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Fallout: Beyond Equestria 209: All Roads Lead... (Part 11)

Scorch_Mechanic Jan 12th, 2017 72 Never
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  1. [2017-01-11 13:32:40] <Mare-Do-Well> Fallout: Beyond Equestria, Session Two Hundred and Nine: All Roads Lead... (Part 11) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0iBDl3NHw
  2. [2017-01-11 13:32:51] <Mare-Do-Well> --- Session Begins ---
  3. [2017-01-11 13:33:07] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Two days later...
  4. [2017-01-11 13:34:52] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed presents Noble_Heart with a metal box containing several jars of green goop.
  5. [2017-01-11 13:36:48] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"According to the zebra shamans, this stuff will 'show what shadows hide within you'," Cottonseed states.  "I don't know how literal you should take that, considering what the Enclave city just faced.  But what we do know is that when smeared on a pony, it will reveal if they are a changeling in disguise."
  6. [2017-01-11 13:39:22] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"Given that even changelings can't seem to recognize other changelings who are disguised, that speaks pretty highly of the shamans.  And I've seen the stuff work, so I can vouch for it."  Cottonseed adds, "When you head into Roam, this should at least help protect you from getting replaced.  
  7. [2017-01-11 13:47:11] * Noble_Heart looks down at the green goop. "We are fairly certain We have also seen it used. Though for different purposes." She paused briefly and frowned. "Or perhaps the same purposes. Merely very long ago." She carefully levitated it into her bags and nodded her head. "We shall keep a close eye on it. We also doubt that the Changelings can fully replicate the usage of a PipBuck,
  8. [2017-01-11 13:47:11] * Noble_Heart and removal is not so easy."
  9. [2017-01-11 13:51:56] * Mitzi raises a paw to ask. "Can bug ponees take Hellhound shape?"
  10. [2017-01-11 13:55:36] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed nods to Mitzi.  "From what we've seen, they can take pretty much any shape.  The one we caught attempted to escape by disguising itself as a pocketwatch."
  11. [2017-01-11 13:57:53] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"Fortunately, the transformations seem limited.  I suspect that taking the form of a hellhound might net a changleling the size and shape of one, and maybe some or all of your senses, I highly doubt they would get the sharpness of your claws and the ability to tunnel."
  12. [2017-01-11 13:58:40] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"Meanwhile," she chuckles, "A changeling who has turned into a pocketwatch cannot flee."
  13. [2017-01-11 13:59:10] * CopyCat gasps at Cottonseed's words. "A pocketwatch? How very tricksy... a mare's pockets are sacred!"
  14. [2017-01-11 14:00:29] <TenMihara> Mitzi nods. "Eef yu tink dey took me just ask dem tu cut sumteen."
  15. [2017-01-11 14:03:11] * Golden_Dream has been hanging around Mwana a bit more. Not that she had a particular choice in the matter, what with the thought that she's kinda a frequent repeat visitor there, what with the fur grafts and the burn scars and whatnot. She idly looked at the little patches of many-colored green
  16. [2017-01-11 14:04:02] <Golden_Dream> on her hide from where she needed to get it replaced and had the darkly humorous realization that if she didn't have those on, she'd probably be looking like a ghoul at this point.
  17. [2017-01-11 14:06:20] <Golden_Dream> (There being the hospital/med bay/place what with the scary chairs)
  18. [2017-01-11 14:11:24] <Mitzi> The ever resilient Hellhound has already started to grow her fur back, though she has taken to keeping her weapon strapped to her back now just in case. She had only left it behind before as a good faith gesture.
  19. [2017-01-11 14:16:19] * Bookwright "I pity any changling who tries to fool Mitzi by turning into a hellhound. The accent is impossible to replicate, I'm sure."
  20. [2017-01-11 14:16:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mwana sat next to Golden_Dream, occasionally giving her nuzzles when he thought nobody was looking..
  21. [2017-01-11 14:17:04] * CopyCat looks at Mitzi. "That's a good idea. We'll want to establish a way to tell each other apart from imposters. We don't just want to rely on my mind sensing. If something happens to it... or if I get copied..." her eyes go wide as she suddenly imagines a dozen of herself scampering around and looking in every drawer and cupboard, having lengthy enthusiastic discussions about films from other dimensions much to the confusion of
  22. [2017-01-11 14:17:05] * CopyCat everyone else around them, and doing some my-own-clone makeout sessions. "It'll all end in watching paint dry..." she mutters to herself in horror.
