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Fallout: Beyond Equestria 199: All Roads Lead... (Part 1)

Scorch_Mechanic Oct 26th, 2016 83 Never
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  1. [2016-10-19 13:12:20] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Previously...
  2. [2016-10-19 13:13:18] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PPtEHWDca8
  3. [2016-10-19 13:13:47] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebF6Fqhq1P4
  4. [2016-10-19 13:14:02] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_7RYu5WJSk
  5. [2016-10-19 13:14:16] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI
  6. [2016-10-19 13:14:31] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH01FhqMdc8
  7. [2016-10-19 13:14:46] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LETrhOP90p4
  8. [2016-10-19 13:15:12] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW5n3k2VgZE&feature=youtu.be&t=55s
  9. [2016-10-19 13:15:36] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SSUQxGjZZ4
  10. [2016-10-19 13:15:53] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BigolJfoANw
  11. [2016-10-19 13:16:11] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2aHcANs4GE
  12. [2016-10-19 13:16:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzLT6_TQmq8
  13. [2016-10-19 13:16:42] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02q8kPJn_e4
  14. [2016-10-19 13:16:57] <Mare-Do-Well> 3https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fus5O8SxUoo
  15. [2016-10-19 13:17:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  16. [2016-10-19 13:20:52] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Fallout: Beyond Equestria, Session One Hundred and Ninety-Nine: All Road Lead... (Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE0iBDl3NHw
  17. [2016-10-19 13:22:26] <Mare-Do-Well> 3A late autumn breeze stirs the jungle canopy all around the clearing where the Lunar Rising has made landfall.
  18. [2016-10-19 13:25:13] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Time has passed since the first -- and so far only -- successful flight of the reborn Thunderhead.  It ended with an emergency landing in the Tenochtitlan Basin.  The only area clear enough to put down was over the ruins of the Fortress of Talacon.  The Enclave city is once again an immobile fortress.
  19. [2016-10-19 13:28:29] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Work is underway by the Enclave engineers to repair overstressed systems.  Bookwright has lent them the expertise to start crafting terminal code that will allow the Thunderhead to fly again.  But there is no estimate for how long it will take.  And it isn't the Enclave's highest priority.  
  20. [2016-10-19 13:30:29] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The sense of desperation in the city has abated.  The warmth and promise of the new surroundings is enough to breathe new life into the inhabitants of Lunar Rising.  For now, the civilians are focused on settling in with the expectation that this will be their new home.  Rebuilding.  Harvesting.  Acclimating.
  21. [2016-10-19 13:33:55] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Under the word of the Generals Council, the E.L.R. have become focused on scouting and securing the Tenochtitlan Basin, claiming the territory as their own.  The sentiment from the top brass is that annexing the jungle basin is a satisfactory response to the Roaman aggression.  
  22. [2016-10-19 13:35:25] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The Generals are willing to hold off on any plans to directly deal with Roam for now, hoping this show of force is sufficient to caution the zebras.  They are letting the changeling Caesar make the next move.
  23. [2016-10-19 13:35:35] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  24. [2016-10-19 13:38:42] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The Crimson's Caravaner have been with the Lunar Rising all this time, acting as liasons with the pirates of The Silos. Yesterday, their dear friend Mitzi finally reunited with them after her trip back to Ponyville.  She had many stories to tell.
  25. [2016-10-19 13:42:56] <Mare-Do-Well> 3One such story was given proper documentation, thanks to Parlay and Pink-E.  The two bots had traveled with Mitzi and the hellhounds freed from Enclave slavery.  Pink-E was unwilling to abandon her traveling companion; Parlay happily followed along as the pink spritebot insistently lent her morale-boosting savoir faire to the journey.
  26. [2016-10-19 13:44:30] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Now, with the group of reunited friends gathered together, Pink-E prepares a show.  
  27. [2016-10-19 13:45:09] <Mare-Do-Well> 13"It's H!  D!  T!  ...Hellhound Documentary Time!  I hope everypony, doggie and griffin has their popcorn!"
  28. [2016-10-19 13:46:23] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Parlay has had considerable time to analyze the hellhound language.  As Pink-E plays back events in a holographic projection, Parlay supplies subtitles.
  29. [2016-10-19 13:46:29] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  30. [2016-10-19 13:48:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 2Mitzi maintains her long, loud howl for several minutes, making sure she had the attention of all two-dozen hellhounds present. She wanted to make sure every word she said was heard by every one of them before any of them went anywhere.
  31. [2016-10-19 13:49:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“Brothers, sisters, hear my howl and know that, seeing you, my kin, I know you. I have been where you are now, and I have felt what you are feeling this moment. You are confused, you are angry, and you are lost. Know that I, Mitzi, Daughter of Mantle, Alpha of the Ponyville Hellhound pack, speak with true understanding in the words I am about to say.
