No.7647[Last 50 Posts]
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This is the ToE roleplay thread where players who have created their own pony character can come on in and adventure with others in the world of MLP. If you want to join the thread then please check out the OOC thread and submit a character sheet and await for approval.
All of the rules stated in the ToE core rule book is applied here with the exception of a few house rules. First off when a character gains a new level, they will upgrade a single trait of their choice, upgrade their Cutie Mark Skill, and upgrade/learn 3 new skills. Skills can not be upgraded more than once per level. Also a character will only ever have two quirks to their character and will not gain new quirks when raising their level.
The last thing to note is that if you have any questions or suggestions then you may contact me in the OOC thread or in the discord chat if you want to make a voice call. I hope you sign up and join us for these adventures
Signed, Critical Hit
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You find yourselves out in the middle of a town whose name that you recall is Ponyville. It's a mostly quiet with the occasional pivotal moment in history but now it is mostly known for being the home of the Princess of Friendship, Twilight Sparkle.
You wonder what it is like for a moment what it is like to be in such a position of power while the sounds of the market place fill your ears and the smells of fresh foods graze across your nostrils. Now though the attention of what you had been previously doing has once again caught your attention and you check out what you had bought from the market in terms of groceries.
Why not roleplay a bit and imagine what your characters had bought today for lunch.
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Summer Rye was looking around the market, bustling with activity. He had purchased a big apple pie and a whole bushel of apples mixed with some carrots that he carried in his bucket. Even though he had already eaten half the pie his stomach was still rumbling and he pondered whether to give in and eat the rest right away.
To him the pie does seem delicious and would probably taste good as a mid afternoon snack. Could he resist eating the rest of his pie.I'll be doing a Mind Test (Difficulty 3) against a downgraded roll of your mind stat due to your always hungry quirk.
Mind Test DC3 1d4 = 4
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Summer Rye has the ability to contain himself from eating the pie with no recourse but that doesn't mean he can't choose to eat it now.
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He sighed, looking at his pie. But then wrapped it into the foild it came with and put it into his saddle bag. With a smile he munched a helping of apples and carrots instead. :P
Summer Rye offered Epic his bucket full of vegetables as he saw him approach. All this time he munched away on the apples which were much different to wheat and rye. Now… how to make any money around this place?
Summer Rye glanced at his surrounding - maybe there was a bulletin board with job offerings somewhere.
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>>7678>Epic accepted just a single carrot to munch on.
What are we doing out here Rye?
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Summer Rye takes a while to answer as he munches several apples and carrots at once.
"Mmh… mh… What I mean is…" munch munch munch… "That maybe if ponies are in trouble we could help them. And make some bits."
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Hm, I dunno, I don't think it's right to profit off the troubles of others.
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"Well, doing it for free would be a noble cause. But that's not helping the family farm."
Well, we could ask Applejack what she may suggest.(Though dunno who'll be playing NPCs.)
Though she might be busy with royal friendship business. Something about a table or something.
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Before the two are about to leave, Rye reaches into his bags for one last snack but instead he pulls out what seemed to be a small white rabbit that had been eating all of his produce when they were talking, the pie is still safe though.
The rabbit, which Epic recognizes as Angel Bunny, frees itself from Rye's grasp and hops to the ground. Fluttershy soon comes around the corner of one of the buildings and Angel hops onto Fluttershy
"Oh Angel, you shouldn't be stealing other pony's food like that" she scolds. "I'm sorry about that, Angel does like to get into trouble a lot."
She then looks over to Epic and smiles.
"Epic I am glad I found you though, you see Twilight and the others are being sent somewhere by the map and all of us need to go on this adventure. I know you would like to come along but we need somepony to look after all of our pets while we are away. You and your friend can stay at my cottage for the time being until we return, is that okay?"
It would seem that the Mane 6 are going to be away for a while and they need someponies to look after their animal companions while they are gone.
Summer Rye was kneeling before his now sadly empty bucket. He shook his head in dismay and already his stomach was grumbling in disappointment.
Then he looked up and sighed. "Welll, what's gone is gone. What was that about pets?"
>>7694On at 2am eh? Well we won't go too far without
She becomes more shy when talking to Rye. Rye can tell that she is probably more familiar with Epic to overcome her social anxieties but considering that Epic suffers the same social ineptitude so maybe they feel comfortable to each other due to sharing the same common ground?
"Y-yes the pets. Angel Bunny, Winona, Tank, Gummy, Owlicious, and Opalescense. We just need you to look after them for a few days is all. Oh! We also promised them to be pampered today but since we're leaving, we would like for you to groom the pets for us."
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>>7693>Epic was always a little jealous that when it comes to big important adventures, Epic always felt left out.>However he really likes Fluttershy though unsure of himself how much he likes her. So all he could do was blush and nod.
S-sure Fluttershy. I can hold the forte and look after your animals while you're gone.>>7695>Imagines a house full of noisy animals.
I dunno if I can look after->Doesn't want to dissapoint Fluttershy.
Don't worry, I can handle animals. I'm good with the wildlife in Everfree Forest….>Remember the last time he punched a monster in Everfree.
…I can take care of your animals.
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(It was 9 a.m. for me, posting from my phone at work.)>>7695
"Oh… critters, huh? Well, that sounds easy enough. And since you seem to know Epic here it'd be a pleasure. Right, Epic?
Though to be perfectly honest I never had a pet myself so I don't know much about grooming them. What do we have to do exactly, Ma'am?"
Yeah, real pleasure…
Uh, true, I never "groomed" a pet before…I guess thats like brushing animals or something?
I'm good with dogs though, I understand how pack animals think.
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"So one of them is a dog?"
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Yes, Applejack owns a dog. And Angel Bunny…>Looks over at the rabbit with glare.
…does need to understand who's dominance.
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"Well… we seem to have a big appetite in common. Right Angel?" he winks at the bunny.
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Fluttershy smiles and makes out a very faint yay sound.
"You'll do it? Thank you so much, I promise it won't be for long. As for the grooming just brush them gently and they should be happy."
Angel starts to look unhappy that it won't be Fluttershy taking care of him this afternoon.
"I know Angel but me and the other have to go. We'll be back soon enough."
They all head on up through Ponyville and went out to the outskirts and over to Fluttershy's cottage. Her cottage was of a modest, organic style that is fit for such a shy and cute pony herself. They went on inside and saw that the rest of the Mane 6 were waiting for them with their animals. Twilight stands up and greets the two earth ponies.
"Oh you must be the one's that Fluttershy brought over to look after out pets. Epic I'm glad you can do this for us on such short notice," she looks over at Rye, "And I don't think I know your name but I do know that Epic did make a new friend so you must be him."
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"Greetings, my name is Summer Rye. It's an honor to meet all of you…" he gives a gentle bow boefre the Princess of Friendship.
"And… yes, we'll look after the pets. We… at least I would need to know what's to be done exactly though. What can you tell us about your pets?"
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Each of the Mane 6 gestures at their pets one by one.
"This is my pet Owlowiscious." Twilight holds up a bright eyed owl brown owl. The owl bobs its head politely to say hello. "He's very well behaved and he like being tickled just behind his ears. His favorite treats are chocolate mice."
"Say howdy Winona!" grins Applejack. A brown and white dog wearing a red collar jumps around Applejack playfully. "Give her a bone to chew on and she'll be as happy as a worm in an Apple Barrel. She also like having her belly scratched.
"What did you say Gummy?" Pinkie pie holds a baby alligator up to her ear. "You like these ponies? Well if you like them then I like them too!" The gator which has not uttered a word stares blankly at you. "Gummy says that he'd like for you to feed him fishcakes and play his favorite game snap."
"Opalescence is extremely sensitive, and you must take full care of my darling." Rarity is preening a white fluffy cat wearing an opal studded collar. "She'll only have the most finest cat treats and wants her fur combed perfectly."
"Hey Tank, say hello to your new firends!" Smiles Rainbow Dash. A large green tortoise looks up at you slowly. He looks to be wearing some sort of helicopter device on his back. "Feed him plenty of lettuce and be sure to let him out for a spin once in a while."
"You've already met Angel already. I can tell he already likes you…" The white rabbit sneers at you and sticks out his tongue. "He's such a loving little creature. All he needs is some juicy carrots and his tail fluffed up."I don't have a pic of all the pets at once so here's something else.
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Summer Rye sticks out his tongue at Angel in return while trying to remember all the different names and treats…
"That's a lot to take in. Um… what's snap?" He asks Pinkie Pie. "I'm not really familiar with it."
And to Fluttershy: "And where can we get all these different treats they want?"
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>>7705>Gives Winona a belly rub.
Who's a good girl?>>7706
Hm… if we divide the pets between us, then it'll be more easier to take care of. I can look after three of the pets at Fluttershy's cottage while you can look after the other three at your place.
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"Good idea! You'll take Angel!… Um… I have no place though. Besides, I have no treats or grooming items."
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Don't you live on a farm? Surely you have plenty of space for animals.
And I can't take the animals to my place, I live in the heart of Everfree Forest.>Turns to Fluttershy
T-that is, if you don't mind me staying at your place until you return… how long will you be gone?
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"I'm not taking the critters back home to Trottingham. That's like at the other end of Equestria.
So, can I stay at your place too, Fluttershy?"
Is theres enough room? Why can't we take the animals to the crystal palace or Applejacks farm? Surely big Mac or Applebloom volunteered to petsit Winona first.
Plus it's good for dogs to stay with their pack when it comes to pet sitting.
"Oh don't worry, Gummy will explain won't you Gummy?" Pinkie says as Gummy still remains silent.
Fluttershy shows the two all of her cupboards of food that has just about anything each kind of animal would need.>>7707>>7708>>7709>>7710I really don't want to split the party. As for now just stay at the cottage.>>7709>>7710
"Yes you two will just stay here and look after the pets. Everything they need will be here." Fluttershy explains.
"Yeah Fluttershy is great with animals so she has a bunch of stuff that you'll need." Rainbow Dash chimed in
Twilight spoke, "Here we should probably go now or else we'll miss our train. I promise we'll be back within a few days."
The Mane 6 makes their farewells with their animals and then leaves Rye and Epic alone with them. All of the pets look at Epic and Ry with some sort of impatient expectation.
Mind Test (Difficulty 2) 1d4 = 3
Mind Test (Difficulty 2) 1d6 = 1
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Epic can tell that the animals are hungry and should be fed before they are pampered or else they may get restless.Here's something to listen to, doesn't fit with the scene I was really just bored. Anyways I'll try to be on early tomorrow.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugfCkqXdBok
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Summer Rye says good bye to ponies, hoping he was able to remember all the things he had heard.
"My my my… chocolate mice and belly scratches…"
Then he sat down, opened his saddle bag and took out his second pie half, licking his lips.
"Well, first I'll have a little snack, then it's time to do some grooming. Right critters?" He looks at the pets.
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"Don't give hime carrots, he already ate mine!"
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Oh, well he can have at least 2 then.>Puts the rest of the carrots back.
If he doesn' want to eat them thats fine.
But where are we gonna get a bone? Fluttershy wouldn't have animal bones in her house, she'd find that ghastly.
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"Oh… you think the critters are hungry, too? Well, I'll look outside. Maybe I'll find a bone there. Don't eat my pie!"
I won't.>Puts the pie out of reach for the animals.
Other than the bone, Fluttershy is stocked for most of the animals.>Checks inventory.
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"Maybe she has a basement? Maybe there's a bone there."
Rye leaves the and sighs, stretching his bones before he slowly walks around the building once, keeping his eyes peeled to (hopefully) find a bone.
The pie doesn't seem to please the animals, that really is more for ponies after all. Instead the party had to rummage through the large amount of various foods to find the right kind of snack for the pets each
Winona (Difficulty 2)
Rye Mind 1d6 = 5
Epic Mind 1d4 = 4
Rye Mind 1d6 = 1
Epic Mind 1d4 = 2
Gummy (Difficulty 3)
Rye Mind 1d6 = 2
Epic Mind 1d4 = 2
Owlowiscious (Difficulty 3)
Rye Mind 1d6 = 5
Epic Mind 1d4 = 1
Angel (Difficulty 4)
Rye Mind 1d6 = 5
Epic Mind 1d4 = 2
Opalescence (Difficulty 5)
Rye Mind 1d6 = 6
Epic Mind 1d4 = 4
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>>7724TBH I'm pretty impressed you nearly got all of them so I'll just budge gummy's for you
After a few minutes the pets were all sitting down with their favorite snacks, they seem to be happy and if Fluttershy was there she would be proud of Epic and Rye.
After a while the pets had finished their food and are now starting to look a bit restless. Perhaps they need something or were expecting something now.
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A'ight, time for some brushie-brushie.>Gets comb out.
Who wants to go first?
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>>7726Holy shit! I recognize that comb in the picture. That's the same comb you would have gotten with a MLP happy meal pony toy back when they had that.
Grooming the pets was not only relaxing for them but as well as Epic and Rye. Every pet purs or except for gummy, he just sort remains stiffened like a statue. Angel gets a glint in his eye before Epic goes to bush up his tail and Angel hops away from Epic's reach.
The little rabbit lands on top of a large bookshelf, causing it to teeter and fall on top of Epic and Rye, could they avoid it?
Body Test (Difficulty 5) 1d8 = 7
Body Test (Difficulty 5) 1d6 = 2
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[spiuler]I based the comb after the one I got with my Fluttershy toy.[/spoiler]
And here I thought the bunny liked his tail groomed.
Epic deftly evades but only to get himself tangled up in curtains and cannot move at the moment. Rye was a bit more unfortunate and was now pinned by the shelf causing 1d8 = 3
stamina point damage.
The loud noise causes all of the pets to panic and they start running out of the cottage in a chaotic fashoin while Epic and Rye are powerless to stop them.
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Dammit, even Tank and Gummy ran off…>Realises the serious of the nature and began panicking a little.
Oh no Fluttershy's going to so angry!
>>7741Clarity will be slow at replying since he is on his phone
Thing Epic think… what to do.. I don't want Fluttershy to be upset, but she will be upset with her rabbit is gone… hekck everyponies pets are gone, they will all be dissapointed at me->After worrying over consequences for about 15 seconds.
Alright, OK, Maybe… Maybe if I find Winona first, she could track where the other pets went?
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>>7743>Rushes out with him.
I'm gonna go find Winona.>Runs towards the direction of Sweet Apple Acres.
They head on outside and find only the tracks of the animals, they are no where near the cottage premise.
A trail of bunny foot prints
A purple bow
A Trail of soot
A cloud of smoke
And lastly the howls of a dog
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I can hear howling, this way!>Follows the source of the sound, with his keen sense of hearing from growing up in Everfree Forest.
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They rush on through, going through a quick patch of forest until they found themselves in a flat area of dirt. Nothing was there except for a lone decrepit shack and… Winona! She's is tied to a wooden post and is crying for help. Right now she is far off and you can probably call to her to catch her attention or walk up to her.
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>>7750Are we in Everfree Forest?>>7751
It's not their dog, I can handle some trouble.
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>>7752No right now you are in the Gem Flats
Winona still hasn't noticed the party.>>7753
After saying this, Winona starts barking at Epic and Rye for help.
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Once you get up there, Winona whimper but then yelp as the earth behind you rumbles up and three Diamond Dogs appear behind you.
"What are you doing here at our Gem Flats? Are you trying to steal our Gems?!" one of the bigger ones shouts.
Diamond Dogs!>Turns around to face them, ready for a fight.
I'm taking back this here dog. She's the only gem here worth while.
