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AURORA LIGHTS

"What's going to happen if I do manage to consume this?" Aurora asked nervously, peering into the jar. She winced at seeing the bile and rock forming the container before lighting up her horn. It was for a brief moment though and it didn't look like she had accomplished any spells with it. "Right. I have no idea how to use my horn," she muttered before sighing heavily. She had only every really used here transformation magic, and even then, it was to briefly recharge her energy. So she had no clue on how to use her horn other than as a night light or a torch. "Here goes, I guess," she added, dipping her hoof into the substance. She brought it out and noted the consistency. Before it could get too far down her leg and fall off, she quickly licked it up. The jelly was held in her mouth for a couple of seconds but after a shudder, she had managed to swallow the jelly with an obvious effort. She ignored the gasps that Thorax and Happy made as she coughed a couple of times. "Ugh. That is so sweet."

@Blitz Boom

KARMIC FATE & ATZY

'Atzy, I don't know about this,' Karmic whispered uncertainly, even as Atzy hopped off the diamond that now had cracks showing through it from the force of the explosion. Atzy ignored her host and followed the newly formed entity behind the throne.

"Just hush. This is going to be a heck of a lot easier of separating us than searching for some stupid ingredients, Karmic." Atzy truly believed this were the case. She knew that they were slowly growing into a singular entity, just like the one that talked with them. She had no idea why, or even how it was possible, but she didn't want to get stuck with a foreseer.

'No, it won't. It's going to hurt like Tartarus. You and I both know it,' Karmic practically hissed, causing Atzy to stumble a couple of steps. She caught herself and simply flicked her ears. A slightly worried expression graced her features, finally ending up in a large chamber that had been housed behind the throne.

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TWILIGHT SPARKLE

"I'd be glad to have you watch over me, Cherish. You may be a ghost, but, you're definitely a nice ghost," Twilight giggled with a small nod. She lit her horn and levitated Cherish's stick before inspecting it. "I know I should go to bed but why this particular stick?" she mused out loud, and turned the stick over in her magic, carefully scrutinizing every single bit of it.

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Ruby didn't pay attention to Marley's chuckles.
"Yes and no." she responded "My greed will never be satisfied, I will always seek more, but there will be a point after which instead of searching for more treasure constantly like I do now, I will only go after more if good opportunity shows itself." "I do not know when this point is reached, but I have a certain goal I know I have to reach before that." "I will kill my mother and take back what is rightfully mine."

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Nada nodded in agreement at Nerzhei's response to Lyriel, she agreed more with the dragon on this one. 
The mention of the desert got her thoughtful again, and after there was place for her to speak she asked "Does either of you know where the desert came from?" "I mean, as far as I have understood, it has just kinda appeared out of nowhere, so there has to be an explanation....speaking of, that reminds me, do you know anything about trouble between my kind and changelings I think they were called? I met one of them when I explored the edge of the desert and they told me to stay out of their desert due to some strife between our kinds."

 

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Hmm? Oh yes. That's the funny thing about Gold! Widdershins nods. It's nearly useless for everything but Status! The sort of thing you'd turn into to make a point of showing others you've transmorphed into gold! Feels like something I'd do, yes, quite.

 Turning into such & such a material seems to be a trend these days with Draconequiz. Knew a chap that turned into a block of Blue Cheese once! Stunk for ages, he did! Chortle!

 We do tend to make/slash/become artifacts often it seems. Feel as if this all ought ring a bell with me somehow...

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@Sekel

  "I believe you've called me a pet at some point. Feels like you have." Kaltrop flatly states, pulling a wing out from between them and draping it over the mare, blanket-like.

" It does come with superior dragon biology. As much flames and Vitriol you ponies spout, I'm surprised you haven't somehow found a way to burst into flame as well! Enjoy me if you wish, if you aren't capable of producing your own body heat." The drake huffidly proclaims in a poorly phrased attempt at a compliment.

 "... shouldn't you... a Little Pony like you, be heading to sleep now? ...not like I'm tired or anything."

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@Blitz Boom

 The lithe blue stallion screeched to a stop in front of Alonsus in an accidentally comedic way, back legs almost buckling over on themselves into a sitting position of shock. 

 " Ah! U-uhm…. c-context w-would..."

Living with a family a lot more... noisier than you got you used to being shouted over. Despite being the eldest and having dealt with these situations of having to acquire aid many a time before, social situations weren't Blither's forte.  Blither could nearly smell the confidence. Honestly struck him a little bit like his siblings and as much luck as he had had with them over the years. Doubt began to creep in like it always did and how to best approach the matter of... well, being the incoming doom the Cephalli Family always was.

 Squeaking & barely audible, the effeminate mare hid behind the powder blue forelock that had flopped to the right of his horn and slightly over the big, blue eyes he was reflexively looking up at Alonsus with. At least, others tended to treat his words with more respect when he always seemed like the least threatening one of the family. Perhaps that tactic would work... it was happening without him trying to anyway.

 Shyly, barely audible and stuttering out sentence fragments that would have made no sense even if he had been able to be heard, he squeezes out his own attempt to get across his frantic concerns. "Y-.. mispronounced.... p-problem, I... I-if th-this is... can..."

 *Meanwhile!!*

 Sunny Flush rushes over the mare, in one deft motion stomping two large hooves on either side of her and easily clearing her chest over the passerby pone and and in the next step, so fluidly clumsy that one would be suspicious of this all being a fae act of looking like a harmless oaf, then tripping up her forelegs with her back in an effort to stop at the last moment. Sailing head over Scarcity without barely grazing her... Sunny falls facefirst into the road's dirt, audibly embedding her face into the path.

 As the dust settles after a poignant pause, the big mare pulls her head out the newly formed face crater.  Without taking notice of what pony got in her way, Sunny starts using both hooves to rub her face of dust and pain. "OWUH!... Ya gave me Face Ouchies! Meany-Mean!"  

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@Sekel

Dia'thiz turned and looked curiously at Atzy for a moment, before moving along in silence. It seemed as if the host and parasite had some issues they were going through internally, that caused their shared body some imbalance.

It was a shame for them to see that these two could not function together. Unity were a glorious thing, combining great minds and bodies to one, and result in a being superior to what either one could be on their own. Of course it were hard, as unity were one thing, but aligning your minds and bodies took time and effort. Yet they could still have gotten there, and even now, if they worked together and thought out what they might both want of this life, the ground work could have been well established.

*sigh* Yet they wished for separate lives, and as could be seen, they were not meant for unification. Even if Atzy would get stuck in Karmic's body, and begin to transform it to suit her old form, it would be nothing more than a takeover. Just one part, erasing the other... What a waste that would be, when there were the option for something much greater.

As they moved along in to the large chamber that had been hidden behind the massive amount of diamonds, they'd find the old inhabitants of the hive. Or well, they'd find a large crystal formation in the shape of an incredibly large changeling egg, glowing softly blue with light slowly reaching across the surfaces and outwards into the cave behind them, seeking to connect to the gemling bodies laying around the mines.

To the side, a bundle of gemlings laid silently. Around a dozen, of varied sizes, sexes, status (one seemed to even be a young, female royal gemling) and with diamonds in their makeup that distinguished them further from one another. One for example, had a diamond in the chest, in the rough shape of a heart, whilst another had a diamond hoof and fang. They all seemed to almost radiate importance and/or power of some kind, unlike the gemlings they had seen until now.

"These were the first of a new breed. The best of our children, whose bodies are meant for the chosen few. We will honor our bargain, by offering you the first choice, before we give the rest to the most deserving of the hive."

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@Sekel

"It were part of the old castle. I think it was part of a statue of some sort, before it fell through the floor."

Cherish had a vague mental picture of a statue of some kind of forest creature, like a deer or something, that had been gifted to the equine leaders a long time ago. She had seen it as she arrived at the castle the first time centuries ago, and several times afterwards too, until the floor collapsed under it, and got smashed in the basement. She hadn't gotten down there again until these strangers had shown up at the castle and she decided on a whim to follow them. This had been a seemingly sturdy piece of the castle that were just laying nearby, so it had seemed like a good pick at the time.

Granted, the statue itself were not technically part of the castle, but it had been there for so long that it apparently had become so. A permanent fixture were seemingly as much part of the castle, as the bricks that were used to build it.

"I don't know how I got stuck there. I think I could float around more freely once, but I've been in the castle for so long that I just can't remember what it was like any more, or when it changed.  I just know know that I can't move far away from the castle anymore. Or part of it, I guess. Perhaps like the statue, I just stayed there for too long, without ever leaving...

A-Anyway, you should get some sleep princess. I'm sure Last will be back before we know it, and like she said, you'd need your energy."

(A six hour skip can be inserted from this point forward, whenever you wish for it to happen)

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@Catpone Cerberus

"Sounds a little... Extreme."

Marley understood not having the best relationship with your entire family, but to have such a distaste for another that you'd want to personally set out and kill them, seemed pretty extreme. What hatred must not lay the ground work for this want to commit the final blow towards your own mother? He could hardly imagine, though it were surely something profound, for it to have gotten to this state.

It sounded like some kind of theft were included in the grief between the two, and that were about all the information he had to work with. Though seeing as they had now gotten to a point o their travel where the street were essentially abandoned, as more owners of this area had to prepare an indoor shop, rather than an outdoor one, which meant they wouldn't be out here and wandering into them constantly. SO soon as he were certain that they wouldn't be overheard, he'd respons to Ruby again.

"Dare I ask what this conflict is about, or does that overstep my boundaries?"

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@Catpone Cerberus

The dragoness and dryad looked at one another as they were inquired about the desert, before both nodding and looking back at Nada.

