There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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2016-04-23 06:58:40 No. 27166288
Last thread, we entered a tower that was larger on the inside and found a wounded hand. We talked Morse with it, tried to help it, nearly killed it, saved it, and followed it after it said "Home" to us.
>INV: Crystal ball, bluish metal knife, some food, torch (Lit, still with around an hour of use left), Hat (Worn), Cape (Worn, part of it was ripped off to bandage the Morse Hand), some kid's ball.
Last thread: >>27159578

2016-04-23 07:00:48 No. 27166303
We climb for a while, the hand growing weaker and weaker, until we reach a well lit room, some kind of glass brazier hanging from a brass chain on the domed ceiling. I see a small drawer with some papers on it, but the hand seems to be going out to some balcony. Cold, humid air enters through the doorless aperture.


>>INPUT COMMAND

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 07:27:29 No. 27166446
[1/4]
>>27166322
I give a quick look to the papers.
They have holes of different sizes. I've seen this, it's for automated Morse machines.
I could read it, but it'd take me a few minutes.
(The hand seems to be tapping something in the balcony, but whatever makes this place bigger on the inside must be distorting the sound. I could swear I hear heavy breathing.)
>>27166342
I put the papers in my bag and follow the hand. I'll offer it to cauterize the wound a soon as I know what is that's breathing.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 07:46:42 No. 27166527
[4/4]
>>27166480
>>27166492
A thousand thousand bells sound.
The hand connects to its home, its arm, with a wet sound.
A face approaches me, its margins only vaguely defined.
Its eyes see my soul, and have no care for it.
My breathing comes in short bursts. Panic rises in me. I step back, but my muscles lock.
I can hear it breathing, yet no air comes in or out of its mouth.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 08:00:32 No. 27166598
>>27166539
>>27166552
I gulp.
"H-hello?"
Its lips, too thin to cover the maw under them in the first place, expose the teeth further.
[I recognize you]
It approaches me. The voice does not come from its mouth, but from the bells in its flesh-- they all sing an aria, too complex for me to bear, and the resonances create a voice.
[You were a traveler]
[You helped the alicorn whore and her dragon fucktoy]
[You helped them try to kill me]
[Why are you alive]
[?]
[I told you to die]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 08:20:45 No. 27166713
>>27166612
>>27166615
I run.
[[[[Don't]]]]
The aria is too large
Too beautiful
It's not my muscles that lock,
It's reality that heeds to it
That weeps to the song and answers.
I am but a particle of the mechanism that was just triggered.
>>27166646
"I-- I don't know what you mean, the hand only said--"
[What it did while on its own is of no concern to me]
[answer,]
[Why are you alive]
[?]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 08:38:04 No. 27166829
>>27166760
>>27166753
My legs tremble. It grumbles impatiently.
(I am stubb--)
(I am but a particle)
The Morse hand writhes in its arm, ignored by the giant.
(I am stubb--)
(--But a parti--)
(--stubb--)
(--part--)
My breathing comes out in short busts, and a pain grows in my chest, but,
, but it is a good pain,
, my legs tremble, seeking to escape,
[I grow impatient,]
[traveler]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 08:52:55 No. 27166922
[1/2]
>>27166849
>>27166864
>>27166887
(I am stubb--
A stubb--
I am a stubborn parti
"I am--
[Yes]
[?]
"I am a stubborn"
The hand is spazzming. The giant regards it, the hold on me growing weak for an instant, but losses interest in it almost immediately.
"I am a stubb--"
I feel the taste of copper in my mouth.
I don't feel my left arm.
"I am a stubborn
My legs
My chest hurts
I ru
fall.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 09:26:16 No. 27167118
This is my first time touching Diamond Dogs in any shape or form, so, yeah. Should've done it before, I know.
>>27167051
I feel most of my body, but my left arm is out cold. My chest hurts.
>>27167060
>>27167069
I try to stand up.
Someone gasps behind me. I call for help.
"Who-- whoareyou!?" Asks a kid.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 09:39:16 No. 27167196
>>27167140
>>27167142
I am
"I am..."
>>27167144
("Wowsers! You really are a stubborn mare!"
"Been told I am," I shake her hoof. "Applejack"
"I have a long booooooring name, but you can call me Pinkie Pie!")
"I am Applejack"
I fall again.
"Help"
Dubiously at first, the dog walks closer to me.
"What's wrong with you? How can I help?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 09:56:15 No. 27167320
Meme?
>>27167239
>>27167214
"There was--"
I stop, panic rising again and the pain in my chest increasing.
I hear.
There is no sound at all besides our breaths.
"My chest hurts, and I don't feel my leg"
The taste of copper won't go away. I search my bag for a water bottle and find nothing.
"We..." The dog pauses. "Me and my brothers have a place were we hide. I could help you there, and, and you could take a nap. Big bro always says all you need to feel good is a good night's sleep."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 10:23:42 No. 27167531
>>27167351
He guides me, sometimes having to carry me, and at some point I fall asleep in a bed.
I wake up what feels like hours later to shouting.
"Re re, dura ke la mina! Questrian se!" There is a sound as if someone was banging a table with a hammer.
"Se!" Shouts back the dog that helped you. "Se, et tu!"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 10:25:58 No. 27167543
>>27167351
He guides me, sometimes having to carry me, and at some point I fall asleep in a bed.
I wake up what feels like hours later to shouting.
"Re re, dura ke la mina! Questrian se!" There is a sound as if someone was banging a table with a hammer.
"Se!" Shouts back the dog that helped you. "Se, et tu!"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 10:56:29 No. 27167750
>>27167639
>>27167583
I crawl the passage, having to stop halfway through to collect my breath, and step into the other room. My left leg seems better now, at lea--
A floating gauntlet points at me accusingly.
"Questrian. mina! Re!"
The dog looks at me, shouts at the armor pieces, and looks back to me.
"Pha! Lil bro thinks he's hot shit since he got that armor. He says you want to eat us and steal our toys!" He pauses "Why did you have his ball, anyway?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 11:11:13 No. 27167866
>>27167779
"I found it. Near were you you found me."
The dog tells something to the armor, and I don't know how am I supposed to reach when the armor stutters.
"E-Ehk, Questrian ehk! Ehk ehk ehk ehk ehk!"
"Se!" Cuts the dog. The armor shuts up immediately. He turns to me again. "Forgive him, he always forgets his toys all over the place. He was calling you a liar," He rolls his eyes. "As if he hadn't begged me to help him find the ball."
I nod weakly.
"Thanks..." I leave it in the air.
"Quibra," He points at the armor "And Dere. Are you fine now?"
"A little," I nod. "Can I make up for the help? Anything?"
"Well..." He pauses. "Big bro went to do something, he insisted in that there was something he had to get at the top of the tower. Could you tell him to stop being an idiot and come back if you see him? Dere's getting worried."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 11:34:23 No. 27168000
>>27167962
>>27167907
I nod.
"Did he tell you..." I pause for breath. "Did he tell you what it was?"
"No, not really." It seems to be a sore spot for him. "I can give you some water, anyway, noticed you don't have any, and lil bro says your heart attacked you or something. He's always saying weird things about people."
"Oh" I blink, not knowing what to make of that.
"You get used to it. I'll be back with the water in a moment" He walks out of the room.
You look at Dere and clear your throat awkwardly.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 11:37:07 No. 27168015
>>27167962
>>27167907
I nod.
"Did he tell you..." I pause for breath. "Did he tell you what it was?"
"No, not really." It seems to be a sore spot for him. "I can give you some water, anyway, noticed you don't have any, and lil bro says your heart attacked you or something. He's always saying weird things about people."
"Oh" I blink, not knowing what to make of that.
"You get used to it. I'll be back with the water in a moment" He walks out of the room.
A moment of silence passes.
I look at Dere and clear my throat awkwardly. He stands still.

2016-04-23 12:11:13 No. 27168217
>>27168059
(Can it-- he even eat?)
"Uh--"
Quibra enters with a canteen and throws it to me.
"Thanks"
"Don't worry, the waterfall's near. Oh, and be careful with the door."
I nod and make my way out of the cubicle, almost hitting my head with a small hook in it.
As soon as I am out, the shelves that cover the entrance slam closed.
I remember vaguely having come from the right.

2016-04-23 01:55:39 No. 27168970
Sorry realized I hadn't made how the waterfal works clear enough
>>27168955
I continue right, wary of the hole in the ceiling, but thankfuly nothing bleeds on me.
This must be the waterfal Quibra mentioned. I don't have a clock, but it seems like it sends water only during odd minutes.
I think I could make the jump while it's off, but I'd be too tired to do it again until I had a moment to get back my breath. Just in case I hear for a moment, but no sound comes from the other side.

2016-04-23 02:11:50 No. 27169115
Making next room, still will accept commands related to this room until it's done.
>>27169020
At first it's a trickle, just enough to wet me, but by the time it stops it seems strong enough to break bones.
>>27169039
>>27169062
(Autumn leaves? Where are they coming from?)
I look at the waterfall. Yep, crearly coming from above.
(...there is a forest somewhere above?)
>>27169061
It's not reflecting (I considered that but deemed it too time-consuming-- my light management only goes as far as clipping layers over a multiply layer, with the clipping layers having varying degrees of transparence to simulate the light's intensity. Still, I love how moody things can be made with only that.