  23. [2017-01-11 14:17:53] * Mitzi raises an eyebrow at CopyCat. "
  24. [2017-01-11 14:18:19] <Mitzi> * "Why wud yu want tu watch paint dry? Da smell eez awful."
  25. [2017-01-11 14:20:40] * CopyCat nodnods at Mitzi. "Exactly! It would be so boring only the real me would be able to put up with it, because I love you all so much!"
  26. [2017-01-11 14:21:34] * Golden_Dream might sneak a little kiss or two. Might. She totally wouldn't tell anyone in medbay she was so much as straining her neck to get at him. "Hey, honeysuckle?" She smiles at him, then goes distant for a moment. Her smile dipped shortly along the edges. "Could you do me a favor?"
  27. [2017-01-11 14:25:19] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mwana nods.  "Anything."
  28. [2017-01-11 14:28:30] * CopyCat taps her chin thoughtfully as she receives the kind of blank stares her statement deserved. "Hmm, that might take a liiittle too long though. Plus carrying a pot of paint with us everywhere would be awkward..."
  29. [2017-01-11 14:28:46] * Golden_Dream inhales. "I want y' t' go out and find Cottonseed for me. Ghoul. Looks all NCR'd up. I want y' to bring her here, and leave us t' have a lil' talk in private."
  30. [2017-01-11 14:29:12] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust swoops in.  "We've got enough provisions set aside to feed the group of you and your ship's crew for three weeks," she announces.  "More than enough time to fly to Roam and back.  And the armsmaster has been told to sell from the armory at cost, if you are in need of ammo or want to upgrade your equipment."
  31. [2017-01-11 14:30:00] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mwana nods.  "I think she's with your friends.  Something about a delivery.  I'll fetch her."
  32. [2017-01-11 14:30:04] * Mitzi nods. "Cud maybe use sumteen dat doesn't kill." She glances at her claws and the cannon on her back.
  33. [2017-01-11 14:30:19] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mwana runs out of the clinic and towards were everyone else is.
  34. [2017-01-11 14:31:25] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust adds, "I hope all of you like bananas and these weird, spikey-shelled fruit.  Our scouts found a bunch of it."
  35. [2017-01-11 14:34:54] * CopyCat suggests to Mitzi, "You could try clawing very gently." Before turning, twirling in place, to face Star Dust, "I love mysterious stink fruit!"
  36. [2017-01-11 14:39:53] * Bookwright blanches. "Oh no. More stinky fruits?"
  37. [2017-01-11 14:41:13] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust nods.  "Apparently, the Basin is ripe with them."
  38. [2017-01-11 14:41:49] <CopyCat> "I'll eat yours!" CopyCat immediately offers to Bookwright.
  39. [2017-01-11 14:42:04] * Mitzi grumbles about the lack of meat. "Uh wuz tinkeen more uv a stun laser
  40. [2017-01-11 14:42:28] <Mitzi> * laser. Get Lost cud modify wet on da way fur me."
  41. [2017-01-11 14:42:29] * Bookwright "I'll trade you. But please stand very far away from me when you crack them open."
  42. [2017-01-11 14:43:45] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mwana rushes in, spots Cottonseed, moves to her and whispers something.  Cottonseed nods, "Shortly."
  43. [2017-01-11 14:49:09] * Shatara sits quietly and rests with Jugeote He ponders ifthe armory would have tranquilizer darts. Or 12.7 Zebra.
  44. [2017-01-11 14:51:24] * CopyCat starts wondering what .7 of a zebra would be. A zebra with no clothes on, perhaps? CopyCat finds herself enjoying this mental image.
  45. [2017-01-11 14:51:32] * Get_Lost "count me in for any fresh fruit"
  46. [2017-01-11 14:55:42] * Get_Lost "but i have a lot of stuff to do, so... if you don't need me, i'll be at the armory bartering for all the junk i can put my hooves on. if you don't find me there, then i'll be at sonica's hitting on her"
  47. [2017-01-11 15:03:08] * Shatara finds his mind wandering to naked zebras, scrunching and squirming a little. Where did that come from? He shakes his head a bit, groaning. "I suppose I should check out what I can pick up..."
