There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 05:56:03 No. 27222290
Last thread... lasted a week. It'd be a long ITT to write.
Basically, current mission is to distract a giant while hands help their hand friends escape so they can die in peace rather than be eaten by the giant. Then the hands will show us where the entrance to the second floor of the tower is. Right now a friend of us did what she called a "Partial coupling" with an ancient being to assist us, and is willing to answer some questions before the action beggins.
>INV:
> AJ: Crystal ball, 3 rations of food and water, 7 torches, Hat (Worn), Humorous cow statuette, Cross necklace, Rope, Blank paper
> Mirria: Cape (Worn), 3 pens (Worn), Binoculars (Worn), Ankh necklace (Worn), Soul of Ludwig (Dagger, worn), Mind of Ludwig (Skull, worn)
Last thread: >>27166288

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 05:59:03 No. 27222308
The mare I assume is Ludwig is in silence for a second.
~Do you have anything else to ask? Every minute--
~Don't tell her.
~It'd be unbecoming to not say it to a past bearer of Honesty, little child.
~I'll tell her myself, later.
~I hope you do.
They fall silent.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 09:22:23 No. 27223952
>>27223861
"Mirria? Something wrong?"
~I am--
~Do--
~--we--
~--n't--
~--ar--
I gesture for them to stop, "Fine, she'll tell me later."
~Thanks.
~I advice you not to let this slide. This is knowledge best had.
"I guess? And..." I can't help but ask "Where's the blade?"
She opens her mouth without a word. The blade is there, flowing over it like quicksilver.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 09:25:09 No. 27227332
[1/2]
>>27226499
"So that'd be it then. You can, uh, complete your task."
~We ~Corrects one of them, I don't know which~ I am wielding her as much as she wields me.
There is a small pause.
~It's actually like when you have your first serious relationship and you just spent the whole weekend in the bedroom because your parents are away for some time and you are kinda drowsy and making unimportant smalltalk? That's kind of the way this feels.
~Little child, did you just compare a coupling of minds and souls with aftersex? ~Asks Ludwig, their jaw clenching.
~Yeah.
~I don't know if I respect or despise you. Probably both.
~The feeling's mutual.
Ludwig pauses again.
~Anyhow, we are ready to stall the masturbating kid. I don't know how helpful you would be to us, but you can assist the hands.
"Yeah," I nod "Yeah, I can do that"
~Fine, then. ~She pauses~ We are with the three-fingered hand.
Heavily mechanisms operate. There is a clicking sensation, and without a flash of any kind we are near the hand, who is expecting us by the waterfall.
It turns to us in shock. Apparently it doesn't recognize Ludwig, but seems to be contented when I tell it that she (They?) can take care of the giant. The hand says that it'll get its friends and meet us in the room before the balcony.
I go there, and a moment later the hand (Who I decide to name 3) comes with... two hands.
I ask 3 about it. It tells me we are supposed to go unnoticed. Alright.
Ludwig and the giant are already fighting, and I peek into the doorway.
Each is yelling for the other to die, their voices growing progresively louder. I had expected something more climatic.
I take my rope from the bag, and we descend into the forest.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 11:28:33 No. 27230208
>>27229858
I touch the small tree, and instantly I know what is that Quibra meant about the blade. This tree is screaming, too.
I try to calm it down, and a nut grows on it. The screaming stops, and the tree dies.
Ludwig and the giant are now physically attacking each other. I have the feeling that it's Mirria that is taking care of it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 12:03:36 No. 27230734
>>27230237
There are more trees.
One is shapped like a griffon taking to the air, caught to the ground by a hindclaw.
I ask the hands what they are. They don't know, it's been here since the tower happened.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 12:41:19 No. 27231183
>>27231055
Each gives me another nut and promptly dies. I could swear the grass is dying bit by bit as I take the seeds, but I can't get myself to feel anything but a vague relief about it.
A branch of the large tree falls, impalling itself deeply into the earth.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 01:16:37 No. 27231581
>>27231224
We keep advancing, finding groups of trees every few metters at most. The hands try to make me go faster, but I can't leave the nuts there. They need to be planted somewhere safe.
I tell them to go ahead. After a moment picking up the nuts, Ludwig falls near me, yelling something I can't quite understand.
She stands up as if nothing happened despite the crater around her, and is about to take flight when her head turns to me.
~Applejack? ~She asks, carefuly~ Why are you carrying over two dozen lacteries?
~What?
~Souls bottled against their will.
I give a look to the nut in my hoof, feeling exhausted of this tower.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 02:20:56 No. 27232233
>>27231634
"They were in those," I point a nearby tree. "They are everywhere"
~They...
Her voice fades.
~What? What's wrong?
Lidwig doesn't answer. A moment passes. The giant looms over us, probably searching her.
~That-- That cytraul! ~She says.
Her wings snap open. The giant turns to us, and she impacts its face, caving it in.
~Even excrement, ~She yells as it's bone and flesh restitch themselves~ Even excrement fullfills a purpose!
The giant grabs her with one of its hands.
~SILENCE! ~The hands dissolve~ You not only rape my tower, but you dare fuel it with the people of my land?!
I don't whatever they do next-- with each word she speaks the ground cracks, and I can feel my strenght being zapped. I run for the hands and help them open their cages.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

