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Fallout: Beyond Equestria, 55: Northern Blues (Part 38)

Scorch_Mechanic Oct 9th, 2013 67 Never
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  1. [2013-10-02 13:36:06] <Kkat> 3Responsibility.
  2. [2013-10-02 13:36:13] <Kkat> 3It is the duty of those who lead a nation to serve and protect their citizens.
  3. [2013-10-02 13:36:20] <Kkat> 3To help them grow, and to shield them from harm.  Much like the sequester spell and the pylon fence were meant to shield the crystal ponies from outside aggressors in their time of vulnerability.
  4. [2013-10-02 13:36:27] <Kkat> 3But the true leaders of the Crystal Empire, Princess Cadence and Prince Shining Armor, have long ago vanished.  And the custodians that they left behind, the simulacrums called Doctor Amore and Professor Paladin, have failed in their responsibilities.  Guidance has become a straightjacket and protection a prison.
  5. [2013-10-02 13:36:32] <Kkat> 3There is no growth.
  6. [2013-10-02 13:36:38] <Kkat> 3Instead, the Crystal Ponies exist in status and stagnation while the empire which was once their home crumbles.  The Crystal Empire lies in ruins.  Not from a megaspell, but from the collapse of order, centuries long, which has left only the desperate, the wicked and the insane as its only inhabitants.
  7. [2013-10-02 13:36:48] <Kkat> 3Now, heroes stand poised to reverse this tragedy.  To succeed, they are in need of two objects: the Crystal Heart that has been hidden away by Professor Paladin, and the weaponized jukebox in the bowels of the Solaris weapons factory.
  8. [2013-10-02 13:36:56] <Kkat> 3Their adventures in this place have made them allies:  Butterfly, the living computer who attends the Equestrian Embassy (and Ministry of Peace hub), Sweet-E, the living computer who was once the tour guide for a Stable-Tec computer and securities R&D facility, and Pink-E, the curious pink sprite-bot and self-proclaimed Official Welcome Party Spritebot.
  9. [2013-10-02 13:37:02] <Kkat> 3Not to mention having established friendly contact with a community of zebras, descendents of prisoners of war.
  10. [2013-10-02 13:41:52] <Kkat> 3Now, these heroes stand in a vast and beautiful library, pristine preserved.  The knowledge of ages lines the walls in every direction -- book shelves of sky-blue crystal reach three stories high, loaded with books slowly decaying in age, extend under a domed skylight.  
  11. [2013-10-02 13:42:18] <Kkat> 3The blue of the sky above is slowly eclipsed by a swath of pink as the shield once again extends around the library, plunging the interior into odd shades of magenta.
  12. [2013-10-02 13:42:56] <Kkat> 3In the center of the library, sitting on a simple libarian's desk, unhidden... is the Crystal Heart.
  13. [2013-10-02 13:44:18] <Kkat> 3"Welcome, intruders!  I, Professor Paladin, greet Doctor Amore's spies!"  The voice seems to come from everywhere, echoing off the silent walls.
  14. [2013-10-02 13:44:42] <Kkat> 3Fallout: Beyond Equestria, Session Fifty-Five: Northern Blues (Part Thirty-Eight) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH01FhqMdc8
  15. [2013-10-02 13:44:48] <Kkat> 3--- Session Begins ---
  16. [2013-10-02 13:45:28] * Kid gives an appreciative whistle. "Now this here's really somethin'. I don' think I've ever seen so many books in one place." And then she sees it. The Crystal Heart. Her heart soars, but her cynicism cries out. Back away from it Kid. This isn't real. "I ain't buyin' it." She mumbles, drawing her gun and creeping down the halls a bit, ears up and aware.
  17. [2013-10-02 13:45:32] * Noble_Heart glances around at the walls. "The public announcement system serves this Professor Paladin well." She looks back to the heart. "It will not be this easy."
  18. [2013-10-02 13:46:49] * CopyCat tilts her head hopefully. "Well, couldn't we just pretend it will be easy? For a little bit?"
  19. [2013-10-02 13:47:56] <Kkat> 3"Of course, I cannot just allow you to steal the Crystal Heart from me!  Doctor Amore's spell must never be completed!  Prepare yourselves to face the Crystal Heart's guardian!"
  20. [2013-10-02 13:48:43] * Shatara tightens his grip on his rifle. "Uhh...why?"
  21. [2013-10-02 13:49:13] <Kkat> 3The voice of Professor Paladin chuckles.  "No doubt, you are expecting a BIGGER and MORE... BATTLE-ier version of my awesome Crystal Battle Ewes!"
  22. [2013-10-02 13:49:35] * CopyCat nods like a good guest.
  23. [2013-10-02 13:49:52] * Kid whimpers. Aw, bullshit. She got close to a bookcase and slammed up against it, loading in all the slugs and disruption slugs she has left. "'Cause he's got a flank fer a face, what the hell other reason does he need?" She whisper hisses at Shatara.
  24. [2013-10-02 13:50:05] * Noble_Heart looks up at the books. "We suspect that you would not allow one of the Ewes within the library. They are very destructive, and difficult to control."
  25. [2013-10-02 13:50:31] <Kkat> 3"But you are wrong!  For I, Professor Paladin, have harnessed the EVEN AWESOME-er power..."  he laughs in triumph, "...of MINITURIZATION!"  