"We were both there. A sphinx entered the forest, seemingly deciding to settle in, and at some point in the proceedings, she made a desert area that were apparently - for whatever reason, given to a changeling queen. My arm is gauzed partially because I opted to escape from that scene, rather than to try and fight the over-sized cat. The changeling in question is likely the one you met, though whatever conflict is between you and her I haven't the faintest clue. I am barely scratching the surface on the pony/dragon conflict as it is, so my time investigating the same thing between other races have been non-existent."

"No, you got hurt because you had to drag me out. After I caused all of that..."

Lyriel's flowers even seemed to follow her own mood, as when this statement filled her with sadness, the varied flowers growing on her would seem flattened and dying. It would not have a chance to last long though, as Nerzhei went against the line of thought barely a few seconds after Lyriel had stopped talking.

"You were tricked, and you needed help to get out of there. That is all, okay? I'm not dead and my arms still attached, so don't get your vines in a twist over this."

She knew that the dragoness meant well, but Lyriel still could not stop feeling guilty for her part in all of this, and what damage it had done to the forest, the animals, and most importantly, her friend. Sure, her arm had been hurting before that too, and what Nerzhei had then done had not caused it, as much as worsened it, but it still didn't free her of this feeling of guilt she had, over seeing the dragoness with her arm all wrapped up and hanging in a sling like that.

"And speaking of which, could you grow some more of those herbs you gave me the last time? I think that works better than whatever the doctors were thinking of pushing on me."

Lyriel nodded and started on that instantly, with taking some seeds out of a compartment in her bark, and begin to mumble, plant, and use her magic to grow something. It would take some time to go through the entire process, so they'd see in time.

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@Moonlit

Ziggy leaned over to Harmony as she saw the creepy, silent sirens just starring into the air like they were terrified of some great threat.

"Hmm, too scary, maybe?"

It sure seemed like it, but she weren't sure if this wasn't just some other trick. Sirens were tricky in her experience, with how the fries controlled her so easily to do what they wanted her to do, and Serenade's sneaky brain.

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@Widdershins

Alonsus beamed down at the seemingly shy, nervous stallion in front of him, with as warm and friendly a smile as he could muster.

Poor thing were by far not the first that he had encountered that were this way. In Ponyville, quite a few were a bit shy, or nervous at times, and he tried his best to seem as inviting to those as possible, as to ease the tension a bit.

A stark difference from how it had been mere years ago. To think that then, he had been quite skilled at making other scared and nervous about him, repulsed Alonsus these days, and whenever he were met with a fearful glance, it tended to sting quite a bit. He weren't the pony he once were, and Celestia be willing, he'd never go back to that.

He shook his head a little, and his well maintained mane shook glisteningly along in the sunlight.

Such thoughts were not needed right now, or ever, to be honest. They had a new visitor to the town here, and he should gain Alonsus's outmost attention. How fortunate for this one, whomever he may be.

"Ease yourself my friend, and tell me of this problem of yours. The great Alonsus will surely be able to help."

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@Widdershins

Scarcity teleported away the second the impressively large pong seemed to stumble upon herself, as to not end up squashed beneath the goliath. Perhaps she should have done so sooner, but there were some fascination from her side, in seeing a mare of this stature wandering over her, and seeing what a regular pony must feel like to a cat, or her new little pet/ward.

Not that he had been brought along right now. Celestia no, he had to study after all, and it seemed to go well. The teacher had managed to quite quickly convince him not to eat the book, and that were a strong start she'd say, all things considered. It would be fascinating to see how far he could go with the proper education.

Ah, but that were neither here, nor there. As she had teleported away, and the mare made her acquaintance with the ground, she had calmly wandered closer, and waited for the larger mare to rise her head again, and speak her kind.

"I do apologize for that dear. My intention were never to startle you, I were merely curious as it is rare to see one of your impressive stature, and I seem to have placed myself in an unfortunate location whilst doing so.

My name is Scarcity. And who do I have the pleasure of speaking with?"

Scarcity were smiling, and talking kindly to the large mare. Nothing on the outside would betray that she were anything but a well groomed mare, trying to be friendly, except her calm to being face to face with one such as this. Most regular equines would likely be more nervous about being this close to a goliath, such as this one.

Then again, in this town, nopony could really point their hooves at anypony acting weird. Pinkie Pie had ruined the standard for odd behaviour years ago, and Discord had not exactly helped on things. Besides, Scarcity were just a calm soul. Surely there weren't anything sinister about her in the slightest.

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@Sekel

On 1/6/2020 at 6:26 AM, Sekel said:

"What's going to happen if I do manage to consume this?"

"I dunno. You'd get stuck in a tree and we'd have to call the rabbit in to pull you out?"

Thorax gave Happy a weird look as the human changeling gave off his funny, yet clearly underappreciated joke. This right here were the issue with coming from another world. No one here understood his references. Back in his world, this comment would've been a great zinger.

"Bah, you peo- Ponies, wouldn't get a good joke if it bit you in the rear.

Anyway, like the king said Aurora, we got no idea. Perhaps you'll get a growth spurt or something?"

There wouldn't be much else than guesswork towards that sadly, and neither would there be when both Happy and Thorax curiously heard Aurora say thaf she didn't know how to use her horn. Sure, changelings were normally taught some things things early, and via the hivemind, but... Having no idea how to use your horn? How did the poor thing even survive out there? Hay, even Happy knew how to, and he had only been in this world for five years.

And right as That were brewing around their head, the moment of truth arrived, as Aurora dipped her hoof into the honeypot - uuurrg, if was So tempting for Happy to say something here, even if none of the others would get it - and lapped up the substance.

For a while there, ir looked like it wouldn't go down. She might have it in her muzzle, but any changeling could do that. The issue would be holding down the incredibly sweet substa-

On 1/6/2020 at 6:26 AM, Sekel said:

after a shudder, she had managed to swallow the jelly with an obvious effort.

The two of them had let out a big of a gasp alright, and were rightly so gawking at Aurora, as she actually managed to eat the jelly. Might be it hadn't been a smooth ride, but the fact that she had been able to alone told a whole bunch.

"Dude, you're royalty?"

Thorax cautiously took a step towards Aurora, not sure what would happen now that it turned out she were able to eat this - as she said - very sweet substance. Something more fitting for hummingbirds honestly, but a little royal nymph needed a lot of closely packed energy tk grow properly, and the nectar-like substance did the trick.

"Do you... Feel, different? At all?"

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@EQ_Theta

"One side of it, will be to give what information I can on the consortium to the Equestrian law system. Via that, they should be able to make some significant arrests, make some connections I doubt they have before, and generally start to wring in the consortium as a whole. If they share this information with other countries, the impact will become more severe for my former home, as there will be several governments suddenly at their heel at once.

I doubt this will destroy the consortium as a whole, but it might force a change in leadership through potentially non-violent means, which could have a great impact on the future of the thestral town they mainly operate from.

As for the time I will spend behind bars... It will not generally help anyone that I am there, but it will make those whom I impacted know that the law did not ignore my actions. It wil bring a measure of closure to them, if they are informed of it that is. I did my work well, so it wasn't often that my involvement were known.

Truth is Sen, I don't want to go to prison. But after everything that's happened, I know that I need to be judged for my actions, and then accept the outcome, no matter how grim it might be.

I hope that I can breathe fresh air again before I grow grey, but I wouldn't say it were unfair if they thought differently, considering all the harm I've done. I have heard of those who impacted less, who got a one way ticket to Tartarus, though... I sincerely hope it does not go that far. Hopefully they can see some point in keeping me in this realm, to provide further information, so thag it doesn't go to such extremes."

If he wanted to, Rosa could likely keep the law at bay for the rest of his life, but what were that going to help? Nothing. It would just drag things on, as his guilt and feeling of self loathing made his nightmares worse and worse. It were better to just get it over with, and then hopefully be able to live with himself a little better.

"Besides, how do you think Stargazer would feel, if I simply avoided a court room? Connecting behind bars will be a trying experience, but at least he might be willing to talk to me like that. At least I show responsibility for my actions then."

It might still be that his brother refused to have anything to do with him, but at least like this, he would have tried, and a maybe were definitely bettter than a definitive no, in his opinion. Especially when it regarded the only family he had left.

Meanwhile, in Mother's realm, the ancient creature simple watched on, as Lin communicated with the orb. She had question, and several things to say about the exchange that they had, but she had patience, and would wait until they were done with their talk first. Lin had travelled far to speak with them first and foremost after all. It would not be kind to take that from her, simply because Mother were curious about something.

"I understand, but please, if anything happens, do not hesistate to come back and ask for help."

Mother ran a claw gently down Lin's face, making sure not to harm the small creature who so little time ago, were but a creature alien to the large bat-like Mother. How things had changed, since she decided to allow entrance to her chamber, for her and Sen alike, but she were happy that she had. She would not say it out loud, but this child were in many ways one of her most favored, even if their relationship had lasted only days, and Mother already had high hopes for Lin. Something told her that one day, the longma hybrid were destined for something special.

"You are a sweet child, Lin. I pray that never changes, no matter how cruel the world might sometimes be. Make sure to stay cautious, and please send my well wishes to your siblings."

Though tired and drained, Mother's smile were as warm as ever, as she said one of hopefully countless farewells between Lin and her in the times ahead. The longma had an important task ahead of her now, taking care of the spirits of the orb as they decided on whag path to take, and it were something which she did not envy the child. Dealing with the desparted in any fashion, were a burden, even if it were rewarding too, in its own way.

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“I certainly will. Before I leave, however, I just want to ask you something. How do you do it? Matters involving the lives of others? How can you be certain you’re making the right choice? I feel like I’m going to be in that position with our friends here in the orb.”

It might not exactly be the same thing, Lin deciding the lives of the scholars trapped in the orb and seemingly unable to decide what to do, and with Mother deciding whether or not to send the unformed ones with masters who can look after them. The former, from Lin’s perspective, appears to be a choice to decide the lives of beings much older and probably wiser than her. If their magic is tied to the orb, then what becomes of the knowledge kept within? The one choice that lies with the matter definitely carries plenty of consequences whichever way she chooses.

