Fallout: Beyond Equestria 185: Black Rose (Part 4)

Scorch_Mechanic Jun 22nd, 2016 84 Never
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  1. [2016-06-15 13:11:20] <Kkat> 3Game Starting Soon!
  2. [2016-06-15 13:17:41] <Kkat> 3Previously...
  3. [2016-06-15 13:18:37] <Kkat> 3>> New Cumulus to Freelancer Shadowbot: are the zebras *trying* to start a war? <<
  4. [2016-06-15 13:18:50] <Kkat> 3Shatara answers, "Yes. Yes they are."
  5. [2016-06-15 13:18:53] <Kkat> 3...
  6. [2016-06-15 13:19:18] <Kkat> 3The pink spritebot says, "Changelings feed on love.  But like everything else, they changed after the war.  Now they're not feeding on romantic love.  They're feeding on *nationalism*.  And nothing makes that stronger than fighting an enemy."  She lets out a sad whistle.  "I've seen it.  I know."
  7. [2016-06-15 13:19:29] <Kkat> 3Bookwright says, "That would explain... That would explain. Would it explain the first war too, I wonder?"
  8. [2016-06-15 13:19:39] <Kkat> 3Bookwright shrugs. "We still don't know who fired the first shot. I mean, I hope it was the zebras... but I just don't know. I don't think anypony or zebra knows."
  9. [2016-06-15 13:19:51] <Kkat> 3CopyCat listens to Pink-E, frowning, then her eyes go wide. "Oh... oh shit. What if... what if after this war they take over the war-weary Equestria, too. Then they rebuild it. Ready for the next war. And the next..." Her pupils shrink to pin pricks.
  10. [2016-06-15 13:20:04] <Kkat> 3Bookwright nods, "You see the problem then."
  11. [2016-06-15 13:20:11] <Kkat> 3Parlay beepboops.
  12. [2016-06-15 13:20:17] <Kkat> 3Noble_Heart scowls. "That does seem likely. 'We have always been at war with Equestria'."
  13. [2016-06-15 13:20:24] <Kkat> 3Pink-E boopbeeps back, then says to CopyCat, "They're already planning that, right?  They already know who to replace with a changeling queen.  Who is more loved than Fluttershy?"
  14. [2016-06-15 13:20:34] <Kkat> 3Shatara blinkblinks. "Ohdear."
  15. [2016-06-15 13:20:50] <Kkat> 3Mitzi frowns. She remembered seeing Fluttershy in that vision of... not quite hers, but about her. She flexes her claws again.
  16. [2016-06-15 13:20:54] <Kkat> 3CopyCat bites her lip. "I... I really think we should talk to the pegasi. In person. There are things we need to explain."
  17. [2016-06-15 13:21:02] <Kkat> 3Golden_Dream  grumbles. "Fine. But I'm bringin' the bomb with me, and I /ain't/ doin' the talkin' there. Far as I'm concerned, I'm not doing it 'cause I want them t' survive, I'm doin' it fer' Equestria."
  18. [2016-06-15 13:21:04] <Kkat> 3...
  19. [2016-06-15 13:21:45] <Kkat> 3Golden_Dream  step to the precipice of the ship, and then a bit more once safe. "Pink-E, play nanny fer' th' Dragonlin's. We got some bugs to zap."
  20. [2016-06-15 13:21:52] <Kkat> 3Pink-E salutes with one of the spritebot's.  "I'm on it!  Don't you worry about a thing.  I'll be the best nannybot ever.  I was programmed with all the babysitting skills of the real Pinkie Pie!"
  21. [2016-06-15 13:22:00] <Kkat> 3Golden_Dream  stops and looks to Pink-E with a pair of eyebrows raised. She looked /severely/ worried.
  22. [2016-06-15 13:22:05] <Kkat> 3Pink-E whines, "I've got this!"
  23. [2016-06-15 13:22:06] <Kkat> 3...
