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@Blitz Boom

Sure, Lucid could've fought her or something like that, he did have the abilities of a draconequus after all. Of course, he didn't fight, he just went out the portal since fighting wasn't necessary. He did have to hold Pringle back though.

"Pringle, stop acting all mad. All she did was try to kill you, it isn't that big of a deal."

"Yeah! Things try to kill me all the time!"

"Just wait until she finds out about plastic straws and grocery bags."

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Ruby to her usual manner didn't say anything for most of the time,since nothing she cared about happened, and at most, she just nodded to Spicy's comment. She shook her head to the question about food, and replied "I'm not hungry, and other than that, I don't really care what we do, but it could be nice to rest my legs a bit, it's slightly annoying to have to carry this around." 

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Nada decided not to comment about the bugging thing, whatever it meant, since she doubted it actually meant putting insects in the house, since that made no sense. "I guess we could go to the forest, it's not like I have anything better to do here, since I'm still to afraid to sing here."

 

 

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@Blitz Boom

On 5/19/2019 at 3:38 PM, Blitz Boom said:

"I hate to interrupt dear, but you will not find anything of the size I'm referring to among my selection. The gems I acquire tend to already be broken down into smaller pieces who then gets cut into even smaller, yet more elegant stones. You would need to take measure of the gem itself, then add a chunk of gemstone around five inches larger than that at a minimum to make for a suitable container.

For the time being, I again urge you to use the bags until further notice to at least cover it up some, whilst you acquire the needed crystal from Gem Stud. It sounds as if you know him, so perhaps there is some hope, but if not, do return, and we will think of something else."

“Heh heh… I think we got carried away in our excitement. Maybe I should stay here. Can you show me how to pack these eh… plastic bags?”

“It’s settled then. We’ll bring back a large diamond chunk. Omen, I’ll tag along with you to the diamond mine.” 

Handling gems was interesting to say the least. He was familiar with the tiny stones and shards he had back home and while they are precious, seeing the ones in Amethyst’s shop was already put the ones he had to shame. Larger by a margin yet small enough to fit in his palm, ponies really have strange tastes when it comes to precious stones. It wasn’t all that different though; both ponies and longma made jeweled accessories out of them though the latter tended to use much fewer gems of quality and cut. Whatever looks good is usually good enough and the rest would be accompanied by colored stones and beads.

On the other side of the gate, Sen walked in on Gem Stud’s shocked reaction to their sudden arrival. As much as it is amusing to see and hear that kind of reaction, he didn’t want to talk about it. There were several things in his mind he needed to say lest they put the stallion and his employees at risk. 

“More like the same one we stopped the last time. Filigree’s escaped imprisonment and while the Canterlot guard are out looking for her, we thought you might be able to help us. Do you happen to have a large piece of diamond? About as large as… I don’t know, an average pony’s head? Maybe five inches larger than that?”

“We have something Filigree needs to take over Equestria and we intend to move it as far away from here as possible. Unfortunately, it isn’t safe for us to keep it in a regular box and a crystal or jewel case is needed. It's very important Filigree doesn't get her hooves on it again."

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DAWN STREAK

"Yeah, well, I had no choice in the matter, now did I?" Dawn huffed, still trying her best to keep looking away from the dragon. She couldn't help herself though and looked back, staring down her body at Kaltrops. "You flung me into the air like a ragdoll. How was I meant to react to that!?"

@Blitz Boom

TWILIGHT SPARKLE

"Unpossession?" Twilight asked incredulously before looking at the shelves that surrounded them. She gave a distracted goodbye to Serenade and floated down a couple of books she spotted near the bottom of the shelf nearest them. While it was weird to talk to a ghost, maybe having it free roam wouldn't hurt. "I think these will help. Ghost Song's Unpossession Techniques and Church Book's Exorciser. Maybe that second one is a bit too rough and dramatic for you," she mused mostly to herself but did hear what else the ghostly pony had to say and turned to her more out of curiosity than anything else. "You want to help me out? I've already got an assistant though. He's not here right now but he's around."

@Blitz Boom

AURORA LIGHTS

"I doubt Thorax will suspect I... wait, he may. He doesn't about Queen Onache's reformation," Aurora said worriedly. She looked around nervously at hearing Happy mention 'smooth sailing' and wondered not for the umpteenth time if something will come out and get them. "I-It's the Everfree Forest ... um ... it's just ... uh ... a forest ... with magical creatures that want to tear anypony limb from limb. It'll be f-f-fine, I'm sure of it."

@Blitz Boom

KARMIC FATE

"It's comforting ... Atzy seems to have been placated as well," Karmic mused as she rested her head in her forehooves. At least the mind-numbing chatter and insane whispers from her ride-along partner were gone. For now. "It's working. I haven't had a clear mind since I got jumped by her."