I don't know half the words she is using. Many of them seem to be from dead tongues.
Before, we were stalling the giant, we were being methodical. Now she is going all-out, not even letting me excert some measure of control over the sphere-like mass that is our combined will. She is tearing off entire chunks of its face at a time, undoing its hands before they can reach us.
But I know combat well enough to recognize fatigue. We can't sustain this effort, and if she keeps this up we'll be too tired to escape.

Real life happened. Sorry.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-30 03:10:37 No. 27232782
Fuck, I FUCKING hate to do this, but I've been having this pervading feeling of wrongness all day and just can't focus on writing or drawing. Even my damned teeth feel as if they were just wrong.
Paused until this goes away or tomorrow, whichever comes first.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 09:16:10 No. 27250496
Had to make a small trip to get something I bought over two weeks ago because the transports company are faggots, didn't get it. I am in a bus stop right now, and should be back home in 3~ hours.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 09:23:58 No. 27250536
[1/2]
>>27232444
I try to communicate, but she actively resists. Flashes of memory jump back and forth, many of which she didn't shw me before. Memories of the things she has sacrificed to keep Surane safe since it's fundation, of Dreamer after Dreamer building this place.
At some point, I don't know when, the giant holds us and throws us agains the ceiling, screaming in rage.
Ludwig opens our mouth and reaches into it. She takes out most of the dagger, keeping in just enough to not loose her hold over my muscles.
The dagger starts to reform on my hoof. Over my forehead, a socket forms in the cranium to receive it.
We fall, but she doen't seem to care. The ground shatters under my hooves.


Update I've had done since yesterday, bus should come in ~15 minutes.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 01:09:19 No. 27251683
>>27250764
>>27251543
~Where is your honor!? You promised you wouldn't go that far!
She doesn't answer.


> [CONTROL PASSED TO $caps(%char.name%)]

Yes! Pulseeeeees!
I kind of like it really. There is this other mind near me that is kinda sorta crazy because it's got eyes and it can't stop seeing and it can't take anything out. I don't got eyes so I only have to see when I want to, so I am going crazy only a bit at a time. Lucky fella am I not?
Uh, yeah. Pulse. Righto.
Fwossssssh.
Cool isn't it?
By the way, who are you? I through I couldn't talk. Not that I am complaining, mind you.
Oh! There goes the pulse... my wearer: a chest, larger than last time I checked, four legs and two wings, everything's normal, a head...
And why is one of the legs pointing something pointy (It rhymes...! It does, right?) at the head? Legs oughn't do that. At least they didn't last time I checked.
Hmph. I ruffle a bit in curiosity. Heads don't like pointy things, and legs are supposed to follow heads. This head is weird.
Which is weird in itself, because I could swear I knew this head. The front bit, I mean-- how was it called? fais? Yeah, I know this fais. I don't remember from where, tho. Remembering becomes harder every time I send a pulse.
Maybe I should do something? What d'you think?
Hey, maybe those big things coming here will help!