  24. [2016-06-15 13:22:42] <Kkat> 3CopyCat nods. "Right. So we'll go down, leaving the /Shadowbolt/ hovering with Pink-E, Parlay, and our crew, and visit the pegasi camp below. Star Dust is there, and they sent one of their sky-tanks, too. I have a feeling that somepony of importance was on it, but even if not we can at least talk to somepony there and explain what we know..."
  25. [2016-06-15 13:22:50] <Kkat> 3"...The parts we /want/ them to know, of course."
  26. [2016-06-15 13:22:58] <Kkat> 3The group prepares, gathering what they need before leaving the ship to make a groundside visit to the Enclave lakeside camp.
  27. [2016-06-15 13:23:01] <Kkat> 3...
  28. [2016-06-15 13:23:23] <Kkat> 3Fallout: Beyond Equestria, Session One Hundred and Eighty-Five: Black Rose (Part 4)
  29. [2016-06-15 13:23:39] <Kkat> 3--- Session Begins ---
  30. [2016-06-15 13:27:11] <Kkat> 3At the side of the lake, the Enclave have set up two camps.  One is clearly a military camp, heavily armed, where they are setting up a collection armored mesh tents.  The other is a makeshift science center.  Enclave transmittors, cloud computers and other high-tech equipment sits surrounded by pylons generating a field of blue energy.
  31. [2016-06-15 13:29:14] * Get_Lost offers "a couple of us should stay on the ship... in case something happens?"
  32. [2016-06-15 13:30:22] <Kkat> 3Mitzi quickly spots amongst the shielded equipment an Enclave hellhound control tower.
  33. [2016-06-15 13:32:25] * Mitzi can't help as her lips curl into a snarl. It was all she could do not to run up and dash it to pieces with her bare paws. She had only been subject to it briefly, but she had heard worse stories from the old Albino and others.  
  34. [2016-06-15 13:42:12] * Noble_Heart descends with her friends towards the enclave encampments. This was doubtless to be problematic. If not dangerous.
  35. [2016-06-15 13:42:31] * Bookwright notices Mitzi's demeanor. "Are you alright?"
  36. [2016-06-15 13:43:09] * CopyCat 's own lip raises in an almost dog-like snarl before she gets control of herself again and nodding shortly to Mitzi. "Breaking that will plan B. If asking nicely doesn't work."
  37. [2016-06-15 13:44:26] * Get_Lost waits for the others to decide what to do exactly
  38. [2016-06-15 13:47:20] * Mitzi frowns, though it's not directed at Bookwright. "No." She looks to CopyCat. "Eef shud be broken nu matter wut."
  39. [2016-06-15 13:47:27] <Mitzi> Eet*
  40. [2016-06-15 13:48:02] * CopyCat glances at her friends. "Get_Lost has a good point. It might be wise for some of us to stay on board. I could link with any who remain here and share everything as it happens, but it wouldn't be a substitute for being there in person if you wish to speak."
  41. [2016-06-15 13:49:23] * Mitzi looks up at the airship, then shakes her head, hind paws gripping the solid ground.
  42. [2016-06-15 13:49:39] * Get_Lost "well... when i speak, i usually mess things. moreover, i tend to make situations... ah... funny. i could stay here"
  43. [2016-06-15 13:51:06] * CopyCat adds, "We could also leave the ship here with Pink-E and the dragons on board. I'm sure nothing bad could happen. Nothing bad could even find it to begin with!"
  44. [2016-06-15 13:52:23] <Kkat> 13Pink-E zips by, chasing a baby dragon.  "No!  Bad dragon!  Grenades aren't for chewing."
  45. [2016-06-15 13:53:49] * Bookwright "Um. I think that might be a bad idea, CopyCat."
  46. [2016-06-15 13:58:27] * Get_Lost "really, i'm fine staying here with pink-e an lisstening to the radio signals if something comes"
  47. [2016-06-15 14:10:45] * Bookwright "Right, so... Uh. Who wants to go talk to the Enclave? Did anyone see where Star Dust is?"
