You are a feminine colt on the run from an abusive history. Can you survive in the world with hunters at your back?
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2016-06-13 06:28:42 No. 27642435

Previous Thread:

>Emerald sees some potions in the laboratory, but doesn't take any of them.
>Emerald goes into the room with all the jars, but doesn't touch anything.
>Emerald goes into a room with a bunch of metalworking tools and raises the ire of it's guardian.
>Emerald flees into the room with all the weapons, and then ends up finding Joyride and Lord Sepulcher.
>Lord Sepulcher calls the guardian off.
>Emerald leaves, and then listens for a little bit and doesn't hear anything of particular interest to his amulet.
>Emerald hangs around with Ruby for a while, but then night approaches and the zombies start to appear, causing Ruby to flee.
>Emerald finds Ruby in the church, holding a particular book.

Continued in the next post...

2016-06-13 06:35:33 No. 27642489

Emerald smacks Pip's book out of the filly's hand.

"Ow! Hey!" A muffled voice from the book says, "What was that for?"

Emerald asks if the book did anything to Ruby.

"Uh... No? I just heard it trying to talk to me so I picked it up." Ruby says with a shrug.

"Yeah! I didn't get a chance to do anything!" Pip says, and then after a moments reflection she continues, "I mean I wasn't going to do anything! It's not like she has the key to open the locks anyway."

Emerald glares at the book, not even sure if the demon can see him.

"Uhh... So what's going on here exactly?" Ruby says, utterly confused.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-13 06:59:56 No. 27642679

Emerald explains who Pipadeaxkor is and what she does.

"So wait, she'll tell you something about the amulet if you get her out of here?"

Emerald nods, and Ruby says, "Well, get her out of here then?"

"Yeah! I'm liking this chick!" The book says from the floor."

Ruby asks Pip if she wants to go out on an adventure, and talks up their exploits a bit.

"Anything is better than here! You wouldn't believe how boring a bookcase is!" Pip says happily.

Emerald pulls Ruby out of earshot of the book and explains who and what the demon is, but Ruby waves her hoof dismissively and whispers,

"So we just 'appropriate' the book, learn what you want once we get back out of the forest, and then give it to Joyride. She'll probably be able to get it back to the undead dude. I don't see the problem as long as we don't actually let her out of the book."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-13 08:04:40 No. 27643314

Emerald and Ruby return to the book, and say that they'll think of a way to smuggle her out, but they'll be spending the night so they'll worry about it tomorrow.

Pip gives a cheer and a happy "Hooray!" Before her voice is muffled heavily by being placed back in the bookcase.

Emerald, not forgetting the reason he came here in the first place says that the zombies are actually quite nice and she shouldn't be scared of them.

Ruby laughs nervously without looking at Emerald, and then says that she'll give talking to them a shot.

Emerald realizes he could probably hang around with Ruby and the zombies a bit and then go to sleep, unless there is anything else he might want to do.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-13 08:49:02 No. 27643737

Emerald asks if Ruby will help him practice cast the shield spell he just learned. Ruby agrees, and Emerald concentrates on trying to get the shield to stay around longer.

While he tries, Emerald mentions how Lord Sepulcher draws comics, and Ruby says,

"Yeah man, I love comics!"

Emerald looks a bit skeptical, and asks how she could read them if she didn't know how until recently.

"Well I mean, I can kind of figure out what is going on just by looking at the pictures, plus one of the people I used to work with did record keeping, so he'd read me some stuff if I made him treats."

Emerald and Ruby continue to speak while the colt attempts to cast his spells. He starts to feel woozy after a while and decides to stop.

Ruby gives a bit of a yawn.

Perhaps it's time for bed.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-13 09:24:43 No. 27644044

(Last for the night.)

Emerald decides to go and try to find some comics.

The pair head down to the drawing room and see Sepulcher working at his desk with a few other zombie assistants. He mentions that he doesn't have any of his own comics here other than the roughs, but that he has some he purchased to help him understand the "medium" and to give him some inspiration.

