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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2017-04-30 10:07:03 No. 29984337
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>Emerald hangs out with Aldehyde a little longer, checking out the R&D departments and the Greenhouse.
>They return to Olam's room and find him speaking to Joyride through a magical bowl of water, or something.
>Emerald decides to stay the night and some of the next day to catch up on more modern means of making potions.
>He goes to the room provided to him, and practices magic for a while.
>Eventually he hears this odd noise, and goes to investigate.
>While out there he sees something with a really weird aura and goes after it, only to be stopped by someone in the room next to him.
>He goes into the guys room, and it turns out to be a weirdo who is also an apprentice named Kirlian.
>Kirlian starts saying things about Aldehyde, like that she is crazy and a murderer.
>Emerald goes to leave, but before he does the stallion manages to get him to do a tarot reading.
>Emerald follows the thing with the weird aura, and comes to find that it's Aldehyde, who says she is replacing some tools she needed from the greenhouse.

Continued in the next post...

2017-04-30 10:27:00 No. 29984529
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Emerald asks about what she plans to do with the potion.

"O-oh you know, this and that..." She says, chuckling nervously and starting to walk back towards the greenhouse again.

Emerald speeds up to trot along side her and says that maybe she's going to revive some ponies that are dead. Some ponies that she regrets are dead.

Emerald sees a slight shiver go up her back, but she doesn't say anything else.

The colt decides to go in for the killing blow, and says that he heard what she did, and says that she shouldn't be ashamed for wanting to revive the people that she has killed.

"A-ashamed?" She says, suddenly stopping and letting her haunch hit the floor. Emerald doesn't realize this for a second or two and stops to turn around and look at her. She is hugging herself, and biting her lips. She is also shivering pretty badly.

Emerald starts to say that it's okay to be regretful about it, the first step is-

"Ashamed? Regretful? Of course I'm not! Those... Those guys weren't really ponies. They were demons! Monsters! You can't even imagine the way they treated me! I was bullied by those... FIENDS. All throughout my time in school." She bursts out into that cackling laughter again, and then says, "And then what. They get to live their lives like nothing happened afterwards? No. No! I won't allow it!"

She hugs herself tighter and starts shivering more, and then her head shoots upward in a rather rapturous manner and she says, "I killed them. I killed them all! Well almost. That idiot Kirlian has all the luck. First he gets recruited by Olam, and then when I finally manage to pursue him here Olam makes me promise not to hurt him... Tch..."

Emerald starts to back away. He... Can't say he was prepared for this.

What does Emerald do?

2017-04-30 11:47:22 No. 29985374
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Emerald asks if that protection from murder extends to him.

"Huh? I don't want to murder you. Only those pieces of filth bullies." She says.

Emerald asks what she plans to do with the potion then, if she isn't going to revive the people she murdered.

"Oh, I'm still going to revive them. I'm going to revive them so I can torture them, and eventually kill them. And then I'll revive them again, and again!" She says with another happy sigh, "It's what they deserve. Who gets to decide that they only get to pay for their crimes once? I'll give them a never ending hell of pain... I can't be charged with their murder again after all, they are already dead, and most people would say I'm doing the public a favor by killing zombies."

Emerald starts edging away again defensively. He asks if that sort of revenge is really worth it.

"Yes." She says ecstatically. She gives a titter and then says, "It's the greatest feeling ever, and it's so fun thinking of different ways to dismember them..."

She suddenly pulls out a very, very large pair of hedgeclippers from her coat. Where was she even hiding that?

"I-I thought it might be fun to use these, but it's actually pretty boring." Aldehyde says sadly, "Maybe I'll try an acid or something next time... Or one of the bunsen burners? Hmm..."

What does Emerald do?

2017-04-30 12:59:46 No. 29985902
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Emerald says that he was "bullied" as well, so he can understand.

"Right, right? Don't you wish you could just get your revenge on them? Trust me, it's the GREATEST feeling in the world." She says, moaning again.