  26. [2013-10-02 13:51:23] * Bookwright "Hold on, wait, wait. You're a professor, right? Can't we try reasoned discourse first?"
  27. [2013-10-02 13:51:31] <Kkat> 3"Prepare to FACE YOUR DOOM against my DREADED ITTY-BITTY CRYSTAL EWE of DOOM!"
  28. [2013-10-02 13:51:41] * CopyCat tries hard not to glance at Kid.
  29. [2013-10-02 13:51:50] * Bookwright "Why, please tell us /why/ must the Doctor Amore's spell never be completed?"
  30. [2013-10-02 13:52:03] * Shatara sighs and reloads
  31. [2013-10-02 13:52:53] * Bookwright puts away his thumpy stick and prepares his MASER.
  32. [2013-10-02 13:53:57] <Kkat> 3True to the Professor's word, a crystal battle ewe jumps up onto the desk.  It is a cute little thing about the size of a cantelope.  And it's little legs scramble cutely as it climbs up onto the Crystal Heart and perches there, letting out a fearsome churble.
  33. [2013-10-02 13:54:30] * Noble_Heart frowns as she watches the Ewe. "Kid. Perhaps you would like a word with Our would-be assailant?"
  34. [2013-10-02 13:55:09] * Kid glances at it. And her heart melts a little. "Aww. Lookatit! It's so cute!" She grabs a gem pack and tosses it out for the little guy. "Have you eaten?"
  35. [2013-10-02 13:55:54] <Kkat> 3The D.I.B.C.E.D. terrifyingly nibbles on the Heart.  Then looks up and blinks.  Terrifyingly.
  36. [2013-10-02 13:56:45] * Kid tosses out another gem pack. "C'mon, lil' guy. How long have ya'll been in here?"
  37. [2013-10-02 13:57:25] * Bookwright speaks out loud again. "...Professor Paladin? Hellooo? Why must Doctor Amore's spell not be completed?"
  38. [2013-10-02 13:57:28] <Kkat> 3"Prepare yourselves for.... wait, what are you doing?"
  39. [2013-10-02 13:58:23] <Kkat> 3The mini-ewe bounds down off the Heart and lands next to the gem pack, sniffing it.  Then bats it.  And chases.
  40. [2013-10-02 13:58:43] <Kkat> 3"..."
  41. [2013-10-02 13:59:15] <Kkat> 3"Beware!  For it is lulling you into a false sense of security!  Before it STRIKES!   With DOOM!"
  42. [2013-10-02 13:59:23] * Shatara relaxes with a chuckle.
  43. [2013-10-02 13:59:45] * Bookwright is nonplussed. Starts looking around the room for other doors.
  44. [2013-10-02 13:59:47] * CopyCat clasps her front hooves together. "Aww, he's adorable!"
  45. [2013-10-02 14:00:00] * Noble_Heart chuckles quietly. "We have met the Ewes. They are most adorable when not determined to murder." She looks towards the ceiling then the crystal heart. "But We would also like to know why the spell must not be completed. There are many thousands of ponies waiting for its finish to be released."
  46. [2013-10-02 14:00:38] <Kkat> 3The mini-ewe bats the gem pack towards the party, the ammo sliding to a stop by Kid's hooves.
  47. [2013-10-02 14:01:23] * Kid just lets that awkward sting for a little bit, before moving on. She hopes to see it again to see if Professor Paladin would be cool with letting her have it, since Sweetie Bot would probably like to keep Ewey. She bats it back out to keep it playing for a little bit.
  48. [2013-10-02 14:02:13] <Kkat> 3The mini-ewe (of DOOM!) scampers up and rubs against Kid's leg and churrs.
  49. [2013-10-02 14:04:43] <Kkat> 3"On the other hoof... yes.  Let us talk!"
  50. [2013-10-02 14:05:43] * CopyCat smiles. "You've really got a way with animals, Kid."
  51. [2013-10-02 14:07:08] * Kid gives the mini-ewe a small kiss on the back of the head after realizing that it wasn't really much of a threat.. "You ain't no killer. You're just a lil' misunderstood, that's all. You got a name, lil'un?" She proceeded to give it a nuzzle and lifts the gem pack to keep it following her. "Aw, it's just that nobody knows how t' treat 'em how they like it is all. They'd get it if they bothered...
  52. [2013-10-02 14:07:09] * Kid ...t' watch 'em go along their business."
  53. [2013-10-02 14:15:08] * Noble_Heart chuckles another few moments and looks around at the masses of books. "We would indeed like to talk. It would seem that you require some proper marriage counseling."
  54. [2013-10-02 14:19:50] * Noble_Heart chuckles another few moments and looks around at the masses of books. "We would indeed like to talk. It would seem that you require some proper marriage counseling."
  55. [2013-10-02 14:21:18] <Kkat> 3"Doctor Amore's spell would make all the zebras love us!  By force!  She would impose her loving nature on an entire nation against their will!  It is wrong!  It must not be allowed!"
  56. [2013-10-02 14:21:54] <Kkat> 3The mini-crystal battle ewe (of DOOM!) churbles at Kid.
  57. [2013-10-02 14:25:10] * Bookwright "Hypothetically, what if we could get her not to?"