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To Belladonna, Marcus replied, “I appreciate your offer and gladly accept.  If you would, I should like to see an updated map marking territorial borders as well as whomsoever rules over them.  In the millennia I have been gone, I’m sure even some of the terrain has changed.  Some of the mountains on the horizon have lost the tips of their peaks, others once capped with snow are now barren.  The world I know is gone, but I have not yet realized it until now.  I must now fight to take back the world as it once was, but I must also let it become what it must be.  A paradox if I ever did see one.  In order to move forward, we must take a step back.”  He paused a moment looking around at the silent faces whose eyes were upon him, then addressed the crowd in a much more cheerful tone, “Let the feast continue!  When the night is done, rest well that we may prepare for our journey to the Sacred Springs!”  He was clearly putting on an act to bring cheer back into the room, but at least one of his followers had caught on and held up his mug of cider for a toast, “To Marcus!  May we all be saved by the Sacred Springs!”  With that, mugs would begin clinking together, and the sounds of merriment  would return to the room.

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@Blitz Boom

The swamps of Harrowmark felt very hollow down here in the mud and muck.  Like being stuck at the bottom of a well and having to feel the world around him whilst everything was dull and muted.  Even all wrapped up in his hoodie, no longer beige from the ventures in a swamp, Rising Dusk felt cold.  He was pretty sure somepony was talking to him, but he couldn't quite place where they were.  They sounded familiar, so that was at least a good sign.  The antidote in his body did what it needed to keep the detective in the mortal world, but didn't quite deal with all of the side effects.

If any of his senses were working, it was his extra one of magic.  From his position on the swamp floor, the area was alive with the work he had just performed.  Lights danced along the weaves of magic he rushed together as dark spells were slowly deconstructed.  Bursts of freed souls finally getting the relief they so desperately sought after.  A pulsating new leyline that ran beneath the swamp to the alter.  Longest couple of days of his life, and he would know, he cane remember every single one.  And it wasn't even over, already the hollow voice making mentions of his return to deal with issues in the future while his meddling did its thing for a while.  He wondered if Harrowmark would be a more pleasant place to visit if he was actually invited.  Do they serve cupcakes?  A cupcake sounds real good right now.  Maybe a nice hayburger from the stall on his street corner.

The detective's return home was a wee problem in the immediate though.  He did not posses the ability to teleport on his own, not that he even had the energy to do it if he did.  Not even enough focus in him to turn any of these weaves around them into one.  Quickly even finding out the ability to speak was beyond him at the moment from his bottom of the well perception levels.  Only vaguely aware he was even being moved when his sense of the magic around him was changing to indicate some sort of movement.  He couldn't feel himself floating, but he had managed to make out that the familiar speaker was taking him somewhere.  Safe or not remained to be seen. 

Rising Dusk took a quick mental inventory of his saddle bags and hoodie pouch, having expended a decent deal in his fights with Twisted.  His return home was going to rely on somepony from the O.M.I. to come get him, but he needed access to an artifact in his bag in order to let them know he was ready for a pick up and where.  Sadly beyond him at the moment, but after some rest he should manage.  And the first thing he was doing when he got home, okay maybe third thing after a shower and hayburger, was drop a vacation request on The Captain's desk.

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@Moonlit

Once she reached her house, Fah'lina would tap the window to get her attention and show she were there, then unlock it and crawl out the opening. The faint smell of coffee and caramel hung in the air around her, signalling that there had been a visit from Berry early on, but the house seemed quiet for now.

She may want to go in and close the window after the mimic, but beyond that, Fah'lina would stay on her head and point towards the hospital the closer they got. Once they got in and reached Ziggy's room, they'd hear the end of a sentence from the zegasus from the half-open door.

"- and stretch appropriatly without adding too much stress to the muscles. It's okay silly, I know what I'm doing."

She were out of bed and free of both the gauze keeping her wings tucked in to ensure they got rested, and the holster around her leg. The elderly mare doctor who had kept check on her so far stood and gave the youngling a stern look after what were likely some warnings to the zegasus, yet Ziggy were more focused on the two visitors who showed up soon after and she turned to face them, albeit in a more normal speed than her usual zooming kind of way.

"Hey! Check it out, I'm back on my hooves and life's the beach, hehe. You two had fun?"

The mimic squeaked loudly and swooped over to Ziggy, where she'd start to crawl around the mare and poke a few places to see if she were actually up and around. Mostly this just caused Ziggy to giggle, as she were somewhat ticklish.

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@Catpone Cerberus

"Alright, slam your flank down and take a breather. And don't you worry bout thieves here. They won't make it out in one piece."

This weren't just boasting. She'd seen somepony try to nick something and make a run for it at one of Scarcity's auctions before. It were... Not a pretty sight, but she'd give that it were very educational. Learned her not to try anything, that's for sure.

Wandering over to the benches, Spicy jumped up and leaned back on one of them, getting a good, relaxing posture going for herself as she glanced over at her newest companion.

"So, mind me asking what the big deal is with that buncha coins you bought? Gotta be some sorta hidden treasure in there for ya to invest, right?"