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"Uh… no, we're not here to steal anything. We just want our friend's dog back. That's all. We don't want any kind of trouble."
The dogs looks at the two with a cautious disdain at their presence but they don't look to be moving in to attack.>>7761
They hear Rye's words and jumble it around their heads. Be warned that they do not often trust ponies.
Charm (Difficulty 5) 1d6 = 6
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They believe Rye and do not feel threatened by the two but their greed does not escape them.
"We believe you ponies but finders keepers, we found the dog and it is ours. You can buy it from us for 1,000 bits." one demands.
The price is ridiculous for something that belongs to you. Perhaps you can offer them something else in your inventory or perhaps offer to work for them for a time. Trying to attack or steal away Winona may cause you to be overrun by the dogs.
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(Lucky roll there.)>>7764
Summer Rye gasped at that outrageous price… but he didn't want to start a fight with the dogs. They were one more and their lair was close. There might be more Diamond Dogs lurking in that hole.
He sighed and out of his saddle big he produced a truly extravagant meal he had stored there. He even placed his remaining half of the pie on top.
"How about we make a trade? You get all these tasty treats for Winona over there. She is a herder's dog, she will not be of much use to you in your holes underground. She cannot sniff out gems and is too small to pull a cart."
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The dogs nearly run each over to get a closer look at the meal Rye produced. You can probably guess that the Gem Flats aren't really a good place to get food.
The dogs, the con artists they are, regain their composure quickly.
"We'll… take your offer pony. Just don't lose your dog again or else we may ask for more next time."
Winona joins your party as a guest. Winona can help you when navigating areas that you may have gotten lost in by rerolling your failed Mind Test rolls. (Only works when navigating)
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"Enjoy your food you three… come along, Winona.">>7768
"That went better than expected."
The Dogs are occupied over the great amount of food that Rye had offered them so the party was able to leave on good terms with them. Perhaps later in the future that may help out in a very little bit.
The party returns to the cottage area and still have the other trails to explore, a lot of which have them enter the Everfree forest.
A trail of bunny foot prints
A purple bow
A Trail of soot
A cloud of smoke
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"That cloud of smoke looks ominous… maybe we should check it out next?"
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You're right. Could be a fire. Somepony may need our help.
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"Alright, off we go then."
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They head in that direction, only to be faced with the edge of the Everfree. For Epic this is quite really his home but for Summer Rye, he has never seen such a forest before in his life. Trottingham does have its own sets of woods but never one so feral as this one. You both wonder how this came to be.
They head on in and progress forwards, the path they had taken slowly being encroached by the thickets and trees, the sun being cut out by the canopy above them. Wild animals such as birds squawked at them as they passed and there was even the slight growling noise made just beyond the bushes. The danger was real here but for Epic he was well enough familiar with the Everfree's tone, that is not to say that it is sometimes difficult to travel here.
Eventually the canopy becomes so thick that they can not see the billow of smoke so they would have to rely on their own senses to navigate.
Navigation (Difficulty 3)
Winona 1d4 = 1
Familiarity 1d4 = 2
Mind 1d6 = 6
Winona 1d6 = 1
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Thankfully they were able to make it on through and found that they were now out of the Forest and now at Ghastly gorge, a large crack in the earth. brings back memories eh Epic?
. Looking down, they can make out tank and see that he had crash landed down below at the bottom and his rotor is making the smoke. They can also see that there are numerous holes on the walls of the valley area.
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"Goodness? We have to get help him!" Summer Rye shouts and looks around whether there is safe a way down into the gorge or if it becomes necessary to actually climb down.
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>>7777Look at those sevens!
You can see that the gorge is nearly an instant drop off but the walls are broad enough to climb or slide down though that could prove dangerous. Body Test (Difficulty 4)
If they had some rope, then perhaps they could tie it to themselves and a nearby tree and safely rappel down.
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"It's not good climbing with an empty stomach… you brought some rope, Epic, didn't you?"
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>>7776I do remember, but I thought Ghastly Gorge wa east of Ponyville?Gone to play BM3 and you get quads without me!>>7779
Yeah, we can use the rope the Diamond Dogs used on Winona.
Also, becareful. Quarray eels live in various borrows and will bite at us whole if they no more than sense some vibrations outside their holes.
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Summer Rye looks doubtfully at the rope, wondering if it wasn't more of a leash and way too thin to support two full grown, heavy Earth Ponies.
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>>7779>>7780Goys I'll let you have the rope, just next time be sure to tell me you actually took the rope with you.
They fashioned up the rope and headed on down the walls of the gorge. It takes a few minutes before they get to the bottom and they now have to get to the other side of the gorge. Tank is laying there in the distance and before him is a large hole in the wall.
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"I don't like the look of that hole…" Summer Rye mutters as he begins to shiver, taking a few steps back. "I don't like caves… so… creepy…"
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(That's the song of my people.)
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Shh, keeps quiet and stay very still.>Approaches Tank as slowly and as carefully as he can. He's well aware how sensetive qurrey eels are to vibrations, he needs to becareful to approach Tank, pick him up and take him away from the caves.
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Decides to listen to Epic's advice and remains silent, watching him sneak up to Tank.
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It doesn't matter, once he gets too close they are beset by large glowing eyes beyond the cave's darkness. Then emerges a large quarry eel that is the size of Ponyville's Town hall.
They would have to think fast or else they would be in a lot of danger.
Epic Mount Fights!
Epic Body 1d8 = 6
VS Eel Body 1d20 = 19>>7791
Since the Eel is occupied by Epic Mount, Rye was able to get to a safe distance.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kljIvAjZE3U
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"Oh no! Epic!" Summer Rye watches closely, wondering if the eel returns to its cave or stays outside.
It stays out and glares at Rye with its evil eyes, daring him to try anything. Perhaps Rye can free Epic by causing the Eel to open his mouth in some way.
Perhaps you can try to examine the eel?>>7794
Epic tries but he is too hurt to try, he can barely move.
Tank is still on the ground but he has gotten up and is moving towards the Eel's cave and the Eel doesn't notice.
(How much HP do I have?)
Fine, if thats how it is…>Punches the soft, pink parks in it's mouth.
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Summer Rye thinks about the items he has with him… a saddle bag, a bucket, his cooking utensils and a spate… then he has an idea.
Taking the spate runs towards the Eel, hoping it would try to gobble him up too - then he would try to keep the Eel's mouth pried open with the spate!
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Summer Rye is glad and surprised his plan actually worked and drags the groggy Epic Mount out of the eel's mouth as quickly as he can, leaving the spate behind.
"Get out of that cave, Tank!"
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>>7800The enemies in this game really aren't balanced for combat, the company did write this for kids after all. Hell I even did a test battle of a 1v1 against a Timber Wolf and my character and lost.>>7801
He is able to get Epic and has the time to scoop up the turtle since it would be too slow to escape on its own. Once they get out of the Gorge and reach a safe distance, Epic now reawakens with 1 stamina point and now has his Charm downgraded due to Eel spit. The battle also causes Summer Rye to become somewhat hungry. Tanks joins the party but he doesn't really do anything since he's so slow.
Summer Rye Resist Hunger
Body 1d6 = 2
If fails, Summer Rye downgrades Charm
Perhaps the duo should head back to town to rest up some.
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>>7802I was hoping at least to stun the eel, given Epic grew up in the forest. Perhaps I need an excuse why Epic's been nerf'd or something.>>7802>Epic was dazed and confused.
D-id I get 'im?Will I get that charm point back after the bath?>>7803
(I hope the eel spit can be washed off)
"On the way back to Fluttrtshy's… we can rest there. Luckily Tank is safe. It was pretty brave of you trying to attack the eel."
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>>7805>Sitting in bath tub, talking to Rye.
I can usually take out large monsters in one punch.
I dunno why I'm not as strong as I once was.
I guess ever since Pinkie Pie introduced me to "chocolate" and "cake" I haven't been eating a shealthy as I usually have.
Summer Rye was having a big meal after spending quite some time in the larder. He also had some lettuce for Tank and (hopefully) found a bone for Winona.
"Luckily my wits and spade were at hand!"
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They spent about 20 minutes getting themselves ready once again and were now fully restored, stamina and all their traits were back up to their normal levels again.
Once they went back outside again, they had these pieces of evidence to look at again.
A trail of bunny foot prints
A purple bow
A Trail of soot
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"I guess that bow belongs to the cat? Winona, can you track her down?"
Summer Rye let Winona sniff at the bow.
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I know who can do better!>Takes the bow (adds to inventory) and gives it to Winona to sniff.
C'mon girl, can you track her? She is a cat after al.
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She sniffs at the bow and catches a scent and is ready to enter the Everfree, you'll just have to see if you can keep the trail in the forest.
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"Oh well… if we must…" he slowly follows the dog. "I hope we won't need my spade again. I hope I'll get a new one."
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>>7818Still have the rope>>7817>>7818
They once again enter the dark and often enough spooky forest where danger normally lurks around every corner. The path that Winona had them on was long and winding and soon they would need her nose the most.
Navigation (Difficulty 4)
Mind 1d4 = 3
Winona 1d4 = 1
Familiarity 1d4 = 3
Mind 1d6 = 4
Winona 1d6 = 6
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Summer Rye felt pretty much lost soon enough and Epic's expression was not too promising either. Hopefully Winona was able to track the owner of the bow down.
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>>7820>His curiosity as peaked. While he knew most of Everfree, not the entirety of it.
Hm, perhaps one of the old wells of the nearby Castle?>Looks into it.
Maybe a dungeon entrance? I'll have to come back here sometime.
It looked to be some sort of rhythmic poem…
I am a well of wishing and I wish you well.
You seek a purring pretty pet that down me fell.
My depth is great and my sides are steep.
What I have taken is mine to keep.
If you wish to save your feline friend.
With me you trinkets will have to end.
I wish for gold a plenty or a favorite toy.
A treasured necklace that brings you joy.
The most secret of recipes or a pair of rings.
What it is doesn't matter, these are just things.
What I truly wish and will bring me great bliss.
Is for you to give me something you will miss.>>7823
Once he touches, he just gets a strange magic aura from it. Even though spending a lot of time in the Everfree and seeing strange things daily, unicorn magic has always escaped Epic.
Jeeze, looks like a riddle of sorts.
If it's lengthy and in poem, then it's not a sstraight forward as it may seem, Zecora taught me that herself.
Wouldn't be suprise if she knew about this well.
Zecora had never told about Epic about this well but…
Mind Test (Difficulty 3)
Epic1d4 = 4
Rye1d6 = 2
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"If only we had brought a lamp… but that sounsd like Opal down there! Also, looks too dangerous to climb down."
He looks at Epic.
The structure of this well is quite similar to that of the ancient castle that Celestia and Luna lived in as children so it's doubtful that Zecora would know anything about this well since this was most likely built a long time ago.>>7829
Perhaps they can do something that pertains to the riddle to retrieve the cat.
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"That rope looks pretty brittle… but we have the rope that holds Winona and I got a bucket! Maybe we can lower it enough for Opal to climb in and we can pull her up!"
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"I think the well wants something we hold dear, maybe it doesn't matter what it is… just as long as we'd miss it. Like my pie! If only I hadn't given it to those Dogs… ah well. Winona was worth it."
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>>7830>>7831I know but this structure ancient so she wouldn't even know about its presence here.
They ponder on the riddle a bit.
Epic1d4 = 2
Rye1d6 = 5>>7832>>7833
Any way they can find out how to get Opal out would be WELL worth it.
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The wells rope does look brittle, we rescue the cat with it and let it keep the brand new sturdy rope.
But dunno if I'll miss this rope that much, so dunno if this is the answer. But worth a try.
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I will offer the well, the sturdy rope we have. We can replace it's worn aged rope with it and can use it to rescue Opal.
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"Sounds like a plan to me… I've already given up my food and that was what I held dearest. :P"
Other than Opals ribbon, I've got nothing of valuble on me other than this rope.>Changes the rope on the well with the one he has.
After all, a well would find a functioning pulley more valuble than just tirnkets at it's bottom.
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Once you replace the rope for the well, you hear a strange gurgling noise… suddenly you can hear and then see that the well's water level has risen up to the top of the stone work to offer a wet Opal in a worn down bucket.
Opal is cold and wet and doesn't enjoy being in the forest so she constantly caterwauls and makes it impossible to do anything quietly. Well atleast you got her back. You also each find 80 bits in the bucket.
Ooh money! Want halfies?>Takes at least 40bits and leaves the rest for Rye.
Calm down Opal!>Puts Opals ribbon back round her neck and tries to hold her a scomforting as he could.
Making such noise in a place full of wild monsters is not a good idea.
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"Nice one! Let's get you out of here Opal and return to Fluttershy's cottage."
Rye looks into the bucket.
"There's 80 for each of us!"
He picks up 80 bits, smiling. Now he could replace his spade.
C'mon, let's take her back to Fluttershy's and towel-dry her. Hopefully Rarity would forgive her state.>To the cat.
Don't worry Opal, I'll be sure to comb you through later. YOu'll feel much better.
They take her on back and once she dries off, she goes up into the rafters and refuses to go with Epic and Rye. Perhaps it is for the best as she would just complain and create noise.
There were only three trails to look for or perhaps they can go and spend some money first.
A trail of bunny foot prints
A Trail of sootI gotta leave soon but I have enough time to introduce a shopkeeper.
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"Yes, let's return to the cottage and grabe a bite. I wonder what else is in Fluttershy's larder. In the meantime we can find some chocolate mice for Opal."
Alright, we need to get Angel Bunny back. Fluttershy would never forgive me if I don't bring him back.>Sigh.
But knowing him, he'd be the more hassle.>>7846
It is Owlowicious who enjoys the chocolate mice. With all these pets here, it's perhaps best you petsit while I go find Angel Bunny, or else the animals may get loose again.
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"Oh, did he now? What was it that Opal liked again?"
He thinks for a moment.
"I don't really want to sit home with the animals all day. Besides, after eating all my apples and carrots that bunny can wait."
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>>7847>>7849>>7850>>7851Guys, this is not really the game to separate and split the party. You two need to stick together and work as a team. MLP is after all about friendship and cooperation.
The pets had already been fed and can be left behind here with no sort of consequence. The two are free to go look for the rest of the animals.
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"We might as well get it behind us. Let's follow those bunny tracks."
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>>7856>>7857Sorry I wasn't on today, I had to work really early in the morning.
They followed the tracks into the forest. The path that they were on was starting to get more and more narrow, pretty soon Rye and Epic were right up on each other without any room to spare. Suddenly the vine like plants latched on to them and would not let them go. It would seem that they had walked into living plants and were now wrapped up in their thorny vines. They would have to find a way to free themselves or break free with physical force even though it may hurt by forcing themselves out.
Rye groans, struggling to free himself from those pesky plants.
(I'll attempt to use brute force to get free.)
Rye tries to break free of the unrelenting plants…
Rye Body 1d6 = 5
VS Plant's Body 1d6 = 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHSJCMkUa9Y
He was able to snap and break free, covered in a dew bits of thorns in his sides and mane.
Stamina Damage 1d4 = 3
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>Recognises the plants as wild plunderseed vines, though different from the ones Discord planted millenia a go.
>Takes evasive actions not to get captured.
They both try to free Epic, making it a bit easier to do so then breaking free by yourself.
Epic Body 1d8 = 8
VS Plant's Body 1d4 = 4
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Epic rips free but only after the thorns tear into his sides violently.
Stamina Damage 1d4 = 4
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"Oooh.. that looks like it hurts! Come on Epic, let's get out of here. Those plants are dangerous!"
(So 8HP left right?)>>7936
Ack! I've had worse.>Makes tactical retreat with Rye.
