There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 08:59:05 No. 27394937
Last thread: >>27385097
>We talked with a piece of Rubicon's mind and got Winona back with us. This had the side effect of cloning the reality warper with a German name, only at an early point of her life. While we were talking with her, a city in the undead body of a gryphon came to us-- they want to talk to the murderous giant that murdered them all and give it psychological assistance.
Queued commands:
>>27386725 >>27375044
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"What do you need to talk with the giant about? He's kind of dangerous."
"We wanted to demand a formal apology from the cretin, if you excuse my language. No, I will kick it's ass. Why be so uncivilized...?"
We all just stare at them. I could swear the books take a deep, laboured breath.
After a few minutes, they seem to have reached a consensus.
"We want to give it the psychological assistance it surely requires. At least two hundred of us have the necessary titles."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 09:09:26 No. 27394983
>>27386725
"I really don't think the giant will hear," Mirria nods. "It, uh, kills everything in sight. And eats things alive."
"Ah, does it?"
I nod, irritated.
"Well, that's it I think. Anyone in here disagrees?"
Silence falls.
"And I don't think the friend of that body will like you using it very much."
"Oh, don't worry about that, we asked our gracious hostess for permission." There is a pause, and her head shakes. Her voice changes to a more natural one. "Don't worry, they did. We'll chat later, hat horse, we have to think our plans again." They go away from the window.
We all wait for a moment, but she doesn't appear again.
I sigh, annoyed, and go open my can of peaches already. When I am about to do it, Ludwig clears her throat.
"Do ponies swa-- eat metal now? Why?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 09:11:04 No. 27394989
>>27386725
"I really don't think the giant will hear," Mirria nods. "It, uh, kills everything in sight. And eats things alive."
"Ah, does it?"
I nod, irritated.
"Well, that's it I think. Anyone in here disagrees?"
Silence falls.
"And I don't think the friend of that body will like you using it very much."
"Oh, don't worry about that, we asked our gracious hostess for permission." There is a pause, and her head shakes. Her voice changes to a more natural one. "Don't worry, they did. We'll chat later, hat horse, we have to think our plans again." They go away from the window.
We all wait for a moment, but she doesn't appear again.
I sigh, annoyed, and go open my can of peaches already. When I am about to do it, Ludwig clears her throat.
"Do ponies swa-- eat metal now? Why?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 09:17:41 No. 27395012
>>27394995
I open the can and show it's contents to her. Her eyes open wide, and she grabs the lid of the can in awe.
"What metal is this?"
"Stee--" She grabs the can before I am done and smells it.
"What fruit is it? Why is the fruit in oil?" She pauses for a moment. "Is it so the fruit lasts longer? Oil ruins the taste of fruit." She looks at me, a mix of confusion and indignation in her face.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 09:57:16 No. 27395198
>>27395032
"It's a way to make it last. Give it a try."
She gives it a dubious look, but grabs one of the pieces in telekinesis.
"No fur-- skin?"
"We take it off"
"Why? The skin is what feeds you the most."
"Just eat it."
She puts it in her mouth and, slowly, bites it.
"This tastes like exc-- shit without skin. Fruit without skin is just bland," She opens one of the windows telekinetically. "Give me a second."
She climbs a book case and goes outside. I share a look with Mirria, but she shrugs and eats peach with a pleasured expression.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 11:58:53 No. 27395832
>>27395723
We go search Ludwig, noticing how much more vital this place is now.
When we find her, Applejack asks her what is going on immediately.
"What do you mean? I only wanted to eat fresh fruit.
The gryphon -is that really Surane? I try not to duel in the idea that my land is dead- flies loops in the sky, talking to herself.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 12:48:55 No. 27396132
>>27395945
"My tongue doesn't make trees without seeds." I deadpan.
"It's... Your language has no word for it. Mine did. I... I talk in, and then I talk out, and I change things. Watch," She sings and the tree grows taller, it's colors shifting. "Have you ever met a... a three-eye? It's similar."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 01:27:25 No. 27396330
>>27396172
"I have heard of it?" I offer. Mirria gives us both a weird look.
"A three eye is, give me a moment..." She spends a minute muttering in several languages. "Someone with three eyes, obviously. But the third eye is a good eye. They can see the world and change it."
"Hu--" I nearly choke in the instant need to vomit.
What in Tartarus is that smell!?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 02:53:04 No. 27396865
>>27396399
Mirria taps me in the shoulder and points to Surane. The gryphon is posed in a tree above us, watching the peach tree as flies buzz around... Him? Her?
Mirria and I step away from it. Ludwig turns around to face... them I guess? but doesn't move away from the smell.
"Peaches? Peach-- We can't eat peaches, you idiot. Yeah, gryphons are carnivore aren't they? Why not try anyway? Do you want to have diarrhea. I think it'd be worth a few peaches. I don't you dumbass..." They keep arguing.
We stare in silence.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-18 03:20:34 No. 27397106
>>27396874
"Uh, hey, weren't gryphons omnivores?"
"Really? Any gryphon in here?"
There is no answer.
"Huh, weird. They must've flown away in tim--" Her voice changes to who seems to be the original owner of the body "Will you all shut up already bunch of ignorants? I am trying to be dead back here. And yes, you can eat peaches, they just come out the same they come in." Her voice fades. "Great! No-- What, who's that?" They point at Mirria. "Isn't that the king's maid-- I've heard she's his sist-- And I've heard she's an assasin-- and I've heard she's his who--" Their eyes dilate in surprise, and before they can react Mirria kicks them drown from the tree savagely.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-19 01:11:10 No. 27404282
>>27397199
"You guys ought to keep your thoughts to yourselves."
"Thing is," The griffon gets up with an annoyed expression. "No mater how many decide to shut our beaks, some idiot always says it aloud. Our apologies, ma'am."
Mirria doesn't relax.
"Hey," Ludwig barges in. "Do you know what that tree is?" She points at the large tree.
