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>As you ponder some questions, you remember something from a very long time ago
>After last Hearth’s warming, you got an opal necklace from Wormtongue… then proceeded to wear it for only a day before absentmindedly wearing the rosen pendant again the next morning
>You can only chalk it up to pregnancy brain, you have Fringe reach into your pack and you swap the pendant for the platinum necklace; you feel your charismatic effects are now properly squared away [+1 charisma, back to a total of 9]
>At the very least, you feel all your social efforts have been successful up until now, so you don’t stress about the mix up
>You look outside: it is about mid-afternoon and the trees have thinned out to sparse solitary pines across a mostly flat grassy field
>You ask General Silver Axe if he feels you’ve been making good choices so far
>He looks up from a map he was studying
“Well, yes, you’ve mostly made the same choices I would have made. We won’t know if splitting the army is necessarily the right decision until after our siege, but it’s the same plan I’ve had in mind since I was briefed on the need for deployment, having the royal knights for the siege will make a good difference. Don’t get me wrong, the old ports are valuable to take control of, but having you be the one to take Crossing’s head will give far greater renown to the kingdom and yourself. Plus, I’m sure the ports will be more of a caketrot to take, I trust the ponies we sent to get it done and cut off supplies… as well as any escapees.”
>You feel more confident after he admits the plan to split the army was originally his idea, on top of the affirmation
>The sun dips lower as the movement of the army comes to a stop atop some elevated land, everypony pitches in to set up a new base camp for the night
>Checking the map, you’re a short distance away from the city, you should be able to begin the attack tomorrow
>The fires that are lit are small and topped with filtering cloth two ponies height above to mask the smoke
[cont]
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>>37705362
>You ask Silver Axe if there’s any chance the foe will try to attack in the night
“I doubt it, everypony they send out is one less defending the city for when we do eventually hit it. They have to know we’re coming by now, they’ll be preparing their defenses. While I’m tempted to order a nighttime raid, It’ll be a new moon tonight, and going in pitch darkness to the foes home would be a very poor choice. Do as you see fit, we’ll march at dawn tomorrow Your Majesty.”
>He bows to you and goes into his tent to study his maps
>What will you do?

>Sing with some of the infantry over the fire pit
>Spar with some of the heavy weapons specialists
>Give some spices to the canteen master
>Practice your aim with the marksponies
>Spend some personal time with Fringe in the carriage (It’s far away enough from the rest of the camp to try)
>Talk to some of the other royal knights
>Find an older soldier who’s familiar with the area and ask questions
>Other
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>>37705364
Since we're attacking a defended position, I'd say improving our aim would be for the best. To the marksponies!
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>>37705364
>Other
Sing and dance to improve morale across the board.
Before we go to bed, pray to the elements of Strength and Hope. With any "Hope" (hue) we might receive a boon.
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>>37705364
>Give some spices to the canteen master
Good food does make a happy pony.
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>You stop by the canteen, set up in a half-tent, and provide the pony in charge of the food the pouch of spices you found earlier
>He hugs you tightly and without warning; he clearly appreciates the extra substance
>As dinner is served to everypony, you appreciate the somewhat finer dish of flame roasted carrots, only slightly wilted clover sprigs, and spiced rice with a wedge of hard cheese
>It seems the better food has improved morale across the ponies, some of whom were a little nervous about tomorrows march [+10% Morale, now maxed out]
>Everypony seems to be in high spirits, so there's no need for further encouragement
>You spend the rest of the evening training with the marksponies and learning helpful tips to keep the repeater crossbow maintained
>You feel much more confident in your ability to fire it after hitting your mark in a hay bag thrice in a row
[Perk gained: Keen eye (+5% accuracy, will know if a crossbow is on the verge of jamming one turn ahead of time)]

>The dawn comes, illuminating the dark landscape with ample light, and the bugles sound to have everypony get ready for the march
>Your royal carriage is pack with supplies, and you head off on foot alongside Fringe, the normal marksponies, and some royal knights more experienced in ranged combat
>As you march further east, you can see the largest of the earth ponies and Clydesdales have set up massive wooden trebuchets behind the line of rangers, rolling out on wheels and a little easier to transport across the flat land than to carry piece by piece on backs
>On the horizon, you can see tall grey walls
>As you march closer (Which is rather exhausting, given you're unaccustomed to it), you can see the enemy army, all lined up for a counter attack
>The march stops closer to their front line, about the length of the entire castle grounds
>You can see most of their forces, about 350 strong
>The frontline fighters at the lead of your forces prepare for a charge
>Every pony with a crossbow or string bow is preparing their ammo, and placing shielding by their side to help ward enemy arrows
>Overhead, you see a griffon flying a green and bronze flag, catching your attention as it flies to the south east and makes a wide curve to the other side of the city
>Looks like Zyzmic is ready to attack as well
>One of the siege experts comes to you
"Mah apologies for the intrusion yer majesty, but Silver Axe is up front, and the rest o' the lads wanna know if we should aim high or aim low, on the tha middle o' their ranks."
>What orders you you give them?

>Aim high at their walls
>Aim in the center to hit their flank fighters and archers
>Aim low to hit their frontline fighters (small chance it might hit yours)
>Other
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>>37707132
Hmmm dont know how effective it would be too hit the walls perhaps it would disrupt them from using there wall mounted seige weapons and i would not like to hit our own troops even if there morale could take it so i guess i would goo for hitting the archers even if its a basic bitch move
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>>37707132
...Crossbow... Jam?
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>>37707132
>Other
https://youtu.be/jFi7bWkyRpA [Open]
War song to boost....zeal? Wrath? I dunno! I was saving this until our siege which is now. I thought it was setting and era appropriate war song.

>Aim in the center to hit their flank fighters and archers
>Aim low to hit their frontline fighters (small chance it might hit yours)
Have siege crews focus fire on their archers and flankers, while our crossbows, bows, and long range spell casters focus on their frontline fighters. If we can't do that then do this >>37707216 and hit their archers.

>"Midnight mare and blood red roan"
Huh. Neato. Midnight mare could be a reference to the Bloodmoon goddess that the Pasion Isles people worship or the Moon (Luna), and blood red roan could also reference the bloodmoon worshippers or fighters, or any of our fighters in general. I'unno, I thought this was neat in the context of this quest.

>>37707275
Crossbow jamming. Maybe some of the wooden or metal mechanisms being misaligned, or the strong of the crossbow breaking.

Reposting and deleting old post
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>>37707132
>Aim in the center to hit their flank fighters and archers
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>>37707132
Is Fringe still with us? Let's boop each other for good luck.
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>>37707132
Boop the nearest soldiers. We better see you alive and well after this!
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>You issue an order for them to take the mid-area for their aim, assaulting their archers and second line
"Aye Queen Carnelian, our aim will be swift and true, if not wide and messy."
>You settle into your position, readying your crossbow
>The ponies around you are quiet as they await the signal
>Looking to your left, you see one of the more veteran archers, Everblue, gripping his crossbow, wings flexed halfway out with tension
>You boop him with a satisfying clang on his helmeted snout
>He looks at you, holding his snout as if wounded with a confused expression
>At least he isn't as tense anymore
>Turning to your right, you boop Fringe in much the same way, though the royal knight armor leaves his nose exposed to the touch of your iron hoof
>He grins widely as your hoof stays put
"Are you nervous? Don't worry, I doubt a single one of Crossing's fighters will make it past our ponies."
>He boops you back, giving a little *tnk* on the metal helmet's extension over your snout
>All the archers who can see you are confused but don't lose their focus
>The bugles blare out, and the rows of fighter in front of you start to stampede towards the advancing foes, swords and shields and halberds out, ready to skewer armor and bash anypony foolish enough to collide with the shields
>The battle has begun in earnest!
>The trebuchets are being loaded, you and the other archers take aim and fire the first volley
[First Roll:52, -5% acc: 57]
>The other arrows and bolts mostly hit wooden shields, with a satisfying thunk
>A few get past their overhead shields, with a duller sound of sudden injury instead
>You don't think your bolt was lucky enough to get past their shields, but it would wear them down to uselessness if they kept using them soon
>A barked order from the front tells you to brace for the foes volley, Fringe puts a shield up with his magic over you, and another held up above himself with his hoof and wing
>You can see the rain of arrows before the shield floats over your eyes
>You can hear the arrows hitting and sticking into the shield, none seem to penetrate and there were no spare arrows hitting around you
>One of the archers in the very back got hit in their wing though, fro the yelling around you
>Thanks to the reloading ability of the crossbow, your second attack is prepared already
>You hear the whistle of many stones being flung overhead, coming down onto the enemy archers and disrupting their formation, destroying shields and causing blunt damage to their armor wherever flesh wasn't pulverized
[cont]
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>>37709855
>It's a gruesom sound that comes from their end, overcoming even the shouting and clanging at the clash of both armies
>You shoot with the second volley command before they can recover
[second roll:36, -5% acc: 41]
>You keep your eyes on your own bolt among many as best you can
>It hits an exposed green hoof of the surviving foe archers
>It seems the front line of the fight has moved forward with a successful offense, though there are a few injured fighters from both sides exposed on the ground, and lots of unmoving bodies of the enemies colors among just a few of your own
>You can move the ranging lines up to better hit the enemy, but be closer to danger
>You could also stay put, keeping yourself and the other ranging soldiers out of harms way but with a much smaller accuracy window to hit the remaining enemy
>You can't attend to the dead, and some medics are already dragging the injured back to safety, you need to focus on pressing the attack
>What will you do?

>Move up [Accuracy window on both sides is boosted by 15%]
>Stay put [Accuracy window for your ranged combat is reduced by 15%, enemy archers will still get +15% if targeting the fighters closer to them -15% otherwise]
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>>37709862
>Move up [Accuracy window on both sides is boosted by 15%]
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>>37709862
Move up!
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>>37709862
Dang. I forgot to throw this out there before battle, but I wanted to offer an ultimatum to Fringe: if we both make it out of this battle alive, he can do whatever kink he wants to us.
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>>37709862
>Move up [Accuracy window on both sides is boosted by 15%]
Support the front lines, don't create a exploitable gaps.
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>>37709862
>>Move up [Accuracy window on both sides is boosted by 15%]
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>You move the line up
>Its a bit gruesome, to step over the bloodied bodies as if they were stones in the road, but it's necessary to advance the attack
>You're not unaccustomed to it entirely, but it's still a sorry thing to witness and feel under your metal shoes
>The other archers are uncomfortable too, but they carry on in the presence of their queen
>Fringe looks around as you advance, but he seems to be handling it
>If both of you come out of this okay, you're gonna rock his world
>A misstep onto a foe yields an unexpected groan
>One of the backline soldiers quickly drags him away from you and the other archers and dispatches the injured foe with a swift stab in the neck
>You suppose it can't be helped...
>You come into your new position soon after
>After slipping your hooves on your crossbow, you wipe off as much of the blood as possible
>You take aim at the much smaller crowd of enemies behind your own fighters
[Roll: 14, +10%: 04]
>Firing your bolt, you can see it whistle though the air and hit what seems like one of the remaining commanders of the enemy force in the head
>The lesser fighters around him panic and break their formation further, a few fleeing the fight and entering the forest to the south to run away
>You feel very good about that shot
>You take aim at the largest stallion you can see in the dark grey leather armor and bronze helm, clearly on Crossing's side (Where is their leader anyways? Hiding in the city?)
[Roll:78, +10%: 68]
>Your shot glances off the helmet, leaving a small dent where it tried to penetrate
>He turns to your direction
>It looks like he's going to charge, the other arrows and bolts also miss him are hit other ponies
>He blitzes right though your front line, sanding your soldiers flying into the air
>Uh oh

>Get out a melee weapon for a counter attack as he charges [Base chance of 00-60 to hit him back, injury chance unknown]
>Tell Fringe to use his shield spell [Fringe will roll for his spell efficiency]
>Run away! [The armor slows you down, 00-35 to run without being hit, but the others...]
>Try to get off one more shot with your crossbow [00-15 to hit head, 16-30 to hit leg, 31-50 to hit minor spot, 51-99 miss]
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>>37713484
>Tell Fringe to use his shield spell [Fringe will roll for his spell efficiency]
>Line up a shot while the brute is distracted by the shield (assuming it's successful) then tell Fringe to drop the spell when we got our shot lined up.
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>>37713484
I would say have Fringe try to shield but from how he's just plowing through our ponies that doesn't seem like it'd work unless he rolled high(low?)

>Get out a melee weapon for a counter attack as he charges [Base chance of 00-60 to hit him back, injury chance unknown]
If there is a spear or pike nearby grab that, stick the butt of it into the ground kick it into the ground and let him charge into the metal tip.

If not, counter charge him. Get out a small blade and use his size against him.
Avoid/minimize his first blow by going the one place he can't expect us to go.
Closer to him, whatever weapon he wields if it fits his size it'll be harder to use effectively the closer we are to him. Short of him exclusively using his hooves or daggers.
Duck under him and try gut the sucker.
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>>37713628
>If there is a spear or pike nearby grab that, stick the butt of it into the ground kick it into the ground and let him charge into the metal tip.
Sounds like a bad idea that would take top much time to enact.
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>>37713484
Maybe next time in the future, once we've improved our military capacity we could try to detain and heal prisoners of war, instead of killing them.
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>>37713484
Time to use our sword.
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>>37713484
>>37713514
>>37713628
>>37714034
>>37714320
>>37714661
>Sombra (dagger, catalyst for magic, slight combat advantage, +15% Assassination Chance[On Target], +5 to Plot Power)
>Dragon Steel Sword (+10% combat effectiveness, Improves chance to Wound opponent in Duel)
Between the two, I think we should use Sombra since it has more pure killing potential than the Dragon Steel Sword. I think back when we were debating on if we should kill the wizard, Sombra had a greater chance to one shot people, while the sword has a greater or the same level of wounding potential.
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>>37715878
sombra could be great like what if it does not really count as a duel thus weakening and the bonus is also greater also between them and it also gives slight advantage
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>>37715878
Sombra is for assassinations, this is a duel. We should go with dragon steel.
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>>37716244
Well, a duel in a sense. As soon as our army figures it's shit out this dude will be filled with more holes then a sponge.
I agree, dragon steel seems like the way to go though.
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>>37713484
Do we have a personal blacksmith at our castle that tends to the wargear of all our royal knights, or do our knights have to rely on their own personal blacksmiths, using their own minor prestige to get things fixed?
Asking because I still kind of want to make that collapsible staff with the bayonet like attachment so we can attach Sombra to it. A mundane mechanical staff would be preferable so it doesnt interfere with whatever enchantment(s) are on the Dagger.

>>37716244
>>37716758
It feels like a 2v1 situation since Fringe is always by our side (when he can help it), and and it doesnt seem like hes busy at the moment.
This does bring into light that we should train more in our martial and magical capacities in case we ever need to do what uncle Morning Star did to win tribes into our nation.
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>>37713484
I hope some PoW's are hot, sweaty, heavily armored amazonian tier earth pony mares.
Bonus points if if they're incredibly maimed, but like to put on socks to try and look pretty.
>ywn have a big cute disfigured war veteran mares
>ywn hold them when they suffer through ptsd
>ywn be the big spoon dispite being smaller
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>>37718625
That is actually a bit disturbing.
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>>37718996
Why?
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>>37718996
This is actually a bit gay. What, you got a problem with war vets you sick fuck?
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>>37720081
>>37720156
not that person but i think its the idea of basically creating people to fill that want
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>>37720081
>>37720156
>Bonus points if if they're incredibly maimed
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>>37720156
They're not war vets, they're PoWs and maimed ones at that. How would you feel if somebody chops off your leg and then asks to cuddle?
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>>37720538
>>37720672
>>37720780
Shit I forgot we were in a war right now. I meant war vets in a civilian setting, not in an active battle field.
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>You take no haste to order Fringe to fire his shield spell
>His horn glows intensely, and the round shield spell covers you both a few seconds before the brute can sprint into your position
[Frigid Flake's raw roll: 30] I'm not revealing his magic modifiers at this time
>The shield buckles slightly with the momentum the massive earth pony hit it at, bouncing like a thick piece of cork as the enemy is sent back in a daze, his momentum stopped!
>However, the force he slammed into the shield spell caused Fringe to be blown back by a large distance before the spell dissipated with a sizzling pop
>While the enemy fighter is stunned, a few carefully aimed arrows penetrate his side, though they don't pierce very deeply...
>If he's this close to you, you can't count on the other archers trying to shoot more, lest they risk hitting their monarch
>You take advantage of the moment, and strike while the large foe is still recovering
>You reach into your side where your weapons are sheathed, and take out Sombra
>You go for his throat: you can't risk him getting back up
[Base roll:17]
>You see the perfect gap in his protective gear, and stab right into his jugular
>Blood sprays everywhere, and he gives a sharp scream before trying to stumble away
>He drops the thick mace he held in his mouth as he collapses onto the torn up grass, bleeding out quickly
>The immediate danger has been dealt with
>The archers turn back towards the other enemies they were meant to suppress, though a few come to your side and ask if you're injured
>You're in good health... in fact, you feel better than you should, given you're partially drenched in blood [Perk chance started: Bloodthirsty]
>You want to feel bad, but that stallion wanted you dead; you try to remind yourself that his death was necessary
>Looking back at the body, the leather armor on him seems to signify a rank unlike the others, though you don't know enough about Crossing's military culture to know the significance
>Fringe has recovered from the magical blowback, frantic as he sees the blood, but relived you're not harmed at all
>Some of the archers are quite impressed with your ability to fight in close quarters, seeing as you took him down when they could not
>The trumpets sound again; the front has advanced onto the wall, leaving no fighting opposition outside their fortifications
[cont]
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>>37722265
>The injured are gathered back for healing near a line of trees, the dead are taken and lined up for respects, and the collective forces present come back to their rallying point to take a rest and recover for immediate exertion
>All and all, you lost 50 ponies to injury (They'll recover after the war ends), 2 of the injured are royal knights, and 20 are dead, unfortunate but not anywhere near as bad as it could have been
>Everypony, and some of the griffon soldiers you can see, are focused on either morning, or lunch, some a bit of both
>Silver Axe seems hesitant to order the next attack to break down the gates, wanting the soldiers to rest before they march again and time enough to plan the method of attack
>He can either have the siege weapons destroy their northwest gate, the main stretch of wall, of have the flying soldiers fly in behind the wall to take the mechanisms that keep the gate closed, though the last plan would have a smaller contingent of fighters in a place where they cannot get assistance, balanced by the destruction of what could become a fortification for you or Zyzmic in the future

>What will you do in the meantime? You'll have about two hours, though you aren't as rested as you were the morning, so anything too physical would leave you in worse shape
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>>37722275
Order the attack.
Split our forces into three, one actively attacking the front gates, one resting but ready to jump in should the first need help or tire, and the last fully resting waiting for the first group to rotate out the and the second group to rotate in so they can replace the second group at the ready.

Push the advantage, the more time they have to ready themselves behind the walls the harder it'll be to overcome them.
Now that said this is a harassing attack, not a serious assault, pepper them with arrows and force them to be in a prepared position waiting for us to break in while most of our army rests.

Or, if we're feeling more sensible go visit the wounded. It's going to be awful but these ponies got wounded and maimed for us and at the very least they deserve to be acknowledged. Maybe see if we can help in any way.
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>>37722275
Lets go with the siege weapons. Walls can be repaired/replaced, lives cannot.
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>>37722481
They're BEHIND the walls, our already tired forces can't reach them until the gate/wall falls.
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>>37722490
Bows and crossbows are very much able to shoot over walls, then don't need line of sight.
The chances of actually hitting someone is very low per shot but with enough shot volume will deter them from setting up defenses.
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>>37722607
We don't have infinite ammo and there's no guarantee that they'll be on the ramparts to hit. Also, there's absolutely nothing for our melee forces to do
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>>37723248
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>>37722275
>What will you do in the meantime? You'll have about two hours, though you aren't as rested as you were the morning, so anything too physical would leave you in worse shape
Do we have any binoculars? I'd like to know if we have any particularly skilled flying scouts that can take a quick peak at what lays past their walls. Sure, we could break down their walls and gates, but the inside of the fortification is unknown to us, and can prove to be a most deadly kill box. Knowledge is power afterall. Send a courier to the Brookwing forces and get an idea of how well they're fairing during this siege, in addition to a note regarding the unknown officer we killed. He seemed important ish.
Order the Siege ponies to fire upon the walls to fuck up the archers and mounted siege weapons there, so when we eventually March up we wont have to deal with all of them.
In the mean time, take a thirty minute break to clean the blood off of everything (yeet water at us and apply drying spell from a near by magic user). Do some light banter with Silver Axe asking about the rank of the guy we killed. Get a light snack, hydrate, then go see if we can help out with the injured.
>Keen learner II (+1 wit, + 5 to rolls concerning science or engineering ,plus an extra 5 [+10] to medical science rolls)
I hope that +10 can apply to triage and nurse work for attending to those still alive, and preventing people from sucepting to their injuries.

>>37722481
I disagree with a majority of this, except for the last one. It would do well on our image, and keep the status quo for morale by helping.

>>37722607
Only if you get close enough. If you are close enough to take pot shots over their walls with arrows and bolts, that just means that means you're also within firing range of THEIR siege weapons and archers. Plus there is no guarantee you will hit anyone, and it would waste what arrows we have.

>>37722672
What do you suggest our ponies do during our two hour long recess? Sneak in and take over the gates? Shoot the walls? Shoot the gate
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>>37722275
Of the 20 dead, how many were royal guards? What's the usual thing to do when a knight/soldier has died? Prayers? Good wishes?
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>>37725079
I'd say destroy the wall with siege weapons.since the gate is more complex to rebuild an can funnel our forces easier
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>>37725626
So we can agree to the wall. What do you think we should do with our two hours?
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>>37725777
Give everybody time to recover a bit in preparation for the fight to come and deal with the dead/injured.
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>As your army refreshes itself, you decide to see if you can somehow scout out more information
>You grab one of the officers monocular, and peer though it at the wall the battle took place at
>It's still a little hard to see anything noteworthy, though you do see they have lots of movement and large fixtures now atop both the wall and the gates
>Some of them look like massive cauldrons, others look like large groups of griffons and pegasi fighters
>It's a good thing you stepped back when you did...
>Taking out the wall seems like a better option now
>You go back to the makeshift table Silver is at, tell him what you saw (Though he already knew from his normal scouts), and inform him you'd like to take out the wall
>He agrees, and start to plan for where to place the trebuchets, balistas, and rammers, while also making plans for the soldiers who can fly to suppress their defenses until the wall is breached
>You also mention the large fighter with the rank; Silver congratulates you on felling him, but doesn't know anything more

>After the discussion, you head to the area the ponies with injuries are being tended at
>While there are lots of ponies with minor injuries, they're at least in shape to keep fighting; the 50 with worse injuries aren't going to be able to get back up anytime soon
>You take a moment to wipe the blood off your armor and helm
>You look over the injured... perhaps you can help?
>After this, it'll be time to march again

>Tend to the minor wounds [00-20, you help heal many minor wounds back to full health, 21-60 you help a few ponies, 61-80 you help keep up morale but don't know how to help with these kinds of wounds, 81-99 you may have made things worse and hurt morale as well as took out another soldier from the battle]
>Help with major wounds [00-10 you help bring many seriously wounded ponies back into the fight, 11-20 you help bring two ponies back in, 30-60 you aren't able to help much, 61-99 haha whoops]
>Watch the clerics and healers to learn how to help in the future [perk chance]
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>>37726574
Lets watch rather than get in the way of those that know what they're doing
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>>37726574
Ask a Cleric to guide us on how to heal the wounded. I feel we have a better chance of learning someone if a professional is tutoring us and correcting our mistakes.
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>>37726574
>Tend to the minor wounds
The major wounds should be left to the professionals but if we help with the minor the field medics will have more time to deal with the major wounds.
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>>37726591
>>37726604
>>37726638
Three way vote. Anyone want to make a compromise?
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>>37727395
It looks like two for learning too me, just a difference on the details really.
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>>37727546
Its three different votes. Tenta made it clean that you have to explicitly vote for an idea, else its it's own vote.
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>>37727646
Fine, I'll be willing to switch from just watching to lessons if it's allowed.
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>>37727725
Which of the three is that?
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>>37727772
See >>37726604
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>>37726574
TarCouldrons spilling
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>>37727942
What?
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>>37726574
WE ARE CHARADE, THE HALF CRYSTAL PONY! OUR BLOODLINE IS STRONG AND IMPERIOUS! NO WAR, SLIGHT AGAINST OUR HONOR, NOR MORTAL WOUNDS SHALL STOP OUR DESTINY!
BEGIN SHIPPING OUR SOLDIERS WITH OTHER SOLDIERS. LOVE DHALL BLOOM ON THE BATTLE FIELD!
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>>37727395
I would rather actually help out then stand around watching to maybe gain a perk we might not ever use.

