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Fallout: Beyond Equestria 220: When In Roam (Finale Part 1)

Scorch_Mechanic May 3rd, 2017 64 Never
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  1. [2017-04-26 13:29:40] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Previously...
  2. [2017-04-26 13:30:10] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"The Dragon Lord has a magical artifact called the Bloodstone Scepter, a symbol of rulership.  With it, the Dragon Lord can summon dragons to His or Her beck and call."
  3. [2017-04-26 13:30:17] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Citrine Glow notes, "Of course, after the schism, Garble had His own version of the scepter made."  She says, "The magic of the scepter is only supposed to work for the Dragon Lord, but a changeling transformed to pretend /might/ be able to fool it."
  4. [2017-04-26 13:30:35] <Mare-Do-Well> 3"But the Caesar isn't a real dragon, no matter what form she takes.  If she is trying to use the scepter to summon loyal allies, or coalesce her people around her, who knows what weird things might happen instead... and many of the shadow-things /were/ zebras loyal to Caesar in life."
  5. [2017-04-26 13:30:42] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Bookwright feels the color drain from his face. "You're saying if we don't hurry we could face an army of shadows?"
  6. [2017-04-26 13:30:47] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Noble_Heart scowls in concern. "No. She is saying if we do not hurry we may face an army of -seraphs-."
  7. [2017-04-26 13:30:49] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  8. [2017-04-26 13:30:58] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The younger zebra bolts off and soon returns with the PipBuck's unlocking tool.
  9. [2017-04-26 13:31:02] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Noble_Heart offers out her foreleg for the tool, it was after all their PipBuck and merely given as a colateral tether to her.
  10. [2017-04-26 13:31:08] <Mare-Do-Well> 3As the familiar zebra unlocks the PipBuck from Noble_Heart's foreleg and removes it, he nods.  "You have done us and Roam... all zebras, in truth, a great service.  Letting you into the catacombs... and back out... is a favor I am grateful to do in return."
  11. [2017-04-26 13:31:15] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The zebra looks up at her.  "Sadly, I cannot do anything about the trouble you are likely to find once inside."
  12. [2017-04-26 13:31:20] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  13. [2017-04-26 13:31:59] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The effects of Golden_Dream's booze is evident from the first drops, as her lips become less cracked and chapped, taking on a more "healthy" ghoulish pallor.
  14. [2017-04-26 13:32:08] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Bookwright trickles a bit more. The idea is to wake her up enough for her to be able to drink on her own, rather than have her wake up with a shock and spray precious booze all over the place. And Bookwright.
  15. [2017-04-26 13:32:18] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The process take a long time, gently easing Ditzy Doo first out of her withered state, then out of her coma to simple rest.  It takes an hour, and all of Golden_Dream's mega-booze to bring Ditzy Doo to full consciousness.  The mare gasps, her eyes rolling to both focus on Bookwright.  
  16. [2017-04-26 13:32:24] <Mare-Do-Well> 3At first, she seems confused and worried.  Then she looks past him and sees Noble_Heart.  And she smiles brightly with recognition.
  17. [2017-04-26 13:32:30] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The light on her golden pipbuck brightens just a little.
  18. [2017-04-26 13:32:32] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  19. [2017-04-26 13:33:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Dash gives a friendly wink, then looks back upwards.  "Whatever the Caesar is doing, it's creating a whole bunch of those seraphs.  Remember Major Tripwire?  There's a bunch o' them doing that around the Anulus Mortis.  And when they get like that, it pretty much takes a battleship's guns to take them down."
  20. [2017-04-26 13:33:14] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Then, with a grin, she adds, "Fortunately, we've got one!"  She flaps her wings smugly.  "We designed Raptors to take down dragons.  The Enclave has engaged the seraphs at the far end of Roam.  They remember Tripwire too, and they plan not to let Caesar use those against ponies... or zebra pirates."
  21. [2017-04-26 13:33:27] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  22. [2017-04-26 13:34:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Shatara, moving forward, is the first to hear voices ahead.  Not robots this time, but someone giving orders in the Imperial tongue while trying to keep relatively quiet.
  23. [2017-04-26 13:34:10] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Shatara waves a warning to the others of potentially hostile stripeypones.