"Oh, that. Yeah, that's us. I think. Give us a seco--" They shake again, and the voice of... how was she called? Mariela? returns. "What now? I told you guys. I am trying to be dead back here. D-E-A-D. Wait, the tree? You were seeds, ignorants. Use the brain I gave you--" Her eyes lock on Ludwig. "Do I know you? I could swear I've seen you... Wait. I am pretty sure my brain didn't rot that much." She pauses. "you are just a skull and a knife, I took you from the vaults myself. Why are you a pony?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-19 07:29:30 No. 27406937
>>27406270
We go back to the library, and in the way I ask Mirria what was she reading. She takes a moment before grabbing a piece of paper from her bags.
"A book that was left on the table. Something about cursed songs, I supposed it could be useful." She pauses, then adds something: "I usually dressed as a servant, and most people didn't know I was Hlaoo's bodyguard. I prefer it that way because no one notices servants-- I could move undisturbed even when we were doing diplomatic visits, but it also meant that people misinterpreted our relationship. The topic has always been a short fuse for me."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-19 09:10:43 No. 27407772
>>27407680
"Huh, a lot of them recognized you. And am I the only Equestrian here?"
"Surane had been tense for some time, and people was going away besides it being in the other side of the world from Equestria, so it's probable that you and the princess were the only Equestrians. And they didn't know my name, and they were Surane natives. It served it's purpose." She starts writing something else, but stops with a far away look.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-19 11:35:45 No. 27408843
>>27408494
We run, the sparrow and birds following us. After a moment, the sparrow poses on Applejack's hat.
"Damn it! I hate having to make an avatar, accursed, limiting flesh..." it takes a breath as we leave the birds behind. "The giant is a child compared to me, but not without strength. I should be able to--"
He is interrupted by the screech of a roc, flying to pose in our way.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-20 12:20:11 No. 27409050
[2/2]
>>27408957
Almost immediately after leaving the stunned roc behind, Applejack stops, and so do I almost immediately after. The earth opens like a hungry maw, rocks arranging themselves to new patterns.
"What is it doing!? Do you have any idea of how hard it is to make proper organic structur--" The sparrow explodes in a cloud of paper nubs and pulverized ink.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-20 04:33:30 No. 27413574
>>27409396
We run in another direction as fast as our legs can take us, the roc regaining it's wits quickly and breaking branches with ease in it's flight.
A squirrel sees us and jumps to my back, screeching something.
"Eeeh Damn this small brain! Search for a way downwards, the others are already taken care off--" Applejack's scream interrupts it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-20 05:46:38 No. 27414434
>>27413574
>[CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]
>[SELECT CHARACTER TO CONTROL]
The roc lifts me, higher and higher, flexing it's claws waiting for the right moment to let go of me.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-20 10:30:28 No. 27417019
>>27416447
>>27416478
The squirrel notices what we are going to do and jumps to my head.
"Remember! Go down, I'll open you a passage to a safe room as soon as I ca--" We jump into the water, and the squirrel explodes in another cloud of paper and ink.
The roc screeches against the water a few times and stands vigilantly in the small beach.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-20 11:19:21 No. 27417342
>>27417181
We follow the crab. After a while, it slips past a chain of... chimneys? We aren't that deep yet, right?
We try to pass between them, but there isn't enough space. The crab snaps it's free claw impatiently, and I can feel my lungs ache.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 12:05:24 No. 27417636
>>27417625
Chimneys expel highly toxic gasses that can damage the skin at extremely high temperatures.
I was going to mention it in the post, but didn't realize I had forgotten to until you replied.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 03:11:04 No. 27425348
>>27424726
>>27424703
>>27425294
The crab runs to us and starts snapping at the tentacle, being careful that the shining object doesn't touch it.
The water feels more dense the closer I get to the creature.
...bite something when underwater?
Provide some method that doesn't involve drowning.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 05:42:06 No. 27426938
>>27426594
As soon as we put some distance between ourselves and the ground, the crab throws the shining object against the floor. The object explodes, breaking the ground, and the water sucks us in, taking and crushing one of the tentacles too.
As soon as we are in, the entrance collapses and seals itself.
The crab snaps it's pincers at us and clears it's throat.
"Ah, there it is. Everyone who invades me thinks about taking the control of the surface, never of the underground. Idiots! I make those forests sorely to entertain myself. Now, do go in, will you?"
Mirria tries to write something, but her pens and paper are ruined. She gives a ruined notebook a frustrated look and throws it away.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 06:35:36 No. 27427513
>>27427001
>>27427016
I... won't even try to understand how this works.
The giant is trying to force itself through the narrow door, it's face deforming and two hands barely recognizable as such training to reach us. Ludwig is shouting something, bullets of sweat streaming down her face.
As soon as we are in, the library starts shaking, and after nearly a minute of it the giant's face is seemingly cut from the rest of it and, with a scream, turns into dust.
We hear it scream in rage, somewhere under us, but it seems like it's over.
Ludwig falls to the floor, asleep.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 07:06:31 No. 27427771
>>27427658
>>27427670
"What did just happen?"
One of the books shows the word "Translocation" to me, then throws itself against the door.
We peek out. As soon as Mirria realizes where we are now, she flies off to the higher area and returns with working pen and paper.
She starts writing something several times, but stops every time.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 07:49:00 No. 27428148
>>27427829
"What's wrong?" She keeps trying to write something and scratching it again immediately. "Is it anything I can help you with?"
She pauses for a moment, but shakes her head.
Winona licks her face, and she throws the pen away in a fit of anger.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 08:06:14 No. 27428305
>>27428191
I grab the pen and give it to her again.
"Hey, just take a moment, alright? What's that you need to say?"

