'Operation Blackstar' Edition
[UPDATED] Inventory Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zT7_B57dyfFQXAp8RfoTGKPZDLOrzk4AloDXea1xa64
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You control Chalk Dust, a mare who finds herself in the archaic ruins of the city Carcasonne. Mutants and other monstrosities are created from a substance called 'Ambrosia', and it seems everyone is part of one cult or another. The biggest cult is perhaps one dedicated to a goddess named "Sonne" who is a sun god of some time as they call Celestia 'The false goddess'. The powers that be in the city (The Pink Laugh who sent us here, wiped our memories, and generally is kind of a bitch, though helps on occasion, The Queen in Yellow who is the apparent ruler of the city and has some obsession with 'Uniqueness', and The Red Glare who we know little about other than The Pink Laugh sent us to off him, apparently.) seem to be stuck in a power struggle, and they intend to manipulate Chalk like a chess piece. Our 'goal' right now, other than just survival and trying to help who we can, is to kill Red Glare and possibly escape the city.
You've just been headbutted by a rabid mutant with a long neck named Hook'em. The hit knocked you into a dance hall that is playing classical music on a shitty record player, and there are apparently corpses that can explode hidden under the tables. You aren't able to see your party members or Hook'em but you think they must still be in the Golden Cloud since you can see movement in the smoke
You have more pressing matters to attend to however. Namely the fact that your filter is about to run out because of the gas.
You yell as hard as the dwindling air in the filter will let you "Drumroll! Patches! Cover me I need to change my filters!" Then you begin to swap your filters as fast as you can. Hook'em and Patches emerge from the cloud wrestling each other. Hook'em is considerably bigger than Patchwork but you're not too sure if it's just his neck that makes him look bigger or not. Hook'em seem to not be concerned by the attack, he hasn't been even hit once but has been goring Patches every chance he gets, but it is keeping him somewhat occupied at least.
Then Drumroll runs out screaming and rolling around on the ground.
>"MY COAT! MY FUCKING COAT! IT BUUURRRNS! MAKE IT FUCKING STOP!"
darn. I was hoping there were some strewn about because we were in a dining ballroom. Let's look for doors and try to find a kitchen. waiters and stuff need to bring food from somewhere.
Looking around, you see that there is no kitchen on this floor. You remember there was one on the floor below so you doubt there is a second one up here. Thus you abandon Drumroll to scream in agony as you make a break for the record player.
As you get close to the record player however, you notice that there are about 3 bulbous corpses holding it up with their swollen heads. Hook'em and Patchwork's fight is starting to wrap up as she seems to be more and more sluggish with her attacks as blood drains out of her from her gore wounds.
You reach out with your TK and pull the record loose quickly, stopping the music. The moment it stops however, Hook'em reacts
>"HEY! STOP MESSING WITH THE MUSIC AND FIGHT ME FOR ONCE! BEATING UP PATCHWORK GETS REALLY OLD!"
The three corpses explode, sending the record flying and out of your TK grasp. Luckily you manage to grab it, but the record player also is sent flying and you didn't anticipate that. It smashes straight into your face, creating a nasty bruise that seems to just be growing bigger and bigger.
Hook'em moves away from Patchwork and charges towards you, emitting a Golden Cloud that obscures his exact position. She's still seriously wounded, but you can see her stumbling forward to try and help you.
You run to the right and wait for him to turn towards you so you can get a better idea of where he is. Right as he begins to turn you aim your horn and shoot out a Cherry Bomb at him
1 1 1. Critical failure
Unfortunately, you aim a bit high, and it just hits the ceiling in front of you. Even worse though once it explodes it begins to catch the roof on fire, giving off intense heat and light. Hook'em is still charging at you after side stepping out of the way of the flames.
Put up a shield to deflect Hook'em to one side, followed by a slippery one just above ground level so he slides out of control way past you, hopefully into bomb-bodies. If possible, smother flames by flattening another shield tight against the ceiling.
You put a barrier under his leading leg and push it up to hopefully trip him, and then a second one just above ground level to hopefully sideline him if he jumps over it but it seems to be in effective against him. You do notice something odd when you lift the barrier up, the golden cloud seemed to have lifted up off the ground several inches, and it keeps at it's new position until you use the second barrier. During which the golden cloud goes low to the ground before rising back up to it's higher position several inches in the air. You don't see his body during this whole process even though it looked like you should've.
You focus on trying to snuff out the flames with your barrier before you take out your tommy gun and unload into the cloud. From his screams of pain, it hit him quite a few times, and it causes him to back off and duck back into the smoke generated from the 3 recently exploded bodies.
>"AN INTERESTING CONTRAPTION...WE WERE TOLD SOME OF YOUR OTHERWORLDLY TRAVELERS MAY COME FROM A DIMENSION WITH MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY. WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO ACCOMPLISH HERE?"