  24. [2017-04-26 13:34:17] <Mare-Do-Well> 3...
  25. [2017-04-26 13:41:04] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Fallout: Beyond Equestria, Session Two Hundred and Twenty: When In Roam (Finale Part 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRpBgGiJuMc
  26. [2017-04-26 13:43:45] <Mare-Do-Well> 3A ways ahead, Shatara can hear the whirr of another hoverbot.  Then more speaking from one of the Imperial voices he heard before.  This time, however, there is no attempt to keep quiet.  She wants to be heard.  She pauses between sentences, and the hoverbot -- the Imperial's own version of Parlay -- translates.  The words echo through the catacombs.
  27. [2017-04-26 13:44:37] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Equestrian Invaders!  You are under arrest by the authority of the Caesar of Roam."
  28. [2017-04-26 13:44:45] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"You are trapped.  There is no way out."
  29. [2017-04-26 13:45:05] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Surrender and be brought before Caesar for judgement!"
  30. [2017-04-26 13:45:17] * Mitzi looks to her companions. "Uh can make un."
  31. [2017-04-26 13:45:29] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Or resist and fall here in this tomb of the dead."
  32. [2017-04-26 13:45:34] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Your choice!"
  33. [2017-04-26 13:45:43] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- Session Begins ---
  34. [2017-04-26 13:47:21] * Noble_Heart glances in the direction of the others. "It seems we have been found. We had hoped to escape peacefully. Whatever is happening above must have attracted attention earlier than expected."
  35. [2017-04-26 13:48:02] * Bookwright "Mitzi, I'm all for that plan. I don't really want to fall into imperial clutches right about now. I still think our best bet is to unmask the Emperor during the five minute's love, and we can't do that from inside a prison cell. Or worse, from in front of a wall."
  36. [2017-04-26 13:54:14] * Golden_Dream looks to Ditzy. "And if she gets caught, she jus' gets killed t' keep up th' ruse. Which can't fuckin' happen, so surrender ain't an option."
  37. [2017-04-26 14:07:56] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Ditzy Doo blinks, looking at everyone.  At Bookwright's words, she shakes her head.  And then, in an amazing cascade of pantomime and charades, manages to communicate without the ability to talk that she believes they would actually take them directly to the Caesar, not to a prison cell... because these catacombs are their prison cells.
  38. [2017-04-26 14:08:26] <Mare-Do-Well> 3If they planned to just lock us up, Ditzy seems to assert, they would do so right here.
  39. [2017-04-26 14:12:16] * Bookwright is dazed by the blitz of extraordinarily clear and quick movements. "Okay... Maybe allowing ourselves to be captured will work after all. I still don't especially like it. Does anyone know when the next scheduled Five Minutes of Love is?"
  40. [2017-04-26 14:12:46] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Ditzi Doo does not, notably, disagree with Golden_Dream's assessment that they will kill her.
  41. [2017-04-26 14:14:48] * Bookwright "And we can't exactly bring Miss Doo here with us either. We'll have to get her out separately..."
  42. [2017-04-26 14:16:07] * Noble_Heart frowns and nods her head. "Mitzi, can you escort Miss Doo from the catacombs?" She looks to the hellhound. "We are uncertain if the zebras or the caesar would even allow you to stand for your crimes."
  43. [2017-04-26 14:17:08] <TenMihara> Mitzi looks to Ditzy Foo.  "Uh can get yu out while dey go deal wit dis." She looks at Noble_Heart slightly offended. "Uh didn't commit any."
  44. [2017-04-26 14:17:15] <TenMihara> * Doo
  45. [2017-04-26 14:18:33] * Golden_Dream inhales gravely, then gets closer. "How's about you put that word in some /big/ quotation marks, Noble. This is how this is gonna go. Noble, you, me, and Bookie are going out. Shatara-" She takes out pen and paper, scribbles something down, and shoves it at him.
  46. [2017-04-26 14:19:04] * Shatara squaks in surprise, blinking at the scribbled paper.
  47. [2017-04-26 14:19:47] <Golden_Dream> "Mitzi, you, Shatara, and Ditzy, dig and get the hell out of here. When you do, and /only/ when you are safe and back at the alchemist's hut, will you open that."