Captcha: Baldwin.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 01:38:55 No. 27251853
>>27251793
I try to take the pointy thing from the leg, but it doesn't want to let go.
I think my wearer is saying something, so I send another pulse. Fwosh, there goes another bit of sanity. My wearer is calling me useless cloack, and screaming at my wearer at the same time.
I am confused. I am a king, not a cloack. Kings protect and keep things warm, which is what I am doing. How could I be an useless king?
I don't want to pull much harder, I could hurt my wearer's leg. Good kings don't hurt good people, right? I want to be a good king.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 01:51:38 No. 27251942
>>27251875
That's what bad kings say before doing bad things.
Go away big things. I am talking with my friend.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

The cloack envelops me like a husk, trying to take the knife from my leg.
At this point, the risk of anyone but myself and Applejack having this thing is too high. so I resist.
Ludwig is straining to keep control, someone talking to her on the edge of my hearing.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 03:46:19 No. 27252794
I keep fighting Ludwig. She had prepared to fight me, but it seems like the cape is being too much.
But as her hold slips, so does her strength-- I am not weak, keeping my brother safe needed me to be ruthless more than once, but much of the cape's strenght is being leveraged in my neck.
I don't know how long I'll be able to stand at this rate.
In our fight, a sliver of the Ludwig's edge cracks and flies away, piercing the cape with ease and embedding itself in a small cliff.

(Real life happened and I am still tired from the trip, 2 coming in a moment)

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-02 03:54:17 No. 27252859
[2/2]
>>27252794
> [CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]

Any hand that had been going to the second floor with me scampers away. They already told me where the door is, at least.
I don't think it's seen me yet, but it won't take long for it to.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 09:32:08 No. 27258348
RESUMING.

>>27253695
>>27253661
I grab the silver sliver and run to the cape, making two holes in it-- one to enter and the other to exit with Mirria in my back. Her legs are already shortening, thank the Earth, so she doesn't slow me down too much.
I take on the path the hands indicated to me, more of the trees throwing their seeds to me. I grab all I can.
Soon, I feel something grab onto my tail, but I am relieved to see that it's the pieces of the cape I cut.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

~THIS BEAST MUST DIE! ONEIROS ITSELF CALLS FOR US TO DO IT!
~I won't let you kill me!
~YOU COWARD, THIS IS OUR KINGDOM'S KILLER!
~I NEED TO FIND MY BROTHER!
Through the tenuous connection I maintain with Ludwig, I can still perceive the world as she does-- a series of vaguely connected Arias that, from time to time, connect with each other generating flashes of mass.
The giant, a demonic aria, follows after us, opening its mouth.
[DIE]
[!]
[DIE, YOU WHORES]
[!]
It's command, its perverted song reaches after us like a wave of glass shards, trying to shred us to pieces.
~SING!
~WHAT!?
~SING, YOU FOAL!
What in Tartarus am I supposed to sing?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 10:34:02 No. 27258688
>>27258428
> [CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]

~I-- Felt like the weigh--! ~She stops to take air in~ weight of the world was in my-- In my shourd--shoulders!
Heavenly mechanisms operate.
They weep.
I don't know what is that she is doing, but the very light seems to warp around us.
~Pleas-- pressure to break or ret ~Another take of air~ retreat at every turn!
The wood of the trees charrs as if burned. Some of them fall, slowing down the giant
-WHAT IN TARTARUS ARE YOU DOING
~ISINGLIKESHITOKAY LOOKING FOR FREEDOOM LOOKING FOR FREEEDOOOM!
~THAT'S THE POINT!
In any other moment I'd stop to ask how is that they speak at the same time, but now I run.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO LUDWIG]

The wave of command is lessened by the little child's... insult to the artform of singing, warped by her defficient harmonics.
I open my mouth, and give a single command, deforming the wave completely and turning it against the kid:
~DIE!
The aria, deformed beyond repair by my host, becomes a tightly wrapped sphere -or as close to such a thing as a sound can be- of null orders, which I easily influence into a new design.
It won't be enough, I'd need to be at my full force to kill the kid, but the sphere falls into its ever open mouth.
[D--] The giant coughs blood. [DI--] Again it tries, without success.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]
Oh fuck fuck fuck FUCK