As for Sen, he had grown sullen over what Rosa mentioned but he understood why it had to be done. Lacking understanding of the way the legal system worked in Equestria compared to home, it was an eye-opener even if it isn’t what he expected. Still, this was one of those things that were pointless to go against and Rosa has made up his mind. Perhaps it is time the longma accepted that and honored the thestral’s choice. 

“There’s honor in that, accepting consequences and responsibility,” Sen replied calmly, no longer willing to fight the inevitable. “It’s… going to be different after tomorrow. In case I won’t have a chance to say it later: it is an honor to go on this adventure with you. I’m certainly going to miss that, even if we didn’t hit it off well on our first meeting. We’ll make the effort to visit you when time permits.”

“And if we have the chance to speak tomorrow’s trial, Lin and I will make that count.” 

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KARMIC FATE & ATZY

'Atzy, please! This is going to be painful for both of us! Don't do this!' Karmic pleaded within Atzy's mind. The mare shook her head at Karmic and snorted.

"Shut it, Karmic Fate," Atzy growled under her breath. The giant changeling egg did fill her with dread the longer she looked upon it though. The light was soft and didn't harm her eyes, but for whatever reason, a sense of terror and fear filled her nonetheless. She found her gaze drawn to the small pile of important-looking Gemling bodies at Dia'thiz's gesture and cautiously trotted to them. She shuddered as she nudged each one with her hoof, feeling the odd texture of chitin mixing with the harsh smoothness of diamonds; trying to see which one caught her eye. Somewhere amongst the pile, what looked to be a royal gemling filly, kept dragging her eyes to it. "I haven't chosen yet, Dia'thiz, I just want one question answered before I do. Why is a royal gemling here? I thought you gemlings, from what you told us at least, were created in a test tube."

@Blitz Boom

TWILIGHT SPARKLE

"Between you and Last, something tells me I should actually listen," Twilight giggled. She nodded to herself and left everything where it was in the map room. "Okay. I guess I'm going to bed. You said you wanted to watch over me Cherish, well, hopefully you won't need to do anything while I sleep," she told the friendly ghost. Levitating the stick in her magic, she made a mental note of the runic markings all along the surface and at an easy trot, set off for her bedroom. It happened to be close to the library. It was a regular sized room with crystal walls and a crystal ceiling. The princess has done what she could to make it homely, with pictures of her five friends dotted around the place, on bookshelves and on beside tables. The shelves lining the walls were filled with even more books, separated from the library. In a corner of the room where there were light scorch marks, housed a basket with a pillow and blanket. The bed in the center of the room was a double with a simple sheet depicting a six-pointed purple star, much like Twilight's cutie mark. "I guess the stick can go on the bedside table. How much room are you able to move about in, Cherish?"

@Blitz Boom

AURORA LIGHTS

"What are those looks for?" Aurora asked nervously, noticing both Thorax and Happy gawking at her. She stared back at them for a couple of minutes before it hit her, eyes widening in realisation. "I swallowed. I managed to swallow it. I'm royalty?" she squeaked and coughed a couple of times into her hoof suddenly. She took her hoof from her mouth and blinked, noticing the same goo the other changelings used now dripping from her hoof. Her ears flicked, Thorax's question now registering in her mind. "Um. Tingly. Lots of pins and needles over my body. It feels like I'm in the wrong body. Nothing too bad," she told him without looking away from the goo she had coughed and whimpered slightly. "I've never had this happen before."

@Widdershins

DAWN STREAK

"You're tired," Dawn giggled, snuggling underneath Kaltrops's wing before poking her head out. She looked up at the teenage drake and blinked a couple of times. "I can see it in your eyes. You claim to not be tired yet," she yawned and then settled in on the floor. "We can sleep, I guess," she murmured. "You're very safe ... thank you," she added softly before falling asleep with light snoring merging from her moments later.

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@Blitz Boom 'Silver' is the first to recover, and smirks. She knows the perfect way to shake her older sister out of her funk. She gets down low, in pounce mode and slowly works her way forward. She stops, looks back at ziggy and seems to ask with her eyes, 'permission to pounce'.

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@Widdershins
"Why would you turn yourself into a statue on purpose?" Cerberus questioned "Even for nonsensical creature it's quite nonsensical in my opinion." "And since we are at the topic, why is gold so great anyways? it's yellow metal." 

@Blitz Boom
"It's combination of things." Ruby stated, not giving any indication that the matter would be in any way sensitive. "First I think you should know how our family structure works...there isn't one, we are loners." "Offspring is taken care off only as long as necessary before it's chased away, and the time you're taken care of isn't that great either, you quickly learn how harsh place the world is, it's actually a little surprising that most of us survive until maturity." "Though usually family matters enough that we don't purposely go after our own bloodline, for obvious reason, but there's always exceptions, my mother being one." she didn't show any specific emotions as she spoke, but it wasn't hard to tell that hate was plenty.

"I don't know what her problem with me was, but she attacked me pretty quickly after I had managed to settle down in my own territory, and as little as I want to admit it, she was stronger. Quite annoying considering it took me at least 50 years to settle down....competition is tough around there." she let out a short growl "She drove me away from my own territory, and when I returned my collection was gone." "I would have gotten my revenge already but certain complications appeared and I ended up leaving my homelands." 

 

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Nada became thoughtful after the answer and didn't pay too much attention to the follow up as it really wasn't any of her business. She didn't know much about other creatures, but she knew enough of sphinxes that there had to be ulterior motive for it giving a desert to a changeling, though that was where her ideas ended. 

"Can I ask what kind of injury your arm has? You of course don't have to, but I'd like to know if there's any way I can help." she wasn't a doctor by any means, but she had seen many injuries in her life and wanted to know if that knowledge would help in this situation.

 

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@Blitz Boom @Dreadmare

Azure sits up in Thunder’s mane and stared at the door as Thunder was about to knock on it. She also told Shell about her opinion on his mane and tail.

”Well, you may be right Shell, but that’s because he’s working near the ocean, where the salt and wind can really roughen up your mane and tail. I know, I’ve flew to the sea once, and I had to spend hours brushing my mane and tail to be soft again.”

Azure turned back and started brushing her tail softly, the soft feeling pleasing her.

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@Sekel

"Gemlings... Yes, we like that name. That moniker will suit us well."

Dia'thiz had not named her hives special changelings up to this point, yet hearing this one used by Atzy, made it moot to think of it too. It were a word combined of gems and changelings, as their name were united between beast and changeling. What could be more fitting than this, for their new breed?

Yet, other things Atzy had said confused them. Notions of things they had said, which did not ring true in their ears, along with words that held no meaning.

"We know not what a test tube is, but we have been clear of our origins. The queen found the mine, discovered the prisoner within, and a pact were made. She willingly wandered inside, and through untold years, we have laid silent and dormant. Unable to leave on our own, but united in harmony. And together, we saved her hive, just as were promised.

As for this, the body of royalty, grown strong on purest, flowing gems. It holds great potential, but we can birth more, and our word were to give you what body you desired most.

Though remember, being of royalty means you have more than power as your potential. It holds the gift of life within, as we learned all queens hold. A blessed womb, which could one day lead you to raise a hive of your own."

One of gemlings that were, though Atzy would not be the same as Dia'thiz. She did not hold the influence of an ancient being within her, just the DNA of their secluded kind, and as royalty, the potential to one day be a hivemother in her own right. One like any other changeling, just with the gems within and outside her being, and no need to harvest love of the warm blooded.

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@Sekel

The princesses room weren't what Cherish had thought at all.

Back in the old castle, she had often seen Luna and Celestia's rooms, and even stripped down of the essentials, it were easy to see the splendor they had contained. Great artwork who had once been hanging on the walls, along with flags and banners of their marks still hanging in more and more tattered states as time went on. The beds were large and exquisite, the view breathtaking, and overall, it just gave off a first impression of luxury and comfort.

Still, as she had eventually found the leftover diary of Princess Luna, Cherish hadn't really been back at those rooms often. Reading the princess's descent from a benevolent, loving mare to a resentful and jealous ruler, who were growing increasingly bitter of the ignorance her night sky got... It painted the sights in the room, and even the views from the windows, in a sad light. The tragic tale of one sister not feeling appreciated, while her older sibling stayed ignorant of the problem for far too long.

It were one thing hearing about the princess being sent to the moon, but reading the steps towards that breaking point, were another side to that story that she were not thrilled to know, yet were well aware that she could not just forget out of nowhere. It stuck to her, though out of respect for the princess of the night, she'd never tell what she had read, nor hoof over the diary to anypony but her. Cherish had made sure to hide it somewhere that nopony would just stumble over, so it would remain safe until one day, she could retrieve it and deliver it to the princess herself. Perhaps one of the first things she should do when she were freed from her bonds? A thing to think of another day.

To turn back to the talk of rooms, Twilight's room were not like the bedrooms of the previous princesses. It honestly looked more like their library, or living room, where somepony had dragged a bed into. Quite honestly, she preferred this over the others though. It felt more personal, and had a sort of warmness to it that the others lacked.

The little floor bed were a curious sight too. The first she had seen in regards to Spike as far as she recalled, and it really did show how tiny he must be. The little dragon must not be very old, judging by this, or at least very stunted in growth. A little curious too how he had a bed more reminiscent of that she'd expect from a pet, but it might just be he liked this sort of thing. it didn't feel like she had to right to judge on the relationship between him and Twilight until she saw some actual interactions and knew better.

"Your room looks lovely. I thi- Wait, w-what? Oh, room, r-right."

Cherish had been floating upwards a bit to get a better view, though as she stumbled over her words trying to get to answering the princess after her somewhat mesmerized state, she got closer and closer to the ground, until she stood in front of the princess again, with a bit of an awkward blush on her face.

"A few meters. It's not much, but I can reach the door from here I think?"