  48. [2016-06-15 14:11:27] * Shatara searches for sign of the semi-friendly pegapone.
  49. [2016-06-15 14:11:44] <Mitzi> "Uh have wurds fur dem."
  50. [2016-06-15 14:13:29] * Noble_Heart frowns. "Someone who is at least cordial. We should rather like if this did not degenerate into a firefight with possibly one of the few groups motivated to actually fight the changeling empire."
  51. [2016-06-15 14:14:45] * Get_Lost "probably, copy or noble should speak"
  52. [2016-06-15 14:19:46] * CopyCat nods. "Right. I'd like to try contacting Star Dust first, if I can reach her mind. Better that than us appearing out of nowhere beside their camp when we get far enough from our ship. I would like to avoid making a more general announcement of our position if possible."
  53. [2016-06-15 14:25:15] * Noble_Heart nods her head. "A good choice."
  54. [2016-06-15 14:29:34] <Kkat> 3CopyCat has spotted Star Dust moments ago, moving away from the science camp.  Now Shatara's keen eye spots her entering one of the mesh tents in the military camp.
  55. [2016-06-15 14:31:52] * Shatara points the pony out amongst the camp. "There, she just went into a tent."
  56. [2016-06-15 14:34:57] * Mitzi looks to Noble_Heart, "Uh've no intention uv starteen a fight, but Uh want dem to start tinking about ending un."
  57. [2016-06-15 14:38:17] * CopyCat smiles. "Thank you, Shatara. I'll try to contact her." Inclining her head towards the tent Shatara had pointed to in the distance, CopyCat closes her eyes and concentrates, seeking out Star Dust's mind with her telepathy. [Star Dust?] she asks, mentally. [Are you there? Please do not be alarmed, this is CopyCat. We are friends. We met in the frozen north. We faced the Windigos together, do you remember?]
  58. [2016-06-15 14:40:08] * Fridge[Lostinnawoods] huffs. This was pointless. Trying to reason with these ponies is like trying to reason with ants. They only take directions from the top.
  59. [2016-06-15 14:40:33] <Kkat> 3CopyCat can hear the mental echo of Star Dust's physical 'eep'.  
  60. [2016-06-15 14:40:51] * Golden_Dream thinks that.
  61. [2016-06-15 14:41:23] * CopyCat quickly adds, [Err, sorry to surprise you like that.]
  62. [2016-06-15 14:41:36] <Kkat> 3[oh... oh, uh, hello CopyCat... you... startled me...  where are you?]
  63. [2016-06-15 14:41:38] * CopyCat quickly adds, *[Um, sorry to surprise you like that.]
  64. [2016-06-15 14:42:06] <Kkat> 3[other than... other than in my head, I mean... ]
  65. [2016-06-15 14:50:27] * CopyCat smiles at her friends. "I've made initial contact." Closing her eyes again, she telepathically replies. [We are Freelancer /Shadowbolt/. We've been in contact with the /New Cumulus/ since you arrived. We are currently a short distance outside your camp. We would like an escort inside, rather than turning up unannounced. We have important information to share that is best not done over radio.]
  66. [2016-06-15 14:53:39] <Kkat> 3[Oh!  Wow... /you're/ the mystery ship?  Everypony's guessing.  Nobody has guessed the /Shadowbolt/ is a firewagon!]
  67. [2016-06-15 15:02:17] * CopyCat opens her eyes, glancing at her friends again. "Apparently the mysterious Freelancer /Shadowbolt/ is the talk of the town among the troops. Star Dust thinks we're still using our firewagon. I'm not going to be correcting her just yet."
  68. [2016-06-15 15:03:06] <Shatara> "Well, she's not wrong. We just strapped an Umbra-class to it..."
  69. [2016-06-15 15:06:14] <Kkat> 13Pink-E zips by in the other direction, being chased by a pair of confetti-covered baby-dragons.