But it may be helpful later on so I don't mind too much either way.
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>>37728255
I don't think we'd have enough time, regrettably.
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>>37726574
>Watch the clerics and healers to learn how to help in the future [perk chance] HEALINGIMPORTANTTREATOUROWNANDFAMILIESMORTALWOUNDS
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bump
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>You decide to leave the healing to more experienced ponies, and see what you might learn from watching their work
>You come over to where two of the healthy soldiers are trying to help an injured one
>You greet them, and they agree to let you observe as they introduce themselves: Sergeant Hobble Leaf and Field Medic Blustauger
>The injured earth pony private cannot respond coherently, mumbling in pain
>Blustauger points out the cleave wound on the right front hoof near the center of the 'metacarpal' bone
>He then points out something unfortunate for the poor stallion, right after the cleave hit, it shattered the bone enough to almost slice the whole limb off, just dangling on by a few inches of muscle and skin
>Let alone the dirt and muck that got in once he hit the ground
>Blustauger tries to clean the exposed muscles and bone out more than he already had, but the hoof is bleeding profusely and unable to close, even with a spell cast over the wound to mend the flesh
"Alas, the hurting is beyond what I can fix with ze healing, and you can see where ze flesh is starting to turn bad"
>You can see Hobble take out a strange looking saw, turning it over with the magic from her stubbier horn
"Alright then, no point in delaying the inevitable."
>You are understandably distressed, and the wounded private is groaning much more loudly
>Hobble turns to the stallion with a gleam in her eyes
"Oh, no worries love, I'm a certified barber back in Wheatshire!"
>The moaning turns into screaming before Blustauger shoves some dank smelling reeds into his mouth
"Now now, chew on those, and just... relax."
>He scream-chews and his panic turns to numbness as he mumbles something
>Hobble explains the reeds are jammer stalks, and you can see the affect they have in numbing the body and the mind
>You watch as they amputate the hoof, revealing much more greying flesh than you first saw
>The sight you barely handle... it's the smell that makes you step back
>You can only imagine how much worse it would be if they waited a day to do this
[cont]
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>>37731681
>You try to pay attention, but it’s rather unlucky you popped in right as they were preparing to do this amputation
>Past the lingering sense of nausea, you feel like you learned a lot, but not in a very helpful way [Perk progress started: Keen learner 3]
>The limb afterwards it knitted over with the healing magic, now a stub with muscles and skin over where the bone was sawed clean, well enough for a wooden fake hoof to be strapped on once home
>Blutsauger and Hobble both seem pleased with the results
“Another successful procedure!”
“On to the next pony!”
>You spend the rest of your time warding the nausea away… in a spot where you can’t smell anything foul

>The horns sound, and everypony able to fight is in formation again
>You can see the wall as you all march towards it, about three stories high and made of crude dark grey boulders, except for the top where the stone was carved for a pathway and protective covers about every three yards
>Your siege weaponry is already set up, and once rolled into place, are promptly loaded with their stones and massive arrows
>A few flying foes try to swoop down, but the fighters in the front quickly kill them before they could harm the weapon experts
>The first volley shoots forward
>The balista arrows knock over some of the cauldrons, mostly falling onto your side of the battle field harmlessly, though a few get sent backwards onto what you can only assume to be their own screaming ponies
>The small stone-loaded catapults pepper the other ponies atop the wall and even hit a few pegasi mid-flight, mostly preventing their counterfire of arrows, but not quite enough to stop all of them
“Everypony, shields ip!”
>Fringe holds the shield over you again, and a smaller flurry of arrows comes down
>Some of them hit two archers on the left end of the formation, but didn’t hit anywhere vital from their shouts
>As they bandage themselves with their shields propped up against their backs facing the enemy, the two trebuchets fire their load, each a massive boulder
>They both hit the center of the wall with a massive blast of stone, causing one side of the wall to start buckling
>This repeats until the northern side of the wall near the gate collapses, taking a few more of their fighters with it
>The dust from the rubble clears, and you hear the horn to advance
>The other archers finish shooting down any opposing fighters on the remnants of the wall, and you follow the front-line into the city

[cont]
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>>37731690
>To say it was a city is a stretch though; the buildings are all in varying states of disrepair or shoddy construction, clearly even before the siege began, it was hard to say which now that these buildings close to the wall had taken the stone pellets that had gone over the wall’s defenders
>The ares ahead isn’t too obscure, though covered in lightly narrow streets and branching pathways though the brick buildings, and you can see what looks like a tall, important building up ahead past some curved roads leading uphill
>The tricky part of this is the roads aren’t wide enough for your forces to all take one path, so battalions begin to split up to take different paths
>As you trot down another road, with some of the archers keeping pace and having to break their formation to cross some of the narrower areas, you run into some of the fighters who were ahead of you, now at a complete stop
>You can recognize Currentia among some regular privates and sergeants, standing out in her royal knight armor
>She puts up one hoof to signal ‘quiet’
>You follow her hoof to the dilapidated bakery where about 50 soldiers are taking cover, and peer around the corner with the monocular, where you can see many ponies and griffons marching
>They’re armed, but not armored, dressed in rags and thick iron collars, almost looking sickly with knotted manes and limp jaws barely holding onto sword handles, about 200 from a quick head count
>Behind the disheveled creatures, you can see some regular soldiers, striking both flails and lighting magics at the back of the lines, towards this road that goes to where the wall breach should be, the road you almost went onto
>Currentia whispers to you
“Hey, Queen Carnelian, I know we’re here for battle, but this doesn’t feel right. I think they’re sending slaves to fight for them. Bastards...”
>Fringe shakes his head
“I’ve heard of some groups using slaves as soldiers, but to force them to walk to their deaths with no armor? That’s horrible. I’m not sure if we can help them much right now though, we still need to get to the palace before Crossing tries to sneak out in the darkness of dusk.”
>You aren’t sure quite what to do about that, but you have some options
>You could try to fight the group of slaves, or do something else, but it’ll take time if you aren’t ignoring them to go directly to Crossing’s palace, time that may allow him to escape to prepare more of a defense, or encounter another of your battalions or allies before you can apprehend him
>What will you do?

>Let them pass and go to the palace on the road they came from to the palace directly
>Set up a trap closer to the wall to take them all out
>Wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind
>Jump in front of the mass and attempt to rally the slaves
>Other
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>>37731697
Can we get any archers up to the rooftops where they can get clear shots behind the slaves?
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>>37731812
+1 for effort to free the slaves
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>>37731697
>Wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind
Can't have enemy soldiers behind us anyway, that's a bad idea.

Also that doctor seems pretty good at his job, I wonder were he got his medical license.

>>37731812
We could do that, but not without splitting off our archers from our main force and making them highly vulnerable.
In addition it's highly likely that will cause a panic, in both the soldiers and the slaves and that won't end well.
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>>37732042
Everything except for avoiding them entirely would cause a panic. Also, we're in tight quarters, so range focused soldiers have significantly less value and might actually get in the way of melee focused soldiers.
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>>37732106
I agree ranged soldiers might get in the way potentially but that is no reason to hang them out to dry.
And a panic might start but with a concerted effort to end the soldiers quickly it may be possible to quell any panic rather then them thinking they are under an indiscriminate attack.
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>>37732131
Do you actually think the plan is to intentionally put our archers in a location where they'd have no support or escape route? Also, having the archers sneak attack the soldiers WOULD be dealing with them quickly.
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>>37731697
>Wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind
Changing archery support vote to this. We are the monarch, and one of the biggest ponies around. If we can kill all the slavers and catch the slaves before they disperse, maybe we can use their man power to keep track of Crossing River to make it even harder for him to attempt to escape.

>>37732145
>>37732131
>>37732106
We could set up a position some place where our archers will be station. Set up several kill boxes in second story buildings I mean. In addition, we could have some scout lure the slaves/slaves away into the traps, or divide their forces enough so they're all easy pickings. Should I elaborate some more?
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>>37732145
Separating our Archers from the main group would inherently put them in harms way, something I have been saying the entire time.
Your suggestion is to magically find the perfect structure in what is essentially a shanty town that has good visibility that hasn't been torn down by either our siege weapons or by their armies for materials while also finding it quickly enough and in the right location so as to be able to move into position both without alerting this group and quickly enough that they don't move somewhere too far away or behind any other structure that blocks sight or before they get to wherever they are going.
And then this magical super building will need to have multiple exits to prevent our group from being trapped in there by any other potential force and this building must be big enough house a sizable portion of our force if I under correctly that you want to split even more of our force off or our entire force into groups to find this building(s)
All, exclusively so we can potentially shoot of a few shots before they are noticed and the group takes cover because relying on eliminating an entire part of a what is essentially a squad of soldiers while not hitting the other part is completely unfeasible and just exclusively a roll of the dice.

And yes, in the group they may still come into danger but the wouldn't be isolated from help aside from our entire squad being routed.
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>>37732378
It's called wings you mother fucking retard.

Step 1: Send a scout up and, while not revealing themself, find a stable enough roof to use as a shooting platform that has good sight lines on the enemies.
Step 2: After the few moments the scout needs, send flight capable archers up to the scouted location.
Step 3: Being well above the enemies and slaves, shoot down at exposed parts of the soldiers bodies before they have a chance to realize that they're in our kill box.
If the enemy somehow can magically reach them without dying, Step 4: Fly back down and rejoin our forces.

As for your comment about how numerous the enemies are, it's common practice to have slaves far outnumber slave handlers.

You are either planning on avoiding them entirely, attacking them as they pass while the slaves hammer our flank, or betting on there being a magical location in this unfamiliar (only to us) city where we can set up an ambush for them.
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>>37732403
As far as I'm aware the number of ponies we have in our army with wings is on the lower side, or we could have easily rained down hell on the town from above with little need to breach the walls.
And even past that landing units on the roof will broadcast our position to anyone with eyes while leaving our archers completely exposed to return fire.

The amount of units they have is unknown, it still wouldn't take much though if we got sandwiched between this force we're trying to disable and another force attracted by the commotion or any other action we take for our whole unit to be taken out.
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>>37732655
So the buildings are transparent now making it impossible to hide on them? Next time you see a building, look at the roof and estimate how much is actually visible from one location on the ground. As for the ratio of flyers to non-flyers, are you talking about the ratio of the entire army or just our small force? Also, they don't really sound equipped for combat at the ranges necessary to counter such an attack.

Lastly, since this is getting pretty annoying, how about coming up with your own idea rather than just shooting down other peoples ideas so there is actually something to discuss.
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>>37731697
so perhaps we should load our catapults with corpses also those culdrons on the wall are boiled tar made to prevent someone from climbing the wall or break open the gate
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>>37732378
>>37732403
>>37732655
>>37732694
Jesus I'm losing track of what either of you are suggesting. What are your suggestions? All I remember was someone wanting to send archers to shoot the whipper and magic casters.

>You follow her hoof to the dilapidated bakery where about 50 soldiers are taking cover, and peer around the corner with the monocular, where you can see many ponies and griffons marching
So 50 in a bakery, and many more marching on by.

>They’re armed, but not armored, dressed in rags and thick iron collars, almost looking sickly with knotted manes and limp jaws barely holding onto sword handles, about 200 from a quick head count
handful of slavers and some 200 slaves.

>Wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind
>Jump in front of the mass and attempt to rally the slaves
What if we did some combination of these? Have our lads set up their traps, then we post as a distraction so all eyes are on us. We do a speech, if it succeed we get 200 ex-slaves to help. If we fail, the enemies are still distracted, and our soldiers will then flank as we make an escape to regroup.

>>37733220
Corpses? That way too fucked, but I liked the culdron idea. Problem is directing targets for the Siege engineers to hit, because I don't think they can see past the walls, and the siege engines can't be brought inside.
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>>37733717
I'm trying to see if we con position archers on a nearby roof so they can get a good angle to shoot at the slavers and not put the slaves at any risk of being hit in a crossfire. The other guy seemingly isn't for anything and is just trying to muddy the issue by grasping at straws.

As for your idea, I don't see much wrong with it, but I doubt our knights would willingly let us use ourself as a decoy.
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>>37734204
We'll have fringe to shield us, and could have a unicorn teleport us a short distance away. We could also have someone drop a firebomb or have Fringe make the ground behind us icy smooth to cover our escape. Does that help?
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>>37734229
That's an argument for our knights, not me. Though that is a lot of assumptions about what spells and resources are available.
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>>37734243
As the queen, and one of the biggest ponies around, they'll have to listen to our command. You're right that some might not like the idea, but equally some might like it and think better of us for it.
Anything else we need to square away? Your archer idea will probably fall under the waiting and flanking.
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>>37734724
Yeah it would. Guess now we just wait on Tenta's decision.
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>>37734967
So what's you're vote?
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>>37735431
It's either "other" or "wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind" depending on how Tenta interprets it. Once again, we have to wait on Tenta.
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>>37735517
https://desuarchive.org/mlp/thread/37328239/
>In the future, when there is no >other option, it means I need a direct answer, the replies that tried to give back-up options or backtrack on conditions made the results less than good in this particular instance.
You need to pick a vote to support or stick to your vote.
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>>37735680
Let them pass and go to the palace on the road they came from to the palace directly
Set up a trap closer to the wall to take them all out
Wait for them to pass then flank the driving soldiers from behind
Jump in front of the mass and attempt to rally the slaves
>Other
^^^^^^^^
Look again
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>>37735710
So you're voting for one of the "other" choices? Which one?
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>>37736244
How many "other" choices are there? Also, are you just trying to burn through the threads posts?
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>You decide to flank the ponies behind the slave lines, waiting behind the cover of the building as they pass though on the street, not bothering to look in any other direction
>Thanks to the noise of their dragging weapons and shackles, you are able to finish reloading your crossbow, as are the rest of the archers, while the swordfighters stay put to wait for the signal to move
>The march goes on for a while, it's a lot of ponies trying to go through a small street by threat of harm
>You can see a few others on the edges of the procession, wearing black armor and free of any shackles
>Eventually, you can see the ponies and griffons in the back, wearing black armor and assaulting the most ragged of the slaves to force them to keep marching
>You let them pass a little further once you realize there's nopony else behind those cruel stallions; you'd try to assemble your archers on the rooftops, but there's not enough actual roof on the adjacent buildings to hold them, let alone enough cover to not be spotted while the procession was still nearby
>At the very least, you can swiftly assemble on the path behind them and have a straight shot at the ones you want to target
>You give a silent signal to line up, then yell to open fire, shooting your own bolt at a nasty looking unicorn
[raw roll (0 being best): 39, -5% acc: 44]
>You hit them on the flank, though the shot didn't pierce though their armor by much
>They attempt to turn, but their magic lightening doesn't seem to have much range to maintain its power, the spell fizzles around some other shots but can't reach any of your ponies
>Fringe's bolt hits them in the head soon after, and the other drivers have met a similar fate
>The slaves look back in panic and fear
>[Charisma] You talk to them at a distance, and explain you have no quarrel with them, and no interest in continuing their slavery
>They seem to stop being fearful, and begin to look towards the other black armored creatures ahead in the road
"Hey, what's the hold u- Arrhg!"
>The slaves are quick to dispatch the remaining enforcers before they can be suppressed again
[cont[
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>>37736492
>You go up the road they came from, and see the palace, with Zyzmic and his forces attempting to tear down its massive doors
>Zyzmic seems to spot you in the crowd of armored soldiers you accompany
>You go up ahead with Fringe to meet him
"Ah, perfect timing! I'm happy you're here after all Carnellian, we're going to be able to breach Crossing's palace! Well... soon, anyways, the whole place is covered in some crazy magic ward, we can't break through the windows or walls, so the thick doors are the weakest spot to push though. It figures, Crossing is some sort of crazy shaman even after becoming a warlord, so who knows what to expect once we get inside?"
>More of your troops have caught up, giving you some more options to attempt entry
>How will you try to get in?

>You have a few diamond dog troops here, attempt to dig into the basement of the palace (Longer way up to the top of the palace, small risk of structure problems)
>You have a variety of spellcaster unicorns here, attempt to teleport in (limited envoy size, only you, Zyzmic, Fringe, and five troops will enter at a time, teleport spot may be random)
>Provide more ponies to ram against the door until it breaks open (Expected entry area, takes time)
>Attempt a mass disspell with your spellcasters [35% success chance] (if successful, can break any point of entry)
>Wait for more troops to converge on the center of the city (Time passes)
>There aren't currently other options you can think of with your level of wit...
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>>37736496
>You have a few diamond dog troops here, attempt to dig into the basement of the palace (Longer way up to the top of the palace, small risk of structure problems)
It may take longer but time is most definitely on our side and an attack from the basement isn't likely something the are prepared for.
If we end up causing a collapse then the building probably was already in need of repair anyway.
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>>37736496
I'd say digging and dispelling our our best bets here. I'll go for digging since it's more certain. Just out of curiosity, can dogs sense underground terrain while they're digging? I'm just curious to see if they can search for a possible hidden escape tunnel efficiently. If not than standard digging is perfectly fine.
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>>37736405
Sorry, I just want to make sure all votes are accounted for.

>>37736496
>You have a few diamond dog troops here, attempt to dig into the basement of the palace (Longer way up to the top of the palace, small risk of structure problems)
>Attempt a mass disspell with your spellcasters [35% success chance] (if successful, can break any point of entry)
Yey
>There aren't currently other options you can think of with your level of wit...
Wow, okay, ouch. Well what about having a unicorn or spell caster teleport to where siege engine crews are located, and get them to target the castle? If the barrier is protecting the WHOLE thing, then maybe targeting it indiscriminately would weaken it?


>>37736543
Spellcasters typically consist of unicorns, so double dipping on both options doesnt sound impossible.
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>>37736598
I'm not against doing both. Was just siding with one more strongly for vote counting reasons.
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>>37736496
Deploy the sappers!
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>>37736496
Ask them if they tried politely knocking.

Bump.
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>>37736995
You mean the diamond dog? Why not the dogs and the spell casters?

>>37737459
lmao
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>Since you have both magic users and diamond dogs at your hooves, you set the diamond dogs to start digging down to breach the underground area of the palace, and the spell casting ponies to work on the ground level to remove the ward to let others in more easily
>The diamond dogs aren't very numerous at this point in time, being only six out of the rest of your half of the deployment, but they get to work quickly, banning the stones on the street until they seem to find a better spot to start
>They quickly pick up the pavement stones and dig their way down very quickly
>The unicorn soldiers all gather to share information on how to cast the counterspell to remove wards, so they can work their magic all at the same time
>Since you'll have a second means of entry available, they'll be able to take more time to ensure a successful dispelling
>A few moments pass while Zyzmic shares his half of the battle
>His forces encountered the same amount of resistance, rather than the larger amount he was expecting to face, so he was able to clear their forces with very few casualties
>You tell him you also encountered some slaves being forced to fight, and took out their captors
>Zyzmic looks relived, then worried
"I will say, something doesn't feel right. I don't know Crossing personally, but his tactics have been screwier than drunk pirate trying to shoot a cannon with rum. He sent all the proper soldiers out first, then the slaves once he ran out of his masses? Hmm... I hope this off feeling I have ends in an easy surrender from him."
>One of the diamond dogs, Major Snuffleclaw, pops out of the hole, covered in dirt but appearing happier for it
"Your majesty, we hit a room! Hole's ready to pass through!"
>You approach the hole, seeing where the other diamond dogs are already to catch you on the stone flooring below
>Fringe goes in first, then yells up that it's safe
>You leap into the hole, getting a little covered in loose dirt for the edges, but the diamond dog officers catch you softly
>Once you're down, Zyzmic comes down too, having to be caught at the hole wasn't wide enough for his wings to fly
"Ugh, I detest small spaces..."
>He looks uncomfortable
"The sooner we find Crossing, the bette- wait, this room is..."
>You look around to the far end of the room
>You can see a few bombshell mares, mostly unicorns and zebras, in white linens and shackles
>Zyzmic storms off towards them in a huff, destroying the bindings
>The diamond dogs are still catching other soldiers to get down here, but...

>Go on ahead with Fringe before you attract Crossing's attention down here
>Help Zyzmic destroy the bindings, then go on ahead with him and Fringe (Small amount of time)
>Wait for more troops to come down here (Longer time)
>Other
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>>37739067
>Go on ahead with Fringe before you attract Crossing's attention down here
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>>37739067
rescuing the prisoners can take priority for the moment while our available forces increase. Now that he mentions it, he might be in a "last stand" mentality right now. It's possible that all he has left is magical traps and his personal guard. Also, is this the kind of guy that might do something suicidal to kill his enemies?

On an unrelated note, I wonder if any of the ones that we're rescuing might have some recent knowledge of what's going on here.
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>>37739067
>Other
If we were both expecting a greater force, and prisoners were used to bolster numbers. Could it not be possible that Crossing has taken these soldiers to counter attack us?
These spells, may not be to keep us out but rather to keep us in. We need more information.

Help free the prisoners then get out. This may be a trap.
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>>37739067
>Help Zyzmic destroy the bindings, then go on ahead with him and Fringe (Small amount of time)
Earn some brownie points and acquire some intel

>Other
See if some of the incoming soldiers can scout a head of us while we free the prisoners first. That way we (the queen) won't have to deal with the traps, while more adept people can.
Don't forget to boop all the prisoners. The confusion from such an action should put them at ease.
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>>37739067
Goodtaste
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>>37739431
+1

>>37742481
Delete your bump friend
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>>37743502
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>You instruct the soldiers who come down after you to proceed ahead and scout for traps
>In the meantime, you begin to help the mares and open the bindings
>It's a little tricky, as you're unfamiliar with the steel locks
>Zyzmic is forcing them to unlock with his claw, poking the right spots with his dexterity
>Fringe looks for keys, but there are none available in the room...
>After fumbling with the lock you had in your hooves, you give up; you don't have the tools, magic, or knowledge of how to force them open, there's only so much you can do with fast hooves alone
>The slaves that were freed already look around with alarm, but do not move
>While Zyzmic continues to open the locks, you speak to one of the slaves, a beautiful unicorn mare who looks well groomed in her mane and fetlocks
"Oh... oh no, please don't hurt me..."
>She speaks in a quiet voice and shrinks away from both of you, tugging the lock and chain further away
>Zyzmic winces, and assures her without looking at her
"Look, we have no intention of keeping you enslaved or claiming you. Once we kill Crossing River, you can be a free mare in both our kingdoms."
>She relaxes a bit
>You introduce yourself as the queen of Stella to the slave, and ask for information about Crossing
"He is... a very confusing pony, letting spirits possess him, but I think he's just crazy. He could love you one moment and try to kill you the next and say it was just. But, um..."
>She fiddles with her hooves as the lock springs open
"He hasn't been down here in a week. The care-taking slaves have been caring for us since they can move around, nopony knows why he's stayed in the top chamber for so long. None of us have gotten hurt or replaced, or summoned up, but that's been a relief, to have nothing bad happen for once."
>Zyzmic finishes one more lock after hers
>The other soldiers come back, and say the area appears unguarded and untrapped
>The mare whispers to you
"Please, don't let him ever come near us again."
>She goes to stand in the corner of the room, like the others, still and silent, some of who are particularly young looking
>Poor mares...