Cherish would try, and rightly so, she could just reach the door, and get her head halfway through the door from this distance, before the invisible limitation stopped her from going further. So she could keep the door guarded, and even see if she heard somepony get closer, but couldn't interact much unless they got inside, or literally hugged the door.

If the princess wanted to sleep now, Cherish would vanish from sight, and just keep silent as she watched over the room, unseen herself. She wouldn't do anything to get notice of herself unless somepony went in here. If that somepony were a small dragon, she would only do so if he tried to wake up Twilight, at which case she'd manifest and hold a hoof over his mouth whilst shushing him. Because somepony slightly see through appearing out of nowhere in your bedroom were going to be greatly calming...

Honestly, it might end badly, but they'd see.

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@Sekel

The two of them looked on with curiosity, as well as some degree of concern as Aurora started to talk about how this small taste were making her feel. Combine that with the goo in her hoof made things seem like yeah, she were having some degree of change from this, but in what capacity? Were it good or bad? The goo didn't look bad, as spitting goo wasn't all that unusual for changelings, and especially not queens, since their variant were part of the liquid inside conversion cocoons. A bit of info Aurora were best off not knowing likely.

As for the pins and needles... Well, she didn't look physically different right now, so it were hard to say. Might be nothing?

"I'm not s-"

"Just gonna interrupt you here, alright? Not gonna help if you pop in with nothing here, no offense.

So Aurora, you saying pins and needles, and you're spitting up some goo? Now this here's gonna sound gross, but think you could spatter a bit of that towards the ground over at me? If that's what I think it is, I might be able to calm your nerves about that just being sorta normal. Not sure about the rest though, so... Give it a few more minutes and see if it gets better or worse?"

With their luck, they'd have messed this up somehow, with Aurora getting just enough of the jelly to impact her somewhat, but far from enough to cause the actual transformation, though what then would happen? Would she suddenly go coo coo for royal jelly and just down the entire jar in a ravenous fit? Urgh... This is the one time that even Thorax would agree that it would be good to have Onache here. She might know what to expect from all of this, whereas they were a bunch of clueless bug brains.

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@Catpone Cerberus

Marley were honestly surprised that he got an answer to his inquiry. He had been certain that she would either dismiss it, call him out for needing to shut his beak, or just give a vague, half-answer with little to no context or meat to it. This however, had been quite the information dump, and most certainly explained things in a reasonable way. Reasonable for dragons mostly, but you had to think of this in that context too, or it would just seem meaningless.

"I can certainly see why you'd want to exert vengeance upon her, with this being the case. Even if your variant are not too fond of family life, this is simp-"

Marley stopped talking as a pony came from the path they were headed, and walked towards them whilst whistling joyfully. By the looks of things, he had been at some kind of shop down the street. A specialized store it seemed, judging by the faint smell of roasted chestnuts and bourbon that wafted from the unmarked bag in his grip.

The two of them would exchange a small wave and smile as they passed. Not that this were anyone that Marley knew, but the pony had acted friendly, and as such, he'd do the same, and be on his way quietly until he knew that one to be out of hearing range, and no others around to listen in.

"As I were saying, it seems a horrendous way to act, even when you take into consideration what you tell of family ties in your area. One should at least have enough respect for their offspring to let them keep their hard earned property, if not their territory.

I take it that you collecting riches have something to do with a requirement to return to your homelands, but after that, are you certain that you can handle her on your own? Time have passed, but she too may have gotten stronger, no?"

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@Catpone Cerberus

"Pressure and heat damage, mainly.

Before I helped Lyriel, I had to deal with an infectious pony that needed constant supervision to not do something horrendous. As a part of trying to reel in her idiocy, I had to forge something. A necklace of sorts, and for that, I needed a hammer. Something which I did not have, so I used my geomancy to cover the lower part of my arm, as well as my hand, in thickly pressed rocks to work as that.

In hindsight this were a poor decision, yet the pony in question got me to act irrationally with her tomfoolery."

"Were that the one whom the sphinx sent away?"

Lyriel looked uncomfortable as she said this, as she were not certain of what to think of that whole thing. She understood the need to get rid of the pony, with the damage she caused, but... Her fate were unknown, and it still made Lyriel kind of sad that things might have been saddled with a rather bad ending.

"Yes. Whatever happened with her I don't know, but harsh as it may sound, it is best that she is not around anymore.

Now then, to get back to topic, my arm were not feeling well, and afterwards, when I had to escape with Lyriel, I used my bad arm to keep hold of her, whilst using geomancy to dig our way out of there. Quite frankly, I did not feel well when we got to the castle, and the doctors that eventually got a hold of me, were very specific in my need to keep my arm rested until it passes. Just need time according to them.

And in case you don't know, geomancy is a variant of magic that's more elemental. In this case, earth based. I'm one of the small number of dragons who can not just use magic, but have also trained it. You'd be surprised how many of my kind are brutish idiots who wouldn't know the difference between a book and a sandwich."

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@Moonlit

If Ziggy were nodding any harder at the filly, her head might pop off. There were nothing in her being that wanted to not see see Serenade's little sister, jump her and rattle her out of the state she were in. Quite frankly, she had half the mind just joining in.

...Actually, why not? Hehe, that'd be fun! Soon as the fry would pounce Serenade, then so would Ziggy. They'd get her back to reality with a double decker snuggly bug hug assault!

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@EQ_Theta

"I'm rarely sure that I send them to better things.

The unformed children are meant to gain another chance, and I try not to send them with anyone whom I perceive to be a cruel master, but I can never be sure if they are merely lying, or if the world my children goes into will receive them well. It is a constant worry that I carry heavily on my shoulders."

Mother yawned, and the inside of her large, fanged mouth revealed basically nothing but teeth, darkness, and a faint glow from deep within. It might be curious what were there, but considering that would be akin jumping into the open maw of a whale, that seemed like a really bad idea to explore.

"Yet, I still let them go, and find out what sorrows or joys are there to explore, because that is life. It is dangerous and wonderful all at the same time, and tough I worry greatly for each and every one of you, I know that much as I wish to nurture and protect you all, the best I can do is to know when to let go, and have you learn from the great unknown.

One day, when you have children of your own, you too will be faced with a time where you have to let them leave the nest, and go into the world. It is only natural to be worried for them, as I am for you, but such is life. It is never as perfect as one may wish for it to be, nor as safe."

Being a mother were never easy. Trying to keep your children safe were a harrowing task, even for someone as strong as she were, and sadly you couldn't always succeed. Sometimes accidents happened, or they got ill, or Mortimer forbid, someone did something to them. And even if you succeeded in keeping them safe until adulthood, they were eventually bound to want a life of their own, at which point your ability to keep them safe were limited.

Yet seeing how happy they could get, made it all worth it in the end. And she could personally attest that there were more good stories than bad, among the thousands of children who had over the eons left this realm.

"Still, I will admit that there are times when I have little choice in the matter. Some creatures who have wandered here could threaten my children, were they to be denied the same option I give others. The one whom took your foe, (incomprehensible gurgling sounds) were one such creature. At least (half-screeching, coughing sound) are thriving there, despite my worst fears."

On 1/8/2020 at 10:01 AM, EQ_Theta said:

“It’s… going to be different after tomorrow. In case I won’t have a chance to say it later: it is an honor to go on this adventure with you. I’m certainly going to miss that, even if we didn’t hit it off well on our first meeting. We’ll make the effort to visit you when time permits.”

“And if we have the chance to speak tomorrow’s trial, Lin and I will make that count.” 

"I feel blessed to have met you, Sen. Your sister and Omen too. Despite what I have done, or what I have brought you through, you've given me your trust and friendship, and I will never forget that."

Rosa gave a genuine smile to Sen. It had been years since he could just be himself, actually open up, and feel like he didn't have to watch his back around others. Sen, Lin, Omen and to a lesser extend Shrimp, had shown him a level of acceptance through the highs and lows that he did not think possible of anyone, though he greatly appreciated that they had taken the risk with him. It meant more than he could say in words, though if he were pressed for it, he could likely get a rough estimation with about three hundred pages and a pen capable of writing in small font.

"And don't worry, even if I'm behind bars, I will lend you my consul, when it comes to your elders. Long as you bring the items I presented you with, and listen carefully of what I have to say of them, I have no doubt that you can speak in my stead, and make them understand the issue with isolating yourself. You're a highly capable being, Sen. From what I've both seen and heard, I son't doubt that you can get anything done that you set your mind to, long as you get a little help."

It might take them some hours for Rosa to tutor Sen in the intricacies of explaining cause and effect to stubborn elders, as well as present them with things that could decimate a smaller community, without access to the outside worlds knowledge and/or medicine, but with the right degree of explanation, and enough mock trial runs, the thestral were certain that it could be done.

It would be worse if he had to get Omen to do this. Somehow, he just knew that she'd manage to set something on fire, or eat poison. Potentially both. The way she acted, he were honestly certain that Discord had to make her as sturdy as he had, just to ensure she didn't accidentally blow herself up or something.

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@Rainbows2424 @Dreadmare

"Yeah, sea air and water is like that. I rummage around the ocean all the time, so I gotta use loads of specialized products to keep my mane and tail soft. Well, not Now, since they've burned off, but soon as they grow out again I have to go back to those."

It were kinda strange not to have her flowing tail and mane anymore, but oh well. Small sacrifices for the greater good, right? And it could be worse. The follicles could've been ruined, so she'd remain bald forever. That'd kinda suck, even if she could get a wig.

"Just gotta make sure to use the right things for a good, soft mane and tail. I use Weed Souffle's products personally. Does no damage to the environment, is fairly priced, and it really works wonders."

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He chuckles "Oh I can just imagine Zephyr's reaction to seeing my mane and tail so full of salt" he'd laugh "As far as I'm aware, he's actually a mane stylist" he'd say with a laugh in his tone as he reached up and knocked on the door.