If it's Hook'em talking, maybe we've got him reasonable and talkative now. Explain why we're here and that we don't want further trouble from him.
In the unlikely event that he warms up to us, tend to Patches' injuries.
You look over to Drumroll, he's trying to pick himself back up, but it seems like between his burning coat and his nearly empty filter he won't be moving any time soon unless you help him. Patchwork is finally up, and seemingly healed if her movement shows anything, but she doesn't dare go inside the Golden Cloud, despite the fact she seems immune to it's effects. "Do you even care?"
>"HOW RUDE. OF COURSE I CARE. IF I DID NOT I WOULDN'T HAVE ASKED YOU."
"We're just here to take the weapons back."
>"HMM. WELL THAT IS JUST ONE OF MY OBJECTIVES SADLY."
"What's the other then?" you suddenly dip in and out of consciousness. Your head wound is still gushing blood out.
>"I'VE RIGGED THIS SHIP FULL OF EXPLOSIVE AND I'M TO DRIVE IT INTO THE QUEEN'S DOCKS AND BLOW IT UP. HOPEFULLY PREVENTING HER INVASION."
Would we mess things up irreparably if we just take all the weapons we can TK off on the rowboat, and let him do his thing with the main ship?
Also, pop a clotting pill and toss Drumroll a filter, maybe Patches can assist him while we chat up Hook'em.
Ah my fault, it's just a bruise. Same difference though, bruises is just internal bleeding and thanks to your condition is just as harmful.
"How would this mess things up timeline wise. Would it give me more or less time?" you swallow a Blood Clotting pill quickly before tossing Drumroll a filter. Patches gets the hint and moves over to help him get back into fighting shape.
>"MAYBE MORE, MAYBE LESS. I'M LEANING TOWARDS MORE SINCE THE RED GLARE IS NOT READY TO LAUNCH AN INVASION JUST YET. BUT IT WILL SEVERELY CRIPPLE THE QUEEN'S CAPACITY TO LAUNCH AN INVASION OF THE EAST SIDE, AND THUS MOST LIKELY THE RED GLARE WILL ATTACK HER THIS TIME AND INVADE THE WEST SIDE WITH MOST OF HIS TROOPS."
"Don't you think this whole spat between Red and Yellow is stupid and pointless? They've fought it over and over and over and yet neither of them have been able to get close to winning."
>"PERHAPS FROM AN OUTSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE IT MAY SEEM POINTLESS. BUT THEY ARE ALL FIGHTING FOR ONE PURPOSE ALONE: GODHOOD. TO RULE OVER ALL OF CREATION. IT IS GOOD THAT THEY KEEP FIGHTING, IN FACT I THINK THAT IS WHAT OUR BOSS INTENDS TO ACCOMPLISH."
"'Our Boss'? Do they want them to fight for eternity? Because that's what's happening at this rate"
>"SURELY PATCHWORK HAS MENTIONED IT TO YOU, PERHAPS LONG AGO, WE WORK FOR ONE PONY THOUGH HE SELLS US TO WORK FOR THE QUEEN OR RED. AND I AM UNDER CONTRACT TO NEVER DIVULGE THIS INFORMATION" The fire is spreading on the roof despite your best efforts.
"If this ship is going to be just blown up, all of the weapons will be destroyed."
>"A CONUNDRUM. HOWEVER, I AM TO CONTACT RED'S COASTAL FORCES SO THEY CAN LOAD THE WEAPONS ON A SEPARATE BOAT BEFORE I BLOW IT UP. HENCE WHY THEY'VE SENT ME TO KILL THE SMUGGLERS OVER MY OTHER MORE...BRUTISH CO-WORKERS." he points to all the corpses "IT WAS EASY TO SUFFOCATE THEM TO DEATH, AND WHEN ONE DIED THE POISON WOULD SPREAD FASTER."
Since the ship's now on fire along with being booby-trapped, and we still would have to defeat Hook'em to change his plan, we should argue for a compromise. For one, will he share the weapon stash. For another, does this ship have any lifeboats we could utilize to carry out a heavier load of weapons. And of course, "Can we stop for a minute and extinguish this fire before us and the weapons are blown to bits?"
"Do they have an accurate list of what was stolen?"
>"MOST LIKELY NOT. THERE WERE TWO SMUGGLING SHIPS. THEY WERE ONLY ABLE TO CAPTURE ONE." you smile smugly at this news.
"Well now Mr. Hook'em. The way I see it there are only two options here. Either I let this ship blow up and no one gets the weapons and you don't get to complete your mission. Or you let me take a few of the supplies and we'll be on our merry way. How does that sound?"
>"...GIVE ME BACK THE RECORD FIRST. THAT'S A RARE PIECE."
"Patches can we trust him?" she currently has Drumroll on her back after applying some gauze to his burns.
>"He is bad pony. But not lie. We can trust."