>>27428218
What kiss.
First you people decide they died and now they kissed.
Am I causing you all mental problems or something.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 08:16:16 No. 27428403
>>27428191
>>27428351
I grab the pen and offer it to her.
"What's it? Do you want time?"
It takes a moment, but she nods and grabs it.
"Just take a moment, alright? What's that you need to say?"
Hesitantly, she takes the pen and keeps trying to write.
Ludwig peeks out of the door, notices the state Mirria is in, and whispers at me if I can go in for a moment.>>27428218#
What kiss.
First you people decide they died and now they kissed.
Am I causing you all mental problems or something.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 08:36:55 No. 27428646
>>27428446
>>27428461
>>27428462
I tell Mirria to give me a moment, and she nods.
A cat waits me in the table inside, waving it's tail, and only now do I realize that I never got to eat my peaches. My belly groans.
The cat clears it's troath and talks, "Seeing you are not making any effort to learn how to understand me, and that searching specific words in books is, even with my intellect, tiresome, I think it may be time that I give up and make an avatar with more regularity."
It seems like I am supposed to answer, so I just nod.
"First of all, the crystal ball you showed me, keep it safe. It may act as an electric or arcane battery if you need it to. Second," It's tail flickers in annoyance. "I would very much like to know what is that you did to anger the giant so much. Translocating my connection to that damn tower is not easy, in case you didn't know."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 08:53:36 No. 27428816
>>27428686
>>27428742
"Uh. He told me to die."
"Alright."
"And I think I didn't die. I don't remember."
"Go on."
"And then I went to free the hands."
"Which hands?"
"The hands it was going to eat."
"Oh."
"And then I took out those seeds. That broke his forest."
The cat's tail leashes in annoyance. "Understandable."
"And then I broke his sun."
"What for?"
"To see if I could get my dog that way."
"And I guess you got my sister as a side effect."
"Yeah."
The cat leashes it's tail again for a moment.
"About that, Ludwig's blade and the crystal ball are similar in design, which is why the fragment of the blade reacted. Whatever you did simply rendered a new body for any souls and minds within it's proximity."
I pause awkwardly for a moment.
"And I could try to understand yo--"
The cat simply stares at me, it's tail leashing in utter feline annoyance.
"Now you ask? In all honesty, I am not in a teaching mood right now." It-- he? he takes a deep breath. "The translocation, as well as resisting the giant's infection for long enough for everyone to get here safely, has left me tired. But untranslated I speak in a simple cypher, mainly due to some of the spells that tether my mind to this structure having degraded over time. You could break it with some common sense."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 08:56:45 No. 27428851
>>27428816
>You could break it with some common sense. Just replace the most common characters with the most common characters in whatever language you use, psionics are strange like that."*

