel, cart and by extension Skies in tow.
*sitting Pegasus noises*
Brie isn't worried about secrecy now
. Alright. Brie takes the short sword, his knives, leaves all the cash, jewelry, and trinkets, and guns/ammo, and then proceeds to go about flinging bodies from the train.
"This is kind of fun, ferrying you around like this."
One more in the dining car… two more in the coach, but at least the one in the main car is surrounded by ponies>>99897
“It’s kind of nice being ferried around. You’re pretty strong for a pickle head.”
That's fine, he just wanted the bodies out of the bathroom. Are there any signs or sounds of further issues on the train?
Strong, nimble, enduring. The peak, the pinnacle of 68 year-old Severyanan physiology. "You can thank my lineage then. That and lifetime of extensive physical activity." He taps the side of his head. "Might not be sharpest knife in drawer, but I make do."
Dark Star Rolls his Eyes
No. There are still a very large number of ponies on the train… and Spark and Onyx along with Needle Pusher tending to wounded, but there is no imminent threat. The train may not even get to police until Canterlot.>>99900
Skies nods, silently thinking of ways to justify a belief that she is still superior somehow.>>99901
“Don’t be like that Star”
"You both should have seen my father. I am not joking about having never seen bigger or stronger stallion anywhere. He would tower over me, even now, if he were alive."
Brie walks over to Onyx and Spark and whispers "Either of you fancy a shotgun?"
“And that was the Earth pony, yes?”>>99904
Hmmm… not sure if they are here
"I would love to, but I can't even handle this pistol. I would wager Onyx could."
He nods at her. "Earth Pony strength at its finest. He used giant, two-hoofed hammer while he served as quartermaster for Royal Guard, so big he was only pony in his entire regiment who could even lift it, much less swing it at enemies. I never got to see him in combat, but from what I hear, with as big and heavy as it was, and with how strong he was, he could easily crush even griffon knight's fully-armored head like walnut."
“He May have made a good artisan or helot. Maybe even an auxiliary”
Silver looks back at her. "I guess auxiliaries are non-pegasi Nimbusian soldiers?"
"I also guess they are low-ranked compared to even lowest-ranked Pegasus soldiers, but considered to be of higher value than other helots?"
"I suppose that makes sense. I'm sure we'll find a use for it in time. Everything alright here?"
"Earth Pony Superiority at it's finest."
“They were generally recruited from the free non-citizen population, but basically.”
He nods at this. "I could imagine him being one then, if he lived in Nimbusia. Griffon knights are not exactly well known for their amazing flight abilities, after all. As long you have way of bypassing their enchanted armor, Earth Ponies, Unicorns, or Pegasi could take one on."
"I think so, besides the mail carrier and my wounds. But we will recover."
"The mail carrier?"
“Generally a Pegasus, as they are the most well disciplined, civically minded, and can fly, but sure. Even a lesser asset can be an asset.”
"That one that was hurt from the explosion. I found a doctor to help him though. Lucky that there was one on the train."
"Ah, but you are forgetting most critically important advantage of being Pegasus: you are only pony race that can beat Griffons in Rock, Paper, Scissors."
Skies expression flattens as she remains silent
"No casualties though? Really?" Brie is clearly surprised by this. "I'll be in the cabin, but first I gotta check with the Engine."
"It was just a joke. Ponies are Equal."
Through the damaged mail car, through the locomotive, and back to the two in the locomotive>>99927
Skies lightens a little as she figures maybe that wasn’t intended to be a mocking insult
Silver's own expression brightening up at this sign seems to confirm this.
"If you don't count the ponies we killed that were looking for Pinkie and the robbers, then as far as I can tell, nopony else."
Spark checks Tipsy for any damage.
"Ah Come on Blue."
Unfortunately the ice seems to have melted. Actually that happened like 4 days ago. So tipsy survives unscathed.>>99929
“I don’t understand all of this mixed breeding of unicorns and earth ponies and Pegasi. Just mate Pegasi to Pegasi, earth ponies to earth ponies, and unicorns to unicorns.”>>99931
She narrows her eyes a bit
"Ozzfest, I've got a question you're not gonna want to answer. Who are you
and what's so special about this train?"
Silver shrugs. "I have found love tends to work in weird ways like that." He motions to her and Star, even if she's a little cross with him at the moment.
Spark is relieved that nothing has happened to his glass. He returns to holding it by his side.
“My name is Bader Ozren, I am a native of the Hayseed Forests outside Moonlighf shores, and after a colored career in the militia I have been appointed as a police captain in the Bales district by the SSA. As for the train, it seems they thought it was carrying an important pony. They found me as the next best thing.”>>99934
Skies tilts her head to the side in evident confusion. Then she says
“I am 100% pure Pegasus of the Thessaloneighki deme.”
Dark Star Seems confused by her response
"Why'd they take you? You're not in uniform, how'd they peg you as a cop?"