You levitate the record into the cloud until you feel him grab it in his teeth. "Please take better care of it, exploding bodies don't make a good table." He keeps the smoke up, however he suddenly shoots an energy beam that causes a pipe in the roof to bust open, spilling water into the roof and putting it out.
>"THANK YOU. THERE IS A LIFE BOAT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHIP THAT COULD POSSIBLY HOLD A FEW THINGS. BE SURE NOT TO SINK YOURSELF BY PUTTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT. HOPEFULLY WE SHALL NOT ENCOUNTER EACH OTHER AGAIN, FOR IT MAY BE ON MUCH WORSE TERMS." The water begins to disperse his cloud until there is nothing left. However, he seems to be gone.
Weight Limit: 5. Patches counts as 1.
Repeater Rifles with ammo x 10: 1 wt
Artillery (many available): 3 wt
Gatling Gun: 2 wt
Hoof-held Mortar (functions like an RPG) with 5 shots: 2 wt
Gotta pause here.
The gatling gun would be OK except we've got us our Tommy. BTW, collect our brass for reloading!
Bye for now, Slothtrot, nice episode tonight, I like how you're doing it now!
>functions like an RPG
Then why call them mortars and how do they have the tech for ROCKET PROPELLED GERNADES anyway?
>"You'll probably need them for later on lad. If you want I could just get rid of them for ya!"
Mostly because there'd be no reason to take the repeaters.
3 shoulder mounted rifles or an artillery piece. Take your pick.
2 rifles or a mortar with ammo.
2 rifles or pic related
Should be obvious why that's not the case.
10 is for the number of rifles and a sizable amount of ammo, sorry for the confusion. Have a tentacle horse for compensation.
Bump. Keep thread alive for at least 3-4 more hours. I'll come back and run then.
Heading deeper into the bowels of the ship, you get to work setting up the lifeboats into the murky ghost infested water. Patches does most of the heavy lifting, loading up an artillery piece and the shells while you grab as many rifles as you can. Drumroll isn't much help, he just keeps watch with his Tommy Gun.
Half an hour later and you are finally heading back out onto the river and harassed by the groans of the ghosts once more. Suddenly, cracking and garbled speech comes from your radio.
You tune in on the radio, but it seems like right now you are out of range. However, you can make out Gumdrop's voice. It sounds like she's screaming...?
Meant to say mortar, whoops.
"Not good...Peddle faster!" You get Drumroll to pick the pace up on the rowing. As you get closer to the shore, you can hear clearer screams coming from the radio, along with several sounds that are apparently so loud that the radio only blares out static. However, once you get close to the shore, it stops altogether.
You head back into the warehouse. Things are quiet, there is no sign of the smugglers. However, there is quiet a lot of blood spatter and bullet holes that weren't there before.
>"Celestia, the hell happened here?" drumroll asks
"Everything has gone to shit it seems." You look for blood trails, anything to point to where any of the bodies could be, but there is none. With the amount of blood spatter around, surely someone must have been killed right? You look expectantly at Patchwork but she just shakes her head.
>"Corpses not here."
Your radio suddenly gets a signal again, and you hear Gumdrop in the other side.
>"H-hello!? Chalk please pick up! We're being attacked!" Her normally calm and aloof voice is now quivering in fear.
"Attacked by who? Did you barricade the doors and windows?"
>"C-creeps in these s-stupid bird costumes! And they've already broken in...they overwhelmed us and they began to round everyone up in a circle. I managed to run away but they're looking for me..."
Your first gut instinct is to pin it on the Queen. But then the thought crosses your mind that it may actually be that bitch Threadbare. "Alright. Stay safe Gumdrop. We'll head there as fast as we can." You store the radio and take the mortar, and as many rifles as you can carry, and then take of running.
As you sprint through the polished streets of the Tribunal, non of the citizens or guards approach you. That definitely rules out The Queen. Then suddenly you hear a massive boom that shakes the buildings and sends everyone into a panic. The cultists with weapons rush past you and head to the docks. Definitely not the Queen.
You head to The Foundry, still keeping a brisk pace. The ruined buildings are a certain contrast from the immaculate city for before, though that may change soon. You stop dead in your tracks when you hear a familiar voice.
Out of an alleyway nearby, Lovesick emerges, wearing a robe and soaked in blood. Her gas mask looks damaged, and even under the robe you can see she has many more tentacles wriggling around
>Massster! I killed them Master! I even caught one for you!"
"Lovesick! You attacked those ponies?"
>"Y-Yes maassster. Was I not supposed to kill them? Oh I'm so sorry master!" drool is leaking out of her gasmask, and you see her mouth is stuck in a painful looking smile. "They attacked me master. They began beating me... they shot me...it hurt too much master. I just lost control. I think I killed the smugglers too...."
"W-What? Who did you leave alive for me to interrogate?" Lovesick heads back into the alley, and then drags out a cultist pony dressed in The Queen's attire. It looks like the Tall Smuggler. Tentacles has sprouted out of his body and are holding him in place.