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 11:54:55 No. 27259152
>>27258963
As soon as I cross the door, I feel as if my body was being torn appart again. This time it lasts nearly a minute, giving me time to scream at the top of my lungs.
When it's over, I am in another room, again with no entrance door. Mirria is sleeping nearly with Ludwig in her mouth, the skull nowhere to be seen.
A cold breeze comes from the left.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 01:04:15 No. 27259595
>>27259152
I try to wake her up, but she's deeply asleep. She mutters something, and sparks fly from her blade... I have the feeling they are having a conversation.
I follow the breeze.
Moonlight enters through an open window. The air here feels cleaner than in any other place of this tower I've been in.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 01:27:47 No. 27259790
>>27259669
If the height and size of the stool is any indication, a griffon worked here.
A night gale sings outside, but I ignore it in favor of the papers. They don't seem to be official in any shape or form-- instead, they are a random assortement of doodles and small blocks of text, the kind of thing one does when bored.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 04:41:54 No. 27261205
>>27261136
A blue thing is coming.
I could swear it has wings.
I try to guess the speed it's moving at, but can't. Something coming from the moon should be moving far more quickly, yet it moves with what I can only call a glide. It'll be here in a minute or two.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 05:00:31 No. 27261360
>>27261212
>>27261340
I wait.
I was wrong. She wasn't flying-- the mare of the moon is walking down here in some kind of... crystalline path? It can't be made of light. Things can't be made of light, it's a rule.
She is visibly worried.
"Applejack! Finally! Twilight is--"
She dissapears in a---|
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If the height and size of the stool is any indication, a griffon worked here.
A night gale sings outside, but I ignore it in favor of the papers. They don't seem to be official in any shape or form-- instead, they are a random assortement of doodles and small blocks of text, the kind of thing one does when bored.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-03 05:38:59 No. 27261684
>>27261440
I feel something wrong the moment I move, and open my bags. The rope isn't there.
Weird. When did I put it in the window-- Oh. I guess there IS a way to go back down. I grab my rope all the same.
Huh. Doesn't expla--
~What!? You tried to kill me! You do-- Oh no, don't come with that, for all you know? My brother and I are the last survivors of Surane. You don't get to kill me to get revenge.
Oh. I guess Mirria is awaken, I should check on her.
~Oh, so that's it, right!? You gave me a voice just to use it as a leverage!? ~Tears escape her eyes~ You know what!? Fuck you and your fucking voice!
She spits the knife.

2016-05-03 07:14:48 No. 27262431
>>27262102
>>27262112
>>27262127
>>27262193
"Do you want a hug?"
She shakes her head.
"It's over now. I was, I am scared too, but it's over. The giant isn't here"
She shakes her head again and takes one of the nuts from my bag, then shoves it on my face.
"Is there anything I can do?"
She points to the right
"Alright. But if anything happens just make some noise, alright?"
I go there.
It's a nice room, I guess.
I just had to run away from a... thing that could have told me to die.
And I would have probably killed myself.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 11:36:11 No. 27267074
At some point later, I wake up.
Mirria covered me with the cape, and is extending her wing over me under it.
The moment she realizes I woke up, she points to a paper on the table. "I am sorry. I know you were scared too. I was angry and stupid."
There are more papers under that one, but she doesn't make any effort to uncover them for now.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 11:42:01 No. 27267120
>>27267090
"It's fine."
She searches in the stack of pre-written papers and shows another one to me:
"Ludwig was telling me my brother is probably dead. Trying to trigger me. She's so old and so used to being the strongest one around she doesn't understand that others don't want to die. I think she thinks she just can't die by now."
She hesitates, then shows me another paper.
"Applejack, do you like me?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 11:57:33 No. 27267207
>>27267136
>>27267142
>>27267195
"Yeah, you are a good friend. Ha ha"
I put a hoof over her withers awkwardly.
She takes the pen and writes in the back of the paper, "You know I didn't ask that way." She pauses, "Have you slept without the other since we came here at all?" Another pause, longer this time, "I don't know if I really like you or if I just want someone to hold me and tell me everything will be alright even when I tell them not to. Because I am an idiot."
I hug her and tell her everything will be alright, and after a moment she relaxes.
I think she falls asleep at some point, I dont know. I also fall asleep.
We wake up a few hours later, I don't know how many. There's the sound of armor coming from above.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 01:21:27 No. 27267716
>>27267532
>>27267472
>>27267225
>>27267222
We look up, but only see a ceiling covered by shadows. After a moment, Mirria takes the cape from over us and wears it again. I had forgotten just how cold this place is without it. Mirria writes that she cleaned the blood from my hat.
We go to the right, searching for a way to go up.
Is that... weeping?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 02:23:27 No. 27268232
>>27268211
"Yes. Do you know Quibra?"
"Ah, my brother.
How is he? I worry for his health.
Mental and physical.
Is our dear Dere still keeping him safe?"
I take a step, but he interrupts me.
"I must ask that,
if you see my ghastly vissage,
You do not attack.
I have known grief and reggret too recently and strongly.
I wish not to kill"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 02:53:02 No. 27268441
>>27268288
>>27268285
>>27268256
I approach, and a feeling of revulsion fills me the instant my eyes fall uppon the shape. My eyes lock on the mask he wears, not wanting to even beggin seeing his body.
"Ah, yes. I do not blame you, Questrian and Seranee.
It is an understandable reaction when seeing the dead"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 02:58:36 No. 27268480
>>27268462
"But you are talking"