Trying to change the subject Emerald asks if maybe he can see her torture area. Not particularly because he wants too but because he thinks it might be a good way to make an escape for him. It's certainly less rude than running away screaming.

"Y-you wish to enter my own private sanctuary? Hmm-hmm-hmm... I guess I could. Normally I would have said no, but I feel like we share a connection, you and I!"

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-01 06:38:00 No. 29991420
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Emerald says they should quiet down, unless they really want others to find out what is going on.

"Good! Maybe some outsider will here and we'll have the guards at the door!" Kirlian says grinning angrily.

"Pay attention dunderhead. There aren't any non-apprentices staying here at the moment! And if you really want to go around telling people about me, why don't you run it past Olam first? I'm sure he'd love to know you are jeopardizing his laboratory over a little squabble." Aldehyde says, grinning in the same manner.

"A little squabble?! You want to kill me!" Kirlian retorts.

Emerald asks that they please calm down a little, and that there is some serious problems between the two of them that they should probably try to work out some other time. If all they are going to do is scream at each other he's just going to go to bed.

"Oh!" Kirlian pipes up, "That's totally a good option as well!"

"Tch, come on Emerald, I'm done here." Aldehyde says, stomping off.

Emerald looks at the mare and back at Kirlian, and after giving a swift apology trots to catch up with Aldehyde. Emerald hears a slam behind him, but only briefly looks back before continuing on.

The mare still looks a little miffed.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-01 07:41:22 No. 29995877
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Emerald apologizes for the bad moment between her and her brother. Emerald asks why Olam even protects him.

"Because he sees something in him. For the love of me I don't know what though. At least for me and the other apprentices it makes sense but... Kirlian didn't know and wasn't all that interested in alchemy before he came here. I'm not sure what Olam expects him to accomplish." Aldehyde says, gritting her teeth.

Emerald considers telling Aldehyde about Lord Sepulcher. After all it might help her with her research. He remembers that he promised not to tell where he lives though, and so thinks better of it.

Instead Emerald asks if he'll get a lab coat too. He kind of wants one.

She laughs like she did before Emerald found out about her secret and says, "I would hope so! Though it might not quite be your size."

Emerald thinks on it a bit, and thinks that he is okay with it. The colt asks if her potion would make someone immortal.

"Since I don't have the potion's recipe complete I can't tell you exactly how it would work, but essentially yes that's the plan." She says, still walking.

Emerald asks what it's like to kill someone.

"Couldn't tell you. I haven't killed any people. Only piles of trash walking around pretending to be people." She mutters.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-02 07:56:38 No. 30000149
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Emerald is... a bit concerned by that response. Perhaps it would have been better not to follow her. Emerald asks how long she's been at Olam's.

"Only about a year now. Olam only started taking on apprentices a few years ago. Most of the other apprentices have been here for that time. I think Professor Tsabo was with Olam before even that though." She says as they walk.

Emerald apprehensively asks what her classmates and parents did that was so bad.

"They made my life a living hell. The constant bullying. The abuse. The name calling. The coercion. the ostracization. The rumor spreading." She says stopping and grabbing her head, "And my parents and my brother ignoring it. The unfair treatment. They loved my brother more you know. The time Kirlian pushed me into that cart of cow manure... That time that dad destroyed my lab supplies... Hrngh..."

Emerald puts a hoof on her shoulder. Emerald asks if that's what ultimately made her start murdering. That's a bit of a jump after all.

"No... No. It was that those... Those CREATURES never paid for their crimes. Here I thought the world was a just place. That they'd get theirs in the end... No, you have to make your own justice." She says, shivering worse than before.

"Ah ha... Sorry. Sometimes when I remember what happened i lose myself a bit." She says calming down shockingly fast, and then unlocking the door she starts to open it and turning to him and locking eyes says, "But things are looking up! I made a new friend! You wouldn't hurt me right? Friends don't do that to other friends."

Emerald gulps.

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What does Emerald do?