  32. [2016-10-19 13:49:38] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“I know why you are confused. You are confused because you no longer hear the sounds that bent your wills, the sounds that made you slaves. You are now free. I know why you are angry. You are angry because it was the actions of ponies, the great thieves and old enemies that enslaved you.
  33. [2016-10-19 13:49:58] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"You are now released, by them. I too, was released by a pony, who had no reason to aid me other than knowing that I was not an animal to be kept, that I was suffering, and that my enslavement was wrong. I know why you are lost. You are lost because we are far from home, family, friends, and pack. I will lead you back to them, if I can..."
  34. [2016-10-19 13:50:12] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- Session Begins ---
  35. [2016-10-19 13:50:20] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The recording continues...
  36. [2016-10-19 13:50:53] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“However, before I can lead you, I must know where I am leading you to. For many of you, the answer would be simple. You would have me lead you home, so that we may embrace our kin again, and then, with their aid, seek justice for the horrors that were inflicted upon us.
  37. [2016-10-19 13:51:06] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"Know that I have felt as you do, that I have felt the desire to lash out at the despised ones who took away our freedom, our very wills. I know you, and I know what it is you feel...."
  38. [2016-10-19 13:52:45] * Mitzi watches closely as the recording plays. She had spoken from the heart what felt right, but it had seemed to happen so fast that she couldn't quite remember all she had said.
  39. [2016-10-19 13:53:13] * Noble_Heart was somewhat surprised by how well spoken Mitzi was in her native language. She said nothing, yet, however.
  40. [2016-10-19 13:53:21] * Get_Lost watches the movie and nods reading the subtitles. parlay was improving a lot, this was good.
  41. [2016-10-19 13:54:31] * Golden_Dream stares at Noble. This sounded like something that would come from her. Not Mitzi. Not the determined, slightly dopey hellhound that terrified the /hell/ out of her when they first met.
  42. [2016-10-19 13:56:54] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“Yet I know something you do not know as well, and it is because of that something I know that I do not wish to lead us to war. I have been among ponies. I know them, having travelled with them, taken meals with them, and shared stories with them. When we look upon ponies we see thieves, enemies, unrepentant criminals, yet still we know them to be people.
  43. [2016-10-19 13:57:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"Not animals or monsters, but people, evil though they may often seem to us."
  44. [2016-10-19 13:57:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“The same is not true of ponies. When ponies see us, they do not know us. They see beasts, monsters, and animals. They fear us, but it is not the respectful fear of an enemy warrior’s skill.
  45. [2016-10-19 13:57:35] <Mare-Do-Well> 2It is the blind fear, the mindless fear, such as one feels when staring down a rabid hound, or a herd of ghoul ponies. It is because of that fear that these ponies, or rather, their forbearers, enslaved us. It is fear and ignorance that led us to this. Fear of what these ponies do not know.
  46. [2016-10-19 14:01:45] * Noble_Heart frowned slightly at those statements about ponies, her wings rustling slightly in some silent irritation.
  47. [2016-10-19 14:03:34] * Golden_Dream listened to that. Let it seep in. This was the first time someone had confronted something deep in her chest. She went from aloof judgement to emotionally invested, and one could see it in the way she leaned forward.
  48. [2016-10-19 14:04:11] * Bookwright only has time to let the words flow from his pen into the page. Gotta record this stuff. For posterity.
  49. [2016-10-19 14:05:10] * Get_Lost simply reads the lines. the speech made sense, she wasn't sure that she hadn't lost some lines in the thing, but so far it was quite easy to follow
  50. [2016-10-19 14:06:04] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“Does that absolve them of their crimes? No, but it does mean that they do not know of their crimes, not truly. They are ignorant of our ways, they do not know us. However, that is something we can change.
  51. [2016-10-19 14:06:24] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"As a pup, I lost a litter sister to illness. I, my sister, and brothers still might too have been lost to it, were it not for a pony. It was this first pony who saved my life, and those of my siblings.
  52. [2016-10-19 14:06:46] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"It was this same pony who, when she knew of all the taking ponies had done against our Diamond Dog ancestors, was the first to give. She gave us her home, knowing she could not return the one once taken from us. She gave us medicine, when our pups were sick again. She gave us her word, that none of her followers would disturb the new home she had given us.
  53. [2016-10-19 14:06:57] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"This is what there is to be gained when ponies know us."
  54. [2016-10-19 14:07:24] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"“It is by this same virtue that you have now had your freedom returned to you. The ponies that enslaved you did so upon the ignorance of their forbearers. I spoke with their Alphas, and made them see, with a story; with words. I made them know me, and they understood.
  55. [2016-10-19 14:07:42] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"These ponies still fear us, this I will not conceal, but they no longer fear us as monsters. They fear our retribution for the crimes they committed, as a pup fears scolding when they break something. However, this fear means that they know us now; they know that they have wronged us, and may have to face justice.