Every genre from Adventure to Romance is represented in the comics, and though he has quite a few he doesn't have the entirety of any one series, and many are left on cliffhangers, leading the two to read and read until their eyelids grow heavy and finally close.


Emerald wakes up and raises his head. He has trouble seeing anything before realizing his face is stuck to a comic.

Pulling it off Emerald realizes that it was stuck to his face with drool. He hopes Lord Sepulcher doesn't mind.

Ruby is sleeping next to him, though she seems to have avoided faceplanting into the graphic novels, and instead cradling the comic in her hand like a teddy bear.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-14 09:15:40 No. 27647059

(One before work!)

Emerald gives a grin and the sleeping Ruby, and then nudges her a few times, trying to get her to wake up. Her only reaction is sleepy grunts, and after a few more prods Emerald almost gets a face full of thrown comic book.

Emerald decides to go and try to sneak Pip out of the library, and quietly makes his way over to the church.

Emerald walks into the office behind the podium, and after making sure the coast is clear takes the holy book and puts it in his bag.

Emerald hears a whispered cry of happiness from the book before slipping it all the way in. He then hesitates.

He then wonders if maybe he should try to talk to Joyride about the whole thing. Maybe she'll help him get it out, or have a talk with Lord Sepulcher to convince him to let her free. He supposes he never did ask Lord Sepulcher to just release Pip either. She doesn't seem very happy here after all.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-14 09:24:22 No. 27652623

Emerald decides to go and speak with Joyride.

Stepping out of the church, Emerald looks around for his mentor. He wonders if maybe she is down with Sepulcher still, and starts to walk towards the tower.

Emerald sees her sitting near the trapdoor, reading a book. Near her feet is Lady Elegance, seemingly sleeping. It's kind of hard to tell, but he doesn't see those scary, pinprick eyes she usually has visible anywhere.

They must have come out here recently, because they weren't here when he walked out the door the first time to go out to the church.

Emerald wonders what he should say. He doesn't want Joyride taking the book, but he does want her help.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-15 08:16:39 No. 27655625

(One before work.)

Emerald approaches with a smile, and comments how he missed her. Also, he asks if Lady Elegance is asleep.

"Kind of. She's not like, unconscious or anything, but her senses are duller and it'd take her a few seconds to react to anything." Joyride says, looking up from her book.

Emerald asks how her and Lord Sepulcher's talk went yesterday.

"It was nice catching up. I didn't even know that old coot was still alive, much less around these parts." Joyride says with her grin.

Emerald asks what they talked about more directly.

"Oh, his projects and what he's been up too recently. When I heard about the comics I thought he went off his rocker, but he's still keeping up with his magic work kind of."

Emerald waits for anything about his amulet, but she either didn't talk about it or doesn't want to say anything about it.

Emerald shifts back and forth between his hooves, and then asks if he can speak to Joyride privately.

"Uh, okay?" Joyride says, closing her book and joining Emerald. The colt walks them up top the watchtower. It's the only place he can be sure no one is listening in.

Joyride looks at the colt questioningly and says, "Well, what's up lil' perv?"

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-16 08:41:55 No. 27663964

Emerald asks if Joyride still has her things.

"Huh? Oh, right, yeah, here ya go lil' perv." Joyride says, pulling out his backpack from under her mantle and putting it at the ground near his feet.

Emerald, a little unsure of how to broach the subject of Pip, instead asks Joyride about her eyes, and why they look different from other ponies.

"Hmm... A sign of my long life you could say. If you are a good enough lil' perv, I might tell you exactly why and how my eyes got like this." She says, pointing a hoof to her face.

Emerald then asks about his amulet, and if Lord Sepulcher said anything about it.

"He had some ideas, yeah." Joyride says, coyly, "But honestly I didn't want to scare you, because the possibility is scary even to me. If I get anymore information on it though I'll be the first to let you know."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-16 11:52:28 No. 27664938

Emerald asks if the pirate crew know he's alive.

"Huh? Oh, I don't know. Probably not? We didn't get the message until we had gotten into port." She says, unconcerned.

Emerald thinks that maybe if he starts by asking her about demons he can broach the subject about Pip, he asks if she has ever worked with demons before.