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Once freed, they head on out and continue on the trail to find Angel Bunny. The path clear wider and wider until the party enters a large clearing with a large land mass that had built up that is complemented with a large cave. They can also hear a large grumbling noise that seems to sound to come from something incredibly giant.
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"I knew that bunny would mean trouble…"
Summer Rye sighs and carefully moves towards the cave, peeking inside.
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The cave is dark, really dark but not so much to where you won't be able to see if you enter. However Rye's fear of caves was about to kick in and if he couldn't get a hold, his Mind Trait will be downgraded as a result.
Resis Fear 1d4 = 1
Mind 1d6 = 3>>7940
This is true and the party should head in soon if they wish to find the bunny nut perhaps caution should be applied here.
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"C… cave…. big… and deep…" Summe Rye begins to tremble.
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Even though he is a bit scared, he should be able to continue onwards without freezing up or anything… so long as he stays with Epic Mount.
The two enter the cave and for the first part it was like a massive tunnel with cold wet stone beneath their hooves. Eventually they enter a grotto that was lit op by the starry night sky above. On one of the walls they can see and celestial looking bear craddling… is that… Angel! Angel seems to have been caught up by the several story tall bear and is now being treated as if a baby. Angel does not look pleased.
Manure! An Ursa Major…>Checks the situation.
But wheres her cub? For her to behave such a way means it's been absent for awhile.
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"Um… hello, Mr. Bear… uh… We didn't mean to intrude but you seem to have found our bunny friend there… Would you give him back to us?"
Summer Rye prepares to run away quickly in case his speech has no success.
Shhhshsh this is a delicate matter, she will get very protective and dangerous if she recognise us as intruders.>>7950
Oh she does. Everfree Forest is where the Ursa constellations dwell.
Epic doesn't realize it but Rye saw how the Ursa was treating it and it was a sort of familiarity, like watching one of his little sisters playing with her dolly. Suddenly he understands that this bear is actually a baby and the mother is out right now but could be back in any second.
The bear looks down at the two and are cautious of them to see them as a threat.
Charm Test (Difficulty 5)
Rye 1d6 = 3
Epic 1d6 = 2
Well now I feel a fool for mixing them two up.>>7952
Wait… this ursa is too small… perhaps… the Ursa Minor? Oh heck!>>7953>Gives a nervous grin.
O-OK, I have an idea… But when you can, secure the bunny.
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Summer Rye takes a step back, realizing that did not work out as intended…>>7952
"Ooooh… I think that IS the cub…"
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"I don't want to be here when her mother returns home… What kind of idea? I hope it doesn't involve trying to punch it like that eel."
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"Ooooh… whimsical…" Summer Rye hoped that actually works.
The bear became infatuated with Epic and loosened up its grip with Angel Bunny, so much so that Angel ran free and hopped right into Rye's saddlebags. The bear was distracted but if Epic stops now, then it will realize it was tricked and most likely throw a tantrum.>>7959
Watching this, Rye thought to himself perhaps they should fashion a new doll for the bear out of some leaves and twigs from the forest.
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Rye was quite glad to be able to get out of that cave as quickly as possible and tried hist best to fashion together a suitable dolly as replacement. If only he had more skill in sewing.
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Rye found all of the suitable materials to make some impromptu doll but it would take some time to do so.>>7964
The Ursa is still watching him but saw that he was nearing the tunnel exit.
Epic Body 1d8 = 2
VS Ursa Mind 1d6 = 4
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It soon realized that it did not have Angel and Epic was now leaving which angered it and with a large roar it now charged at Epic!
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>>7967>Like with mud twigs and leaves.
Will Epic make it out of the cave safely and will Rye be able to fashion a new doll in time? Find out next time on Tails of Equestria!I gotta go now and work.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKlYZsJiey0
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This… dolly looks… good enough… lots of mud, twigs and leaves!
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The bear chased Epic out and was nearly about to strike when it saw the twig mud doll Rye had made from scratch. It looked at it curiously to see what in the world Rye had made…
Charm Test 5
Rye 1d6 = 5
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It looked at it and instantly fell in love with the dolly. It gently picks up the doll and takes it back into the cave to cradle like a small child.
Thankfully now the party had now rescued Angel and with him joining the party, he will surely cause trouble in the future.
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>Breaths a sigh of relief and drops the the ground tired.
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They were safe now since Angel is back in their possession and Epic could take solace in the fact that Fluttershy would be happy. Angel Bunny scurries out of Rye's saddle bags and sits on top of his back and was ready to get out of here and look for the other pets.
There were only two left to find, Owlowiscious and Gummy. Although where they went off to can only be guessed by the trails left behind.
Trail of Soot
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"That alligator is pretty tiny, hopefully we don't overlook him… and I can barely make out the tracks in this dimness."
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"But we'd lose even more time by then… but we should definitely take a light along before we look for Owlowiscious."
Owlowiscious is a night owl, we can look for Gummy now and have better chance at finding Owlowiscious during the later hours.>>7981
Oh wait, Winona's here with us. Can you find Gummy girl? You remember the smell of Gummy?
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Summer Rye kept his nose very low to the ground in order to see the small alligator tracks.
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They follow the trail and head even further south into the forest while the firefly lights accompanied them.
Navigation Difficulty 4
Mind 1d6 = 3
Winona 1d6 = 4
Mind 1d4 = 3
Familiarity 1d4 = 3
Winona 1d4 = 1
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"I think Winona is still able to follwo the trail… I can barely make out anything anymore."
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Summer Rye wondered what was flying up there… maybe it was the owl? But it was too dark for him to make out easily.
"There's a canoe…!" Rye was checking for oars.
I remember this lake, this is Zecora's canoe.>Looks over to the island, but too cannot see what the flying creature was.
Is that a bat, or an owl?>>7990
Yeah, let's get over there quick.
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They found some oars in the boat and took it out to the island. The waves beat up against the sides of the canoe but it was still a gentle ride, Epic can see why Zecora comes out to this island. He can remember Zecora taking him here to help her gather ingredients when he was young but now in his older age he can now get this sense of quiet and peace here.
Once they got on up to the island, they found that the thing flying up above is a hawk looking thing with a Mohawk and Gummy biting on to his side.
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"G… Gummy! What are you doing?! Let go!"
Thats a mohawk!>>7993>Quickly looks for Gummy.
Gummy's stare is still blank and his hold of the rebellious looking hawk will not relent. They will have to find a way to get him down from there.>>7994
Epic can see that Gummy is latched onto the hawk and is very high up. Dangerously so.
I know what to do…>Lets out a loud, death-metal growl.
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High enough that Gummy will be hurt if dropped from up that high, he'll live and will be fine.>>7996Holy shit
The hawk heres this and goes down a much safer distance so Gummy won't be hurt if he falls. The Hawk is still is flying, they need to get Gummy to let go.
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"Come on, Gummy, let go! We'll take you home and make you supper! Pinkie will be disappointed if you keep nibbling that poor hawk!"
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Summer Rye pondered about Gummy's owner. He had only seen that pink pony for a few moments but she seemed rather cheerful. He decides to put his bucket on his head and tried to juggle some of his cooking utensils (while hoping none would land in the water). Maybe the gator would find that fun.
Gummy sees the display and smiles…
Laugh DC 5
Rye 1d6 = 4
>>8002>Epic was growling away, making up a song.
YOU LOOK SO PAIL
DO NOT FAIL
CONTAINER FROM DEEP WITHIN
PATIENT BY THE WELL
WATER YOU WAITING FOR?
IN THE DEPTHS YOU SHALL DWELL!
Laugh DC 4
Epic 1d6 = 4
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Summer Rye began to laugh at the song and the bucket slipped off his head.
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>Epic had to stop his made-up death-metal song and cough.
I can't go on anymore. I guess you could say I'm a little horse.
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Epic's horrid lyrics finally got Gummy to laugh and he fell right on down into Epic's back nicely. Suddenly though Gummy snaps right on Epics side and would not let go.
Gummy has joined the party and while he is close to another party member, he will play his game of snap and latch on to them. A party member that has Gummy biting him will have his Body trait downgraded when making Body Tests.
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>>8010>Epic didn't mind the guy holding onto him.
We should go.>Gets on the canoe.
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"Alright, off we go…" Summer Rye was quite pleased that Gummy was with them now but made sure to keep a distance. He didn't want the alligator to cling to his mane or tail.
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They head on back to the mainland and were now back at the edge of the Everfree forest with only one Pet left to look for and that would be Owlowiscious. So that would mean the following to soot trail.
>>8012>>8013>Epic didn't mind at all, after all he's been bitten by worse things, with actual fangs.
OK, now we need to find Owlowicious. Luckily he was a wild owl before settling with Twilight and more active at night, though finding her shouldn't be so bad.
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Summe Rye went into Fluttershy's hut to find a lantern or other light source to take along.
They follow the Trail with Winona at the lead. Finally they almost had all of them back in safety and soon they could go home and wait for the Mane 6. Whether you take joy in helping others or are purely there for monetary purpose in the end they should be pleased.
Mind 1d6 = 1
Winona 1d6 = 2
Mind 1d4 = 4
Familiarity 1d4 = 3
Winona 1d4 = 1>>8015
The cottage is too far and the party is already following the soot.
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Me? No, I don't have one.>>8017
Felt totally lost in the darkness and there were odd sounds everywhere. This was almost as bad as a cave.
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They soon come up to a clearing and they can see Owlowiscious flying erratically for some reason. He's bumping into trees and just looks confused, below him is some sort of blue flora.
Oh no!>Prevents Rye from going any further.
Thats Poison Joke.
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Epic can see that the owl had contracted the poison joke and it seems that it severely affected his flight patterns.>>8021
Rye can assume that what Epic was talking about was the large amount of blue plants that cover the area.
They'll have to somehow get a hold of the owl and cure his ailment.
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Poinson Joke. It's pollen has a random magical effect on those in contact with it.
Last time I was explosed to it, ended up with both my eyes on one side of my head.>Calls to the owl.
Owlowicious! Come down here!
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Summer Rye takes his buckt and tries to catch the owl in it, always careful not to stumble into the flowers.
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Uh… try… flying away from us?
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"Try flying away from us and try not to aim at this bucket!"
RYE AND EPIC HAS TO MAKE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO SAVE THE OWL.
Try using your cutiemark skills.
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Rye wanted to consult Epic about a plan as he noticed him just wondering off into the flowers her warned him about…
"Um… that's no plan!" he shouted, not even knowing where this 'Zecora' lived.
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Let's cut away those plants!
>>8031>While Epic did approach the flowebed, was still reluctant to have his eyes wedged to one side of his head that he stopped.
Do you have a plan?>>8032
(Defend from what exactly? Poison Joke is harmless and doesn't exactly "attack", unless you mean Owlowicious swooping.)>>8033
Hm… I dunno, feels… "unfair" to the plants.
Alright, idea then.
Rye, I'll need the bucket.
(That's way past my bed time unfortunately)>>8039
Summer Rye hands Epic his trusty bucket.
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>>8042I mean I can see your point now with that vid. I was kinda imagining that the bucket was made of wood and was about half the size of Rye so I was imagining it to be pretty big like a shield. And you would of course run through the patches where there weren't any poison joke and use the bucket to deflect the plants that might brush up against you.
The two run on in, Epic using his makeshift shield and Rye cutting away any excess plants that Epic couldn't protect against.
Navigation DC 3
Body 1d8 = 3
Defending 1d6 = 3
Body 1d6 = 6
Cooking 1d6 = 1
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Bashing Poison Joke away and slicing and dicing their own path led them up to the Owl and Epic was able to scoop up the owl into his bucket shield and they both were able to make it out of the Poison Joke patch unharmed. That is of course not to say that Owlowiscious still needed his treatment from the curse which Epic knows can be provided by either Zecora or the Spa ponies but the Spa ponies would probably charge them…
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Summer Rye was all for getting out of the forest as quickly as possible but he let Epic decide. After all he seeemd to know Zecora.
"Once we're back home we'll get you some chocolate mice." he tried calm down Owlowiscious.
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(For some reason I went anon.>>8045>>8046
Let's get to Zecora, she's closest and the spa would be closed by now, she can help us.
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>>8048I am consideirng Epic also being affected by the Poison Joke, but it's probably easier for Zecora to cure an owl over a full grown pony..
Unless you want a luck or body roll for it.
This is where I grew up in the forest.
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"What the… what is happening to you?"
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"We have to get you to Zecora quickly!"
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Sorry I'm late, I overslept by accident because my work hours have been brutal of late. My mom wants me to do a quick favor and then I'll be posting like normal. Deuces!
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They head on inside and they see that the inside is just as strange and foreign as the outside. Bottles and strange ingredients lined the walls, Herbs were strung up from the ceiling to dry out before use, smells of potions and a thin cloud of smoke flowed through the air. Epic got to see the familiar black and white striped pony that had raised him up as a child. For Rye this will be his first encounter with a Zebra since farm work doesn't really broaden your horizons.
"Ah Epic you have brought a friend", she says.
"And it seems you both met and untimely end."
"The ailments that made your body broke…"
"Perhaps you were touched by Poison Joke?"
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"You have explained me the how."
"So I will shall prepare the bath now."
"Perhaps you and your friend should take a rest."
"Collect your thoughts and ease your animals will be best."
She heads on back to gather what is needed to make up the herbal bath and came back out and started brewing it in a large black cauldron.
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>>8066I wonder if Rye is on…
Zecora is still steadily making the potions as they talk. Clouds of green and pink puff up from the cauldron as she threw in more herbs to give the cure its potency.
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"I'm all, green, Ma'am! Please help us!"
"Do not worry, I will cure your wheat."
"So you can go and all the monsters you will beat."Do you guys wanna chat to get a more RP immersion effect or just continue?
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With one final cloud puff from the cauldron, Zecora stepped aside and spoke.
"The cauldron ready with its potion."
"Step on in and rub the mixture on like lotion"
"The curse will be gone, for minutes will be some"
"So you two may go home."
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"Very much obliged, Miss Zecora…" Rye said before stepping into the potion, not before taking off his saddle bags not to get them wet.
"Aaaah… that is relaxing. How do you know the antidote?"
"I have traveled far for recipes learn."
"Potion making is a skill I have earned"
"Learning these things from texts before"
"Potion masters who have written this lore."
Soon enough the curse was starting to reverse itself, Epic's muscles were growing back and Rye's back wheat was receding.
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"That's much better… thanks again."
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All what had remained of the curse was now gone and the animals that accompanied the party were getting angsty and tired. Perhaps they should head on home now to get them to bed.
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"Don't give us that look, Angel. You should be grateful! You caused all this rucks in the first place."
"Thanks again, Zecora."
"It is no problem dear."
If you are ever in trouble, I shall be near.">>8083
They head on home on the dirt path that will lead to Fluttershy's cottage the fastest. They could still see in the darkness enough to navigate but… something was off. They felt as if they were being watched, hoof steps sounded close to them but when they looked nothing was there. Suddenly with a holing noise, two Timber Wolves jumped out in front of them. Their glowing eyes and snarls caught the two up and they knew that the wolves will be causing trouble.
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Summer Rye gave a scream of fear! He looked for a way to run, wondering if they were close to the edge of the forest.
The wolves were in the way but…>>8086
Epic tries to intimidate them
Epic Body 1d8 = 5
VS Wolf Mind 1d6 = 3
Epic Body 1d8 = 5
VS Wolf Mind 1d6 = 1
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Epic growl looked like it shook them pretty bad and soon that they ran out into the bushes were they thought it was safe. The path was now clear for them to head home.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTeUdJky9rY
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"Well done, Epic… that roaring really caught them by surprise." Summer Rye moved as quickly as possible.