  48. [2017-01-11 15:06:25] * Bookwright has a sudden mental image and goes crosseyed. "CopyCat, stop using your mental powers for evil. It's not nice."
  49. [2017-01-11 15:09:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 3After waiting a while, and seeing the conversation has moved on to other matters of preparation for the journey, Cottonseed says, "I must take my leave for several minutes.  But I will be back to cover any NCR-related elements of preparation."
  50. [2017-01-11 15:10:08] * CopyCat raises her snout snootily. "The equine body is not evil," she states.
  51. [2017-01-11 15:10:08] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottenseed then follows Mwana out, headed for the clinic.
  52. [2017-01-11 15:11:06] * Mitzi thinks a moment. "Uh cud just punch tings maybe also," she rubs her chin thoughtfully
  53. [2017-01-11 15:12:28] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Jugeote smiles and offers to join Shatara.  "Think they'll extend their 'at cost' to me?  I wouldn't mind outfitting with the fancy weaponry these SkyGuard remnants have."
  54. [2017-01-11 15:14:57] * Get_Lost comes trotting back where bookie is "ah, just a thing or two: i need your measures"
  55. [2017-01-11 15:15:41] * Bookwright scowls. "You can't have them. I got them in the NCR and they're impossible to replace."
  56. [2017-01-11 15:18:51] * Shatara hmms softly. "Well, I suppose they might, if you're with me..."
  57. [2017-01-11 15:19:44] * Get_Lost frowns "what?"
  58. [2017-01-11 15:21:31] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed arrives at the clinic, Mwana leading her to Golden_Dream.  When she sees Golden_Dream, she sighs.
  59. [2017-01-11 15:21:58] * Golden_Dream looks up at the mare who broke her life. Her eyes harbored little of the hatred they had before, in the same way white-hot steel would grow dull and cracked. Her body was held together by bandagework and pinnings. She was just tired now, tired in a way someone her age shouldn't know for sixty
  60. [2017-01-11 15:22:16] <Golden_Dream> something years. It was a tiredness born of multiple trips to hospital care, of broken teeth and shattered bone, of a creeping despair of a life that on a last, fleeting moment may know regret for the last time.
  61. [2017-01-11 15:22:26] * Bookwright "My measures. You can't have them. They cost a lot of money and I don't even know where to begin looking for calibrated compasses and rulers and measuring tapes out in the middle of the jungle!"
  62. [2017-01-11 15:22:32] <Golden_Dream> When she walked up, if it could show by the way the bandages hung off the hinge of her mouth, she was giving a polite smile. Not one out of actual pleasantry, no force could beckon her to see this as pleasant. She's smiling the smile of the graceful defeated.
  63. [2017-01-11 15:22:56] <Golden_Dream> "I, uh. I expected this to be different." Yeah, she was hoping to be the one looming over Cottonseed in her hospital bed, hoping to see her beg for her life. She probably would've given it to her.
  64. [2017-01-11 15:23:50] <Golden_Dream> Golden's smile faltered, she looked down, eyes glazing over for a moment. Then she regains her composure, eyes as shiny as ever. "... Look. I, um. I want you to do something for me. I want you to go into your Saddlebag. I think there's that nine gun you keep in there, I want you to get it."
  65. [2017-01-11 15:23:56] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"Life rarely conforms to fantasies," Cottonseed replies.  "Especially revenge fantasies."
  66. [2017-01-11 15:25:22] * Get_Lost "like... they pai you to know how large your butt is?" pauses for a moment "really? you can get money for that?"
  67. [2017-01-11 15:25:34] * Golden_Dream 's features were rock steady. Not that she could move, really. "I want you to put that business end to my head, and listen close." Her eyes betrayed no fear from her. She was too beat down to elicit that response. The grin faded away, the only thing left there a neutral grimace.
  68. [2017-01-11 15:26:20] <Golden_Dream> "I might come after you after I get out of this bed. You and everyone you love. I already know the reaper hanging around Fluttershy, waiting, patiently waiting for her turn to take her to the ever after. I could. So if you have a problem with that, well. The only thing stopping you is the trigger."