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@Catpone Cerberus

"Sounds like we got a plan then. I'll go down to the river and wander along it until you find me. Are you bringing the little one with you?"

Fah'lina shook her head in response, let out a yawn, and flew up to her preferred sleeping spot.

"Huh, looks like it's just us this time 'round then. Well, better get going then. Remember to lock the door before you leave Nada. You don't want them to plant listening devices everywhere while you're gone."

With this comment and a grin, Berry would exit the building and make her way to the forest. She'd be there in about four minutes, which Nada should be able to beat by quite a margin considering her shortcut, though how far into the forest Berry would have to go before the siren popped up remained to be seen. Hay, perhaps Nada even stalked her for a bit to try and ambush the loonie mare for a bit of a laugh or something. Berry sure didn't know, she just followed the stream, and kept her eye out for timberwolves, both real and automated. She didn't care that everypony said the technology weren't anywhere close to make that, she knew the truth!

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@Lucid_Nightlight

"I showed her a plastic bag once. But then I also had a second island so... Y'know, bad idea."

She blew up an island?

"No no, she erased it. I told you, pure destruction. That means there isn't even ash left. She gets you, you don't exist anymore. It's pretty cool, but she needs to control her temper. She's far more fun when she makes stuff. Like this! Isn't it pretty?"

Anomaly held forth one of the lotus mantises that Rose had made, which didn't seem like it knew what were going on, and just raised it's small scythe-claws towards the beings in front of it to seem intimidating. Especially at the lizard, which it's tiny brain were well able to identify as a predator.

"Anyway, she's cooling off, so hows about we go outside and make the altar and stuff ready? Oh! We need a priest too. Lucid or Novia, quick, take an online course!"

How do you even know about those?

"Not important! It's this, or we have to kidnap a priest. That's pretty easy, right? They can't run in those silly dresses."

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@Dji

The two books being presented each got their own reaction from Cherish. The first one givjng her a glimmer of hope in her face, whilst the second made her cringe and take a step back.

"P-Please don't exorcise me. I don't want to find out if it's as bad as the stories I've read makes it sound."

Being freed were a good thing, no worries there, but exorcism carried some pretty negative vibes with it, considering the stories Cherish had read in the castle made it clear it were used to get rid of unwanted spirits. As in, likely hurl them towards the afterlife clawing and screaming, and she wasn't ready to move on.

The forat book sounded more like it regarded getting a spirit to just be removed from whatever it were possessing, which were essentially what she asked for too, so hopefully that one would be able to help in some fashion, and she wouldn't end up finding out something bad via it, like she needed to be tethered to a place to cling to this world or something equally horrible. That would be rather depressing if it turned out to be the case.

"And I'm not uhm, trying to take your assistants work from him. I just... If you can help me, I'd like to help you too, and I guess he needs to sleep sometimes, right? I don't. Perhaps I can help after he goes to sleep with something sometimes? Maybe? But uhm..  First, could you please look in the first book and see what it says about y'know, getting me separated from an object? I guess it might have to be done at the castle itself or something, but I don't know how it works. The old castle doesn't really have any good books on ghosts, just fairy tales and legends."

Cherish floated over and with her telekinesis, lifted the book she meant and lead it gently to the nearest table. A minor perk a out being a ghost she supposed. Having this sort of magic even though she were a pegasus, though if it got used at too high power or to cover a pony fully, Cherish had found that it tended to leave ectoplasm behind, which could be kinda gross. Guess the princess might find it kinda interesting to see this sorta ghost goo though? She should probably bring something with her the next time something happened that caused it to form.

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@Dji

"Hey, relax there, alright? If anything tries to mess with us, I got us covered. My queen didn't keep any weaklings around, and I know how to blast and cut like the rest. Had to earn my spot through more than my devilishly good looks."

Happy chuckled. It were pretty fun to see this one all jittery too, but she didn't have anything to worry about. They'd gotten left alone so far after a-

A timberwolf trio sprung out of a nearby bush and went straight for Aurora, identifying her as the weak one in the herd in their eyes, likely because of all the trouble the varied ponies in the area gave them.

They wouldn't get near before one had been pulled up by the blue'ish aura of Happy's magic, smashed into another three times until the receiver had been bashed to bark, and then the one taken to begin with were slung into a tree with the same results. As for the last one, it stopped up and looked at Happy, whose eyes were glowing with magical aura, and fixated on the wooden canine.

"Get. Lost."

His words were cold and unfeeling, and it seemed to get the point through as the timberwolf turned on the spot and ran away with its tail between its legs.

"Gotta put yourself in respect with these things now and again. Don't worry bout 'em though, they'll reform soon enough, and then if they're smart, they stay away. Otherwise I'm just gonna repeat it until they get it.

Heh, would you believe that I'd never really fought before getting here? This world changes a man, lemme tell ya."

His tone had gone back to joyful as he just kept on walking like it were nothing. To the side, the scattered remains of the timberwolves were already stirring and starting to gather up again, but they should be long gone before it were over.