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 10:12:59 No. 27429665
>>27428853
"Can you give me something simple?"
"Later, mare. Just maintaining an avatar is an effort right now." The cat stretches for emphasis. "I haven't slept in what, thirty years? A few hours would do well to me."
Sorry, got distracted with things and stuff.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 10:25:24 No. 27429780
>>27429715
The cat jumps into the third window (Giving us a peek into the reddened sky the glass hides) without another word, leaving me with Ludwig.
I never said she was busy.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-21 11:19:19 No. 27430226
>>27430207
"So, what do you plan to do?"
She shuffles uncomfortably for a moment, "Right now I'll stay here for some time. I need some time to think." She pauses. "Is everywhere this dangerous these days?"

Alright, pausing for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-22 03:44:39 No. 27436033
Change of plans everyone, I am retarded and got my days wrong. I have a P&P session today, not tomorrow, so no QMing today.
My apologies for not saying this before, and have lewds graciously offered by Zenith: http://i.imgur.com/eOt2att.png

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-22 06:45:06 No. 27437921
>>27430246
"What I remember of it...? Yeah. Kind of. We keep getting ancient creatures every year or so." Ludwig doesn't answer. "So I guess I'll be going, then."
She nods, "I'll be around here if you need anything."
I go out to check on Mirria. Below several scratched starts, she wrote "Doesn't matter."

The other players hadn't made their characters yet, one left early, and the other stopped talking without giving any reason. What a motherfucking surprise. I'll QM for a few hours, I guess.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-22 10:22:19 No. 27439835
>>27439270
>>27439562
"Please? For me?"
She hesitates, but grabs the paper again and turns it. In the clean side, she writes:
"I hate writing. It gives you time to think what you want to say." She pauses for a moment. "I've been trying not to think about Surane, to focus on" She stops for a moment. "other things, but I don't know what I am supposed to do. Everything tries to kill us. I haven't seen any sign of my brother. I am too afraid to ask that griphon if any of them knows."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-22 11:30:31 No. 27440433
>>27440187
"What? Nothing has killed us, and we still haven't looked everywhere." I pause "And I could ask them, if you want me to."
She considers it for a moment, but shakes her head. We are in silence for a moment, and she writes again.
"Sorry for this. We should keep searching." She pushes the paper, still shaken.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 02:11:47 No. 27441636
>>27441564
"And if we leave her alone? We won't bother her."
"I must apologize if this is not your intent, but I have no way to know you are not a terrorist. Do you have any sort of identification or proof of identity? Anything I could trust?".
"August?" Asks a tired voice behind the guard. "Who is it?"
"Only two civilians, ma'am." He turns back to us. "Unless you aren't?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 02:29:04 No. 27441720
>>27441674
"We are looking for something at the top of this place."
"So? That mad dog was, too. Fucker stank like a dead body." He grimaces.
"Also her brother." I gesture at Mirria.
August turns to Mirria and gives her a look, "I am afraid I have not seen anyone who resembles you, ma'am. My apologies."
Mirria points at her cape, half annoyed, and makes gestures around her head.
"A... hat?" ventures August. "You are trying to tell us something about a hat?"
Mirria shakes her head softly.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 02:53:41 No. 27441801
>>27441774
"Your hair?" She shakes her head vehemently. "Uh... your mind." She gives me a look and takes the piece of paper from her bags -I make a mental note about getting more paper at some point- and writes on it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 03:23:57 No. 27441938
[1/2]
>>27441822
"Oh. Yeah." I turn back to August. "She's the king's sister."
"What?" He gives her another look. "A sister? He d--" He is confused. "Did he...?"
"Is anything the mater, August?" Asks the woman I guess is Reddo from behind.
He seems to panic for a moment, but turns back to her with a reverence.
"I am so terribly sorry to bother you, my queen--"
"You've been in my personal guard for twenty years. Drop it."
"Do you..." He cringes. "Do you remember if Hlaoo had a sister?"
"Surely you just? He doesn't." She pauses. "He doesn't, right?"
"I... can't remember, my queen." August gulps. Mirria gives them an incredulous look.
"This is... peculiar. Let them in, August."
"But--"
"Let them in." The tone of the voice suggests that she is in no mood for buts.
He moves aside, his armour clanking, and gestures at us to go in with a warning look. Do anything to her, say his eyes, and you'll see what happens.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 04:21:28 No. 27442124
[2/2]
>>27441938
The gryphonese, despite how obviously tired she is, stands in the mat that was strewn across the floor for her. The two glass balls alight and heat the room in equal measure.
"Come here," She gestures at Mirria. "You are the so called sister?"
She nods, visibly bothered by the question.
"I would remember if Hlaoo had a sister," She grabs Mirria by the chin and makes her turn her head gently. "Yet I don't remember him not having one. Do you have any idea of why would this be, young mare?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 05:05:22 No. 27442240
>>27442133
>>27442167
>>27442176