>You make your way up the palace stairs to the top
>There really were no traps, guards, or even servants left inside...
>You approach a massive door
>Fringe is tense, and at the ready to protect you from any surprise attack
>Zyzmic looks at the door with contempt
"Tch, I don't know what Crossing's deal is, but I'm going to make him pay for all the screwing around he's done."
>You both swing open the doors
[cont]
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>>37745312
>Something in here smells awful, but you try to not let your disgust show as visible weakness
>The 'throne' room is empty, save for Crossing, standing on a massive chair behind a tapestry covered table
>From what you can see of him, he's covered in a strange armor, lined with furs and horns and... sticks, you think, and his face is obscured by dark glasses and a scarf below his metal helmet, shaped like a deers antlers
>He's just sitting there, looming over your entrance as Zyzmic hisses out under his breath
"Crossing!! You think you can just take what you want with no consequence?!"
>Crossings head cocks slowly to the side
>His voice rings out, much higher in pitch than you would expect, and not at all refined
"Ha-rumph! I thought I already told all of you, leave the palace until you can get me a defense worthy of a warlord! I already told you, you can take as many slaves as you please... Don't make me get up, or you'll be sorry!!"
>He lifts his hoof up, long sticks on his armor shifting with it as he makes a shaky swiping motion before placing his hoof back down on the hoofrest, the long sticks and elements of his armor shifting to the side
>Both Fringe and Zyzmic seem confused, though Zyzmic is visibly frustrated right now
>Hmm...

>Use your Charisma to persuade Crossing to surrender
>Use your Charisma in a different way
>Use your Wit to inspect the room
>Use your Wit the question what Crossing is up to
>Use your Body strength to attack Crossing at once
>Use your Body strength to knock away the table
>Other...?
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>>37745316
I don't particularly care what will happen to him. But Zyzmic seems to be motivated by revenge, and he can't have it while Crossing is stuck in this less than lucid state.
>Use Wit to find out who or what Crossing thinks we are
>Use Wit to find out who or what Crossing is currently possessed by
>Do not approach the table
>DO NOT approach the table
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>>37745316
Lets inspect the room while asking Zyzmic what Crossing meant about "a defense worthy of a warlord"
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Is he a player character?
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>>37745316
>Use your Wit to inspect the room
Something really isn't right here, in fact there is something very very wrong here. Look at this guy, is the armor he is wearing in any way seemingly similar to the dark magic we witnessed used by the mad mage in the magic university?

It almost seems like he's a puppet, perhaps even in a literal sense, check and see if he's held up by strings or something.
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>>37745606
He never actually showed us any magic.
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>>37745768
I remember him trying and failing. And I think he had some dark magic cast on himself.
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If his speciality is posession, he may try to use it in reverse and escape in one of the slaves. Or, if he's brave, he may even attempt to steal our body. Do we recognize the smell? Is it the smell of a rotting corpse, two or three days old?
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>>37745316
The slaves down below spoke of him being possessed by by spirits and having erratic behavior. This might be both a ploy and legitimate madness, but there is always a method ot ones own madness.

>>37745442
+1

>>37745815
There was no attempt of his failing to do any magic. Hes done something.
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>>37746001
The slaves are in the process of, or have already escaped the castle proper. it's more likely he would allow especially powerful malevolent spirits to totally or partially possess him, as to grant himself some form of boon.
I think the best way to defeat him, would be to comically throw a ton of miscellaneous heavy objects at him, making the floor smooth so he can't run, and having unicorns spin him really fucking fast in the air so he looses his lunch.
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>This doesn't feel right, especially with the stench of decay in the air
>You decide to rely on your wits to figure out what Crossing's deal is
>His head slowly straightens, sticks on his helm bending around the chair he sits on
>Wait...
[Wit check: auto-pass]
>Looking more closely to see what's occurring, you can't help but notice the sticks are moving before he does
>In fact some of them already seemed longer than would be practical for armor, leading down onto the floor beyond the ornamental table
>You're not sure about the table, but, it's going to need to be moved if you're about to fight Crossing anyways
>You ask Zyzmic to move that table, and he obliges without any argument
>He flips it up and tosses it to the side, shattering part of the thin wall
>What the-
>[Thespian] You can see three fillies in collars and linens, two of them holding the sticks like they were holding a puppet-erring rig, and one facing the room
>The one facing you looks at both of you in alarm
"Ah, wait, It's not what it looks like!"
>The voice still sounds like it's coming from Crossing, but you can see her speaking in that same tone
"Okay, maybe it's a little what it looks like."
>Her voice sounds normal now, higher pitched and not thrown across the room
>The two holding the sticks turn around and let go; Crossing falls to the side behind them
>Zyzmic looks pissed
"No... Is he..."
>He approaches Crossing and removes the helmet
>From how he looks and smells under the helm and coverings, he's likely been dead for a week at least
>Zyzmic looks at the girls, with confusion, then anger
"If he's been dead for that long... Then these little chicks were the ones giving the orders to attack our ponies instead of-!!"
"Wuh-oh. They're onto us girls, get them!"
>The three take out sharp hair pins from their manes
>Zyzmic looks like he's ready to fight them, despite their young age, but they look just as ready to pick a fight
>This is ridiculous!

>Kick their asses, put them in their place! [Continues Bloodthirsty perk progress, begins combat]
>Stop both from attacking each other with your words [Charisma check]
>Let them fight [It doesn't do anything to you, but it will be entertaining]
>Pick up the fillies by the back of their collars [Body check]
>[Thespian] Throw your hooves up in the air and leave dramatically [?]
>Boop their leader [?]
>...Other?
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>>37749804
>...Other?
Pick up all the fillies in a bear hug and snuggle the life out of them. They're just. So. Precious! Evil, but still pretty cleaver for fillies their age. Theyre in big trouble, but not the execution kind
At least so long as they're nice and comply. I'd like to talk to them about everything.
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>>37749804
>Kick their asses, put them in their place! [Continues Bloodthirsty perk progress, begins combat]
Their orders directly lead to the deaths of ponies, including our own presumably. And they are ready an willing to get their own hooves dirty.
Despite them being 'cute' they've committed serious crimes, and they can't just get away with them because of their apparent age. Take them down first and ask questions later.

Killing them right away is a little excessive so ask Fringe if he can use his magic to knock them out or pin them to the floor.
Failing that use the flat of our blade and the butt of it to knock them the hell out.
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>>37749843
This. Reject modernity, return to filly.
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>>37749804
>Boop their leader
We gotta
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>>37749843
Lmao, this.
>>37749804
It is an admirable feat of courage to go with nothing but three hairpins against two armies, but are they just as willing to go with us and personally explain their actions to the families of at least twenty soldiers we've got killed?
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>>37749804
>motherly instincts activate
I will hug them and love them and they'll be my little angel's and I'll give them cute little dresses and we'll play tea parties *squeeeee!* [Thespian] my babies are so talented! They know how to throw their voice and eight up a pulley system! I just want to butter them up and gobble up their precious heads.
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Beep
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Boop
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No update tonight due to irl shenanigains, sorry y'all
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>>37754117
I hunger for filly cunny
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>>37754117
Nah it's fine, stuff happens.

>>37754220
I mean... Power move to do that in front of two armies, one of our lovers and a potential political ally all the while she's attempting to murder is with needles.
But it's probably best we don't do that if we want to remain queen.
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>>37754523
I know. It was more of a joke than a genuine suggestion. What do you think we should do with the fillies?
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>>37754656
Honestly? Probably lock them up. Their orders have lead to deadly consequences.

Now I could maybe forgive them for that, maybe they thought they had to or they'd be killed. But then, someone from obviously different army discovers their ruse and the first thing the resort to is murder, or more likely just trying to take other ponies down with them.

For their crimes they need to be locked up but they should be going through rehabilitation during it and when they are fit to live normal lives they should be set free after a token amount of time to serve for their crimes.
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>>37754960
You mean these orders?
>leave the palace until you can get me a defense worthy of a warlord
In the context of an already lost war, it's essentially an invitation for every lieutenant with half a brain to desert with as many troops and slaves as he can carry. From what little we know, things could've gone worse both for us and for the defenders if Crossing's death was made official.
>the first thing the resort to
Second, technically.
>>37754656
Step one: find out what was their plan.
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>>37755160
No, not those ones.
>"If he's been dead for that long... Then these little chicks were the ones giving the orders to attack our ponies instead of-!!"
These ones. They didn't just order defense, they also ordered attacks on Zyzmic ponies at the very least, and after Zyzmic stated that they pretty much admitted it to being true as in response.
>"Wuh-oh. They're onto us girls, get them!"
>The three take out sharp hair pins from their manes
They stated they realized that their appearance hadn't fooled our group, and instead of denying the claims they had ordered the attacks they decided they wanted to try kill us.

It's hard to justify those sorts of actions.

Also I don't know why this is being taken so lightly, they mean to kill us. Booping or hugging them would give them a pretty good chance to stab us in the neck.
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>>37754960
Theres definitely a lack of pieces to this picture to get full scope of what these fillies have done, for how long, why.
So dont tell everyone Crossing River is dead? That's gonna be tough to sell.

>>37755580
Yeah this whole thing still smells funny, but all three of then are fillies. I'd like to deescalate thing so we can either travel to the capital to retrieve som priests of Honesty, or have our soldiers teleport some of them here so we can interrogate the fillies.

>Also I don't know why this is being taken so lightly, they mean to kill us. Booping or hugging them would give them a pretty good chance to stab us in the neck. OP pic related we got neck protection, and snuggling them extra hard should prove to be impossible to be stabable when you're hugged by someone Celestia or Luna sized.
Technically they're only trying to kill Zyzmic after he started or is in the process of initiating an attack against them.
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>>37755865
I'm pretty sure they are referring to multiple ponies, likely including us because I doubt they are referring to Zyzmic as 'them' in order to not assume his gender identity while they try to kill him.
From the looks of it if that's what we have as neck armor then chain mail won't realistically block a needle. (I could be wrong about it being chain mail but even if it's gamberson or something there is a gap under our chin.)

>and snuggling them extra hard should prove to be impossible to be stabable
...? What exactly is your suggestion? That we hug them, that we for all intents and purposes grapple them, or worse... Hold hooves with them.

Keep in mind, we're not alone we are in front of a portion of our army and whatever weird ass thing we do with these amateur puppeteerists will reflect back on us.

Forcefully hugging and squeezing a filly so tight she can't move isn't a good look even if she was attempting to kill us.
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>>37755972
>Forcefully hugging and squeezing a filly so tight she can't move isn't a good look even if she was attempting to kill us.
Mmmmmm nope still not seeing the issue here. You make it sound like killing then would be better.
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>>37756296
Do you go around hugging little girls you don't know so tight they can't move?
If so, how's prison?
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>>37757948
Yes. I will hug all the little girls and take them to my candy van.
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>Looking at the fillies, armed with only sharpened mane pins and against the two leaders of the nations they sent orders against, something within you feels...
>Well, it's hard to describe, but all you want to do is hug all of them tight, squeeze their little faces, and let them know that everything is going to be okay
>You have some reservations about what they've done, but you can get explanations first and discipline later
>Following some sort of doting, light feeling, you swiftly leap to the side, again behind them, and scoop all of them into a mass hug, with their hooves facing away and their chests in your hooves so they can't attack anything but your armored limbs
>You doubt you'd be able to move so fast and effortlessly again
>All three are taken by surprise, though only the smallest tries to stab you, their hairpin bending away on your armor plating before they slow to a stop with a frustrated grunt
>You tell them you have neither of you have any intention to hurt them (Zyzmic is still fairly upset but seems to go with it), and they feel slightly less tense in your hold
>Fringe takes the pins away with his telekinesis, ensuring they can't try to attack you anymore
>The older one seems a little scared, though less than before
"I don't... you aren't from here, are you? I don't recognize the armor any of you wear... I thought you were more commanders expecting some horrible plan to fight or evacuate."
>You confirm to her that you are the queen of Stella, and you came here to depose Crossing
>Her grimace of uncertainty turns into a small hopeful smile
[cont]
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>>37758753
>You ask her to explain what had happened
"Okay, so, uh, me and the other girls had been called up to serve master Crossing, and while he was doing his freaky ritual before his evening pleasures, he inhaled his medicine and got super woozy. I don't know what... H-he fell onto one of his swords, and he died! If any of the commanders found out, we knew they would kill us because they would think we killed him... So we made it seem like he was alive, it was supposed to be for just enough time to figure out how to leave, but then all these other commanders and slave runners from all over kept coming in at all hours asking for commands. We couldn't leave without being caught..."
>The middle filly start to talk
"We're just happy our mothers are still here, some of the masters wanted to take them, but we convinced them to take the others instead. If we told them to take nopony, they would have found us out. We're sorry, please don't beat us!"
>Poor girls...
>You continue to hug them and tell them you won't hurt them
>Zyzmic sheaths his sword and sighs
"Well then... I always suspected Crossing wasn't above such horrid things, as long as he's still dead by the end of the day I can accept the result. Either way, no pony is left to fight us in here, and any foes left outside should be dealt with soon."
>You are victorious in this endeavor, but this revelation leaves a nasty tone to it
>Perhaps Zyzmic is right, that a rotten pony got a well deserved death, even if it wasn't one that allowed a sense of justice beyond the fillies he...
>Well, good riddance, you doubt anypony will give him a proper grave
>You release the girls, they all seem to be more calm, if not unsettled and deeply traumatized

>Your royal knights and other ranks come in soon after, though as there was no need for reinforcements, they all seem relived
>But know they want to know how things went
>You could tell them the uninspiring truth... or you could use your charisma to make a new narrative to what happened, boosting the renown of yourself or somepony else

>Tell them what really occurred to Crossing River, killed by his own slaves long before you got there (vague)
>Tell them he was killed then puppeted by his filly sex slaves, pointing to where they sit
>Tell them you made the killing blow on him
>Tell them Fringe made the killing blow
>Tell the Zyzmic made the killing blow
>Other? You can't imagine too many other ways to spin this

(There will be a small timeskip after this)
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>>37758759
>Tell them you made the killing blow on him
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>>37758759
Considering this is Zyzmic's war, he deserves the renown. Besides, the secret would put him in our debt. It's also not a complete lie since Zyzmic had already cornered him by the point he died, so his fate was sealed. The only thing that changed was the details.
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>>37758759
Ill let zyzmic get the credit sure. Why not.
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>>37758759
I wouldn't call it uninspiring: a dissemination of the story about a successful and humiliating slave-delivered regicide may cause some useful instability in slavery-based neighbouring lands. Plus it isn't fair to steal the glory from the fillies. But if for some reason we'll go with a lie, at least make sure nobody will have a chance to notice the stage of decay.
A somewhat stupid idea: can we do both? Can we make things look like the fillies were Zyzmic's assassins the whole time?
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>>37758759
>Other? You can't imagine too many other ways to spin this
His foul magic spawned a demon, one with truly terrifying power. It ended up killing him, but with both ours, Fringes and Zyzmic's power combined we brought down the beast and saved the world.

Or actually tell the truth, he got high on drugs while playing with swords and promptly died.
Giving him any sort of story worth remembering isn't something he deserved.


>>37759116
Recruiting fillies as assassins probably wouldn't do Zyzmic's reputation much good.
And it's not the glory these girls need it's some serious therapy and/or mindwipe spells.
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>>37759214
As far as I know, psychotherapy shouldn't exist in middle ages, the closest thing there is is alcoholism. Mind wipe? Why? It makes no sense, not this.
Right now they need safety for them and for their parents, food and sleep that they probably couldn't have enough during their week at Bernie's, and perhaps some degree of separation from the survivors from groups of slaves they sent to their death. Fame may become relevant a few years later, if they'll decide to put their murderous instincts to good use. I remember that we've been planning to create something like a military academy? Or was it only for nobility?
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>>37758810
True, but I think we could make use of the renown too. The locals would be more privy to our rule in this part of the country, as would some of the other small villages dotting around these lands.

>>37759116
An easy way to explain the decay would be magic bullshitery. Just say magic, it always works.
I don't think these fillies need the attention, what they need is a doctor and therapist. Filly assassins are also very not bueno.

>>37759214
I'll support your other, at least then we'd all get the renown. Less the part of a demon, more maybe a vengeful specter. A demon is a whole nother ball park.

>>37759931
These are ponies man. Ponies do pony things and are sometime inconsistent with technology. We'll get them something close to psychotherapy, which would probably result in us just throwing them to the Church of Harmony so they can come to peace with everything that's happened to them, cuz apparently religion magic exists, which I'm pitty cool with.

>if they'll decide to put their murderous instincts to good use
Fillies didn't kill him. They just made shives out of their hair pins for self defense.

>he inhaled his medicine and got super woozy. I don't know what... H-he fell onto one of his swords, and he died!
see?

>I remember that we've been planning to create something like a military academy? Or was it only for nobility?
I don't remember anything about a military academy, but I did want for us to expand our air force so we have more flight capable ponies, more combat oriented weather ponies, and overall more civilian grade weather ponies.
I also think we should consider mass producing Highland Steel in secret somewhere, accumilate enough of the stuff to create a fleet of Citadels and air ships, then BTFO our neighbors down south.
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>>37761008
Don't forget our rescuing of the slaves. We'll get some renown regardless. We don't need to be known as the one who killed the bastard.
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>>37761183
But it would be good to have that kind of renown, with all the good and bad that comes with it.
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>>37762118
Yeah, but we'll have more opportunities to get renown and we're an established ruler. Zyz is practically doubling his territory and population, so it could help him keep things stable.
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>>37762196
Yes, but we should get something out of this as well, but it won't double his renown. Increase a little sure, but not double.
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>>37763021
We did save all of those slaves and show our soldiers that we know how to fight
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>>37763035
yes. Hippogriff boy wouldn't had been able to penetrate the castle without the help of our diamond dogs, and our soldiers have seen up take out a heavily armored dude with nothing but a toothpick.
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>>37758759
>Other? You can't imagine too many other ways to spin this
Share the prestige.
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>You decide the last thing the poor little mares need is attention in the climax of a war
>You take Zyzmic by the shoulder and tell everypony he was the champion of the battle, killing Crossing River while Fringe and yourself helped him
>He catches on fairly quickly, letting you tell the story with a smile on his face and adding a few flourishing details about how he sunk his falchion into his spell-rotten flesh
>The soldiers nod and cheer for both of you, but Zyzmics soldiers cheer all the harder for their leader

>While your combined forces dispatch any remaining foes or force them to surrender, you take special care to take Crossing's body and dump it outside once his armor is peeled off, not at all recognizable without his adornments atop the pile already formed there
>The stench is horrid, but the security of the truth is secured, simply if not disgustingly

>You and Zyzmic ransack his treasure room, or at least what's left of it once you get past the heavy lock on the vault door
>You find a little bit of wealth, but it's clear Crossing was on his last legs with this war
>You both split the treasure, taking home 2.5 talents each

>In the evening, your head tallies are complete and general Silver Axe
>Another 70 soldiers were injured, of whom 5-40 may be unable to recover enough to fight in the future
>25 more died of their injuries or in battle
>Zyzmic had about 10 injured and 40 dead in the city, though the numbers for the battle outside the walls of the city are unknown
>After patrolling the city with the healthy soldiers, silver can confirm there are no more enemies left, about 50 surrendered and 500 slaves were freed from their bindings once overtaken
>Zyzmic volunteers to take responsibility for the former slaves, so long as he can take this section of the land for himself; you think his terms are sensible and agree, since you already have Honeybark to work on
>The night goes on with celebration, cleaning, and mourning all around you
>You feel at peace... though you have a little time and energy left after the hard battle, enough to do one thing
>What will you do?

>Find a place for you and Fringe to fuck
>Ransack Crossings throne room for any hidden goodies [Unknown roll table]
>Find the fillies and take them home [Adopt all three]
>Sneak away from the festivities and talk to Zyzmic alone
>Go to sleep early [Triggers special dream roll table]
>Other
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>>37765936
>Zyzmic volunteers to take responsibility for the former slaves, so long as he can take this section of the land for himself; you think his terms are sensible and agree, since you already have Honeybark to work on
Uh, what? So, he gets extra citizens and land and what exactly do we get?
Man our negotiation skills are truly awful.

From what I recall a big part of the reason we ever agreed to this alliance was an even split of the land.
Probably an important part to actually discuss, because if we're giving up this bit of land then we are getting it's equivalent in another spot. Because giving up a fortress city and getting a bog of endless suffering is not an equal trade.

Just because we have other land too develop doesn't mean we don't want this land as well. This used to be our kingdoms land, heading back and saying.
"Wars done, thanks guys. Oh by the way the land you helped me reclaim I just gave it away to that cute griffin lol, enjoy the ptsd and physical disabilities."

It's kind of a big thing to give away the first city we reclaimed in the war effort.

With that rant over we can't really ask for it back, maybe go to the medics and get our bout of insanity checked out.
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>>37765936
>Find a place for you and Fringe to fuck
I'd suggest in the dead dudes palace but since he was such a degenerate he'd probably get a kick out of that and honestly we wouldn't want to touch any of the stuff in his dungeon no matter how kinky we are. We have standards, loose ones but we have them.
Make sure to take our armor, if we're going to get pounded we'll need some kind of protection.

>>37766272
Calm down. That's a little much. All the land here is equally fucked over by centuries(decades?) of occupation from pirates. It's all equally as run down. We'll take an extra bit of coast or something.
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>>37765936
Well, rocking Fringes world sounds tempting. And since we're parting with this bit of land anything we take from Crossing's throne room would essentially be stealing from Zyzmic.
We can't adopt the fillies, they have their mothers still they aren't orphans they've said so themselves, they had thrown other mares under the bus to make sure of that.
So. That leaves three options.
>Making Fringe nut so hard he sends us rocketing into the ceiling.
>Finding Zyzmic and talking to him about something, maybe the war maybe cute mares.
>Or getting some early sleep.
Personally I'm partial to mixing it up and having Fringe rail us hard in our sleep, but the smart thing is to probably go meet with Zyzmic even if it isn't as fun.
>Sneak away from the festivities and talk to Zyzmic alone
So that has my vote, we probably have a bit to talk about.
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>>37765936
I vote either sleep or sating our draconic greed by raiding the throne room. But I'm leaning more towards sleep.
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>>37766819
>>37765936
Find a place to fuck fringes brain out. Do it do it do it.
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Bedtime bump
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>>37765936
>Zyzmic volunteers to take responsibility for the former slaves, so long as he can take this section of the land for himself; you think his terms are sensible and agree, since you already have Honeybark to work on
>Coming out here to reclaim lost land, only to give it away to Zyzmic
FFS what? What just happened? Are we not going to reclaim lost Stella territory, it's lost citizens, and our old holdings? What of our civilians? As their monarch is it not our appointed duty to help them? What is even going on I don't recall these being a part of the deal.

>Ransack Crossings throne room for any hidden goodies [Unknown roll table]
Have some guards do it in secret, and ask the fillies if they know of any caches.

>Go to sleep early [Triggers special dream roll table]

>Other
Get a messanger to find Zyzmic and schedule an appointment in the morning to determine which lands we'll divide, and see if we can use his new title of "King Slayer" to get our kingdom a greater deal. He gets renown, we get..... something/

There's no point in the filly adoption option since they still have their mothers. As cool as it would be, I personally don't see the point of their moms are still kicking. I do however want to have then talked to by some of our soldiers to see if we can determine where they sent some of CR's soldiers and other useful stuff.

Do we get a share of Crossing Rivers research stuff from magic? raw resources?

>>37766479
I don't want more rumors to spread. We should save this for when we're back home. The sex I mean.

>Calm down. That's a little much. All the land here is equally fucked over by centuries(decades?) of occupation from pirates. It's all equally as run down. We'll take an extra bit of coast or something.
It's a matter of principle to reclaim what was lost. We'd get more fame for that, rather than getting some plots of land Zyzmic chooses to give to us. Plus I want to see if we can get some good deal on negotiations in the morning. Possibly going through Crossing Rivers old memories and geography notes to claim plots of land either lush in forest, have existing mines, or buildings / towns / fortifications to give us an economy boost.
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>>37765936
>In the evening, your head tallies are complete and general Silver Axe
>Another 70 soldiers were injured, of whom 5-40 may be unable to recover enough to fight in the future
>25 more died of their injuries or in battle
>Zyzmic had about 10 injured and 40 dead in the city, though the numbers for the battle outside the walls of the city are unknown
More to come from the coastal city. Oh right, we divided our army. I'm really not going to like reading off the rest of the death tally. We've won the war, but at a great cost. The sooner we can outfit our entire army with Skyland grade steel armaments, the better.

I wonder what we should do in terms of creating prosthesis for the crippled and our army, if magics and brews simply can't regrow what was lost. On one had I like the appeal of bad ass cyberpunk magi-tech gun legs, but on the other it might not mesh well. If Zecora's brews are good enough to help Applebloom regrow a tooth, then magic is probably a safer bet. Just need to commission the Mages guild for that project after they've finished with the Sky Citadel project.