"It is not me,
I am but the memory of a child, reffusing to die, inhabited by a lost soul.
Do you have any matter of importance to speak of, Questrian?
I wish to be left alone with my disgrace."

brb

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 03:38:53 No. 27268722
>>27268603
"Quibra told me to search you. Dere is getting worried."
"Ha. Dere?
Quibra is still as bad a liar.
Dere fully knows what I went to do.
Is Quibra that I had to leave in the dark.
Saddly, I can not go back, not in this state."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 03:52:27 No. 27268807
>>27268776
"But even if Dere knows where you are, Quibra doesn't."

"Would you visit your family when shame fills you, Questrian?
I smell family in you, mare. It is a smell that trascends air, a network that connects us beyond the physical realm, that even my blind eyes can see.
They are my strength as much as I am theirs.
And is because of that that I wish not to provide them from a poisoned well. I would expect you to understand it, mare."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 04:04:10 No. 27268898
>>27268834
"I am not mare. I am Applejack"

"Oh, how beautiful to have a name. Treasure it while you can, Applejack.
The memories of me are... damaged. Quibra does not want to remember my name, so I myself can't"

"And... and family is family! You can't just have them only when you want to!" Mirria pounds the floor in support.

"I understand, Applejack and Seranee--

"Mirria."

"I understand, Applejack and Mirria. I truly do.
I came from beyond the veils of death only to help my brothers, after all.
Many of us did.
Yet, it'd be a disservice to make them bitter now of all times. Until I complete my task, I can not meet them eye to eye."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 04:21:09 No. 27269015
>>27268921
"And what is your task?"

He pauses.

"I was... traveling with a griffon, named Mariela.
While she never said it directly, I gather it was her teacher that, indirectly, caused the tower to happen. The shame filled her with a flame that filled her with incredible determination.
Saddly, she was not warrior, and I could not protect her.
I... I loved her, and I think she may have loved me back. Yet now I shall not know until I go back beyond the veil. and even then I may never find her.
But now, I need to bury her. To not bury a griffon is to kill her beyond death.
Yet the two forests would be to further the insult: The forest outside the tower was created by the master she was ashamed of, and the forest within the tower is of the giant-- to bury a griffon within her enemy's land is an insult not to her, but to her whole family.
Would you know, by chance, of a land where I could bury her so that her body may rest?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 05:07:36 No. 27269369
>>27269155
"There is a forest in a library, near the waterfall."

"Yes?
I have not seen this library."

"It's complicated, it'll make sense when you see-- Uh..." I stip awkwardly.

"I see not sense to be offended.
My eyes may be blind, but I see all the same."
He pauses.
"I would like to see this library, if it is no bother"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 05:34:23 No. 27269580
>>27269398
We take him to the library.
Like the hand, he can't enter it, or even know where it is.
The library is silent but there is a feeling of impatience. After nearly a minute of silence, the library throws books at me.
"Where
"Is
"The
"Prisoner
".
"Why
"Do
"You
"Carry
"Lacteries.
I can feel the shard I picked up warming in my bag, but say nothing of it. I give Mirria a nervous look, and she takes a paper sheer from my bags.
"Ludwig tried to kill me."
The library answers immediately and angrily, targetting Mirria this time.
"Where
"Is
"She
"What
"Did
"You
"Do
"To
"My
"Sister
".