"She--"
Reddo shots me a mean look, "I asked her."
"She's mute." I deadpan.
"Ah. My apologies."
"She was his bodyguard--" Mirria shakes her head and writes something in the paper.
"You... knew me? I must apologize, but I am sure I'd remember you." She pauses. "Yet you are familiar. This is most puzzling.
Before any of us can answer, there is a dignified hmph outside. A white mare barges in and traps me in a choking hug immediately.
"Oh, dear! I had missed you so much! You have no idea!"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 06:07:59 No. 27442456
>>27442282
>>27442288
"Ah... hello?" I hug the masked mare back awkwardly.
There is something to her voice and face, as if I had a word in the tip of my tongue.
But there is also something... hollow, almost meek about her. As if I was seeing a shadow.
"Whyever do you use such a tone? One'd say you don't recognize me!" The mare lets go of me."I must apologize. I had hoped to be there when you got back from this travel you got obsessed with, not to... you know. Die." She laughs awkwardly.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 06:55:17 No. 27442622
>>27442493
>>27442502
I give a look to Mirria, but for now she doesn't seem bothered by this mare's... pushiness, to put it softly, so I look back to her.
"Look, I am sorry, but my memories aren't in good shape right now."
"You mean you really...?" Starts the mare, seemingly hurt. "No, I understand. It's not your fault, I guess" She makes an effort to pull herself together, taking a deep breath. "I guess we'll have to start over, then?"
"Could you try to remind me of who you are?"
"But of course. Lady Rarity, owner of the Carousel Boutiques, past element of generosity, big sister of one of the better singers Equestria had?"
I shake my head, "I am sorry."
"Starting over, then?"
Reddo clears her throat, "We were having a conversation, before you interrupted us."
"Oh?" Rarity seems to notice the others for the first time. "Oh! Do forgive me, your Highness." She makes a reverence and walks a few steps away from me.
"It's fine. What were we at?"
Mirria lifts her page and points at it again.
"Ah, that. I must say I am sorry, but I don't remember anything of that. You do seem familiar, however." She flexes and relaxes her claws a few times, thinking. "I remember him not being a single son, but I don't remember any siblings of his either. Curious."


You can let Mirria and Reddo talk and go outside to talk with Rarity, if you want to. And I have to do something, should be back quickly. Should.
>>27442595
Queued.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 09:18:58 No. 27443286
>>27442952
>>27442966
>>27443183
>>27442595
"This place messes with memories, yes. Can you excuse me? I think I need to talk with my friend."
Reddo and Mirria nod at me distractedly. I walk out with Rarity in heed.
"So you are dead."
"Rather shameful, if I have to be honest," She cringes. "I choked in a morsel, there wasn't anyone around..." She leaves it in the air uncomfortably.
"I am sorry." I cringe.
"You must stop saying that. It wasn't your fault." she brightens up quickly.
I take a moment to think. "I found another guy like that before. He also wore a mask." She tenses, "He talked strange. I think he was crazy, but he didn't attack us." She relaxes, letting out a breath, "What's up with those masks?"
"They are important. It's part of coming back." She pauses hesitantly. "I am not sure if there's some rule about me saying this, but the living can't see the faces of the dead, it'd... be bad for them." She touches the edges of her mask. "I was told the masks shape themselves to wearer. What does mine look like? I didn't have a chance to find a mirror in my way to you."
"It's some kinda blue butterfly." A feeling of duty makes me add. "It looks nice, I guess."
"Even Rainbow is better at compliments, dear. It's nice to see you are still the same pony, even if..." She looks at me with concern. "Whatever happened to you? You seem so... I hadn't ever expected to see you so ready to cower and run away. It isn't proper of a mare like you"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 10:58:36 No. 27443732
>>27443328
>>27443504
"Who told you that?" I avoid her gaze nervously. "About the masks, I mean."
"Oh, you surely expect some dreadful undertaker? You'd be surprised of how similar to being alive it is. One learns things by word of mouth, mainly. But darling," She holds my head and nudges me to look at her. "You are still that terrible at avoiding questions. Do tell me what was bad enough to make you of all ponies cower."
"It's just... this place. I am tired, and cold, and don't know what I am supposed to do. And I don't even remember if there is something worth going back to."
She grabs me again in a choking hug.
"You have a beautiful orchard to go back to, with--" She stops for a fraction of a second. "Your cousins, waiting for you, and all the rest of the girls there, too."
I try to calm down, too tired to resist any kind of embrace right now, but this mare is just too cold for me to relax.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 11:55:17 No. 27443967
>>27443919
I push her away gently, and she takes the hint quickly. "And where is this orchard?"
"Well, back on Equestria of course, still the main suplier of Ponyville's food. It's always been your pride."