  56. [2016-10-19 14:07:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"That is what you have gained by these ponies knowing us."
  57. [2016-10-19 14:10:17] * CopyCat listens with proud, emotional tears in her eyes.
  58. [2016-10-19 14:12:46] * Mitzi winces a bit at that part, looking to her friends. She might well have to apologize to them for the offense, but she had needed to speak enough of what other Hellhounds tended to think to make her claims for valid
  59. [2016-10-19 14:13:01] <Mitzi> * more valid
  60. [2016-10-19 14:13:22] * Golden_Dream seemed strongly conflicted for a moment. "Justice would be killin' 'em. But it wouldn't be /right/." She mutters.
  61. [2016-10-19 14:14:13] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“It was also, as we know from an old warrior, a pony who returned to us the moon, and the jewels of the night. It was a pony who, in ignorance, fought and feared us, and violated our homes. Yet when that pony knew us, she too lamented her crimes, and returned the most precious thing that was ever taken from us.
  62. [2016-10-19 14:14:25] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"She knew she could not give back the lives she had taken, but she also gave freedom to a caged warrior, rather than let her die a slave. That is what we have gained by that pony knowing us."
  63. [2016-10-19 14:14:39] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"“There is something else I know, from having travelled with ponies. There are far more among them like the first and the last, who are willing to give, to share, to repent of their crimes, than there are like those who enslaved you.
  64. [2016-10-19 14:14:47] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"They are willing to accept that they and their ancestors have done wrong, and they are willing to do better, willing to know and understand and change. In them, we may yet know friends, not thieves.
  65. [2016-10-19 14:14:48] * Shatara watches from the back of the room, perched on an old mainframe, munching snakebits.
  66. [2016-10-19 14:15:17] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"So I will ask you again, where will I be leading you? I wish to lead you to your homes, your friends, your families, but I do not wish to lead us to war, when I could lead you to friendship instead, and understanding.
  67. [2016-10-19 14:15:30] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"If we were to seek justice now, perhaps we might get it, but you know as I know that there are so few of us left. Those who we might seek justice against would fight back for their fear of it, and we would lose many. Perhaps we would lose all.
  68. [2016-10-19 14:15:43] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"If that should happen, and we were to lose all, who would tell our stories then? We are warriors it is true, but we are also the greatest storytellers the world has ever known. It is by our stories that we have such long memories.
  69. [2016-10-19 14:15:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"Unlike the ponies, who must live as long as time to remember it all, we know our history, going back to times before there even were ponies. Yet if we go to war, our history, and our stories, may end."
  70. [2016-10-19 14:18:00] * Noble_Heart looked to Mitzi briefly, contemplating something openly on her face before returning to the recording, there would be time for proper talks later.
  71. [2016-10-19 14:18:51] * Mitzi glances at Noble_Heart in return. She was one of the Alpha ponies, the ones who did live through history and remembered much.
  72. [2016-10-19 14:23:16] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“We must decide which is worth more: the justice of a couple generations, or the stories of countless ones before. We need not abandon our desire for justice, but without understanding what it might cost, there would be no true justice, only death.
  73. [2016-10-19 14:23:31] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"Without the understanding of those responsible, justice cannot be known by them. When they tell the stories of our time, what will they say? Will they say we chose war over peace? Will they say we chose to end our story? Will there be anyone left to tell your story at all?"
  74. [2016-10-19 14:23:52] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The recording concludes...
  75. [2016-10-19 14:24:07] <Mare-Do-Well> 2"The time for war has passed. The time has come for peace, for harmony, friendship, understanding, and for new stories. That is where I would lead you. Who among you, my kin, now knowing what I know, will follow?"
  76. [2016-10-19 14:24:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 2“*WHO* *WILL* *FOLLOW*?!”
  77. [2016-10-19 14:24:55] <Mare-Do-Well> 13"And they all lived happily ever after!!"
  78. [2016-10-19 14:25:18] <Mitzi>  /me blinks and looks to Pink-E. "Uh didn't say dat."
  79. [2016-10-19 14:26:09] * Get_Lost "you sure? it makes sense...."
  80. [2016-10-19 14:26:19] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Parlay whoos.
  81. [2016-10-19 14:26:28] * Get_Lost "i mean, it sounds a lot like a good end to me..."
  82. [2016-10-19 14:26:49] * Noble_Heart had to fight the urge to burst out in laughter at Pink-E's outburst, the suddenly positive sound st the end of such a serious discussion nearly too much.
  83. [2016-10-19 14:27:12] <Mare-Do-Well> 13"Nope!  You forgot to.  But I added it, 'cause that's how every best story ends!"