  58. [2013-10-02 14:25:40] * Kid blinks. And then she seems a mite upset. "Well, it ain't really much of a nation anymore. I'm thinkin' we kinda megaspelled it up like, two hundred and a quarter years ago. Ah think." She shakes her head. "And what else should we do t' get all them ponies unfrozen?"
  59. [2013-10-02 14:25:53] * Bookwright "What if we had her cast the spell and restore the crystal ponies, but not force it on the zebras?"
  60. [2013-10-02 14:25:59] * Noble_Heart furrows her brow and frowns. "Of that We agree. Is there no way to release that magic without casting such a spell? Surely leaving thousands of crystal ponies paralyzed, until their hearts are so empty of love that they cannot even conceive of why it would be positive. Such a fate is worse than death." She snorts. "But We would not allow such a mass brainwashing to occur!
  61. [2013-10-02 14:25:59] * Noble_Heart We have seen what that road leads to and it should not be!"
  62. [2013-10-02 14:27:02] * Kid just leans down to look the crystal ewe in the teeny tiny cute little eyes. "I'mma call you Louie. Wanna pony back ride, Louie?"
  63. [2013-10-02 14:27:09] * Bookwright steps forward. "Have you seen what happens to the crystal ponies who become unfrozen? They have no love left! They move, but they do not live! They are dead, but still they walk! All they have in their hearts is anger, hatred, frustration, and shame!"
  64. [2013-10-02 14:28:06] * Shatara can't help but daaaaw at Kid and Louie.
  65. [2013-10-02 14:28:13] * Bookwright "By refusing to allow Doctor Amore to cast that spell, you are dooming the entire Crystal Empire to a slow, painful, /evil/ execution!"
  66. [2013-10-02 14:28:45] <Kkat> 3"Do you truly believe you could get her to do that?  To not cast the spell on the zebras?  Doctor Amore is the most stubborn, unreasonable, frustrating mare in the existance of all mare-dom!"
  67. [2013-10-02 14:29:17] <Kkat> 3Louie bounces ewe-ishly.
  68. [2013-10-02 14:29:18] * Bookwright "It's not like she can take the crystal heart from us."
  69. [2013-10-02 14:29:29] * Noble_Heart frowns. "We do not believe she is as unreasonable as you say. She seems to care for her citizens at the least."
  70. [2013-10-02 14:30:34] * Bookwright "We've talked with the zebras. Well, thunk with them, anyways. Maybe we should ask them what they want?"
  71. [2013-10-02 14:31:32] <Kkat> 3"But... if you put the Crystal Heart back in its place for the spell to be released, how can you keep her from completing it?"
  72. [2013-10-02 14:31:37] * Kid leans down to pick Louie up and places the tiny crystaline sheep onto her saddle. "I'm thinkin' some pots and kettles agree with ya'll, Professor." She sarcastically sniped.
  73. [2013-10-02 14:32:27] * Kid shrugs. "We'll ask nice, and if that don't work. Y'no. We'll shoot 'er. Politely."
  74. [2013-10-02 14:33:17] <Kkat> 3Louie bounces ewe-ishly on Kid's saddle.  "Chee!"
  75. [2013-10-02 14:33:29] * Noble_Heart frowns. "That is a good question. And one which is difficult to answer. But We also believe that she will listen if it is for the good of her people."
  76. [2013-10-02 14:34:03] * Bookwright shrugs. "We just have to extract a promise from her before we put it in place."
  77. [2013-10-02 14:34:10] * Kid looks like the happiest little filly in the whole world. It's like getting all the puppies for all of the Hearths Warming Eves all at once!
  78. [2013-10-02 14:34:42] * Bookwright just can't imagine anypony who would /not/ keep their word on a promise.
  79. [2013-10-02 14:35:25] * CopyCat looks up and around, wondering how best to address their host. "She seems like a nice pony at heart. I'm sure she'll see reason when everything's explained."
  80. [2013-10-02 14:36:41] * Shatara browses a convenient bookshelf while the talkypones do the talkything.
  81. [2013-10-02 14:36:50] * Kid shrugs. "Plus, we know where she lives."
  82. [2013-10-02 14:38:32] <Kkat> 3"You cannot trust her!  She is duplicitous!"
  83. [2013-10-02 14:38:52] * Bookwright shakes his head. "No, I'm pretty sure there's only one of her now."
  84. [2013-10-02 14:39:02] * Kid has a little bit of a spring in her step as she proceeds forward towards the voice. "What makes you think that?"
  85. [2013-10-02 14:39:08] * Noble_Heart taps her chin and frowns. Listening quietly.
  86. [2013-10-02 14:46:03] <Kkat> 3"Because she is Doctor Amore!"
  87. [2013-10-02 14:46:33] <Kkat> 3"I know her!" Professor Paladin insists.  "She is not to be trusted!"
  88. [2013-10-02 14:51:21] * Kid blinks. "No, I mean, gimme reasons. Examples. Why is she so bad?"
  89. [2013-10-02 14:51:56] * Noble_Heart furrows her brow. "You knew her, yes. So tell us, what happened between you that you now believe she cannot possibly be trusted? It seems that she has told us nothing untrue. That you did take the heart. That you have rejected her love. That you have prevented the spell from being cast. Though she did not tell Us what the purpose was, We admit, she has not lied."
  90. [2013-10-02 14:52:14] <Kkat> 3"She wants to end the war by making all the zebras love us, for a start!"