2017-05-02 10:21:02 No. 30000784
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A little worried for himself, Emerald of course agrees that they are friends and that he would never hurt her.

She grins, and then invites Emerald inside.

The first thing the colt notices is that the whole place has a metallic tang to it. Second is that the room is rather meticulously clean except for one corner.

It looks like someone installed some sort of low tiled tub into the corner on the right of the door. It's half full of blood. There is also blood splatter all along the walls, and some even overflowed over the tub and hit the floor.

Diagonally from the door is a desk, though it's much bigger and nicer than Emerald's is. There are stacks of paper on it, as well as some handcuffs and some empty potion bottles. On the wall behind the desk are various newspaper articles, letters, and pictures of... What Emerald assumes to be the murders that Aldehyde has committed.

Next to that is a closed chest with some blood splatter on it, and almost meticulously clean in comparisson, next to it is her bed. Emerald notices many boxes stuffed underneath the bed.

Emerald hears the slam of a door behind him, and sees Aldehyde smiling. She walks past him and sits at her desk. As she does so Emerald notices there is also a photo of Kirlian hanging on the back of the door. It's rather recent as he is wearing his lab coat. The photo has taken some abuse, and Emerald is pretty sure from the darts and small knives hanging out of the picture, he is pretty sure he knows what happened.

Emerald gulps, and then asks if she was ever caught.

"Of course! That's why I'm here now. Olam was called in as a forensic scientist and spotted my genius with zombification potions during the investigation. His clout is enough that my execution got turned into a life sentence here at the laboratory." She says, smiling.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-02 11:46:32 No. 30001209
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Emerald asks if she is really okay with not being able to leave here.

"Well, I'm not entirely bound to the lab. I'm allowed to leave as long as Olam escorts me. That's a bit of a rarity though, since Olam is incredibly busy and some of the other apprentices want to get out to walk around as well. All but one of us is under the escort agreement." She says, looking at Emerald through her thick glasses.

Emerald asks what in the box near her, and the boxes under her bed.

"Oh! Well the ones under my bed are clothes and things, some spare lab coats... that sort of stuff. Stuff I dont' want to get to dirty. As for the chest here... Well..." She pats the large wood chest next to her bed and continues, "It contains some of my... Hmm... Let's call them tortue accessories."

Emerald's eyes dart back to the tub of blood again, and he shakily asks where it all came from.

"Huh? I thought I told you. I had one of the zombies in here. I thought having the hedge clippers would be fun but... Meh..." She says waving a hoof, "I just returned the body and was about to return the tool when you approached me."

Emerald asks when she started alchemy.

"Oh, I've always been into it since I was a child. That's one of the reasons people would pick on me so much. People used to call me a 'witch' and stuff like that. Always made mother sad, and Dad tried to get me to stop." And as she speaks that last line out of nowhere, she finishes with a soft mutter, "Showed them though..."

Emerald asks if she can take off her glasses. He wants to see what she looks like without them.

"Hmm? Oh, sure. I don't take them off much though because I'm farsighted. A rather unfortunate thing to have when you work along volatile chemicals and have to take copious amount of notes." She says with a chuckle, removing her glasses.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-03 07:16:39 No. 30006951
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Nice.

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Emerald comments that she has very pretty eyes, and that it's a shame she has to wear glasses.

"Well aren't you the little charmer?" She says with a giggle.

Emerald asks if he can try the glasses on.

She giggles again and then says, "I don't see why not."

Emerald puts them on, and thinks to himself that her eyes are really quite bad. Just a few seconds of the blurry vision makes him nauseated, and he gives the eye wear back.

Emerald asks if she keeps much stock in the outside world at all.

"Nope. No reason to really. Nothing out there for me anymore." She says with a shrug.

Emerald says that given her previous and current circumstances it's unlikely she has many friends, and he asks if she is lonely.

"A little, I suppose. I mean, I guess if I thought about it I wouldn't want to be friends with a murderer... But I mean, I'm not just any murderer! If you think about it, I'm more of a vigilante right?"