2016-04-23 02:23:03 No. 27169219
Haven't eaten a bite in a few hours now, brb
>>27169140
I remember running with someone vaguely, but the waterfar going on and off distracts me too much, as does the cold water falling on me.
(Thank Celest---
(Celes---
(Celest---|
(Thank the heavens for the cape.)

2016-04-23 03:06:05 No. 27169641
Sowwy for taking so long. An update or two more and I'll pause for the day.
>Right
I go to the next room, still searching for a place I recall being in.
A barely perceptible rasping, not unlike wind, comes from the other side of the door.

2016-04-23 03:18:56 No. 27169742
>>27169687
Both the glass and the brazier seem more ornamental than anything else. The coal is fresh, even.
>>27169664
I put the brazier in the floor to walk more comfortably and sneak up on the door.
The noise softens from time to time, but there's no rhythm to i...
A vague intuition tells me that there is a rhythm to it, actually-- only one too large for me to fully understand, the rhythm of a whole world working like a precise machine.
It's wind.

2016-04-23 04:47:14 No. 27170422
I had a minor real-life problem AND software decided to be a dick. I had to VNC to my linux machine and launch gimp there to make this damn gif not loop.
>>27169758
I could use a better light source... but my breath is still short from the jump. Better to give myself a bit more time before making any effort.
>>27169790
>>27170014
I peek in.
The sunlight blinds me for a second, by my eyes adapt quickly.
I can hear birds chirping from beyond the windows, and the smell of the books is soothing.

2016-04-23 05:04:21 No. 27170546
>>27170442
The books on the shelves seem to be arranged by language-- just at a cursory glance I recognize Tharatean, Aeheran , Canary, and Caraval, and that's only the languages I have at least a basic knowledge of. There are at most two or three books in each language.
Hah, reminds me of that time Twi t--
Twi t--
Twi t--|
Hah, reminds me of that time I tried to make a book war in school. Almost broke a leg in that one.
The book on the table has no words in the cover, just a treble clef. It seems to be written in... Huh, hadn't seen Sim Pah sinc--
sinc--
sinc--|
Huh, hadn't seen Sim Pah in months. The title seems to be "Arias", but I am not very fluent in Sim Pah and there is another word I don't understand.

2016-04-23 05:15:49 No. 27170602
>>27170569
For whatever reason, I picture the book as some kind of egg for a moment.
Why in Tartarus would I crack open a book? To make a book cake?
My stomach grumbles. Well, I guess that's why food came to my mind. I should eat something before going... back... into the tower...?
How is one even supposed to describe that? Am I even outside?

2016-04-23 05:55:15 No. 27170896
Now yes, I'll pause for the day in a command or two. Been... fuck, ten hours at this.
Also I had honestly expected someone to ask questions to Quibra.


I long for some green food (Maybe there are even flowers out there! Dadoffils!) but I act like a civilized mare and open a window instead of doing what I want and throwing a book against the glass.
The instant I step outside, something's... not missing, it never was. The tres look less green the closer I get to them, there is no sun-- it's almost as if someone took a piece of the world and put it here.
And what's worse, it feels as if the earth was ill. As if it was stolen of something recently, only hours ago.
But the grass is good enough, so I munch on it. I start feeling better almost immediately.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 06:43:16 No. 27171280
>>27171235
"Oh"
I pause awkwardly for a moment, then tap the floor in the first pattern I learned, out of boredom, besides a campfire.
"You understand me?"
She seems surprised for a second, but answers scraping the wood.
Long, short, two long, pause,short, pause, three short.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 07:06:07 No. 27171484
Alright, one more command and it's paused for the day. for realsies this time.

"Who are you?"
This takes too long, and she visibly grows impatient. Before I can ask anything else she disapears into the library, and a second later she gestures at me join her with a pen in her hoof.
I doubt, but she seems smaller than me. I am sure I can manage her if she tries anything.
There is a small jerking sensation when I enter, and I notice that inside there is one more window than outside.
The mare wrote in an empty page of the book in the table.
"I not good in Ekish. Think am Mirria. You who?" A second after I read it, she adds something hesitantly: "I see your cape more" She pauses. "See your cape more nextly?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-23 07:24:45 No. 27171642
>>27171548
"I am Applejack. How long have you been here?"
The questions seems to confuse her, "I remember small.Only hours very few. Was" She pauses "Was combating with" pause "Was combating with thing. No remember what."

I nod, "Do you know anything about this place?"

She looks at me in confusion.

"You," I point at her. "Know, have learned..." I keep using synonyms until she nods in understanding "About tower?"