Pretty soon the door would creak open and Mrs Shy put her head out "H-hello?" she'd ask then smile "Oh Thunder, you're home, please come in" she would say "Your marefriend too" she'd say, not meaning much by it, just that he had a friend that was a mare. 

Thunder smiles "Thanks mom" he'd say, letting Shell in first "Mom this is Shell Tooth, she's from the Coastal Guard, and this little one" he points to the little mare in his mane "Is Azure" he'd smile "The reason Shell is here with me, is that I have successfully enlisted into the Coastal Guard, I was able to get here because of a spell the Lieutenant put on us"

Mrs Shy smiles and hugs him "Oh my, my boy is all grown up and in the guard now" she smiles "and two mares? wow" she smiles sheepishly "Welcome to our home, miss Shell Tooth and miss Azure"

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KARMIC FATE & ATZY

'Atzy, no. We can think through this. We can use Enzo's help! We don't need this Queen's help! We don't even know her!' Karmic pleaded with Atzy but it fell upon deaf ears. Atzy took in a calming breath and let it out slowly. She thought hard about the different gemlings within the pile. Despite Karmic's attempts at dissuading her, Atzy could not stop thinking about the royal gemling. She didn't know her past life before she was a parasitic sludge, and frankly most of the memories she held were of when Karmic was a filly. Coming into the mine did trigger some kind of memory but it had gone by too quick for her to even register it had happened. While staring at the royal gemling, she spoke to Dia'Thiz.

"I do now know how the process works. I do not know what my life was before I bonded with Karmic Fate. But I do know that I cannot stop thinking about the royal gemling. I think I ... as odd as it sounds, I think I have to be with the royal gemling. If that makes any sense," Atzy spoke quietly but loud enough the entity to hear. Her tone suggested reverence and awe rather than the fear she heard from Karmic rattling around in her mind. "If it's okay with you, Queen Dia'Thiz, can I merge with the royal gemling?"

@Blitz Boom

TWILIGHT SPARKLE

"Is everything alright Cherish?" Twilight asked in slight concern, climbing into her bed. She snuggled within the sheets and rested her head on the pillow before facing the ghost. "You seemed out of it. Too much in your head. I know what that's like. Kinda funny to see it on a ghost, however, I'm glad you have free reign to move around the room from where I placed the stick," she added with a small giggle, nodding her head towards Cherish's stick on the nearby bedside table.

@Blitz Boom

AURORA LIGHTS

"Normal?" Aurora squeaked. "What about me spitting goo is normal!?" she asked in a panic. Her wings fluttered nervously, slightly lifting her off the ground. She touched back down a moment later and coughed, managing to spit another wad of goo in front of Happy's feet. "I'm never going to get used to that feeling," she muttered in a disgusted tone. "It's like I'm spitting up a piece of my body along with it. As for the needle pricking," she sighed and shook herself with a tiny groan. "it's really starting to hurt. It's constant, and won't stop ... maybe some more Royal Jelly? But then that would result in more goo, more pain, and potentially worse things!"

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DAZZLE GLEAM (whoever wants to interact with her just buzz)

Heading out of the nearby forest of the Everfree, a normal-looking pony gasped for air. She was amber-coloured, had a matted mane and thin, tapered tail from her time in the Everfree that stretched down her back and coloured indigo, purple, and red. It hid her ears for now and she gazed at the town in front of her. "It's taken so long to get here!" Dazzle cheered. She did a little dance before immediately righting herself and cleared her throat. Being thankful to have only been in the fringe of the forest for that part, she stepped out fully and ruffled her feathers to relieve the nervousness she suddenly felt from approaching a town full of ponies. "At least in the Everfree I only had myself."

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"City ponies are more caught up in their own lives to pay all that much attention to what's going on around them," Rising chuckled as a taxi stallion and his carriage pulled up to the curb of the O.M.I. when flagged down by the detective.  "Go ahead, it'll be fine," the unicorn offered and motioned ladies first to enter the cab with a smile.  Their travels weren't all that far nor along particularly populated routes.  For most of the trip it would just be the pair in the cab of the taxi pulled by a stallion more focused on the roads than a bauble looking in on Harrowmark.

Settled into the cab, Rising gave the directions to the driver, who quietly nodded his head and trotted them away from the O.M.I.  The trip should give Lily plenty of time to affix the scry to the Hearth's Warming ornament.  This was the first time Rising had been out on the streets since Twisted's attack on the city.  His attention much more focused on what was happening outside the cab than in it.  It had been a few days since the attack, but the affects were apparent to the resident of Manehatten pony.  The streets had been mostly cleaned up, making them more clean than they usually were.  Local city law enforcement, rescue agencies and the good will of the local city ponies appeared to have done a great job.  The underline message though was less ponies on the street, even this time of the evening.  A few more on edge parents keeping their children closer than usual and much more brisk paces.  Far a few between, most appeared to have moved on.  Equestria couldn't claim it wasn't a frequent victim of strange and catastrophic events.  A sad tell indeed.  He'd have to get further details from his work when the time permitted, but based on their appearances, the agency was in full swing in regards to damage control. 

The cab stayed mostly on the main road, heading from one side of the city to the other.  Long passing the apartment complex Rising lived in and even passed the townhouse his parents currently take residence.  Only having to stop at a few intersections every now and then as a police pony directed the flow of traffic.  As they moved on, the buildings became larger, more expensive.  Made of much more valuable materials and greater degrees of decoration.  Gated homes and apartments well outside of what a detective could afford.  Most definitely heading to the high class part of the city.  Even Minty lived out this way, but that wasn't their destination.  Nor did it appear to be one of homes.  The cab stopped at the curb next to what looked to be a lavish park with exotic plants and birds.  Bash often came up to this park when he wasn't tending to his own garden that made the designer of this one most jealous.  Rising's target though, was the out of place looking food cart.  Climbing out of the cab, he paid the driver with a few Bits.  "Ever have a hayburger before?" he inquired of his companion. 

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It isn’t exactly the same thing, deciding to let someone go and live their lives away from the comfort of home versus choosing to potentially end one but perhaps the idea is similar. That is a big weight to carry either way and in some ways, Lin isn’t quite sure if having that responsibility on her shoulders is going to help her rest easier. But she asked Mother about her thoughts on the matter and she got her answer. All she could do is ponder on it. Perhaps circumstances might throw her a curveball and her agency on this choice would fall to someone else or the gravity of the choice will lessen. 

“I see. It’s something I’ll need to think over. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this,” Lin hugged the claw Mother reached out to her before letting go and opening a gate nearby. “Rest well, Mother. Until we meet again.”

As for Sen, he was holding back the urge to say more, having stated the crux of his piece to Rosa. Though he had a lot more heartfelt words in mind, it would be saying the same thing. But what Rosa mentioned last, having to carry on with introducing the wider world to the elders, that was a very tall order. That feeling of dread, the grumbling in his gut that makes him feel small against the power wielded by the council of elders, was putting on a lot of pressure. Rosa’s confidence in the young longma would be the resolve he needed to continue and to see it through.

“Your words… I’ll remember them. And now that you mentioned it, I’m definitely looking forward to hearing about these items and how showing them can convince the elders back home to consider opening up our boundaries.”

Not long after this did a gate open by the cave entrance and Lin walking through it. Looking well rested but still seemingly doubtful, she approached Rosa and Sen, attempting to hide her own insecurities with a veneer of excitement. Even her walk had that confident strut, her mind set to finding success in their next endeavor. 

“I’ve got our translators here! Hey, uh, where’s Omen?”  

The longma revealed the golden orb, the same one Sen remembered from their previous adventure. An unlikely group whose knowledge helped them out more than they could expect, maybe they can extend their vast knowledge again. Wonder if Omen might remember them? 

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On 12/17/2019 at 3:48 AM, Blitz Boom said:

"I think I am rather set in my choice. Brittle? What do you think? Chocolate is primarily made of sugar, milk, and cocoa beans, which you have had safe interactions with previously, yes?"

"I-I've eaten c-cookies with h-hops and h-honey..."

"That should contain the same ingredients then. It might be the safer option right now, and then we can go through some of the berry options one of the other days, when it seems calmer and there's less an issue if they have a negative effect."

Brittle nodded slowly, which even though Briar couldn't see it, he felt, considering she stood more or less leaned up against him completely, and he had gotten used to these sorts of ques from her at this point. It wouldn't work well if he didn't try at least, seeing as her verbal communication still needed quite a lot of work, and he were still getting used to seeing. Small steps with that meant that it'd likely be weeks, or even months before he could safely have them open all the time. And colt did he look forward to that day.

"Excellent. So I will have a random sirup option, and Brittle will try the cookie dough then. Unless there's additional ingredients in it, such as hazelnuts or soy? If not, then it seems the safest choice we could go by."

 

Velvet smiled at the pair. "Hazelnuts would be a separate topping or flavor and soy is an alternative for ponies with allergies to your usual dairy products. I won't be long." He said, pushing the door open and entering the shop.

He addressed the pony at the counter warmly and politely as he usually did, placing the order for his new friends. It wouldn't take long to be served on a good day, he hoped, rejoining Briar and Brittle with the ice cream. Briar's was topped with maple syrup, a common topping in Vanhoover, owing to the maple trees that grew there in abundance.

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@Blitz Boom @Dreadmare

Azure responds to Shell’s comment.

“Huh, maybe I should try that mane care product, Shell. The ones I use aren’t really effective at the moment. And, I didn’t know you lost your mane and tail! Hopefully they’ll grow back.”

Azure looks around the Shys family house, gazing at old photos of Fluttershy and Thunder.

“Wow, this place looks nice. You grew up here, right Thunder? All these years later, you decided to visit your colthood home again for old memories. Nice and nostalgic.”

Azure thanks Mrs Shy for her greeting.