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>>8088>>8089>Epic gave a nicker, given he's tussled with Timberwolves so many times, they recognise him as a threat a smost dangerous monsters in the forest.
They finally made it on back home to the cottage and when they entered, all of the pets were asleep and the ones with the party found their respective beds and went to sleep as well. Rye And Epic spent another hour cleaning up the place before they went to rest on the furniture for the night.
For the next few days the two stayed at the cottage to feed and care for the animals as promised, Angel Bunny was still difficult but he didn't try any mass escape plan aagin. Gummy stayed still as usual and fortunately Epic nor Rye was snapped by him. Owlowiscious was kind enough to help Epic and Rye care for the pets and show them how to do so. Opal kept to herself mostly so she wouldn't mingle with plebians. Tank and Winona spent time together outside to play since they liked the outdoors.
After this fiasco Epic and Rye felt that they had learned much in this adventure, So much so that they had raised up into level 2. Their bond of friendship had also strengthened and they now had three tokens of friendship each.
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Good going. That was a nice adventure.
Phew! Can't wait til the girls come home.
Hope they be happy with how well we did.
Bu-u-ut let's not tell them about escaping eh?
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"Hmmm… probably not. I hope the pets won't tell them then."
(How can we level up?)
>Epic and Rye rest up, for tommorow.
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>>8092>>8093>>8095>>8096Because I don't have the ToE expansion set, I don't have the adventure that starts right after this so we'll do the one I've been writing instead. If I do get the expansion one day then we could do the other adventure.
The girls come back home and were quite happy to see their pets in well condition. After a happy reunion, Epic and Rye were rewarded with 100 bits for each of them to spend.
They got a sneaking suspicion that they would need to put this money to good use and buy proper adventuring supplies like ropes, armor, weapons, and anything useful.
What was in store for the future was anyone's guess but soon the fates of Epic and Rye will be tested in a conspiracy beyond the average pony's comprehension…
Next Time in ToE!
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Was no problem.>Blushes, especially over how happy Fluttershy was with him.
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A few days pass after the pet predicament. Everything was pretty quiet and anything that was a major problem was often solved by the Mane 6 with a friendship/moral lesson at the end. This left Epic and Rye doing small and odd jobs around the town like cleaning windows or unnecessarily saving ponies from mayonnaise that they could not open. Doing so was not that much profitable and Rye's hopes of saving his farm and Epic's hopes of adventure had slowly dwindled. Still though what little money Rye had earned he sent to his family and going out and helping around made them feel pretty nice.
What was interesting though that today was the eve of a history festival where artifacts from the local museum will be out on display to show ponies young and old can see what life was like in ancient times. Though the museum was not open today, they can spend the hours away going around and buying supplies.
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Summer Rye sighed as he sent more money to his parents. "Earning money is hard…" He stretched himself. "A shame that museum isn't open, would be nice to look at some rustic items. Ah well, I wanted to do some shopping anyway. I need a new spade."
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I'm thinking of spending less time in Ponyville and return to my life in Everfree Forest more.
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"That sounds pretty boring but I want to return home too… But I need to earn some more bits so that's a no-go."
They had heard of a supply store that those in the adventurous lifestyle would appeal to. Ponies, who are explorers or dungeon divers, often speak of the store owned by Smooth Waves which is called Chill Surplus. >>8126
Perhaps something will change soon for these two… someday.
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Summer Rye pointed at an interesting looking store. "Hey, look over there… I haven't noticed that one before. 'Chill Surplus'… sounds fancy. Maybe they have a spade. Let's check it out."
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Everypony around here think I'm just some scrub-pony, that whenever I offer to help them in dire needs, they give me domestic chores to do, it's embarrasing! I'm the Everfree Pony! I fought monsters and saved lives!>>8128>>8129>Takes a look at the store and sighs.
If you still need money for your farm, I could of given you the money we made last time.
I don't have much use for money in Everfree Forest.
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"Oh no, I cannot take your money - you earned it after all and it wouldn't be right."
Summer Rye gets into the store.
"Look at all the stuff they have!"
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They head on inside and see that it is empty of customers, nice. TBH it only really was useful to the wandering traveler since most of the citizens here live safe domestic lives. Cool sounding jazz played and a cool looking pony with slicked back hair welcomed them.
"Hey there cats, welcome to the Chill Surplus. You two are giving me some sweet vibes so let me know if you want to buy anything. I just got about what you'll need to keep you kicking in some dungeon. Or if you want to chat, I often keep up with the current events. too."
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Summer Rye eyed the pony who called him and Epic 'cats'… what an odd thing to say.
"Oh… hello there, Sir. You have a collection of quite a few interesting items here. I don't know what a 'dungeon' is except for a prison cell but my friend here and I were having quite an adventure lately and we could have used a lamp.
But what I really need is a spade… and oh my goodness… look at all the other stuff that is here!"
Summer Rye began rummaging through different objects of interest.
>>8132>Being with social difficulties, he's not entirely sure how to respond to this.
Uh, hey smooth-dude. Um… we're just browsing.>Takes a look at the sword.>>8134
I'm more of a dog person myself.
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"Cool Daddy-O Let me help you with all of that" So you now have the inventory you purchased in the OOC>>8135
"Groovy cat. Hey that sword that caught your eye, I'll let you have it for 50 Bits. Heh… ur you do know you to swing it right?"
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"That sword looks sharp… I'm surprised they even sell such a thing."
Summer Rye rushed over to a table with ropes.
"We would have needed one of these!"
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"I'd like all this… can I have a discount for purchasing so much?"
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Not really. We don't have hands and looks rediculously big.
"That's right, royal guard aren't the only cats who can play with a smithy.>>8138
Rye Charm 1d6 = 4
VS SW Mind 1d8 = 5>>8139
"Don't worry cat. You just hold the hilt with your mouth and…"
You learned how to hold the sword.
"Sorry kiddo, Stallion's gotta make a living too ya know. Don't worry I promise all of my stuff is affordable and of great quality.">>8141
"Ha ha. I like you two, perhaps you cool guys should come by more often."
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"Oh well… thanks anyway." Summer Rye hands him the 170 bits. "And yes, the items do look like they're good quality."
He puts on the barding.
"How do I look, Epic?"
Well, it does look cool, but I'm not the sort to take the lives of the monsters I fight. I'm no monster myself.>>8144
Didn't know you were into such things.
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"It's very old-stylish… but some sturdy clothes are always helpful out in the fields."
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(It's why I picked it over the helmet which would have been cheaper.)
"Yep I got that stuff too…"
He goes behind his counter and pulls out a mechanism holding onto flint and has a piece of metal ready to strike it.
"This will cost you 70 bits. I also have cans about the size of sodas of oil that will cost 20 bits each."
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"That flint looks fancy."
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Wow, what a cool mechanism! Usually I just bash flint together with rocks back home, but this looks much more efficient.
So that be 120 bits right?>>8154>>8155
It's also why I don't really need oil. I do have flint at home, but this looks much more efficient. And I uusally use tinder I find lying around the forest. Having oil would perhaps be more of a hassle.
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"Make sure you don't light the whole forest on fire."
I survived many winters in Everfree Forest. I know how to be responsible with fire.>>8158
Yep. that be all.
Hey… I just thought of something… do other adventuring ponies come and go as well? Or perhaps ponies looking for sturdy ponies for adventure?
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"Well there was an odd fella in here a while ago. Says he came from a suburb away from Baltimare. A short little unicorn who casts some pretty wierd magincs and says he can bend space time around him. Horseshit but hey I dunno."
Epic purchased the hoof bracers and Flint Steel and now has about 60 bits left.And now I gotta go. If you guys want me to throw in my character I'll do so but only as a support role.
>>8160You can answer this when come back then.
Oh, well, I figured, maybe you'd know where if theres "quests" and by quest I mean "jobs" that we can do that doesn't involve domestic works. Something that garners the attention of heroes than manual labourers.
I think a long time a go taverns and places had quest boards of sort, during pre-classical era I guess.
There must be some quests thats beneath Princess of Friendship.While Twilight and Epic are friends, I always imagine their friendship like that of brother and sister that barely get along. They like each other but their methods and oppinions clash at times.
And yeah, be cool with your character can come along. It be like old times in the Wastelands… unless our Fo;E RPs take place in the distant future to this one…
>>8161>>8162I guess I'll throw my character on in, cool. Anyways I wouldn't really consider our Fo:E to be canon with this RP since this story takes place much later than important pre-war events in the Fo:E canon. Besides Critical was never restricted to a single canon TBH.
Smooth Waves scratches his chin as he thinks about this…
"Hm… Well I don't think there's really anything going on as of late. Well there was this earthquake a day or two ago that rocked the train tracks up to Canterlot so all trade to and fro is cut off. Thankfully though all of the artifacts for the museum expo tomorrow had arrived long before that."
He gives Epic a smile to let him know not to worry.
"Don't stress it kid. I've seen a lot of adventurers start out small as you but later on they often become the talk of the local taverns. Why don't you go on ahead and check out the museum expo tomorrow and have a nice relaxing day off?"Just to let you know, I was using this day so you can buy up some stuff. When you are ready for the story to continue, just say you packed up for the night and I'll start the museum expo.
Fancy museums? That sounds like something Twilight would attend to… I dunno.>Imagines how u ncouth he is in a room full of fancy ponies.
(Maybe Rye or Smooth can talk him into going, given his Social Difficulties would make him unconfortable for such situations.)
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"Ey. Why don't you put that Twilight out of your mind for a sec and just relax. Besides I think you would be interested to see all of those artifacts… behind a glass case of course."
Pre-Classical era artifacts? Well now it's even more likely Twilight will be present. Thats one of her favourate subjects.
As for Galloping Horse Rest, was anypony hurt?
>>8176OK, but only solo for a bit.>Talks to Rye.
Rye, I'm gonna go look around town for a bit.>Rye was too busy talking to Smooth to notice.
Okay, meet up later, I guess.>Goes out and about.
The feeling of life in there was pretty still, only but a handfew were actually in there and had already bought what they were going to eat. Before going to the counter though, Epic could hear this ghostly sounding music graze his ears. He looks and see this figure wearing a three piece suit and with a top hat that covers his face except for a devilish smile. In his hooves was a strange looking box that he cranked and played the orchestra from the odd and misshapen pipes that dotted the music box's exterior.
Oddly though, Epic was the only one to notice this stallion, everyone was either unaware or just choosing to ignore him.
Uh- me?>Was not sure what to do.
What is it?
Epic walks over to him while the stallion still plays his music box.
"I can tell your life is full of adventure. Perhaps you would like to play a game? Rules are simple, you just give me on of your items and I'll put in my box. Then I'll give you a new and better item."
Whaaa?>Epic was suspicious
Who are you? Some guy in a mask wanting one of my items for some sort of trade?
"I'm just a bard who likes to play a game every now and then. I can understand your reservations though but I promise I mean you no ill will. In fact if you want your item back, then it shall be so."
Will Epic play this Stallion's item game?Don't worry he won't steal from you or give you shitty loot.
He places the bracers on into the box and he plays his music much more fastly and more violently. Suddenly what spat out was what looked to be a plain golden band that you would wrap around your hoof.
What is this?
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Are these… ballet shoes?
"This will help you ofcourse traveler, but you must learn to use it first. Go on ahead to get it appraised but I won't be here when you come back if you don't like what you got."
Epic was now at an ultimatum. Either go get the magic item appraised and keep it, or return it and never have the chance to use it.
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>>8194>Epic noticed the stranger… but is always hesitant to talk to ponies he doesn't know..
Maybe Twilight Sparkle can analyse this for me?>Goes to the palace.
He goes on up to the palace and checks in on over there but is greeted by spike.
"Oh hey Epic! Is Twilight here? Well no she went off to the Crystal Empire for the time being to help Cadence and Shining Armor with Flurry Heart."
It would seem that she is not here.Huh I thought I had a spike pic…
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Oh, OK.>Goes back to town and noticed the unicorn again.>He looks over the unicorn and comes to a conclusion.
Hey I know!>Walks past the stranger.
Maybe Rarity will know, she's good with gemstones.
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As he passes by the stranger, he accidentally bumps into the little unicorn.
"Ah hey watch where you're walking…"
His dark eyes change from frustration to instant curiosity.
"Woah woah, what in the world do you got there? You got something that is emanating some sort of magic aura… something I used to examine in magic school…"
He takes it from Epic and gives it an inquisitive stare. Floating it around with telekinesis, and then finally giving it a lick before coming to a conclusion.
"Oh I know this enchantment. It a Body enhancement bangle or just simply a Power Bangle."
The unicron gives Epic a long explanation on how the bangle improves one's strength and health. Then the short history of magic enchantments and how the enchantment was put on it in the first place.
TBH this took about 10 minutes.
Uh, I see, so it'll make me physically stronger…
But surely it must have some sort of repercussion? After all some wierdo in a mask gave it to me. Surely he wouldn't give the better half of a trade without something in it for him.
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"I don't know, these are pretty common really and these sort of items never have any sort of draw back unless it is for some physical reason like how metal armor restricts movement."
While Epic wears this Power Bangle, his Body Trait is upgraded for Body Tests and his Stamina improves as well.
He nods and grins.
"Anyways my name is Critical Hit, wandering and aspiring mage at your service… so long as the bits are good."
He then laughs.
"Ah that's just a joke really. I'm not really some merc persuaded by coin. I just want to see what crazy things the world has in store and hopefully in the end I'll become the master wizard in all of Equestria!"
It seems this little unicorn has some seriously big dreams and goals set before him.
Theme of Critical Hithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKlYZsJiey0
I'm Epic Mount. The Everfree Pony.
Theme of Epic Mounthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN3WOY23xXQ
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"Hey I head of a pony like that before… just some sort of creepy weirdo who hangs out in the woods"
Critical gave him a devious smile, poking as much fun as he can.
"Nah nah. That's not what I heard. The one thing I did pick up though is that you're friends with that Twilight character."
It was strange for such a pony to refer one of the Princesses as "That Character". His usage of language and general behavior gives off a chaotic and disrespectful feel that is similar to Discord.
"Ha ha, yeah she's some sort of Princessy type. Hey I got an idea! How about I go with you on your adventures and all that. My family was well known as magic consultants and you could use that sort of skill."
He then claps his hoof in the dirt
"It's settled. I'll help you out with your adventures and I'll get the chance to cozy up to the royalty! I'm just SURE they'll love my charming personality."
It seems that Critical had joined the party.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UNXZAyAASE
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>>8208>Epic felt he didn't had a say on this "settled" matter.
So, you just want to be my friend to get to see a princess?
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Critical looked at Epic and saw his own error but then quickly recomposed himself.
"No no, I was just playing. I'm going with you so I can learn more about the magics in this world and besides, you seem cool and you can get stuff done. I did hear after all that you were able to look after the pets of the Mane 6. Not the most illustrious work but I've heard how those animals act normally."
Even though Critical can be a bit… rough sometimes. He does have a heart of gold when he knows he should show it.
You heard of that? All I did was pet sit for Twilight and her friends.
And i had help from Summer Rye, A guy I'm helping out.
Hm, maybe your wisdom would help Summer Rye with his financial problems?
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>>8212OK, let me know on Steam if we're continuing if you want.
I'll introduce you to him… if you really wanna hang with us.
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>>8213It will prolly go to the next by the morning.
"As neat as that sounds, I'm gonna go ahead and finish up here and head on to my room at the inn. How about I meet up with you guys on the pony artifact museum expo? Everypony is gonna be there anyways."