Gonna nap, back in a few hours, been at this for... I don't even care to check.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 05:18:15 No. 27446365
>>27444020
>>27444536
"Equestria?" I try to remember it, but it's still little but a name to me. "And what girls?"
"You've really forgotten it all, haven't you? Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash? Does any of that ring a bell?"
I try to remember anything I haven't already, but its to no use. Her voice is perfectly fine, but that hollow quality, that... cold undertone creeps at her every word, stealing it of any significance. Mirria and Ludwig, when they mentioned others, had a certain fire in their words, the names they were saying had cadences for them that came from loving, or at least admiring, the names being said.
I guess this mare really is dead.
"You paused. Before cousins." I spit, mostly to fill the gap in the conversation.
She winces, "I don't know if you remember this, but we are older than it seems like." She hesitates. "Perhaps it's better that you don't remember."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-23 10:57:32 No. 27449453
>>27448893
"No, it's fine," I sit down. "I am just..."
"I understand, dear."
"But... why are we so old?"
"Twilight spent a long, long time trying to find out herself. Last time I talked with her, after you had gone away, she mentioned having a lead, but..." She leaves it in the air.

Pausing for the day.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 05:39:01 No. 27451297
>>27449639
"That isn't stopping you now."
"Surely your memory isn't that damaged? The dead can't just talk with the living willy-nilly. These are just... special circumstances.You said you found someone else like me, maybe you already know what's happening?"

Not quite resuming yet, only answering frrom bed.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 09:13:22 No. 27452015
>>27451887
"Rarity, When I... when I woke up here I didn't remember anything. Not an ounce. For all I knew the world away from this tower was a black void." She winces, and after a moment I add. "Did I tell you anything about this place before coming here?"
"What...?" She looks at me in confussion for a moment. "Whyever would you have? None of us even knew this place exis-- Oh. I should've made myself more clear. Your travel wasn't here. Your travel was... how did you put it? From a side of Equestria to another, I think it was? You walked out of it via the west, fully intending to enter back from the east."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 09:43:24 No. 27452212
>>27452059
>>27452072
"All around the globe?" I say, mainly to myself, trying to process it. "All the way?"
"And you were pretty obstinate about doing it on hoof unless there was absolutely no other way, too."
"But... why? Did I ever tell you?" I feel myself go pale. "How far am I?"
"In the last letter I received you weren't far from reaching the other side of the world, a few months ago." She avoids my gaze. "And you told us it was a family tradition, making a travel on hoof and assuming the role of Apple matron, it's just that you took it far beyond reasonable distances." She mouths for a moment before talking again, "Truth to be told, I always felt your travel was of a more personal nature, and so did everyone. The only one who didn't object to you doing it was Twilight," She smiles faintly and pats Winona. "And her, too. You didn't want her to follow you, saying that it wasn't healthy for a dog to be far from her territory for so long. She followed from a distance and only revealed herself when you were too far from home to take her back, the rascal."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 10:31:30 No. 27452449
>>27452253
"I was at the other side of the world, then?" Mirria mentioned it before, but I just hadn't had the chance to process it. "Then why am I here?" I hesitate, but decide to say it anyway. "I met Luna. She told me another of the girls is here, too. That she could be dangerous."
"Did she tell you who?" I shake my head. "Ah, too bad... but what do you mean? Haven't you seen the city outside this tower?"
"What city?"
"The city." She deadpans at me. "Hard to miss."
"There's only forest." I deadpan back.
"I haven't seen any forest outside here." I am about to argue, but she adds. "It may be that I am of the dead persuasion, though. I barely use my eyes anymore."

>>27452224
AJ walked out of Equestria from the west side, is that the answer you were asking for? I am not sure I understand the question.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 01:03:44 No. 27453554
>>27453133
>>27452918
I sigh, exasperated, "What does the city look like?"
"It's empty, and most of it in ruins." Before I can say anything, she adds. "I searched, but there wasn't anyone. This tower just... grows in the middle of it, like a tree."
I nod and give her a quick summary of what this place looks like. By the time I am done, Mirria walks out of the room with a tired expression, showing me the filled paper sheet, and I make a mental reminder to get more paper as soon as we can.
And torches. Those got ruined too.