  91. [2013-10-02 14:52:42] * CopyCat frowns. "You say you know her but have you two tried to talk recently? She has spent over two hundred years watching as ponies she cares about are drained away. I think that now she just wants them to be free."
  92. [2013-10-02 14:53:06] * Bookwright suddenly groks. "Uh, Professor Paladin? The war is over. Has been. For more than two hundred years."
  93. [2013-10-02 14:53:10] <Kkat> 3"We yell at each other all the time!"
  94. [2013-10-02 14:53:49] * Kid "Well, yeah. When was the last time ya'll asked her t' reconcile this deal over dinner or somethin'?"
  95. [2013-10-02 14:54:02] * Noble_Heart furrows her brow. "Many couples conflict with one another. It is a question of what you do after the conflict that makes the difference."
  96. [2013-10-02 14:54:02] <Kkat> 3"..."
  97. [2013-10-02 14:54:06] <Kkat> 3"Dinner?"
  98. [2013-10-02 14:54:11] * CopyCat frowns harder. "Talking is different to yelling..."
  99. [2013-10-02 14:54:37] * Kid shrugs. "I 'unno. I'm a pretty good cook when I get th' notion t' be."
  100. [2013-10-02 14:55:00] * Bookwright brightens. "Yeah! You and Amore should have dinner together!"
  101. [2013-10-02 14:55:24] <Kkat> 3"I... haven't had..."
  102. [2013-10-02 14:55:50] <Kkat> 3"I don't remember the last time I had dinner... with her... or..."
  103. [2013-10-02 14:56:23] * Noble_Heart shakes her head. "You have not spent time with her, talked with her or asked her how she has felt in many, many years." She frowns. "We believe that she would listen, if you would meet her again."
  104. [2013-10-02 14:57:51] * CopyCat drops her frown and picks up a smile. " If you work too hard it's easy to forget meals. You must be hungry!"
  105. [2013-10-02 14:59:41] * Noble_Heart raises a forehoof. "While We do not disagree with you that her desire to mind-control the Zebra nation into love with ponies is a good idea, We also believe that her desire was born of something positive. She must have seen the results of those Zebras held here as prisoners of war, the way they adopted to pony culture and believed that such a spell would end the war peacefully
  106. [2013-10-02 14:59:42] * Noble_Heart for both sides. We do not believe she had malice or hate in he heart, though We also understand that the gate to tartarus are opened with incantations of good intention." She shook her head. "But We think that she has seen so much pain, so much suffering and so many years of her ponies turning to darkness, destruction and hate that she would merely wish release for them from their
  107. [2013-10-02 14:59:42] * Noble_Heart trappings. It is a question of if you are willing to make up which will make the Crystal Empire great once more, or allow it to fade away into a bubble of spite, destruction and rage."
  108. [2013-10-02 15:03:22] <Kkat> 3"..."
  109. [2013-10-02 15:03:50] <Kkat> 3"Promise me.  Promise me that she will not cast the spell.  Do this, and you may take the Heart."
  110. [2013-10-02 15:04:33] * Bookwright "I... I don't think we can promise that. That's the whole point of taking the heart."
  111. [2013-10-02 15:04:58] * Noble_Heart frowns and contemplates. "Promise Us that you will seek to reconcile with her if you can. Do that and We shall do all in Our power to ensure that the heart is used wisely."
  112. [2013-10-02 15:05:50] * Kid frowns, petting Louie a little. "I don't make promises. I c'n only say that it wouldn't hurt tryin' t' talk to her like an equine being."
  113. [2013-10-02 15:06:13] <Kkat> 3Louie churrs and nuzzles the back of Kid's mane.  It's pokey, with all Louie's jutting crystals.
  114. [2013-10-02 15:07:07] * Get_Lost takes a look around, apparently not very interested in the whole crystal heart thig
  115. [2013-10-02 15:07:26] <Kkat> 3Professor Paladin seems to contemplate this.  "You... seem to be good ponies."
  116. [2013-10-02 15:07:50] <Kkat> 3"Yes," he says finally.  "Take it.  Go.  And may Celestia be with you."
  117. [2013-10-02 15:08:15] * Noble_Heart bows her head. "We shall do what We can. Thank you." She gently levitates the heart from its resting place to secure it with her bags.
  118. [2013-10-02 15:08:38] <Kkat> 3The eerie magenta light fades as the shield once again washes away.  The doors click open.
  119. [2013-10-02 15:09:13] * Kid shrugs. "Eh. I wouldn't count on it. She's over with 'Pip now." She walks back, Louie on her back. "Take care. Hope ya'll don't mind us takin' Louie along."
  120. [2013-10-02 15:09:23] * Bookwright "Oh! Can you make your crystal battle ewes not attack us please? That would be great."
  121. [2013-10-02 15:10:30] * CopyCat rubs at her most recent wounds. "Please do. I think I'm allergic to being shot."
  122. [2013-10-02 15:11:23] * Get_Lost nodnods "yep, being shot makes everything a lot worse"
  123. [2013-10-02 15:11:40] * Get_Lost and i'm a medic, so i know a lot about these things
  124. [2013-10-02 15:11:47] <Get_Lost> ""
  125. [2013-10-02 15:12:43] * Noble_Heart heads towards the main doors, contemplating what was going on here.