  70. [2016-06-15 15:06:27] * Get_Lost "yeah, we don't want to give that kind of intel"
  71. [2016-06-15 15:12:41] * CopyCat blinks at Shatara. Then she starts chuckling. Her general levity can be felt over the mental link. [It's a long story. We need to talk with your Officers or science personnel as soon as possible. Can you help us set up a meeting? We have important information regarding the New Roaman Empire which just launched that rolling attack bot, and we may be able to shed some light over the atmospheric events you
  72. [2016-06-15 15:12:42] * CopyCat detected in this area.]
  73. [2016-06-15 15:12:43] * Mitzi makes no comment on the differences between kind of flying machines.
  74. [2016-06-15 15:17:22] <Kkat> 3[um... oh... okay.  Do you need to talk to the Captain?  Or... to somepony lower down?  Or to... the head scientist.]  CopyCat gets the distinct feeling that some options are harder than others, and all three together is something Star Dust doesn't even contemplate as a thing that can be a thing.
  75. [2016-06-15 15:20:20] <Kkat> 13Pink-E flies up to Shatara, demanding, "I need a bag of flour, stat!"
  76. [2016-06-15 15:26:10] * CopyCat replies, [Informing the Captain and the head scientist, or one of their immediate staff, of our arrival and desire to share information should be enough. If they choose to meet us or not is up to them.]
  77. [2016-06-15 15:28:13] <Kkat> 3[oh.   okay.  ...what do you want to talk to them about?   They'll want to know.]
  78. [2016-06-15 15:34:25] * Shatara acks. "I don't have any flour! Do I look like the type that keeps baking supplies in his pockets?"
  79. [2016-06-15 15:34:52] * Bookwright looks Shatara up and down carefully. "Actually, yes. You look a lot like a chef I saw pictures of once."
  80. [2016-06-15 15:34:53] * CopyCat states simply [The Changeling infestation which is in control of the New Roaman zebra and their plans to infiltrate and invade Equestria as well. Additionally we have first-hoof accounts of the weather disturbances here as well, which may prove of some interest to your researchers.]
  81. [2016-06-15 15:36:41] <Kkat> 13The pink spritebot arrughs and zooms off, searching for Golden_Dream.
  82. [2016-06-15 15:36:44] * Noble_Heart snrks quietly. "Perhaps you should ask Goldy? She is the one usually responsible for the pantries."
  83. [2016-06-15 15:37:09] <Kkat> 13Pink-E calls out "Thanks!" to Noble_Heart
  84. [2016-06-15 15:37:56] * Shatara blinkblinks at Bookwright. Feels something wierd on the tip of his tongue, but can't quite place it.
  85. [2016-06-15 15:38:24] <Kkat> 3[oh!  OH!  ohmy.  Okay, I'll let them know.  Well, not the Captain.  But somepony who can tell somepony who can tell the Captain.]
  86. [2016-06-15 15:47:25] * CopyCat smiles and talks to her friends. "Star Dust is going to try and contact ponies for us to set up a meeting."
  87. [2016-06-15 15:50:04] * CopyCat sends Star Dust another message. [I will leave you to your thoughts. When you need to make contact again simply float above the camp. Um, and maybe wave. Then I will join you again.]
  88. [2016-06-15 15:51:59] * Golden_Dream perks at the pinkbot. "Wuzzit, Pink-E?"
  89. [2016-06-15 15:55:14] * Golden_Dream pauses. "... Top shelf, burlap bag, by the far corner of the kitchen, don't spill it all." Silly robots don't even have... Wait, why does she need flour!
  90. [2016-06-15 15:56:05] <Kkat> 13"Thanks!  You're a life saver!"
  91. [2016-06-15 15:56:16] <Kkat> 13Pink-E zooms off.
  92. [2016-06-15 16:18:03] <Kkat> 3--- End of Short Session ---
  93. [2016-06-15 16:18:07] <Kkat> 3Thanks everyone!
  94. [2016-06-15 16:18:28] <Kkat> 3 2000 XP for last few sessions.
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