"Yeah. I dabbled in diabolism for a bit. Not really my thing. I don't really like to depend on others for power, especially when they try to swindle it out of you with tricky wording." Joyride says with a shrug, "Though I'd rather make contracts with demons than with any sort of pony of power... And quite a few demons are more pleasant besides."

Emerald asks why on earth she'd want to make contracts with demons more than ponies.

"So here is the thing, lil' perv. Diabolism 101. Demons can lie, cheat, and steal all they want... Until they have to come to making a contract of any sort. The reasons aren't well understood, but it has something to do with not wanting to piss off an even greater demonic power lest they be destroyed. That's why they try every trick in the book to insert technicalities and vagueness into their agreements." Joyride says with a nod.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-16 12:32:09 No. 27665224

Emerald asks, hypothetically of course, if she would help him make a contract with a demon.

"Pfft, what could you possibly want with a demon. Trying to get an Incubus? Or maybe a Tentacle Demon?" Joyride's eyes narrow suddenly and then she says, "This about wanting power to destroy your parents? Because let me tell you Emerald, what they would want for that probably wouldn't be worth it."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-16 01:59:17 No. 27665822

(Time for errands. See ya guys later.)

Emerald says this is of course all hypothetical still. He asks what she would think of a demon asking for it's freedom. Maybe a demon who would trade some information for say, a pendant for freedom.

Joyride smirks and says, "Well, I would be very careful about how I would word what sort of questions the demon can and can't answer. I would also say that the hypothetical colt who did this would have to be very sure to word his contract carefully so that said hypothetical demon just turn around and eat him."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-17 09:22:19 No. 27671399

Emerald asks what she would do if this hypothetical colt wanted to make a deal to help the demon free.

"First I would need to know what's in it for me. Then probably where and to what this demon is bound." Joyride thinks on it a second and then finishes, "And also how hot the demon is."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-17 10:11:57 No. 27671624

Emerald smirks and says that she is definitely a hottie. At least when she showed herself she seemed to be. Emerald thinks on what he could offer her, but he comes up short. He thought about letting her milk him for a full day or something, but really that was part of his previous agreement with Joyride, and she is sure she wouldn't go for it.

With a bit of trepidation, Emerald asks what she wants.

Joyride let's out a very familiar grin.

"I'll ask you for something down the road soon. You can't say no, okay?" She says.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-17 11:15:17 No. 27672046

(Time for errands.)

Emerald mentions that the demon is within his holy book, and produces it for her. He asks if maybe she can speak to Lord Sepulcher about it

She takes up the book and glances at it, and says, "Holy book huh? Well, I'll see what I can do. At least, if you agree to my terms."

Emerald says it's okay, as long as she doesn't involve Ruby.

"Nope, she won't be involved with it. Okay, off I go." Joyride says with a nod.

Emerald looks at her for a second worried, and then asks if it has anything to do with the wasps.

Joyride starts to climb down the ladder and says, "Yes."

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-17 07:00:48 No. 27675690

Emerald grimaces and says that he'll agree to the terms. Joyride giggles as she starts to go down the ladder, and as she does the colt asks her to wait.

Joyride looks to the colt questioningly, and he approaches and gives her a boop on the nose. Without a word, Joyride continues climbing down and approaches the derelict tower in the center.

Emerald hopes that this doesn't come back to bite him in the end. Literally, if it will have anything to do with wasp larvae.

Emerald goes back down a few moments after Joyride, and starts to approach the tower himself. As he does, he sees Lady Elegance sitting atop the trap door.

"Sorry little one. Joyride asked me not to let you through. She said you'd be leaving soon though. Maybe you could go pack things up?"

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-17 08:01:29 No. 27676213

(Last for the night. My new schedule seems to be stable, but we'll see.)

Emerald asks if Joyride said why he couldn't go through.

"Oh. No, I didn't even ask. She must want to talk about something important though." Lady Elegance says.

Emerald asks if it was nice for her to see Joyride again.