>"H-Help me! Some ponies attacked the warehouse and this fucking m-monster lost her mind!"
she should have left one of the ponies that attacked her alive. I guess we can just look through their belongings? Where are their bodies?
this guy was just a smuggler and KIND of an ally I guess?
It's ok lovesick. you were just defending yourself. pet her and say you're glad she's safe.
tall smuggler, who attacked you? did they say why?
"We're sorry about Lovesick's conduct. Though it seems these events are connected. The pony who just attacked you are also attacking our home."
>"Dammit, I should've known getting involved with you would've ended in disaster...Now look at me! How the hell am I going to go back home looking like this!?" Lovesick looks guilty, or as guilty as she can manage with her permanent grin.
"Again, I apologize. But perhaps you wish to take revenge on this 'Threadbare' with me."
>"Fuck no! I don't want anything to do with you and your crazy impure monster friends! L-Look, they told me some stuff, if I tell you what they said can you just leave me alone?"
"Fine then, her tentacles are only temporary too."
>"I sure hope they are. Anyway, I hear them talk about how they were going to transport the 'Blanks' somewhere while they kept a force behind to hold 'the rest' hostage. I don't know what any of that means, but I imagine you do."
"You're free to go." The cultist gets up and runs. You ask if there are any more survivors from Lovesick, but she says she really did kill them all. You run to the Penthouse as fast as you can with Lovesick in tow...
Lovesick's mental condition seems to just be getting worse. You sadly don't have a spare gas mask. If you don't do something however she may be too crazy to help you.
You decide to just put a small barrier in the cracked glass to reseal her gasmask. This is rather difficult, and between the running and maintaining this barrier in such a specific and awkward place you're already exhausted by the time you arrive closer to the Penthouse.
Several of Threadbare's followers are guarding the entrance, having made a makeshift barricade out of furniture. You also notice something odd about her Bird Mask wearing cultists that set them apart from The Queen's: They have blindfolds on them, with buttons sewn on where their eyes should be. Patches looks uneasy.
>"Is she really sister? Threadbare was never cruel. Not like this..."
I picked this place because it would be hard to find, attack and take over. How the fuck did she manage to do all three?
It's obvious that your sister has gone insane and not your sister anymore.
Let's get the guns ready.
Aim and then fire.
Anger begins to simmer within you. You chose this place because it was supposed to be secure! How did these jackasses just waltz in without issue!? And how do they seem to know every place you go? And then they have the gall to steal your sisters from you. You don't care about Patchwork's apprehension, Threadbare is going to pay. You give Drumroll and Lovesick some of the repeater rifles. "Volley Fire at the sentries." Lovesick actually manages to hold 3 rifles in her mass of tentacles. Almost like she's done this before.
You sneak closer and closer, looking for an exposed point in the barricade. You line up and aim directly for the head of one of the sentries and then whisper "Fire!". The shots ring out true and immediately kill a few of the sentries. They try to fight back, but it seems their muskets are no match for your superior firepower. It doesn't help that their cover doesn't actually seem to help them that much. Patchwork sneaks from the flank and rampages through all the stragglers, knocking them about or pouncing them and hiding her carnage under her quilt.
>"Odd. Chalk come here." after your decisive victory, Patchwork points you towards one of the corpses. She's unmasked the corpse, revealing their horribly mishmashed face. It looks like several different heads of a 3 different ponies where sewn and glued together.
"Interesting, but let's keep going. Now." You begin to storm off into the building, until your radio goes off. It's not Gumdrop on the other end though.
>"Chalk Dust! And not a moment to spare. I heard the gunshots and wager that was you. Now, before you go charging off into the building: If I hear another gunshot I'll start executing hostages. Starting first with this long haired filly."
"Heh, I'll be quiet then."
>"My followers have guns you know. Even if you don't shoot, they will."
"Point taken, what do you want?"
>"I wish to do business. Specifically, I wish for a little trade to be established. Interested?"
they'll also be in narrow hallways with a wall heading right toward them so I don't see my cause to be worried.
hey, i have a box of interesting toys up there. take the biggest one you can find and shove it right up your ass.
As you plan ways to silently take out all the guards you play along "Alright, what is it?"
>"Everyone of your friends is worth 2 of your sisters. Except Pitch, he is worth 1. If you give me permission to kill them, I'll send x number of your sisters back to you, unharmed. I cannot guarantee their safety in my hooves. You've seen what I nearly did to the other one."
I also think we should use a mortar when a bunch of them are in an enclosed space because they said no gunshots. explosions should be ok.
why do you want to KILL my friends?
why aren't you just killing them now?
You make your way into the apartment, turning the volume of the radio down as low as it can go so you can only hear it if you press it up to your ear. "Why is Pitch less?" she laughs nervously, though it sounds a bit creepy considering how monotone she's been up until now.
>"He's kind of cute. I want to marry him. So he's worth less so you're more likely to give me him." Patchwork shakes his head.