  84. [2016-10-19 14:27:32] * Bookwright jabs in the dot of the last exclamation point and writes in the date before snapping the journal shut and packing it away. "Wow. That was incredible. Pink-E, do you think you could give me a film copy of that?"
  85. [2016-10-19 14:28:21] <Mare-Do-Well> 13Pink-E answers Bookwright cheerfully, "I can totally download it onto the PipBuck of one of your friends."
  86. [2016-10-19 14:28:53] * Bookwright nods "Yes, that would work fine. I just want to make sure there's several copies around. This stuff is important."
  87. [2016-10-19 14:33:56] * Noble_Heart stood somberly and approached Mitzi, her face twisted slightly in thought, "We-" she paused, obviously conflicted with herself and uncomfortable with what she had to say, "-I- believe I owe you and apology, and much more I may never be able to repay."
  88. [2016-10-19 14:34:09] * CopyCat claps her hooves together, as if calling for an encore. "Bravo, Mitzi! Bravo! That was a powerful speech, dear. I feel inspired to go home and look after some puppies!"
  89. [2016-10-19 14:34:22] * Mitzi blinks at Noble_Heart. She had not been expecting that to be what Noble_Heart would say to her.
  90. [2016-10-19 14:35:44] * Get_Lost considers mostly to herself "wow, i can't believe it worked! they fell for it!"
  91. [2016-10-19 14:36:14] * Mitzi rubs the back of her head. "Uh tink Uh owe yu some apologee too. Sum uv wut Uh had tu say wuz not very kind. But Uh had tu, een sum way, tell dem wut dey wanted tu hear, een order tu be sure dey wu still listen tu tings dey might not want to ting about."
  92. [2016-10-19 14:36:26] <Mitzi> *tink
  93. [2016-10-19 14:37:19] <Mitzi> *dey wud
  94. [2016-10-19 14:38:06] * Get_Lost "as long as it avoids a bloodshed, you can even tel them that every pony is made of poo and they  fart instead of breathing. really. if it saves lives, it is ok."
  95. [2016-10-19 14:38:55] * Noble_Heart scowled a moment, her ears folded back as she lowered her head, unable to look Mitzi in the eyes, "Long ago, I made a choice to believe that peace-" she stopped again, struggling to put her words together in the right way though it pained her to say it so, "-that victory was worth any price. I turned my skills to creating weapons to fight a terrible war, and in so doing unwittingly harmed many
  96. [2016-10-19 14:38:55] <Noble_Heart>  I did not even think of as people. To strip one of the sanctity of their body, their very nature and origins." She dug her hoof at the floor uncomfortably, trying to find a way to put into words a shame unthinkable to most.
  97. [2016-10-19 14:40:19] * Mitzi looks to Get_Lost and shakes her head. "No. Eet wud not do to be known as someun who made up stories. Ur kind use dem for Ur history, und tu fabricate hsitoree eez tu insult da real stories."
  98. [2016-10-19 14:41:15] * Golden_Dream is quiet for a moment. She couldn't help but look disappointed. "I'mma take a copy for posterity."
  99. [2016-10-19 14:41:47] * Mitzi then looks back to Noble_Heart, tilting her head and listening curiously to her friend speak in such a pained way.
  100. [2016-10-19 14:43:03] * Get_Lost "oh, okay. makes sense to me! great speech anyway, probably it will bring a lot of good stuff in the future. i wouldn't be surprised if at some point you'll become some sort of leader"
  101. [2016-10-19 14:43:46] * Noble_Heart struggles with the words to explain, "I grew plants from places near and far and found ways to make them the same and new..." she shook her head, trying to get back on track, "The work created something horrific in the pursuit of perfection and strength. Something which came to reside within the tunnels beneath !ari
  102. [2016-10-19 14:45:58] <Noble_Heart> Maripony. Contaminants and worse which stole from your people their natural state, which made them twisted into the monsters the wastelands see now." She slumped her wings low in disgrace, "Relegating the diamond dogs to the hounds of hell itself, and the dangers the wasteland saw in them may be an unrepayable crime. For that I owe you an apology and more than I can offer."
  103. [2016-10-19 14:49:42] * Mitzi nods to Noble_Heart, placing a paw in her shoulder. "Yu feel much shame, und obligation tu set right yur mistakes. Dere eez much honor een both dose tings. Uh spoke to Ur kin uv how ponees du not know Hellhounds, but eet eez also tru, und Uh intend to make dem see eet so, dat Ur kind duz not see all dat dere eex uv ponees."
  104. [2016-10-19 14:50:12] <Mitzi> *eez
  105. [2016-10-19 14:53:33] * Noble_Heart frowned slightly and slowly lifted her head, "I have spent many years struggling to repay all the lives lost and damage done by poor choices. Someday I hope it will no longer be needed." She slowly looked up to Mitzi, "I hope Equestria can move beyond this conflict as well."