Emerald asks if she's ever had a boyfriend or anything of the sort.

"Mmm... Can't say that I'm too interested in that kind of thing." She then pops open her trunk with her leg.

The chest's contents are lined up nicely in rows set on a shelving unit within the chest, or placed in nice holders along the sides. The container has all manner of sharp, bloody, slightly rusted, and poorly cleaned tools. Along with these are many different kinds of large, oddly shaped sex toys set exclusively into the lid of the chest.

Aldehyde pulls out what look to be a scalpel and a pair of oddly curved scissors and says, "I'm more of a person who gets off to justice and punishing the wicked."

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-04 08:16:22 No. 30013654
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I like! But Kirlian's mane was meant to be two toned. Maybe make one part of the mane slightly darker and the part in the middle slightly lighter? I dunno, up to you.

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Emerald glances at the door. He knows from his own door that the lock only keeps people from coming in, and since she doesn't appear to have altered the door in any way he is safe to assume that he can escape out of it if need be.

Emerald, as calm as he can, asks what she is doing. Getting ready to defend himself and dash for the door if necessary.

"Hmm? Just showing off." She says, posing with the implements, "I thought you might have wanted to see some of my tools."

Emerald comments that keeping that stuff together and not cleaned isn't exactly hygenic.

"Oh it's fine. These are all torture devices remember? I assure you the zombies don't worry about getting sick." She says, and then rubbing her chin says, "Man... I bet a slow death by infection would be interesting. Curse their disease resistant hides..."

Emerald explains a little about his past, though he makes sure to not go into too much detail. He says that he was heavily abused by his family and ran away. He plans to go back sometime and bring justice to them.

"Yes, yes 'justice'. I know what you mean." She says, cackling.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-04 10:21:13 No. 30014035
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I like it.

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Emerald says that he is training to take them on. That's part of the reason he is learning alchemy and magic.

"Ah yes yes... Well, if you need any help sneaking into your parent's house just tell me. I have lot's of experience." She says, grinning.

Emerald says that'd probably be helpful, since they live in a big castle.

"Ah, well, that's one place I can't help you unfortunately..." She says, her grin falling, "I guess I never told you how I was caught, huh? One of those pieces of filth became a guard and I tried to sneak into the barracks to take him out. I got him, but it caused too much of a ruckus and I was eventually chased down."

Emerald looks at the open chest again, and asks if everything in there is really for torture, particularly the sex toys.

"Yes. Everything." She says pointedly, "Trust me, those slabs of meat deserve it."

Emerald asks where she even keeps the bodies stored at.

"Well, the bodies I had left are down in storage." She says, and then continues, "I wish I had the idea to preserve the first few trashbags I killed, but hey, it is what it is."

Emerald is about to continue on, when there is a sudden stomping from down the hall and loud knocking at the door. This startles Emerald, but Aldehyde sighs and says exasperated, "What is it now?"

The banging eventually stops and there is some low conversation before the lock clicks and the door swings open, revealing Kirlian and Olam.

"See? He's fine." Olam says, looking at the two of them and placing the keys back under his robe.

Kirlian rushes to Emerald and gives him a protective hug. He then points at his sister and says, "But look! She was just getting ready to do him in!"

"I'm not going to kill him you idiot!" She yells.

"...And I believe that she won't, Kirlian." Olam says curtly.

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-04 11:54:46 No. 30014441
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Kirlian turns back to argue, but Olam stops him with nothing more than a withering gaze.

Kirlian's protective hug turns into a frightened one, and Emerald twists himself out of it. He says he appreciates the concern but he is fine.

Kirlian sputters for a little bit, and then says, "It's pretty late you know! Shouldn't you be in bed?"

"Yes, he should." Olam says, and Emerald looks over to see Olam flick his eyes towards the door.

Emerald makes his way out and back to his room. He climbs into bed, and falls asleep soon after.