”Thanks, Mrs Shy. I’m a friend of your daughter, Fluttershy, I know her quite a bit, she’s friendly.”

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@Blitz Boom The Fry turns back to her prey, it was larger then her, but the Glory she would receive from taking down such a dangerous predator, surely she'd get hugs and headpats and maybe muffins. Keeping low she crept forward, this prey was vulnerable in only a single spot. With a mighty roar she leaped, and landed directly on Serenade's back and she began tickling her older sister. Serenade is shocked, her wings flared and she collapses, laughing uncontrollabl

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@Sekel

"As you wish."

There would be no warning, or words that Atzy and Karmic needed to brace themselves after this. The instant Dia'thiz were done talking, the process would begin in a rather... Crude fashion.

That being, their three horns let off a flash, and a thin, flexible tube of diamond with a needle at the end, shot out of the ground and injected itself directly into Atzy's chest. Something which would make Enzo cringe and take a step forward, ready to stop what looked like the queen trying to kill, rather than save. Yet, another flash and he'd find his paws would be overgrown with rapidly rising diamonds, not going above his ankles, but making sure to keep him in place. His attempts at using the parchment to do something would be futile beyond that too, as it would just be cut to shreds by more diamond rising from the ground or smash out of the walls, which would go to work on keeping his meddling at bay.

As for Atzy, she'd feel some degree of pain likely, as the needle did not hit anything vital, which would've broken the agreement of letting Karmic leave safely, but it were forcibly sucking her right out of the mare's body, and down the tube, which would hurt them to some degree, depending on how far the binding had gone along. Though regardless of how close they were, they'd get every last bit of the parasites essence out, and when they were done, would withdraw the needle, and let Karmic fall to the ground, as the mare would likely feel pained, exhausted, and violated in strange, unpleasant ways.

Very calmly, the entity would then turn to the body that Atzy sought above others, and without a glimmer of emotion, would have the syringe plunge directly into the half-crystallized heart of the royal gemling.

Atzy should be feeling herself getting into a reverse process of what had gone on with Karmic. Her essence would be spread out, and would likely latch on as it had to Karmic, which would then give place for the parasite to slowly take over this body too, just without the resistance of a host with a resisting being within it, as this vessel were empty of any consciousness. Alive and at perfect health, but empty.

Then, the entity's horn started to grow, and things might go a little painful then...

Every gem on the royal gemling's body would start to pulsate with an increasingly blue light, as ancient, primordial magic flowed through this being and forced Atzy's essence to not overtake and corrupt per se, but instead fill out and be united with this body. Making it as pure as when she had seen it, but also stitched together with her, as a soul to its body.

The whole process from injection to complete unification of Atzy and this empty vessel, would take about ten seconds, though it'd likely feel like hours for the parasite. And when everything were done, and the united queen had all of them in a bind, with the sphinx locked down, and the these two equines drained and needing to recuperate their energy, they would do what the strangers to this mine should have known were going to happen:

They let them go.

All the diamond they had used to lock down Enzo would flow back into the ground, as would that which she had used to keep his feeble parchment at bay, and nothing would rise to harm the two equines. The only damage on either of them, would be a small pin prick on Karmic, that might trickle a few drops of blood at worst, but it'd be fine. She might want to cleanse it later on though, due to a mine not being the most hygienic of places.

"Said we not, that we were beings of our words? Rise now, child of our hive, and tell us how it feels to be ascended."

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@Sekel

"It's nothing. Just remembering the princesses rooms in the old castle, that's all. You uhm... Sleep well, Princess Twilight."

With that, she'd fizzle out of sight, though in actuality she'd be floating around silently, looking at the title of the books, and just trying to pass the time without making noise. Not having to sleep could sometimes be a little boring, but she had managed in the old castle, and she would so here too.

Provided nothing bad happened, Last would be outside the princesses room three seconds before the six hour mark, and sit down in front of the door, guarding it until the princess would wake up of her own. Unless Twilight had already awakened, and she'd have to find the princess somewhere.

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@Sekel

"Could be worse, you could be gulping up bile like a digger drone. This here's just..."

Happy knelt down, and shuffled the goo around a bit with his pointy index finger. Weren't much he could see from it, so after a bit on consideration, he'd rise up a few drops clinging to his finger, and put it in his mouth.

"...Tastes familiar alright. I'd say you're probably just having a cleanse of sorts, and that hurting going on, might be because we've started something that's not possible to stop anymore, and your body's all screeching to get hold of more without finding it. If I were you, I'd take another gulp at the jelly and see if it'd make the pain lesser or greater. I promise ya, if the stuff's making you look like you're just getting worse for no reason, I'll help you get it out of your system."

It weren't gonna be a pretty sight, since he'd basically be forcing her to vomit it out again, but he didn't think it were gonna go badly like that. More than likely, it were just that Aurora needed more of the jelly to get the process going on further, and her body were demanding more, without finding it. Sorta like needing sugar, but with more pain.

Thorax weren't all too sure about this, but still, it seemed like Happy were the only one of them to have any sort of plan here, so he'd tentatively hold the jar in front of him, and see what'd happen. He prayed that this wasn't somehow going to backfire and cause some sort of harm to the hive.

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@EQ_Theta

Mother waved to Lin as she wandered off, and laid down her head on the shadowy bed. Drained as she were after the workload that Mortimer had set upon her, she could do well with a rest lasting days, if not weeks by now, to recharge her energy, though they'd see how much rest she'd get. Who were to say if another child did not soon return with worries of their own, and needed her guidance? It were varied how often that happened, but if it did, she would have to get up and address it if possible. Hopefully before that, she'd be able to get some rest though, and at least recharge her batteries a little.

On 1/10/2020 at 2:08 PM, EQ_Theta said:

“I’ve got our translators here! Hey, uh, where’s Omen?”  

"She is not with you? I suppose Discord called her to run an errand for him then. I cannot imagine that anyone but this mysterious Mother and him, would have what it takes to make her leave without a word to you."

Rosa had not expected that Lin would have Omen with her, but still, there had been the chance that it were the case. A hope which were now dashed, as Lin returned honestly quite quickly, and she were alone. Strange how she talked of having translators then, when the only difference were her holding an orb of sorts. Were it perchance a divination orb, with connections to a minor group of translators? Potentially. Orbs were well known to be used in scrying and divination, so it seemed logical enough to think it as something like that. It certainly weren't a group physically here, that much he were sure of.

"I imagine that Omen will likely return soon enough though, and that Discord will take reasonably good care of her. Crazy as he may be, I cannot imagine that he'd be willing to cause his own subject harm. Doubly so as she seems willing to assist him in whatever matter he doesn't feel invested enough in to do himself. I think you'd be surprised how even the most crazed of beings, tends to have some devotees they're somewhat fond of because of their usefulness, and aren't actively trying to get rid of."

Somewere also deranged, unstable beings who wished nothing but misery, and for some reason got extra joy out of it if it included someone that they liked, but he were trying to be reassuring here, not depressingly gloomy about how wretched some beings could be. Besides, he had specified that even the most crazy tended to have some they valued, so it weren't as if he had lied and said that none were bad. It were just a matter of glossing over it and giving out a rough estimate of how many he'd take it were like this. Things would seem somewhat more bleak if he gave his realistic take on that.

So with that somewhat covered - in his head at least - Rosa would wander closer and glance at the orb that Lin had taken with her, curious as to whatever or not this were one where he could see who were scrying on the other side.

"What is the deal with this? Is it a scrying focus or sorts? A divination orb, maybe?"

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@Rising Dusk

On 1/10/2020 at 11:59 AM, Rising Dusk said:

"City ponies are more caught up in their own lives to pay all that much attention to what's going on around them," Rising chuckled as a taxi stallion and his carriage pulled up to the curb of the O.M.I. when flagged down by the detective.  "Go ahead, it'll be fine," the unicorn offered and motioned ladies first to enter the cab with a smile.  Their travels weren't all that far nor along particularly populated routes.  For most of the trip it would just be the pair in the cab of the taxi pulled by a stallion more focused on the roads than a bauble looking in on Harrowmark.

As the detective said that none would care, Lily could have simply done the transfer before the taxi arrived, and just be done by it. But the thing were, that whilst he may not think it mattered that much that the scry could be seen, Lily did not like too many onlookers whilst she did her thing. She had gotten rather used to doing it with at best a half dozen spectating, and with tensions being what they may be in town, the process of her actually using magic right in front of them seemed like a dangerous choice. Perhaps if they had still been inside the building when he answered her, but done were done.

As they entered the strange carriage and the door closed, she'd do the simple transfer of the scry spell unto the bauble in around twenty seconds. The transfer itself were honestly foals play, with little more done than just focusing the entirety of the spell on the bauble, rather than have half of it embedded upon her eyes, to give her a more direct viewing experience. The only hiccup that she knew of that could happen with this, were temporary blindness lasting anywhere from half a minute to six hours, but with experience that chance lessened. It mainly happened to those who failed to realize how to separate their own vision, and that of the scry, in a proper way.

That being said, it could still happen at random. It did not this time, thankfully. It were annoying, and she needed to be able to keep watch.

The spell transfer would look unimpressive for the detective likely. The light just slowly fizzled out of her eyes, as the bauble briefly glimmered, and then everything looked as before. Minus Lily's eyes glowing that were. Nothing major, but it would be impossible not to tell that it were her doing it, unless you were incredibly gullible, or flat out foolish.

Seeing as nothing were happening in the bauble, Lily took a chance to glance outside, and looking at the town going around in what she assumed were the usual way. She had not been here long enough to have gotten a feel for how the town would function normally, so she just evaluated it from how many beings she saw wandering around out there.

"Seems like you were efficient in keeping his monsters at bay. I don't see much fear out there, or damages for that matter. Though I guess he could've sent his monsters elsewhere. Knowing him, I wouldn't be surprised if he had done something to a hospital, or a school. The weak and young were always his favorite targets..."