  106. [2016-10-19 14:53:43] * Bookwright nods approvingly. "You remember the past. So we are not condemned to repeat your mistakes. Thank you."
  107. [2016-10-19 14:54:19] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Pink-E flies around making copies for PipBuck-wearing ponies.
  108. [2016-10-19 14:55:30] * Mitzi nods, looking to Bookwright. "Manee ponees du not, which eez why dey do not know uv Ur home und gems bein' taken. Frum wut Uh hear, dere eez mention uv eet in dat book about da ponee dat returned da jewels uv night."
  109. [2016-10-19 14:56:34] * Get_Lost "i actually would like the recipe for the forc-" stops, thinks twice "yeah... ignore that"
  110. [2016-10-19 14:57:55] * Noble_Heart scowls at Get_Lost briefly, before straightening, "Please excuse me, I need some time to think." She turned and struggled her way out of the room, heading elsewhere quietly.
  111. [2016-10-19 15:00:05] * Mitzi frowns a bit as Noble_Heart departs, then looks to the rest of her friends. "Uh will apologize tu all uv yu as well. Uh said sum not nice tings about all ponies, even when Uh tried to make eet clear dey cud be friends."
  112. [2016-10-19 15:00:21] * Golden_Dream unplugs her pipbuck from Pink-E. "Honestly, Mitzi, I came real close to disagreein' with you." She noted, her voice gone level in a hurry. "You know, in a way, I'm grateful that I came here. I met one pony that knew my father. He didn't die alone and obscure. That ain't much, but it's enough."
  113. [2016-10-19 15:01:11] * Mitzi tilts her head at Golden_Dream, unsure what to make of that first remark.
  114. [2016-10-19 15:01:28] * Get_Lost hesitates "uhm... no apologies needed? i mean, if i apologized for every thing i said, i'd have no voice at this point"
  115. [2016-10-19 15:04:10] * Bookwright "Speeches are for the audience, not for the subject of the speech. Your apology is unnecessary, but I accept it because you offered it."
  116. [2016-10-19 15:04:29] * Mitzi smiles and nods.
  117. [2016-10-19 15:07:25] * Golden_Dream didn't seem to be inclined to explain herself. But she knew that she wasn't going to kill Cottonseed at that moment. But she was going to beat her so bad that Celestia would wonder who was screaming for her from up where she is."
  118. [2016-10-19 15:07:42] * CopyCat bows her head at Mitzi. "From me, you are certainly forgiven. What you said was not only what needed to be said, it was true. A harsh truth is especially important."
  119. [2016-10-19 15:08:09] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Noble_Heart soon finds herself outside on the forward starboard gunprow of the Thunderhead.  
  120. [2016-10-19 15:09:10] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The air is warm and humid, but not unpleasantly so -- a far cry from the sweltering heat from summer.
  121. [2016-10-19 15:11:12] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Clouds slowly shift across a blue sky above.  Below, ponies are making structures from the rubble of the Fortress of Talacon.  It is slow and exhausting work.  The heavy stone is far more labor-intensive to work with than clouds or even ice.
  122. [2016-10-19 15:12:53] * Mitzi pulls her friends into a hug. "Uh suppose Uh shud say wut happened next?"
  123. [2016-10-19 15:13:27] * Get_Lost goes back into the belly of the fortress and works on the damaged engines. it is a solitary work, this time, but get likes working alone, if she knows that there are friends waiting for her somewhere
  124. [2016-10-19 15:13:39] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Parlay beeps encouragingly.
  125. [2016-10-19 15:13:48] * Shatara fidgets and hops down from his perch, feeling the out-of-place spectator as usual.
  126. [2016-10-19 15:14:02] * Get_Lost stops "uhm... yeah? i mean: i assumed that they loved your speech and you took them home, but...."
  127. [2016-10-19 15:14:06] * Noble_Heart sat quietly in the warm air, staring up at the clouds then slowly looking down to the surrounding jungle, she let out a quiet sigh, contemplating something silently for now.
  128. [2016-10-19 15:17:54] * Mitzi nods. "Eer wuz a long trip, but da speech wuz only wut got dem to follow me. Uh used da trip tu make friends wit dem, shareen Ur stories."
  129. [2016-10-19 15:20:49] * Get_Lost "good, are they safe in your colony now?"
  130. [2016-10-19 15:22:22] * Mitzi nods. "Dey eez stayeen wit Ur pack, at least until we can find uther packs ur family eef dey wuz not wit Ur Poneeville Hounds before."
  131. [2016-10-19 15:24:23] * Get_Lost "very well... i need to go back to the repairs: if the situation becomes critical, i want to be able to make this girl move at least for a while"
  132. [2016-10-19 15:25:29] * Noble_Heart quietly regards the pegasi working below, letting out a quiet sigh as she struggled to put her thoughts back in order.