  126. [2013-10-02 15:14:13] * Bookwright "Uh, speaking of being shot... I got shot a lot by those ewes earlier, and they use magical energy weapons... Get_Lost, can 'ewe' please heal me? I'm afraid I'm not skilled enough in the healing arts to do it myself..."
  127. [2013-10-02 15:15:50] * Get_Lost nodnods "sure, no problem.... i think we still have some healing potions..." the mare proceeds to giving the stallion some assistance.... you perv
  128. [2013-10-02 15:17:37] * CopyCat watches Get_Lost closely as she takes care of Bookwright.
  129. [2013-10-02 15:17:58] * Shatara blinkblinks. "Oh look. I'm shot too."
  130. [2013-10-02 15:19:52] * Get_Lost since even the griffon guy is wounded, the generous mare services him too... this is getting awkward, grandma woul not approve
  131. [2013-10-02 15:20:01] * Bookwright sighs. "Ooowaaah, thanks. That really hit the spot."
  132. [2013-10-02 15:20:25] * CopyCat takes a deep breath and tries to concentrate. Her horn lights up and...
  133. [2013-10-02 15:20:46] * Kid takes the Heart gingerly and places it in her saddlebag. "C'mon. We gotta get this back and quick."
  134. [2013-10-02 15:21:06] * Shatara feels much better now.
  135. [2013-10-02 15:21:50] * Get_Lost is a little proven, but happy.
  136. [2013-10-02 15:23:34] * CopyCat is washed over by a soft light as she actually manages to heal herself a little.
  137. [2013-10-02 15:27:21] * Kid steps out of the library, and after giving a cautionary glance at the left and right, looks back up past the crag and the ominous glow. "Noble?"
  138. [2013-10-02 15:29:16] * Get_Lost takes a look around, a little disappointed that no mare wanted to test her skills... oh well, maybe next time, mares can be shy, sometimes... copycat was actually helping herself, maybe for the better?
  139. [2013-10-02 15:29:29] * Noble_Heart looks up towards the crags as well. "We are prepared to move whenever everyone else is." She sighs quietly. "This may be dangerous..."
  140. [2013-10-02 15:30:21] * Kid sighs. "Don't suppose you got enough juice in that horn t' get up there on th' quick?"
  141. [2013-10-02 15:30:22] * Get_Lost "can't we just teleport again on top of the chasm?"
  142. [2013-10-02 15:30:53] * CopyCat is pleasantly surprised that it worked but she follows quickly after the others.
  143. [2013-10-02 15:31:44] * Noble_Heart contemplates. "We may be able to. Though We believe it will push Us to Our limits to do so much in such a short time. Rest would be much appreciated soon."
  144. [2013-10-02 15:32:06] * Shatara looks over the gap. "Would we be okay to fly? The ewes shouldn't be looking to swat us down anymore..."
  145. [2013-10-02 15:32:40] <Kkat> 3"I will command my crystal battle ewes to not attack you," Professor Paladin assures.
  146. [2013-10-02 15:33:05] <Kkat> 3Pink-E makes a sarcastic bloop.  "Yeah, cuz they always listen to you."
  147. [2013-10-02 15:33:40] * CopyCat turns to Shatara and Get_Lost. "Do you think the crystal tower has parking at the top?"
  148. [2013-10-02 15:34:26] * Get_Lost taps a hoof on her chin "like... some sort of aiirship docking station? could be... why?"
  149. [2013-10-02 15:35:00] * Shatara 's wings and feathers twitch a little. "Uuh...maybe?"
  150. [2013-10-02 15:35:01] * Noble_Heart looks to CopyCat. "Have We not spent a night at the top of that crystal palace? We seem to recall it having an open area."
  151. [2013-10-02 15:35:14] * Kid smiles. "Yeah! Yer right, me n' Noble checked that out the first we saw it!"
  152. [2013-10-02 15:36:06] * CopyCat smiles. "We have a fancy new(ish) wagon now don't we? Perhaps that would be a faster way to get to the top without tiring Noble and Bookwright."
  153. [2013-10-02 15:36:49] * Shatara nods, pointing across the chasm to where the firetruck lies camoflaged.
  154. [2013-10-02 15:37:45] * Bookwright "Yeah, the ewes won't shoot at us now, so I think we can have the Princesses fly over and bring the wagon back to us."
  155. [2013-10-02 15:38:56] * Get_Lost whispers "are we sure that the professor really commands the ewes? i eman... his mighty guardian didn't really seem to follow his irders... ah... waht if he's just a teeny eeny little bit deluded?"
  156. [2013-10-02 15:39:56] * Noble_Heart frowns. "Well. We can fly up at least. If nothing else, perhaps Bookwright can help teleport some of you out?" She looks to Bookwright.
  157. [2013-10-02 15:40:06] * Kid nods and then narrows her eyes and gets on the back of the fire truck. "They won't shoot one of their own, I know that." She said, with Louie probably poking into her hide.
  158. [2013-10-02 15:40:45] * Get_Lost quicly adds "i mean, not crazy or anything else, not at all.... just... you know... maybe yelling at a whole flock of ewes for 200 hundred years made him believe that they understand what he says...."
  159. [2013-10-02 15:41:36] * Noble_Heart spreads her wings. "We shall try at least." She jumps into the air to head towards the wagon.
  160. [2013-10-02 15:41:50] <Kkat> 3Pink-E whispers back to Get_Lost, "I think you've poked the cupcake in the eye right there!"