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@Dji

"Then when next this happens, we will know what to do. Archivist, have you found any truths in your texts yet?"

"Uhm, I might have actually. It's a little sketchy I suppose, but there is a ritual described here to rebirth a soul in an egg. It's meant for dragons, but perhaps it will work for something else?"

"It should be functional. Describe what is needed."

"Raw draconic magic, a decoy egg made of pure diamond, half a gallon of fresh, healthy dragon's blood, and something called a *Reaper's Kiss*. Whatever it is, it seemed to be what is needed to relocate the soul from the old body. It seems like in this story, they then torched the old one after that, as it were withered and dying, and the elder dragon lived again. There's a scribble saying *La Perinne* but I don't know what that is.

You uhm... Y-You're not really going to do this, are you? I mean, this is just a legend, and even then, it looks to be a dragon's ritual. It won't work on ponies."

"I consider that none of your business. But if you worry of the blood, you can calm your small mind, archivist. I don't intend to kill to get it. I know of better ways to gain both that, and the plant you spoke of."

"A plant? I've been studying for over forty years, and I have never heard of a plant like that."

"Perhaps you simply call it something else. Now begone, and tell your master that I will return once my task is complete, to speak of the terms of our arrangement. I can assure him that a life will be saved, not taken, before I am done."

Enzo scooped Karmic up with his paw and placed her on his back, before covering a large portion of the courtyard with the shadows from his unfolding wings, and ascending form. The two of them would be away from the castle in a matter of seconds.

"A ritual for a dragon, can be one for a changeling too. The magic must change, as so must the source of blood, but it seems feasible, long as we can find the ingredient that list did not speak off: A being which harnesses the power of death. Only they can pluck the flower, and with some luck, may even grow them. I remember it as something we were warned off when I were but a kitten. A small, seemingly insignificant thing, yet so deadly to all but the darkest of minds. There is much that we must do, but tell me first, Karmic. Do you know of any being who practices the dark arts? You ponies may call it necromancy?"

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@EQ_Theta

On 5/20/2019 at 1:47 PM, EQ_Theta said:

“Heh heh… I think we got carried away in our excitement. Maybe I should stay here. Can you show me how to pack these eh… plastic bags?”

“It’s settled then. We’ll bring back a large diamond chunk. Omen, I’ll tag along with you to the diamond mine.”

"Certainly dear. Now, you simply open up here, and then-"

Amethyst would go through the rather simply process of opening the bag at the top, then slide the beast heart in, and sealing the top up again. The first two layers she would also use a couple of the bags as a sort of pair of gloves, to not make skin contact with the chunk of gem, but after the second layer, it should be safe to handle. At that point, she'd reach it towards Lin, along with a few bags, and encourage her to try it herself. It should be a simple process by then, provided that she did not poke a hole in any of the bags. if that happened, that one would have to be torn off, and a new one applied, and Amethyst would not be satisfied until there were at least six layers around this heart.

On 5/20/2019 at 1:47 PM, EQ_Theta said:

“More like the same one we stopped the last time. Filigree’s escaped imprisonment and while the Canterlot guard are out looking for her, we thought you might be able to help us. Do you happen to have a large piece of diamond? About as large as… I don’t know, an average pony’s head? Maybe five inches larger than that?”

“We have something Filigree needs to take over Equestria and we intend to move it as far away from here as possible. Unfortunately, it isn’t safe for us to keep it in a regular box and a crystal or jewel case is needed. It's very important Filigree doesn't get her hooves on it again."

"They let her get away? Son of a diamond dog!"

Studs stomped into the ground in frustration. Here he were thinking that the worst news he'd be getting today were that it would be a few hours before the machine got working again, and now this instead were on his back? Before they could even get the defense system remotely repaired? This was a catastrophe!

"Grrr, this is nothing but bad news. And what you're asking for isn't really a small thing y'know? Clusters that big tend to attract quite the eye of our customers, but if it stops her...

Tell me something first. That thing she wants, is that what covered her in those changeling emeralds she tried hurling into my mine?"

"Yes."

Studs stood and chewed his lower lip for a bit, thinking rapidly on the problems this here could cause, versus the costs of letting go of such a huge chunk. Eventually though, he'd give off a defeated look, and just give off a small nod.

"It ain't worth the risk, even if the guard's are on her. We have a cluster down there. Biggest one I've seen in years. If that ain't gonna do it, I dunno what will. Follow me down there, and stay on the path. I don't want somepony getting a pickax in the shoulder, or worse."

He'd start to lead them down there, on a wooden path with railings, to ensure that whoever came wandering around here, wouldn't get in the way of the workers hacking away at the sides of the mine with any sort of ease. Health and safety were clear on that being a requirement, among a lot of other things like hard hats and scheduled breaks. All stuff he agreed on frankly, since he didn't want his workers or any visitors ending up in the hospital. His granddad might've worked this way, but he certainly wasn't gonna follow the crazed old loon's example.