I totally didn't forget putting the rope there before.
>>27452876
Into other countries. As in she crossed the border.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 01:43:08 No. 27453877
>>27453716
I give a look to the papers, but they are a combination of Mirria's tight writing and doodles, half a conversation I didn't hear. She tries to write something else, but makes it obvious that there is no space left for her to use.
Rarity looks at her with a critic eye for a fraction of a second, so quick I barely have time to register she does.

Thoughts about writing a pastebin explaining the general facts I've exposed? I'd prefer if the players themselves did it, but I guess I can do it myself.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 03:02:23 No. 27454445
>>27453950
Mirria seems to have noticed the look too and gives her a curious look, but I pip in before either can do anything.
"Hey, Rarity, you said you see the outside different. Is there anything with her? Other than a dark gray pegasus with a cloak?"
Mirria gives me a weird look, but Rarity... scans her again, for lack of a better word. After a moment of silence, Rarity steps closer to Mirria.
"Hm... are you a fighter, by chance?" Mirria nods curtly. "Definitely the posture of one, yes. You put a lot of emphasis in your body language too, so between that and the writing I assume you can't talk? But you seem to have grown stronger from it, or am I wrong?" She smiles softly at her. "And that mane, you could definitely take more care of it."
Rarity lifts a hoof as if to put some order on it, but Mirria catches her hoof and stares Rarity in the eyes until she steps away on her own.
"So sorry," Rarity makes a small curtsey. "I always forget how most pegasi feel about their manes."
Mirria looks at her for a moment and gives me an annoyed look and points at the filled paper with more emphasis.

Pausing for things and stuff. Maybe I'll QM when it's done if I am not too tired.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 03:04:46 No. 27454468
>>27453950#
Mirria seems to have noticed the look too and gives her a curious look, but I pip in before either can do anything.
"Hey, Rarity, you said you see the outside different. Is there anything with her? Other than a dark gray pegasus with a cloak?"
Mirria gives me a weird look, but Rarity... scans her again, for lack of a better word. After a moment of silence, Rarity steps closer to Mirria.
"Hm... are you a fighter, by chance?" Mirria nods curtly. "Definitely the posture of one, yes. You put a lot of emphasis in your body language too, so between that and the writing I assume you can't talk? But you seem to have grown stronger from it, or am I wrong?" She smiles softly at her. "And that mane, you could definitely take more care of it."
Rarity lifts a hoof as if to put some order on it, but Mirria catches her hoof and stares Rarity in the eyes until she steps away on her own.
"So sorry," Rarity makes a small curtsey. "I always forget how most pegasi feel about their manes."
Mirria looks at her for a moment, gives me an annoyed look, and points at the filled paper with more emphasis.

Pausing for things and stuff. Maybe I'll QM when it's done if I am not too tired.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 05:01:42 No. 27455324
>>27454553
I cringe, "We need to go get some paper..." I leave it hanging, hoping that Rarity will catch on, but she seems intent on ignoring it and after a moment I give up. "Want to come?"
"Wouldn't dream of leaving you alone in such a dreadful place, dear. S." She adds the S at the last moment, losing her composure for an instant.
Mirria deadpans at her, then at me.

>Where to?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 06:58:02 No. 27456376
>>27455975
>>27455925
I am working in a better version, but this'll suffice for now. Same as always, yellow arrows are unexplored paths and red are explored paths. Would've posted before but I had some problems with my computer.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-24 07:35:11 No. 27456739
>>27456584
We go to the library, but have to stop when Rarity make an undignified squeak.
"Wherever did you go?" She feels around the doorway. "Dear?"
Before I can answer, Mirria grabs a book -stifling a yawn- and writes in it, then exits the room and gives it to Rarity without further ceremony. She reads it and gives herself a moment to think before nodding,
"I suppose I understand, yes." She nods. "But you can surely understand, I haven't seen her in quite some time. I am afraid anyone'd be..." She gives another to what Rarity wrote and makes a face."pushy if that happened."
Mirria deadpans at her.
"And yes, I am sorry." She concedes.


Pausing for the day, I am falling asleep at the keyboard here.
>>27456433
Queued.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 09:39:40 No. 27460907
>>27456834
I let them talk and turn to Ludwig, who is giving Rarity a curious look.
"Don't ask." I say the moment she opens her mouth, tired. "And you mentioned something of a church before?"
She tenses, but nods, "I haven't found any word in your language that really befits it," She says, irritated. "I tried to teach people I trusted how to do what I do, but most didn't have it in themselves, so I ended teaching a single pupil. Even with that a lot of people liked to meditate with me, and a religion started from that." She pauses. "Before I... miscalculated something and apparently ended in a knife, I asked him to find a pupil of his own. I can only guess he did find one."
If no reply is made in a few minutes I'll jump straight to Surane