She nods, "Bad hands, big. Hand attacked me, attacked hand. Think me killed it. Not know." She is hetistant about the answer, then adds "Miss me brother. Thing happened to him not very much before me was here. He had cape. Know few more things, but..." Once I read, she touches "See cape more nextly?" again with her pen. She writes "nextly / nearly / nearby / not from afar" close to it.


~~~~~~

Alright paused for the day, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Tomorrow you know few more things.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 06:20:58 No. 27175656
INV:
>Water and food (3 rations of each)
>crystal ball (???, unused)
>bluish metal knife (Unused)
>Notes written in Morse(Unread)
>Hat (Worn)
>Cape (Worn)

"Ah, yeah, sure." I take off the saddlebags and turn. I think in mentioning the knife to her, but I am not sure if giving her a weapon is a good idea.
She walks and examines the cape carefully.

Queued commands:
>Check windows
>Ask what happened earlier today
>INPUT COMMAND

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 06:23:33 No. 27175665
INV:
>Water and food (3 rations of each)
>crystal ball (???, unused)
>bluish metal knife (Unused)
>Notes written in Morse(Unread)
>Hat (Worn)
>Cape (Worn)

Queued commands:
>Check windows
>Ask what happened earlier today
Which one should we do first?

"Yeah, sure." I take off the saddlebags and turn. I think in mentioning the knife to her, but I am not sure if giving her a weapon is a good idea.
She walks and examines the cape carefully.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 06:45:00 No. 27175743
>>27175699
>>27175682
"So, what does your brother look like?"
She grabs the pen again and starts making a drawing.
"I guess the cape was important?"
She nods, then makes a simpler drawing besides the one that's in progress. A cape and a crown, and a sketch of her shielding them against a beast.
"Oh," I don't know what else to say, so I walk to the windows and test them.
The left one is fine. The middle one opens upward, so it follows a pattern. As soon as I touch the right one, the stops me.
She mimics the gesture of peeking in and then an exhagerated screaming, only a raspy sound escaping her throat.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 07:12:34 No. 27175866
I'll ask her to join us in a moment, I am just waiting for a fitting moment.
>>27175768
>>27175741
>>27175699
"That bad?"
She nods.
"If you say so."
She returns to her drawing.
"And how did you end mu--" I start, but cringe immediately at my own words.
She pauses her drawing and is still for a second, but writes something, then curses mutely when she realizes she wrote it in the wrong language.
I recognize the glyphs, Tharatean. Not very far from--
From--
From--|
Not very far.
I stop her from scratching them, "An assassin attacked my brother. I was still a trainee back then and his bodyguard, my trainer, wasn't there."
I nod, and she seems to feel relief when she realizes I understood.
We pause awkwardly, and after a moment she returns to her drawing. She still seems to be frustrated.
"Do you want the cape?" I ask.
She stops suddenly, the point of the pen breaking against the paper.
With a weak nod, she bites the pen to resharpen it and writes:
"It's not the same, this one is shorter than his. But it's identical other than that."
I take out the cape and notice, surprised, than the end of it seems to be rimmed now, the part that I remember tearing off crearly. I give it to her.
I put on the saddle bags again, and she finishes the drawing. It's a dark gray pegasus (That could be the pen, though), wearing enamel armor. He seems to be awkward in it, but his eyes show an intelligence few can boast.
It's a great drawing actually. I feel sad for anyone who can't see it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 08:11:56 No. 27176116
>>27175996
>>27175957
>>27176058
"When was the last time you saw him?"
She hesitates, "Something bad happened to him, and I was fighting... something. A princess from afar and a dragon were fighting a giant with many hands. That's the last I remember before being here."
"Oh..." I cringe, what's with this place and siblings? "We can search him together, if you want."
She hesitates, but nods.
"Alright, I need to get something and we can look for him. I think I've seen most of this floor, so we should go up. Oh, and by the way, do you--" I start taking out the crystal ball, but something hurts my hoof.
The blue blade is shaking. It feels much sharp than it did before.

[Checking the crystal ball queued.]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 08:34:12 No. 27176222
Sorry, already had the panel drawn
>>27176163
I take the blade out, but it escapes my hooves. She looks at it with a shocked expression.
It jumps like a fish out of the water, nearly hitting us several times before impaling itself in the book case under the right window.
The latch opens with an underwhelming click.
Ozone enters, burning our eyes. I catch sight of a reddened sky.

;48 .(6)‡*8( ]5) );‡08* ;48 ]85.‡* †6)3?6)8†
(8;?(* ]45; 35¶8 ?) .?(.‡)8 )‡ ;45; ]8 95: 4850

We grab our heads, a feeling like molten iron penetrating our ears.

;48 .(6)‡*8( ]5) );‡08* ;48 ]85.‡* †6)3?6)8†
(8;?(* ]45; 35¶8 ?) .?(.‡)8 )‡ ;45; ]8 95: 4850

The window closes.
The blade falls still.
We breathe deeply. Mirria can't take her eyes from the blade

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 10:39:40 No. 27176976
Already on to the upper room, accepting commands until it's posted.
>>27176855
Check'd. But you'll have to be more indirect, remember the way we remembered Pinkie.

>>27176813
"...do you also feel the sudden, inexplicable need to insult an Operator?" I ask Mirria.
She no

ds. I shudder.
"...and as if the universe itself had crashed for a second and started working again just as quickly?"
She nods behemently.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 12:42:39 No. 27178003
First notes found, 1/2:
Can you understand what I say?

How about now?

Great!

Now, try to say "Cat"

Perfect, perfect. And what sound does a cat make?

Wonderful! I knew you'd work, not like that Tantabus fiasco...

I didn't mean to imply anything. No, no one said anything bad to daddy.

If you do that to anyone I'll have to kill you. I am sorry, but it's the truth.

Now, now, you know I wouldn't ever want to do that to you, but you must understand, with the things you could do if you ever awo

Huh?

No, I am not a dream. I already told you, most people are awake during the day. Some day I'll let you wake up, when you are ready.

But as I was saying, you'd be dangerous if you woke up. That's why you must learn self-control before I can allow you to.

Now, can you say dog?

No, you don't need so many hands for that. Just two suffice.

Why do you like growing so many hands, anyway?

They want to grow?

Really?

Huh, I'll have to look into that.

Well, can you say dog?

Excellent!

I know you don't need that to talk with me, but don't you want to talk with other people some day?

Yes, I know Morse is slow, but everyone knows it.

No, you can't just tell people to use something faster. It'd be impolite.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 12:56:05 No. 27178150
First notes found, 2/2:
I already told yo

No no no

Sto

Shut up
(There is a shape that isn't part of standard Morse besides this one. It looks like a [!])

You will shut up this instant

Fine. Finally. Now, what had you so upset
(Another shape, this one a [?])

You had a dream
([?])

What was it about
([?])

Rabbits around you... I can't say I know what those mean. Just rabbits, nothing else
([?])

Rabbits running circl

Wait, when did I ever show you rabbits
([?])

No, I am not angry, but you can't go out yet.
(There is a note scribbled in this one, in... I don't know the language. Weird, the more is in Tharatean.)


--
Read rest of the notes? They seem like some kind of register at a glance, rather than a journal.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 01:53:59 No. 27178633
Sorry, real life happened
>>27178190
>>27178241
I show the note I don't understand to Mirria, and she writes "Must've forgotten to lock something. Check later" under it.
I start reading the logs:

D13: minus three stars.

D14: Minus one star.
(There is a note written in ink besides this, "Why does it hate the stars so much? I only wanted to have something to look at")

D15: Minus twelve stars.

(It goes like that for a while)

D74: The moon appeared for a eight minutes. It was promptly deleted after that.
(Another note, "Was princessa Luna trying to communicate? All the way from Equestria?")

(More...)

D108: Last star gone

D109:

D110:

D111:
("Boy sent more hands. Disposed of them.")

D112:
("More hands. Will have to relocate.")

D113:
("The forest is broken. What broke it? The boy liked it.")

That's the last thing written.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 02:22:12 No. 27178948
>>27178848
I take out the rope, but Mirria grabs me by the chest and takes me up.
Now that I think it, maybe I should've filled the brazier with coal.
I ask her what she is, and she writes "Seems like an armor stand" in the wall.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 03:06:48 No. 27179507
>>27179316
I tell Mirria to prepare for Dere and knock their door, and a moment later they are out.
Quibra notices the brazier and gives me an odd look.
"You still got that thing? Figured you'd have gotten something better by now."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 03:34:59 No. 27179843
[1/2]
>>27179610
>>27179709
"Like what?"
"Dunno." He shrugs. "There's a small store room just under were I found you, but I haven't gone there in some time."
I nod and show him the entries in braille.
"You got any idea of how to read it?"
"Big bro taught Dere, I never learned got the hang of it myself." He pases them to him.
Dere takes a moment to react, staring at Mirria. He seems to rattle, particles of dust falling from his junctures.
"Questrian, zeba li. Et zeba li." He says shakily.
Quibra gives him an odd look and shakes his head.
"There he goes again. He says your" He looks at Mirria. "voice is crying"
I translate for Mirria. She seems to be offended, but makes no comment.
"Et tu, diota nifico?" Quibra pushes the notes into Dere's gauntlet "I swear..."
After a moment, Dere starts reading.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 03:57:13 No. 27180099
>>27179965
I put an arm in Mirria's withers. It seems to calm her, if only a little.
>>27179843
He frequently jumps entries with no more than a comment on it being the same as the last, so we are done with them quickly.

D114: Hands learned Morse-machine code. Found several reading my journals after a small walk. Disposed of them.

(A while passes with entries empty after the number)

D120: Boy came to me personally. Said the forest was broken. Told him to bring the stars back if he wanted help. He had a tantrum and stormed away.

D121: Boy came again. Same thing happened.

D122: Again.

D130: Noticed what's the problem. The water generator of the forest is damaged, and the trees are growing sick from the excess water. Boy asked me for help again, but refused to bring back the stars. I don't even ask for freedom, I don't know why he hates them so much.

(A while passes with only more mentions to the boy trying to fix the forest)

D150: I am growing sick of this place, and I can't be safe if the boy knows where I am. Searching where to relocate.

D151: Managed to make a (Quibra takes a second to translate this word, but Dere seems to insist in a particular meaning) portcullis to the sea. There was a whale. Will relocate there as soon as I can.

D152: The boy came and broke the door to the sea in a tantrum after hearing the whale sing. Never had seen him so angry. He stormed off.

D153: Have the pieces to make another door to the sea. Will try to. Not much hope, the whale probably ran away after the door broke, the reaction on her end was probably violent. Maybe the top of the tower.

That's the last entry.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 04:15:22 No. 27180302
>>27180195
"This? Pha! Zebra sentimentality, they get propos..." He trails off. "Someone put ghost metal when they melted the glass, barely can feel it. Throw it away first chance you can, shit's cursed."
I tell him to wait me and, a moment later, return with the dagger.
"Tarus!" He curses as soon as he sees it "What kind of ritia coats a weapon with ghost metal of all things!? Pha! Accursed Questrian, kill with this and your flesh will rot in life! And good coating good silver, even worse!" He gives it back with an expression of utter disgust. "The silver is crying, mare. Melt the silver or free it, it wails for both."
>>27180208
"Already told you, mare, under the place were I found you. From there go right, down, and left. A straight line from here."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 04:55:59 No. 27180709
Three quarters of the time were spent in the boxes. Fucking small objects that have to be within relatively small areas and have varying shapes and sizes

I try to melt the blade in a blazer, but the handle seems to slip on my hooves every time I try. I give up when the edge of the blade bounces near my skin.
We descend a flight of stairs, going down a level.
This seems dangerously similar to a personal storage. The kind that is owned by someone who'll say "Yeah, it's on the floor near the broken table" with a straight face.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 05:36:32 No. 27181053
>>27180760
>>27180778
>>27180776
>>27180847
She flies to the highest box and tries to push it without success. She opens it and shows me a few identical, unused braziers, all like the one I already have. I shrug, and she flies down with only a brazier of her own.
I give a good look to the lights-- they seem to have heavily compressed coal, burning despite the fact that the glass seems airtight. Mirria tries to touch one, but winces and takes her hoof away before even touching it. I guess it's hot, then.
I look at the boxes, searching for some pattern, but the very few labels there are are just too vague; "Things for the forest", "Things for the bathroom", and "broken things" being the most clear ones. All the rest are written in a chicken scratch I can't even begin understanding. The fact that most labels are an epileptic mix of glyphs and languages only worsens things.