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@Seamore Sandwich

"I can procure that in a matter of minutes, if my companion here will be willing to return me to where she found me earlier. Omen, please get us back to my home."

belladonna considered the request a pretty easy one to accomplish, but to do it in a quick manner, she would require the assistance of Omen, who were currently lifting another piece of flaming coal up with her elongated tongue, and putting it into her muzzle to be consumed like those before it.

"Okay."

"Thank you. We will return shortly, Marcus."

Omen opened a gate - which made quite a few who looked at it back away - and Belladonna and herself left through it. It would swirl into a small dot and vanish within a few seconds after they had passed the threshold.

"Strange pair."

Brute weren't a big fan of strange magic like that, but it seemed convenient at least, though the practitioner were one she should be cautious around. Eating fire, opening portals, and speaking in one's heads, marked her as a pretty strange pony, and one who might easily be trouble, if the circumstances were bad.

"My sister have always been the way she is now. Just not as well dressed. It seems life have treated her well."

Sugar were still shaky and unsure of what he had to do, with all the reveals given in the last half hour, but what he did knew were that Marcus were going to save them all, as the legends said he did for so many others. Perhaps for now it were best that he focused on that, and not how they had lost these springs to begin with, why there were no mention of them in their history, and what it would mean to suddenly have these years back that he had given through the use of the relic. And this wasn't even touching on how Belladonna seemed to have a good life now, and what she might do if she were welcomed back here. Likely not stay, but perhaps visit? Surely she would wish to see her niece and nephew.

Oh dear, having that conversation with his both her and his wife... This were going to be a trying period, but perhaps now were a good time for him to actually go and speak with her, rather than take part in the festive mood. She should be with most of the other mothers right now, nurturing the foals whilst the others had gathered here, and waiting anxiously to know what were happening. He knew they wished to be here, but it were late, and the small ones needed their rest, so some had to remain to keep an eye on them.

"In any case, if you would please excuse me, I have some others to tell what happened here. I'll see you all in the morning."

With that and a bow towards Marcus, Sugar went on his way, whilst Brute glanced in his general direction, and then turned back to the stallion of the hour, Marcus.

"I'll celebrate once we've won. Keep the crowd entertained."

With that, she'd wander over to the elders to ask about where there were some debris that had been mentioned that she could move out of the way. She might as well make herself useful before getting some sleep somewhere. She wouldn't be missed back int eh main room either she guessed. Marcus were the star attraction for these beings, and Brute had been in enough arenas to know that if you got the crowd going, you made sure they kept it up so that morale would stay high and the energy got built up in the fighters. Hopefully they would get drunk though. They needed clears heads for tomorrow, not beings complaining about headaches.

Five minutes later, Belladonna would return along with Omen, via another gate opening near Marcus. The green mare would then reach a large, thick book and a folded up map towards him with her horn, making them float out of reach of any liquids that might be around here, such as cups of cider.

"A full world map, along with more detailed maps within the book, both nautical and land based. They have both been released within the last twenty years, and barring a few changes in certain towns, dams being built and such in more reclusive countries, it should contain accurate information. Especially of the current territories, which are as you can see within these pages. Will this be sufficient?"

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@Rising Dusk

It seemed that the outsider were non-responsive, as no words or any real signs of him reacting to her words were shown. It appeared as if whatever he had taken had impacted him quite substantial. A power boost with a cost perhaps? It certainly seemed that way, though he had at least staved off the worst cost of them all. Yet, he were going to need a place to rest, food and water to give him energy, and time. For that, they needed to find a settlement.

For the next half hour, Thistle would direct them through swampland, following the directions of towns that she once knew were in the area, and hoping that that they were still there. The first had proven not to be, but that had been too close too, so it were no big surprise to find only ruins in the mushy ground. She needed to go further.

Several creatures tried to interfere with them on the way. Another bog hunter attempted to lure them to its domain, but to no avail, and after seeing even the slightest sign of the light of Viz'nay, it decided to retreat and look for other prey. A few risen shambled near them, determined to feast on the easy meal, but were swatted aside and smashed on some nearby trees by Thistle. A fate she also had in mind for a few gnarly creatures that loomed near them, in the shadows of great bogs with nothing but three yellow eyes showing, but they wisely kept their distance, and let them travel in peace.

Not only bad things were in the swamplands though. A few creatures looking like a mixture between a squirrel and a fox would poke out of holes in more solid dirt, and look at them with curious, segmented eyes - a few even followed them for a few minutes, whilst a nearby elk eyed them with curiosity for a moment before running away. There weren't many good creatures here though. Swamps tended to not be the best, but as they reached more solid ground, they would start seeing more regular wildlife like boars, birds of prey, and even a few hares that dispersed quickly when the two got into view. It were a good sign to see these for Thistle, as wildlife meant there should not be long for- Ah, here they went.

