There is a MIRACLE at the top of the tower...
... and I need it.
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!!wl8VhnraFyy 2016-08-08 07:34:33 No. 28111603
Catch up at:
Or if you want a quick start, read the char list:
>AJ: Crystal ball, Hat (Worn), Humorous cow statuette, Cross necklace, Strange cross amulet, Peaches, Locked box, Whiskey, Keys
>Mirria: Cape (Worn), 1 pen, Binoculars (Worn), Ankh necklace (Worn), paper
>Rarity: Mask (Worn), key.
-Reach the top of the tower.

!!wl8VhnraFyy 2016-08-08 07:37:39 No. 28111630
We follow her, Rarity joining us without a comment, and soon we reach the room with the mass manipulator.
Who added coal to the braziers?
Sabrinah opens a small door in her chest and takes a wire from it, which she connects to the unlit console. Moments later, the metalic body she occupies falls completely silent and still and the monitor turns on, text appearing in it immediately.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-08 08:02:46 No. 28111866
I slide between the body and the computer, squinting at the screen.
A few phrases are flashing across it every few seconds:

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-08 08:17:10 No. 28111990
I push the body away from the console to have more space to move, it's now rigid legs making it hard to push, then type in the console.
"What for? Why do you keep doing things without a warning?"
The answer is immediate,

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-08 09:12:13 No. 28112423
I give Mirria a glance but she doesn't seem to have read the screen.
I type again, "Is it safe to unplug it from the computer?"
I disconnect it without another message and, with Mirria's and Rarity's help, put the rigid body over the platform.
The position is less than ideal, but it seems to be enough.
We wait for several minutes for it to be done, but it seems like this'll take a while.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-08 11:57:36 No. 28113441
We go back to the room where Rubicon is, seeing Ludwig talking with Deree in our way, and tap Rubicon's surface a few times until he awakes with a few clicks.
"Can you hear us?" I ask when he doesn't say anything.
"S- Soma-- Some- Some of it."
"We found a place with a..." I pause to remember the name. "A mass manipulator, Sabrina is using it to fix her body. Can we fix you there too?"
"I- I- In theory, but-- but we'd need a deeper understan-- understanding of my systems."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-09 03:23:21 No. 28114298
"Didn't you make it, though?"
"No. No. No--" His voice distorts beyond recognition for a moment, "...that anyone made it, it was ether-- either Rubicon or the beast. I believe it-- it-- was done in reflex by Rubicon, as I have-- Have decided that it doesn't use any material or form of energy I do not know of. It's simply a very-- very sophisticated version of our sciences."
"And why can't you see how it works, then?"
"Several-- Several systems seemingly change drastically when I am ibiru-- hibernating, as I perceive them do so the moment I wake up."
"Then how do we find out?"
"Sufficient-- Sufficient study. I am sure-- Sure-- Sure any arcanist could do it."