  69. [2017-01-11 15:26:22] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed sighs again and turns to her saddlebag.  "I've been the object of a few, one for something I remember, two for things done in a former life, one from somebody who held me responsible for all actions of every pony who has ever worn this uniform."  She adds, pulling out the gun and setting it down on the bed.  "One of my own, as foolish as it was."
  70. [2017-01-11 15:27:21] * Bookwright blushes. "Oh. OH! You mean my measurements, for... um. Clothes? Why do you need my measurements?"
  71. [2017-01-11 15:27:33] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed looks at the gun, then at Golden_Dream.  "I'm not going to shoot you.  If you want to end your life, you'll have to do it yourself."  
  72. [2017-01-11 15:27:53] * Get_Lost "for the battlesaddle.. or the power armor, depends on what i can put my hooves on"
  73. [2017-01-11 15:29:59] <Mare-Do-Well> 3She frowns.  "If you come after me or not... whatever you chose to do, that's your choice.  That's who and what you are.  That's not on anyone else."  Cottonseed turns and walks away, "Although if you decide to try, I ask you wait until the mission is complete. This is bigger than you, me and whatever happened."
  74. [2017-01-11 15:30:57] * Golden_Dream sighs. then settles back into her bed. "No. That ain't the point. Point is, if you woulda, well. I'd be right t' hate you, and I can go to whatever ever after I earned, content with at least knowing that." Her eyes went glazed over. "His name was White Lightning. He was a good stallion, who made
  75. [2017-01-11 15:30:59] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed pauses at the door, looking back.  "If there is one thing I've learned -- one lesson I ensure carries over with every new life -- it's that the job is bigger than you.  It's bigger than what you personally want.  It always is."
  76. [2017-01-11 15:32:24] <Golden_Dream> a lot of mistakes, and did what he could to give me and my brother a life. And I think I'm the only one with my brother who'll know it."
  77. [2017-01-11 15:34:20] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed remains at the door a moment longer, listening.  "Then live.  Because I don't remember it.  So you should, because somepony ought to."  She takes a step, then adds, "My offer about the memory extractor is still open to you and your friends.  It sounds to me like you have your own reason to use it."
  78. [2017-01-11 15:37:54] * Bookwright "Uh, right. Yes. Okay. Sure. Um. Should we go somewhere in private or...?"
  79. [2017-01-11 15:38:41] * Mitzi looks to Golden_Dream "Rembereen stories uv dose dat came before eez important. Yu eez better den a coward like hur."
  80. [2017-01-11 15:39:52] * Golden_Dream goes quiet for a moment, then the fake smile comes back. "I have plenty reason, but I ain't afraid of my own memories. The mission comes second. Th' good of folks always, always gotta come first. You do it, 'cause it's good for your health. But any other reason, and I'll be disgracin' him."
  81. [2017-01-11 15:40:05] * Get_Lost "no, just stand still for a moment, i'll take the pics and be on my way." starts doing her job "also... what do we have for barter? i'd like to work on a power armor, maybe we can stuff in a good bargain for a broken one and i'll try to fix it... but i'm afraid it won't be cheap"
  82. [2017-01-11 15:40:35] * Golden_Dream chuckles, then heaves up her pipbuck a little. "You wanna see somethin' from your first one? The first one was a good pony."
  83. [2017-01-11 15:42:04] * Mitzi looks to Get_Lost. "Uh'm guesseen yu cudnt make sumteen dat fancee fur me... cud yu?"
  84. [2017-01-11 15:42:23] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed shakes her head.  "You misunderstand.  The memory extractor can record as well as take.  If you do not wish White Lightning to be forgotten, then the best way to preserve memory of him is to share it with others."
  85. [2017-01-11 15:42:33] * Get_Lost "sure i could, what do you have in mind?"
  86. [2017-01-11 15:42:56] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Cottonseed walks out.  "Just an offer."  She returns, slowly, to where the others are.
  87. [2017-01-11 15:42:57] * Mitzi thinks a moment. "
  88. [2017-01-11 15:44:23] <Mitzi> * "Sumteen wit better fire protection at least, Uh've really cum tu hate da smell uv burnt fur. Eet wudnt need tu cover everyting, Ur claws wud need tu be free."