  161. [2013-10-02 15:42:33] * CopyCat tilts her head. "It's worth a try. And if-oh, wait for me!" she calls after Noble_Heart, quickly jumping into the air after the other alicorn. She also raises her shield... just in case.
  162. [2013-10-02 15:42:47] <Kkat> 3Sweet-E responds to Pink-E with a "Wut?"
  163. [2013-10-02 15:44:11] * Kid shrugs. "If they try, then th' only answer we have is t' do what our answer's gonna be anyway if they don't."
  164. [2013-10-02 15:44:56] * Shatara takes off with the alicorns.
  165. [2013-10-02 15:46:52] <Kkat> 3As CopyCat and Noble_Heart soar near the chasm, several of the crystal battle ewes within turn their tails upward, glowing brightly, and unleash blasts of magical energy.
  166. [2013-10-02 15:50:11] * Get_Lost gasps in worry oh no, nonono, this is bad!
  167. [2013-10-02 15:50:14] <Get_Lost> ""
  168. [2013-10-02 15:51:00] * Bookwright pouts. "I thought Professor Paladin was gonna make the ewes not attack us!"
  169. [2013-10-02 15:51:13] * CopyCat clenches her eyes shut as the magical blasts cause her shield to flare and buckle. But thankfully the bubble doesn't quite break.
  170. [2013-10-02 15:52:02] * Kid winces as the princess and the ex-pauper gets a facefull of magical energy. "He tried! Noble, CopyCat! You better keep us up or else we're blood-flavored crepes!"
  171. [2013-10-02 15:52:06] * Get_Lost frowns and asks "are them okat? i can't look!"
  172. [2013-10-02 15:52:50] <Kkat> 3Pink-E huffs electronically while Sweet-E lets out a squeal of dismay.  "Told you."
  173. [2013-10-02 15:52:54] * Bookwright sighs. Then unlimbers his thumpy stick and locks it in the upright position. "Unless somepony has a better idea, I'm about to start bombarding those ewes."
  174. [2013-10-02 15:53:12] * Noble_Heart dives to one side as quick as she can manage, then climbs towards the ridge swiftly. "owowow. We suggest moving quickly when We cross the gap again!"
  175. [2013-10-02 15:53:26] * Get_Lost "can't we just teleport away, bookie?"
  176. [2013-10-02 15:54:28] * Bookwright huffs. "Bah, you're right. I let my anger betray me." He puts it away.
  177. [2013-10-02 15:55:08] * Bookwright "All right, gather 'round y'all. It's no less energy to teleport straight to the tower balcony."
  178. [2013-10-02 15:55:24] * CopyCat lands before dropping her shield, then she rushes over to Noble_Heart. "Are you hurt? How bad is it? I can try to help."
  179. [2013-10-02 15:55:26] * Bookwright "No more energy, I mean."
  180. [2013-10-02 15:55:36] * Get_Lost smiles "nah, you're a good pony, i'd also get upset if my marefriend was bullied... noble is lucky"
  181. [2013-10-02 15:55:52] * Get_Lost "still, now we need to save healing supplies"
  182. [2013-10-02 15:56:07] * Noble_Heart lands on the ridge. "We are alright." She doesn't look great, that's for sure, but the alicorn was definitely made of tough stuff. Despite scorch marks from multiple hits, she still didn't seem seriously injured.
  183. [2013-10-02 15:57:11] * CopyCat is too worried to listen so she tries to help anyway. Her horn lights up...
  184. [2013-10-02 15:59:15] * CopyCat frowns. The spell fizzles out without effect. "Ah! My horn didn't work!"
  185. [2013-10-02 15:59:25] * Get_Lost prepares her healing supplies... this time she gets to service a princess too, lucky sexy doctor get!
  186. [2013-10-02 16:00:00] * Bookwright calls out across the hoho to the princesses and catbird prince. "Okay! I'm gonna teleport Kid and Get with me straight to the tower balcony! We'll meet you three there!"
  187. [2013-10-02 16:00:24] * Noble_Heart gently nuzzles CopyCat. "It is alright. We will live until We can meet Our friends again." She pauses to look over the edge as Bookwright calls out. "It seems We are taking the wagon and heading for the palace."
  188. [2013-10-02 16:00:31] * Shatara gets to work clearing away his expert camoflagage.
  189. [2013-10-02 16:00:33] * Kid nods. "Awesome!" She's never been teleported before.
  190. [2013-10-02 16:02:45] <Kkat> 3Sweet-E exclaims, "Wait!  Pink-E and I need to ride with somepony!"
  191. [2013-10-02 16:03:43] * CopyCat still seems saddened but nods at Noble_Heart's words. Soon she joins Shatara by the wagon.
  192. [2013-10-02 16:05:31] * CopyCat addresses Shatara with a completely straight face. "Could you harness Noble_Heart and I, please. I am not sure where all the straps go."
  193. [2013-10-02 16:06:24] * Kid totally puts Louie in her saddlebag.
  194. [2013-10-02 16:08:18] * Kid totally sticks the E's in her saddlebags too.
  195. [2013-10-02 16:08:41] * Bookwright huddles in close with Kid and Get_Lost. "Alright, here we go..." He focuses his magic, and a soft field of honeyed light surrounds the three ponies. "Skyscraper, spire, crystals and togas..." He opens his eyes. They are brass orbs of shining light. He whispers, "See you on the flip side..."