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 11:13:52 No. 27461290
>>27459473
"Thanks, and where's Surane? I've got to tell them something."
"She must be flying outside," She tells me, her mood souring.
I nod and climb the book case, Mirria joining me.
As soon as we actually cross the windows, the placid trees that can be seen normally from the inside changes.
Oh.
I am suddenly very, very glad that the library made sure we were inside.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 12:48:20 No. 27461893
>>27461314
I call for Surane, but there is no answer. After a moment, Mirria nudges me and points to a small figure flying over the tree, difficult to see through the heat-distorted air. I ask her if she can get her here.
It doesn't take long, and Surane lands in front of me.
"You needed something?"
"Can I talk with, Mariela?"
"Yeah, sure..." They trail off. "What now? Dead. Rest. Shouldn't be hard to understand."
I cringe, "We found a... orb."
"And?"
"And it said it was Rubicon. Part of him, I mean."
She takes a moment to answer, "Where?" I indicate her how to get to it, and she nods curtly. "Thanks." She flies into the library without another word.
Mirria yawns again and flutters into the library, then returns with a book. She writes in it "Sleep now, whatever later."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 03:07:53 No. 27462969
>>27462475
We exit the library, where Rarity awaits us.
"We need to sleep for a few hours--"
"Just call me if anything happens, alright?"
"Eh, yeah. Alright." I nod out of compromise more than anything else.
We go to the sofa again, and Ludwig exits the library behind us. She asks Rarity something, but I ignore it.
"Hey," I ask Mirria after a moment. "What was that about your mane?"
She grabs the pen from her ear and writes lazily in the empty side of one of the memos, "Hair is always messed by flying, prissy unicorns always get prissy about us having messed hair. It's annoying."
"Ah, thanks."
After a second, she adds. "I wouldn't be annoyed if you wanted to comb it."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 04:42:11 No. 27463744
>>27463277
>>27463520
"I don't have a comb."
She shrugs. I hesitate, but put some order on it with a hoof.
"And I don't care of what she says, you know." I add after a few minutes. "I like the way you look."
She nods, half asleep. It doesn't take long for her to be snoring softly.

Alright, this is a good time to do it, so let's see what people thinks.
Remember that segment that I decided not to run, Sacrifice? >>27212409
Basically, now it's a situation where it's reasonable to run it. I don't really know how long it'll last-- I have the whole thing planned out but >Trying to predict your players
This won't contain any information vital to the quest, so if you don't want me to run it you won't be missing any absolutely required fact, but it does expand on the setting and some characters.
So, to, to put it simply:
>Run Sacrifice, Y/N

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 04:44:23 No. 27463757
>>27463277#
>>27463520#
"I don't have a comb."
She shrugs. I hesitate, but put some order on it with a hoof.
"And I don't care of what she says, you know." I add after a few minutes, still straightening slowly it. "I like the way you look."
She nods, half asleep. It doesn't take long for her to be snoring softly.
It's only now that I realize she fell asleep over my free hoof. It'll be a somewhat uncomfortable position to sleep in, but... I'll manage.

Alright, this is a good time to do it, so let's see what people thinks.
Remember that segment that I decided not to run, Sacrifice? >>27212409 (Dead)#
Basically, now it's a situation where it's reasonable to run it. I don't really know how long it'll last-- I have the whole thing planned out but >Trying to predict your players
This won't contain any information vital to the quest, so if you don't want me to run it you won't be missing any absolutely required fact, but it does expand on the setting and some characters.
So, to, to put it simply:
>Run Sacrifice now, Y/N

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 07:18:32 No. 27465161
[1/2]

In life, we often give up something to gain what we feel is more valuable.
In this process, both lost and gained become all the more precious.
--------------------------------------
In pony history, there have been four Three Tribes Wars.
Te reasons of the first are lost to time. The second was sparkled by a grand drought. The fourth was instigated by Windigos.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 07:44:22 No. 27465380
[2/2]
>>27465161
>14, Sixth moon.
Dear diary:
Today, the pegasus asked me what my name was. The question surprised me-- the crew is small for a vessel this size, and it's taken her this long to ask? I had assumed she already knew. I told her, of course.
And I think I may be something of an hypocrite, because when she told me her name I realized I didn't know it either: what little interaction had happened between us had consisted been based on Yous.
Seer gave me a funny look, but I still don't know what what it about.
-Rimwig.

>17, Sixth moon.
Dear diary:
---
"To the deck now!" Seer's shout shakes me and Jenkins from our slumber, "Storm!"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-05-25 08:50:37 No. 27465908
>>27465638
We climb the stairs after Seer, and by the time we reach the top he is already keeping doing something with telekinesis.

Something came up AND I am getting sleepy, paused.