"Yes, and also quite sad." Lady Elegance says with a sigh, "Only with her for such a short time... Oh well, at least she knows where we are now. I can hope that she will indeed come visit again!"

Emerald gives her a smile and a nod, and then goes to pack up his things. Ruby is finally up, and she is reading comics again. Emerald says that they have to pack up to go, and Ruby doesn't complain in the slightest.

Emerald wishes he could have taken a spellbook with him, but he left them down in the library, and besides the point he might already be taking a book with him, so Emerald thinks it might be best not to push it.

The two young ponies gather near the trapdoor, and Ruby starts speaking to Lady Elegance. Now they are just waiting for Joyride.

Emerald looks around. He isn't sure if and when he'll ever see this place again. He can't think of anything else he might want to do, and doubts there is much to do, but now would be a good time to go and do it if he had anything.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-18 05:09:08 No. 27683145

Crud, I can't remember what was in the inventory either. I'm pretty sure I'm missing things, so please point them out.

Emerald checks his bag to make sure he still has all his things. His bag includes:

-Dragonfire Lamp
-Spellbook Focus
-The "Other" Focus
-2000 bits
-Gile's Bandanna
-Quill, Ink, and Parchment

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-18 06:15:14 No. 27683688

I know one of the things I forgot. Emerald has the bone sculpture he made of Joyride.

Emerald puts the bandanna around his neck and hitches up his backpack. Just as he finishes Joyride and Lord Sepulcher come from under the trapdoor.

As they approach Emerald asks if maybe he could borrow that spellbook he was reading before Joyride came.

"You are already taking one of my books with you, child. I'm not a library." Sepulcher says with a chuckle.

Emerald looks hopefully to Joyride, and Joyride says, "Yup. Pip is coming with us. Emerald thanks Lord Sepulcher, and also gives Lady Elegance a hug and says that he was happy he met her, and that he hopes to see her again.

The zombies of the village start to come out of the woodwork to say goodbye, mostly to Joyride who they pat on the back, and invite to more poker games next time she appears. Emerald sees Gregarious and thanks him as well, and hopes he has continued success on his farm.

"Oh yes child, that reminds me. Joyride! You will probably be needing this." the shriveled pony says, handing the key to Pip's book from around his neck.

After that the three make their way out through the woods surprisingly unmolested by any creatures, they reach the road near the woods. As they step onto it there is a few bright flashes of light, and three letters poof into existence above Emerald's head.

"Huh." Joyride says giving a sideways glance to the letters. "I wrote you two, but who could the other one be from?"

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-18 07:41:01 No. 27684265

Also forgot about the keys to Joyride's library, his flat, and Hope's house.


(Last for the night. Gonna go have dinner with sexy coworker.)

Emerald reads the letters. The first two are from Joyride.


Hey lil' perv,

It's Joyride. Write me if you are still alive.


The second one reads...


Hey again lil' perv,

I just realized you don't have your lantern on you. Try to find a way to contact me, and if you can't try to find a way back to Whiterwater and wait at my house. Sell your body for passage back if you have too.


The third is from... Hope!


Hello Emerald!

I know I promised I'd write you often, but as our convoy to Zebraland started to go we were getting constantly attacked by bandits. Our guard suggested a magical communication silence in case that was how they were finding us.

Don't worry though, most of us made it here alright and we've started to do some real good with the refuges in the area. We've already set up a triage and plans are in motion to get a well going as well as establish a supply line for the ones displaced by the war.

Enough of that though, how are you doing there in Whiterwater? Joyride isn't giving you a hard time is she? How is Delilah?

Hope to hear from you soon.

Hope Blossoms


What does Emerald do?

2016-06-20 02:10:44 No. 27697292

(Sorry about the lack of updates yesterday. Sunday is a weird day for me to update at the best of times, but between that, my sister's birthday, Father's Day, and the fact that sexy coworker wanted to have dinner means I didn't have any free time. Anyway, I have to go run some errands so hopefully this will tide you guys over. I'll try to finish up the thread tonight.)

Emerald puts down his backpack and removes his quill and parchment.

Joyride sighs and says, "You are really going to do this right now?"