  48. [2017-04-26 14:25:21] * Noble_Heart raises her eyebrows slightly at the message being conveyed. "We shall hopefully meet up again soon."
  49. [2017-04-26 14:28:41] * Shatara frowns. He tucks the note away somewhere safe with a solemn nod. He blinks a bit and pauses, before suddenly scooping Golden_Dream, Noble_Heart and Bookwright into a silent hug.
  50. [2017-04-26 14:29:27] * Golden_Dream returns the hug back. "I believe in you, Shatara. You can do this. A lot's riding on y'all, but you can do this."
  51. [2017-04-26 14:29:31] * Noble_Heart stretches a wing around Shatara. "Keep miss Doo safe. Her life is important to the stability of Equestria."
  52. [2017-04-26 14:29:55] * TenMihara nods to her friends and starts digging, angling her tunnel sharply so the fliers could follow her out but the ground bound zebras could not
  53. [2017-04-26 14:30:22] <TenMihara> * Mitzi
  54. [2017-04-26 14:30:42] * Bookwright returns the hug fiercely, before letting go. "Alright. Let's go meet the false emperor."
  55. [2017-04-26 14:46:45] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Ditzi Doo follows Mitzi into the ground.
  56. [2017-04-26 14:49:16] * Shatara takes a long last look at his friends, before following the derpasus out.
  57. [2017-04-26 14:49:40] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Ditzi pauses and waves to everyone staying behind.  She looks worried, but hopeful.
  58. [2017-04-26 14:49:54] * Mitzi 's large size makes the tunnel she carves out plenty wide enough for Shatara to hover up.
  59. [2017-04-26 15:01:38] * Noble_Heart watches as the fliers depart, turning towards the oncoming zebras. "It seems, then, we walk into the lion's den."
  60. [2017-04-26 15:05:31] * Golden_Dream sighs. She figured that this was the feeling her father felt before meeting with Cottonseed. It wasn't anger, although she could hear the echoes if she thought about it hard enough. It was just heaviness of knowing that something is out of her hooves right now. "Yep."
  61. [2017-04-26 15:09:32] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Ahead in the catacombs are elite Imperial Guards.  A lot of them.  In front, in full regalia, is a Legion Tribuni.  And beside her floats the translator hoverbot, shining a glaring spotlight into the ponies' eyes.
  62. [2017-04-26 15:13:02] * Noble_Heart squints at the sudden bright light. She scowls at the appearance of the guards.
  63. [2017-04-26 15:13:33] <Mare-Do-Well> 3As the ponies appear, many spears and guns are aimed in there direction.  Two zebras have to shoulder their way through to the front, bearing odd restraints.
  64. [2017-04-26 15:14:49] <Mare-Do-Well> 3There are no leg or hoof bindings, but they do carry harnesses to bind wings.  And one has several cuffs that can be locked over horns, each inset with a now familiar black stone.
  65. [2017-04-26 15:19:15] * Golden_Dream crooks an eyebrow. Really? Oh, this is just making her a liiittle pissed off. "What, you don't think I'm a fuckin' threat with no wings or a horn?"
  66. [2017-04-26 15:21:09] * Noble_Heart looks down at Golden_Dream. "Perhaps it is better if they don't? Do you wish to end up with your hooves bound? Or your mouth muzzled?"
  67. [2017-04-26 15:21:58] <Mare-Do-Well> 3As the zebras approach, the Tribuni speaks, the robot translating.  "Smart ponies.  Throw down your weapons!  Do not resist."
  68. [2017-04-26 15:23:19] * Bookwright is having second and third and fourth and fifth thoughts about this plan as he carefully places all three of his weapons on the ground.
  69. [2017-04-26 15:25:21] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mitzi finds it easier to dig as soon as she is a fair bit away from the Catacombs.  Not that it was hard before, just harder than it should have been.
  70. [2017-04-26 15:26:06] * Mitzi gldes smoothly up through the earth like a fish through water, not quite sure where they would come up, but she could count on the fliers to give her the lay of the land once they got back to the surface.