It were a reasonably sized village they would pass some trees to see. About thirty houses of varied sized, some minor streets, and living, regular inhabitants, most of which were ponies. A few burly diamond dogs were there though, which weren't too uncommon in Harrowmark, as the simple life suited the calmer ones of their kind well, and they were generally welcomed, long as they behaved.

There were a lot of worried eyes on the two of them as they entered from the locals, who curried away to their homes, or those of other families nearby that would welcome them to seek shelter there. Most of the clothed ones were carrying clothes rather similar to what the captive witch in Canterlot wore, though as it were a warm season right now, most of them didn't feel the need to wear these kinds of things. Most had belts with weapons and/or tool sin them though. Even the younglings, down to about 10 years of age. One never knew when they had to fight off someone, and right now, they were eyeing some troubling outsiders. One of which were among the dead, and the other who didn't seem like a local. He were too vibrant compared to the normally dull colors of anyone born in Harrowmark, and dressed in things not familiar to them. It caused suspicion, and in Harrowmark, one were smartest if they were as cautious as could be.

A strong looking earth pony stallion with a large, weathered hat would slowly approach them, and block the way to the town square.

"Leave with him, and don't return. Oaksbrook doesn't want any part in housing outsiders."

Thistle met his steely glance with her own, none of them blinking as some locals started to draw their tools and weapons and get ready to go in close. Some of the things were enchanted, and she could feel it, but she cared not. This situation were not as it seemed to them, and they were to be told the facts.

"𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕦𝕥𝕤𝕚𝕕𝕖𝕣 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕗𝕖𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕋𝕨𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝔾𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕤. 𝕊𝕙𝕖𝕝𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕚𝕤 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕒 𝕤𝕞𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝕠𝕗 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕠𝕨𝕖 𝕙𝕚𝕞."

This got the attention of the locals and the mayor too, who even beneath his scruffy beard were clearly cringing from this message. Something which they had all wished to hear for generations, yet to hear it told? Impossible.

"Whole militias have tried to take him out, and you wish to tell  me that this single unicorn have defeated the herald? Is this another of his tests to test our obedience?"

A large pair of moth wings grew on Thistle's back, as pale and light as the moonlight above on a cloudless night. Her expression were one of annoyance, and in her now glowing eyes, were shown beginning disdain for this meager mortal who were challenging her word.

"𝔸𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕢𝕦𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕍𝕚𝕫'𝕟𝕒𝕪?"

The stallion looked on with a mixture of regret and wonder at the sight, whereas everyone else - even the ones hiding inside and only peeking out to see what would happen - would simple stare on in amazement.

"This light, this must mean... P-Priestess Thistle?"

He got a nod in response, as the light summoned were dismissed again. Something which did not lessen the awe of the town, as one and all bowed down before the specter. A few of the diamond dogs were slow in the uptake and just went with the flow after they saw the rest move, though they weren't sure what were going on.

"The light yet remains then. Please, follow me. The outsider shall gain my personal chambers, and the care befitting of a lord."

He would lead them onwards, and soon get them to a large, wooden hut, wherein he would lead them to the back room, which functioned as his bedroom. A bed, a nightstand, a few books on local legends and such, these were the kinds of things here, which weren't really anything compared to a more high end house in Manehattan, but this were a smaller place too. Someplace that had been under the iron hoof of a mad pony for generations, who made sure they were kept in line and did as told. One of the reasons why the selection of books were so limited here. It were easier to control an area when those inhabiting it didn't have access to the more inspiring tales that might lead to rebellious thoughts. Though they still managed to sneak some in here and there without his knowledge, mixed in with other supplies from varied other towns.

Rising would be put on the bed, and the soft blanket be put over him, whilst the stallion went outside to address the population of Oaksbrook.

"𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕟𝕖𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕖𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕝𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕖𝕩𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕦𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕖𝕕. 𝕀 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕣𝕖𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕟 𝕠𝕟𝕔𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕖𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕕."

With that, Thistle would leave. Soon after, loud cheers could be heard outside, along with the chanting of both Thistle's name, and that of Rising. He would be treated well here, that were certain. He would have a minimum of one visitor within the next ten minutes.

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Pringle looked at the mantis thing. This would be the fight of the century. Pringle stepped up to the thing and ate it.

"How about a pastor?"

"Yeah those are easier to find."

"Or maybe a mayor. It would be great for our political campaign against geese."

Lucid decided to ask Anomaly a question.

"What would happen if I insulted nature in front of the weird nature thing?"

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"There indeed is more to them than anybody else thinks." Ruby replied after sitting down in a way she could look after the bag "I obviously won't reveal too many details, but there is few things I can mention." "Firstly, they are worthless when it comes to money, they are good example of being so old and rare that no creature knows anything about them, besides me of course." "Their worth comes from how due to the way they were created, they can be used other than as form of payment." "Though I haven't figured that way out yet, because I haven't been able to test it due to how rare they are around here."