Emerald writes,


Dear Joyride,

I'm fine.

Emerald Jewel

PS: I have a present for you.


Emerald quickly sends off the letter, surprising Joyride slightly when it reappears not two seconds later in front of her.

She reads it and gives a smirk. She then looks to Emerald and he hands her the bone statue he made of her.

"Pfft. You are such a weirdo." Joyride says amused, folding the letter and statue and putting it under her cloak, "If you are going to write the rest of them do it quick."

Emerald writes to Hope, making sure not to say that he is currently not in Whitherwater. He isn't sure how she'd take it. Emerald also quickly writes to Bo to make sure he knows that he is alive. Not that Emerald expects a letter back from the zebra. He is pretty sure they didn't have a lantern like his.

After he sends the letters off he puts his backpack on and they continue on their way.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-20 04:47:32 No. 27698307

Emerald looks over to see Joyride still smiling slightly. He kinda likes that smile. It seems so much friendlier than the ones he's seen before.

Emerald asks to see Pip's book. He still can't believe she got the lich to let her borrow it.

Joyride gives a familiar smirk and pulls it out from beneath her mantle, levitating in mid-air magically.

"Finally! i was wondering how long you were going to keep me under there. Where are we? Wait, that's the forest over there right? Wow, it's gotten a lot bigger since I was on this side of it!" Pip says rambling.

Emerald asks how she got Lord Sepulcher to part with the book.

"That's my little secret." Joyride says teasingly.

"Oh, I know! She- Hey!" Pip says within the book as Joyride quickly shoves the tome back into her mantle.

Ruby gives a chuckle at this, and Emerald puts aside that question for now and asks where they are going.

"Yeah? We heading back to that port town?" Ruby says hopefully.

"Nah, we are heading straight towards the Giant Wasps. We are only making one stop along the way to meet some people."

Emerald asks where it is, and she answers,

"The makeshift support center for Ponycare here in the Zebralands." Joyride says, eyes sparkling as she waits for a reaction from the colt.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-20 05:50:52 No. 27698723

Emerald goes wide-eyed, and then charges Joyride and hugs her. He thanks her profusely for letting them see Hope.

"Who's this Hope person again?" Ruby asks, snickering at Emerald's enthusiasm.

"Emerald's mommy." Joyride says simply.

"Wait, but I thought his mom was... Er, you know." Ruby says, apologetically.

"It's a bit difficult to explain." Joyride says, peeling the affectionate colt off of her, "Also, we aren't going just to see Hope. We are going to meet up with a small team that'll guide us to the wasps and help us get some of that royal jelly."

Emerald nods, but his mind is still full with the thoughts of seeing Hope again.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-20 06:38:40 No. 27699141

Emerald explains quickly that Hope was his first friend he made after escaping from his parents.

Emerald's excitement builds, until he realizes she may not be too happy to see him, considering she thought he left him safe in Whitherwater. Maybe he should find a present for her or something? When was the last time he even washed himself?

The colt is starting to worry a bit now.

What does Emerald do?

2016-06-20 07:38:29 No. 27699580

(Last for the night and the thread probably. I need to go to bed.)

Emerald asks Joyride if she knows of a stream nearby where he can wash up.

"Well, you took a bath in the sea recently, wasn't that enough? Besides, if you want to get clean I suggest you wait a little longer. We still have a day or two until we reach camp." Joyride says as they walk.

Emerald has to admit that he thought the Zebralands would be more... Jungle. As far as he can see it's plains and the occasional hill and/or mountain. It works out well for him though because he spots a bunch of wildflowers, and taking some up he fashions a flower crown for himself as they trot along.

Thinking that maybe they got some good treasure out of the pirates, Emerald asks Joyride if they got anything in their share that would make a good gift.

"Not really, it's mostly coins." She says, not looking at them in the eye, "I'm not going to break it out and sort it here though. Who knows where bandits might be lurking?"

"Hey, does that mean I get some money?" Ruby says, dancing around Joyride.

"I guess I could give you a small allowance." Joyride says rolling her eyes, "It's not like we'll see anything for a while you can spend it on though."

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