  71. [2017-04-26 15:29:37] * Noble_Heart pulled her two weapons from their holdings at her sides, dropping the crystalline lance and the reshaped crystal lamppost.
  72. [2017-04-26 15:31:53] * Golden_Dream immediately feels words coming to her mouth. Fucking fine, I'll even arm them for you. Fortunately, the only thing that came out of her mouth was the first word of that. She dug in her things for the plasma mines, and it took more than a moment for her to dig out her custom-tooled Brush Gun. and
  73. [2017-04-26 15:32:06] <Golden_Dream> propping it against a rock.
  74. [2017-04-26 15:33:33] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The zebra guards gather up weapons from the ground, looking over the ponies to make sure they aren't hiding any in their manes or tails.
  75. [2017-04-26 15:34:58] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Weapons gathered, they bind Bookwright's horn and Noble_Heart's horn and wings.
  76. [2017-04-26 15:35:47] * Noble_Heart scowls, shifting slightly to try and make the bindings slightly less uncomfortable.
  77. [2017-04-26 15:36:13] * Bookwright grits his teeth. This thing on his horn is inimical to him.
  78. [2017-04-26 15:37:13] <Golden_Dream> "Careful," She notes. "You put 'em on too tight, they'll get the wrong idea on what this is."
  79. [2017-04-26 15:39:00] * Shatara emerges from the ground behind the others, making use of his handy dandy pipbuck map to guide the others toward sanctuary
  80. [2017-04-26 15:43:19] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Mitzi finds herself digging up first through dirt, then concrete, and finally a layer of brick tiles.  When she emerges from underground, she finds herself in a cistern.
  81. [2017-04-26 15:43:51] * Mitzi looks around and wrinkles her nose a bt
  82. [2017-04-26 15:43:53] <Mitzi> bit
  83. [2017-04-26 15:49:06] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Fortunately, despite the very recent rainstorm, the place is mostly dry, suggesting the pipes leading to this particular feature of ancient Roam have collapsed, preventing the water it was meant to contain from reaching it.
  84. [2017-04-26 15:57:40] * Mitzi looks around, then glances to Shatara. "Where eez we?"
  85. [2017-04-26 15:58:48] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The cistern is vast, with brick columns leading up to vaulted arches in the darkess.
  86. [2017-04-26 16:11:44] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The others, meanwhile, are lead out of the Catacombs.  Immediately outside, they see Noble_Heart's zebra ally has been detained and the younger zebra guard is talking animatedly to several Imperial Guards.
  87. [2017-04-26 16:13:00] * Noble_Heart frowns, but does not spare a glance in the direction of the zebra. She didn't wish to incriminate him any further, after all. Even if things were about to change, radically, in Roam.
  88. [2017-04-26 16:13:05] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The Imperial Guards surrounding the ponies, two dozen counting the Tribuni, march them up the stairs and out of the building to the street.  Dawn has come, but the rain continues.
  89. [2017-04-26 16:13:07] * Shatara coughs a bit, taking advantage of the extra elbow room while he can as he studdies his map. "I, uh...I guess we want to be that way?" He points.
  90. [2017-04-26 16:13:52] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Outside, they can hear what sounds like battle echoing across the skies from the far ends of the city.
  91. [2017-04-26 16:17:54] * Golden_Dream hisses through her mask. "Keep that coming, sky. Keep that coming."
  92. [2017-04-26 16:19:25] <Mare-Do-Well> 3In the cistern, Ditzi Doo taps on her golden PipBuck, and gives a happy squeal when the light turns on, glowing almost as brightly as it should.
  93. [2017-04-26 16:20:48] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Outside, the Imperial Guards make way for the Palace.
  94. [2017-04-26 16:22:29] * Bookwright is half worried about dying very soon and half frustrated that he can't take any pictures of the Palace approach.
  95. [2017-04-26 16:24:14] * Golden_Dream swats bookwright with the flat of her barbed tail. "Ey'. I'm supposed t' be th' obstinate one here. You can't be the rebellious one. Y'all are too good for that."
  96. [2017-04-26 16:25:37] * Bookwright returns the favor with the limpest, most milquetoast swat imaginable. "Well, excuuuuuse me, princess."