  133. [2016-10-19 15:28:16] * Golden_Dream crooks an eyebrow, then starts to head off towards Noble. "Y'all stay put. We're gonna see what happens next now, 'cause I got no plans other than 'get back t' Equestia'." She hoped to find her soon.
  134. [2016-10-19 15:28:58] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Noble_Heart notices a commotion at the edge of the jungle.  By the time whatever happened catches her attention, several E.L.R. soldiers have already responded.  She can't make out who or what they are surrounding.  There doesn't seem to be any violence though.  No shots have been fired.  No alarms.
  135. [2016-10-19 15:29:30] <Mare-Do-Well> 3One of the pegasi shoots back across the clearing, leaving a purple blur behind her, and disappears into the city.
  136. [2016-10-19 15:29:31] * Mitzi smiles. "Und Uh got tu see Ur Sister's puppies," she remarks happily. She pulls a new photograph out and shows it to the party who remained with her. It's a picture with a pair of Hellhounds samller than Mitzi, one black in coat, one a slightly lighter shade of brown. In front of them is a basket with a trio of tiny hellhound puppies laying together.
  137. [2016-10-19 15:30:16] * Noble_Heart stood from her place, moving towards the edge, looking down curiously. Uncertain what was going on and not wanting to interfere just yet, as it seemed peaceful for now.
  138. [2016-10-19 15:30:18] <Mitzi> *smaller
  139. [2016-10-19 15:30:22] <Mare-Do-Well> 13Pink-E gives an electric squee.  "The puppies were SO CUTE!!!"
  140. [2016-10-19 15:31:59] * CopyCat immediately fawns over the picture of the pups in a basket. "Aww! Look! They're so fluffy-poofy-adoraboofy! Ohh they have the most precious little faces!" she coo's.
  141. [2016-10-19 15:32:21] * Get_Lost was already leaving the room, but at the word puppies, she teleports next to mitzi, her visor goes all :3 and =^.^= ans 8) and starts making stupid voices
  142. [2016-10-19 15:32:46] * Get_Lost "who's a good girl! who's a good girl! what a cutie!"
  143. [2016-10-19 15:32:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 3A bomber wagon is dispatched from the Thunderhead, the piloting pegasus pulling it through the air towards where the others are gathered.  It lands, partially blocking Noble_Heart's view.  But she can tell something(s) or someone is being loaded into it.
  144. [2016-10-19 15:33:50] * Shatara steps outside to get some air of his own.
  145. [2016-10-19 15:34:01] * Noble_Heart scowls, something strange was happening. But so far it seemed peaceful at least. She kept a close eye on the sky tank, wanting to know where it was going.
  146. [2016-10-19 15:34:08] * Get_Lost then really, REALLY has to go to make the repairs
  147. [2016-10-19 15:35:01] * Bookwright 'They're certainly adorable for a basket of murder-fuzzies."
  148. [2016-10-19 15:38:09] * Mitzi chuckles at Get_Lost. "Eet wuz den dat Uh knew wut Uh had tu du." She puts the picture away. "Ur kind cud not go to war, as Uh said, Ur future pups depended on eet. Da time fur war wit ponees wuz passed. Und we needed a leader dat wud tink uv ponees as potential friends. Especially eef tings went bad wit bug und stripey ponees."
  149. [2016-10-19 15:41:15] * Golden_Dream sits by Noble for  a moment. "You look like you're in a bad headspace right now."
  150. [2016-10-19 15:43:54] * Noble_Heart blinked in surprise at Golden_Dream's appearance, having missed her approach entirely, "We- I suppose so. I have spent years trying to pretend the past did not exist... that the darkness was not my fault," she lowered her head slightly, "but of late there have been so many reminders of what those choices created."
  151. [2016-10-19 15:45:41] * Noble_Heart looked down to Golden_Dream, "Even now, when I look at you I want so desperately to believe you are Sugar Plum. That she is still alive somewhere, not burned for my choices and pride..."
  152. [2016-10-19 15:46:39] <Noble_Heart> "It is not fair. To you or them to hold such pain for our crimes."
  153. [2016-10-19 15:47:54] * Shatara wanders off to wherever the Shadowbolt is docked.
  154. [2016-10-19 15:49:01] <Mare-Do-Well> 3As Noble_Heart and Golden_Dream are talking, the commotion largely disperses.  The bomber wagon is flown back to the Thunderhead, flanked by several power-armored pegasi.  It disappears from view.
  155. [2016-10-19 15:50:45] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The /Shadowbolt/ is anchored on the southern end of the clearing.  By the time Shatara reaches it, the griffin can spot the approach of another airship in the distance.  From the vector and silhouette, it looks like the /Cutlass/.