Paused for the night.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-09 06:38:10 No. 28118714
"Can ya give us a second?"
Rubicon shuts down without another word.
Deree is talking rushedly outside, Ludwig clearly trying to slow him down.
"He keeps saying he's about to wake up, and that you need to find Quibra, Applejack."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-09 07:24:31 No. 28118977
"Slow down a second, who's going to wake up?"
"I think he means himself, I still don't have much of a grip in his conjugation," Ludwig turns back to Deree and slaps him with telekinesis.
That seems to do the trick. She asks him a few questions.
"He says that he, himself, is about to wake up, and when he wakes up he will 'Go back home', and that he needs someone to help Quibra once that happens."
"But why isn't he here?"
Ludwig turns to him and back to us, "He says that this place 'makes everyone want to hurt', and that Quibra started talking about the top of the tower and their brother before storming off to try to get there, making Deree stay behind."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-09 08:12:38 No. 28119327
"You are saying you got into that armour to be here?"
The question, once translated, seems to anger him, "He says that he didn't do anything. He just felt more and more tired, and then he woke up in Quibra's armor." He adds something which Ludwig takes a moment to translate, "Deree tried to ask Quibra what was happening, but he never acknowledged the questions."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-10 05:20:50 No. 28125469
"And where can we find him?"
Ludwig turns to Deree and back to us, "He says he doesn't know. Only that he's trying to reach the top of the tower and may hurt himself, and that he seemed to pay more heed to you than to anyone else." Deree adds something, which makes Ludwig fall silent for a moment. "He asks if you are honesty? I am not sure I am translating this right."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-10 06:14:28 No. 28125831
"We'll see if we can find him in our way. And I used to be," Rarity nods, and I point at her, "she probably knows a huge deal more of it than I do."
Deree is silent for a moment, the light in his eyes and arms fading slightly, before answering quietly.
"A princess contracted Quibra," translates Ludwig, "She said that Queen Reddo needed her help, and she'd probably would need a second bodyguard to keep a friend safe, once she reached Surane. Quibra mentioned believing the friend was honesty. A few weeks after they went away, something appeared in the sky some days before he woke up in the armour." Quibra adds something quietly, which Ludwig has to ask him to repeat, "He says Quibra never broke a contract, for any reason."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-10 06:15:38 No. 28125837
"We'll see if we can find him in our way. And I used to be," Rarity nods, and I point at her, "she probably knows a huge deal more of it than I do."
Deree is silent for a moment, the light in his eyes and arms fading slightly, before answering quietly.
"A princess contracted Quibra," translates Ludwig, "She said that Queen Reddo needed her help, and she'd probably would need a second bodyguard to keep a friend safe, once she reached Surane. Quibra mentioned believing the friend was honesty. A few weeks after they went away, something appeared in the sky some days before he woke up in the armour." Deree adds something quietly, which Ludwig has to ask him to repeat, "He says Quibra never broke a contract, for any reason."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-10 09:57:34 No. 28127386
"Alright, if we find him we'll talk with him."
Ludwig translates it and Deree nods, his head wobbling. With one last spark, the shine of his eyes fades and the helmet falls to the floor with a rattle.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-10 10:47:09 No. 28127724
"Lud? you okay sugarcube?"
She steps further away from the armor, "Don't worry, it's just..." She rubs her forehead, "I heard him come out of the armour. It wasn't nice."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 10:52:49 No. 28130619
I put a hoof in Ludwig's back, and she has a start at first.
"Does your mouth ever hurt?" She asks suddenly, tearing her eyes off the now empty helmet.
"Uh, I don't think so?"
"Tell me if it does. I hadn't noticed before, but leeways have some heavy damage," She opens my mouth without a word with telekinesis and peers inside it, "Huh, whoever took your memories had no experience at psionics. They nearly tore your spark off your body." She pauses. "That or you really didn't want them taken out. Probably both."
There's a moment of silence.
Ludwig seems to notice Rarity and Mirria for the first time.
"Would you be a dear and let our friend close her mouth?" Asks Rarity, a dangerously saccharine tone in her voice.
"Oh." her telekinesis fades, and my jaw muscles finally relax, "Sorry. I'll be going." She passes the rune door and goes into the engine without another word.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 01:41:16 No. 28131461
"Someone told me the one who did it was my friend." I tell Ludwig before she crosses the portal, "Twilight."
"Wait, isn't that the same that you said went back to my time?" Ludwig asks Rarity, who nods, "I'd check my definition of friend if I was you." She crosses the portal.
We are silent for a moment, Rarity perfectly still, and I begin taking the door off its hinges.
"I--" Rarity cuts herself and helps me with telekinesis. "We all knew she wasn't well. I just never expected it to go so far."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 03:51:30 No. 28132494
"How do you mean? What else did she do?"
"Never something so crass, but she was, how to say it..." I open the door until it's at the right angle to work at it comfortably, and then use one of the keys to start taking off the screws, "Distant. She cared about us, but whenever she was angry about something she'd lock completely. The only sign you'd have was that you could see her jaw muscles tensing and relaxing constantly, and that she'd avoid talking. Even Pinkie and me had problems guessing what bothered her some times, if Spike wasn't there."
"A dragon, and such a fine gentleman too," With one of the hinges undone, I stand on my hindhooves to reach the higher one, "They were very close, like brothers. She always heard him, no mater how angry she was."
I notice a hesitant tone in her voice, "Something in yer mind?"
"There was one time she didn't hear Spike, but that was years ago. Fluttershy, a pegasus and the bearer of Kindness, got seriously hurt. Twilight nearly killed the beasts that did it before Luna stopped her," I take the door off its frame, both hinges off, and she leaves the screws neatly in a corner of the room, "Fluttershy got better, eventually, but it cemented our decision of not being bearers anymore."
I think about it silently, "But why was she like that?"
"I couldn't say," She shakes her head. "We didn't notice it until a few years ago, it was simply too progressive." She sighs, "We tried, all of us, to make her see a psychologist, but she was too stubborn in finding excuses not to."
"And me?"


!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 03:52:33 No. 28132505
"And me?"
"Me. How was I?" I pause, "Were we happy?"
"In the whole? I thought so. Twilight wasn't like that unless something angered her, and the letters you sent during your travels always gladdened us," A small smile flutters in her lips, "I made those saddlebags, you know? Each of us gave you something for your travels," She stands and with a flourish, "A pair of saddlebags, for your gifts to be held. Rainbow gave you a canteen, for you to never know thirst. Twilight gave you a monocular, to see the truths beyond even your sight. Fluttershy gave you a tent, so that you'd never know cold. Pinkie..." Her pose falters. "I still don't know what she gave you. I only saw a small wood box, and she said it was a surprise."