We start the slow, boring process of opening the boxes. Half an hour later, we have grown just too tired of the dust making us cough, and in mute agreement stop.

>Available inventory:
>>+100 chicken soup boxes
>>20~ flasks of glitter
>>+50 Kg of blank paper (Ruined by humidity)
>>10~ Kg of blank paper (Not ruined by humidity)
>>5~ litters of a variety of oils
>>A humorous cow figurine
>>10~ Kg of animal fat
>>A box filled with empty chicken soup boxes
>>30~ square meters of white cloth divided in pieces, all seemingly of the same batch. (Surprisingly good state)
>>An ax that doesn't seem to have been sharpened in a few decades, and is little but rust
>>10~ Kg of coal
>>A Morse reading machine in poor, but ultimately working, state.
>>+100 empty glass flasks, most large enough to hold about half a liter of water.
>>A broken telescope
>>A box of replacement telescope lenses.
>>A box of unused clay dinner plates.
>>A box of unopened peach cans.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 06:02:21 No. 27181336
>>27181153
A short dinner of peaches later, we set on to make torches. The flasks don't seem to be made of a glass able to stand temperature changes very well.
> 12 torches added to inventory.
Out of pride more than anything else, I replace the broken lenses in the telescope. It has a good layer of rust, as the paint peeled off, but that'd take a few days of work to fix.
Mirria seems to have liked the peaches.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-24 06:48:04 No. 27181833
>>27181716
"The sign had water?" I nod "Well, there's the waterfall." He pauses. "You should be careful with that, make some plan. We don't want to loss our water, don't we? We could help, if needs be."
Dara shouts something from inside.
"Oh, siria nu, tu tu! Diota!" He goes back in, already in an argument with his brother.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 09:01:24 No. 27186292
Resuming.

INV:
> Hat (Worn)
> 12 torches
> White paper
> Bluish metal blade (Described as "Cursed" by Quibra, does not want to be melted)
> Crystal ball (Described as "Cursed" by Quibra, doesn't seem to do anything)
> Rope
> Notes in Morse (Read)
> Notes in Braille (Read)
Mirria:
> Cape (Worn)
> Two pens
> Binoculars
> Torch
Queued commands:
>>27181467
Last posts:
>>27181536
>>27181833
>>27182000

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 09:29:47 No. 27186440
>>27186367
She nods with a smile, then takes a empty peach can. She writes again under the doodle:
"I'll hit it if I can hear you, go"
I nod and go to the waterfall, then shout as loudly as I can.
If there's an answer, I can't hear it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 10:07:41 No. 27186624
[1/2]
Made a minor change to Mirria, her eyes were too hard to see before.
>>27186590
Quibra accepts.
[CONTROL PASSED TO MIRRIA]

>

The valve is hot, more hot than I was willing to admit to Applejack, but I hold it firm.
Almost immediately the dog shouts at me to turn it clockwise, and I do. Then, counter clockwise.
His voice grates into my ears-- dogs have a squeaky tone that no one else seems to notice. Or maybe that's jealousy talking, their mouths can produce more sounds than that of any other sapient.
A moment is spent fine-tuning the valve, and some piece is shaking behind a wall. I

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 10:16:50 No. 27186672
[2/2]
>>27186624
The wall explodes, and two pipes appear release steam into the room. The valve grows hotter.
The cape protects me far more than any piece of cloth should, but I still get out of the steam's way. The cape seems to like it, seemingly holding me tighter.
I can almost feel the smell of Hlaoo in it. I wonder where he is, but shove the idea aside almost immediately. I'll find him, the important part is to be clear and methodical about the search. And that includes taking every chance to open new pathways in this labyrinth.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 10:43:15 No. 27186822
The valve starts growing colder, and molten slag forms from the unshielded outside of the pipes. The dog shouts something about the stream of water growing stronger, but I can barely hear it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 11:00:06 No. 27186934
>>27186842
It spins without resistance.
The dog shouts something about an inundation.
The roar of water reaches me, and cold water seeps down the stairs.
I don't think I can outrun an inundation. The cape holds me tighter. The dog brothers are shouting something.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 12:00:41 No. 27187370
There are two solutions to this puzzle, each of which requiring something I've mentioned by name
>>27187206
The ceiling is outputting too much water for the drain to take. Applejack's torch is snuffled out.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 12:58:38 No. 27187808
You actually have both solutions in that one. I did note the cape being able to withstand the temperature of the steam, and Dere could have forced the tubes to connect again, being made of armor.
But yeah, the point where players have to just use their inventories at random is when you need to change your method for puzzles.


>>27187635
I run back and first cover myself with the cape as if it was a shield, flying against the strenght of the steam, then turn it and use it to envelop the tubes. Some steam escapes, but the cape encloses itself around it tightly.
Clenching it in place with my arms, I turn the valve with my hindlegs. managing to reduce the stream of water and, after a while, seem to have brought it to a point Quibra I pleased with.
At the border of collapsing, I try to open a can of peaches, but it burns my hoof.
Fuck.

[CONTROL PASSED TO APPLEJACK]

Quibra is nodding, pleased.
"The noise of that thing going on and off was making me go mad," He comments. "Now it's much softer. I bet one could even fly up there"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 03:40:35 No. 27189147
>>27189047
I tell her she did good.
She throws the can of peaches against a wall, yellping when the hot metal burns her hoof, and falls asleep.
Alright. I could use sitting down for a few hours myself.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 03:50:09 No. 27189267
L-lewd.
[1/2]
>>27189161
The water is seeping into the ground, and the room is warm, so everything'll be dry in a few minutes at most.
Quibra peeks in a few minutes later and sends Dere to fix the tube, but I ignore them.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 03:53:14 No. 27189297
L-lewd.
[1/2]
>>27189161
The water is seeping into the ground, and the room is warm, so everything'll be dry in a few minutes at most.
Quibra peeks in a few minutes later and sends Dere to fix the tube, but I ignore them.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 04:18:47 No. 27189557
Next panel still in progress, take this as a small bonus.
>>27189430
I get Mirria's cape and put it over her back. Dere was playing uperhero with it, but she doesn't need to know.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 05:19:01 No. 27190101
>>27190033
I spend a moment searching for any diference, but as she adds the last details I can't think of any, other than the lack of color.
It still feels as if it was the middle eye, scratched into the armor and barely visible, was the one that stares mutely at me, rather than the red spiral-shaped one.
It still feels as if it was asking me for something.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 05:24:44 No. 27190136
And the transparence was fucked, great.
>>27190107
She writes that she dreamed with it too. That it was inviting her to speak her word.
She writes that last part with an iota of irritation, but seems too bothered by the dream to care. I can't blame her.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 05:28:39 No. 27190167
>>27190107
She writes that she dreamed with it too. That it was inviting her to speak her word.
She writes that last part with an iota of irritation, but seems too bothered by the dream to care. I can't blame her.
>>27190153
I tell her it was asking me for something, a favor. She grows worried at what this could mean.

------
Okay I don't know what is going on with the spoilers and I don't care to experiment about it. New QM speaking format from now on.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 05:53:55 No. 27190360
>>27188900
We get up, and Mirria wants to see how the waterfall looks now. I mention the comment Quibra made about flying to her, and she mimics that while it'll be much easier now, she'd be able to fly only for a minute or two before the humidity weighted her down too much, even less if she carried me, so we'll have to find some way to keep her wings dry if I want to see what's up there, not to mention a light source.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 07:29:09 No. 27191137
>>27190814
>>27190576
>>27190886
It is very humorous.
Mirria puts her in her head and calls herself an alicow. She now has the power of cow, and can cow at anyone she wants to.
I laugh and ask her if she could fly with the cape over her wings, and she makes a drawing showing that I'd have to keep it over them but that yes, it'd work. It'd be awkward, as she exemplifies by drawing both of us blushing, but it'd work.
I put the figgurine in my bags in case we require the cow to cow and take the rope from my bags. We are both adults.
I mention the need of a lightsource, and she goes out with a glass glask. A moment later, she returns with the flask filled with nearly consumed coals from braziers.

As soon as I am suspended upside down, my hat falls... and, with a small white flash, teleports back to my head.
(What in--)
The flash was too small for Mirria to notice, and she flies us up.
There seems to be a path to the right, which is where the water comes from, and a tunel that keeps going up.


LO AND BEHOLD AJIRRIA; THE MOST HORRIBLE SPRITE I HAVE EVER DISPLAYED!

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 08:20:42 No. 27191656
>>27191482
There seems to be a small room to the left.
Sunlight and the sound of leaves whispering under rain comes from the right.
An electric buzzing comes from above.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 08:47:29 No. 27191880
>>27191674
The electric buzzing comes from behind a strange door. It's heavy, and it seems like it has to be pushed upward from this side to be open. The metal bar that keeps it closed is solid, but the paddlock is heavily rusted.

Up because up came first.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 09:14:22 No. 27192113
>>27191957
>>27192006
It doesn't want to, and after a moment I grow tired of it and just punch it away. We cough a little to the dust, and open the door.
The next room is well lit enough that I turn off my torch. What seems like a huge generator connected to some kind of box produces the hum, and part of the floor is made of glass.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 09:24:42 No. 27192217
>>27192141
The warning sign depicts three exclamation symbols, and under them there is a small, stylized drawing of a huge lamp illuminating a forest.
>>27192177
It's some kind of cross, seemingly cheap gold imitation. I save it in my bag.
>>27192137
>>27192142
I hear Mirria gasp and look down through the glass. My heart misses a beat.
The giant is sitting in a forest, towering among most trees. It is doing something, but I can't see what from this distance.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 10:37:27 No. 27192867
>>27192679
I ask Mirria for her binoculars and look into it. The image is blurry, but with some adjustement I can see it well.
The largest thing is an third eye etched between the two larger ones, under it there are changing shapes.
The whispering grows to a scream, and the shapes resolve themselves at the same time as the scream asaults us.

:‡? 45¶8 2(‡?34; ;48 .(6)‡*8( ;‡ 98 6 59 2?; 5 ]85.‡* ]680† 98

The scream does not bother with our ears, bypassing mere sound.

:‡? 45¶8 2(‡?34; ;48 .(6)‡*8( ;‡ 98 6 59 2?; 5 ]85.‡* ]680† 98

We try to run, but the sound has trapped us

:‡? 45¶8 2(‡?34; ;48 .(6)‡*8( ;‡ 98 6 59 2?; 5 ]85.‡* ]680† 98

The bone rattles, and the blue dagger moves frenetically in my bag.

:‡? 45¶8 2(‡?34; ;48 .(6)‡*8( ;‡ 98 6 59 2?; 5 ]85.‡* ]680† 98

The skull laughs at us.

The third eye stares at us.

:‡? 45¶8 2(‡?34; ;48 .(6)‡*8( ;‡ 98 6 59 2?; 5 ]85.‡* ]680† 98

Everything falls silent.
The dagger is now quiet.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-25 11:04:31 No. 27193093
>>27192979
>>27192976
It opens to some kinf of observatory over the forest. The giant is doing something in the distance, and the rivel flows under us.
>>27192998
It's been acused of racism, but it still is a classic in literature and, well, it's from its time and place. Of course it's gonna be racist.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 12:07:01 No. 27193488
>>27193459
We search for the library for a while, but find nothing.
Huh, the library did feel like it had a real sky, just a small one.
The giant grumbles something, it's voice echoing.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 10:02:59 No. 27195807
Resuming. Took longer today because there was a storm and light was out.

CYOA INV:

- AJ
-> Crystal ball
-> Cursed blade
-> 3 rations of food and water
-> 10 torches
-> Hat (Worn)
-> Notes
=> Braille (Dome, Read)
=> Morse (Dome, Read)
=> Morse (Balcony room, Read)
-> Humorous cow statuette
-> Cross necklace
-> Rope
-> Blank paper

- Mirria:
-> Cape (Worn)
-> 2 pens (Worn)
-> Binoculars (Worn)
-> Ankh necklace (Worn)

Last posts:
>>27193202
>>27193488

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 11:50:55 No. 27196509
>>27196334
The beep is coming from a small machine on top of a console. It seems like two weights shift constantly, hitting the tiny gong in the middle every few seconds and bouncing back.
Mirria sees a pen in the table and promptly grabs it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 11:58:24 No. 27196558
>>27196521
The screen is off, but the console is obviously working. I press an aleatory button and it turns on. It takes nearly five minutes for the image to be noticeable--it must be one of the most advanced pieces of pure electronics I've seen.
The screen displays text:
...WATER GENERATOR: ON, WORKING OPTIMALLY.
...LIGHT GENERATOR: ON, WORKING OPTIMALLY.
......FOREST SUBSYSTEMS: ALL OK.

...SPATIAL NORMALIZER: COMPONENT MISSING.