  156. [2016-10-19 15:54:59] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The approach of the zebra pirates is not unexpected.  The Crimson's Caravans group has been facilitating relations and trade between the E.L.R. and their closest civilized neighbors.  Initial forays into diplomacy were greased by the need to acquire replacement parts for several over-stressed parts of the engines.  
  157. [2016-10-19 15:56:15] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Likewise, many subsystems had been functioning off of jury-rigging of jury-rigging, and was due to have failed a generation ago.  The /Cutlass/ should be delivering bartered-for parts.
  158. [2016-10-19 16:01:11] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust is on duty at "Southern Observation Tower Beta", the overly-named treehouse with a crow's nest that rises above the canopy, which the /Shadowbolt/ is anchored to.  She sees Shatara approach and waves.
  159. [2016-10-19 16:01:38] * CopyCat nods to Mitzi. "The time for all wars should be over. This is the time where life needs to come first. Where friendships should be allowed to flourish and communications between peoples be cultivated." CopyCat looks glances at her own hooves. "These may just be wishful words right now, but I really think it's in everyone's best interests to get along. Why conquer when you can trade? Why fight when you can talk? The trap of
  160. [2016-10-19 16:01:39] * CopyCat conflict, blame, and revenge is all too easy to enter, and has already cost us all so dearly." She looks back up at Mitzi. "Some even more than others. To see you being strong enough to push past that and work towards the future, and to lead others into doing the same, is a true inspiration, Mitzi." She smiles, blinking tears from her eyes. "Thank you."
  161. [2016-10-19 16:02:37] * Mitzi nods to CopyCat, smiling. "Dat Eez Why Uh challenged Ur fathur tu becum Alpha."
  162. [2016-10-19 16:05:10] * Bookwright "It's why I'm here, helping you folks. Because I believe if we can't learn from the mistakes of the past, namely the great war and the prejudices surrounding it, I fear those same mistakes will be made again. To great loss of life."
  163. [2016-10-19 16:05:25] * Bookwright "Copycat put it better than I ever could."
  164. [2016-10-19 16:11:20] <Mare-Do-Well> 3A ghostly form moves up to Golden_Dream and Noble_Heart.  Sits next to them, staring out somberly.
  165. [2016-10-19 16:11:57] * Shatara waves back to Star Dust, lifting off to join her in the tower. "Hey there. Looks like our piratey friends are back." He gestures towards the approaching pirate cutter.
  166. [2016-10-19 16:12:07] * Golden_Dream 's side of her mouth twitches. "Can I share somethin' with you?"
  167. [2016-10-19 16:12:44] * Noble_Heart looks to the ghostly form curiously. She turns to regard Golden_Dream with a nod.
  168. [2016-10-19 16:13:16] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust nods to Shatara.  She prances in place, looking nervous.  Then gives a little squee.  "Oh, I've got to tell someone...!"
  169. [2016-10-19 16:14:47] * Golden_Dream licks her teeth. "The truth is, I didn't come out here t' get th' money t' kill Cottonseed. I came out here, went caravaning because, as far as I knew, it was the fastest way to have been everywhere. And I've been lookin' for anyone to tell me that they knew m' dad."
  170. [2016-10-19 16:15:13] * Mare-Do-Well 3stares out over the city growing below.  Then to Noble_Heart and Golden_Dream.
  171. [2016-10-19 16:17:37] * Shatara can't help but chuckle at the overexcited pegasus, tilting his head a bit. "What, got a hot date on that boat?"
  172. [2016-10-19 16:18:05] * Noble_Heart gently places a wing over Golden_Dream, "A better goal, at least. I'm sorry it has taken you such a long journey and hard effort to accomplish." She looks back toward Mare-Do-Well quietly, "I know you may not think of them that way, but your people have a real chance here, at least. Perhaps in time more will return to equestria."
  173. [2016-10-19 16:19:04] * Golden_Dream stares out into the wilderness. "It was like... Stupid. Somethin' about making sure that I knew what he'd want, even though I knew what he would. Somethin' about tryin' t' see justice in all of what happened to him, even though there weren't none there."
  174. [2016-10-19 16:22:10] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust has a smile growing wider and brighter by the moment.  "Shatara, I just got my letter from the General's Council.  They've decided that with the resources that the Basin will give us, we can afford limited alleviation of the reproduction moratorium."  She hugs Shatara suddenly.  "I'm going to get to be a mother!"
  175. [2016-10-19 16:22:47] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Star Dust, still hugging Shatara excitedly, adds, "I need to get a buckfriend!"
  176. [2016-10-19 16:22:48] * Golden_Dream stares at the Cutlass. "But he said that he wanted me to go off and go make somethin' of myself down in Nexus. He said he had nothin' left to give me but his life. He knew Cottonseed would betray him, Noble. I spent so long thinkin' how evil it was to rid him of th' world."