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Nada checked the door was locked after Berry, then heading to the pool, not hurrying with the swimming since she knew she was bound to be faster than Berry.She could tell from the water when she passed Berry, but continued a little bit, until eventually she rose to the surface and waited for Berry, humming quietly to herself.

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@Blitz Boom "In a way, introduced Princess Bookworm to Cherish, who by the way, apologizes. Got the new Siren settled in with Luna. Then picked up Fah'lina, and now you. My parents place in Manehatten awaits" She looks toward the Doc, "Question Doc, is Ziggy able to travel?"

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Sen followed Gem Stud, keeping himself as distant as he can from the nearby workers. As much as he’d be fine with walking normally to avoid drawing attention to himself, he couldn’t help but try to make much thinner than he looks, and it became awkward to him being so conscious of trying not to touch anything that he’d become an attraction to anyone looking at him. Even the way he walked shifted from normal to waddling to snaking, moving along the wooden path. He couldn’t help it when the pickaxes really spooked him for some reason. 

“Thank you for your help, Gem Stud,” the longma said after he calmed down and began to resume walking normally. 

“We discovered this morning that Filigree was broken out of her cell by a diamond dog gang. They covered their escape well enough that the guards couldn’t follow them. Seeing as they appear to be good at digging, do you see them as a competition or a threat in this kind of work?” 

Meanwhile, Lin observed how Amethyst was packing the heart in the plastic bags and slowly copied Amethyst starting with using some of the bags as a pair of gloves. She hesitated for a bit before picking up another bag and inserting the sealed heart in it. A delicate procedure considering her claws were already poking at the edges of the bag gloves but she did it again, and a third time…

By the time Lin was finished with her sixth layer, she placed the heart down and looked at her covered claws, pondering at what she just finished. She was satisfied but there a look of concern was plastered on her face. 

“Amethyst, are there any side effects from holding the heart with bare claws? Ever since we took the beast heart from Filigree, Sen’s been holding that thing unprotected. Well... he's only held it about twice or thrice since we first got it but I'm worried we might have problems with that."

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"Never pitched you as an avid coin historian. Fancy that."

Spicy were genuinely surprised by this revelation. She figured Ruby were just sort of a thug with a special gift, looking for a quick buck, but just you see what hid beneath the hard outer shell once her new companion peeled a layer off.

"So their worth is not in any value that most folks would know about these days, and they got themselves another use than currency, 'cause they were made in a special way? Sounds like a bit of a treasure hunt you got going there, Ruby. I'd ask what you're looking to gain from it, but stuff like that I'd understand a want to keep a closed muzzle on. Ain't fun to have anypony just swoop in and snatch up your price just in front of ya.

I'll ask this though: Once you get it, are you gonna start trying to take over the country? No offense to ya, but we got enough of those troublemakers already, so can't hurt to ask."

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@Catpone Cerberus

"Heeey, there you were. Figured you'd be further out than this."

Berry sped up to get over to Nada once she saw and heard the humming siren just lay on the riverbank and wait for her. Go figure this one were faster with that escape route, but that were just good. Nice practice for when she got her own, and had to run some panic drills to make sure everything were in order, in case things went real bad. Berry sure were gonna push for Nada to run that at least. Never could be too careful.

"So, fresh air, forest seems clear. What do you fancy doing out here?

Oh hey, we could go check up on that desert area, and see if something's showing? Mighty curious if They are trying their hooves at terraforming or extreme weather manipulation, and figured this were a good place to test it."

It were a pretty strange thing to pop up all of a sudden, and she couldn't remember going there to look up on it yesterday. Were a whole lot to get done then, so it might have been nothing, and she just sorta tuned it out between trying to keep the grinder going and deal with the surge of workers looking for a good cup of joe. Well, that and Nada here, along with her hell-spawn of a squirrel thing. Mighty weird day actually, now that she were thinking about it.

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@Moonlit

"It's okay, it were an accident. I'll tell her that next time we run into her."

"Accident or not, the damages doesn't change from that. Now, that everfree spirit might have helped on the healing, but your leg is still not completely okay. Focus more on flying than walking, and I mean regular flying young lady. None of that strange zigging and zagging I've seen you do."

"Awh, I said I understood it. Normal flight only for at least a day more."

The doctor gave her a narrowed look, then came wandering over to Serenade instead. Her nose wrinkled a little as she smelled salt water for some reason, but with the spa in town, this were hardly the weirdest she'd run into. Bath salts were getting ridiculous at times.

"Keep an eye on her, don't let her strain herself, and make sure she takes her pills every two hours. She's safe for travel long as that is upheld."

"Heeeey, I got it the first time."

Ziggy pouted a little, which the doctor didn't even turn to look at. The zegasus might be a doctor as well, but she were young and full of energy. Too much of it in fact, which is why she needed the pills to keep it in check until she were completely ready again. Hopefully that would be around tomorrow, long as there were not added unneeded strain on her leg.