  97. [2017-04-26 16:27:32] <Mare-Do-Well> 3At the head of the march, the hoverbot continues to provide translations.
  98. [2017-04-26 16:28:38] * Get_Lost doesn't have any idea of what is going on outside of the zebra hut, but is trying really hard to rxplain to the alchemist that she needs a repica of the goop she got to explose bugpones
  99. [2017-04-26 16:29:02] * Noble_Heart walks through the rain, her mane damp and her coat matting slightly as they go. She looked up at the palace with grave expression.
  100. [2017-04-26 16:35:48] * Bookwright may be dry in his ersatz power armor, but that doesn't mean he's enjoying the rain. The potholes are indistinguishable from the cobbles in the rain, and sinking into the mud sometimes is distinctly unpleasant. He cues his radio, and addresses Golden_Dream on a private channel. "Golden, I seriously hope you have a plan. Because I'm officially flying by the seat of my trousers now."
  101. [2017-04-26 16:36:40] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The cistern, while impressively vast and utterly silent, is easy to navigate.  The trio eventually find a stairwell leading upwards that will take them to the streets of Roam.
  102. [2017-04-26 16:38:29] * Golden_Dream doesn't quite know how to set up a cue like that, so she just responds the the one sent through the pipbuck passthrough in her helmet. "I do. It ain't a great plan, but it's the best I could come up with in less n' five minutes."
  103. [2017-04-26 16:38:58] <Golden_Dream> (responds to Bookie through the pipbuck passthrough)
  104. [2017-04-26 16:39:04] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Great columns rise in formations about The Imperial Palace.  The outer courtyard is lit with spotlights even during these morning hours.
  105. [2017-04-26 16:43:50] <Mare-Do-Well> 3Between the rain and the battle, there are few zebras out on the streets or in the courtyard.  Most seem to have barricaded themselves in their dwellings.  And the few outside move with purpose, most with heads either down or casting furtive looks to the skies.
  106. [2017-04-26 16:46:02] <Mare-Do-Well> 3As the ponies are lead by Imperial Guards through the outer Courtyard, the image of the Caesar appears projected onto walls, both of the Palace and on the most intact skyscrapers left in Roam.
  107. [2017-04-26 16:47:03] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The Tribuni holds up a hoof.  Several of the Guard look surprised by this.
  108. [2017-04-26 16:49:24] * Golden_Dream grits her teeth. "Shatara, damnit. Open it up and make moves."
  109. [2017-04-26 16:50:04] <Mare-Do-Well> 3The Caesar speaks, but this is no Daily Love.  As the hoverbot continues to dutifully translate:
  110. [2017-04-26 16:52:51] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Beloved Citizens of Roam!  Do not fear, although the hour seems dark and murderous barbarians storm at our gates!"
  111. [2017-04-26 16:54:57] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"For we are Zebras!  And we are Roaman!  A nation of love and nobility unlike any before us, stronger in our bonds and our love of country and kin than any who could hope to strike against us!"
  112. [2017-04-26 16:55:08] * Golden_Dream quickly responds, as if anyone would be listening. "Fuck you, you're the one that started it."
  113. [2017-04-26 16:55:46] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Today is not a day for fear!  It is a day for celebration!  Listen to my words, your Caesar, for I bring you good news."
  114. [2017-04-26 16:56:26] * Bookwright sincerely hopes it's not the announcement of a public execution.
  115. [2017-04-26 16:56:28] * Noble_Heart snorts in dismissal. The politics of war, save worse for the desire for admiration rather than merely compliance.
  116. [2017-04-26 16:57:47] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Even as they strike at our walls, our enemies have been felled by a loyal and true citizen of Roam.  And thanks to his bravery and love of nation, we have captured the ringleaders of the ignoble pirate 'resistance' and their dark alliance with ponies!"
  117. [2017-04-26 16:59:05] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Even now, they are being lead to this very place, where they will not merely stand before me, your loving Caesar, but before YOU, the zebras I have been so blessed as to lead!"
  118. [2017-04-26 16:59:28] <Mare-Do-Well> 10"Here, before you, they will be tried.  And here, by you, they will be sentenced!"
  119. [2017-04-26 17:00:26] <Mare-Do-Well> 3--- End of Session ---
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