Silver shakes his head. "No no, I am not referring to your purity, though I suppose it is interesting to hear that you are 100% Pegasus. I referring to how you now have Earth Pony coltfriend."Headcanon/fanon: the reason Blue Skies can't into clouds is because she's the result of a limited gene pool from her family's obsession with racial purity.
“I think one of them must have seen some leaked information, or saw my name on the manifesto. I’m not a cop in any kind of regular sense. More like a military officer. They would interrupt the meetings of our churches when they thought our sermons got a little too ‘political.’ Figured I’d return the favor. Let them be arrested for thinking what princess belongs where. And if I can get paid for it, all the merrier.”>>99939
“What? Oh. Dark Star is a sweetie. When he wants to be.”That’s… what
Silver snickers a little. "You just have not broken him in enough."Eh, just a random thought I had.
Dark Star Puffs his cheeks out
"I Can't Be Broken."
“I may have to try harder.”I guess I can see it. She’s a rather inglorious creature, disappointing for all of the hype of her lineage. Like a German shepherd with hip dysplasia, or a prince with hemophilia
“We’ll see about that.”
The memory of Star shooting Silver in the ass comes to the surface of Silver's mind. "Oh, I wish could see this."
"Hmmm. So there shouldn't be any more incidents like this?"
“On this train? I think they learned their lesson. If not, the State Police will be happy to teach them again after we reach Canterlot.”
“Actually…” skies reflects for a moment, and says in the most matter of fact way possible
“It’s not really like me to break a Stallion. Just find a new one if the one you have doesn’t work.”
"Alright, just one more question. Why are you telling me all this?"
Silver doesn't seem to immediately get the implications or intent of this statement, from the look of confusion on his face.Sneaky Skies, playing both sides like that to get what she wants.
“Because you asked. It’s not like it’s a secret to the ponies I’d rather not know, and I expect a bat to show better sense than them.”>>99950
Judging from her expression, it seems to be one of her rare instances of truth telling, deduced mostly because of how disinterested the delivery seems to be.
After a couple more seconds of confusion, Silver just decides to roll with it.
Brie can't fathom why this bat pony would be so forthright about information considering that Brie had stabbed him in the leg and was going to torture him for information, but he decides to let the matter rest. "Fair enough. If any more trouble arises, I'll be in the Clover Grove cabin."
>>99954Because it's a 'do you know who I am?' form of intimidation>>99953
Aww, poor Dark Star
>>99956Well, yeah, consequences is kind of the point. Because it means that his faction will care if he is killed or kidnapped and can reward helping. It’s “You know there are dozens of witness here and you’re trapped in a metal can destined for waiting police at Canterlot Central, and given how you’ve already irreparably pissed off the denizens of the forest that provides your only means if escape, your choices are be courteous to me, or death.”>>99953
“Oh Dark Star, why would I want to leave the sweet and loving pony I know?”
“Then stop worrying”
She bats her eyes at him
How close are we to the hotel?
As Derpibooru is petty much out of “If it fits, I sits” pictures, they are pretty much already there
"I hope you have enjoyed your time on 'Silver Sword Lines'."
Skies hops out, forelegs down first, and looks to Silver, nodding in a half-bow.
"We will have to do this again, sometime." Silver looks to his two companions. "Should we spend some more time together later, after we have completed our tasks for today? It was fun being with you both last night."
Dark Star Still has the frown on his face from earlier
“What’s the matter?”>>99968
“Did you perhaps want to look into employment?”
"It is certainly something I am seriously considering. I think I will need couple days to fully decide one way or other, though. It is not decision to take lightly, joining faction like this. There is much else I need to consider further."
She narrows her eyes and lets her mouth fall open at this non-sequitur answer>>99971
“You hardly need to join the SSA. The Revenue Service, Immigration, and sometimes even the Department of the Interior can use help, and they are not part of the Party.”
Silver scratches his chin in thought. It certainly isn't something he considered before. "Maybe. I will have to finish this job first, at very least, then give that consideration."
“And can I expect it done soon?”
"Certainly, I was going to catacombs next, after I get replacement saddlebags and potions. It will be done today."
She nods in acceptance of this answer, with a generally professional pose and manner.
"So, What do you have to do at work today?"
"Unless either of you need anything else, I suppose I will see both of you later, I hope." Silver chuckles a bit as he taps the bandages still around his neck. "If I do not get mauled by ghasts before then, that is."Got a couple questions that might impact how I handle this job: how much weight can Silver hold using his telekinesis, and how far out can he levitate items, both in and out of his line of sight?
It’s going to be a couple hours before I can respond
Kinda figured. We can wait.
“Well, we are looking into a leak in the local civil service and will likely make an arrest once a culprit is isolated. Besides that we have the usual. Observing ponies, maybe conducting a sting, talking to informants. And as always, analyst work.”>>99979
“Don’t get mauled.”
Maybe 15 pounds?
"Stings sound fun."
"i might as well see what Sea Breeze has for me while im here."
“You should check in with him at sone point.”
"I will try not to." Silver gives Skies a salute before tur