!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 05:21:45 No. 28133337
"Well, they admittedly got sporadic once you got far away from Equestria, but you made a habit of sending them whenever you could. You told us about your travels, sometimes sent little gifts... memorabilia, really, but it was nice anyhow." She advances a few steps for the door and crosses it, cringing for a moment as if expecting to hit a wall, "I had half expected to only be able to see the other side, you know?"

The locked box was found in Rubicon's desk, together with the keyring. The keys of said keyring were already tested unsuccessfully.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 06:28:57 No. 28133872
I take the box from my bags and go tap Rubicon again until he wakes up, "Hey, do you know what this is?"
The white dots slide across his surface, circling around the box for a moment.
"This..." Several of the points turn on and off again, "Rubicon stashed rather personal possessions in it." One of the points moves closer to the border, "It seems to have been closed and opened rather carelessly, however."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-11 07:36:06 No. 28134412
"Do ya know what these keys were for?" I take the keyring from my bag and show it to him.
"None has any marking I recognize." He answers after a few seconds, "They seem rather new, even."
I wait for him to add anything else, but he doesn't.
"Are ya alright?"
"Would you exact-- enactn- expect me to be?"
Paused for the night.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 05:05:13 No. 28141759
"Can we put ya in one of those golems? Or back in yer body?"
"Aether-- Nethers-- Neither is impossible. But a gollem would be easier to find than my body." He clicks several times, "The one used by Sabrina is the only model built, however, and only an alpha version. We should find the schematics for a later model, if possible, rather than making another one that would require constant repairs."

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 06:03:56 No. 28142354
"And where could we find those and the pieces?"
"I had hang-- hoped the ingen-- engineering room would be are-- here, but I've seen parts of it everywhere... the mass manipulator was a part of it, as well as the metal table just outside where I was. And pieces are unnecesary, everything can be formed from scratch with the mass manipulator so long as we have the materials."


!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 08:22:30 No. 28143433
We go back to the library and look for Sarim for a moment.
"Hey," I call him, "Can you send us down again?"
He nods with a grunt, and with some shaking the door is transloqued down again.
Only that robot would actually jump out of the window.
We stop in surprise when we reach the mass manipulator.
Several messages are passing through the screen, and I read it distractedly.

Sorry for the delay, the new robbit wasn't fully designed and much less sprited.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 09:07:38 No. 28143848
We got to Sarim's forest and, with his permission, take some grass.
"That invitation to chess is still open," He says, moving a piece of his game with Surane, "And I still have to do something about your smell."
Surane nods distractedly, looking at the board.
We go back to the mass manipulator's room and put it over the platform. Soon, more beams merge it into the rest of the body.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 09:31:28 No. 28144025
With difficulty, we take the new gollem of its platform and put it closer to the console, where I connect it to the computer. After a moment, it talks:
"Test program transferred."
I share a look with Rarity and Mirria, but neither of them seems to have any clue.
"Eh, start the tests?"
"Affirmative," It takes the wires off the ports and proceeds to spend several minutes cartwheeling, jumping, and running in the tight space.
"Movement tests passed. All systems in optimal state. Do you wish to begin combat tests?"
Me and Rarity take a step back in reflex, but I can't help but notice Mirria's interested look.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-12 10:06:51 No. 28144212
"No." I say without a thought. Mirria makes an angry little pout.
"Combat tests cancelled." It falls silent.
"What weapons do you have, anyhow?" Asks Rarity.
"Intelligence limited to testing purposes only. Question not understood. Reformulate."
"Do you have any weapon?"
"List any weapons you have."
"Specify weapons."
"This unit is not outfitted with any distance or close-combat weaponry. Only martial combat is possible."
Mirria's head perk up again, and she gives me a begging look.

!!6rS9Q/1DV6r 2016-08-13 12:43:29 No. 28145175
"Okay," I step away from the golem and closer to the stairs, "Do the combat test."
"Not enough space."
Mirria stops suddenly in the movement of punching it, her joyful grin turned into a scowl.
"Can you follow us?" I ask before Mirria punches it anyway.
"Tracking." It says, walking to me. We guide it to Sarim, as there is no other place in this floor wide enough for it, but it's initially unable to follow us. "Target lost."
Ugh. Not again.
"Sarim?" I shout, "Can you let this one in?"
His answer is immediate, "I already let your dead friend enter! How many elementals and undead people will you get!?"
"It's just for a moment! Do you have some kind of arena?"
He groans something incoherent, "But you have to play that damn chess game!"
Paused for the night.
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