...I think we should also address our method of field surgery as Blustauger had so kindly shown us. We need something better than sawing limbs off and calling it a day. Is there something like a medical research division in our government or standardized hospitals?
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>>37769422
Seconding.

Though, the point of sneaking off is to do it unnoticed so rumours don't spread. Also there is a big difference, in slutting it up now or doing it later. Doing it now makes it much more of a heat of the moment thing with a real fire behind it and I love it. Plus, he saved our flanks quite a few times today, may as well give him a taste of why he was doing all that.

If we're organizing a proper meeting to discuss splitting land that probably won't be happening until the next day. All that said you do have a point, we do need to actually discuss land. We have been funding this war, may as well get our money's worth.

>>37769769
We'll need to be careful Blustauger doesn't run off with anyone's skeleton but yeah more medical research is a good thing.
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>>37766479
Seconding getting that dick and leaving Fringe unable to walk.

>>37769422
Also seconding having a meeting with Zyzmic at some point.
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>You told yourself that you’d give adequate ‘gratitude’ Fringe once the fighting was over, and you intend to do just that
>The only question is where…
>You’re also wanting to talk to Zyzmic about the way you’ll be splitting the land (The city is in the eastern half of the land, you were planning on letting Zyzmic have it as it’s a massive shanty town that would require lots of time and money to be worthwhile), but you figure you can do that in the morning
>You hope he’ll be thinking of you if he finds anything cool in the palace, you feel confident his fond feelings for you might favor such a result
>You look around, your royal carriage was carried into the city but it’s in the middle of your commanders and their assorted map tables, to be filled with treasures to bring back
>Looking around more, you find the only place that isn’t full of partying soldiers, ruined stone, or civilian ponies is a dilapidated townhouse with solid walls and empty of vacancy and furnishings; a little rough, but it’ll do
>[Sleight of hoof] You nab a little pouch of mineral oil from the armorers supplies on the way, you’ll need it for what you have planned

>After gathering some of your royal knights to scout inside and guard the outside from intrusion (They’ll warn you if anypony needs to see you), you tell them you’re going to sleep for the night, they look away from you towards where everypony else is still celebrating, content with their contributions to the victory
>Although… Currentia peeks back a moment at both of you before standing in proper position
>Fringe has been by your side the whole time, so it shouldn’t raise any ears to know he’s be guarding you closely as you… ‘rest’
>It looks like some of your knights found some comfortable bedding for you, setting it up the the back room
[cont]
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>>37772477
>Fringe takes off his helmet, his mane is matted down with sweat and dust after wearing the helm for so long, but he still manages to look good
>You take off your own helmet, and invite Fringe to help you get your armor off in the sexiest voice you can muster
>Fringe hesitates once he picks up on your meaning
“Are you… sure? We don’t have any protection, and we’re still in the midst of a recent battle...”
>[Charisma] Using your charms, you tell him you already have pretty good protection, clanking your hooves on the metal plate over your flank
>He burst into laughter, unable to resist the humor
“Okay, okay… I think we’ve both earned a little respite. So how did you want me to…?”
>You ponder for a moment, but once you think about how infrequently you’ll wear the armor again, you have an idea
>You squat down to put your hoof between your legs, and undo a little flap normally used for relieving yourself while on the field (A part of warfare you’d rather not dwell on, but it can’t be helped)
>After a little instruction, Fringe removes some of the plating that lies below your tail, leaving your marehood and ass exposed, steaming as it hits the cold evening air
>Your teats are still covers by the under-layer, but oh well, you can’t have everything perfect
>You have Fringe lay back on the bedding, and you undo the flap on his armors under-padding as well, leaving his cock free and already half hard out of his sheath
>A few smooches on the tip and leading down to the base sees to that, leaving him firm and ready
>Of course, there’s no lubrication like what you have at home, but the mineral oil you took earlier should do
>You open up the bindings on the opening of the pouch, letting the fluid pour onto the erection
>Fringe shivers a bit, still wearing the rest of his armor except for the exposure of his dick, you take off your front shoes and start to rub the oil around
>Backing off for a moment, Fringe is breathing heavy, and you can feel the exhaustion of the day catching up to you behind your lust, and you decide to take the path of least resistance
[cont]
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>>37772483
>You bend your front half down over a pillow, and raise your tail to show your heated pussy, the armor you still don giving lots of small, satisfying clanks with the movement
>Fringe rolls himself back onto his hooves, and begins to murmur sweet nothings
>It’s hard to hear him though, he’s talking into your winking pussy, with lots of syllables
>Oh stars that’s a lot of syllables
>You whine once you need more, his mouth is nice but you need something, deeper, something thicker
>After a few more shakes of your tail, two swishes of which hitting him in his face, he emerges with a lewd smile and a lick of the lips
“Ah, so you think you have enough protection, do you?”
>He swiftly mounts you, your armor clanking together loudly
>He stops about a quarter of the way in
“Hold on, let me… do something to keep this private
>You feel magic in the air, and his shield spell rises all around you
>Before you can be impressed by his focus on magic in the middle of sex, he plunges into you to his base, effortlessly by both the oil and your own aroused fluids
>You blank out as you feel him fit fully in, only to drag himself out super slowly
>He pops out with a loud squelch, only to slam back in, repeating the movement in the most wonderful, infuriating manner
>He keeps teasing you with shallow thrusts, playing with your labia by slipping the tip in and out with constant noises as you wink open and closed around him
>You’re having none of it, and lift your hips up higher to catch more of his dick
>As he suddenly thrusts back to the hilt, you realize you’ve been tricked!
>Fringe begins to pound you mercilessly, with rapid movements that cause your armors to clash together every second
>He even has the audacity to nip at your ears as they flutter
>You love it
>His pace begins to flash faster and faster, his breathing becoming hitched
“Ah, ah~, Carnelian, I’m so close, so close~”
>[Deviant] You’re close to cumming too, but if he pulls out now, you’re going to lose your build up and not cum, left unsatisfied until the next time you can try to relive your lust
>With your exhaustion, you may not be able to have sex again until...
>Uh oh

>Let Fringe cum inside of you [pregnancy chance]
>Force Fringe to pull out [Stay horny until you return home… or until you can try to have sex again]
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>>37772488
Both options are tempting...
I say we go with the kinkier option.
>Force Fringe to pull out [Stay horny until you return home… or until you can try to have sex again]
Though the idea of taking a risk and possibly carrying Fringes foals is hot.
Keep edging and denying ourselves for a while, it'll really work us up and make for a bigger climax later.

Either have Fringe feed us a piping hot fresh load for dinner, or have him paint our flanks with it. Whatever ever happens make sure he gets off.
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>>37772488
>Force Fringe to pull out [Stay horny until you return home… or until you can try to have sex again]

Agreed give us a facial or a bedtime snack...

I am absolutely planning on having him knock us the fuck up later though. Better to do that when were back in the castle and all.
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>>37772488
>>37772606
Alright actually lets try this.

>Were going to be super horny during this entire trip, if fringe is a good boy and is able to "entertain" us for the duration he will get to have a foal with us.
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>>37772616
Just this anon again but.

>Naturally he isn't allowed to cum inside us until we get there.
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>>37772488
>Force Fringe to pull out [Stay horny until you return home… or until you can try to have sex again]
Ask him to eat you out.
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>>37772656
Not really going to work, both we and Fringe are extremely tired and we only have one round in us.

Chances are, if we asked him to do that we'll both end up passing out and he might drown.
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>>37772488
Pull out, lets hold on until we get home and all three of us can have some fun.
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>>37772687
He could use telekinesis go pump a toy in Charade then. Easy.
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>>37772724
1, we don't have a dildo. Our decision to come was very last minute and we didn't really pack the essentials.
2, that'd just end with something stuck in our pussy all night when again we both pass out from exhaustion before we get off.
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>>37772488
>Force Fringe to pull out [Stay horny until you return home… or until you can try to have sex again]
Switch around and let him fuck your throat raw. He can help us out in the morning.
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>>37772488
I appreciate how a number of votes are boiling down to "enjoy being cunt blocked you dirty slut."
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>>37772856
That's to be expected when you vote for sex. I cant see how none of the people who voted for sex didnt expect this.
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>>37772862
What exactly are you being smug about?
I'm not even joking, this isn't a bad thing. We got a bit of lewd and both options are interesting here.
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>>37772488
stay in i do want another child and being horny the whole way would be bothersome
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Bump
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>>37772488
>Naturally he isn't allowed to cum inside us until we get there.
>>37773013
this is me
>>37772656
>>37772724
i dont think thats possible due to how tired both of them are
>>37772759
yeah both of these points

also i do like a child for our bodyguardhusband and i like the significance of the date of impregnation as we have just conquered this place and i dont think its a good idea to negotiate tomorrow while horny
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>>37776833
Better to let Bloody know ahead of time if we want a foal with Fringe. I don't want his feelings hurt. There's also the problem with nobles not like ponygamious relationships, and some anons wanted to slowly initiate a plan to introduce polygamy to Stella society as optional. The horniness can easily be rectified by in the morning after a bath and some food, then another bath to wash away the smell.
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>>37776833
I agree with giving him a foal, and I agree there is a significance to the day it happens.
I was 100% happy with either option, it actually really surprised me how one sided it was.

However I do want to stick to my guns here, if a little loosely. I think dealing with this will be interesting, however if there was an option where he could cum over our ass and coat our slit where we could take a pregnancy roll and not get release I'd take that. But that's just me, I like the idea of getting knocked up but having to deal with the consequences of our horniness sounds interesting.

>>37776853
Honestly I don't think it'd hurt Bloody's feelings, but then again his way of seeing things is a little odd.

I highly doubt it will be quite as easy as you think to get off, this is night when it's not unreasonable for us to be unavailable. When morning ticks around I expect a early morning wake up call or something. We've won the war but the battle isn't over. We still have land to reclaim and that isn't going to wait until we get off.

We'll probably get a choice, get off or set off. We'd have to give up some opportunity to get off, possibly ceding more land to Zyzmic or something I imagine.
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>>37776918
It is not good to assume when you don't know how Bloody will feel. To put any risk in our relationship would be foolish. We will have plenty of time for Fringe to pump Charade with triplets, but we must take all the necessary steps to ensure there will be little to no opposition, like the big fucking backlash we'll get from the nobility. We need to ease them into the idea of polygamy, then we can get knocked up by Fringe.
FFS keep it in your god damn pants for once. Just be patient.
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Boop
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>>37777388
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>As horrible as it would be to remain unsatisfied, you buck Fringe out of you, just enough for him to spew his load all over the metal plates on the backside of your armor
>As he recovers, you try desperately to grope yourself and masturbate, but fail to do enough to achieve climax
>Fringe is out for the count, and quite frankly so are you
>You both collapse into the bedding and curl up, you're so tired and sore that even laying on a blanket on a floor is comfortable enough
>Fringe uses a cloth to clean both of you up with his telekinesis, but neither of you can move enough to continue your lewd activities
>You'll just have to hope you shake it off until you can get home with your spoils...
[You are now inlficted with being horny, you'll find difficulty until you can get relief or have it replaced by severe shock]

>You have tantalizing dreams, vague sensation focused sequences that keep you horny but bring no satisfaction

>You are awoken by Fringe, who is already up, as the light of dawn peers though the windows of the room
"Carnelian, I'm sorry, but Zyzmic is requesting to have that meeting with you now that the sun has risen. After that, we'll need all the time we can get to travel back home, or I'd postpone it."
>You groan; you're still just as horny as you were last night
>You wonder to yourself if you can get a general to do it
"...And Silver Axe has been wanting to see the fruits of your negotiations, though he's too busy helping the soldiers gather loot and pack up gear."
>Surely, no pony would blame you for putting a knight there in your place, who would even notice?
>Fringe even, surely no creature would think he'd do anything you wouldn't
"...And Zyzmic especially has been anticipating the meeting since last night, he seems to really be fond of you, so I don't think he'd accept a substitute with good results."
>This is
>The
>WORST
>Thing you've done to yourself in a long while
>But, you are the queen of your entire kingdom, and it IS your responsibility to follow up on the meeting you yourself propositioned
>You drag yourself up, rather than staying on the floor and only raising your rear, and attempt to freshen up
>You're clean-ish, and that's more than most of the other soldiers can say, even if you don't smell like roses today

>While passing by the soldiers to get to the meeting place, a diamond dog perks her head up, trying to smell something...
>[Wit] You do not linger long enough for anypony to ask questions

[cont]
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>>37779575
>You come to the previous throne room of Crossing, now cleaned up and scented with nice incense, while Zyzmic looks over a table with a map of the area
>Fringe and Currentia stand guard outside the heavy doors with Zyzmic's trusted guards, with the other royal knights standing at other various points of the building
>Zyzmic shows you how the land will be split, you get the entire bay and up to a river, then Zyzmic gets the capitol city, the lands beyond, and the border with the Bucks
>He says something about your better capacity for ships being put to good use, but even sitting down on the firm pillow is rekindling the ache and heat you wish to quench
>[Greed] He did do most of the hard fighting before this, and he's certainly earned his half of this land, but...
>...Hmm, hard~
>[Deviant] You wonder what a griffon dick looks like
>You snap back as you realize he was saying something
>[Horny] You are still very charismatic, but your attention span is currently running amok around the topic of your body, you won't be able to negotiate very long [2 rounds]
>...Hmm, long~
>Damn it all!
>You have a choice to make!

>Accept the border and run into a private room to take care of business
>Accept the border and drag Fringe into Crossings bedroom, witnesses be damned
>Refuse the border and try to negotiate like a normal monarch [Charisma roll against his charisma]
>Flirt with Zyzmic [Get insight into what he covets in negotiation]
>[Deviant] Offer Zyzmic sex for more of the land
>Other
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>>37779583
A good part of the reason he was able to push this war was because of us, we were supplying him and footing the bill the whole way.

I'm not sure which of the options I want, either of them works, I suppose flirting with him sets up a better to renegotiate though so that.
>Flirt with Zyzmic [Get insight into what he covets in negotiation]

Honestly we have enough [wit] to know a natural border of some kind, be it a river a mountain range or some other sort of natural divider is what functions best for a frictionless border.
Use that if possible as an argument for more land.

Also if that blue bit on marking out that land in the pic it is clearly not half if the land. Because he wants the capital cutting the land equally is difficult.
But if we get those islands (They could be useful as outposts and resupply depo's for our ships.) and a bit more of the corner under the capital that might be a bit more fair.
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>>37779583
Can we think things over, then ask for a recess of two hours to contact our advisors to get some insight, and sneakily deal with the horny? Wish I could offer more but I dont get off work until 7 hours from now. I have some negotiation ideas for the border disputes, plus if we add some logic to why we should get more we could get a bonus to our roll.
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>>37779888
I think getting in contact with our advisors would take far longer then two hours, I believe they are all the way back in our capital and that will take at least a day and back to talk to them so that's probably a no go.
It's probably better we do this ourselves, he wants to negotiate with us not our advisors.
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>>37779583
>Accept the border and drag Fringe into Crossings bedroom, witnesses be damned

seeeeeeexxxxxx

I'd rather not flirt with el captain if it's all the same. Seems like there is a large change of us just giving into our inherent sluttiness if we even start.
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>>37779583
Alright hear me out.

Tenta what if we have Fringe fuck us on the negotiating table? As like a psychological play/power move?

Brilliant yeah?
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>>37779575
>[Wit] You do not linger long enough for anypony to ask questions
So someone smelled someone, but no one could ask us any questions. With any hope no one will put two and two together.

>>37779583
>Flirt with Zyzmic [Get insight into what he covets in negotiation]
The next round we need to ask for a break and permission from out Deer boy, but we have a deal he might be interested in. It's worth the wait (for Fringe to do his thing). Here's a hint. It's something big in the sky, if he doesn't have one already. (Offering to sell him a Sky Citadel, if he wants the designs it's cost as much as we purchased for them). We also need to change into more appropriate royal negotiation clothes.

>>37779951
please do not.

>>37779966
no. s-same fag!
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>>37779906
The idea is to buy enough time to fuck Fringe so we dont have any horni roll handicaps. It's a reasonable excuse, and our advisors might actually respond within 2 hours.
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>>37780019
You realize Zyzmic is also going to flirt as his opening kove right?

And that it's going to hit is for critical damage because were a horny deviant?

If you guys wanna get fucked just vote to get fucked.
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>>37779583
Changing vote from flirting for in favor for recess break to fuck Fringe.
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>>37779951
This is the anon from this vote. To be clear I'm just voting for anything that gets us to fuck fringe instead of Zyzmic.

>>37779888
>>37780179
These anons votes are something I would support as well.
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>>37779583
>Flirt
Make that son of a gun so horny he can't think either, genius.
Nah but actually knowing what he want could be pretty helpful.
>>37779819
>>37780019
Seconding.

>>37779951
Bad idea. Like a seriously bad idea. Do you have any idea how gross it would be to bang in Crossing's bedroom? That place should be burnt.
So. Fucking. Gross.

>>37779966
Still kind of gross, but it's slightly less disgusting then doing it in Crossing's bedroom. Unless Crossing also had sex in here.

>>37780124
Doesn't Zyzmic know our advisors are really far away? I don't think that will fool him.

>>37780179
If you're changing your vote I'm pretty sure you need to say what your vote was in the first place.

>>37779888
When you get back from work go over your negotiation tactics, could be useful.
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>>37780229
No one is voting to fuck Zyzmic? It's not the same option. There's no way Tenta would have us fuck someone without explicitly voting to do so. We've never not had a choice before I think?
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>>37780253
>far away
We can teleport letters to fixed locations we know of. One of which being our castle.
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>>37779583
I vote flirt. We don't need more territory, but just saying okay to the first offer doesn't feel right. Also, knowing the goals of our neighbors is a good thing even if we don't use that info.
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>>37780329
We can? Oh right the dragon lantern. Did we actually bring that? We didn't bring a lot of things with us.
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>>37780287
I am glad you ha e more faith in tens Generosity than you do in basic logic.

Because going and cheating on our husbands because we botched dice rolls is exactly why I was against the deviant trait in the first place.

That we are now in the exact situation I was dreading makes me unhappy.
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>>37780547
Wow, you're not really that pleasant.
I wasn't insulting you, I don't know why you brought it there.
If there even is a roll I highly doubt we'd just jump Zyzmic, if you want to use logic the most logical thing that would lead to would be for our horny queen to just bury a hoof between her legs. Get herself off while continuing with the meeting. At the worst.
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>>37780697
Yeah your right Im being an ass unnecessarily sorry.

I am worried.
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>>37780709
I get it, it's easy to say a little more then you mean to. But we're all just trying to have a good time, best to work together for that rather then against one another.
Nothing wrong with being worried, it is a concerning situation.
Let me put this from another perspective, you're Zyzmic, you've recently acquired power and are fresh on the political scene.
Even if we tried to jump his bones I can't see him going along with it, he's smart enough to realize a political scandal of this magnitude would make for possibly the worst first impression ever. While we'd certainly take a hit, we're a semi well established monarch of a very old kingdom, we'd recover eventually. Chances are he wouldn't without a great deal of effort.
Past that, it puts in jeopardy his alliance with his only major ally.
This would be a terrible move for him.
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>>37779583
Freedom from wage slaveness!...for now.
Gonna steal some ideas from people.
>Other
I had several ideas we could offer up to Zyzmic. If we could recall none of Zyzmic's soldiers using repeating crossbows, we could offer to sell him some, but not the schematics. We won't get repeat customers if we give him the means to make them. In addition we could bring up the possibility of setting up a meeting to create a naval alliance between Stella, Brookwing, and House Serf so we can maintain a safe control over the bay. The profits would be hella cash.
We could also sell his country a Sky Citadel once we begin manufacturing them. We would offer to sell him the schematics but I'm pretty sure they Skypouncers would try to go to war with us if they learned we're giving everyone their designs.

Having your own fleet of Sky Citadels would be an enticing offer to consider. We could let him stew on all this information, then call of a break so we can "relieve some stress" before finding a unicorn to teleport a letter back to the capital so we can get a scribe to send us an old copy of Stella's territory in this region. I want to ensure we're getting ALL of the land we were promised back. He did say he let us get back what we lost, after all.
I'd also suggest directing a letter to our regent Everkeen or someone to poor over the regional data in Crossing River's/our old territory to see if they can find any locations of value: great mineral deposits (iron, tungsten, platinum, rare gems), places rich in foliage, old capitals / places of worship, wonders of the world (ex: the blask obelisk we can literally spot from our bedroom window), super magic ley lines bullshit. Stuff that Zyzmic and his faction might not had caught on.

Pic related here. Now, this might not be the most ideal plots of land to negotiate for, and I would welcome criticism, but I choose this because it would give us a colony state closer to the Passion Isles so their people can travel too and from the main lands more frequently, without having to travel so far. I especially wanted that really tiny crumb of an island to turn into some sort of super light house, a navy garrison, a possibly micro city, and a staging point for additional expansionism. Sleepy. Also wanted this bit of land so we could invade into the Screw/Heart Buck territory.

things we want:
>suggested land ^^^
>secret pact to tag team and spit roast Skypouncers if they start shit with either of us
>trade for lumber, iron, more talents, and other goods while we're in negotiations right now (lumber and iron for making prototype airships later)
>your snoots (soon to be booped)

things we could offer:
>selling repeating crossbows
>selling completed sky citadels
>good word from an established nation on forming naval pact with House Surf if they're not asses, and the Passion Isles.
>gifting a unit of apples and a unit of meats to help feed all the freed slaves and your soldiers.

This was my suggestion. I'm tired.
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>>37781450
The first offer could potentially be reverse engineered. The second is probably a bit much. The third is premature. I'm good with the fourth, but it's not worth land. As for the land you want, it's a bad idea to have disconnected territory.
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>>37781450
Selling one of the sky citadels we plan on making would be a huge offer, a serious investment would have to be used in the construction of just one.
In order for that to be worth it he would need to offer up a sizable chunk of land, bigger then what we sold to buy the plans since we'd be selling a finished product.

Selling either our crossbows or the sky fortress does also leave the possibility of them reverse engineering them, less so for the sky fortress unless they want to risk it dropping out from the sky.
So that's also something to consider.

I agree with acquiring the islands, they are in a prime position to be used for further navel efforts.

Offering a sky fortress should be the last resort if nothing else sways him.

Also I'm presuming you want these islands in addition to the bay, because that bay could be the perfect spot for a proper manufacturing plant for ships. But if so asking for the bay, the islands and that tip of the coast is probably too much.
And if you're suggesting we just barter for the tip of the coast and the islands that's far too little.

>>37781689
In some ways having disconnect bits of land is a detriment, in others it's a great boon.
However for bits of land that are only separated by mostly neutral water? It's almost entirely beneficial, as long as we can produce even an adequate navy.
Many of the greatest empires even relied on small overseas colonies and they didn't have instant infallible communication like we do.

Also, he has no snoot, he has a beak to bop.
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How about leasing him a sky fortress? Will these things, at least the first few designs, be difficult enough to operate to justify the presence of our military personnel on rented fortresses?
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>>37779583
Oh right, negotiation ideas to make the chances of success marginally better. Because we have the shipyard we'll be better able to defend territories by the coast, in addition to immediately having a garrison of troops directly close to the Buck siblings territories should their will spill into yours or ours land.

>>37781689
You're right about the repeating crossbows being reverse engineered, but it's honestly a matter of time before someone else discovers how to make them, or they try to steal a crossbow in an attempt to reverse engineer them. I'm not sure how securely we're treating the crossbows.
Could you explain why the second would be too much? We could charge a steep price for it. Possibly 10-20 talents for a completed prototype.
The third is a fair point, but it would be a good idea for the future. Plus, it anypony from House Surf is a pirate, it might give us an excuse to invade their lands. Dont forget about the Passion Isles too! They have their own fleet of ships, however small they might be.
You mean some apples and meat arent worth the land? That was a suggested gift out of generosity and good will to their new blooming territories, and the some +200 slaves.
Why do you think Disconnected territory is bad? The US had Hawaii and Alaska, and the plots of land I suggested arent super far from us. At most it's a weeks travel by land or sea.

>>37781722
From what I recall, the major investment required was time. We invested some 3 timber, 1 wood, and 6 talents. It's not the most resource heavy projects, but 6 talents is nothing to sneeze at.