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@EQ_Theta

Stud saw how jittery the Longma were, though honestly, he shouldn't be too worried about the others here. Most barely noticed he were there as they were busy working, and the few that did, just cast a few curious glances before getting back to the job at hoof. They had a well paying job to do, and that were generally more important than eyeing some outsider that they didn't know about 

Omen wouldn't get many looks, but she would have her own to deal with, as Shrimp were stirring on her back and started to look around at all the gems with flaring nostrils and hunger in his sleepy eyes. Something which Stud also bit notice in, and threw a loose piece of diamond towards it. It were pretty low quality stuff that had been tossed aside for now, so he might as well feed this to this weird, dragon-like creature instead of losing something good to it suddenly reaching out to get something of worth. Omen caught the gem with her tongue and brought it to Shrimp, which did made Stud raise an eyebrow, but he said nothing, until Sen eventually calmed down enough to open his mouth and start talking.

18 hours ago, EQ_Theta said:

“Thank you for your help, Gem Stud,” the longma said after he calmed down and began to resume walking normally. 

“We discovered this morning that Filigree was broken out of her cell by a diamond dog gang. They covered their escape well enough that the guards couldn’t follow them. Seeing as they appear to be good at digging, do you see them as a competition or a threat in this kind of work?” 

"I've seen what she can do. I'm not risking my mine or my country for that to happen again.

And diamond dogs are a mixed bunch. Some of them are opportunistic scavengers looking for a quick place to mine everything they can get. Others are willing to put in some work for it."

He' point towards a burly diamond dog down in the quarry, who were bashing away at some rocks surrounding a few carts worth of diamonds with his massive paws. Said paws seemed to have iron gloves on them, to prevent him from injuring himself too much.

"Lucky is one of a dozen or so I have on rotation who works hard for their gems. Valuable workers if you can reach an agreement with them, but the ones you have a beef with sounds more like the other kind.  The sort my father had to deal with for years on end when it was his turn to take over this mine. What sorta tribe are they in?"

"Diggers'N Thieves."

"Wait, what?! They are running in Equestrian main land now? What sorta idiot are paying them enough to risk getting caught like that? Gotta be somepony with deep pockets and a lucky star hanging above 'em, 'cause if they got caught, they'd talk in a heart beat. They're only looking out for themselves, not whoever is willing to line their pockets."

18 hours ago, EQ_Theta said:

“Amethyst, are there any side effects from holding the heart with bare claws? Ever since we took the beast heart from Filigree, Sen’s been holding that thing unprotected. Well... he's only held it about twice or thrice since we first got it but I'm worried we might have problems with that."

"Honestly dear, I don't know. I know that this thing can infect and overtake whoever touches it, but I don't know what the requirements are. Weak of heart? Greed? An agreement to accept it in? Or is it simply randomly, flourishing when it is no longer dormant? I haven't a clue, and honestly, I dare not to take the chance. For the time being I can only assume that it have gone dormant and didn't have the strength to try and tempt Sen. I have doubts that it will have infected him somehow now though. The creature should need its heart to spread from what I have been told, so if he have not shown any strange signs yet, he should hopefully be fine.

That being said, we may want to check him with a fine comb once he returns, in case the changeling emeralds have started to grow on him from touching the heart. It is better to be safe than sorry."

Sadly, there were a lot that she didn't know of the story of these hearts and how they worked. The one she had spoken with had been reluctant to provide many answers on the subject, and especially when it came to how the hearts in themselves worked. Likely out of fear that the information may be spread, and others would be prone to try and gain power from these beasts, rather than leave them be, as one should do. Perhaps the time for this secrecy were over now though, with one chasing the hearts. They might have been able to detain one of them here, but there were dozens more out in the world. Some likely more dangerous than this one, and they couldn't be expected to deal with it fully if they were walking into things blindly.

Going over to a nearby closet, Amethyst pulled out a pair of cups, and a thermos filled with clear, steaming water, which she'd pour into the first cup, before hovering over the second.

"Some tea dear?"

From the same closet, she'd use her horn to pull out a wooden box of segmented tea leaves, ready to be taken out and stirred into the water, along with a small compartment where small boxes of cream and sugar would be provided, in case either of them wanted that.

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@Lucid_Nightlight

Anomaly looked on as the mantis got eaten, and shrug her shoulders.

"Eh, guess it were too weak to live then. Anyway, stealing a pastor or mayor sounds fun. But which one to choose..."

She stood and thought on it for a little, then went outside and snapped her tail, causing a wheel of fortune to grow out of the ground like a tree, and soon enough stand flourishing and ready for a spin. Ont he board were four options. Pastor. Mayor, Priest, and Giant Octopus.

"Spin the wheel, spin the wheel. Whoever it lands on, we will steal.

And Rose wouldn't hurt you for insulting nature, she'd just start getting snippy and prank you around. I'd be more worried of nature itself getting up and slapping you if you insult it. The grassy bore can be real uppity around here."

A hand of dirt rose up and slapped Anomaly in the back of the head, before going down again.

"See? What did I tell you?"

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