...PORTICULLIS SYSTEM: CRITICAL FAILURE IMMINENT, READ REPORT.
...DEFENSE SYSTEMS: ALL COMPONENTS MISSING. IRREPALABLE.
......SECONDARY SYSTEMS: !!!

PRESS [R] FOR REPORTS.
PRESS [E] FOR MENU.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 12:09:00 No. 27196640
>>27196608
The text starts changing, a single character every few seconds with a loud click from the console, which makes a loud whining at the effort.
Scratch "one of the most", this is the most advanced piece of pure electronics I've seen.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 12:23:21 No. 27196751
>>27196662
As enraptured as I am by modern science, I still hear something under me.
The hand jumps up, and I am surprised to see that it doesn't try to attack me-- instead it scratches the ground.
Short, two long, short, pause, short, pause, short,long, pause, long, short, long, short, pause, short, pause, two short, long, short, pause, two short, long, pause, short, long, two short.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 12:38:00 No. 27196857
>>27196815
Mirria is drawing something nervously.
"Peaceful?"
A finger of the hand wiggles as if nodding, and I realize that it lacks two fingers. It seems emancipated, too.
It takes it a moment, but it comunicates again:
"NID JELP" It pauses "GIANT BAD. BAD BAD BAD."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 12:47:39 No. 27196907
>>27196865
"...I noticed" I deadpan.
Mirria jumps down from the console and nearly falls on her face when she notices the hand.
"Looks like it's peaceful" I tell her.
She doesn't take her eyes from it and gives me the paper she was drawing in.
Most of it is in Equiish, except for a small phrase "Missing lenght"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 01:16:17 No. 27197127
>>27197038
>>27197051
"What's with the giant?"
"THE GIANT EATS WE WHEN THE GIANT DOES NOT LIKE. IF HAND DOES BAD, HAND IS EAT. IF HAND WANTS ALONE, HAND IS EAT. IF HAND IS SICK, HAND IS EAT."
"SOME OF WE ESCAPE INTO THE TOWER. GIANT ANGRY, SEARCHES WE BUT CAN NOT ENTER THE TOWER, TOO BIG. WE GROW SICK FROM HUNGER, NO MOUTHS TO EAT. GIANT FINDS WE WITH BAD HANDS, AND NOW GIANT CAGE WE. HANDS THAT GIANT LIKES HURT WE, GIANT EAT WE WHEN GIANT IS BORED. MANY MANY MANY MANY HANDS IS EAT."
"ME ESCAPE, WE WANTS HELP. WE GO TO DOG, ANGRY ARMOR HURT WE. YOU HELPED WE BEFORE, GIANT ANGRY WITH HAND YOU HELPED, HAND CAGED, MAYBE EAT."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 01:25:40 No. 27197187
>>27197137
"And what are we supposed to do about it?"
The console makes a loud clack and falls silent.
"NO FLYING HORSE, GROUND HORSE. FLYING HORSE HURT WE, USE BAD WEAPON. FLYING HORSE HURT MANY MANY OF US BEFORE TOWER."
Mirria glares at it, but stays silent.
"You didn't answer me." I deadpan.
"YOU HAVE BAD WEAPON, BAD WEAPON THAT HURT HANDS AND GIANT. BAD WEAPON WAS MADE BADDER NOW, BADDER WEAPON HURT BUT NOT KILL, NOT KNOW WHY."
"BAD OR BADDER WEAPON CAN NOT KILL GIANT, BUT BAD ANGERS LIKE MANY MOSQUITOES. BADDER WE NOT KNOW, NOT WANT TO KNOW, TOO MANY CHANCES. YOU KEEP GIANT AND BAD HANDS AWAY WHEN WE HELP FRIEND HANDS, BUT FIRST YOU NEED TO MAKE BADDER WEAPON BAD AGAIN"
"YOU WANT TOP OF TOWER, EVERYONE WANTS TOP OF TOWER, EVEN THE BIG BIG ARMOR THAT NOT HURT US. WE KNOW WHERE TO FIND STAIRS TO THE SECOND FLOOR, DEEP IN FOREST"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 01:35:40 No. 27197260
>>27197213
"WE NOT KNOW. BAD WEAPON BAD BEFORE TOWER, SCREAMS AT WE SO STRONG WE DIE. FLYING MARE KILL MANY OF WE WITH IT"

"THEN THE TOWER HAPPENS, AND BAD WEAPON BADDER. BAD WEAPON SO ANGRY IT ROTS WE INSTEAD OF KILL WE, IS SO ANGRY IS MAD NOW"

"WE HELP YOU FIX WEAPON, BUT YOU HELP WE GO FREE"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 02:33:10 No. 27197663
>>27197341
"THERE WAS PLACE WITH MUCH HEAT NEAR THE FALL OF WATER. WE HIDE IN PLACE WITH MUCH HEAT, FEEL SAFE IN IT. BUT BAD HANDS FINDS WE. BIG BIG ARMOR TRIES TO HELP, BUT GIANT COMES AND BREAKS THE PLACE. NOW YOU TRY TO ENTER, YOU GO TO OTHER PLACE."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 02:52:06 No. 27197798
>>27197712
"WHAT IS A LIBRARY"
I blink at that, but before I can say anything Mirria taps my shoulder and gestures at the console. It's finished displaying its text.

...FOREST: ALL OK. REPORTS EXCLUDED
(PRESS [X] TO SEE EXCLUDED REPORTS)

...SPATIAL NORMALIZER: PIECES MISSING OR SENSORS DAMAGED.
REPLACE JUNCTURES 1-A TO 37-J OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE GENERATOR OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE MAIN CHASIS OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE BACKUP BATTERIES OR REPLACE SENSORS. REPLACE BACKUP SYSTEMS OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE SPATIAL DETECTOR OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE CONTROL INTERFACE OR REPAIR SENSORS. REPLACE SENSORS OR REPAIR SENSORS.

...PORTICULLIS SYSTEM: STABILITY IN DANGER.
ANY FUTURE TRAVEL MAY RESULT IN DEINTRGRATION, SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION, AND/OR SEVERE HEADACHES.
RE ENERGIZE MAIN BODY TO RESTORE STABILITY.

...DEFENSE SYSTEMS: ALL COMPONENTS MISSING.
REPAIR SENSORS OR REPLACE SENSORS.

PRESS [B] FOR STATUS SCREEN..

I shift slightly, my bags getting closer to the console, and a small light near the screen blinks. The sign under the light says "Radioactive traces detected".

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 03:12:15 No. 27197939
>>27197853
I take the knife from the bags, and the screen changes immediately. The console clacks maddly and produces enough heat for us all to have to step away from it, and the text changes much more quickly than before:


!!!ALERT LEVEL: GAMMA!!!
!!!DANGEROUS LEVELS OF RADIOACTIVITY DETECTED!!!
----
!!!AT LEAST TWO RADIOACTIVE OBJECTS WITHIN FIVE METTERS!!!
----
!!!AT LEAST ONE LETALLY RADIOACTIVE OBJECT WITHIN ONE METTER!!!
----
!!!FULL RECONSTRUCTION OF INSTALATIONS AND PERSONEL ADVISED!!!
----
!!!RECONSTRUCTION PRIORITY:
RUBICON.
MARIELA.
KING HLAOO/QUEEN REDDO.
FOREIGN DIGNATARIES

----
FURTHER EXPOSITION TO RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS COULD RESULT IN MUTATION OF THE PSIONIC AWARENESS OF INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE INSTALATIONS. MENTAL CONTAMINATION OF THIS KIND IS

!!!NOT!!!

REVERSIBLE.
FULL RECONSTRUCTION HEAVILY ADVICED.


The tower shakes.


!!!ALERT!!!
!!!RECONSTRUCTION INSTALATIONS NOT FOUND!!!
!!!DECONSTRUCTION SEQUENCE CANCELED!!!

The machine turns off.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 04:15:32 No. 27198381
>>27198262
I ask her for how long she had the blade.
She writes that she doesn't know. She's crying.
She tries to tell me something, but the pen falls from her mouth and no word escapes from it-- only rasping.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-26 04:28:32 No. 27198490
>>27198448
I hold her as tight as I can, feeling the cape do the same. She is shaking, trying to produce sounds she can't posibly make anymore.
I don't know all of it, no one but her does, but I don't need to be told some things. I tell her she will find her brother. I tell her we will get out of here, and see the sky again.
When the storm passes I feel exhausted. We both do.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 04:55:53 No. 27202895
Resuming in a moment.

CYOA INV:

- AJ
-> Crystal ball
-> Cursed blade
-> 3 rations of food and water
-> 10 torches
-> Hat (Worn)
-> Notes
=> Braille (Dome, Read)
=> Morse (Dome, Read)
=> Morse (Balcony room, Read)
-> Humorous cow statuette
-> Cross necklace
-> Rope
-> Blank paper

- Mirria:
-> Cape (Worn)
-> 2 pens (Worn)
-> Binoculars (Worn)
-> Ankh necklace (Worn)

Last posts:
>>27198381
>>27198929

Queued comands:
>>27199738
>>27198953

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 05:38:13 No. 27203006
[1/2]
I take Mirria to the dog's place.
Dere opens the door, and I can hear Quibra snoring. Dere gives me a mean look but, after seeing the state Mirria is in, lets us pass.
When I am walking out, he stands between Mirria (Who is already asleep in a corner of the room) and the door and pounds the place where his chest plate would be, did he have any, then stands firmly in guard.
I thank him, even knowing he can't understand Equiish.
The hand is waiting me outside.
"WILL YOU HELP WE"
"Didn't you read that thing?" I ask, patience slipping.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 05:41:11 No. 27203016
[2/2]
The hand scratches angrily,
"THE GIANT GAVE WE NO MOUTHS SO THAT WE COULD NOT SPEAK OR EAT ON OUR OWN. THE GIANT GAVE WE NO EYES SO THAT WE COULD NOT SEE THE WORLD AND DECIDE WHAT TO THINK OF IT. THE GIANT GAVE WE NO LEGS SO THAT WE COULD NOT WALK ON OUR OWN."
"Oh--"
"WE LEARNED TO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE OF SCRATCHES. WE LEARNED TO FEEL THE AIR AND GROUND MOVE WHEN YOU MOVE. WE HURT OUR FINGERS BUT WE WALK ALL THE SAME. WE VERY CLEVER FOR WHAT WE ARE, BUT WE STILL ARE WHAT WE ARE, AND WE ARE WITHOUT EYES. WE APOLOGIZE IF WE OFENDED YOU, BUT WE ASK YOU NOT TO OFFEND WE IN RETURN."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 06:53:14 No. 27203252
>>27203231
"I understand." I nod "The console said that the... badder blade was radioactive."
"WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THAT WORD MEANS"
"It kills you if you stay close to it."
"IT IS A WEAPON"
"It poisons you without touching."
"OH. IT SCREAMS AT EVERYTHING IN MADDENED RAGE. THE VERY AIR DIES AROUND IT. BUT RADIOACTIVE IS A STRANGE WORD TO DESCRIBE SUCH MADNESS."
I shake off the strange feeling of deja-vu that comes to me at having a vocal expression said non-verbally. Where'd that come from?
"WE ASK, CAN WE BE OF ASISTANCE TO YOU."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 07:11:32 No. 27203297
>>27203278
"I think so, yeah. But how do you eat?"
"WE DO NOT. WE ALREADY SAID, WE GROW SICK FROM HUNGER AND DIE AWAY FROM THE GIANT, FOR ITS ARMS FEED WE. BUT WE STILL WANT AWAY FROM THE GIANT. WE WANT TO DIE ON OUR WILL" The scratching is surprisingly calm.
I cringe, "I am sorry."
"DO NOT BE. IT IS THE GIANT THAT MADES US THIS WAY."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 08:01:13 No. 27203429
[2/2]
I ask Mirria and she tells me that a princess from affar tried to tell her something too, but hers wasn't a moon mare. She still seems bothered, so I decide to give her some space.
The hand scratches the ground, what do we need it to do?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 08:21:07 No. 27203513
>>27203496
"We found a way to turn off the lights--"
"THE GIANT CAN MAKE LIGHT WITH ITS EYES."
Oh.
"WE NEED TO FULLY DISTRACT IT, AND TO FULLY DISTRACT IT WE NEED TO HURT IT, AND WE HAVE ONLY SEEN A DRAGON, THE VIOLET PRINCESS, AND THE BAD WEAPON HURT IT. THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON DID NOT COME TO THE TOWER WHEN THE TOWER HAPPENED, SO ONLY THE BAD WEAPON REMAINS"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 10:03:39 No. 27204044
>>27204004
"The room wants us out?"
"THE GIANT BECAME ANGRY, AND SCREAMED AT THE ROOM. NORMALLY THE WALLS OF THE TOWER IS IMPERVIOUS TO ITS WILL, BUT ITS ANGER WAS GREAT"
Alright.
The hand stands behind.
"Anything wrong?" I ask.
"YOUR VOICE IS COMING FROM INSIDE A WALL. WHY IS YOUR VOICE COMING FROM INSIDE A WALL."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 10:12:37 No. 27204089
>>27204052
>>27204054
I open the door for it and insist. The hand complies in trying to enter.
It hits a wall I cannot see, and falls to the ground. It stays still in confussion.

286*3 ]6;4‡?; )‡?0.

The voice is almost gentle this time, and the window stays closed.
"What?" I ask.
The library repeats it, growing impatient.
"How are you speaking numbers?"

:‡? 6†6‡; ‡1 26†698*;6‡*50 96*†.

I could swear it's insulting me.
"I still don't get it."
It throws a book at me.

(85† :‡? 1?-76*3 6†6‡;.

I look at the book. It has a golden scarab in its cover.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 10:22:42 No. 27204137
>>27204117
>>27204127
I read a few pages of it. It's about some guy of undefined species searching a pirate's treasure with his friend. The search involves a bug, a skull, and a rock that looks like a throne.
There is an earth pony servant in it. I can't help but be slightly offended by how racistic his portrayal is.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 10:39:54 No. 27204219
>>27204188
>"always want for to raise fuss wid old nigger. Was only funnin anyhow. Me feered de bug! what I keer for de bug?"
Earth ponies don't talk like that dammit.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 11:33:16 No. 27204478
>>27204318
After a few minutes of staring at the book, I give up.
"I don't get it"

8¶8* ;48 ;(6†698*;6‡*50) 1560 5; 5)6);6*3 :‡?

]4: 5(8 9‡(;50) )‡ 1‡‡06)4

It throws more books at me, growing angry.

3‡†') )578 6 45;8 :‡?

The first word of each book is, in order,
" I "
" Hate "
" You "
" Fleshy "
" Idiots "
" What "
" Do "
" You "
" Need "

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 12:01:49 No. 27204635
>>27204560
"Uh, the knife--"

" The "
" Prisoner "

"Stop throwing boo--"

" SHIELDED "
" Itself "
" In "
" It's "
" Rage "
" I "

"Will you stop th--"

" Follow "
" The "
" Prisoner "
" SO "
" That "
" It "
" May "

I give up, and simply cover my face from the books.

" Return "
" Or "
" Heal "
" ; "
" Either "
" Suffices "
" To "
" Me ".

>>27204584
Once it stops, I open my mouth again:
"What is there at the top of the tower?"
I regret it instantly. I'll need a helmet next time I come here.

" I "
" Do "
" Not "
" Know "
" I "
" Am "
" External "
" To "
" It "
" I "
" May "
" Know "
" The "
" Answer "

This thing is being wordy for the sake of it now.

" To "
" More "
" Specific "
" Questions "

"...Like healing the-" A book moves in the floor threateningly "-Prisoner?"

" Melt "
" The "
" Cobalt "
" Is "
" It "
" Not "
" Obvious "

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 12:07:36 No. 27204663
>>27204560
"Uh, the knife--"

" The "
" Prisoner "

"Stop throwing boo--"

" SHIELDED "
" Itself "
" In "
" It's "
" Rage "
" I "

"Will you stop th--"

" Follow "
" The "
" Prisoner "
" SO "
" That "
" It "
" May "

I give up, and simply cover my face from the books.

" Return "
" Or "
" Heal "
" ; "
" Either "
" Suffices "
" To "
" Me ".

>>27204584
Once it stops, I open my mouth again:
"What is there at the top of the tower?"
I regret it instantly. I'll need a helmet next time I come here.

" I "
" Do "
" Not "
" Know "
" I "