>Also I'm presuming you want these islands in addition to the bay, because that bay could be the perfect spot for a proper manufacturing plant for ships.
Could you circle which parts is the bay? Do you mean the whole entire bay area? I was only referring to the circles territories I mentioned before. Oh and i think the territory we were offered, we get to keep the shipyard. You know the one where we had to split our army to prevent Crossing River from receiving any form of back up? I hope some of the ship builders are willing to work for us. OH SHIT! We might get some additional shloops or whatever you call them! We could use those for counter raiding efforts, and fishing.

>Also, he has no snoot, he has a beak to bop.
Beak, muzzle, flat faces. All will be booped in time, no one boop virginity shall remain safe.

>>37781759
Renting would be ideal if they were going to go to war soon. I dont have any idea on how to sell them the idea that renting is good.
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>>37782824
Reverse engineering is a destructive process, so somebody would have to steal a lot of them. As for inventing them independently, that would take dedicated research.

Selling a mobile castle that is made out of materials that we don't actually produce isn't a bright idea. In fact, we might not even make that many for ourself.

Hawaii were added after blue water navies existed and the age of piracy ended. We have reached neither of those points. Hell, we don't even have a coastal navy
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>>37783529
I guess by that logic selling the crossbows would be a safe kind of profit.
>that we don't actually produce
We have wood and iron. We produce those. We can definitely sell citadels once we're through the prototype phase.

>Hawaii were added after blue water navies existed and the age of piracy ended. We have reached neither of those points.
O-oh :c

>Hell, we don't even have a coastal navy
Well actually we should have whatever ships Crossing had, and now we have two shipyards we can utilize to make larger ships.
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>>37785289
That was talking about the cloud fortresses. We have to harvest clouds from our weather system which could risk a drought. That means we can't produce them rapidly and, if they need maintenance, we have a maximum limit before we start damaging the environment.
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>>37785340
Havesting clouds shouldn't be too much of an issue once we invest in weather control and weather factories once the Sky Citadels have been created. From there we should be able to make as many as we want.....OOOOOOOORRR. We can send some ships to investigate the island up north. Tenta mentioned something about an old fallen weather factory there.
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>You're split between wanting to flirt and wanting to negotiate normally, so you wind up doing a bit of both
>As you pretend to ponder the map (You know you already want more of the coast), you swish your tail cutely in the armor and flutter your eyelashes
>You ask him what he plans to don once his kingdom is properly established after this, in the long term
>He seems happy to answer
"Oh, my kingdom? Well, once I make sure things settle down and nopony tires to drag any creature back into a warlordship again, I wanna see about maybe... working on my bloodline? I want to make a lasting legacy, starting with myself but lasting well beyond just my own life. It all starts with finding the right kind of mare, but, uh, I haven't quite found the right one to be... available during a time of war."
>You ask what kind of mare he's looking for in the cheekiest manner you can muster
>He becomes flustered
"You know, um, a mare who can fight well but also has a good sense for other ponies needs, while being beautiful... I must admit, being at the forefront of a war hasn't been great for meeting many mare who catch my attention."
>You point out more areas along the coast you'd like to claim while complementing his taste in mares
>He takes a whiff of something and seems to be taken aback, allowing you to overcome his original proposition with your own wants and requests
>While he's distracted by your sensual method of negotiation (You think you got lucky in that regard, he normally has a better head for these kind of things), he still has his wits about him, limiting how far you can push him
>You point out successfully that you'll be in a better position to have a navy ready for the coastal areas, but he refuses to budge on the isles off the eastern coast, citing access via bridge being far more ready than access by open sea from your own shores
>He sees your slight disappointment and says he's be willing to hear out trades later once both of your kingdoms have strong trades to utilize and less structural rot to fix
"Alright then, he's a split that might do better for both of our needs."
>He shows you a new split of the land, giving you more coastal areas but less inland areas bordering Brookwing
>He also has the full border with the Bucks, but that might be a good thing... maybe
>Either way, you feel all wound up, you don't think you can come back for another round if you took a 'break' now
>He'll be open for more official trade talk at a later date

>Accept the offer as it is now and leave to fuck Fringe on the ride back home, or use a private room in this place with a found toy
>Alter the deal further, offering either contracted trade (You'll need to offer a massive amount of goods/ talents for more land), your body, or something else [Last round]
>Accept the previous offer for more inland claim and either fuck on the way back or use a toy near here
>You don't think you could stand to do anything else right now
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>>37785890
Well if he is planning on starting a bloodline he is now probably the most eligible bachelor around right now. Shouldn't have to much trouble finding someone to fill the roll.

Might be a good idea to see if we can set up some sort of deal to set up some things on one of his islands at a later date.
Like paying to build a joint dock or something but that's something that can be worked out another time.

Also it should go without saying but we would like to continue to be allies, be sure to say that. And that in the future we want to working him more and see more of his easy on the eyes flanks.

>Accept the offer as it is now and leave to fuck Fringe on the ride back home, or use a private room in this place with a found toy

I'm happy with this deal, though I'm a little concerned about how thin that strip of land between his land and the lagoon but it should be fine.
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>>37785890
>Accept the offer as it is now and leave to fuck Fringe on the ride back home, or use a private room in this place with a found toy

sounds good to me.
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>>37785890
>utilizing the smell of pre-squash soup to arouse and distract Zyzmic
lmfao.

>Accept the offer as it is now and leave to fuck Fringe on the ride back home, or use a private room in this place with a found toy
One last thing: offer to build a church of harmony or something, then whisper that if he's really interested in us, he needs to impress our consorts first
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>>37785890
Accept the deal and I want to hold off on fucking until we can get a threesome.
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>>37785729
Weather factories are a lost technology and I don't know how much our pegasai influence the weather. Might just be forecasting.
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>>37785890
I wonder could we some how pull a crusaders king and have 3 children from 3 diffrent stallions our little cutie bloodsucker will rule the isles so likely if we dont have more children our scally snuggly wuggly gem snacking buddy will become the ruler and if we do have more children she could manage our bloodline as a guardian but i really want too try and build up dragonheart both for a longer stronger life and possibly see if the traits transfer
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>>37786015
you literally can't do that. we're too horny to not fuck.

>>37786025
It's only lost until we find it again, and I think the key is that up labeled island up north east.
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>>37785988
I do sort of support it i am loving [CENSORED] to him as its not wrong
>>37786015
Support
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>>37785890
>Alter the deal further, offering either contracted trade (You'll need to offer a massive amount of goods/ talents for more land), your body, or something else [Last round]
Offer protection. Not a condom, we're out of those. But offer to help protect his new borders.
Right now he has what remains of a militia of freedom fighters not a standing military. Since the war is won a good number of the survivors may want to return to their homes and families.
We can also offer training and a defensive pact.
All this for barely any more land, maybe a slightly bigger chunk of a forest so we have trees to use for ships.
The real reason for this offer being he's a useful buffer and having a stronger ally that stops anyone from even thinking of attacking us is useful.
Maybe offer him changeling pussy, set up some chick we like from our changeling allies and tie them together.

>>37786125
We can, it just depends on who's in the threesome with. Jokes aside waiting probably isn't an option, might need to be careful about getting Fringe involved though.
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Fiddlesticks! I really wanted those isles too!
>He sees your slight disappointment and says he's be willing to hear out trades later once both of your kingdoms have strong trades to utilize and less structural rot to fix
>He'll be open for more official trade talk at a later date
HMMMMM

>(You'll need to offer a massive amount of goods/ talents for more land)
What do we got available in terms of resources?

You said that spreading the worship of a specific element would net us or our nation in general a bigger bonus, or if we spread the worship of all the elements relatively equally it would give us a more rounded bonus. What if we helped nurture the worship of the Elements in other countries?

>>37785958
>"You know, um, a mare who can fight well but also has a good sense for other ponies needs, while being beautiful... I must admit, being at the forefront of a war hasn't been great for meeting many mare who catch my attention."
Considering how most if not all our neighbors are varying degrees or warlords and use different kinds of slaves (serfs, indentured servitude, unpaid interns), Zyzmic would be hard pressed to find someone. You don't find many pretty mares that know how to fight since they have tons of scars, like, really bad ones. Pretty mares are easy to find, but pretty ones that are people persons, and fight? Yeah that either leaves us, or empathic nobles, which are really really rare. Should we consider the Zyzmic cock express?

>>37786348
>Right now he has what remains of a militia of freedom fighters not a standing military.
Quote me if I'm wrong, but I thought Zyzmic and his guys used to be a part of Crossing River's armed forces or something like that before starting his coup. The guy obviously knows how to fight, so saying he only has a militia of freedom fighters kind of downplays his rough military strength, even if you're right. But, I forgot my point. Yeah unless his army looks rag tag as fuck, offering training might be a good idea, unless their standard army look up to snuff I don't want to insult them. Your suggestion sounds pretty good and might actually net us more land. DESU I'm more interested in securing deposits of Iron, but you make a fair point for the timber. We need more boats.

>Maybe offer him changeling pussy, set up some chick we like from our changeling allies and tie them together.
Could work, maybe might not. Changeling pussy is strange pussy. Any kid he helps makes is gonna have one too many holes in them for better and worse, plus holy hell how many races can you put in a cimera offspring? I think Zyzmic is a hippogriff. Image what a half Hippogriff/Changeling would look it. It'd be like one of those DeviantArt furry drawings from early 2010's.
Point being I don't think bug pussy is his favorite pussy. Pic unrelated posting cute mares.

>>37786619
delet bump plz
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>>37786626
We got a pastbin at the top with our stuff, I think it has our resources in it if that helps.
Finding out exactly what Zyzmic's dong looks like could have some serious consequences. Maybe we could offer mutual masturbation with the thought it technically isn't cheating it's essentially just ye old'n day porn.
Of course if he's got good aim and a powerful pumper that could be dangerous for other reasons depending on how close we sit.
Being a little more serious it's probably not worth what we might gain with what we stand to lose.
Maybe after we send our boys off to training with our favorite queen to loosen them up a bit. If we get the okay from them there really isn't any downside, we essentially end up pulling him in and would likely eventually have his new kingdom come into the fold in some fashion.
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>>37786626
There is a limit to how many posts you can delete at a time.
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It's not in the pastebin in the original post.

9 wine, 7 wheat, 5 apple, 3 citrus, 2 carrot, 2 salmon, 1 Marineberry, 9 sugar cane, 4 gem, 1 fine gem, 1 timber, 0 Arctic linen, 4 Chitinite(Ore), 4 Changeling Dye, 5 silver, 3 granite, 2 titanium, 1 highland steel, 1 iron, 4 slate, 1 elkflax, and 15 T
This is what I think we have at the moment, while accounting for the treasure we looted from CR's castle. I don't know if we went through with the church donations or not. We shouldn't have the highland steel since it's being used for test, or did we buy more than 1, or is that single unit oh highland steel not at risk of being destroyed for research purposes?

Hmmhmmhmmm with our new fleet of boats and having a great share of the bay, we should see an increase in fish meats, but we should probably put into place some fishing regulations to more over fish a location, and throwing things too small and young back into the waters.

If we don't want extra land, what if we sell him some automatic crossbows, in exchange for

>>37785890
Is arctic linen a special way to make linen to make it insulated against the cold, or is it made from a specific type of plant in cold climates, that has adapted to its environment to grow in colder climates? If it's the latter, I think it could be a good opportunity to start farming them in Pinebrook. I can image these can grow wonderfully quick in really high atmosphere. Plenty of sun, plenty of cold, aeroponics system to maximize plant growth.

>The shipyard has continued progress towards completion, and you can start to make ships, smaller ships will need 2 lumber and one iron, while larger ships require more as they scale up
>You can speak to a general to establish a proper naval command and set an admiral, then begin to build existing ship designs with them or research new designs with guilds or other labor hubs
what's the biggest or most advanced ship designs do we have?
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>>37788556
The testing didn't need to use the full unit of highland steel, only a small sample at first to open up options for what you can use it for and, more importantly, how to make it. You won't need it for the cloud citadel prototype, but it will help to have it for future builds, if you can balance it's manufacturing process against its use-ability.

I wouldn't count all your boats yet until you return to the castle and get a report on what remains.

Speaking of reports, you'll find that the crossbows will now be in demand, as this is the first proper war they've been used in, so you'll have an offer soon from some blacksmith unions to manufacture more of them. Whenever you keep them or sell them will be up to you at the point you get them.

Arctic linen is a refined form of a raw material as sold to you by the deer of House Regalia. If you want to try to get a hold of the base plant that it's made from, you have a few different option to attempt to acquire it, but you'd have to give one hell of an offer if you want the plant with the intention of growing your own.

For ship sizes, the larger one you can try to make will resemble a carrack. Further research or engineering improvements may allow you to build a galleon later down the line, but that may not be for a long while.

Update should be soon-ish.
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>Everything about the current arrangement feels good, and you're a bit too impatient to try to fret about the details for much longer
>You do lament the tiny island to the noth can't be included in the negotiations, but perhaps it's for the best: it's the island the Bloodroyals use for travel to and from the mainland, and is utterly inaccessible until you either get a navy to escort you or grow wings
>They probably wouldn't appreciate it if you offered rights to the tiny speck of land to another power...

>You do offer your support if Zyzmic wanted to build harmony temples in his kingdom
>He seems taken aback but also quite happy at the unexpected proposal, his feathery ears flicking up and down as he looks at you
"Oh yeah, the old warlords would always have small shrines to their chosen element, so yes, I think it would be a great idea! Speaking of which... Shall we tell each other which element we align with best? I see you're wearing a strength symbol, but it doesn't feel very... 'you'. I would have figured you'd be a patron of beauty of kindness."
>You nod and confirm you follow the path of beauty
"Oh ho, so I was right! I'm a patron of hope. I don't think I could stand to be anything else, if I'm being honest, hope is one of the things that got me this far in the first place! And of course, your lovely support."
>He gets closer and takes your hoof in his claw, kissing it once more and causing you to blush; you're very sensitive to gentle touches like his current hold!
"I look forward to when we next meet, and i hope out kingdoms can grow into something magnificent in the future."
>You shake his claw, and tell him you'll be on the lookout for a mare who can fill the requirements for Brookwings most eligible bachelor
>Zyzmic leaves the room with his copy of the map, ready to start working on more clean-up here before he heads back south to his own capitol
>In the meantime, you rush into one of Crossings rooms, grab two weird things that look like they'd fit into one of your holes, and shove them into your saddlebags
>You're stuck in a loop of blushing and giggling until you have Fringe run after you into the royal carriage
>Only... there's not much room after fitting much of the treasures in and atop it, so only you and Fringe will be in there for a long, cramped ride back
>While the carriage takes off, you clean your treasures in front of Fringe as he sits opposite of you with a blush
>You rush an explanation of the news, but tell him you're too horny to think about work right now
>How do you want to relieve your heat? You'll be able to take of your armor this time...

>Ride Fringe [extra +10% pregnancy chance]
>Have Fringe use you as a cockwarmer while you use the short mineral dildo on the floor
>Have Fringe use the mineral beads in your ass while he eats you out
>Other...?
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>>37789040
>Have Fringe shackle you up and be as rough with all of your holes as he possibly can. You need it~
>Dildo and beads et all.
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>>37789055
I support this but also i want too have her ride him
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>>37789040
>>37789120
We can let fringe decide to fuck us or not if were shackled up :V

We really should get to the castle and talk to bloody before we have moar kids though.
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>>37789040
>Have Fringe use the mineral beads in your ass while he eats you out
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>>37789040
Open our legs a little and ask him why he's blushing so much just to be cheeky.

>Ride Fringe [extra +10% pregnancy chance]
Ride that stud in the bumpy carriage ride, and give that horn of his a suck while we're at it.
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>>37789040
>Have Fringe use the mineral beads in your ass while he eats you out
This should really wait until we talk to Bloody about it, and til after we've spread the worship of harmony more. We got a +20 fertility chance off the bat, cooped with the first choice gives a +30% chance, which is too risky. Plus, there's only a +5 chance that our good traits will be passed on. I want to put a hold on any pregnancies until we can bump that bonus up to at least 25
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>>37789513
>I want to put a hold on any pregnancies until we can bump that bonus up to at least 25
How would we even do that? Not strictly against it. Just curious.
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>>37789040
>Other...?
Use the short mineral dildo on ourselves while giving Fringe a rimjob, eat out his ponut and jack him off onto the pile of money and treasures.
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>>37789653
By pushing and suggesting people worship the element of beauty more. The more worshippers, the greater our boon will be as a patron of Beauty.

>>37789055
>>37789120
>>37789132
Also, I still think we should ask Bloody about it and talk to him about Fringe knocking Charade up. He would probably be okay with it, but I think communication is important, first. So theres no suprises.
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>>37789040
>>37789055
switching from this

To this.
>Have Fringe use the mineral beads in your ass while he eats you out

Wanna do poly right.
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>>37789729
that's fucking hot. I'll only support this if we swallow the cum instead of spraying it on the treasure. we'll have to clean that later, and I don't want a maid/servant to suffer having to clean someone's splooge.
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>>37789858
Fuck yeah! Thats our jizz, the mades can't have any!

Unless we get something from them~
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>>37789858
>>37789729(me)
That's fine I suppose we can change it to that, the idea of him cumming on the treasure was something I liked but we could dip out head down swallow his tip then after he's done get right back to teasing his pucker.
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>>37789915
Could we hit our greed trait by licking fringes jizz off gold coins?
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>>37790313
Probably, though if there are gems we could be tempted by our greeted to use his seed like a salad dressing or a dipping sauce for them.
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>>37790398
Keep a stable full stallion studs to milk them for semen just so we can have a big bowl of cum and jewels for breakfast everyday.

Now that's decadence.
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>>37790414
The job pays well and we set up incentives for rarer breeds so we can have exotic vintages on demand.
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>>37789040
Did we get to keep the ship schematics those adventurers used to build their ship?

>>37790414
>>37790432
Being slightly more serious, we could probably ask our head physician at the castle to *eh hem*, give Fringe and Bloody testicle enlargement spells. If it worked for Rosesong's tests, then it can work for balls as well.

Besides finding the time to figure out how to descretly install laws to allow or even support polygamy, what other methods should we use to subvert the nobility?
How should we deal with our rogue black wizards, sending knights erants or setting up the Inquisition? I personally prefer the latter.
How soon should we build the big ships?
When we've finished with the Sky Citadel prototype, what projects should we direct the different guilds towards? (Weather guild, agriculture guild, inventors guild, mages guild, masonry guild.)
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>>37790898
Besides finding the time to figure out how to descretly install laws to allow or even support polygamy, what other methods should we use to subvert the nobility?
>Win wars, centralize bureaucratic power, get support from religious organizations.

How should we deal with our rogue black wizards, sending knights erants or setting up the Inquisition? I personally prefer the latter.
>We have an inquisition? Sure send them after ponies.

How soon should we build the big ships?
>Magic.

When we've finished with the Sky Citadel prototype, what projects should we direct the different guilds towards? (Weather guild, agriculture guild, inventors guild, mages guild, masonry guild.)
>Guns on flying citys. And how to get people to actually go to these things.
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>>37790898
Make polygamy fashionable, discover or straight make up some good examples of polygamy doing good. A herd driving off home invader, raising an extremely apt foal that goes on to win an extremely prestigious award or position, stuff like that.
Using some method have a couple loved celebrities (Or make a couple celebrities, as in either make them up or make them out of thin air either using changelings or ponies we want famous and just use our power to give them a good deal of publicity) either endorse polygamy or become polygamous themselves.
It's not going to be one act, it needs to be a lot of acts that stack up.
Have a polygamist save a couple nobles life, orchestrate some robbery with some guy playing the fall guy presumably for a talent or something, have the guy or gal we want to be the hero stop the robber have the robber shipped off somewhere with new papers and a new identity and boom, good will.
Set up traps for dark wizards, I'm thinking we find out what attracts dark wizards then set up a large explosive, when the dark wizard goes to claim the talisman of ultimate evil or whatever boom!
And if anyone else triggers it then it's probably not that big a loss with someone who was trying to get the talisman of ultimate evil.
Or just ambushes in general where we can lure a dark mage to a place they think will be generally safe and just have twenty dude spear them the second they walk through the door.
Production on ships starts as fast as we can get working shipyards up in the bay, use the local people to build and restart the local economy. After that we'll pump out ships as fast as we can cut down trees.
Probably the best thing to focus on would be weapons and best ways to defend the sky fortresses themselves. These things are expensive, the goal is to make them so incredibly impossible to take down destroy or sabotage that it simply isn't worth it to try.
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>>37790898
We do have the trump card of Beauty supporting our relationships, so we can work towards the moral authority, the church, saying it's okay.

As for the wizard, keeping it in house and using knights gives us much more control over the outcome, whereas the inquisition would be rather enthusiastic in their punishment.

We need to give some time for our resources to recover from all of those construction jobs throughout the nation.

I want to get them to start working towards guns, grenades, and cannons.

>>37790973
Those methods of making polygamy accepted would feel very unnatural. If we want to inject it into culture, than do it through the theater.
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like is poly even a problem for us as we can have concubines?
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>>37790898
>Being slightly more serious, we could probably ask our head physician at the castle to *eh hem*, give Fringe and Bloody testicle enlargement spells. If it worked for Rosesong's tests, then it can work for balls as well.
Not gonna lie, body modification is kind of hot, and we could use it as a practical way to increase fertility. Although, I worry if even a small boost will require a chaos magic roll or not. Something to look into once we get home I guess. Although, whether Bloody or Fringe would be okay with it is another question. They're not depraved like us and Bloody is still chaste. Speaking of chaste, it is probably something we want to keep on bloody, considering it is considered a good trait, even if the effects it has hasn't been clarified.
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>>37790948
We've won one but can stand to win a couple more wars, I dont know how to do anything about bureaucratic powers, but religious support sounds do able. We could schedule a meeting to talk shop with Opal River.

We haven't established an inquisition yet.

Sounds like a plan.
>Inventors Guild: GUNS!
>Mages Guild: uncrippling magic
>Weather Guild: weather production stuff
>Agriculture Guild: still need to visit, more efficient crop growth and rotations? Aqua/aero-ponics? Exploding pinecone grenades?
>Masonry Guild: better road construction techniques to implement.

>>37790973
I agree with the other anon. While some of those ideas for Polygamy sounds like it could work, some of those sound too forced.

We could try sending Uncle Morning Star again, but outfit him with a set of Highland Steel grade equipment. I still think it would be ideal to have him train an order of dark magic hunters while mixing in some elements worshipping, but only as a secondary thing, or even as a primary? Faith is pretty good at repelling dark magic corruption.

The biggest type of ships we could possibly build are the Carracks, and maybe one day the galleon once we put some research into them. I'd like to start the production of the Carracks, then outfitting them with right and proper cannons from our weapons research, that way they'll be able to contend against multiple pirate ships.
What I really want to do for our navy though, is train ship crew members how to handle ship leaks sustained from battle. Maybe create some training facility where they need to patch leaks while people fire spells and noises around them to simulate a battle.
https://youtu.be/xXC6U0NfJg8
I'd also advocate for using fliers to judt do bombing runs against them. Arm a bunch of fliers with our best automatic crossbows, kill all opposing fliers, come back to the enemies ship with sleepy time knock out gases. Arrest the pirates then send them off to the changeling hives. Boom! We now have additional ships!

>>37791170
>inquisition would be rather enthusiastic in their punishment.
I'm not understanding the drawbacks to this. Typically dark magic users are corrupt to the point they're insane, so putting them out of their misery is usually the go to. I doubt the inquisition would go out of their way to torture someone "too severely", gotta have some morals.