Crit gives him a wave as he makes his on way for the time being and Epic had went on to rest up for the night.
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"Hello again, Epic… did I miss anything while you were gone? I had lunch at the Ponyville café."
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Rye did meet up with Epic and they spoke for a while before they headed on home. The next day passed and soon the museum had opened up. Everypony had gathered and were inside except for Epic and Rye who had just now got on up there. They even had met up with Critical Hit there.
"Hey Epic-sama. Glad to see you guys came for the museum expo."
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Summer Rye greeted Critical Hit, apparently Epic has made a new friend.
"I wonder what we'll see at the museum."
"Prolly just a bunch of old junk. Heh naw It's gonna be some ancient type things."
Suddenly they see a pony run out of the museum… then they heard some screaming and a lot more ponies started pouring out the entrance. Luckily the party was off to the side so they didn't get mowed down or anything.
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"Oh my goodness… what's going on in there?!" Summer Rye stood on his tip-hooves to see over the crowd if at all possible.
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Trouble.>Epic charges into the museum without hesitation.
He couldn't see what was going on but soon after the ponies had cleared out, they entered the building. What they found at the entrance was the guards for the expo had set up a blockade with old crates that had been lying around.
One of the guards stops the party.
"Halt! You three can't go any further. It is too dangerous!"
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"Maybe we can help. What happened?"
"Damned Diamond Dogs just barged on through the place. Dug up from the floors."
He gave them an odd look, seeing what they were wearing and carrying.
"Who the hell are you three?"
Diamond dog!?>Epic jumped over the barricade.
I'm the only pony who can stop these mongrels.
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"We're adventurers you could say…">>8225
Summer Rye shook his head, being reminded of when Epic charged the eel.
"Wait you damn fool."
The guard pulls Epic back over the barricade.
"If you're gonna go in there, you gotta know where to hit them the hardest. Now I when I saw their main group, they were being led by this cloaked figure. If you can beat them then their attacking force will be in squashed. Last I saw them was they were making their way to the Pegasus Section. Good Luck."
Critical chimed in.
"We best hurry then."
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"A hooded figure, hm? We'll be careful and call for help if something goes wrong."
"Celestia be with you. I'd go as well but we can't fend against them. We just have to fortify this position so that the dogs won't run rampant through the town."
The guards moved out of the way and the party climbed over the barricade, going past safety. This wasn't like rescuing pets anymore, now there was a sense of danger. For now though best to put ignore that and head to the pegasus section.
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Summer Rye followed the other to colts and was heading towards the Pegasus Section. He hoped the Diamond Dogs were as (relatively) civil as the trio they had met earlier.
They both go in deeper into the museum, seeing all of the artifacts and exhibits had been torn down and thrashed. Loud noises of laughter and roars echoed through the halls. What would prompt the Diamond Dogs to attack in such a manner?
Soon they came on upon a fountain where there were two Diamond Dogs playing in the water and having fun. It would seem that they lagged behind from the main group. Perhaps the party can get a jump on them.
Epic Body 1d8 = 6
VS Dog Mind 1d6 = 6
Epic Body 1d8 = 7
VS Dog Mind 1d6 = 1
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Summer Rye tried making a lasso out of his rope and catch a Dog that way.
Epic was able to move to a good vantage point to attack if he chose to do so. Critical stayed behind and pressed hi body against a nearby pillar to not be spotted.>>8237
Rye fashioned a lasso pretty quick. He prolly been a part of a few rodeos in his time.
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Summer Rye tried throwing the lasso to have it wrap around one of the dogs from afar and catch him!
Rye Body 1d6 = 3
VS Dog Body 1d10 = 6>>8240
Epic Body 1d8 = 8
, Brawling 1d4 = 2
VS Dog Body 1d10 = 8
Critical attacked with his strange magics…
Crit Mind 1d8 = 8
, Chao Mag 1d4 = 3
VS Dog Body 1d10 = 3
Rye's rope had missed but with the combined efforts of Epic and Crit, one Dog was damaged to the point he had only 4 stamina left.Combat Encnounter
D-Dog A Stamina 4
D-Dog A attacked Epic since he was the closest
Dog Body 1d10 = 6
VS Epic Body 1d8 = 8
,Def 1d8 = 7
The second dog charged to get close to Rye and Crit
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Summer Rye took his rope and hurried towards the dogs. Instead of using the rope again he tried to put his Bucket over Dog B so he couldn't see.
Rye Body 1d6 = 2
VS Dog Body 1d10 = 1
The other dog was too incapacitated to fight and passed out.
Crit tried to levitate the second dog.
Telekinesis Difficulty 7
Crit Mind 1d8 = 8
, Tele 1d8 = 5
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Rye's bucket missed but thankfully the dog was now caught up in Crit's red magic aura and can no longer move.
"Do what you were gonna do. It's hard to focus on something so heavy!"
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Summe Rye tried to tie up the dog and put the bucket on his head.
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The Dog was all tied up now and was now their prisoner. The danger was for now at least over in the fountain area.
The dog squirmed, "Let me Go ponies!"
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>>8255>Epic pulled on the rope as tight as he could.
What are you after?
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"What are you doing in the museum? Did you think there were gems to steal in here?"
"The boss… wanted some pegasus artifact. She promised gems if we helped…"
It would seem that whoever is leading them wants something in the Pegasus section for sure.
"I don't know who she is or what she looks like. We just wanted to be paid."
Crit gave it a thought. "Well that explains why they aren't off in the Unicorn Section then. Our stuff is usually coated in gems and shit."
But still doesn't sound like something Diamond Dogs would go after. A museum heist is too ballsy, even for them.>Returns to interrogating the diamond dog
Who are you working for?
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Summer Rye thought about buying some soap to wash Crit's mouth with it.>>8259
"Must be that hooded figure the guards mentioned."
"I said I don't know who or what she is. She was always wearing some cloak over her and covered her entire body.">>8261
"Most likely," Crit Affirmed. "If we try to find her we may get more answers then we ever could with one of these dogs."
Good dog.>Slaps the bucket so hard, knocks the diamond dog out.
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"Was she walking on all fours like a pony or you?">>8263
"That was reckless and unnecessary. We should get these two dogs out to the guards first."
The party proceeds further into the museum and see more and more wrecked stuff lying about. It will probably take thousands of bits to repair all of this damage.
They soon encounter what looked to be one regular sized Dog and another one twice as tall wearing a cape. It wasn't the leader but this one looked to be the alpha dog.>>8267>>8268No prob. It's gonna much more intense from here on out
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>>8269>>8270>>8271>>8272>>8273>>8274Okay I'm here now.
The dogs were slowly patrolling the area quietly until one began to shout.
"Hey there you little sneaks!", he yells as the big one rips away a pile of crates.
Behind these crates was a mother and her small filly who had gotten stuck here and could not escape so they hid. Now that they were caught, they were frozen by fear! Who knows what the dogs will do to them.
Epic Body 1d8 = 5
VS D-Dog 1d6 = 1
Epic Body 1d8 = 8
VS Alpha Dog 1d8 = 1
Epic was able to pull a successful sneak attack against the Alpha Dog and hurt it for 8 points of Stamina Damage.
The Alpha swings his meaty arm around to attack Epic and knock him back.
Alpha Body 1d12 = 10
VS Epic Body 1d8 = 3
, Def 1d8 = 7
Epic was hit really freaking hard and was dealt 10 points of Stamina Damage and had only 4 points of HP left.
Crit tries to levitate a nearby crate and send it hurdling at the Alpha.
Crit Mind 1d8 = 4
, Lev 1d8 = 4
VS Alpha Body 1d12 = 10
Thankfully the mare and filly were able to run safely to the other side of the room and away from the combat.>>8279I don't know, I think we can get away with finishing this encounter at least. When is Clarity coming back?
I know but I wanted you guys to fight the alpha, maybe your stealth kill would be better on a minor dog? Also how violent do you guys want this?
Epic does some cool take down by picking up the minor dog and throwing him onto his back against the tile floor, causing the tiles to crack and break. The dog is unconscious.
The alpha laughed even though he was now alone.
"HA HA, YOU LITTLE PONIES DON'T STAND A CHANCE! HAAAAAA!"
The dog charges at Crit to attack him
Alpha Body 1d12 = 3
VS Crit Body 1d4 = 4
Critical looked back confused but did what Epic had said. Even though Crit is chaotic he still is a team player.
Crit melds himself into the ground then reappears onto the Dogs back, something Discord might do, and grabbed a hold of the dog's cape. Whatever Epic was planning, he now had the chance to do so.
Epic found a nice stack of crates and and slammed down on the Dog's chest area, sending all three of them into a pile of broken wood. Doing so also got Crit hit with broken planks and splinters of wood.
Crit 1d8 = 6
Alpha 1d8 = 7
Epic was now on top of the dog and thankfully Crit flew off of the dog's back and now is off to the side.
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>>8287>Epic held onto the Diamond Dog Alpha by the neck, grappling it to keep it in place.BAD DOG!
In his most intimidating voice.
The dog grimaced and saw that it was now beaten. It tore away and fled the scene and left the party and the mother alone. It also left its cape behind…
Rabid Cloak: A cloak that that is made of a green fabric that has brown patchwork all over it and its bottom is ragged and torn up into shreds. This cape allows the wearer to upgrade any skill that allows them to attack in melee 3 times per day.
The mother and her filly thanked the party and gave them each 10 bits before leaving. Crit: 10, Epic 70, Rye 70.
>>8289>Epic keeps the cape for now, unless Critical wants it.>Goes over to the mother and kid.
Hey are you Okay? Uh->Apparently be given money before they left. Epic felt conflicted by this.
We didn't do it for money…
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The cloak looks like this minus the armor>>8290
Crit let Epic keep it.
"Hey I wouldn't pay it no mind. We helped and they were helped and that's what matters."
He then starts to pull out splinter from his mane.
"Next time… could you not send me flying into boxes. Eh well… too late for that I guess. We should try to rest up a little before proceeding, we took on a lot of damage."
Sorry about that, I forget my own strength at times.>Felt a bit wobbly from being down to 4 health.
We have to confront their leader!Can youtell me what the Power Bangle does again?
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>>8292When worn, the Power Bangle will just upgrade your body trait and stamina. Cloak needs to be worn as well.
"Hold Epic, we at least have to heal ourselves a little bit first. I kinda don't feel like dying over some ancient junk or something."
Crit looked at him and down at each other's saddlebags. They didn't have anything to heal with on them, there was no point in waiting.
"… Okay Epic, we'll push on."crit says while rubbing his forehead in stress, "We just really need to be fucking careful."I kinda don't want to go to the boss fight without Clarity.
He puts on the items and feels that he is much stronger, just in a slight bit
Body upgraded, Stamina upgraded.
Can upgrade an attack skill on a turn 3 times a day. You'll have to tell me when you want to upgrade
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Clar said he's got a friend over. Too busy to hang with the cool crowed with us.
>>8302Yeah I can understand that>>8303I know right, he can't handle the Kool Kid's Klub. Anyways I gotta go now and do work, see ya.
What will the party face ahead? Will they stop the Dog's leaders? What are these people after?
Find out next time on ToE!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G65pvuTFR_A
The party gathered itself and moved on and finally reached the Pegasus Section. The area was quiet and artifacts of cloud statues and ancient pegasi armor had been broken and toppled on over. This section has a lot more notable damage than the other ransacked areas within the museum.
Soon they found the central display and saw a small group made up of two Diamond Dogs and their leader, the cloaked mare. The cloaked on was tall, just shy of Celestia, and had a sleek and slender body. Her commanding voice barked at the dogs as they broke the case of their main target containing a strange key.
The key was brought on over to the mare and she attached a string to it and slipped it on to her neck…
"Yeah… I don't know how well we can stand against them…" He pulls out his lantern, "I could light this and throw it to the ground to create a barrier of fire to keep them off of us for a while."
As they continued to look at the enemy, Epic can recognize that the two dogs are the same ones he met when rescuing Winona. Perhaps they'll like Epic since he and Rye fed them food a couple of days ago.
The fire might go out of control though.
But maybe there is something around us we can use, this is a museum, surely theres an artifact or very least some construction equipment we can use?>Looks around the room for anything in particular.
I have an idea! … Do any of you know how to use a forklift truck?
[spoler]I would ask Rye, but he's not online.[/spoiler]
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Critical waits for a second to think about it, darting his eyes left and right.
"…I can probably dive it for you. It's not like it's rocket science."
"Sounds like that would work."
Crit get on up into the seat of the forklift and turns the key to start it up. He was now ready to ram and pin them with the vehicle.
>>8320I mean its either continue the story without him or let the thread die.
When the heavy curtain falls over them, all of the enemies were shocked and tried to get it off of them. Suddenly they are hit with the fork lift and are now caught between the forklift blades and pressed up against the wall.
The hood of the mare fell of to reveal a dark burgundy coated mare with long black hair. She had green eyes and even had a unicorn horn. The key strung around her neck had fallen off due to the impact and dropped to the floor.
Seeing how she was caught, her horn let off a major blast sending the forklift, the dogs, and even Epic and Crit flying against the walls. She then disappears in a blinding light, leaving behind her dogs and more importantly the key she was after.
Damn!>Epic gets up.
Looks like your leader has abandoned you.>Shows off the cloak he was wearing.
And I defeated your Alpha.
That makes me your leader, right?
The dogs quickly run away in fear or just dig through the floor into safety.
"Well Epic sure like we showed them but uh… I think we should visit the hospital soon after this."
They did incur a lot of damage doing this. Soon though the key that had been dropped glinted and caught Epic's eye, why did that mare go through all of that trouble to get this one artifact?
I'm fine.>coughs a bit of blood.
Just a flesh wound.
Who was the mare.>Picks up the key
and what was important about this key?
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Those questions for now will go unanswered. The key was gold and silver with a wing enclosing a red gem. As soon as Epic pick up the key though, the gem begins to glow with some sort of magic.
Soon enough what guard had been trying to get the situation under control finally came on through.
"Holy shit you three are actually okay. The dogs are now fleeing left and right which is good for us."
Perhaps the guard leader will know about this key so perhaps Epic or Crit should ask.
Hey um, those guys were after this, do you know what this is?
Or very least where can we find the curator in charge of the exhibit who can tell us about this key?
The captain looks at the key.
"That one, the dogs were after that? Well… that key is called the Cumulonimbus Key. We're not sure what it does but I do know who will, the original donator of the key. He's a former adventurer and now noble up in Canterlot named Blazen Path."
The path was now set out, the party now must travel up north to Canterlot to find the key's donor and find out what it is. They also should leave Ponyville soon since now carrying the key makes them a target to this mare and staying in one spot will bring danger to the small town.
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OK, if thats how the government system works around here.We continue another time then. Hopefully Clarity will play with us.
>>8330Eh just need to advance the story is all
Critical looks to Epic, "We should hurry and make our way soon. The longer we stay here, the more likely Ponyville will be attacked again."
"If you guys need some help," The guard interjected, "I can give you some money to buy some supplies before you go."
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"Well, I'm certainly not saying no to a reward. The family farm won't survive on good deeds and praise alone."
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Critical smiled evily…
"I mean… heh I do like money. Besides in all seriousness we could do with buying some healing supplies. Here Epic don't think it as rewards but as a way to help us to help others more."
I guess, I do need some plasters…
But we need to head over to find where this Blazen Path guy is and ask him about the Cumulonimbus Key.
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"I have some pony balm with me if you are hurt. And we should ask what that key actually does. If a bad guy wants it it might have some powers that could prove dangerous to us."