" Am "
" External "
" To "
" It "
" I "
" May "
" Know "
" The "
" Answer "

This thing is being wordy for the sake of it now.

" To "
" More "
" Specific "
" Questions "

"...Like healing the-" A book moves in the floor threateningly "-Prisoner?"

" Melt "
" The "
" Cobalt "
" Is "
" It "
" Not "
" Obvious "

This is going to take a while isn't it.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 12:21:08 No. 27204750
>>27204691
" I "
" Feel "
" A "

It pauses for a moment.

" Workshop "
" Within "
" Proximity "
" It "
" Is "
" Inundated "
" In "
" A "
" Rather "
" Non "
" - "
" Physical "
" Way "
" But "
" The "
" Prisoner "
" ' "
" s "
" Rage "
" Will "
" Need "
" To "
" Be "
" Calmed "
" Too "
" . "
" That "
" Should "
" Not "
" Be "
" A "
" Dificult "
" Task "

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 12:26:33 No. 27204782
>>27204764
" Calm "
" Me "
" By "
" Not "
" Being "
" An "
" IDIOT "

The last book is thrown at me several times.

" Calm "
" The "
" Prisoner "
" By "

There is a moment of quiet... and a book is thrown at Mirria.
The second and third times the book is thrown at her, she manages to avoid it, if only by a frog's hair each time. I grab and read its first word.

" Apologize "

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 12:47:40 No. 27204921
>>27204812
>>27204840
"Hey, leave her alone!"

" Agreed "
" It "
" Is "
" You "
" - "
" Bidimensional "
" And "
" Tridimensional"
" - "
" That "
" So "
" Deeply "
" Infuriate "
" Me "
" If "
" I "
" Could "
" Swap "
" Dimensions "
" , "
" I "
" Would "
" Be "
" Throwing "
" Many "
(This book is thrown at me nearly a dozen times)
" More "
" Books "

I pass a moment trying to understand that without success
"Alright"

>So uhhhhhhh, we just walk up to it and apologize? For what?

" The "
" Blade "
" / "
" Prisoner "
" / "
" Dreamer "
" Took "
" Her "
" Present "
" Shape "
" For "
" Virtuous "
" If "
" Morally "
" Arguable "
" Reasons "
" Of "
" Her "
" Own "
" . "
" The "
" Mare "
" Wielded "
" Her "
" In "
" An "
" Insulting "
" , "
" If "
" Expert "
" Way "

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 03:39:43 No. 27206319
>>27206250
What did I do?
"YouWieldedMySoul,ButNotMyMind."
"YouForcedMeIntoTheFleshOfParodiesOfWhatIAm

"MyLegacyIsGrand,LittleChild.AndYouInsultedIt

"ItIsAPetty

"YourBodyIsAsMuchAWeaponAsIAm;WeAreMoreSimilarThatYouMayRealize

"YouWantedToProtectYourKin
"IWantedToProtectMyKingdom

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 04:55:08 No. 27206984
>>27206806
>>27206832
"ButYouKnew.IWasTellingYouToWieldBothOfMe.
"ThisTowerMadeMeFallAsleepForAWhile,ButBeforeItIWasScreamingAtYou.

"YouWereSimplyAfraidOfWhatItTakesToWieldMe.

"YouWouldBeAFineWeaponForMeToWield.I'dFeelPrideInBeingWieldedByYou.

I try to make it shut up.

"TheMasturbatingKid,OfAThousandHands,IsAParodyOfWhatIAm.

"BecauseYouWouldNotWieldTheBothOfMe,ICouldNotMeetItInBattle.YouForcedMeToFailOnMyHonor."

I am not a weapon--

"YourMindAndBody,BothReadyToKill.
"DoNotLieToMe.
"WeAreSistersInSpirit."

Applejack is telling me something, but I can't focus on her.
Who, what thing would do that? Make her very soul and mind into weapons? To enjail herself?
For the first time, the blade pauses.

"YourMindAndBodyAreWeapons.IHaveAlreadySaidSo,AndSoItIs.
"ButYouTrulyDoNotKnowWhatIAm?WhyIDidIt?My legacy?

I am not sure if I want to.

"ThatDoesNotJustifyYourInsult.
"Nothing would do.
"ButItExplainsIt.
"ICanShowYouWhatIAm,
"SoThatYouCanUnderstandTheImportanceOfWieldingMeCorrectly."

The voice takes a more sedate, practically motherly tone.

"But it'd be incredibly painful.
"It hurts for me to remember, too. Years, centuries have corroded what once were happy memories, even if my jailer tried to keep me safe. Even communicating has become increasingly hard.
"Are you willing to?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-27 05:15:56 No. 27207158
>>27207022
If you let me wield you without killing myself, yes.
I need to keep searching my brother.
The blade pauses again, as if wondering something... and takes itself out of the wall.
I barely have time to see a blue flash, and it slaps me in the side of the head with its flat.

Writing next part, gimme a moment.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 12:34:03 No. 27213084
My headache clears away, and I can finally focus in what I see. Applejack is looking at me with concern, and the blade now rests in the floor in front of me. She asks me if I am willing to wield her correctly now, and I shake my head.
No, I don't plan to kill myself. Using her the way she wants would need me to stab myself in the forehead.
She is willing to reach a compromise then, even if it won't allow me to outright kill the giant. She tells me I'll begin understanding when the cobalt is removed.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 02:39:41 No. 27213886
>>27213467
She tells me that normally her soul has to pierce her mind into her wielder's brain. If I held the blade in my mouth (Which I've done already) and wore her mind in my head, I will be able to access a bit of her power.
I try to get more answers, but she tells me I'll understand in time.
>>27213467
She tells me the library may know, but it will probably use riddles. He can get like that when she isn't around for some time, so she offers to intermediate.
I write an explanation for Applejack, and we head there.

> [CONTROL PASED TO APPLEJACK]

The library doesn't throw books at me this time, which I guess is nice.
The knife can't talk with me for whatever reason, which isn't as nice. There are three proxies in it, but after a moment I am written where to go.

"The (Both of them were hesitant to use this word) workshop is flooded by something that isn't physical. The library told me there is some kind of (They were hesitant for this one too) drain under us, but that couldn't pinpoint were it was. I asked him if it could be the storage room, but he told me that the drain is currently receiving water at a regular rate. Once the drain is used, it will undo what the giant did to the workshop, and we will be able to clean the blade."

Sorry, real life happened.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 05:05:22 No. 27214813
>>27214145
The hand stays up, and Mirria takes me down.
After several minutes of descence, we see a small door, lacking any kind of stairs to stand in. I open it awkwardly, and Mirria flies us in.
For whatever reason, the first thing I notice is that whatever is in the braziers isn't coal.

Sorry for having QM'd so baddly today, it's just one of those days for me.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 05:13:12 No. 27214867
>>27214848
They seem to be filled with some thick, cold paste, the feel of it similar to that of modeling clay.
I try to take a piece of it out of curiosity, but the piece sparkles and losses its light in a few seconds.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 05:47:17 No. 27215152
>>27214917
>>27215026
I give a closer look to the unmarked side of the door, and after a moment find another #54, almost completely obscured by soot.
It stands on four legs, it's bronze surface covered in a thick layer of soot.
It has a pair of doors, opened a notch. I ask Mirria to help me, and she complies without an answer.
She must be distracted with her brother or something.
We open it with effort. It's insides are outright charred, a maze of tuberies and cables, and there is a cracked console screen in it, as large as a notebook:

NORMALITY STANDARIZER #54.
!!!ALERT!!!
SPATIAL NORMALIZER NOT FOUND. LARGE-SCALE NORMALIZATION OF SPACE WILL SEVERELY DAMAGE THIS PIECE OF EQUIPEMENT WITHOUT IT. ONLY SMALL AREAS SHOULD BE NORMALIZED, WITH 48 HOURS OF COOLING BETWEEN NORMALIZATIONS.

!!!ALERT!!!
SPATIAL PROBES SEVERELY DAMAGED.

!!!ALERT!!!
SUBSPATIAL AREA REDUCED TO CRITICAL LEVELS. IN THIS STATE IT IS NOT CAPABLE OF SUSTAINING AN ECOSYSTEM. FACILITIES WILL BE UNSURVIVABLE WITHIN 12D, 4:27:09:034

!!!ALERT!!!
90 0/0 OF THE FACILITIES ARE NON-STANDARD. PROBABILITY OF MUTEES: 100 0/0
------------
PRESS [B] FOR MENU.
PRESS [R] FOR DETAILED DAMAGE REPORT [WARNING: DETAILED REPORTS 31972 CHARACTERS LONG. ESTIMATED RENDERIZATION TIME: 313:10:23:002]

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 06:17:38 No. 27215349
The wonders of technology start wearing off quickly.
Mirria pokes you with a note while you wait for it to finish rendering. Did anyone teach you how to use these things? Most people doesn't even know they exist.
Captcha: "Pono Forest"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 07:13:52 No. 27215740
>>27215684
I share a look with Mirria and, putting as much distance as we can between us and the machine, I tap 2.
It makes a rather underwhelming sound, like an oven's bell.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 08:03:34 No. 27216095
The room isn't in the hallway propper, but rather in a room on it. The door is locked from the outside.
The hand moves away, trembling.
I open the door, and we enter.
The bones of a hand, as well as a foul smell, receive us.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 08:23:48 No. 27216308
The machine is warm, as is the console connected to it.
They both emit a light hum. I look at the screen:

MASS MANIPULATOR OPERATIVE.

ALL OK.

PLACE OBJECT IN TRAY FOR PREEMPTIVE SCANNING.

Mirria puts the blade in it. The weight of it seems to operate a switch, and the screen changes:

SCANNING... SOUL OF LUDWIG.
EXTRANEOUS AMOUNTS OF COBALT DETECTED.
------------
PRESS [B] FOR MENU.

I press it. It beggins rendering.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-28 08:49:10 No. 27216534
>>27216390
NO MANIPULATION PROGRAMS FOUND FOR THIS OBJECT.
REMOVE EXTRANEOUS COBALT?
Y/N

I press Y.

Tools emerge from the boxes at the side of the tray, picking away pieces of the blade and handle, often melting them with small laser beams. Little by little, they erode it until only the underlying weapon remains.
It's a silver dagger, it' handle an unicorn's horn. I want to believe it's an imitation.
Mirria grabs it immediately and feels its weight in her hooves, then her mouth. She seems to find it comfortable.
Her expression grows distant after a second with it in her mouth, and the blade seems to beggin producing a white hallo.
I ask her if she's fine.
Yes, sings the blade, It's just that Ludwig makes it dificult for me to thi--
~~~~~~
Pausing for the day now that we got that done. I don't want to write while sleepy.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 08:47:20 No. 27219417
>>27216534
We are quiet for a moment.
~I-- ~Sings the blade~ I--
Mirria is trembling. She turns to me, tears on her eyes.
~Applejack, ~she says~ tell me this isn't a dream.
"What?" It's all I manage to say.
~I need to know this isn't another one. I can't bear to wake up again. ~She says, her voice quiet.
I can't bring myself to answer her.
~Do you have any idea-- Do you have any idea of how lonely it feels? ~She pauses.~ What do you know about me? Tell me all you can remember right now. Please.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 09:07:07 No. 27219502
>>27219482
I list the few things I've picked up from her.
~See? ~She smiles weakly.~ And do you know what a guy told me once? That he wouldn't even have a drink with me because I couldn't moan. Do you know how hard I punched him in the face? He spent a year eating from a straw. That's how much I hate-- hated? being mute.
Her smile widens into a grin.
~I have to find Jimmy now. I have to. He always blamed himself for it. I... I'll be able to sing! Do yo-- ~She stops for a moment, then nods.~ Oh. Ludwig says I am not to sing using her. But, -She insists.~ But I can talk, for the first time since I was sixteen but I can! ~She grabs me in a hug, making me snap off my surprise.~ Finally! Do you have any question? Anything? I've missed smalltalk so much, you have no idea. ~She releases her hold over me and stands in expectation.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 09:58:11 No. 27219680
>>27219519
~I already told you, silly. I was Jimmy's bodyguard. He never liked it, but I won't let just anyone take care of my small brother. Especially when I had to break a leg a week when it came to assassins.
"And your home?"
~Surane, born and raised. By the way, ~She pauses for a moment~ what are you doing so far from home? I mean, Equestria is in another continent and all. Practically the other side of the world. And are you related to that Element of Peace or whatever it was from like half a century ago? Always loved hearing stories about Rainbow Dish, had a crush on her when I was a foal.
I can almost remember the answers myself. Almost.
"I don't remember." I say, an iota of irritation slipping into my voice.
She stands awkwardly for a moment.
(Wait, half a--)
~Wow. Hadn't missed this part. Writing always gives you a moment to think before giving the message. Well, anyway, this place is creeping me out, we should chat away from the hand bones. Maybe bury them later. Oh! I have to tell something to the dogs. Been wanted to say it for years now!
She flies away without waiting for an answer.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 10:45:17 No. 27219845
[1/2]
>>27219774
Water falls over me when I jump.
That name (
"I told you to bring a raincloud three days ago! You nearly ruined my crops! Again!"
"Chill off, the thing's here isn't it?"
"Are you-- You do know I am presenting a formal complain for this, don't you?"
"Yup."
"And that I won't pay for that cloud now, and that it's coming out of your salary?"
"Counting on it. Happy birthday by the way, want to go for a drink?"
"Wait... did you just force me to.... never mind."
"You want that drink or not?"
"I... could use a beer right about now"
) sparkles memories within me, and I am distracted enough by them that I nearly fall on my face when I slip in a leave (
"--The Iron Pony--"
), but I manage not to fall on my face. Mirria is knocking the dog's door impatiently.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 10:56:39 No. 27219889
>>27219845
~Hey--!
"Weren't you mu--? Lady, take that dagger from my face or I'll--"
~Did you know your voices are incredibly fucking squeaky?
"What"
~Yes! Your voices make babies cry and stones crack! Your voices are what happens when rubber ducks and scratched glass have a baby!
"I don't follow"
~You have no idea of how much I've wanted to say that.
"Good for you I guess?" Quibra gives me a confused look, "What's on with her?"