Lily were bitter as she said this, aware of her former masters disturbing tendencies, and fondness for targeting those who couldn't realistically fight back. How she loathed that, yet what were she going to do then? If she complained, he would've just turned her into one of his monsters, and sent her to do this thing, just to show to her that she had nothing to say in the matter.

At least, he didn't sacrifice the younglings, or used them in his grizzly work. Though, in a way, what he actually did felt far crueler to her. A lot of orphans had been made on account of him using them to get what he truly wanted... Accursed monster. May he suffer eternally, in the dark gods stomach.

 "...Why are we wandering into a den of opulence?"

It were the first thing she could think of asking, as she saw the area around them become more fanciful. To her, it seemed as if they were getting into the fancy areas of the town, were those higher up the social chain were, whom she were none too happy about. Likely because she had spent a long life in a town where they had to recycle their own half-ruined materials more often than not, as Twisted did not like them using what he considered his resources, for frivolous things like repairs. Expansions were very rare too, but it had happened once around 45 years ago, far as she recalled.

Regardless, seeing this amount of opulence, by ponies who had more means than one being ever had the right to own, irked her. Hopefully this youngster were not one of them, though if not, then why were they here?

The answer would come soon after, as they halted at a minor food stand of sorts. Nothing that Lily had ever seen before though. In Harrowmark, a food cart were somepony with a few dry foods and a large cauldron of soup or stew, who'd dole out bowls as ordered. This thing barely looked like it could have a small cauldron anywhere within it.

On 1/10/2020 at 11:59 AM, Rising Dusk said:

"Ever have a hayburger before?" 

"I know not what that is, but I doubt this pony can make any food. Where's his cauldron? Hmph, I don't even see a fireplace."

Lily would wander a bit to the side, trying to see if perhaps the cauldron were behind this thing, but all she could see were a park. A seemingly calm one where the locals were wandering through without looking over their shoulders. She supposed that were okay, but she still couldn't see anything resembling food here, so the detective seemed to have some strange, other plans.

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@Dreadmare @Rainbows2424

Shell wouldn't enter the building at first, but would instead salute the mare of the house as were proper to an honored pony like this.

"Private Shell Tooth of the Coastal Guard ma'am. Please, just call me Shell."

There were no way she'd greet somepony like this and not be formal about it, at least not at first. She'd kick herself for it, and rightly deserve it too honestly.

With this out of the way though, she followed in, and had a bit of a look around her in the foyer, but stayed close and didn't go pass the mare. Her house after all, no right to snoop around or anything. Especially if the lieutenant were watching. She really didn't want to have him give her a talking to later about proper house behavior.

"General Tidal Wave asked me to escort your son here, after he signed on. She figured it'd be best if you heard from a proper guard, so you wouldn't get worried about him.

And uh, just try to ignore the bandages. Had to ram into a rather nasty jellyfish that got into the bay, and it burnt all my fur off. Tail and mane too, and left a bit of a lash over one eye. It doesn't happen a lot, but y'know, me or the foals. Easy enough choice, and the doctors said I'll be fine."

It seemed right to try and explain this before she got the wrong impression of the guard. Sure it could be dangerous, but this weren't the norm at all. Frankly, most of the time they used large sticks when the jellyfish on occasion floated in, but it had been an emergency.

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@Moonlit

With the mighty siren taken to the floor in one fell swoop, Ziggy joins in and swoops down upon the siren like a mighty ball of candyfloss, fallen from on high! With the siren exposed, she goes for the spot she believes is the correct one, and with a dreaded strike, plants a raspberry right on top of Serenade's tummy. This might end badly, but it were just too good to not try to smash her face in there and give it a go. Who knew? Serenade were ticklish. It might be she'd find it funny.

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@EcstaticWind

Brittle tentatively accepted the ice cream, and looked on it for a while, trying to debate whatever or not to try. They might have done something to it, or she'd throw up and not just feel sick, but also have others look at her. Then they'd point and laugh again, and- *meep!*

She got a bit jumpy when Briar had put his hoof on her shoulder, just as she were about to go further down the rabbit hole, though she managed to keep hold of the ice cream. She wasn't sure how, since she sometimes started to flail when it were, but... Yeah, there it were. Luck or something, r-right?

Looking up at his smiling face, she felt a bit more at ease, knowing that he were there to stop it if others started to laugh or throw things. Nopony had done anything like that before him, but Briar so far hadn't let her get hurt by anypony. Or accepted them being mean to her, even if he sometimes had to scare the offenders off, which she knew he weren't happy to do. She could feel it, and sometimes see it, even if he tried to keep a positive face on for her sake.

"At the same time?"

Brittle slowly nodded up towards him, and the two rose the treats to their muzzles. He'd then count down to three, and on three, would take a small bite out of the ice cream, at the same time as Brittle did. Difference were that she'd also hold her breath, and pinch her eyes together, worried that she'd have another allergic reaction to this.

Seconds ticked by, and... Nothing happened. The ice melted in her muzzle, which left a nice, sweet taste around her gums, but that were it. Even when she tentatively swallowed a little, nothing happened. It looked like she could actually eat this?

A tear ran down her face that she wiped away, before very slowly eating through the rest of this, with her gaze turned downwards and to the side, as to avoid looking directly at anypony.

Briar in the meantime, went slowly through his as well, as he recalled the dreaded thing that happened if you ate frozen treats too fast, and seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit.

"I must commend them on this sirup. It is not of the purest quality that I have ever attempted, but considering it is not tapped directly from the tree, this is rather exquisite.

Do tell, how much did this cost? I do not wish to be a burden upon your wallet."

He had honestly been ready to pay, and still had his necklace/wallet open and ready to take out what bits were needed. He could just pay their new friend here directly instead now though, if it were. It wouldn't be an issue.

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Mrs Shy would smile at Azure "Oh y-yes, Fluttershy did tell me a bit about you" she would say "I am glad she has been able to make friends a-after the incident at Flight Camp when she was younger", and of course this was news to Thunder, he'd look up to Azure "So you're friends with my sister? Did she send you to look out for me then?" he'd ask her with a chuckle.

Mrs Shy would look at Shell "O-oh please, there's no need for formalises here" she'd say "and I can understand, I-I read about the Coastal Guard, the kind of animals you h-have to deal with sometime, might give even Fluttershy a fright"

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"She will be stronger too of course, but there's more to a fight than pure strength." Ruby pointed out, she didn't pay mind to Marley's opinions about the situation as they didn't change anything. "Treasure is not the only thing I gather here, I have also learned and will seek more knowledge about certain things." "I won't go to details on everything I know, as that would mean I'm not the only one who knows it, but take my magical abilities for example, they are something most of my kind doesn't know, and though I see magic as a cowardly way to fight, in revenge only the end result matters."

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Nada was getting curious about what exactly had happened, but seeing Lyriel's discomfort, she decided that she wouldn't ask abut the details, she would know them if someone decided to tell them out of their own will. She thought about the injuries described to her, trying to remember if she had experiences with them during her long life, but nothing came to mind right now "Unfortunately I don't think I know any better way to take care of it than what you are already doing, because only thing that comes to mind is few herbs but Lyriel is already take care of that." 

 

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“Discord still cares in his own way. Meeting him was an experience; not the first creature to come to mind when I think of friends but he is a friend. Even Lin has taken a liking to him. He definitely has that chaotic sense of humor despite living a somewhat docile life with a pony named Fluttershy in Ponyville. Omen and Discord have history, long before any of us came into the picture.”

Expectedly, Lin bashfully tried to hide a sheepish smile, though she likes the draconequus and thought their meeting went well. As per their meeting with the lord of chaos, Omen was free to go where she wished until Discord would need of her to deliver some messages. Or probably something along that line. Frankly, Sen was a little skeptical that the draconequus would need messages delivered if he could literally cut the travel time between to points to absolutely nothing. Still, it was pretty much an agreement and it would be honored despite the longma’s thoughts on the matter. Not helping was that time Omen left for an extended period of time only for them to learn she was in trouble. Then again, if she was, Omen’s resourcefulness likely would’ve kicked in and she’d send some sort of message. 

Regardless of the circumstances, they have some work to return to. With the orb in their midst, they have all they needed to begin. 

“This is a focal orb. It contains information going back thousands of years and the custodians of said information, beings belonging to a now extinct race.”

“A vessel of magic should it be necessary, though we require a physical body to amplify the effects of some of our spells.” The unmistakable sound of many deep voices coming from the orb emanated throughout the cave, echoing and bouncing off the walls. There were definitely five different voices speaking in unison, seemingly intimidating though ultimately harmless as the longma siblings and Omen can attest. “We are aware of a need to translate some text. Shall we begin?”

Lin produced the letter and with it, the scribbled section. The orb, hovered over to examine it, the glowing intensifying and fading in regular 2-second intervals. For the moment, it seemed like they are preoccupied with the matter and after what felt like ten minutes of silence, it appears they will need some time to themselves before they can produce results. At the moment, the rest of the group has some free time and with the possibility of questions about the orb being raised, the siblings are ready to answer to the best of their ability.

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Azure replies to Thunder’s comment with a giggle.

“Well, Flutters did tell me a bit about you, mostly about how you kept getting yourself into dangerous situations as a colt, probably why you recently signed on for Coastal Guard. She didn’t really tell me to look out for you, she still thought you were away for guard duties.”

Azure then replied to Mrs. Shy.

“I believe, I remember I wasn’t in Cloudsdale at the time Fluttershy got in that “incident”, I was still back in my home country. I didn’t meet her until much later, when I moved to Equestria. She was a bit shy at first, but later, I became friends with her.”