"After we go to the hospital to get fixed up and after we're done shopping for supplies."
The guard nodded and handed over to each of them 50 bits.
Crit 60, Epic, 110, Rye, 70>>8336
"Best to save that later when there isn't a hospital around"
The Diamond Dogs don't know anything about it. Whoever had them do their bidding has escaped.
But if we find out more about this key, we'll probably find out why they wanted it.>>8337That my total money plus 14HP?
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"Thank you, I appreciate it."
(I got 70 gold in total now?)
"Yes, you're right. I'll save the balm."
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"And maybe he'll tell us it will open a door to a thousand bits and mares!" he then leans forwards and makes a ghostly sound, "WoooooOOOoooOOh!"
The party headed on outside into the market area, everything had calmed down by now and it was back to business as usual even though quite a few people were still shooken up. At least the rest of Ponyville still had its calm feeling to it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kdEL3lJzoE
>>8340>>8341>Was feeling better.
Alright. so wheres this Blazen Path bloke?
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Summer Rye bought some apples to eat after all the commotion and also figured he should probably acquire a grappling hook to go with his rope. And something to light his lamp with.
"The guard said that he lives up in Canterlot but since the train is down, it will take a couple of days to walk there.">>8343
There was always the chance to visit Smooth Waves, he will typically have what any adventurer needs and more.
Epic didn't really wanted to buy anything. He'd much rather buy potions from Zecora than storebrought potions because who knows what additives and chemicals they put in that stuff.>>8344
A couple'a days? Any quicker way up there?
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(I'll be heading there.)
"Maybe we can rent a carriage."
"Not really, it would take just as long by cart than on hoof, if you really wanted to we could rent one and travel that way… one of us would have to pull it though…"
Looking at how Crit is so small, if they went by cart it would probably be best if he stayed in the entire time… or use his magic to pull it.
"Don't worry about getting tuckered out there, there is the Galloping Horse Rest halfway there."
They soon enter Smooth Waves store.
"Groovy you guys came by. Let me know what you cats need and I'll help you out."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34FFeyhZsLw
I guess we might as well be hoofin' it.>>8348>Enters the store.
Wait…>Realises it's the same guy as before.
It this… you're the same guy?
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Smooth Wave chuckles.
"Why yes I am the owner of this cool and fine establishment. Did you think I was just holding it for a friend?"
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"Hello again, Sir. I would like to purchase something - if you have. I need a box with tinder and flint and a grappling hook."
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Wern't ypu in Ponyville store?>Looks around.
Is this like that movie with the moving castle, with the same exit to various different building entrances?
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"Why yes I do have that stuff, let me have a look see here…"
Grapple Hook: 40 bits
Flint Steel : 70 bits
Tinder: 3 bits>>8352
Smooth Waves gives Epic an odd and confused stare.
"… Kid you do realize that we are still in Ponyville right?"
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"70 bits for flint steel!! That is way too expensive… I don't need a fancy gadget. Just two flint stones will suffice. I'll whack them against each other myself to make some sparks."
"Don't sweat it kid, perhaps you just got hit in the noggin a bit too hard.">>8355
"Well I can let two stones go for 20 bits. Flint is hard to get."
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"Oh… well, still! I feel a bit safer having my own. What if we get lost in a cave and get separated?">>8357
Summer Rye groans, counting his bits. How about we do it 55 for all three items?"
If we had a torch that need lighting sure. But I figure, what if you don't have your spade to make sparks with? I myself don't rely on weapons that much.
Plus, useful when you need to make a campfire real quick and can't use hand drill technique since we got hooves.
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"Well, I have a lamp that needs lighting. And a spade is for digging… or getting heroes out of eel mouths."
"No nothing like that, I only got practical stuff like horseshoes and weapons.">>8359
"Hmm… Well, you guys do seem pretty cool and you are drawing up some business. Okay I'll let it go for that price.
Rye gave him the bits and got the three items he wanted.>>8360
Critical chimed in
"I can just use my telekinesis to glow up an area."
Critical bought two healing potions for 40 bits.
"Well that's my shopping for me, I'm a poor colt."
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"Like I said - if we get separated you won't be there to give me that sparker.">>8363
"Thank you very much!" He puts away his remaining 15 bits and attaches the grappling hook to the rope he had.
"I get a lot of them imported from Hollow Shades which is surrounded by forest so you know you're getting the good stuff."
Each healing potion is 20 bits each, but it will heal you up completely.
Well alright then.>>8366
Hm, I bet not as good as Everfree Forest. But I don't wanna have to head back there so soon.
I'll have three potions please.
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Epic got three potions for a total of and had about 50 bits left.
Critical nodded, "This will keep us going on our journey. Pretty soon we'll be at Canterlot before we even know it!"
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"I'm looking forward to that inn at the half way point."
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"Alright, so if there's nothing else that we will need, we should probably head on our way soon."
Critical looks at the two of them a bit troubled.
"Eh I don't really have any attachments here but you two might. You might wanna let your friends and family know you're leaving."
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"My family lives over in Trottingham and know I'll be gone for a while. So I'm good."
Zecora knows I go off on these adventures all the time.>Had second thoughts for Fluttershy.
Though I guess I can tell somepony I may not be around to help them for awhile… though she'll probably be fine without me or have her own things.
But I may be able to pull a royal favour with Twilight that can get us to Equestria faster.
Epic went ahead and let the mane 6 know that they were leaving for quite some time. At first some of them were sad to see Epic go but were excited to see that he was starting to do what he always wanted. Twilight wasn't able to get him a carriage but she did get them a cart that they can pull around to keep them moving when sleeping at night, so long as they took shifts.
They were now set up along the exit of Ponyville, Twilight and the rest were there to see Epic and the other two off on their grand journey.
Any last words?
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"Let's go before I'm getting too hungry. I really look foward to supper at that inn."
Forest sake Twilight you're a princess and this is all you can get us? Did Celestia really said she can't lend the pegasus drawn carriage to just bring us up to Canterlot? I mean I know this isn't royal business but this is a matte rof national security.>Rolls eyes.
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"Goodbye everypone, wish us luck!"
Doesn't seem that Epic wants to leave on a good note.
"I'm sorry Epic," she answered, "With that attack all of the guard ponies are busy trying to secure the area and help any injured ponies."
Critical really just stayed quiet, he wasn't really friends with them and it didn't seem like a good idea to say anything.>>8378
They all smiled at Rye at least.
"You guys are gonna do great!" Rainbow Dash
"Don't worry, I'll keep them alive." Critical said jokingly.>>8379
They all loaded up and headed on out.
To be continued on the next post.
Epic pulled the cart with Rye and Critical inside. It was quiet, Critical played around with his magic and Rye was probably eating something in the cart. The road was empty and Epic stayed close to the train tracks that would lead to Canterlot.
Pretty soon Epic saw a figure in the distance.
>>8380>Epic rolls his eyes.
always looking out for others, just as a true princess would do, as long as you take care of yourself you're here.>Shrugs
Eeh you're surrounded by the best.>Grins and leaves it at that.
See you later Twilight.>>8381>The group sets out, with epic carrying the team.
Hey guys, somepony up ahead.
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Summer Rye munched an apple while looking at the countryside or eyes Critical doing some magic.
"Let me know if you want to switch places, Epic."
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"Hmm… a fellow traveller perhaps?"
Critical looked on out.
"Hmm who is that?"
When they got closer, Epic can recognize the stranger as to the be same music player that gave him the power bangle. The musician smiled at Epic's presence.
"Hello there friends, perhaps you would like to play my final game?"
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"Play his final game? Sounds strange." Summer Rye whispered to Critical while waving at the stranger.
"Yes it is quite lucky to be met again, perhaps by fate. Although I am getting tired and my soul demands rest, I would like to play one more game.">>8387
"It does seem strange but I get the feeling we can trust this guy, he does give me a good vibe.">>8388
The power bangle slides off easily
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"Hmm… alright then. Let's play that game of his."
"Ha ha, not like that my friend."
He pulls out a table and some cups.
"The game is simple, I have 4 cups and a purple marble. I'll move the cups around and you have to see which cup has the marble."
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"I hope he's not cheating!" Summer Rye whispered.
"Do we have to bet something?"
Well he hasn't rigged this power bangle in any way.>>8392
I must ask, why did you give me this power bangle? You said you wanted me to trade something for a better item, why give the better half of the deal?
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"That is… very generous of you. Surprisingly so. But if that is what you enjoy, then we'll play."
I dunno, I think there is some confusion in that logic.
But alright, if we're not gonna lose anything…>>8396
Expect you, you're betting stuff for nothing.>Epic still seemed confused about this individual.
He places the marble and swishes around the cups in a blinding speed. It was hard to follow which cup but he finally stopped and each cup laid neatly to each other.
Cup 1, Cup 2, Cup 3, Cup 4.
Which cup has the marble?
"I pick the third one."
The musician picked up cup number 1d4 = 2
to reveal the purple marble.
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"You win some, you lose some."
"It doesn't seem that you guys have lost… perhaps in the future you will need my help. Here take my music box…"
He gives Rye the box.
"You see I am an ancient spirit of a bard, use this box to summon me and I shall scare away your foes."
Rye got the Bard's Box.
This box allows you to summon the bard once per day to scare enemies with a Mind test. Each enemy that fails this test will flee from combat.
The Bard then disappears into the box
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Summer Rye gave a shriek in surprse as the Bard disappeared inside the box.
"Th… that was unsettling! And practical at the same time… goodness, this is so odd."
He picked up the music box carefully and placed it in his saddlbe bag.
"Hopefully he won't just pop out of there, it'll scare me to death."
>>8407I mean I did want you guys to have your first summonable>>8408
"Hey maybe he will."
They all load back up into the cart and move onwards for a couple of hours. The summer heat was thick and everyone was suffering it under the chimes of cicadas. Every once in a while they often see a section of the tracks that had been damaged by the earth quake, even seeing a repair team once in a while.
Eventually they soon come upon an overturned cart in the distance.
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The overturned cart was ominous, what or who would they find once they get on up to it and why was it in such a state?
Find out next time on Tails of Equestria!
Crit and rye join him to go see what was up but when they got there they found the cart had been overturned to its left side. Its contents had been stripped away bare, only bits of planks and plastic scraps remain and the drivers were nowhere in sight. The cart itself had no damage to the wheels and there was nothing on the road that would cause it to flip out so violently.
What could have caused this? Perhaps they should investigate the cart and the local area.
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I'll be searching for tracks.
Everyone investigates the area and the cart.
Cart DC 5
Crit Mind 1d8 = 7
Epic Mind 1d4 = 1
Rye Mind 1d8 = 2
Surrounding Area DC 5
Crit Mind 1d8 = 2
Epic Mind 1d4 = 2
Rye Mind 1d8 = 1
They look around but they only find a stray letter that must have been left behind by the driver…
[i]"I've decided to head on up to Canterlot to complete my shipment run up to Canterlot even though the trains are down, hopefully all will go well and I can get there on time…
It's mostly quiet along the tracks and it seems strange, usually I can get to the Galloping Horse Outpost so quickly but now I have to make each step to get there, experience each one.
Out of nowhere these barbaric ponies drabbed in darkened clothing stopped me and tried to attack me. The cart flipped and I can only make this quick note. I'll have to make a run for it…"
That is all the note says.
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"Goodness…what's going on around these parts? I always thought Ponyville and Canterlot would be peaceful as can be.
And barbaric looking ponies? Never heard of such a thing. Isn't that Outpost where we're passing through?"
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I'm told I'm somewhat barbaric.
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"I think Rarity would call you uncouth."
Suddenly three ponies who matched the description written in the note stepped out from the bushes and rocks.
"We're looking for a group of ponies who match your description. Give us the key and we'll end your lives quickly."
They were surrounded by the three ponies one behind them and two up front in a Y formation.
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Summer Rye gasped in shock. He had never heard of a pony threatening to take another's life.
"You are the most uncouth ponies I've ever seen. And I would call you other things too…" Summer Rye whinnied angrily.
"Ignoring us eh? Here how about you ignore this then!"
He pulls out a sword and attacks Epic wildly!
Assassin A Body 1d8 = 4
, Sword 1d6 = 2
VS Epic Body 1d10 = 6
, Def 1d8 = 8
The sword clips off a bit of Epic's mane and the assassin laughs
"Ha ha, will those be your last words then"
Why not?>Goes ahead and list some insults which the bandits take to heart.>>8431>Counter attacks, doesn't want to kill but not afraid to dislocate (or minor break) bones.
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Summer Rye tried to give the bandit a good buck.
"Look it's simple really," the assassin retorts, "Give us the key you guys have or else this will be a lot more painful than it should be."
The assassins won't let up, the party would either have to fight or think pf a way to get through this. Perhaps they can Rye can summon the bard or something else.>>8434
Rye Body 1d6 = 3
VS Assassin A 1d8 = 6
Crit attacks also with a bolt of his chaos magic.
Crit Mind 1d8 = 2
, Chao 1d4 = 3
VS Assassin A Body 1d8 = 4
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>>8435>Epic confidentally approaches the assassin without flinching.
You know who wants it.
You will tell us.>If that assassin tries to attack or anything, Epic will try and counter him.
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"Oof… those guys are tough… I'm a farmer, not a fighter."
He thought to himself before thinking that using the box might indeed be the best way forward. Summer Rye opened it.
The assassin dodges both attacks deftly
"Fine then, we'll do this the hard way. Get them boys!"
The assassins all attack each party member
Assassin Body 1d8 = 8
, Sword 1d6 = 1
VS Epic Body 1d8 = 4
, Def 1d8 = 7
Assassin Body 1d8 = 1
, Sword 1d6 = 2
VS Rye Body 1d6 = 2
Assassin Body 1d8 = 4
, Sword 1d6 = 2
VS Crit 1d4 = 3>>8436Sorry I take so long to type this, a lot of dicve rolls.
[spiler]Is Epic fighting back? He wants to go Batman on the one who wants the key and interrogate him again.
Whats my health?[/spoiler]
They were all hit but Epic got it the worst
Epic HP 8
Crit HP 8
Rye HP 12>>8437
The music plays a ghostly and chilling tone and the bard jumps from out the box playing a violin with a large ghostly white smile
Fear Test DC 5
Assassin A Mind 1d6 = 3
Assassin B Mind 1d6 = 5
Assassin C Mind 1d6 = 6
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(Did you take my armor into consideration?)>>8440
"Eeeek! Jumped right out he did!"
Assassin A fled into the forest by himself not wanting to face the bard but the other two remained.>>8442
Whoops Rye's HP is actually 13
The Bard soon disappeared back into the box and now they had to wait for tomorrow to use him again.>>8443Cat's fine, but it took some work to get it out. I just can't let them into my room anymore.
Epic attacked the other one.
Epic Body 1d8 = 2
, Brawl 1d4 = 1
VS Assassin B Body 1d8 = 5
Crit did the same by hurdling a rock at him with telekinesis
Crit Mind 1d8 = 3
, Tele 1d8 = 4
VS Assassin B Body 1d8 = 5
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Summer Rye saw that they had an advantage in numbers now and tried to double-team one assassin together with Critical.
Oh forgot the battle musichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfu0XBf8kmk>>8445
Rye attacks the, putting his strength behind his hoof strike!
Rye Body 1d6 = 4
VS Assassin Body 1d8 = 5
Crit looked at Rye.
"You wanna team up? Hang on and wait for our next attack, I got a plan."