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 05:47:02 No. 27269681
>>27269642
>>27269629
"She's fine! Mirria and she argued and we left her in the floor!"
"YOU
The strenght of the book nearly throws me to the floor.
"IDIOT
"She
"Is
"A
"PRISONER
"For
"A
"Reason
"Do
"You
"Have
"Any
"Idea
"Of
"How
"DANGEROUS
"&
"UNSTABLE
"She
"Is
"She
"Needs
"A
"Wielder
"Someone
"Who
"Is
"STABLE
"Do
"You
"Realize
"What
"Would
"Happen
"If
"Someone
"UNSTABLE
"Grabbed
"Her
"?
"!
The library pauses.
"I
"Trusted
"You

The last book is thrown to Mirria, several times.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 06:15:07 No. 27269908
>>27269887
"Someone wants to bury a friend of his in your forest. Can he do it?"
The library pauses for a long time. When I am about to answer, a few books are left at our hooves.
"Which
"Of
"The
"Bodies
"Outside?
"The
"Griffon
"Or
"The
"Dog
"?
"I
"Knew
"The
"Griffon

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 06:23:54 No. 27269957
>>27269917
"The griffon."
The library puts a open book at my hooves, open in a page showing a list of names and dates, tittled "Charge of Dreamer".
The first is Ludwig. The last two are Rubicon and Mariela.
"I
"Would
"Be
"Honored
"To.
"With
"Two
"Conditions
":
"Bring
"My
"Sister
"Back
".
"Plant
"The
"Licteries
"In
"My
"Soil
"Too.
"I
"Can
"Offer
"Them
"Peace.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 06:36:05 No. 27270035
>>27269975
We do so (There is, now, a door in the entrance to this floor), and Quibra's older brother visibly relax.

"That part of my duty is completed, at last.
I have you to thank for that.
Do you have any question you want answered?

Sorry for giving this short a session, but paused for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-04 06:40:37 No. 27270064
>>27269975
We bring Ludwig and the seeds to the forest, and the library let us take Mariela's body in. There is now a door in the first floor that allows us to go out.
With that done, Quibra's brother visibly relaxes, the glow in his eyes becoming less intense.

"That part of my duty is completed, at last.
I have you to thank for that.
Do you have any question you want answered?
I must talk with my brothers, and retake my trek.

Sorry for giving this short a session, but paused for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 09:07:07 No. 27274089
RESUMING

INV:
> AJ
Crystal ball, Food and water, 8 torches, Hat (Worn), Humorous cow statuette, Cross necklace, Rope, Blank paper, Strange cross amulet, Shard of Ludwig

> Mirria:
Cape (Worn), 3 pens (Worn), Binoculars (Worn), Ankh necklace (Worn)


>>27270088
"What is there at the top of the tower? What were you trying to get?"
The dog pauses.
"There is a miracle,
And I need it"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 09:15:12 No. 27274121
>>27274103
"What for?"

"For the good of everyone in all worlds and words--
Oneiros, Earth, Tartarus, Afterlife.
Alive, dead, awaken, sleeping.
I know not the exact nature of the Miracle,
And my third eye perceives no grand power in it.
Yet it is a greatly versatile tool,
Capable of great things if used correctly.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 09:27:32 No. 27274172
>>27274141
"Could I remember my life if I used it?"

"Ah, memories, the well we drink from. Take them away, and even our souls slowly disolve.
I am affraid, Applejack. I can not allow you to do that.
The tool may very well have a single use,
And it must be exhaused in stopping the events set in motion.
Where I not to, Dere and Quibra could have no world to live in.
Do you understand my motivation, Applejack?
You do remember things, however.
I see the awakened memories sparkling within your mind like stars.
Alight more flames, and warm your soul.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 09:37:13 No. 27274206
>>27274196
"Is there any other way to remember?"

"Live, mare.
Make new memories to awaken the old ones.
Nothing is truly lost,
Just changed.
Such is the nature of life."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 09:47:59 No. 27274255
>>27274211
"And what do you plan to do now?"

"To commune with my brothers,
And, soon, I shall return to my quest for the miracle."