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@Blitz Boom Serenade screams out in laughter, her entire body shaking with laughter. She suddenly flashes from her Pegasus disguise to her Siren form, limbs and tail flailing. Harmony rolls her eyes and moves her breakfast to one side, avoiding the Siren's movements. The fry 'siren-pile' her, nuzzling their big sister. Serenade raises a forehoof, makes a gurgling sound then speaks "BLURGH. I DEAD! Struck down by snuggles" She sticks her tongue out and lets the forehoof fall.

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KARMIC FATE & ATZY

Karmic instinctively flinched at feeling the needle suddenly penetrate her chest. She panted heavily, realising just how close to her heart it had come to stabbing. She felt Atzy get sucked out of her body and mind but that wasn't the part that pained her. The part that pained her the most was the separation between the both of them. It felt like razor blades were furiously hacking away at the connection they shared. Her mouth was open in a silent scream, her eyes closed, and tears dripping out of her eyes. It felt like hours before suddenly not feeling anything in her chest. She collapsed to the ground in a panting heap, shaking in the aftermath.

On Atzy's side of things, the separation was too quick for her to really feel any pain. That came after the fact when she felt herself suddenly in a new position. Atzy got pushed into every single fiber of the royal gemling and found herself, oddly enough, not invading any mind like she had with Karmic. There was just nothing there. Her body pulsed a couple of times and within her mind's eye, she found a smattering of gems. She focused on them, grabbed hold, and didn't let go.

'It's a unification,' Atzy thought to herself and wasn't sure what compelled her to do her next action. She wrapped herself around the gems within her mind and found herself drawn inside them. Her eyes then flew open and she gasped. She winced and tilted her head one way then the other, rolling her neck to try and not think about what had just happened. Her ears flicked up and she stared straight at Dia'Thiz, She slowly turned her gaze down and found Karmic almost passed out on the floor.

"Wh-What did you do?" Atzy stammered, eyes widening and gestured with a hoof to Karmic. Her voice sounded vastly different from when she spoke as Karmic. It now sounded clear and smooth, almost like water bouncing and running off of diamonds in a cave. "You promised you wouldn't harm her!"

@Blitz Boom

TWILIGHT SPARKLE

Twilight moved about in bed a few minutes before she was meant to wake up and then yawned. Her tongue ran over her mouth to keep them from getting dry and blearily opened her eyes. She had a bad case of bedhair with split ends sticking up and out every which way. She winced at the sunlight streaming in through the curtains and then saw a Last sitting near the doorway. "Last? What ... are you guarding me? I thought that was Cherish," Twilight asked Last in a tired voice.

@Blitz Boom

AURORA LIGHTS

Aurora didn't know what compelled her. She just had to get the itching to stop! She filed away what Happy had said for later and noticed Thorax hadn't put away the jar of Jelly she had sampled from. She gingerly took the jar, dipped her hoof in it once more, and placed the glob of Royal Jelly in her mouth. She had an easier time swallowing it and her tongue poked out the side of her mouth in a kinda disgust.

"Ugh. That is a lot sweeter than the first try!" Aurora whined. The itching did lessen but it didn't go away entirely. "And I'm still itchy. Hopefully this will do the trick," she added and with an apologetic look to Thorax and Happy, she upended the jar in her hooves and swallowed the rest of the jelly in it without spilling a drop.

@Widdershins

DAZZLE GLEAM

"Ponyville isn't so bad," Dazzle mumbled cautiously to herself and she eyed each pony she passed by warily. Like they would strike at her at any moment. The past few years she had spent in the Everfree had taught a very important rule. Always trust yourself and never trust others. She ignored all the looks they gave her and went walking purposefully into the main market square. "A lot of construction going on. Did a tornado happen or something?"

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Well, Discord did. Widdershins motions as he bobs his head back conspiratorially back as the two drink tea together. Least, if you believe the gossip in the Daconequuus newsletter! Like, an old pro like him getting so prideful that he lets the mortals take a shot at him like that? That would be a Rookie move, surely! Snicker, Snicker! 

 Oh, but I can't speak for others, truly! Gold is as much as anything. If mortals take enough of a shine to anything, stuff happens! Cupcakes are greatly cherished, no? You know how many wars have been fought over cupcakes? 

 I know Humains have fought over far less! Pretty sure there was one fought over cheese wheels...

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@Sekel

  "You first..." He mumbled, in the usual competitive manner most dragons, especially the younger ones use to meet every occasion with. Even if in this case it was merely in sleeping first. Dozing off around the mare, Kaltrop cuddle-coils around her protectively, laying his slightly longer neck past hers and surrounding her in the C-shaped bedding of himself they spent the night together in.

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 @Blitz Boom

   "You wus standin' wight in tha middle o' tha woad..." Sunny said, muffled by the exaggerated patting of her face with her large hooves the way most energetic, precocious foals do. After a pause to clean like this, she directs her self to look at Scarcity for the first time, shuffling her self into position as she does so.

 "...Stat-ure?....Whaat?..." Sunny suddenly cocks her big, moony face to one side in a show of confusion and every bouncy curl of platinum blond waterfalls to fall into a new position and further enhance her air of bubbleheadedness. "Like... Bigness, ya mean? ... I dunno 'bout that! Round'a'bout where I come from there be plenty bigger than us! Reckon it comes wit' the bein' a H-..." The big, statuesque mare cuts her self off quizzically, thinks for a long second and restarts, loudly thinking to herself. "Oh, Big Brudder said not ta talk about that."

 "Oh! That right! Ya done asked! I'm SO EXCITED to meetcha! The name is Sunny Flush! Put 'er there, Ma'am!" Sunny catches herself again, a habit that she's picked up often with her short attention span in being the youngest of her family, and enthusiastically thrusts both of her front hoofs out at Scarcity in a show of wildly shaking her hoof in both of hers. And with her energy and each of her hooves being easily the size of most ponies' faces, accepting as such would be inadvisable as it's clear she's sprained many a hoof like that before! 

*Meanwhile!*

  "U-uhm... M-mayo-... a personage of... local residency prosiding over legal..."

 That head shake had not helped. They had faced knights with weapons pointed at them, adventurers out to seek a claim to fame, roving mobs of rightful fury, but... dealing with somebody that clearly had more confidence than him was too much for Blither. He'd rather face some sort of Warmongering Cheif or Thug in a back alley than this... Mare's Stallion? 

 There were an awful lot of thoughts going through Blither's head. As usual, the others in the Cephalli family would have said that this is why they gave him his name; because he babbled so often. Sure, Blither knew he was smarter than most, most weren't well versed in Transmorphic Spell Theory or Starswirl's large collection of novels on... well, no matter, his intelligence never helped him much when he couldn't put it to use. This stallion didn't seem the sort to be able to get his verbose intent... and by the looks of it, primarily a courier and not the political, learned leader he had been hoping for that would grasp the urgency of the situation and his finite attempts to describe what was surely a delicate mattter that...

  ...and how to get this across without getting a hoof to the face, as usual. Or expected anyhow.

 Blither did what he always did when first meeting ponies. Cringe backwards while tucking his face down behind his mane and stuttering. It didn't help, but... well, eventually things worked out.

 This wasn't getting any better. Hopefully somepony who spoke Shy would come along soon.

  "...p-proper allocation of resources...  status implicated by accoutrements upon aforesaid...y-you... uhm...there's a.... If i don't, some might get hurt..."

 

@Sekel                                                                                                                              *Meanwhile!*

 The Cephalli family were an emotional, excitable lot. Most of the siblings would agree Shortstack was the most emotional one and the way he carried himself would make you choke on that observation. Likely because it didn't take much for him to attempt grabbing you with his hooves and strangling you. If he could reach, that is.

 On the other side of Ponyville, on a side out of sight of both Sunny, Blither, but fortuitously on the same path Dazzle was walking (Because every place has at least four sides to it! It can be easy to miss some, but cross paths with the one you weren't aiming to meet.) Shortstack sauntered in. In a way that was clearly begging others to ask how tough the saunterer was and whether or not they were up for a fight. The way almost every scrappy young colt tended to walk when they wanted to look tough.

 Shortstack (he would have very choice words if you ever left off the latter half of his name.) indeed squinted around with ire at anyone who passed, especially anyone who looked strong like passing minotaurs that he would get noticeably taller around. With his stocking, bulldog-like gait, neck thick with muscle and mane cut painfully short into a charcoal black crewcut it was evident that Shortstack would wish a fight with anyone to ask..... and then get angry anyway if no one did. 

 This, of course, did not help that he barely came up to a fetlock. He got confused very often for an actual colt as he stood barely two feet tall and looked more like a plush toy than a pony. This, in turn, was very likely the reason he worked on his muscles as he did. Which tended to get overlooked anyway and got him treated like a colt anyway. Which just made him pick fights to ineffectually prove his toughness which, in turn led to a Vicious Cycle.

 It how Shortstack liked things. 

 He didn't know why he was in Ponyville. He didn't particularly care.

 There with ponies nearby that were taller than him. Clearly, they were rubbing it in his face. If somebody didn't have the gall to say something about it soon, he'd have to grab somepony and toss them.

 After all, how would they know how boss he was?

 Shortstack didn't like thinking about things past how he could be offended by them. To him, the world had him in it, so it had to relate some way to him. Therefore, fighting. You had to trust yourself, because the world only cared about itself, was Shortstacks view of things.

Shortstack started to fume. He didn't like not having something trying to goad him into a fight. He usually had Flit for that purpose, but he wasn't around. Likely just to piss him off, as usual. 

 There were alot of sorts around here. Most taller than him, and walking right past him. As if he was too little to bother with, the gall of them. Why, there was even a mare over there that reminded him of Flit, what with the bright colors and all that. This offended Shortstack. It really didn't take much.

 So, In Shortstacks usual straightforward approach, he went right up behind the mare, unseen of course being under everypony's line of sight and bellowed out in his usual, gruff, heavilly accented voice.

 "Ya wan' ah mess, Lassie? What a'boot yee? Whatcha doo? Fall inna Pain't Buck-et?!!?"

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