  89. [2017-01-11 15:45:52] * Get_Lost thinks about it "but i like you fuzzy on the outside... i'll think about it but it won't be an easy one"
  90. [2017-01-11 15:46:06] * Bookwright gets out his list. "A fair heaping of loot, actually. Gold coins, hazmat suit, a silver necklace with garnets in it from the Mansion, some... older armor. Oh, and a lingerie catalog."
  91. [2017-01-11 15:46:38] * Mitzi nods. "Uh thought so. Uhll see about getteen a laser dat doesn't kill anyways. "
  92. [2017-01-11 15:47:59] * Get_Lost "the freeinator is supposed to not kill... but when that zebra shattered, i think that we can definitely say that i'm not the one you should be asking for non lethal weaponry"
  93. [2017-01-11 15:50:51] * Mitzi nods. "Da Enclave might have un uv dere own."
  94. [2017-01-11 15:51:03] * Shatara starts to head towards the armory with Jugeote, pausing to see if anyothers were coming with.
  95. [2017-01-11 15:52:29] * Get_Lost nodnods good thinking
  96. [2017-01-11 15:53:02] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Jugeote trots at Shatara's side.
  97. [2017-01-11 15:53:57] * Get_Lost aaaand she's gone for the armory again
  98. [2017-01-11 15:59:40] * Mitzi gets up to follow Shatara
  99. [2017-01-11 16:02:36] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The group soon reach the armory.  A familiar face, the armsmaster, smile genially.  "Welcome to the E.L.R. armory.  The Generals have issued orders to sell anything you want, at cost.  Best to outfit you than have to put our own soldiers in harm's way, if there's a chance you heroes can diffuse things in Roam without it turning into a shooting war."
  100. [2017-01-11 16:03:45] * Get_Lost "yeah, it's what we hope for... say, you don't happen to have some not functioning power armor, or you keep them for spare parts?"
  101. [2017-01-11 16:03:59] * Mitzi nods to the arms master. "How eez dey dueen?"
  102. [2017-01-11 16:05:17] * Get_Lost also... do you think you can sell us a forklift?
  103. [2017-01-11 16:06:02] * Get_Lost "and a lot of ballistic gel"
  104. [2017-01-11 16:06:55] <Mare-Do-Well> 3To Get_Lost's first question, the armsmaster nods.  "As a matter of fact, I do."  Then to the second, "A... forklift?  This is an armory, not a motor pool."
  105. [2017-01-11 16:07:42] * Get_Lost "well, good for the armor... for the forklift i guess i'll try somewhere else..."
  106. [2017-01-11 16:13:24] * Shatara steps up. "I could use ammunition...you pegapones still have that stuff, right?"
  107. [2017-01-11 16:16:12] * Get_Lost "also, it will take time"
  108. [2017-01-11 16:16:17] * Bookwright "Golden Dream, I've accumulated a small trove of valuables and I was hoping you could appraise it for me." He holds up a silver necklace with garnets in it. "We got this from Yearling Manor." He floats up a tiny pouch tied closed. "And here's a dozen gold coins we found in the ruins of the Shield."
  109. [2017-01-11 16:25:13] * Golden_Dream blinks, somewhat obscured by castwork. "Oh. Alright, lemme take a lookie here."
  110. [2017-01-11 16:26:24] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The armsmaster happily shows off his impressive collection of ammunition.  
  111. [2017-01-11 16:35:11] * Get_Lost starts doodling on a piece of paper, showing a half-baked project to mitzi "it should look like this...."
  112. [2017-01-11 16:36:11] * Shatara ooohs at the impressive ammunition array. "Do you have .308? How about .50MG? And pneumatic darts? Darts are hard to find..."
  113. [2017-01-11 16:36:41] * Mitzi raises an eyebrow. "Dat wud  e hard tu move in."
  114. [2017-01-11 16:37:17] * Get_Lost 2yeah, but the multi-layered foam and ballistic gel should keep safe from bullets ANd fire"
  115. [2017-01-11 16:41:19] * Get_Lost "it is what i can put together at the moment, mitzi... i can understand if you don't want to use it, if i had some more time i'd think of something better, but at the moment..."
  116. [2017-01-11 17:05:05] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- End of Session ---
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