>>37791282
I dont recall a chaos roll when we did that last time, but then again that was on Rosesong, not us. Research is indeed needed, as is either Stallions permission.
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>>37792195
Think of the Spanish Inquisition
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>>37795725
no problem dude no stress and thats fantastic bacon hair we love
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>>37795725
You forgot the filly!
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>You opt to try out the beads, while Fringe pleases your other hole
>You put the other toy in your bag, currently rattling atop the massive stacks of chests and brim-filled coin sacks
>You don't have a lot of room to maneuver, but you do get your armor off completely with Fringe's help, then help him to do the same
>"Wow! You're, uh... really sweaty, the under-cloth is soaked through in some places. Were you..."
>He makes a circle motion with his hoof while he blushes
"...the whole time?"
>You nod while you turn your flanks towards him, and ask if he would be so kind as to load you up
>He laughs as he gets closer, grabbing the beads with his magic
"Carnelian, I don't think you've ever used this kind of toy before. You're gonna need a little... warming up before I can try to stick it into you. Here, let me..."
>He yaks your tail up hard and dives his face betwixt your cheeks, lapping up the extra sweat from your labia while his horn buzzes next to the base of your tail with sparkling power
>You push your rear up for more
>He places the anal beads down with a *clack* on one of the chests and begins to work your ass with his magical grip, small little pushes within and without at first, then large pumps of force to stretch you open and lax
>All the while, he's been eyes deep in your marehood, tongue lapping up each little drop of fluid you've been moist with
>He comes out with a heavy breath and a little moan
"Mmm, you're lucky I thought to grab another vial of oil."
>His magic releases your less-majestic hole, and when you peek back you can see him pouring the oil over every orb on the string, their rose quarts surfaces a shimmering sight as they become shiny with the mineral oil
>You feel as each one goes into you, each stone slightly larger than the last
>By the time he gets the last one in, you feel quite full; it was a long line of stones, and went very deep into you, causing your belly to have a tiny bump
>He goes to town on your pussy again, and begins to pull the string out slowly, it almost feels like he's licking the largest stone through your vaginal wall, and it feels good
>As the stone the size of your hoof comes out, Fringe presses his tongue deeper again, and the dual action makes you go nuts
>He continues withe the next three, each coming out easier and the feeling is a little better every time
>You don't know how much more you can take!
>His mouth begins to lap at you faster, and you can feel him preparing for a big tug
>He pulls out the rest of the beads in one swoop, and you come as his fellatio reaches his crescendo
>You sit like that, face on the ground and gaping rump in the air, for a few moments while Fringe jerks himself off, splattering you in his load
[You are no longer horny]
>You spend the rest of the ride cleaning up, opening the small windows to air the cabin out
>Night is preparing to set, but you're not quite home yet
>What kind of dream do you have?
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>>37799400
We dream of Jeannie.

Nah, probably either war or sex.
I'm going to say we dream of fighting next to Zyzmic, there is tension there we can feel his eyes on us and our own eyes linger on him at times as well.
But we are fighting for our life there is blood and broken bodies everywhere.
So it's a thoroughly conflicting dream.
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>>37799400
>What kind of dream do you have?
I want to dream of the breeze and the tall beautiful unicorn again, or perhaps something equally as mystical. I wish to uncover the truth lost to the past, of empires before.

>>37799502
I've had enough fighting for one thread.
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>>37799700
Like it or not that was our first taste of blood, it makes sense to dream of it.
Honestly we'd be lucky if all the blood didn't make us dream of the empty mare or whatever else.
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>>37799400
Dream about Luna and/or The Empty Mare.

It is only logical that they would be drawn to shedding the blood of our enemies.

Properly this time.

And perhaps of our daughters future.
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>>37799400
I'd like to dream of yee old Luna. Perhaps she can teach us how to become a lucid dreamer.
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>>37799400
Maybe of the fate of our daughters, if we were a good mother, the things to come in the future, and the problems of the present. What of the secrets to the west, the snakes of the Skypounces, the possible friends to the north.
What I curious about is the origins of our people the Crystal ponies. Where did they come from? Why do we sparkle?

and how hot it would be if Fringe could put us in a full nelson or matingpress.

>>37799502
More like Fringe. We were barely with Zyzmic.
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>>37799400
dream of alicorns and princesses
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>>37802692
i have also a nightmare of fillies, colts and creatures pulling sticks and strings of our corpse in covering regalia of them growing old and richer and in there turn being puppet ed
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>>37807188
Sounds very odd. Is this your vote for a dream sequence?
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>>37807837
Its just sort of making it sort of related too reality if you squint stuff like as a kid i was scared of going too school and watched pirates of the carribien so dream school was invaded by ghost zombie pirates
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>>37809049
Maybe, but there are other things on our mind too. The dead and injured soldiers, reclaiming our land and the glory that comes with it, thoughts of Peony and Rosesong, etc. Nightmares of fillies and colts specifically doesn't seem very nightmare worthy, since we didn't appear to be afraid of CR's corpse, nor were we afraid of the three fillies we met. Nor does the whole puppeting thing.
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>After you drift to sleep, you find yourself in a fancy ballroom, surrounded by crowds of masked ponies dancing under red chandeliers with indescribable string music from below

>You don't have a partner, watching the pairs twirl around you in the center of the massive chamber
>As the song picks up, so pairs come closer, turning in their steps as to flash their masks off for a glimpse
>You hope you see some pony of significance... You can't control your dreams, but you're just lucid enough to make the best of it
>First you see Fringe dancing with yourself (You don't feel weird seeing your double in the slightest), then Bloody and River Star, then Zyzmic and one of the fillies you freed, and some faces you don't recognize
>After a while, you do see the face of one of the enemy ponies you killed, still covered in blood as they give a dead-eyed smile with their twirl, dancing with one of the archers you fought besides
>The last notable pair is what you can only assume is Scarlet when she'll be older, dancing with a pink pony covered in the most unforgettably curly mane
>You try to focus your mind on the secrets you desire, what about alicorns, or celestial spirits, or the empty mare- or even the purple pony you saw before?
>The crowd makes way for a large pony-shaped void in a fancy dress, wearing a skull mask- the empty mare, you somehow assume
>You ask her one question
"Excuse me, are you Luna?"
>Who the heck is Luna??
I
Am
Not
She
>The void extends her hoof, and you take it gently
>The shape condenses into the form of a white pegasus mare, with empty eyes and a dress like a glittering blood splatter
>You dance for a while, and she whispers her secrets to you
Such a curious mare
We have no innate connection
And yet you call out to me
Taken in rapture with your need to know
>She spins you around in a pivot, taking control of the stage
To ask of Luna
She was such a tragic pony!
But I've only heard stories of her in my time
Before ponies forgot the moon once walked among them
How could I not adore her?
But I'm not a pony either
Not anymore
I can see
>She bends you back with the dance, her mouth so close to your neck
And you can too
You dance with me so easily
Why not be mine?
One with my loves blood forever in exchange for more
Unbound by mortality to discover all you covet
>Something lurches both of you apart in a flash of light
"That's for her to decide when she's awake."
>You know that regal voice from somewhere you've dreamed before
>You wake up with a gasp right as you come back to the castle gates outside the carriage windows

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[cont]
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>>37809311
~~~
>Everkeen welcomes you back, but...
>While he congratulates you on your victory, he reports that Stareye has passed away from old age, leaving her granddaughter Sienna Shine to take over her duties
>As for reports from the bay, while successfully controlled, only three small ships and one large ship survived, all others were already teetering on not being seaworthy, and the dock will require extensive repairs to restore full use, which you'll get a price estimate for later in court
>On that front, you had 180 casualties, of which are 30 grievous injuries and 80 deaths (The rest are recovering and should be able to report for duty again with time)
>Though you just slept, you still feel exhausted
>Bloody comes running to you, with Camellia flying right after him, and both crash into you
>You pull them both into a big hug, and kiss Bloody quite a bit before letting him go
>You run up to see Scarlet with your shaky legs and heavy armor, discarding the mid-helm as you trot up the stairs
>you see your sweet little baby and gently kiss her and hold her while she laughs, though the servants place her back into her bed and your hooves begin to give out
>You sit and rest for a while, being served wonderful treats and drinks for your staff as you spend time with Scarlet
>There's no court today, as you kingdom is celebrating the victory
>Now would be an excellent time to catch up on any sort to mid term goals you may have had
>What do you want to get done?
>Also, you might want to wear something else while your armor is cleaned...
[Moderate timeskip next, followed by the larger one I've intended, so speak up now and it'll get done as long as it's reasonable]
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>>37809321
>What do you want to get done?
Check in with our favorite queen, see about having one of our lovers spend some time with her so they can get more used to her or whatever the plan was with that. Probably starting with Bloody
Try and track down the location of that other key, or at least eliminate some possible locations.
And spend a little time with our foal and dragon, maybe see if we can encourage them to be friends.

>Also, you might want to wear something else while your armor is cleaned...
Well there is the gimp suit.
Nah, throw on that new modern dress we had made, it looked nice and was comfy.
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>>37809321
Fashionable velvet dress [+2 Charisma while fashionable, can't wear front shoes with it, +10 to rolls concerning nobility, noble opinion passive effect]
As of this time we can't contract the weather guild to invest research into weather factories or more weather manipulation, nor can we contract the mages or inventors guild to figure out how to uncripple people. We also can't contract the masonry guild to develop more effective means to building durable roads since it's still winter.

I propose investing our attention to our newly reclaimed land. We need to pay the price to restoring the docks, finding a suitable person to govern the region for us, and unfucking the damage to the region's infrastructure during Crossing Rivers reign of terror. We also need to bring up the subject of Fringe sire a foal for us.

>>37809390
I can agree with spending time with our family, and maybe finding time to find that last key, but I will disagree with you on including Nymphadora into our small herd. She already has a special someone as evident when she stuff Delilia with her fertilized eggs, and I don't want Bloody to lose his chaste quality. No on gets to touch our boys but us.
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>>37809321
>Family time woo hoo!

Contemplate immortality and what that would mean for you, your kingdom, your children, etc...
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>>37809483
+1 this if we can pass off some of these >>37809429 for our regent to handle.
It's about time that another alicorn appears. Maybe we could be that one, if we play our cards right. Of all the kids will have, I'm pretty sure Camellia and Scarlet will live the longest. Scarlet due to her intimate ties with the Empty Mare and vampirism. Camellia because she's a dragon.
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>>37809503
-_- becoming immortal, especially by way of the empty mare is probably a terrible idea.

But this is neither here nor there.
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>>37809429
I disagree.
We've spent all this time building up this relationship with her, flirting and working out possible options with her.
It simply doesn't make sense to just abandon that after all the effort put into it, especially not now with our lust for changeling cock as strong as ever.

I'm pretty certain the guy she used was just a stud, someone she thought had good genes rather then a person she's in a relationship with I'll have to go back and check or maybe we could ask her.
And to be honest with you, it seems all your reasons are tied up in personal wants and desires on a meta level with no actual reason for our character to want to do this rather large shift of gears.
Having wants for the character is fine but I want a reason why she'd suddenly change so dramatically out of the blue.
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>>37809616
>-_- becoming immortal, especially by way of the empty mare is probably a terrible idea.
For us? Might be. For our vampire half bat pony daughter? Well there's not much we can do to change that unless we want to upset our alliance with the Passion Isles. The good news is we can figure out how to make that alicorn potion. I recall talking to Whimsy Blast about it at some point.
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>>37809321
Switch to the fashionable velvet dress to help deal with nobility. This is pretty obvious, but make sure to spend time with our family. A bit hesitant to ask this, since it's low priority, but curious to ask Renew if there's a male version of that mega milk spell as well. Not sure if we should ask Bloody or Fringe if they'd okay with it though. They might be scared away considering they're not as perverted as us.
>>37809634
Not the anon you're responding to, but you do have a point. We're playing this on a meta level and less in character. It would be natural for us to go after Nymphadora out of our character's desire. At the same time, I have to agree with anon that I'm hesitant on having bloody lose his chaste trait due to Nymphadora. Mostly due to being unable to compare chaste and depraved. Maybe we could have Nymphadora spend time with Fringe, since we've already tried making him depraved like us? Then again, I'm not sure if they'll even get along at all with Fringe instinctively distrusting her.
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>>37809634
>>37809888
I'm not a big fan of the bug lady. On one hand, yes we are kind of horney, but on the other we should draw people into the herd solely because of horniness. I feel like adding more people would diminish the love and care we put into our two guys. Carnelian has had some reservations to including Nymphadora, so it's not an absolutely horny shoe in to include her.
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>>37809321
Are we planning on adding her to the harem? I was pretty sure the plan was to have her corrupt bloody and fringe so we can engage in ultra depraved stuff with them and possibly everyone else.

But like, not marry her.
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>>37809962
>corrupt bloody and fringe
>corrupt our husbandos
>being too much of a bitch to marry her after corrupting our two husbands
Over your dead body
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>>37809919
I didn't really mean anything romantic with Nymphadora. Just some fun and seeing where that leads us. There's really nothing to indicate any romantic attachment to Nymphadora anyways, besides maybe a foal during that one dream, but that could just be lust only. Carnelian now desires more partners, but that doesn't mean there has to be some sort of 'herd' or romance behind them, and I don't think we'll lose our special relationship with Bloody and Fringe just because of indulgence.
>Carnelian has had some reservations to including Nymphadora, so it's not an absolutely horny shoe in to include her.
Was there reservation from Carnelian before she got the depraved trait? Curious about that one.
>>37809962
Guessing you responded to the wrong post? There was plans to make Fringe depraved, but nothing mentioned on Bloody. Perhaps we can keep Bloody pure and Fringe depraved to add variety, but I'm not really sure what everyone wants.
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>>37810025
>before she got the depraved trait
AFTER she got the trait. Just me being an idiot.
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>>37810025
>and I don't think we'll lose our special relationship with Bloody and Fringe just because of indulgence.
Thats kind of a deal breaker for most marriages. Fringe wasn't all that heart broken or as miffed about Carnelian fucking Bloody since he would still be with her, and he did eventually get to fuck his childhood friend. Blood doesn't mind Fringe since they like each other. Adding in more strangers will strain our relations and I wish to avoid that kind of train wreck.
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>>37810076
Fair enough. Was mostly referring to Nymphadora more so than actual strangers (I would never vote to have sex with strangers, just to be clear). Someone both Bloody and Fringe are at least familiar, yet hesitant with. Although, if we don't do anything with Nymphadora, that makes me question how we'll keep Carnelian's desires in check since she's always going to seek more depraved acts, yet Bloody and Fringe might object to them. Don't want a repeat of Carnelian being left horny during proceedings just because the act was too vanilla. Nymphadora would be open enough to probably keep her desires in control, and maybe even get Fringe (and maybe Bloody) to be more open too, but it sounds like that's not what you want.
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>>37810225
>since she's always going to seek more depraved acts
Not entirely true or how it works. depraved options exist, and the deviant quality with affect our actions in minor ways, but the best ways to counteract that quality is to not feed into them, ignoring them, or going to church more to see if the quality can be removed to swapped out to something else.
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>>37809888
I'm reasonably certain that Bloody will lose the chaste trait no matter what as long as we continue banging him, we'll end up drawing him into doing weirder and wilder stuff. Can't really be chaste if you've got a plug up your butt and a collar and leash around your neck.

Though I don't see any reason why not to have Fringe give it a go first, honestly having Fringe and Nymphadora spend more time together is probably a good idea anyway if Fringe has an inherent distrust of her.
Having undue suspicion can be a dangerous thing.

>>37809919
I see the point, but it's not just anyone it's only her we do actually like her more then just finding her sexy but that is a large part of it I suppose.
I don't know if we we're going to actually add her to the herd as you put it or have a more casual thing with her that would need to be worked out.

>>37809962
What? No that's a terrible idea, plus as far as I'm aware we aren't attracted to anyone else, save Zyzmic and that sort of came out of nowhere for me.

>>37810025
I agree mostly with this, I want to see where things lead and not make it immediately serious. If things don't work out or look like they won't we could call it off.

>>37810076
At this point Nymphadora is far from a stranger, and if it's that they like each other maybe a good place to start is to have the three of them hang out a few times and see how that goes.

>>37810250
I'm pretty certain it has effected our tastes, it's already making it harder at times for us to get off. Doing the same thing over and over will likely bore us.
To make a little joke, Nymphadora is the ultimate sex multi tool.
Probably won't have to be worried about the horny status with her around.
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>>37809321
The things I want to do the most are head over to the mage's guild again and have sex with Bloody. We should also see Sienna over her recent loss. I'd like to talk to our doctor about the state of field medicine and how she'd feel about the voluntary experimentation program. I'd like a chance to talk with Opal about the weird statue and maybe work on getting religious acceptance of polygamy. We can't keep pushing off dealing with the Arch Elder's behavior. We should also put some sword training time in with our uncle if we plan to go to the battlefield ever again. We also need to look into the Buck's situation before the intel we got gets too old to be usable.
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>>37809390
Big bug is big no no for marriaged ponies!
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>>37810809
I can support this, but what "Arch Elder's"?
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>>37810888
The masked pony. The guy secretly converting our servants and who gave Bloody the crisis that we sent him home over.
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>>37809888 (me)
After some thought, I want to add encouraging Fringe to open up to Nymphadora, or at least getting them to interact on more friendly terms. Even if things don't go anywhere, it'll at least be a good way to deal with his trust issues regarding her. I also believe our character would make a minor attempt to go after Nymphadora, even if a little bit. Of course, if things seem to be going south in terms of our relationship with Bloody and Fringe, then we should naturally apologize and drop it.
>>37810872
Marriage doesn't stop us from being with Fringe! But I get what you mean. Big bug does big bug things.
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>>37810809
We can have sex with Bloody right now, but we can't contract the mages guild into another project since they're currently in a joint project with two other guilds. I have nothing against seeing and comforting Sienna about her loss actually, it might be beneficial to her if we come and talk with her (and get our future read). Are you talking about our very moral wet nurse castle doctor lady? The same one who gave Rosesong fat fucking udders? I don't think she's the mare to be asking about that, nor is the "The Head of Medical Research' of the Stella kingdom, but perhaps we can consult another individual about this. I think some nugget veterans would be willing to volunteer on the chance they might get un-nuggetified, or save someone else the trouble at the cost of their life. Talking with Opal is also a good idea, because we need to do those two things you mentioned with her, in addition to finalizing the details of spreading the worship of harmony and possibly forming the inquisition.
For the rest I'm sure Tenta will put on hold since hey only like doing a few things, instead of a whole lot of things at once.
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Damn this shit blew up
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>>37811959
>but we can't contract the mages guild
Don't forget that we were interrupted the last time we were there before the presentation was even finished.

>nor is the "The Head of Medical Research'
She's the closest we got and she could lead us to her superior if there is one.

>possibly forming the inquisition
Until we know the details of their behavior, that should be considered the nuclear option.
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>>37809112
Its was metaphorical for bloodlines heirs death age and decay
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I don't know where all this resistance to Nymphadora came from, we were pretty keen on getting knocked up by her for a good long while. We still think she's hot, we're looking into polygamy I don't see the problem?

>>37809390
Seconding

>>37811085
Seconding.
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>>37809483
Supporting family time.
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>>37809483
>>37809503
These nutts! Got em!
Who was the old govenor of the Crossing River region for Stella?

>>37809962
You make corrupting Frigid and Bloody sound like a bad thing to do.
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>>37809321
>total 20+25+80=125 deaths
I'm expecting an additional report regarding their families and, specifically, orphans.
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>>37809321
I am going to support the one where we help the crippled and injured soldiers also can we plan out something with the changelings and hunters to secretly divert resources to make highland steel into some secret facilities or something maybe deep in a forest? Better medicine to prevent death and crippling plus better armor and weapons will keep our soldiers alive more often than not and they will love us for it.
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>>37809311
WAIT A SECOND! You didn't let us boop the fillies, any of Zyzmic's soldiers, or all the slaves! I have been slighted!
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>>37818609
Well, we were a bit preoccupied.
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>>37819524
bullshit. it wouldn't take a few minutes to return back to the dungeon to boot the free slaves, and maybe at most ten minutes to boop all of Zyzmic's personal guards.
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>Fist and foremost, after you change into you purple dress and normal decorum again, you go to Sienna and console her in this time of grief
>She seems like she'll be okay after she's had time to process it, but she admits to you in tears that her grandmother did not finish teaching her everything she knew, as a result Sienna will be less experienced in occult matters and most techniques
>You suppose it can't be helped, the poor dear
>Either way, you'll still have an oracle in your court, even if she's not quite as reliable as the previous one

>You decide to spend some time with your family for the foreseeable future, though you do a few errands all the while
>That night, you hurriedly write a letter to Zyzmic to boop the freed mares on your behalf, as you were too exhausted from battle to do it that day
>All you can do for now is boop all your guards and servants every single day to cope
>Peony Blaze, now in the rank of the novice knights, seems to enjoy the boops
>You also take the time to boop your prisoners
>Dahlia is just sad and Rosesong gives no response
>You should do something about them...

>You do stop by the temple one morning, and discover the spectacle outside
>The odd wooden statue has been taken out, chopped to bits, and currently being burned
>You find Opal and ask her what occurred
>She says that somepony had slipped in an icon of chaos while the temple was undergoing renovations
>She seems very determined to find the perpetrator
>[Wit] ...You decide to not disclose your use of it
>The chaos element in all this would explain how you changed your mind so rapidly and so thoroughly
>While the stance of the temple would be that chaos has no place in harmony, you might be able to find some boon in the future from such a belief

>You spend most of the month with Bloody and Scarlet, with Fringe and Camellia being with you for some of the time
>You feel like you've grown closer
>You want to invite Nymphadora into the relationship, but you feel conflicted, so you don't
>The month goes on

***
>Winter has come, and the total damage from the newly liberated old shipyard has been accounted for
>The good news is you have more shipwrights and laborers to use
>The bad news is that'll come to a estimated cost of 7 talents to fully repair
>You do have the option to shift the labor to the new one

>Repair the old shipyard + dock [7 T]
>Speed of construction of the new shipyard [3 T]
>Do no repairs

[Warning: Much larger time-skip next]
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>>37820684
Unless the old shipyard is several times larger then the new shipyard we'd make I don't really see what the point of repairing it is.
>Speed of construction of the new shipyard [3 T]
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>>37820712
It's both a shipyard AND a dock area that can be used for trade. The new shipyard still being built has no dock ready, but is closer to completion in comparison to the extent of necessary repairs in the old shipyard. You'll have opportunities to make new docks and nautical trade hubs in the future as your naval power increases.
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>>37820684
>Repair the old shipyard + dock [7 T]
With the 7 T also include the coste of repairing all the damaged and barely floating vessels? If we can repair those, our sea capacity would be greatly increased, in addition to the additional source of fish, kelp, and talents from trading we would be receiving.
During the large time skip, could we train our Wit?

>>37820712
It's probably gonna be worth the investment. Gotta spend money to make money as the saying goes, and the sooner the docks are open, the sooner we'll be able to recoup the talents we've spent in addition to receiving new forms of good.
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>>37820988
We'd need a functioning shipyard to repair those. Most likely, it's just to repair the facilities
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>>37821039
The facilities? Yes? Thata exactly what we want. To repair all the damaged boats, we would need the shipyard repaired for 3T, and it would cost additional T to repair the damaged ships.
Where as, if we spend 7T for the shipyard and the docks, we can repair the ships, in addition to getting passive income from the Docks via taxes and tariffs, which would then be reinvested in the shipyard to pay the bill for repairing the ships.
You feel me?
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>>37821182
Those are two completely separate locations. The 3T one is to add laborers to the work being done on the fortifies shipyard and the 7T is for the town captured in the war.
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>>37820749
if i remember right building docks is perfect during the winter?
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>>37821221
Oh. Still. A shipyard itself wont give us income, while a dock will. It's not like we need so many since we haven't made any ships.

>>37820684
This is confusing me. Is the "old" shipyard the one that's with the fort + also uses to build the adventurer's ship? Is the "new" shipyard and docks what we got from Crossing River?
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>>37821290
The 'old' shipyard is what was recaptured in this recent war, as it was a pre-existing structure that had been lost by the old king, and had a large dock area for naval trades and travel. The new shipyard is Ft. Minx, which is still under construction but has enough capacity to slowly build ships until construction is complete, but has no planned dock for commercial trades, only a marina for a hosted navy and fortifications.

Also remember the pirates will catch on eventually that you're building a navy again, so plan long term too
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>>37821323
Then I'm sticking with my 7 T vote. I see no reason to accelerate the contraction of the shipyard at the docks when they're going to be finished anyways. That would be a waste of 3 Talent, money we could be investing into other projects.

>long term
Invent sea mines, longer ranged cannons, more skilled flight assault pegasi troopers.
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>>37821454
As far as we know, cannons don't exist yet. Also, naval mines as passive defenses didn't exist until around the time of the American Revolution.
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>>37820684
>Repair the old shipyard + dock [7 T]
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>>37820684
I'm for the 7T option. Restoring the ability for oceanic trade would easily pay for itself.
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>>37821323
M A R E
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>>37820684
>Repair the old shipyard + dock [7 T]
yeah free trade among the people is important for trade
and lets pop the question to bloody if fringe can get a child
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>>37825310
This. Wouldn't it be cool if both kids have two dads?
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>>37820684
All support talking about having a child with Fringe.

I've been wanting that for a while.
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>>37825310
>>37825541
>>37825594
We'll probably not conceive the child immediately if Bloody says yes, because we'll want to slowly get the publics and nobility approval, or at least slight acceptance of polygamy.
Maybe put in some points how it could make things financially easier for some families?
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>>37825614
>>37825541
simply people dont need to know and i dont think ponies actually need to be the same exact colour as there parents?
also its best to start early getting a kid as it takes alot of time for them to grow up and even before they come out of the body
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>>37825735
>>37825614
>>37825594
>>37825541
>>37825310
>>37820749
....I just realized that maybe we should also ask Fringe how he would feel about the idea, and if he would want to be a father.
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>>37825790
I feel that our second child should also be with Bloody due to having a similar life span to Scarlet.
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>>37826564
That's not how it works. That would require another blood sacrifice too have anything similar to Scarlet.
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>>37826659
Bloody got dust as his sacrifice and he's going to be long lived, as far as we know.
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>>37826747
We're not giving our second kid to the pale mare and that's final. Fuck vampire gods.
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>>37826747
Theres no proof that dust is enough, infact theres proof that just using the dust has been proven to be more ineffective as the generations went by. The empty mare needs sacrifices made in blood. I dont want to get anymore fucked up children via blood sacrifices, nor do I want them to become evil if we sacrifice a warlord for them.
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>>37826923
Our dream proved that switching gods is possible and I doubt that she'd remove her blessing if any of our children (with Bloody) due to the fact that they are still part of the family. Possible wouldn't extend to their offspring if they leave her though.

>>37826974
Except for the fact that his siblings got little better than he did. We performed the ritual because the prior rituals (plural) haven't been enough to sustain their god. There is no rule that says we ever have to go as far as we did with Scarlet. That was responding to a desperate cry for help.

>>37826923
>>37826974
By your logic, we are effectively forbidden from EVER having foals with Bloody again.
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>>37827006
>forbidden with Bloody
Dont put words in my mouth. It's the Palemare I'm worried about. I'm still not seeing why the second foal shouldnt be Fringe's. I've been waiting several threads for them to get it on. I'm not waiting for anymore bullshit.
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>>37827016
I still think Scarlet's closest sibling should have a similar lifespan to her.

Also, what's your issue with Bloody's god?
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>>37827016
another anon here but yes its best too get it on early due to the fact it takes YEARS for them too grow up "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago"
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Right, Fringe, then Bloody, then so on. I don't see the need for Scarlet to have a sibling thats only a year or two apart.
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>>37827016
>>37827024
>>37827369
>>37826974
What are we debating for again? We wouldn't be talking about having Fringe knock up Carnelian and polygamy if we didn't plan on it happening. Might as we have fringe go first.

>>37826564
Nah, make it the third child. There'll be a big enough age gap where they youngest, or the third child can look up to the first or some such. Fringe has been a good boy for a long time, and deserves his dessert. pssst. it's a creampie.
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>>37829013
simply we dont need polygamy just dont inform the public
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>>37829013
Don't forget that pushing the polygamy card too soon can do major damage to our reputation. There's a significant risk if ponies notice that our second offspring has not even the weakest vampiric traits. It'd also create friction with Bloddy's family when we try to reject their rituals.
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>>37829440
No? The ritual was only for the first born, our daughter, because they wanted us to sire a strong heir for their country. They don't care about any foals that come after, just Scarlet.
Where did you get the idea that disregarding the ritual with any follow up foals with create friction? Do you have proof to back that up?
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>>37829520
>The ritual was only for the first born
What the hell are you talking about? It's for EVERY child. Bloody certainly wasn't the first born but his ritual was mentioned.
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>>37829560
What are you talking about? That was never the case.
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>>37829798
I'm not in the mood to dig in the archive, so either you do it or we wait on Tenta or somebody else to clear this up.
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Bump
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Oh boy, I've been in a bad writing funk, sleeping, or busy, sorry about the constant delays y'all

I plan to slip in a conversation with Bloody to address the 'needing a blood ritual for other children' dilemma, and then after the timeskip the next choice will be whenever or not to permit polygamy (in various ways)
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>>37831232
Need Fringe creampie. Give the lad some viagra and pony cum potions.
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>>37831232
No brobs
>>37832108
LETS PLANT THAT SEED QUICK DONT WASTE TIME
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>>37832443
>Frigid Flake cums so hard he impregnates his BF four times over.
>Charade looks like a fucking rollie pollie with how pregnant she is.
>rolls around the entire palace to get from point A to B.
>servants are afraid of getting flattened by their R O U N D monarch.
>Bloody is jealous because we're hogging all the creampies.
I wonder what are the odds of getting twins, triplets, quintuplets, and whatever that word is for five. Carnelian is a big mare.
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>>37832108
>Give the lad some viagra and pony cum potions.
This is why we need to ask Renew if there's a spell for males equivalent to the mega milk spell, unless that's already going to be addressed in the next update.
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>You decide to restore the reclaimed shipyard and connecting docks; surely, this will help to bring back trade and civility to the area, even if you’re not planning on sailing past your coastlines just yet [14.5 +2.5 -7: 10 Talents remaining]
>There are no more direct petitioners for today, and you ask Everkeen if anything had gone wrong while you were away
“Nothing terrible had occurred, and not too many ponies wanted to petition the court while you were away; after all, being in an active war can breed uncertainty. I assumed most ponies, griffons, and deer were waiting for the end of the war to petition you directly, but it would seem your schedule remains clear, and most are content to celebrate as they are. The only thing seems to be...”
>He takes out an opened letter from his task list
“Zyzmic has requested that his kingdom of Brookwing be officially recognized in court.”
>Everkeen give you sighing smile
“Well, now that the war was won with both of you attributing, I see no reason to delay it!”
>You declare to the court and prepare the news to be sent to each governor, that the royal kingdom of Brookwing are your allies and friends, and you recognize Zyzmic as its true ruler
>Now that the restoration work and recognition has been signed off on, you attend a mass celebration taking place in the capitol, donning your shiny armor for display as your beloved subjects bask you in adoration and pride
>You are now much more known throughout your kingdom, and word of your deeds and good leadership will soon spread throughout other lands you border too
>When you return home, covered in roses and garlands, you change back into your velvet dress and settle into your private quarters to spend time with the ponies you love
~~~*
>While cuddling with Bloody and Scarlet, you ask him if your second child would be expected to undergo the same blood ritual Scarlet did
>Bloody nuzzles into your chest a while before answering sleepily
“...I don’t think so, sure the blood temple would prefer it, but the next child would be your inheritor to the throne of Stella, (yawn) right? I don’t think my parents would mind very much if we didn’t, since they won’t be ruling the passion isles… The main pony who would give you problems would be the Arch-Elder, but… I think you can talk your way out of it if you catch him on a bad day, he he~”
>Right…
>The masked pony, the Arch-Elder of the blood temple, has remained living in the castle to help look after Scarlet
>You’ll have to anticipate either preventing him from convincing you to do another ritual, or get him out of the castle when your next child is due
>Especially if the child turns out to not be Bloody’s…
>You invite Fringe from the doorway to join into the cuddle pile, and he tip-hoofs into the bedding
>Both your lovers continue to snuggle into you, while Scarlet sleeps in your hooves
>She just so precious, you hope she stays this cute even when she’s older
[cont]
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>>37833471

~~~*
>One day, after booping every servant you pass, you visit Renew Miracle in her medical study, and ask her if the spell she used on Rosesong might be applicable to a stallions balls
>She looks at you the way you imagine a boarding school teacher would stare at a particularly spastic child asking a question they should already have known five years prior before grabbing the longest ruler they could find
“...No. No, it would not work at all, they may be in the same general location, but the organs and tissues contained are completely different. If I try to use the normal spell, it would do nothing, and if I used the ‘modified’ spell, the subjects balls would either explode or they’d turn into a newt. There are stallion fertility spells I can use, if you and your consort are having any… ‘difficulties’?”
>You decline for now, and thank her for the information
>She does ask for your attention for one more thing
“It would seem that leaving Rosesong in her lethargic state and bound like that is slowly killing her. You’ll need to decide to either execute her or let her roam in her cell, otherwise she’ll die by the end of next year. As for your other remaining prisoner, Dahlia, she’s still getting over her… ‘experience’ with Spymistress Nymphadora. She’s no longer as depressed, but keeping her as a long term prisoner will eventually cause her to have mental problems if she feels she can’t make any progress towards anything.”
>You’ll have to keep that in mind