>"She Threadbare. No doubt. Always wanted to marry." You make it to the lobby, where more of her Followers are present.
"Um...Why the hell are you doing this? Why do you want to kill me and my friends?"
>"I told you before Chalk, but you wouldn't listen. I want you to experience the Joy I've felt. You will thank me when it's over."
"I've already taken Ambrosia before you know." You focus your TK to see if you could jam their guns. But you could probably only do one or two at a time. There's around 7 of them, one of them could get a shot in and then it'll be all over.
>"The Joy I want to share is more than just that."
"What's the story behind these 'dolls'? Your followers."
>"I control them with my Joy. They are built out of discarded pieces of dead ponies. The best part about them however, is that I can rebuild them immediately if they are broken."
unless we shoot them? why are you forbidding us from using guns then if it doesn't matter and they can just go right back up?
how is she even able to tell who's firing? we can just let off a shot once or twice and she wouldn't know it from any other.
"Tell me more about this 'Joy' of yours."
>"You seem rather interested in trivial facts! I guess I should ask you one as well: do you really ask everyone you meet this many questions?"
[Sorry, having to type from phone is kinda ruining my plans. I actually had descriptions for the rooms written out pre-game but they're on my computer]
From the various times you passed through you remember that the lobby was normally spacious and lacking in decoration. Right now you are hiding behind a few decorative pillars right near the entrance. Straight ahead and towards the back there is the elevator that is normally left unused since the building has no power. To the left and right are various apartments, but you remember that the stairs are definitely to the right. In the lobby itself there is yet another 'barricade' which is really just piles of furniture. In the barricaded part of the room is the 7 Fleshdolls. There is a circular desk right in the middle of the barricade that seems unused.
"The answer to that question is actually yes. I'm a very curious mare. Now if you really want me to experience this 'Joy' of yours, why don't you stop being ambiguous like a stereotypical villain?"
>"When you put it so nicely like that I could divulge a bit more. I know you have a hidden potential Chalk. Something far greater than my power or my purpose. I only wish to help you achieve this potential."
You can't tell if the dolls are blind, they seemed to have eyes under their blindfolds and they directly at you in back when they ambushed you.
The shield could muffle your sound.
[gotta stop here]
Can we disguise ourselves using the other dolls' outfits, make our way to the elevator, close the doors behind us and rappel or TK or otherwise scale the shaft for a sneak attack? Gumdrop's in here somewhere too, though I'm not sure how to meet up with her since the radio's being monitored.
"That's still very ambiguous you know."
>"Indeed it is, but I don't like talking to somepony who is just trying to waste my time. Now, start making deals with me or I'll start by shooting this one...hmm what's her name? Chemtrail. I'll shoot her in the hindleg." you hear muffled screaming and cursing from the radio. Even with the sound low, it's loud enough to start and catch the attention of the fleshdolls.
Will you go ahead with your plan of attack or try to prevent her from shooting Chemtrail first?
How do you know I'm not interested?
For someone who's so keen on getting others to experience your 'joy,' you're sure good at making it sound like a bad thing.
I want to hear your bloody side of the story.
"Rushing me on such a difficult choice. What's the hurry? And I find that you think talking to me is a 'waste of time' rather insulting."
>"Please, it's obvious you're just trying to keep me talking. Stalling time for something. And I do find this conversation a waste of time. Your questions bore me."
"How do you know I'm not interested at all? For someone who wants me to experience this 'Joy' you sure are doing everything in your power to make it unappealing. I want to hear your side of the story."
>"My story is near finished. In fact, it could even end today. But I'll humor you. Sadly though, since you didn't take my threat seriously...Which limb should I shoot? Her left or her right?" Drumroll, grabs his rifle
>"I know this may be morbid, but maybe we should shoot right when she does. That way she might not hear it."
>We should attack while we distract her.
Why did you even link it? We've had a plan of attack and we've just been wasting time. Also the shooting simultaneously idea is stupid since she'll only fire one shot while we'll need several. If it keeps up like this several of our friends will be dead before we even get out of the lobby.
Urg, I'd rather not yet, but I can't think of a good way to proceed.
I'm against actually playing though. If she wants to start shooting ponies then that's on her. We're not going to give her the satisfaction of playing along.
if she were smart she wouldn't kill anyone. that's the point of having a hostage. honestly this entire scenario is fucking dumb. She's going to kill them anyway for the release of our sisters who she'll most likely actually kill in this rambo climb and for some reason she needs our approval to do it?
I'm just kind of frustrated that these ponies, in an easily defensible location with rifles and armor at their disposal, lost to a pony and her cult that probably shouldn't have been able to find it in the first place.
If you hurt my friends I'm going to have to kill you, and then you'll have no chance of getting married.
I have a file you know. It's got all kinds of things about Pitch in it. It could be yours if you end this peacefully.