"Can we help in some way?"

"You have done more than enough for me,
I appreciate the offer, however."

Mirria nudges me and points to her cape.
"Oh! And have you seen her brother?" I point to her "A pegasus too, I think same coat color?" She nods.

When the dog talks again, my gut tells me he isn't telling us everything.

"I am affraid not, Seranee."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 11:13:13 No. 27274656
>>27274593
We accompany him to see Quibra and Dere. After a moment, Dere gestures at Mirria to follow him, and he does so after giving me a confused glance.
As soon as they are out of earshot, the masked dog turns to me.

"Applejack,
Do you have any idea of why I am here?
Of why my very presence indicates great danger for the world?"

Quibra gives us a confused glance, but says nothing.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 11:33:55 No. 27274775
>>27274678
"I don't have much of an idea of anything right now"

"Neither do I,
I, we arrived only in the middle of it.
But a creature desired power, It desired kinghood over all the worlds, out of petty, childish greed.
A king needs an army. It called us,"
His eyes alight in ruby flame
"Spawns of Tartarus, despised spirits, forgotten demons, the souls of the dead."

"But you--"

"Many of us attacked it outright, only paid heed to its call to protect those we love, but that is besides the point.
It had to give up something, something that smelled much like the Seranee does-- The soul of a king.
I wish not to give such grave news to someone who barely knows me, Applejack, so I will have to pass on the burden to you.
When you feel she is ready, tell her. We can only hope she will then say the last word her throat has left to produce."

Before I can say anything else, Mirria and Dere return.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 12:43:12 No. 27275180
>>27275149
>>27275124
"Can you please prove than that isn't light"
She takes a piece of paper and flies up there.
She stands on it and writes me a message, "It's like a cloud, but harder. Feels brittle."
No.
She is not standing in a walkway made of light.
Mirria laughs mutely at me.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 04:23:34 No. 27276903
>>27275803
We start walking the walkway.
It's like the doors of the tower, only not painful-- I now realize that the pain of them was produced by how sudden they were, while this is like a full-body itch.
After a while, Mirria gives me a questioning look. Should we keep going?

More real life happened. Tomorrow I'll have to first take a bus trip at 7 AM, come back before 7 PM, and help someone else take things to a bus. It'll be a busy day, but I'll try to at least post an update ortwo.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 05:13:44 No. 27277316
>>27277255
There is a door with a key nearby. The key is pointing to the key hole.
Mirria looks... up? nervously, but I can't see what is that she's looking at.
I think I don't want to.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 05:59:27 No. 27277717
>>27277619
> [CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

Something is pounding the door. I locked it as soon as we got in, but the bangs in the heavy metal surface are nearly deafening.
Applejack doesn't seem to notice them.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 06:07:27 No. 27277814
>>27277756
A page catches my sight immediately, written in red on several languages.
"ROOM IS SAFE."
"IF YOU ARE NOT APPLEJACK OF EQUESTRIA, I BEG OF YOU. SEARCH HER AND GUIDE HER HERE.
-Princess Luna"
The rest of them are written in Equestrian. I don't know enough of it to read them.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 06:13:59 No. 27277872
>>27277845
I show the pages to her.
She freezes for a moment and starts reading them again.
And again. And again. And again.
She starts trembling.

>[CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]

eg of you--|
eg of you--|
eg of you--|
eg of you--|
eg of you--|

>[CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 07:03:42 No. 27278318
>>27278058
>>27278048
When I try to move the paper, she grabbs it.
I grab her head and force her to face me. Her eyes never leave the text.

Pausing as soon as this particular situation is resolved.
Also a new Real Life happened, and Saturday will also be busy-ish.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-05 07:38:04 No. 27278603
>>27278536
>>27278582
I hold her. She is still looking at the text, and now is muttering what little of it she's reading again and again.
I cover her eyes, and after a moment she falls asleep.

Alright pausing for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-06 03:10:23 No. 27284017
Dear players:
I finally got a replacement hard drive for my desktop computer, since the old one gave up after... what, a decade of use? I dunno.
As such, what little free time I had today will probably have to be used moving the files of the old HD to the new HD and hope that the old HD doesn't completely die before the copy is over.
My apologies.
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