  196. [2013-10-02 16:08:56] * Get_Lost hugs a bot
  197. [2013-10-02 16:09:00] * Bookwright *BAMF*
  198. [2013-10-02 16:09:17] * Noble_Heart moves towards the wagon to settle herself into position. "We would not deny the help either."
  199. [2013-10-02 16:11:03] * Shatara blushes as he works on harnessing the two alicorn mares, securing the straps over their soft bodies.
  200. [2013-10-02 16:11:33] * CopyCat wriggles in place.
  201. [2013-10-02 16:14:13] * Get_Lost prepares some medical supplies for the harred ponies incoming
  202. [2013-10-02 16:14:18] <Get_Lost> *charred
  203. [2013-10-02 16:17:29] * CopyCat teases. "Oh, not so tight!"
  204. [2013-10-02 16:18:24] * Shatara blushes harder as he checks everything to be secure, his wings pomfing at CopyCat's teasing.
  205. [2013-10-02 16:18:41] * Noble_Heart smiles to Shatara. "Thank you." She spreads her wings once they were secured. "We are prepared!"
  206. [2013-10-02 16:19:49] <Kkat> 3*BAMF!*  Bookwright appears surrounded by his friends on the top of the Crystal Tower. Meanwhile, Noble_Heart, Shatara and CopyCat are back at the firewagon with the Crystal Heart.
  207. [2013-10-02 16:19:59] * CopyCat nods. "Yep, I'm ready! You know, I think that Shatara might have done something like this before."
  208. [2013-10-02 16:21:53] * Noble_Heart smiles. "Then let Us go!" She beats her wings to take flight, heading towards the tower with the fire wagon in tow.
  209. [2013-10-02 16:22:06] * Kid shakes her head. Teleporting was tingly.
  210. [2013-10-02 16:22:44] * Shatara smiles back to Noble_Heart, perhaps a bit too widely, fidgeting as he tries his best to remind himself the mares don't mean it *that* way. "Erheh...r-right, we should catch up with the others."
  211. [2013-10-02 16:22:54] * Kkat 3gives Bookwright a copy of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Autotune".
  212. [2013-10-02 16:23:05] <Kkat> 3(Oops! Wrong window!)
  213. [2013-10-02 16:24:47] * CopyCat flaps her wings in eerie unison with Noble. "Do you want to climb aboard, Shatara? We can take you for a ride."
  214. [2013-10-02 16:26:13] <Kkat> 3Fortunately, flying towards the Crystal Tower does not require passing over the gorge again.
  215. [2013-10-02 16:26:20] * Shatara 's wings twitch and his nose bleeds a little. "Uuh...I'll just be back here..."
  216. [2013-10-02 16:28:42] * Get_Lost as soon as the chariot arrives, the medic checks everyone are you okay? i told you to not go, why you never listen to what the doctor says? bad ponies! you made me so worried! was somepony hurt?"
  217. [2013-10-02 16:30:16] * Noble_Heart swoops down to land on the top of the tower with the chariot. She carefully removes the straps. "We are injured, but it is not severe. We would, however, appreciate some rest."
  218. [2013-10-02 16:31:58] * Get_Lost "no no no and no! those wound will never heal properly if we don't treat them as soon as possible! you are a beautiful mare and i can't even think about you getting disfigured. so, you now drink this potion while i take care of everything... we will find more potions somehow"
  219. [2013-10-02 16:33:00] * Bookwright wakes from his doze as the princesses arrive. "Ah, finally back? Took y'all long enough..."
  220. [2013-10-02 16:33:12] * Noble_Heart sighs in mild irritation, drinking the potion as she sits to allow Get Lost time to work.
  221. [2013-10-02 16:33:38] * CopyCat wriggles out of the harness. "Noble got hurt flying over the chasm... I tried to help but it needed somepony more skilled... Oh, and I'm fine. Shatara was very gentle."
  222. [2013-10-02 16:34:07] * Shatara was most definitely not staring at their strapped-in plots the whole way.
  223. [2013-10-02 16:34:45] * Bookwright smiles a secret smile.
  224. [2013-10-02 16:35:18] * CopyCat was, naturally, unaware of where Shatara's gaze may or may not have lingered.
  225. [2013-10-02 16:35:49] * Kid rolls her eyes. Please. Ogle them some more. You haven't burned a hole through them yet. "Ya'll got the heart?"
  226. [2013-10-02 16:36:08] * Bookwright has the heart and soul of rock and roll.
  227. [2013-10-02 16:36:15] * Noble_Heart nods her head. "We do."
  228. [2013-10-02 16:36:59] * Get_Lost smiles and steps back when she's done "good, now some rest will do the rest... better if now"
  229. [2013-10-02 16:37:04] <Kkat> 3Pink-E swoops out of Kid's bags.  "Yay!  We have the Crystal Heart!  Now everything's going to be better, right?"
  230. [2013-10-02 16:37:32] * Noble_Heart frowns. "First, We suggest some time to rest. We have done much this day and would like to meet with Doctor Amore when properly revitilized."
  231. [2013-10-02 16:37:50] * Get_Lost "probably we can talk the princessbot into reverting the love sucking process from the ponies and wake them...."
  232. [2013-10-02 16:38:11] * Kid frowns. "As ya'll wish. Just keep a real close eye on it. We don't want it stolen."