~~~*
>A while later, as the snow clears from the winter and spring starts the blooming process in your garden, you spend some time with Fringe where the hedges can keep your secrets
>You ask him if he’d like to be a father someday, and his ears perk up
“Yes!! I mean, yes… but, I know with your responsibility to maintain a clear bloodline, that likely won’t happen unless we have an accidental bastard...”
>He withdraws his excitement for mild gloom
>You tell him you want to have his child too, and he seems conflicted
“Well yes, I want it too, but there’s still that problem. Wait. I know that look… You have something planned, don’t you?”
>You nod, and get up to go to the throne room to start court for the day

[cont]
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>>37833474
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>It is now the fourth month of the 274th year of harmony
>Your economic and population reports has come in, giving more insight into the materials you’ve collected and how your kingdom has grown
>You’ll look at those in more detail in a bit: the important things are that your population has grown in every state except for the new one, the area you’ve reclaimed, previously and now again known to be the state of Lillypool
>As it has no records in your kingdom while lost, you have no data to compare it to aside from very outdated records
>For now, you have a different sort of choice on your mind
>Will you legalize polygamy, even in part? You worked with Azure and Everkeen for a while during the winter to sort out any inheritance issues such a permitting may cause, with wills being the primary means of legacy and first borne being secondary when the will isn’t available
>What will you do? Your recent renown boon should help soften the blow to your reputation with the nobility and the public, plus relations with Brookwing have helped to give a good example too

>Do not permit it [No change]
>Allow Bigamy, limited to two extra partners who are not married to each other [noble rep +, public rep -]
>Allow full poly-marrage, where every partner is married to each other [noble rep - -, public rep +]
>Allow for tri-partner marriages where three ponies share in the same marriage, but not more than three [noble rep -, no change to public rep]
>There are no other options, unless you can think of a system on the spot that might work [reputation changes unknown]
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>>37833479
I'd like to reveal to Opal that Beauty supported our unions to get religious support to polygamy. Also, lets go full poly-marriage
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>>37833479
>Allow full poly-marrage, where every partner is married to each other [noble rep - -, public rep +]

>you ask her if the spell she used on Rosesong might be applicable to a stallions balls
I don't think that what was suggested? The question was if there was a spell equivalent to the effects of the milk spell, not if the milk spell can be used on a stallion. Besides the boost in fertility, does the the stallion fertility spells cause the equivalent effect then?
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>>37833471
>When you return home, covered in roses and garlands
Dont forget to eat it

>She just so precious, you hope she stays this cute even when she’s older
>literally giga pony sized
Even when Scarlet is a fully grow mare, we could probably pick her up and baby her.

>>37833479
>regarding Lilypond
>As it has no records in your kingdom while lost, you have no data to compare it to aside from very outdated records
Key words while it was lost, but not while it was still a part of our Kingdom in the past.
Hot damn! Only a since +/- for marriage changes? I think I can work with this.
Can we have some scribes comb over the noble liniages that used to live in Lilypond and the main household that used to govern the region? If they pick up as anything at all, even a crub, we could use that. I think we should reinstate a declining noble house to the position of governorship there, one that is of viturous heart and lives my the aspects of Harmony.
I think doing that should balance out the negative nobility opinion, or at least overwhelm it so we get a slightly better + for nobility.

>Allow full poly-marrage, where every partner is married to each other [noble rep - -, public rep +]
>Put declining nobility (but are still nice ponies) in Governship of Lilypond.
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>>37833548
>>37833479
We probably asked the wrong question. I'm glad we're not one of her students, else we'd get a paddling. We could ask her if about fertility boosting spells for mares, stallions, or both.

Turning back to Rosesong and Peony, what do you guys think we should do to them? I think we should let Rosesong roam, but with some additional restraints. Maybe through some old magical means of keeping her bound to a room, not giving her any utensils to weaponize, only giving her light wooden trays and bowls to eat out of. Maybe some good old hypnosis? That could be going too far. Perhaps we should ask for suggestions from people who still know shes still alive, like our regent, our spy master, and Peony.

For Dahlia I think we need more talking too. This is only my suggestion, but perhaps if we raise our Wit or Cha high enough, we could pull knowledge out of her without her realizing it, that or pressuring us to tell us about her true self, and if she really did help take care of orphans. It's been a year or so already. Is she sure they're okay without her?
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>>37833479
Will you include the extra timber or iron for hiring those extra workers?
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>>37833479
>Allow full poly-marrage, where every partner is married to each other [noble rep - -, public rep +]
May as well go for the whole goat.
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>>37833479
>Allow full poly-marrage, where every partner is married to each other [noble rep - -, public rep +]
i think this is sort of hilarioouse
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>>37833574
>She just so precious, you hope she stays this cute even when she’s older
>literally giga pony sized
Even when Scarlet is a fully grow mare, we could probably pick her up and baby her.

even more likely if we become increasingly draconian
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>>37833474
i think rosesong should get some movement if we can stop herself from killing herself perhaps give her entertainment in the form of books? also how long has she been not moving in the dungeon must have gotten thicker
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>>37833739
Lack over movement for so long would probably eat at her muscles. You bring up a good point I hadn't considered. She could very well try to kill herself. If she has no will to live, and might try to bite her own tongue off at the first given opportunity, maybe we should give her to the changeling hive?
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>>37833795
she cant have been gaged the whole time so no biting off her tongue
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>>37833806
What's to stop her from removing the gag?
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>>37833600
>We probably asked the wrong question.
I mean, the original interest was if there was testicle enlargement for stallions, but we didn't really get answer if there were such a spell. Just that the milk spell doesn't work, and that there are fertility boosters, unless those stallion fertility boosters were the answer somehow.
Should definitely ask about those fertility boosting spells later though. Still gotta make some heirs.

Regardless of what choices we make for Dahlia and Rosesong, we really should talk to Nymphadora about it. Chances are Renew hasn't told her this information, and Nymphadora would know the best options we have on how to best adapt under these news.
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>>37834048
not what i was saying, i said "she cant have been gaged the whole time so no biting off her tongue
" meaning she cant have worn a gag for all these months and weeks on weeks so she has had the chance of just biting of her tongue but have not
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>>37833479
Have I missed something? Why does bigamy *in*crease our noble reputation by one and *de*crease our public reputation?
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>>37834532
Well... let's just say some nobles like the option of having multiple wives who don't have to be involved with each other, where as the public at large don't like that kind of thing and would rather have the option to have a marriage arrangement like modern polycules if it doesn't stay traditional 1-to-1.

Ha ha, the power of cultural exchange between allies!
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>>37834566
yep i missed the word "not"
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>>37834566
Wouldn't we be able to establish both as well? No need to force other lovers to be involved with each other if they don't want to.
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>>37834608
You can but you'll get the penalties of both by allowing both
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>>37834615
Can we do anything to migitate the penalties, or do things for one group to outweigh the penalties?
What's our current rapport with the public and nobility after going to war with Crossing River, then deciding to go in person? How do our guards and knights feel about us?
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>>37833474
>“Yes!! I mean, yes… but, I know with your responsibility to maintain a clear bloodline, that likely won’t happen unless we have an accidental bastard...”
>worrying about clean bloodlines
>lmao the late king sired as many bastards as the Boar in Game of Thrones
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>>37834566
Hm.

Did we just create gay marriage? The nobles are going to lose their minds.

To say nothing of what bloodies parent might think. Hm. Or the blood nobles.

Then again the empty mare seemed to be totally on board with maxi headonism. I bet she would be cool if we wanted to blood sanctify our other daughter too.
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>>37836381
We dont
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>>37836381
Blood sanctify with ashes or with a living sacrifice? I'm not going through killing an idiot, or taunting our kid by killing a psycho.
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Bump
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>>37837354
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>>37836381
well if there is a partner of the other gender i think? a sort of weird legal loophole
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>>37833479
Acquire Snowpity!
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>>37836916
Live sacrifice wasn't a requirement, just the blood
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I've thought up a round about way to help the church of Harmony. Just donate food if we cant spare the talents. That way the can divert funds away from groceries for other things.
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>>37841550
thats a good idea make up for what we dont have in cash with trade goods
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>>37843904
>old stuff: 9 wine, 7 wheat, 5 apple, 3 citrus, 2 carrot, 2 salmon, 1 Marineberry, 9 sugar cane, 4 gem, 1 fine gem, 5 timber, 0 Arctic linen, 4 Chitinite(Ore), 4 Changeling Dye, 5 silver, 3 granite, 2 titanium, 1 highland steel, 3 iron, 4 slate, 1 elkflax, and 22.5 T
Wheat, apples, carrots, and salmon could work. We can also expect there to be some steaks flowing through the markets eventually, or at least more bird meat soon. I'm sure the followers of generosity would especially like the church donations since they could use the food to feed the poor, host hospitality more often, and other such good deeds.
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>>37833479
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Do70nztRNE
>I wonder what was the longest cock train ran through Rosesong
>It's been know that the guards had been using her as "stress relief" for sometime now
>How many of our guards have acquired STD's? Do STD's exist in setting?
>We should get a different doctor to run medical experiments Rosesong to see if it's possible to restore a damaged uterus, or make a barren mare fertile again.
>Fertility improving or restoring spells should be greatly appreciated with some of the nobility.
>Imagine having to fuck someone, but you just can't get it up in the morning.
>I think it would be pretty hot to mindbreak RS and make her Fringe's broodmare.
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>You declare that full multiple-partner marriage will be allowed
>Sure, the nobility may not like the unrestricted nature of it, but the general populace of peasants seem to be receptive to the idea after private trades between their companies and Brookwing began
>Once the announcement is made, you feel a burden off your saddles
>You can now marry Frigid flake with no legal repercussions! Of course, the traditional nobles may not like that you would chose your personal guard over their fine suitors, but that's their problem
>After all, Fringe's bloodline used to be nobility before they became sworn protectors, all you'd be doing is putting his bloodline back into the royal lineage...
>You stop yourself from getting too excited; there's more work to attend to

>You receive the reports on your collected taxes, goods, and population
https://ponepaste.org/6091
https://ponepaste.org/6092
>It looks like things are going exceptionally well for the last few months
>Of course, while you gained lots of lands, you didn't gain as many subjects due to population losses in war and disasters in the two areas leaving a less sense population to claim as your own
>You can only hope the improvements you make to each are helps to rebuild your numbers in the long term, though it'll take many years to see the results

>Out of the continuing projects, the only one not started is the statue park plans, due to no chosen location
>You have so many other projects going on around the kingdom that it may not be a good idea to start now...

>You put out a call to the 'minor' noble families to send word of suitable ponies to place as governor of Lilypond; they'll have your request by tomorrow

>The only other royal business today is a fairly major one
>The envoy has returned from the lands of House Regalia, and after working to learn more about their culture and share some of your own, they've come back with a trade offer
>The leader of House Regalia would like 2 wine, 3 apple, 3 sugar cane, and 1 changeling dye
>In exchange, they are offering 7 units of silver, 3 arctic linen, 1 marineberry, and a crown made of spirit-enchanted silver and opals
>What will you do with this offer?
(Now that winter is over the response will be faster)

>Accept the offer
>Politely refuse the offer
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>>37844958
give
>(2)Wine: Trade value high, usability low
Takes one year to make after fall harvest, a specialty of the southern region
>(3)Apples: Trade value low, usability high
Fresh and juicy, though a common crop for your climate
>(1)Sugar cane
>(1)Changeling dye: Trade value high, usability high
A dye made from ground changeling corpses, dark and surprisingly non-reflective
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take
>(7)Silver: trade value high, usability very low
A precious metal, mainly used in currency and jewelry (Can convert to 1 talent per unit)
>(3)Arctic linen: Trade value moderate, usability high
A fine, soft cotton fabric, great to use for most garments from nightgowns to generals uniforms, loomed by House Regalia for generations
>(1)Marineberry: Trade value moderate, usability high
Berries that grow in very cold and dry climates, known for it's deep blue color used in dyes and paints
>a crown made of spirit-enchanted silver and opals
A part of me wants to say yes, in fact I nearly said yes, but I wonder about the spirit enchanted crown. Is this supposed to be a bait, a trap? Doubtful, but why didn't they include a description of exactly what the enchantment was? What is the meaning for the traded item? Was it something made with care and consideration? Was it something that the nobility or current leader of House Regalia didn't like anymore and decided they wanted to pawn it off to us?
Fuck it.

>Accept the offer
There's no option for a write in, so might as well take it. The silver will be useful for projects and region repair works. The arctic linen I can see being something we could use to fashion more cold tolerant clothes for soldiers, given to sailors to tolerate cold winds at sea, or given to Church of Harmony to distribute to the downtrodden and cold. The Marineberry? We already got on and I don't honestly have much use for it, but anything is still something.
The fucking crown we're taking it to Whimsy Blast and Fizzlethus to examine. If neither of them can make heads or tails then we'll ask an expert from Pinebrook to check it out.
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>>37844958
I'd say yes, but I'd like to know more details about this crown first.
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>>37844958
Lilypond (Southeastern state): population of about ~1250, Reputation: okay (War support 1, revolt risk 2, impression: Birthright focused conqueror)
Climate: Smooth beautiful shores melt into various marshes, plains, and bogs, with the eastern areas being dominated by swamps and mangroves, harboring both natures dangers and bounties
Governance: TBA
Overall infrastructure: You'd have a hard time telling this land was once a civilized part of your kingdom, but it could be worse (0.2)
General trade: needs improvement (0.3)
Agriculture: Okay (0.5)
Mining: n/a
Roads: Abysmal (0.1)

>Smooth beautiful shores melt into various marshes, plains, and bogs, with the eastern areas being dominated by swamps and mangroves, harboring both natures dangers and bounties
plains can be converted into farming land for cattle or crops. No idea what to do with the rest, but I think swamps might have something along the lines of oil, natural gasses, minerals, fertile soil, and plenty of biomass. Coal too maybe? Might be wrong.
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>>37844958
Ill say accept. The Dye is some spooky black magic shit though.

And we should make sure the crown isnt cursed or anything.

Hurray now we can marry Fringe! And so can Bloody :V

OH FUCK ME WE NEVER TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THIS.
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>>37844958
Accept.
Still feels a little bit too generous. Common food like apples and sugar at about the same price as silver and refined fabric? Do they suffer from famine or something? I like having them depend on us like that. Is there a problem with elk bandits in our northern regions?

>Fringe's bloodline used to be nobility before they became sworn protectors
Please remind me how it works. What his family got in exchange for their noble status?

>self-proclaimed patron of Beauty still doesn't know how to make units of love
Pathetic. Have we asked Nymphadora? Have we asked in the church?
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>>37845378
The dye is literally just a dye and they want us to MAKE the crown.
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>>37845378
The changeling dye is the dark non-reflective spookie one. That's what we're giving them. The marineberry is what we're receiving.

>>37845436
Considering how they live in a cold climate, I'd image growing crops is limited in some regards, hence why they like to import things they cannot grow locally, which makes our exports all the more rarer for them.

>>37845436
I recall something some threads back about his ancestral home seeing better days and one of his relatives being in change of keeping the household in some semblance of care.

>love
lol image there being a changeling worshipper of love at the temple of harmony. I think our Master of the Hunt can give us an idea of the worth of LOVE. He was back at the changeling hive bordering the badlands some months ago wasn't he? Gosh we were supposed to visit that hive to talk to some super old changeling or something.

>>37845476
make the crown? is it not made already?
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>>37845577
Have we ever heard of such a crown being amongst our belongings? Either way, we'll figure out when we look into the details about that part of the deal.
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>>37844958
>Accept the offer
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>>37845665
You dumbass. This is a crown they're giving to us.
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>>37848179
Yes, because a tired person can't accidentally misread something
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>>37848463
i also did not know of the crown so its proably fine
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Bump
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>>37850299
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>You accept the offer graciously
>The request is sent down to the vault to prepare the units of items for travel, you should conveniently get the items from House regalia at the same time you send the items to them, including the crown
>In the event the crown isn't some cursed item but doesn't suit your tastes, you can always sell it at a later date

>That was all the time you had for today; the sun has set, and court is adjourned

>You feel fairly tired, but you have enough time to stop by one part of the castle before you head off to sleep
>You are currently being guarded by knights Currentia and Midnight Gaze
>Where will you go?