"No, that's stupid. We're going to have to shoot more than once. Patches, get closer and I'll put a barrier around the area to try and muffle the sound." Patchwork nods and shuffles closer to the best of her abilities. Her hulking size makes it almost impossible, but somehow the dolls were too stupid to notice an 8 foot monster mare lurking around. You put the sound barrier up and let her go to work ripping apart the Dolls. The muffling works pretty well, you can barely here it from here. However, the dolls' aim is actually rather terrible, and some of the shots hit your shield and gives you head-splitting pain.
You turn your attention back to the radio quickly "Look sweetheart, I'd rather not deal with your shit, but I don't get it. What's the point of having Hostages if you're just going to kill them anyway? None of this makes any sense! And if you hurt any of my friends, I'm going to have to kill you."
>"Bah, not even answering any of my questions. You need to play ball if you want me to speak you know?" the shot rings out on the other side of the radio and Chemtrails swearing and screaming intensifies. "But I will leave you with some food for thought. Is it really possible that me and my followers would really be able to overrun this entire building all on our own? Even with outside help it'd be next to impossible. Additionally, don't you find it odd that I sent my followers to that warehouse, somehow knowing you'd be there?"
"Another traitor? Oh joy. Tell me, it must be Sweet right? What would you say if I told you to give him a bullet?"
>"I'd oblige, but I'll say that he wasn't the 'traitor'. In fact, from what I hear this 'insider' was something of a prisoner to you. Convincing her to work with me was rather easy. I think her name was 'Early Bloomer' if I recall."
Fuck Early. Fuck her universe. Fuck her son. Fuck her.
While I agree with you I still want her to see her son die and then kill herself out of grief or something. I also want her to beg to take her instead and then decline.
It'd feel pretty good. Wrong morally. But good.
You shake your head in anger. Dark thoughts of revenge fill your mind, the migraine not helping your mental state, though you cast them aside. Patchwork seems to be done with her slaughter so you quickly head into the lobby.
>Patchwork forces open the elevator doors, which reveals that there is in fact an emergency ladder. "Problem. Too big for ladder. Would break it."
The cables are snapped, a quick look downward shows a a broken pile of metal and wood that is probably the elevator itself.
"Stay here until you hear gunfire, then take the stairs. I trust you'll be able to deal with any of the dolls along the way."
>"Okay. Please calm sister. I don't want to lose her..."
Drumroll, Patches, and yourself all hop onto the ladders and climb up quickly. It's quiet for a moment, with only the sound of the three of you breathing through you mask and the beating of your eardrums from your headache. You come to the top elevator door. Drumroll can't seem to open it with his hooves, and Lovesick's swollen tentacles can't fit in the cracks.
[Sorry, kind of burnt out because I've been sick as a dog recently]
You try to use the shield to pry it open, but it just causes unnecessary agony and tires you out. So to save your energy you try to use the Meat Cleaver. It's too flimsy to do anything. Lovesick's many new tentacles suddenly reach into your saddle bags, pulling out the shovel.
>"H-Here you go maaassster."
"Th-Thanks." you pry the door open with the shovel with surprising ease, and climb inside. Just to your left is the penthouse door. The radio goes off again, with Threadbare on the otherside.
>"You've been awfully quiet down there haven't you? What are you getting into down there? I've been quite busy myself."
[keep passing out right now, will try to push forward but don't expect quick responses]
OK. Proceed as quickly as possible to our place, hopefully Patches joins us soon but we can't afford to wait. Be prepared to dodge gunshots and also to take some, burst in and deal with this.
Let's get up to the door and then get ready to open it. Drumroll gets ready to shoot while aiming high. Then we say into the radio " on the ground."
we open the door and then he fires at everyone standing.
does this work?
Only problem is if the hostages are in another room, like the bedroom.
At which point she could just start wasting them. We'd need to clear rooms quickly, make a beeline for them.
I'd say give Lovesick a few guns again, make sure we have a gun, and start clearing while we have surprise on our side.
She'll probably have time to pop a couple bullets into our party members, but we'll hopefully save most.
The only problem I see is how we're going to find out where she took the blanks.
You don't reply, and instead begin to 'feel out' the room behind the door. Remembering the layout of the penthouse, you know that the door leads directly into the living room. Feeling around, you sense a couple of what seem to be ponies standing up in various places, or hiding behind something. You can't scan the other rooms from outside, you'd need to breach to do that.
You put your ear next to the door to try and hear if Chemtrail is still moaning in pain. You hear something that sounds like talking, but it's not screaming. Hopefully Chemtrail just passed out the shock or bloodloss.
Will you speak to her or will you try to just breach the room?
There's no point in talking to her. All we can do is breach and try get to her before she can kill everyone. We can at least tell Drum and Lovesick where the ponies are in the first room.