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Waking up the next day, and the colt sits up in bed slowly. The shock of yesterday's events has just started to wear off.

Jeez, what kind of place is Olam running anyway?

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-04 02:19:53 No. 30015123
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Emerald remembers that Olam wanted him at his office at first light. Emerald isn't sure what time it is, but decides to write a letter first.

Emerald writes Sensoria and asks her what exactly it means when there is a red aura around a pony when looked at through Acane sight.

He then heads directly over to Olam's office, only stopping to grab a quick breakfast from the small kitchenette near his room.

As he passes the ground floor, he notices two things. First that the pony secretary there is already hard at work, and second that it's still not quite daybreak yet.

Close, but not quite there.

Emerald walks up to Olam's living quarters, and then knocks.

A few seconds later a green light flashes above the door, and he hears a click from the door in front of him.

Entering, Emerald sees Olam sitting at his desk. He appears to be either signing or writing some letters. Without looking up he says,

"Good morning. Get over here, and get under my desk."

What does Emerald do?

2017-05-05 07:00:06 No. 30023386
As soon as Emerald gets under the desk Olam pulls himself back up to it. From above, he can hear the scratching of a quill, but the colt is focused on the thing in front him.

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2017-05-07 06:32:31 No. 30034028
"Oh, hello Kirlian." Olam says as Emerald hears the door open.

"Boss! I think I just had a breakthrough! Can you get me some magic eight balls and a bunch of fortune cookies?"

They chat for a while, and Emerald focuses on his task, making sure not to be too loud. Kirlian rambles on about "reionizing electrons", "enlightened complexity", and "quantum cycles". The colt can't make heads or tails of it, but without interrupting the stallion Olam waits for the story to finish and then agrees to get the items he requested.

As Kirlian thanks him profusely the colt can hear him start to walk away and then stop.

"Hey, you seen the kiddo around anywhere? You don't think that Aldehyde..." He says worried.

"He's fine. He is currently doing an errand for me." Olam replies.

"Whew, that's good. Hey, you going to introduce him to everyone else? Professor Tsabo is going on his usual tirade about your 'lack of communication' and all that." Kirlian says with a chuckle.

"Hmm... Yes, I suppose that it's prudent he meets with them. Perhaps after he is done with his other task." Olam remarks.

Kirlian continues to walk, and Emerald hears the door close behind him.

2017-05-07 06:46:51 No. 30038945
Olam finishes. It's clear from the amount of seed that he has been saving up for quite some time. Emerald has trouble swallowing it all before it starts to leak out of his mouth.

Emerald keeps his girth in this mouth, but Olam pushes backwards away from Emerald, causing him to let a wet pop to usher from his lips.

Emerald crawls from beneath the desk, and Olam is there, holding a towel.

"Clean yourself up. You have to meet the other apprentices."

What does Emerald do?

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What does Emerald do?

2017-05-07 08:04:42 No. 30039452
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Emerald takes the towel, and cleans himself up a bit. The colt then says he'd really like to meet the other apprentices.

Olam waits for the colt to finish up and then presses one of the buttons that led to the door opening. This one however, does something different.

Olam clears his throat and then says, "Can all apprentices please meet in the lobby as soon as possible. Thank you."

Olam then leads him downstairs to the lobby, and soon some people start to trickle in.

Kirlian and Aldehyde are there of course, but there is an older zebra stallion, a younger, giant muscled zebra stallion, and a zebra mare.

They soon introduce themselves.

"Is this the new guy you were talking abotu Kirlian? I didn't know he was a foal!" The muscled zebra says, "My name is Dage. Nice to meet you!"

"Mmm... Another female, Marjani knows we could have used another one." The female zebra says, "My name is Nefertari. Nef for short, but you can call me whatever you want."

She finishes that last sentence with a wink.

"Hrmph. So this is the new apprentice? I don't see why he couldn't have told us about this little one earlier." The older zebra says, "My name is Tsabo, but you can call me Professor Tsabo."

What does Emerald do?
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