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 11:42:15 No. 27220062
>>27220028
I knock Quibra's door and tell him that Mirria is... going through some things. He tells me he noticed with a shrug. Big bro gets like that when some silk beer is involved, Dere when too much sugar, he's used to it. He gives Mirria's blade a curious look and closes the door again.
And that should be it. We should be ready to (Try to) distract the giant. Mirria tells me there's something else, but that she can do it on her own.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 12:09:27 No. 27220185
>>27220174
"What else?"
~Ludwig refuses to work while still being fractured. She wants me to get her mind.
"Her--"
(Oooooh an unicorn horn dagger and a dehorned unicorn skull)
"Are you sure it'll be safe?"
~No. But I'll have to trust Ludwig in this. She says her mind will be sane again once mind and soul relink.
I hope I get to the second floor before 404. It'd be nice and tiddy.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 12:38:17 No. 27220311
[1/2]
>>27220218
She remarks that it's she that will have to carry me up the waterfall, but accepts, seemingly pleased.
The skull starts laughing at us immediately. What's so funny?
I ask Mirria what's that she plans to do, and she tells me that Ludwig accepted to do only a partial coupling. She'll wear the skull as a helmet but, instead of stabbing herself in the head, will hold the dagger in her mouth.
I don't understand this, but she tells me that I am about to either see her die or know the true meaning of "Silver tongue". Before I can say anything, she dons the skull.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 12:55:21 No. 27220374
[2/2]
>>27220311
Her legs grow, and the dagger flashes. When I can see again, a maneless mare stands in front of me.
~Ah. It had been long since I had inhabited a body. Curious things, they are. ~She says to herself, feeling it, before noticing me~ Oh, you. I had wanted to speak word with you, you liar.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 01:34:35 No. 27220566
>>27220434
>>27220439
"What? Liar? What are you talking about?"
~Don't kid yourself. Even if the Elements have left you as is their custom, you still are inherently connected to Honesty. Lying to others is acceptable within a certain margin. Lying to yourself isn't.
"I... you don't ge--"
~Silence.
Heavenly mechanisms operate.
My mouth shuts.
Only the eye remains.
~You are--
~Hey, leave her alone!
~Little child, you are not--
~You are in my body.
No sound comes from the eye for a moment.
~Agreed. I meant no disrespect-- You are to speak your word as I am to do mine. Do you have any questions before I complete my task?