The hoof strike misses and the assassins attack
Assassin Body 1d8 = 8
, Sword 1d6 = 6
VS Rye Body 1d8 = 4
Assassin Body 1d8 = 5
, Sword 1d6 = 5
VS Crit 1d4 = 2
The assassins did their damage which hurt them a bit more than it should have.
Rye HP 6
Crit HP 3>>8450
Even though Crit was on the edge now, he ignored the pains.
"I'll infuse your attack with my chaos magic and then you try to punch him. Or I can try to hold him down with telekinesis so you can hit him.">>8448
Assassin A Status: Fled
Assasin B Status: Full Health
Assassin C status: Full Health
We might have to be creative with our attacks or try doing something interesting with out items.
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Things are getting much more intense…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW9Alr38Ha0
Crit moves into position based off of Epic Mount's Description and is on the Bottom side of the Y.
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Summer Rye thought quickly. Getting that rope out might take too long and open him up to an attack. What's worse, they had swords and could just cut the rope into pieces.
"Alright… let's see how they like a chaotic… punch!">Rye attacked
Critical infused Rye's hoof with an unearthly blue and yellow chaotic glow…
Rye Body 1d8 = 1
, Chao 1d4 = 3
VS Assassin B Body 1d8 = 3
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It actually hits and deals some minor damage. Its atleast something to start with.
"Hey Rye, lets see if we can use that rope"
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"I should have eaten more, I feel so weak."
He fiddled around with his saddle bag, getting the rope out. The grappling hook was attached to it.
Toss me an end!
Critical, distract them! Something flashy!
"I can try…"
Crit's magic manifest a bouquet that shot out imaginary kittens
DC-Crit Mind 1d8 = 6
Chao 1d4 = 1
Assassin Mind B 1d6 = 5
Assassin Mind C 1d6 = 1>>8459>>8460
They were now holding onto both ends
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"Here goes nothing."
Since they were already distracted, the assassins could not resist being tied up and when they realized what was going on it was for too late.
Now the two were tied up with the party overlooking them.
"Hey let us go!"
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Rye picked up those swords and tossed them away.
>>8465>>8466>And Epic tied them up securely.
You're knot going anywhere.
Now you'll tell us what we want to know.
"Well at least this is all over now, some of their sword cuts got a little too deep.">>8467
The assassins remained silent with no retort but they did not refuse to answer his questions.
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"You can say that again…" Summer Rye groaned from all the bruises and cuts he received.
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Who put you up to retrieving this key.>Epic kicks them down to the dirt harshly, which they were helpless to escape. He then place his hoof on one of the ponies head.
I want answers.
"Once we get there to the Galloping Horse, we should try to find a doctor over there or find an inn to lick our wounds. It can't be much further.>>8470
"From our boss in Canterlot, his name is Cloak Dagger. He told us travelers with a magic key would be coming through here and that we were to take it for him."
Cloak Dagger?>Epic presses down more on the ponies head.
Who is he?
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"Maybe it's that hooded guy from the museum."
"The head of our new crime syndicate. No pony is sure where he came from but rumor has it that he used to be a grounds keeper before he started robbing noble's houses. We all followed in his hoofsteps.">>8473>>8474
"Yeah that was a Mare." Crit replied
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>>8475>Epic got off and dragged them off the dirt to right-side up.>To his friens
We're taking them to Galloping Horse?
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"Yes, we should take them there. They can wait there till the guards arrive."
He picked up the the swords again and put them carefully into his saddle bag. They could probably sell them later on.
"You aren't taking us anywhere!" One shouted before he let slip a smoke bomb
Then it quickly it exploded and everyone was caught up in the smoke. After all of the coughing and the smoke cleared, the assassins were gone with only the rope on the ground, as well as the hook was there too.>>8477
The assassins did leave their swords behind.
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"Drat… got away, that riff-raff."
>Epic picks up their swords.
At least they won't be hurtin' anypony else anytime soon.>>8481
(What are swords stats and value?)
(Rye has them. No stats but you need sword profincy to use them to help you attacks.)>>8479>>8480>>8481>>8482>>8483
The party pressed on along the train tracks until finally they can now see the Galloping Horse Outpost in the distance. It had wooden walls set up around it and several clouds of smoke from chimneys floated up the air.
What will they find at the Galloping Horse? Find out Next time on Tails of Equestria!
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>>8484We could probably at least sell the swords if they're no use to us. Or give them to the authorities if they're needed a sevidence.>The party pressed on along the train tracks until finally they can now see the Galloping Horse Outpost in the distance.
Maybe we can find out the manure-chewin'son-of-a-hinny that set those bandits on us! This Cloak Dagger guy doesn't sound like somepony who should trot freely round Equestria if e plans a syndicate of evil.
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>>8485HOLY SHIT I FORGOT TO DO THIS TODAY. I'm sorry guys waking up this morning I was focused on whether or not I had work today and the RP slipped my mind.
They head on into the small little outpost through its cheap train station. In the center of the Galloping Horse they could see the small farms to the right, the Inn and Mayor's office in the center, and the market area and residentials to the left.>Looks sorta like pic but not with water.
>>8488Yah Clarity says he's not up for it. Playing Dishonoured.
On my adventures I usually go by the market place. Howver if we're gonna rat out this Cloak Dagger fellow, I wouldn't be suprised if he hangs out at the local taverns.
I myself got a clever idea on how to catch him, but perhaps best we collect information first.
Work? Arn't we already looking for Blazen Paths?
[spoiler]My idea was to openly talk about the key in certain places and see if I can attract more "volunteers" for interrogation.[/spoiler[
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Crit tries to think of a way to phrase his point to appeal more to Epic's morality.
"I know you didn't move around about when you were the Everfree Pony so you might not have done this. You see many adventurers will go on a major adventure and go off to a far location and along the way they help others in towns that they stop by. It's like a mile wide path a helpfulness if that makes sense."
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I see, yeah. Theres always someone miserable out there who need some help.
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"Finally we're here…" Summer Rye looks around the place, it was indeed much bigger than he had expected.
"I hope they have a decent restaurant here. After a stop at the doctor's."
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"Ah, I feel much better now. The inn looks nice too. I am starving!"
Summer Rye gave the doctor 10 bits for helping him and was already looking at the menu of the inn.
(How much money do I have anyway? I haven't taken any notes I'm afraid.)
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"I wonder if they have lodging, too."
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(Just keep the bits for the medical stuff. Also you have 15 bits)>>8499>>8501
Critical was fiddling around at the booth that the party was sitting in and even scratched his initials into the table with a nearby fork.
Soon enough the the maid had came by to take there order.
"Hello darlings, what would you like to have? We got Haysandwiches, salads, fruits, vegetables…"
She lists off more of the mundane food items, it seems that the Galloping Horse's residents have a more simple and practical food pallete.>>8502
"Why yes we have a room or two upstairs, just talk on over to the bar owner if you are interested."
Critical chimes in, "It's not really that late right now so I wouldn't worry about it at the moment."
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"You think we will be able to reach Canterlot today?" Summer Rye asked Critical and gave him a nudge to stop ruining the table.
"I'll take two haysandwiches and two apples, please."
"W-What?" she looks at Epic quizzically, "We… don't have anything like that here."
Epic should keep in mind that Equestrians are often enough vegetarians.>>8505
"Well no I don't think we'll make it for a couple days but the thing is that we are pretty poor right now so I don't want to spend money where it could be used elsewhere where we need. Perhaps we can rent the room after we get some money."
The maid writes down Rye's order.
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Summer Rye was cointing his small amount of bits. "Well… maybe we can find some work here to earn some money. I could dig a few ditches or something. Or maybe they need a cook?"
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O-Oh.>Epic grew up in the forest. He is familiar with beasts eatting beasts. He also tried foreign cuisines and devleoped taste for meat.
Um.. a pasty will be fine.
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"We'll just have to look around.">>8509
She writes down Epic's order and Crit ordered something along the lines of some sort of version of the Hayseed sandwich. The maid leaves and the party remains at their booth to talk about possible work.
Eventually their meals came out and the party each got their platter and were ready to eat now.
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>Om nom nom!
Rye gobbled down his food, eating with a lot of appetite and gusto.
They all bite into the food and instead of having something tasty to eat, their tastebuds were met with food that almost was like eating ash…
Mind Test Difficulty 5
Crit(Short Fuse) 1d8 = 5
Rye (Always Hungry 1d8 = 8
Failure results in a downgraded charm
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"Talk about bad kitchen…" Summer Rye shoved his plate away.
"Waitress! There is something wrong with my food."
Critical's face was crossed for just a moment but he soon relaxed himself, it seems he dealt with worse.
"Well… ugh… that wasn't expected, this shitty food."
The maid comes comes on back, distraught looking since they don't like the food.>>8516
"I'm sorry, our farms have been having a hard time lately since the water has been running short around these parts. I don't know what going on over at the farms."
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"Ah… I can relate to that. I think I should take a look at those farms. Got to help fellow farmers after all."
"The only place we can get our food to cook is from our local farmers. We can't import anything due to the trains being out so we have to make due with what we can grow.">>8519
"Hey yeah" Crit noted, "You're the farming type so maybe you would know what to do!"
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"Well, I at least will. Farming is sort of my thing after all. I can't just walk on without at least paying them a visit if they have troubles."
Heck, maybe I can get a dinner with actual meat.>Gets some odd looks.
Surely they have foeign dishes for griffins and other meat-eatters.
"Well I lost my appetite anyways so I will go with you Rye, perhaps we can do something about this farming issue although I'm not much count to actual manual labor.">>8523
"I dunno, here lets just get on over tot he farms"
They head on out of the inn and head over to the farms area. What they saw was fields of dying crops lining the area with depressed looking farmers trying to get what they can to work. Rye could remember that's what his mother and father looked before he left.
So… the ponies here are suffering from a draught? Doesn't it rain plenty?>Looks up to the sky.
O-oh wait, outside of Everfree. Pegasi manage weather.
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"How odd…" Summer Rye said half to himself as he watched the hard working farmers toiling in vain.>>8525
"I was just wondering why there is so little water. The pegasi should take care of that… maybe the ground sucks it all up?"
Rye approached the farmers. "Hello there. We couldn't help but notice you're having some troubles on your fields. I'm a farmer myself over in Trottingham… I thought maybe I could help you."
One of the farmers talk back to Rye
"It's a shame really, to see what all we had laid down now go to the damn fruit bats"
The farmer explains to the party that something has recently caused the fruit bats to act in a much more vicious way towards their crops. Epic knows that these are the same bats that used to reside up in Sweet Apple Acres.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-NCXXUbGE
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"Fruit bats, huh? How long have they been bothering you? And if you say 'much more vicious'… since when have they acted in such manner?"
"We know of fruit bats and how they behave but look around, they don't just do this for no reason. This is too much for us to take with them here."
He thinks for a moment.
"We know what they been trying to find a new home, I've seen em move from cave to cave so maybe there's something in their new cave that's riling them up. If you three can check it out for me then it would be most appreciated."
He marks the bat's cave down on the party's map, it seems to be in some hill on over to the east.
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'More walking on an empty stomach…' Summer Rye thought to himself before giving a nod. "Alright, we'll be checking it out. Hopefully it's not one of those big bears again."
How exactly are the bats causing your draught? While they drink water, they mostly get hydration from the fruit they eat.
Though it sounds more like vampire fruit bats than regular fruit bats.>>8533
I guess we can check it out, though I dunno if we'd be much help. I may know a lot on monsters, but I can't communicate with them like Fluttershy can to animals.
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"We'll find a way… Besides, I think there'll be something in that cave that scares them. If we find out they might return and don't bother the farmers anymore."
"I don't know, something is causing them to go haywire and take all of the vegetables and fruits. Something is seriously wrong.">>8533>>8534
"It's fine," Crit said," Who needs words when we got your punchies Epic?"
The party head on out to the cave which takes about an hour to do so. When they get on up there, Rye naturally feels that he doesn't want to go in. Bats and caves don't mix well for him so you wonder if there is a way to bring out the bats so you don't have to go in.
Otherwise Rye will need to pass a Mind Test DC 6
Thats how I best deal with monsters. They only understand aggression.>As they walk to the cave.
Of course Fluttershy doesn't agree with me and it makes me sad she thinks less of me, but I know how most monsters think and monsters are different from animals.>Epic continues talking for roughly an hour on monsters in Everfree Forest and his friendship with Fluttershy.
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Summer Rye's eyes widened and he stopped quite a few paces away from the cave, shivering… "Brrr… cave! I had almost forgotten how deep and dark they are… with bottomless pits and deep and cold streams that take you away!"
He looked around and picked out some of the fruit that came with the big lunch he purchase in Ponyville and placed them on a rock in front of the cave.
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"You never know how deep they are until it's too late. Better not go in."
I've been in plenty of caves.
Critical, will you be going in with me? Your light would be helpful.
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Before Crit would respond, a horde of bats fly out of the cave at the smell of Rye's fruits he had set out. They gobble it up in seconds and now that they see the party, the bat horde is out to attack them!
(Sorry I lagged out bad)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW9Alr38Ha0
"Holy shit!" Critical yelled as he readied his magic to attackBoss Encounter
The horde circles around Epic like a tornado with their claws and fangs trying to get at him
Bats Body 1d10 = 7
, Fly 1d6 = 1
VS Epic Body 1d8 = 3
, Def 1d8 = 2
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"They have sharp beaks and can pinch or sit in our manes and make a mess!"
Summer Rye said.
"Hey you… bats! What's the big idea bothering those farmers!"
Epic was struck and little cuts formed around his body after they were done. Epic now had 9 HP>>8545
"It's no use Rye, we have to fight them!"
Critical shot off a beam of chaos magic at them.
Crit Mind 1d8 = 2
, Cha 1d4 = 4
VS Bats Body 1d10 = 5>>8546
The bats won't let the party escape into the cave, it would probably be even worse if they tried to do so.>>8547
Crit gets up on the side of the hill.
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"Of course something's not right! The farmers said that already!"
Summer Rye took his spade and moved to the side of the cave, as far away from the entrance as possible.
The he poured out the rest of the food right in front of him, planning to whack a bat when it's down to eat.
And much like piranhas the bats attack the food and eviscerate it. Letting Rye attack with his spade.
Rye Body 1d6 = 2
, Farm 1d8 = 6
VS Bats Body 1d10 = 5
He smacked a good number of bats that way and sent them flying unconscious from the horde.
What was left of the horde attacks Rye to return the favor.
Bats Body 1d10 = 2
, Fly 1d4 = 2
VS Rye Body 1d6 = 6
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"Sorry, Bats! Eek!"
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Rye was able to duck to the ground before the bats swiped over head of them and avoid their aerial assault.
"Nice going, lets keep that up!"
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Summer Rye prepared for the next swoop of bats, angy that he would lose yet another delicious meal. First to dogs, now to bats.
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>Epic snuck into the cave. Despite what little light there was, he tried to find what was causing the bats to be so aggressive. Is his supicion was right it was a matter of what was missing or absent than what was there.
>Can hear the others still fighting.
I'm sorry friends, I'll be as quick as I can.
Bats do not attack ponies like that, they swoop down on intruders but they don't actively attack unless the damage is done already.
>Looks for anything that could of caused interferance with the colony of bats. Such as excavation or farm tools left here.
Crit looks around to see what Epic would do but saw that Epic had left
"Oh son of a bitch!"
He turns around and throws a good sized rock a the bats
Crit Mind 1d8 = 3
, Tele 1d8 = 1
VS Bats Body 1d10 = 5>Meanwhile
Over in the cave where Epic was, he was met with a large cavern room where the bats would reside. On the floors his hooves met with the squish feeling of old and rotten fruits and vegetable that the bats had eaten long ago. There was nothing noteworthy here except for a small passage at the end of the room that had a blue glow to it.