No point in delaying. You give Drum and Lovesick a quick run down of the room and give them their rifles. Drum opts to just use his Tommy Gun so he can try to overwhelm and kill as many as he can. You let Lovesick bash open the door with a barrage of her tentacles before you storm in. The moment you catch a glimpse of one of those button blindfolds you shoot. Lovesick's multiple guns and the automatic fire from the sub-machine gun once again cuts down the dolls before they are able to respond. Frantically you look around, expecting to hear Threadbare start shooting hostages so you can locate her, but it's just dead silence, the only sound is the eternal hum of the Air filter. Or the ringing in your ears from the gunshots.
Search the rest of the apartment. Use our tentacle barriers.
She was in a location to hear our gunfire downstairs and we heard her voice through the door, she can't have gotten far. At the very least, she must be in this building.
As for the layout, the left side of the living room just leads to a bunch of windows that give a view of the city. Well, it should give a view of the city but the Yellow Cloud kind of blocks it. To the right leads to most of the bedrooms, including your own. Top Right is the kitchen which also has the rooms where your Sisters were, and Top Left is where Early Bloomer's room was.
You scan the rooms feverishly, feeling around as fast as you can to try and find her. There's two living things in Early Bloomer's room. One of them doesn't feel like a pony at all. The other is sort of like a pony, but somehow you feel uneasy when you 'touch' them.
Probably not a good idea to go into that room unless you need to. You decide to wait it out, making sure to scan the room to see if they try escape or get the jump on you. Occasionally they pace closer to the door, but for some reason they aren't leaving the room. Patches eventually arrives, with a few more bullet holes in her quilt. She seems perfectly fine though.
>"Where is Sister?"
"I don't know. I'd like to say we were tricked and she was never here in the first place. Or maybe she teleported." Drumroll shakes his head
>"Nah that's impossible. She's gotta be here! She heard our gunfire!" he says
>"I-It's possible that she could've been in a building nearby. We were fighting out in the streets."
You ignore their argument for the mean time and focus on filling Patchwork in. "There's something on the other side of this door. Who or whatever it is, it might know where your sister is." she snarls.
>"Break door then. Ask them hard questions."
Done. Don't shoot to kill. If you break the door, I'll cover you with a barrier, and we'll take a moment to establish whoever's in there as a threat or not and respond accordingly.
I don't know if it can take many more hits, so if I pass out, use your own discretion.
[Sorry for sudden die again, being sick sucks]
You prepare to breach the door, but you suddenly recall that Patchwork gave you the key to the door. You fish it out of your cluttered saddle bags and unlock the door. "Alright, head in, I'll cover you. We need to establish if whoever is in there is a threat or not and respond accordingly." Patchwork nods and then burst through the door quickly after you put a barrier in front of her.
Inside is a pathetically mutated Early Bloomer. She looks like an incomplete version of the monster you fought in the caves, only much smaller and still pony in places. Her breath is ragged and soft. You notice that she is wearing an odd black Necklace. Standing next to her is none other than Threadbare herself.
>"Chalk Dust, good of you to join us. Early Bloomer tried to steal your Joy, and her body rejected it..." She tsks and strokes her head "A sorry state. Perhaps if she had more Ambrosia she would have been able to handle it."
"I hope she suffered. Where did you take my sisters?"
>"Hmmpf. Nice to see where your priorities lie, just a moment ago you just said you'd kill me if I hurt your 'friends'." She pulls the necklace off of Early Bloomer and walks closer to you and Patchwork. The big mare seems timid and hesitant to speak. Behind you Drumroll and Lovesick both have their guns aimed directly at Early Bloomer, waiting for an excuse to fire. Lovesick in particular looks like she's shaking in anticipation of the kill.
>"I took them to the East Side of town, across the river. Of course, I don't work for the Red Glare so my Dolls had to go through the Underwater Aquarium."
kill everyone and become god of the city and fix everything
get a lot of tokens, pay beefheart to have him tell us how pink laugh escaped. do what she did.
not care what happens and die.
these are the only options that have been presented so far until more information is available.
"Quite a few. Become Sonne's wife. Obey the pony controlling me and see what she has in store for me. Among others."
>"Hmm, nothing concrete then. Let's focus on that first choice though. Becoming Sonne's wife. Do you know how you will accomplish that?"
"I have some ideas, but I don't think I should tell you. You're being irrational and hindering my plans. Kind of like that stupid slut on the floor." she holds the necklace close to her own neck.
>"What if I told you then that this necklace belonged to Sonne's Bride herself?"
"I have little faith in your word, but I'm listening. Who exactly was Sonne and who was his Bride?"
>"Sonne was the king of The Old Gods. And thus one of the most powerful beings in the Old World. His Bride, was rightfully the second strongest, and is known as 'Harmonia'. While Sonne was torn asunder, they say Harmonia fled deep within the earth after burying her children deep with in the ground." she gestures around "This canyon, this is their graveyard."
You yawn "I suppose that Necklace and Sonne's armor in general has some kind of inherent power."