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 01:43:51 No. 27220621
>>27220566
"What are you talking about? Why am I a liar?"
~Am I allowed to tell her the truth, or am I to be ~The word is used with obvious distaste~ polite?
~Don't insult her.
~I don't think I can tell her the truth, then.
~Then don't. Over six thousand years of life and you can't be polite? Tartarus, mare. It's hard to respect you.
~Only a few hundred have been spent awoken.
~Your age still has three digits in it. One oughts to learn politenes before attaining the second.
There is no answer.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 01:51:00 No. 27220648
>>27220612
"What do you know about me?"
~You were, in past times, a bearer of Honesty. While the Elements have the tendency to shift bearers every few decades at most, you are still connected to the same heavenly mechanisms that I became a part of. Everything I know of you is in some way or another related to Honesty, as in this very moment it speaks to me with distaste. It is ashamed of you.
"But... why can't I remember anything?"
~I do not know what happened to your memories. The event was completely unrelated to Honesty, and as such I can't proxy anything to you. But you are affraid of remembering your life, for reasons you keep hidden even from yourself, and that as such Honesty itself cannot extrincate.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 01:59:15 No. 27220696
>>27220655
"Why did Mirria say I am from fifty years ago?"
~What?
~Your soul is a curious thing, and I don't understand it. But as far as I know you are the very mare that wielded Honesty against the nightmare from beyond the stars and Mad King Discord... ~She pauses to think~ seventy three years ago. I could be wrong, however. Honesty refuses to have a say in the mater.
~Wait you mean she really is--?
~Yes, little child.
~And she met Rain--
~Yes.
~Ohmygosh.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 02:49:42 No. 27220993
>>27220886
"I... I am nearly eighty? How am I so young?"
"You are not young, liar. Not by a mortal's standards, at least"
"I know, but I, I don't look much older than Mirria! Until you said it I assumed I was in my thirties at most!"
~You look young? Curious. In giving up my body, I loss the ability to perceive the physical entity that hosts your soul and mind. Let me ask Honesty.
A minute pases.
~Honesty says that I cannot tell truth to someone who refuses to acknowledge it, that it's wasted effort, and I am inclined to agree.
"Are my... are my friends still alive?"
~You attained many friends in your travels, liar. You will need to be more specific.
~I think she means Rainbow and the rest.
~Oh, the Element bearers? Some are still alive. One is deceptively close to you. ~I think she's done, but she adds~ Someone very loyal, yet not an element, is also close. She's glad to simply be with you, but you'd do well in providing her a physical husk. Animal minds are made for freedom.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-04-29 03:04:56 No. 27221086
>>27221034
~You already posses what bears her soul and mind, and it calls for you. But this place is inhospitable to animal bodies, for whatever reasons, and you will need to reform it somehow.
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