>Spymasters office
>Doctors study
>Wizards chamber
>Royal garden
>Unused tower
>Entrance to the undercastle
>Huntmasters office
>Dining hall [roll table will activate]
>Uncle Mace's quarters
>Knight barracks
>Dungeon
>Other
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>>37853496
Doctors study
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>>37853532
Why?
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>>37853496
Day court, it's been a while since we helped dealt with minor cases.
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>>37853564
Because I wanted to talk with her about experiments and the state of military medicine.

>>37853567
>the sun has set, and court is adjourned
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>>37853576
That's not the pony you want to talk to about experiments. Shes against pony experimentation wasnt she?
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>>37853663
That is why I want to talk to her.
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>>37853496
>Wizards chamber
Fuck I'm stupid some times. Maybe our wizareing love birds can help. I forgot what projects they're working on.

>>37853694
Oh I think I get what you mean. You want to persuade her to applying herself to research more modern medical stuff for military use? Like not having to amputate limbs?
Still would it not be better to bring this to one of the guilds or one of our wizards? Shes a doctor, not a researcher.
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>>37853783
We don't really have a medical guild as far as I know. Also, the guilds are already busy with the cloud fortress.
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>>37853824
I know, it's why I want to check on our wizards. If they're skilled enough to turn Fringe from. Pegasus back to a unicorn, I believe they're smart enough to figure out how to grow back limbs. I bet we can get a few hundred volunteers to help, and maybe some hardcore military nuggets willing to take the super soldier serum.
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>>37853858
Spontaneous limb growth sounds rather extreme to me. Better to craft magic prosthetics that allow them to function properly without putting their existing health at risk. But I'd rather they not lose the limb in the first place. Maybe we can gather all three of them and talk to them at the same time.
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>>37853863
We could, it would probably guarantee the success to the project, but there comes issue of sacrificing multitasking other projects in favor of just the one. I'm assuming you're talking about each head of the guilds?

>rather they dont lose it to begin with
So better armor and better medical training and triage? That's reasonable.

Still not seeing the problem if wanting a limb grown back. Wouldnt you want to have your legs back if you lost them, or regrow your face if you got horribly maimed? Dont get me wrong Full Limb Replacement medival cyborgs sound cool, but. Would be nice to regrow limbs.
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>>37853950
I meant our doctor and our 2 mages. The guilds are in town and it's late. Also, they're already occupied with projects, so they can't get involved with these ideas without putting other things on the back burner.

Pretty much. Maybe some spells to counter infections so amputation wouldn't be as necessary.

Not against it, just pointing out that a lot could go wrong. Also, sounds like it'd be a rather expensive procedure, so it wouldn't be accessible to everybody.
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>>37853999
Magic prosthetic cyborgs? Expensive indeed. Limb growing potions? Expensiveness varies. Either choice will probably cost some talent to heal a few hundred soldiers by my estimates.
Hmmm. A cleaning spell could be useful if it hasnt been invented yet. Yeah okay. We can get our two wizards and our head nurse on a room together and see ir we can pass around some ideas on how to make wounds dont have to be amputated.
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>>37853496
>>37853496
Mages.

I suppose to talk about military stuff? I think they were working on the cloud for stuff though.
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>>37854174
Our court mages were working on something else. The mages guild members were working on the sky citadel with the inventor and weather guild.
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>>37853496
I wanna talk with the wizard. If we need to introduce then to our personal doctor we can do that too.
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>You decide to stop by the Royal Wizards chamber, and see what Whimsy and her assistant are up to

>When you enter the large room, you can see Whimsy and Fizzlethus with some slivers of the Ursa gem
>They've been trying to figure out the extent of it's magical properties for a while now, so you suppose it couldn't be helped that they'd inevitably need to chip off samples for experiments...
>Fizzlethus casts various elemental charges onto one of the slivers, and while it doesn't repel the magic, it does resist erosion from the forces
>They once again don't notice you've entered until a while later, though you didn't announce yourself either when you observed
>You ask Whimsy what she's been able to find out about the Ursa's gem
"We've been able to find out loads a' things, useful and naght! The gem will only resonate with 'celestial' harmonies o' magic, all oo-ther magic types simply blow past it like wind. Celestial magic seems to generate from within the core of the gem, and tha other lighter crystals around it seem to be receptive but not able ta create it. What's more..."
>Whimsy pulls the core of the gem off the work table with her hooves, unable to lift it with normal magic
"We haven't been able ta test it yet, but tha late madame Stareye told us she had a vision shortly before she passed, that tha' core once ground and mixed inta a tincture of rosewater and violet extract would make a potion that would clear all doubts from ones mind and bring utter harmony ta ones judgement... forevah. It sounds too good ta be true, and the very core o' the gem is only large enough to do it once, so I've been trying to test the other properties o' it. That said, I'm not an expert in celestial magics, nor is Fizzlethus, so there's only so much that we can do with such a thing."
>You consider it... You'll be able to have her make that special potion tomorrow, you're too tired to try to drink an experimental potion tonight
>What would that even be like, to be able to remove all doubts and be harmonized with life as it happens?
>Well, you wouldn't need to fret over any choices again if you did drink such a thing...
>You're happy they're making progress on the research, but now might be a good time to ask them any questions or favors before you go to bed
>It would seem Whimsy has made new potions when she's hit a wall with the Ursa gem, so her bottles are stocked
>What will you ask of them? (pick three or less)

>Ask about their opinions on the cloud citadel project
>Ask for a fertility potion
>Ask for a color change potion
>Ask for a lewd potion
>Ask them about the effects of magic on the economy
>Ask them if they know of any magic guild side projects they have an interest in
>Ask about runes
>Ask for another kind of potion
>Ask their opinions on dark magic (With a promise to not punish them for what they disclose)
>Ask about celestial magic
>Other
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>>37857510
>>37857510
>Ask about their opinions on the cloud citadel project
>Ask for a fertility potion
>Ask for a lewd potion
>Ask them about the effects of magic on the economy
>Ask about celestial magic
>boop them slyly.

>Question if not having any hesitation is the same as always making the right decision. Since it partially sounds like bottled poor impulse control.
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>>37857510
Not having doubts and being able to make good decisions are two different things.

As for questions, fertility, lewd, effects of magic on economy, opinions on dark magic, and guild projects that interest them.
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>>37857577
>>37857697
I thought we had three options or less, or am I mistaken?
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>>37857778
Oh, missed that

>>37857697
I guess forget about the potions. It's not like they'll cease to exist or something.
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>>37857510
>Ask about celestial magic
>Ask if they would consider working with Renew Miracle in creating potions to help the crippled and down trodden
>Ask when we can expect some foals from the two of them
>boop them slyly (boops should be freebies!)

>>37857577
>>37857697
One too many friend. Its pick three or less.
I'm against lewd potions personally. Feeding into the deviant trait will only lead deeper into depravity as we continue to seek greater highs to scratch that itch. Better to be content with what we have.
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>>37857510
>Ask for a lewd potion
>Ask about celestial magic
>Ask them about the effects of magic on the economy
>>37857859
>I'm against lewd potions personally. Feeding into the deviant trait will only lead deeper into depravity as we continue to seek greater highs to scratch that itch. Better to be content with what we have.
I don't think we have to worry about our deviant trait getting worse just from simple indulgence. What's the point of taking the trait if we're never going to indulge or use it in the first place anyways? That, and punishing us from simply indulging wouldn't be a fun mechanic from Tentajack in the first place.
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>>37857896
A simple indulgence and snowball into something progressively worse, and the trait itself isnt an entirely desirable one.

>That, and punishing us from simply indulging wouldn't be a fun mechanic from Tentajack in the first place.
That happened back at CR's castle with Fringe. Some anons were horny and wanted them to fuck, but then realized that creampies were too early.
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>>37857931
They only way for your fear to not come true is to take a vow of chastity. Carnelian is a perv. It was established when she had a sex dungeon built as her first command. The best we can do is to steer her away from certain fetishes.
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>>37857510
>Ask about celestial magic
>Ask them about the effects of magic on the economy
>Ask them if they know of any magic guild side projects they have an interest in
Monarch mode activated. The celestial magic firstly because I want to give that magic gem potion a go. Could be dangerous, so any magic nulling reagents would be nice in case things do dicey. We should be fine since we can safely consume gem like things, so hopefully that translates to the potion too.
Magic Economics is important too. It would give us reason to talk to our master of coin at a later date, in addition to collaborating with our spy master in our attempts to manufacture Highland steel with no one the wiser.
There is no doubt in my mind that they are aware of what goes on in the guild. Shields, runes, constructs, unfathomable things.
I want to be one step above our competition. We will need to advance in our economy, military, and culturally.
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>>37857510
>Ask for a lewd potion
Genderswap, growth, species change (probably changeling), pheromone enhancer, invisibility potion, duplicator potion, and a dozen more typed of potions it's all good, surprise us.

>Ask them if they know of any magic guild side projects they have an interest in

>Ask their opinions on dark magic (With a promise to not punish them for what they disclose)
It's not illegal to know, it's illegal to practice. And every bit of knowledge we have on it helps in the event we run into more practitioners.
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>>37857931
>That happened back at CR's castle with Fringe. Some anons were horny and wanted them to fuck, but then realized that creampies were too early.
I thought that was punishment for the act not being extreme enough. In that case, not having impregnation involved. Unless Tentajack confirms that snowballing into something worse is a something we have to worry about (we picked the trait, not simply gained it from indulging too much), I wouldn't consider it. Although, I prefer a straight answer from Tentajack on the matter, just to know if we have to constantly skirt around fun or not.
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>>37857510
>Ask for a lewd potion

>Other
Ask if there is something magic she can do to find a magic indestructible key that is similar to this one. She her the sun key.
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>>37859032
We dont need a lewd potion, that implies we find sex with Fringe and Bloody to be less than acceptable.

>She her the sun key.
What. We're supposed to find the other key, not make a new one.
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>>37859172
Show*
Screwed up a little there.
>We're supposed to find the other key, not make a new one.
That's what I was asking her, maybe she can do some magical radar thing to help us track it down. Since we have one, the magic on them is probably really similar she might be able to use one to track the other or locate similar magical signatures in an area. That sort of thing.

Need and want are two different things, we've been going on and on about getting some magic done on our well downstairs. May as well check out if she's got anything interesting while we're here.
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>>37859278
Need and want are indeed two different things. You want them to build a radar, but we dont need it. Instead of having them build a radar, then could do something more productive with their time, while we use our spare time to explore the old sections of the castle to search for the other key.
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>>37857510
https://youtu.be/o81A31hlgEA
>Ask about celestial magic
Become GOD!
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>>37857510
supporting godliness potion. I wanna be a Pegacorn.
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>You ask Whimsy more about celestial magic
>She gives as simple of an explanation as she can, but you have a hard time keeping up with some of it
>According to her, celestial magic is a difficult to maintain sort of magic, as powerful as dark magic and similar in harmonic frequency, but refined and pure, restoring the hosting body rather than straining it with the intensity of its power
>It's often found in meteorites and auroras, as well as creatures connected to the heavens like Ursas, it's the strongest kind of magic to wield raw, but very difficult to gather or generate as a normal unicorn; even the great masters of Stellar magics who helped form the kingdom could not wield it in great amounts, and even then, only in times of great crisis followed by a saving triumph
>Legends say an alicorn could host such a force, but Whimsy seems less interested in the unproven stories than Fizzlethus
>From what you can get, if you chose to make the tiny gem core into a potion of true clarity, there won't be any drawbacks to you other than not having the core for other things, but it probably won't transform you either

>You ask the two what they know about the effects of magic on the economy
>They both seem to agree that as long as no strange event occurs to disrupt how magic functions, the ability to use magic in labor should have no adverse effects
>Fizzlethus mentions that as you have new inventions that replace unicorn labor, that might change things, but he firmly believes magic will outpace other advancements over time

>You ask them if they know a spell to locate an enchanted object, you show them the key and tell them there is a second one
>After activating the spell, they can detect the same magic trace all over the castle and under it
>Seems whoever made the keys also made many things within the castles foundation and history

>You ask them if they have potions with lewd effects
>Whimsy thought you'd ask for one soon, and made you something special
>You get the bottle, with instructions to take it when you're alone and have the rest of the day free, and a wink
['Potion that makes you {smudged}' added to bag]

>You yawn and bid then good night, and head to your bedroom

>The next morning comes, and in court it's time to name a new governor
>You have new names, though prior considerations can still be used

Lemon Twist
>Female pegasus, age 40
>She can help generate tourism and loyalty, but hates paperwork

Branch Sandsea
>Female saddle arabian, age 24
>All construction will inspire culture and majesty bonuses, but she's not very experienced with politics

>Ludwig Von Butterscotch
>Male crystal pony, age 45
>Run of the mill noble, but he does love to promote industry

>Who will you name as governor/ governess?
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Here's the post with other candidates:
https://www.anonpone.com/royal/thread/37161925/#37208183
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>>37861856
Sunrise Ripple
>Female unicorn, age 27
>Pros: A noblemare with good ties to nearly every noble family in the kingdom, she has a talent for organizing both information and resources, can provide a significant buff to project costs in the area, saving and gathering much more wealth and resources
>Cons: Isnt used to working with creatures outside of Stellar culture, may not be used to military needs if they arise nor any combat experience

An easy work around to her CON would be recommending that she acquire some advisors who know a think or two about military and cultural needs. It wouldnt be hard to get her to do it, considering the revolt chance is at a 2. I'd recommend a cute stud war veteran, no older than thirty five. Bonus if her region military advisor is a crippled war veteran. That way we can provide someone a job while maintain their purpose, rather than working as some farm labor.

Anyone have any objections or better suggestions, and why?
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>>37861856
I think Branch is good for the area because of her bonus. Since the region is in ruins, there's going to be A LOT of construction.
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>>37862354
Her bonus to restore culture and majesty?
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>>37862377
Inspire, not restore.
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>>37862465
Can't say I'm too excited about Branch Sandsea. The bonuses to inspire culture and majesty are nice, I prefer Sunrise since she can:
>has a talent for organizing both information and resources
>can provide a significant buff to: project costs in the area, saving and gathering much more wealth and resources
Which sounds like alot.
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>>37862577
That sounds like a long-winded was of saying that she reduces the costs of construction projects in the region. Certainly not a bad bonus especially considering the situation there. However, the amount of projects we are able to commit to are outpacing our workforce. So we can easily save up for more expensive projects. Also, her Cons make her a questionable desision for a pony that will be presiding over an international trade hub. Not a deal breaker, but I just prefer Branch. Maybe Sunrise could be an adviser? Cover for Branch's lack of political experience?
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>>37862627
Missing the part about organizing information better, in addition to accumulating more wealth, but more or less that yes.

>However, the amount of projects we are able to commit to are outpacing our workforce.
Not, entirely? We've yet to tap into the masonry guild pool of workers to repair more roads, or develop more effective construction methods. We can also use the additional talents towards acquiring more lumber or iron like we did last time.

>Maybe Sunrise could be an adviser?
I actually proposed that when we elected the governor for Honeybark. Sunrise would be better suited in the actual governing role than just an advisor imo.
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>>37861856
Bump
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>>37862662 (me)
>>37862627
The thing is, you can never have too much money, and Sunrise will get us a lot, of money. It ties into our [Greedy] decision making to pick her as Lilypond's new governor, in addition theres the fact that "she has a talent for organizing both information and resources" which makes her a better candidate than Branch when "presiding over an international trade hub."

If you want to talk about Con's, Sandsea is very inexperienced in the political scene, where as the same cant be said with Sunrise whom has good ties with nearly all mobile families within Stella, ergo more resourceful. Her con could easily be migitated by assigning her an officer from our military as her advisor.
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>>37861856
>Branch Sandsea
If she can turn the place into a wonder of the world with art and buildings so pretty it will have generation after generation of ponies coming to see it then that stands to benefit us greatly.
Or whatever a culture and majesty bonus is supposed to be.

Instead of a governor position put Lemon Twist in charge of a small grant to improve things and make travel to the location more desirable. Plus one free lemonade stand.
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>>37861856
>Who will you name as governor/ governess?
lmao those three fillies.

>>37864319
She's a noble. What would she do with a lemonade stand?
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>>37864385
I was just making a joke on her name, a lemonade stand might be her secret calling after all. No paperwork you can't foist on someone else and you can inspire a lot of positive things if you're the highlight of someone hard working ponies day.
But if you're taking it seriously, it's basically a free business venture paid for on the crowns dime, why not take the chance? Might make a ton of money if you expand like crazy.
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>>37863893
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>>37861856
>Sunrise Ripple
Fuck Honeybark. Unicorn supremacy.
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>>37864273
Okay, how about an inversion of my idea then? Sunrise is in charge of the region for to benefit our nations coffers and Branch runs the port town where all of the culture and majesty bonuses would apply.
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>>37865758
deal
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>You determine that Sunrise Ripple is the best choice to become the governess of Lilypond
>Her aptitude for planning should help reduce costs for all the repairs and building you have ideas for in the future; of course, it won't help much with the already ongoing dock repairs, but oh well
>You also send a letter to Branch to request that she become the mayor of the seaside city once the area has recovered from the ravages of war; you're not certain if she'd accept right away, but you have plenty of time to hear back from her

>There wasn't much else to do in court today, so you end a little before sunset

>You still have one very important choice to make
>What will you decide to do?

>Create and drink the Potion of True Clarity All choices, save for one or two, will auto-complete for the best results, and afterwards, royal quest will end. This is not the end of the story, however! After a long hiatus and other projects are attended to, there will be a sequel quest where you play your descendants (if wanted, though it'll be more like darkest dungeons than crusader kings...)

>Continue to research the Ursa gem for other uses instead Royal quest will continue, but there's going to be a hiatus over the winter regardless once this thread ends. Expect more large timeskips to get things in motion, hence why I wanted to ensure all short-term goals were met even if we did continue
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>>37865910
Continue the research.

You forgot one other important decision. Are we going to try the lewd potion tonight?
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It's been about three and a half years since I took over running this quest, and it's been fun!

However, three and a half years is a very long time to run a quest, let alone one I didn't create and built around my writing weaknesses. Hijacking this quest isn't something I lament, but it has held me back from other projects with more and more limited free time, with the exception of The Mirror mini-cyoa.

I'm a very different person than I was at that point in time, and my irl circumstances have changed drastically in that time.

I wanted to say, with the pending choice to end the quest with a proper ending instead of death by infinite hiatus/ abandonment, I love this plot I fostered to pieces, and I hope the rest of you did too.

If we do end, I will be recycling the unused plot secrets that didn't get uncovered into a new plot, whenever it's a sequel to this quest or a whole new AU that follows a similar timeline by another means of storytelling, though it'll likely be after a long break to refresh my creative drive.

If we continue, that's great! But please understand I need a break to catch up on my back-burner of projects, and it might be a while or possibly never if I succumb to total burnout, but that;s what the planed hiatus is for. I always go overdue when I put a timeframe on my breaks, but I'm not placing one for this: It *really* might be a long time, and by then, who knows if anyone would want to play anymore?

If the thread should die before I can post the next update and we chose to end, there will be a short finale thread next week. Otherwise, I love you all, and thank you for playing.
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>>37865910
What. How unconventional your definition of best results is, exactly? Or is Charade so utterly doomed that leaving a darkest dungeon-tinted future for her descendants is, indeed, the best outcome she can hope for, so much better than the alternatives that it's worth permanently giving up on free will?
>>37865953
Ah, makes sense now. But it still doesn't feel right. Her story was about perseverance at first, about trying to make the world better for her descendants and caring for her loved ones later, sometimes about staying happy and willing to jump on a bed in dire circumstances, whereas this ending is more fitting for a story about, I don't know, uncompromising optimisation at all costs? Do give it an ending if you feel like it's better this way. Endings are great. But that's just not it.
>Continue the research
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>>37865953
Ey man I loved all of your stuff. Whatever you decide to do ill keep an eye out and all.
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>>37866101
To clarify, the darkest dungeons bit is more about gameplay style than setting, the setting will actually be extremely hopeful. The kingdom will become prosperous beyond anyponys wildest dreams, and Carnelian will have become it's greatest ruler and deal with every threat with the finesse of a goddess. However, one day into the far future, she will have disappeared without a trace, and Mace, being too old now to take action, will suspect she went into the depths of the undercastle. You will have to pick which of her five children to look for her while the castle staff cover up her disappearance to the public and nobility, with some help from old and new characters. It won't be as punishing as DD, but it won't be entirely safe as a dungeon trek either. The castle above ground will act as your place of respite.

As for the fate of Bloody and Fringe... that's my secret to keep until the choice to end or continue is final. Sorry, but I'm not spoiling those plans until it's time!
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>>37866152
Can we discuss what our long term plans were?
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>>37866152
Honestly, at this point the only named character I care about aside from Carnelian herself is Dahlia. Everybody else, including Bloody and Fringe, can handle themselves where they are.
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>>37865910
We can do an easy boost in Culture and majesty by having that garden project be build in or somewhere close to the Docks/Soon to be busy city. The boost will maybe be doubled if Branch agrees to be mayor.

>Continue to research the Ursa gem for other uses instead
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>>37866210
Was Dahlia the thief? We should eventually go down to the dungeons to figure out what to do with them. I think if we can, we should let Rosesong's muscle mass deteriorate enough so she's a nonthreat to the guards, and maybe see if it's possible to remove her fighting instincts in reflexes. Then I would feel safe about letting her walk around in her prison cell. The guards will have to not fuck her though, that STD stuff will spread like wildfire the longer they keep running a train through her. We should also probably put a tracking collar on her too, just to be extra sure. We want her alive so we can run our experiments on her- GOD DAMMIT WE FORGOT TO ASK OUR WIZARDS ABOUT DOING THE EXPERIMENTS ON HER! FUCK!
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>>37861856
Can we get some lewd before or after the choice?
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>>37865910
>Continue to research the Ursa gem for other uses instead
May as well take stock of our options first, we can always go back and decide to make the clarity potion later if there isn't a better use for it.
Who knows, maybe we could use it to turn into a giant fuck-off star bear for a while and auto win a couple wars.
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>They could also perform a horn reforging, with a lost spell once used to restore broken horns; it's just a matter of finding the right texts, as the former wizard mentioned a book of ancient spells from across the ocean but never said where it was hidden...
>You ask if there's a way to give Fringe a horn while keeping his wings
>Whimsy mentions that might be possible with the reforging, but most ponies aren't ment to handle more than one type of magic
>Without removing the wings, the addition of a horn could weaken his ability to use either
>Fizzlethus mentions on his travels he once came across a near-destroyed ancient book
>He read what seemed to be part of a spell mentioning allicorn ascension, speaking of reforging the body in a wave of harmony to access all three types of pony natures at once in one perfect body
>The only other notable portion still legible was a description of a burst of life energy upon casting the spell, and another page spoke of components for 'replacement' such as a severed horn and earth pony bones
>But he wasn't able to make very much sense of it; now that he has another unicorn to work with, he might be able to figure out the rest

Hype

>>37867210
Thread is nearly dead, probably not until the next one.

>>37867856
>It's often found in meteorites and auroras, as well as creatures connected to the heavens like Ursas, it's the strongest kind of magic to wield raw, but very difficult to gather or generate as a normal unicorn
This gives me some ideas. We could try contacting astronomers to help us record where meteorites fall so they can be collected later. I'm wondering if this celestial magics can be used to purify corrupted ponies too far gone. Maybe paying a visit far north into House Shade or Regalia territory to experience and Aurora borealis would do us some good.
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>>37865910
>Continue to research the Ursa gem for other uses instead
Thank you
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>>37868287
Yes, seconding thanking the magic horse.
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I think we have WAY too many ideas on the back burner to end things tight now.
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>>37868469
>>37868287
mostly thanking our great overlord and god tentajack
>>37868897
can always start with the next generation but this mare has alot of life left in her
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>>37870115
The next generation won't have the authority to do things until they take over.



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