  233. [2013-10-02 16:38:36] * Get_Lost "still, we need that juke-box monster to open a passage in the city's forcefield"
  234. [2013-10-02 16:39:22] * Get_Lost "and i'd like to check the hospital for more personal and less important matters"
  235. [2013-10-02 16:39:59] * Kid nods at Get Lost, the only pony not staring at plot or playing oblivious. "That c'n wait 'till we muster up the strength t' head out."
  236. [2013-10-02 16:40:04] * Noble_Heart frowns and nods her head. "We are not certain how finding the jukebox will go. But that is the... Erm... Heart of Heartless territory."
  237. [2013-10-02 16:40:51] <Kkat> 3Sweet-E hesitates.  "I don't think I want to go there."
  238. [2013-10-02 16:43:16] * Bookwright "Then... maybe we should give the Crystal Heart to Doctor Amore and have her wake the sleepers."
  239. [2013-10-02 16:43:17] * CopyCat stretches her hooves. At rest did sound good. "I don't think you two should go there either. We should bring you to the hospital first, like Get said, so you can visit Butterfly."
  240. [2013-10-02 16:46:00] * Shatara pulls his 'Equestrian Army Today' from his bags. "I'll uh...just be over there..."
  241. [2013-10-02 16:49:03] * Kid heads over to CopyCat. "Hey, you."
  242. [2013-10-02 16:49:55] * CopyCat looks over attentively. "Yes?"
  243. [2013-10-02 16:53:58] * Kid settles down and looks at Bookie and Shatara to see if they'd cleared off. If they were at a distance, she talked, if they weren't, she leaned in so she could lower her tone so that they wouldn't hear. "Let's do a lil' trade. I'll tell y' what's eatin' me, but you gotta tell me somethin' first. And I'll get it if you don't wanna talk about it, and I'll still do my part."
  244. [2013-10-02 16:54:25] <Kkat> 3--- End of Session ---
  245. [2013-10-02 16:56:27] * CopyCat nods. "Sure, what was it you wanted to ask?" She does her best not to answer until the question was spoken out loud.
  246. [2013-10-02 16:59:32] * Kid frowns a little. "You let Bookie and Shatara and maybe Get look at yer flank and stuff. You knew they were lookin' at it." She sighed and prepared to defend herself. "Now, that there's yer business. But I noticed that you go and let just about anypony stare at you like that. And I gotta ask, why do you let 'em do it?"
  247. [2013-10-02 17:01:33] * CopyCat simply smiles. "Because they like to do it. And I like to make ponies happy."
  248. [2013-10-02 17:02:35] * Kid looks off. "But there's a difference between just keepin' ponies happy and stickin' up to yerself, y'no? What's th' difference t' you?"
  249. [2013-10-02 17:06:09] * CopyCat tilts her head. "I'm not sure if I understand what you mean... if they meant me harm I would leave."
  250. [2013-10-02 17:09:04] * Kid seems a little angry. She thinks of her mom. "I meant, you're more than a pair of flanks, y'no? And it just kinda burns me seein' you not fightin' it when ponies don't treat you like you are, like you don't think you are."
  251. [2013-10-02 17:13:30] * CopyCat bites her lip for a moment. "But... but it's being liked that's important. Why they like me doesn't matter."
  252. [2013-10-02 17:16:25] * Kid shakes her head. "No, no. Look. My dad used to be Enclave, and after he dropped, he was in a gang with his buddies. And he hated it because he wasn't doin' what he thought was right. Like, not makin' sure yer daughter's in a lot of trouble. So he got out of it and he regretted it 'till the day he died."
  253. [2013-10-02 17:22:02] * CopyCat nods but doesn't interrupt.
  254. [2013-10-02 17:24:11] * Kid shrugged.
  255. [2013-10-02 17:26:20] * CopyCat sounds unsure. "He regretted leaving his friends?"
  256. [2013-10-02 17:29:28] * CopyCat bites her lip again. "I'm sorry, I don't really understand the connection. Unless his friends were staring at his flanks."
  257. [2013-10-02 17:32:26] * Kid shakes her head. "No, he hated bein' with his friends because they treated him like bein' a tool, not as a pony."
  258. [2013-10-02 17:35:01] * CopyCat steps forward and gives Kid a big feathery hug. "Well I'm glad I've got friends like you."
  259. [2013-10-02 17:35:42] * Kid shakes her head. "Not sayin' that we treat you like garbage. I'm jus' sayin, y'no, do it fer you, not t' make them happy."
  260. [2013-10-02 17:39:17] * CopyCat grins. "Tell you what. If you let me know when someone is treating me like a tool then I'll try to act a bit more Noble." CC double blinks at Kid's instinctive reaction to the thought of two Noble Hearts. "Alright, more princess-like. How about that?"
  261. [2013-10-02 17:40:14] * Kid nods. "I'd like that." She rests her head onto Copycat.
  262. [2013-10-02 17:43:06] * CopyCat mutters to herself. "Princess like... princess like... how to be more..." There is a flash of magic, and Kid suddenly finds herself hugging an alicorn whose coat is like a dark blue midnight sky.
  263. [2013-10-02 17:43:50] * Kid blinks and looks up. Now there's Luna there. "Uh." She guffaws simply. "Wow, that works, Copycat.
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