  177. [2016-10-19 16:24:01] * Golden_Dream slumps a little. "I tried to find somethin' of him left when he went. And for years, I didn't find anything."
  178. [2016-10-19 16:25:11] * Mare-Do-Well 3looks to Noble_Heart.  Her expression is morose.  Her words, despite being ghostly whispers, are heavy.  "I have far, far more to feel guilty for than you do.  I... I didn't even realize how much of this... of everything... was my fault."
  179. [2016-10-19 16:26:49] * Golden_Dream lowers her head. "I made his sacrifice vain, Noble. But time don't stop for grief. The hardest thing for me was how nothin' seemed to care but me. I guess in the end, I just wanted to know how cared for he was. Or to prove that I did care about him, and he knew it."
  180. [2016-10-19 16:27:55] * Shatara acks and blushes at the surprise hug. "That's great, congrats!..." He pats her back gently, tensing a little and blushing deeper as she declares her sudden need for male companionship. "Err...I..see..."
  181. [2016-10-19 16:28:50] * Golden_Dream gulps. "It ain't easy to admit, but when someone dies, everything about him is taken away. And all you can really hope is that, his last thoughts were good ones. You jus' really gotta accept that and move on, even if it is th' most bitter thing to do."
  182. [2016-10-19 16:36:28] * Mare-Do-Well 3lays down, putting her hoover over her head.  Golden_Dream's words drive home the depths of loss that so many have suffered.  
  183. [2016-10-19 16:41:38] * Noble_Heart gently places her wings around Mare-Do-Well and Golden_Dream, letting out a sad sigh, "This world has suffered much for choices made in the best of intents. But while it may be a long time coming, it is slowly returning to the world that was, hopefully with peace and hope at its heart."
  184. [2016-10-19 16:43:32] * Golden_Dream stares at the details of the Cutlass. Staring up at her Alicorn friend, with a Ghost friend behind her. "The world that was will never be again. There's no returning. There's just tryin' to make the world that is and will be as good as possible."
  185. [2016-10-19 16:24:01] * Golden_Dream slumps a little. "I tried to find somethin' of him left when he went. And for years, I didn't find anything."
  186. [2016-10-19 16:25:11] * Mare-Do-Well 3looks to Noble_Heart.  Her expression is morose.  Her words, despite being ghostly whispers, are heavy.  "I have far, far more to feel guilty for than you do.  I... I didn't even realize how much of this... of everything... was my fault."
  187. [2016-10-19 16:26:49] * Golden_Dream lowers her head. "I made his sacrifice vain, Noble. But time don't stop for grief. The hardest thing for me was how nothin' seemed to care but me. I guess in the end, I just wanted to know how cared for he was. Or to prove that I did care about him, and he knew it."
  188. [2016-10-19 16:27:55] * Shatara acks and blushes at the surprise hug. "That's great, congrats!..." He pats her back gently, tensing a little and blushing deeper as she declares her sudden need for male companionship. "Err...I..see..."
  189. [2016-10-19 16:28:50] * Golden_Dream gulps. "It ain't easy to admit, but when someone dies, everything about him is taken away. And all you can really hope is that, his last thoughts were good ones. You jus' really gotta accept that and move on, even if it is th' most bitter thing to do."
  190. [2016-10-19 16:36:28] * Mare-Do-Well 3lays down, putting her hoover over her head.  Golden_Dream's words drive home the depths of loss that so many have suffered.  
  191. [2016-10-19 16:41:38] * Noble_Heart gently places her wings around Mare-Do-Well and Golden_Dream, letting out a sad sigh, "This world has suffered much for choices made in the best of intents. But while it may be a long time coming, it is slowly returning to the world that was, hopefully with peace and hope at its heart."
  192. [2016-10-19 16:43:32] * Golden_Dream stares at the details of the Cutlass. Staring up at her Alicorn friend, with a Ghost friend behind her. "The world that was will never be again. There's no returning. There's just tryin' to make the world that is and will be as good as possible."
  193. [2016-10-19 16:47:34] * Noble_Heart nods her head, "And I believe this journey has been for the best. Soon we shall help rescue our friend and return some peace to these lands. The Pegasus may recover and equestria prosper with help of their neighbors and perhaps even the zebras will see freedom and allies anew."
  194. [2016-10-19 16:54:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- End of Session ---
  195. [2016-10-19 16:47:34] * Noble_Heart nods her head, "And I believe this journey has been for the best. Soon we shall help rescue our friend and return some peace to these lands. The Pegasus may recover and equestria prosper with help of their neighbors and perhaps even the zebras will see freedom and allies anew."
  196. [2016-10-19 16:54:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- End of Session ---Fallout: Beyond Equestria 199: All Roads Lead... (Part 1)r
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