>>8557>Epic considered this could be what was causing the problem, which was different from what he thought was the cause.>He knew he couldn't waste anymore time and quickly ran out of the cave towards Critical who was fighting the bats.
Critical!>Swatted away at the bats.
Critical, Ultra- ultra frequancy,->Was trying to tell him something with all the bats in the way.
High pitch noise spell or something!Clarity just said he lost connection.
(That's okay, he'll prolly just need a minute or two. Also you weren't going to inspect the passage at the end of the room to see what was glowing?)
"I'll see what I can do…"
The bats attack Crit
Bats Body 1d10 = 10
, Fly 1d4 = 3
VS Crit Body 1d4 = 4
Crit tries to focus on his magic to make a loud high pitched annoying sound!
Mind Test DC 5
Crit 1d8 = 5
, Cha 1d4 = 1
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Rye tried to use the moment as the bats were down attacking Crit, swining at them with his spade (and hopefully not hitting Crit by accident).
Critical was swooped up in the bats and he screamed in pain as they left him seriously cut up. Still though for such a small pony he got back up and let out this horrendously loud noise that caused the bats to scatter off from the party and fleeing but also hurt everpony in the blast zone.
Sound Damage DC 4: Damage 1d4 = 3
Crit 1d4 = 4
Rye 1d6 = 2
Epic 1d8 = 2
, Def 1d8 = 3
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Summe Rye gave a yell of suprise and covered his ears.
Epic and Rye could feel that their ears had almost been shot at the sound but at least they weren't deaf from this
Crit HP 2
Epic HP 7
Rye HP 13>>8564
It was all over now atleast, for better or worse on how damaged they got.
"Huh… I haven't been hurt that bad… ever really."
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"Shall we take you back to the doctor? You seem pretty badly hurt."
Sorry for ditching you guys, but while you had the bats distracted I had to check what was caused them to behave so violently.>Epic gets up.
Bats don't usually behave like that. Usually when theres intruders they flee. They only swoop if they want to frighten away an intruder or after something specific.
I thought the cause was because somepony already came here and did harm to the colony of bats, like take their children or ruined the caves or something. The bats would then be more vigourous in defending their territory.
But there is something back there, something glowing. Possibly magical.>>8568
I have potions if any of you guys need them.>Offers potions.
(Wait I got the scores wrong.)
Epic HP 6
"I'll be fine, we should check the cave out and see the root cause of all this."
They head on inside and see the floor covered in rotten fruits, the smell being pugnent.>>8569
They see the blue glow.
Crit laughs, "Heh, anypony volunteers to go first?"
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"C… cave…" Summer Rye tried to gather his courage and get inside.
I'll go first. I would befor,e but if it's magical we may need somepony who can contain it.>>8571
You can wait out here and rest if you want.
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"I'm fine, they barely scratched me."
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They head on into the passage to find a bit of a smaller room with a large blue crystal pillar in the center of the room. Critical can feel that it is giving off a magical aura and this aura sets everypony off when they got on close to it.
Critical just got really angry and frustrated, Epic got really to point where he refused to interact with the other two, and Rye got on insatiable sense of hunger.
Whatever this Crystal is, it catalyzes the worst in everypony and creature it seems. The party must find a way to break and destroy it.
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I'm sorry to have abandoned the frey, but I didn't want to harm them unless I was sure why they were attacking us.
I thought maybe they saw us as to do with other ponies who caused harm to them.
But it might be a souce of the problem than the cause, such as whatevers glowing back here.
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"It's alright… you meant no harm going into the cave after all…"
He looked at the odd pillar, pondering what it was - how it got there…
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All it does is just rings as he hits it. It's too large for just one pony to break on his own, even for Epic. Epic would have to get the party together and combine their efforts to take down the crystal.
Critical is just pacing about his face perpetually crossed.
The crystal is causing him to go hungry and Rye can't focus on that right now since he had now food on him.
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"D… damn… I'm so hungry… those stupid bats at all my food… and there was none at the inn either…"
He angrily paced around the crystal.
"Shame I'm not a dragon or I'd eat it."
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Rye gave the crystal a lick and testing nibble.
Epic tried to work it out. He knew it needed a good push and tried to push it himself.>>8582
You can help if you want.
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"What… help? With what? I'm hungry… can't you tel?"
Critical could see them trying to push it so he himself put away what frustration he could and focused his magic to give them an extra push. They struggled for a minute or two, things were looking bleak as the effects of the crystal were worsening on them. Epic could hardly stand being in the same room with them, Rye was getting so hungry he felt like he was going to faint, and Crit was gritting his teeth and his magic was nearly exploding off of his horn.
Suddenly there was a heavy cracking sound and the crystal toppled over and smashes into pieces once it hit the floor. The effects of the crystal were now gone and they felt like their old selves again.
Each player gains a token of friendship.
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(Oh, I thought more persuasion would have been needed.)
"Hmm… t… that was strange…"
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(Mm, I need to be leaving soon. I still got time though.)
"Yeah," Crit was now calm, "That is definitely something I never seen before. Anyways the bats should leave those farmers alone now so we should head on back and get paid for this.">>8588
"C'mon Epic it's time to go."
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Rye trotted quietly, pondering babout what just went on in the cave. Probably the crystal had brought out the hunger in the bats, just like in him.
The party headed on back to the Galloping Horse, by the time they had gotten back, the sun was already setting and bathing the lands in a orange light. They told the farmers about how they stopped the bats and destroyed the strange crystal and the farmers were so happy they all chipped in and gave the party money for the road ahead.
Crit: 100 Bits
Epic: 190 Bits
Rye: 95 bits
The town even gave them free lodging for fixing their problem so they at least will have a roof over their heads tonight.
(No prob but I do have an announcement to make.)Announcement.
So I've been talking with my current internet service and decided to drop them for this month so that means I may not be able to DM this game for a short time. However the reason I am dropping the service is because Comcast is entering my area and their service will be available in the earlier portion of next month. The Comcast service will be much cheaper and a shit ton faster so I'll be going with them.
What this means is that I may not be able to DM so this RP will be going into Hiatus for a short time, I predict at the max of 6 or so days. After the Hiatus I will be back on business as usual and we can continue on our way to Canterlot.>>8595
(Yeah their HP will be fully restored.)
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That's fine, thanks for letting us know. And see you again soon!
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The morning sun raised on up over the land again and its light seeped into the room that the party was sleeping in and, waking them to the hour. They gathered their things and headed on out to the Center of the Galloping Horse.
Should they try to see if the residents here need more help or perhaps they should head on off to Canterlot, there is still quite the ways to go.
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Summer Rye decided to have an especially big breakfast for starters and wanted to stock up on food supplies for the trip as well. Way too often he had to give up his treats to other critters.
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Crit and EpicHopefully
joined Rye in his shopping as they were getting ready to head on off. Many of the folk they were talking with were quite nice to the party seeing that they fixed the farm issue. Now with the bats gone, the farmers planted in a new generation of crop that was growing well.
"Rye!" Crit said loudly, "Can you hear me?" It seemed that Critical was trying to get Rye's attention but Rye was too busy thinking about his food. "I said what is gonna be our next move. Are we gonna stay a little longer or are we gonna head on out?"
Critical gave a chaotic smile to Rye, even though Crit had been taken some hits on this journey he was still nonetheless eager to stay be the party's side.
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"Hm?" Ryes gobbled down a baked good. "Sure… maybe other ponies need help too. And it feels good having some coins in the pocket" he replied amidst loud munching.
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"Some ponies to help…"
Critical looks around at the buildings, the market area, town hall, farms (Who they already helped), and the residential area. The Galloping Horse was much smaller than Ponyville and a lot more compact.
"I'm sure if we ask around, we can find something."
They walk around the train outpost, talking to the commoners and listening to what they had to say. Most of it was how their day was going and and some tid bits of gossip. Eventually they heard the rumor that there was a colt distressed at the outpost's well.
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Rye looked around if he saw anypony going by that description. The well was easy enough found.
They find the well and they find the colt who keeps nervously looking down into the deep well. His vision grazes the party and he instantly rushes to Rye and Critical
"Hey!" he says in a loud voice, "C-can you help me? I heard what you guys did for our farms so I was hoping you could do the same for me too."
The young stallion looks anxious and is on the verge to cry.
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Rye gave a nod "Well, we try to at least. What's the matter? Not more bats?"
"Well… you see my friend and I were playing around this old well yesterday and she let me see her mother's pendant. Then she went away to go get something and I… accidentally dropped it into the well."
He grimaces, feeling guilty he lost something so important.
"My friend doesn't know this and she's been looking around her house to find the pendant. I want to go down into the well but I'm too scared to do so…"
Crit laughs, "By all, you sure did get yourself into some mess now eh?"
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"Come on, that's not funny, Crit. He'll get in real trouble if she finds out."
Summer Rye thought for a moment.
"Alright, we'll try to help you, right lads?"
He looked down the well, wondering how deep it was.
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Critical looked away while he was trying to stop himself from laughing.
The child nodded, "Thanks, I just… I have to come with you. I dropped it into the well and I need to be the one to get it out. I'm just too scared to get it out myself."
Critical chimed in with a smile still on his face, "We can probably use a rope to rappel down there, we'll just need to tie it at the base of the well."
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"We don't even have to tie it. I got a grappling hook with my rope. We can tie a lantern to the other end though so we can see what's down there."
They fashion the rope in the way Rye had described and they could see what was down there. The floor of the well was visible with a small pool of water at the bottom. Apparently this well dried up a couple of weeks back and the outpost uses a new well.
If they wanted to search for the pendant, they would have to go down themselves.>>8620Nothing much, just doing one side quest before we leave for Canterlot.
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"Oh boy… I'll go first. Don't want to drop on any of you if I mess up."
They all slide down the rope one by one, first Rye, then Crit, then Epic, and then lastly the colt.
The well was large and they had some space but not much, The stone walls were neatly created but there seemed to be a rather large hole in the wall. Perhaps they could just look around first to find the pendant.
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"Brrr… almost as bad as a cave. But just almost." Rye peered into the darkness to see what he'd see.
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"Oh, good thing I got my lantern tied to the rope there, almost forgot about it."
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>>8627I forgot about it. :)>The lanterns light helps illuminate the well.
So what does the pendant look like?
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"Didn't ask… but I don't there there'll be multiple pendants down here."
"It's silver and it opens up with a picture of her mother">>8625>>8626>>8627
They all search through the pools of water on the ground but they can't find the pendant.
They do notice some rather large claw marks leading into the side passage.
"D-do you think?… No I can't go back there!"
It seems the colt will need some persuasion.
Rye cannot persuade the colt
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"Oh… oh no… there's a cave. Why does it always have to be caves?"
"I-I don't know! I just don't like dark places and now there's a monster back there."
Critical stepped up to the plate, "Here kid, you gotta try at least."
Seems that Crit has done this sort of thing before on his own.
Charm DC 4
Crit 1d6 = 2
Epic 1d6 = 6
It would seem that Epic's presence was able enough to calm the colt down.
"Okay… okay I can go. Let's get this over with"
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C'mon, you're with three great heroes. And I'm sure it wouldn't be as bad as the last cave we went into.
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Summer Rye untied the lantern from the rope and brought it along.
They head on into the side passage which looked to be a mix of a natural formation and animal made. There were also bits of junk on the floor which got more and more piled up as they went along.
Eventually they soon find a chamber room with a large foul smelling nest made up of trash and junk. Sitting upon the large rat, about the size of a pony even, was scuffling about in its nest while wearing something silver.
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"Uh… excuse us, Mr. Rat… is this your home? We don't mean to disturb you, we're looking for a pedant. Silver… You haven't seen it, have you?"
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Rye whispered… "I noticed."
He doesn't find anything useful unless he wants to take wet paper or bits of trash.>>8640
The rat shrieks at the sight of the party once Rye exposed them. The rat looks at them cautiously but doesn't respond.
It doesn't seem it can talk, the party will have to find a way to communicate to it.
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Rye pointed at the silvery item around the rat's neck and offered him some of his food, trying to make clear he'd trade the pendant for it.
Rye tries to do this
Resist Hunger DC 6
Rye Mind 1d8 = 8
Charm DC 6
Rye Charm 1d6 = 1>>8645
Crit looks at Epic, "What in the hells is Camenbert?"
Even though Rye was able to give up his food, the rat rejected it and just screeched at them
Perhaps they should try something else or another party member tries.
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Rye mumbled "Well, for once I get to keep my food it seems." >>8649
"Leave the poor rat alone. I think he might want something shiny - just as the pendant. Anypony got something like that?"
"Eugh that sounds awful"
Well Epic now knows that Crit wasn't raised in a wealthy home unlike most other unicorns.>>8649
"That could work, I would just have to hang back on that one though. Or we could try to involve the colt here." Because this is MLP and we need a moral story dammit!-said every episode writer ever
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Hm… well I could try one thing.>Goes to the rat,
Can we please
have the shiny thing around your neck? It was accidentally dropped down here and very important to this colt here. Has a picture of his mother and everything.
Epic now tries
Charm DC 6
Epic Charm 1d6 = 5
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Rye took a gold bit and held it against the lantern to make it sparkle. "How about we give you some sparkly bits to trade, huh?"
The rat looks at Epic, seemed to be persuaded but then he lurched back, not wanting to let the pendant go.>>8654
The rat can't understand Rye so he doesn't know that Rye is trying to offer up something else.
"Er what about the kid here?"
We're not trading the kid, that be pointless and cruel.
But theres no real point in harming it, since it doesn't want to harm us.
If only Fluttershy was here, she'd know what to do.
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Rye gave the lad a nudge "Maybe the rat will understand you if you ask him for the amulet. Maybe it can pick up how important it is if you try."
"What no! I mean we try to have the colt explain the pendant situation to the rat. By Celestia Epic, why would you think I want to offer up the fucken child?">>8657
The child looks scared at the rat
"But that thing looks so scary, I can't"
The colt will need to really be persuaded to do this.
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"Because animals aren't stupid…">>8659
"We're here for you to have your back… besides, the rat isn't out for trouble. It seems nice. I'm sure it's more scared of all of us being here in its home."
I'm not saying rats are dumb, just not the sort you can hold a steady coversation with.>>8659
Apparently these guys think you can talk with the rat.
If you think you can, then go for it.
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"They can often enough feel what you want… they can feel if you're happy or scared or desperate."
"C'mon kid, you're stronger than you look. I know you got this, we all do!"
Charm Test DC 4
Epic 1d6 = 1
Crit 1d6 = 4
Rye 1d6 = 3
The kid nods at this and he heads on up to the rat. At first they were both scared and they realized this. It took the tension off and the colt pointed at the pendant. What they saw next will shock the party.
The rat took off the pendant and sat it down for the child. It then scurried off and left the party alone and most likely to find a new home.
Everyone in the party had their jaws dropped at this act of courage and kindness.
"Hmm…" Critical smiled as the kid put the pendant and put it away and went back up the party.
"Thank you guys, I couldn't have gotten this back without you.">>8669Right now, blank
I'm suprised how quick the rat responded to you.
Heck I asked nicely and it just behaved like a rat.
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"You can be proud of yourself. Now let's get out of here. We'll all need a shower after spending our time down here."
Hold on a mo…>Checks the surrounding rubbish again, just to make sure if theres anything they can loot.
What kind of adventurer will I be if I'm not thorough?
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"Alright, you look around some…"
Rye used the time to examine the well more thoroughly to see if ther