>"Indeed it does. However, not many ponies can handle it. I wore this necklace for a spell, and I think you could perhaps handle it."
"What happened to this Sonne guy anyway?"
>"His body was destroyed in a revolt. They had created servants, in their own image, one of them had became self aware. And through much struggle and torment, they destroyed his bodily form...but he is an immortal. He cannot truly die."
"I doubt you'll just give it to me huh?"
>"I'm willing to give it to you if you wish. All I ask is for my life."
"What'll it do to me? Mutate me? Make me go crazy?"
>"If you are weak, you will end up like Early Bloomer. If you are strong, you will become the god your cultists wish you were."
It's just that this whole thing came out of left field and of course sloth can just say "well you shouldn't have tried to do that smuggling mission!"
so not only did she manage to move all our sisters and the tenants but for some reason STAYED BEHIND with a bunch of useless dolls and now that we're standing in front of her ( i bet we don't even have the upper hand right now) she dumps a bunch of bullshit on us and then says " so will you let me live?"
It just makes me think "is the character supposed to be this crazy?"
We got our shit kicked in rightfully during the mission. That was our fault. This bullshit at our base is totally different, not our fault, and extremely frustrating.
I vote for execution of this bitch. I know it will make Patches mad, but I'm fucking livid right now so I don't give half a fuck.
"Yeah, after all this bullshit you've pulled on me? No way." You quickly draw your machine gun and aim for her head. She doesn't even move a muscle. Some thing hits you like a tank and knocks you on your side right as you begin to fire.
Your shots got wild and blast holes into the wall and ceiling. As you get your bearings, you see Threadbare on the ground curled up in pain, coughing up blood. Her smug attitude from before is all but obliterated. You got a few shots off into her stomach, which she is clutching in agony. Patchwork suddenly stands in front of her, blocking your view. Lovesick moves into the room to help you back onto your hooves. She hisses at Patchwork.
>"No more. Won't let you kill again...killed father...now sister!" Patches says.
[Woke up in the middle of the night so decided to update]
Actually the conductor killed your dad by putting him in front of me while he was doing weird mind stuff.
Also your sister is awful and is going to keep being a thorn in my side if my experience with her is any indication.
I think it's also that its an unwinnable situation that's not really our fault.
It was either start sacrificing party members, say goodbye to our sisters, or try to play hero to get both.
But now that we did the latter, somehow they're all gone and we lose pretty much everything.
Even when we 'win,' we lose.
You glare at the mutant mare for a beat. Threadbare is still coughing and gurgling on her own blood in the background. Lovesick is still hissing at her like a small animal trying to scare away a bear. You want to have a civil discussion with Patchwork, but your frustration leaks out "Alright then, how many should she get to kill before I can say enough is enough? And it was the Conductor who killed your dad, not me. He drove me to insanity and your Dad was in my way."
>"Not saying we don't punish. Just no kill. What if she is controlled? Just like you were."
"Well how do you suppose I stop your 'family' and friends from trying to kill the ponies I'm trying to protect?"
>"Orphan friends did not kill...you killed them still."
That last statement confuses me. Who did we kill?
Controlled by who? What would be a good punishment that will keep her locked away since I don't the traditional method of tying her up would work.
You recall a passage in an old diary you read a few days prior.
[ https://www.anonpone.com/unique/22971794#navbar ]
"You mean those mutant Bats?"
>"Yes. Wonderbolt told me. Never hurt anypony." She kneels down by her sister and you can see an odd claw appendage poke out of her patchwork blanket and try to clean some of the blood she coughs up in pain.
"What do you suggest I do then? Tying them her up won't work."
>"Don't know. You smart. Always leave other bad ponies alive. Can think of something. Heal her, she's dying." Lovesick shakes her head while growling
>"Maasster! She stole your sisters! She may have killed all our friends. She's done far worse for us than my Aunt did, and we killed her. She can't be allowed to live!"
There was honestly no helping with the bats since they were all wild and overly mutated. ( still mad some idiot decided to kill the impaled one without even checking how mutated they were.)
I agree with lovesick.
Then again she can be allowed to live if she undoes all the damage she's done and no longer hinders us.
I left them alive because they were beaten.
They weren't threats still holding things we care about.
You sister sought me out and made it her business to play her ridiculous games.
When it comes down to it Patchwork she has no worth and has already cost me plenty, so unless we could make her like you or something then I want her gone.
Patchwork, I know you're upset and she's family to you, but Lovesick's right.
She's hurt our friends, stolen my sisters, invaded our home, and caused nothing but trouble for us. And if we let her live she'll do nothing but cause more trouble.
If she's looking to live she needs to start fixing what she's done before she bleeds out.
"Patches, I know you are upset, and she's family to you, but Lovesick is right." Lovesick grins creepily at that, and more drool leaks out of her gasmask. "She has hurt our friends, kidnapped my sisters, invaded our home, and caused nothing but trouble for us. And it seems like if we let her live she'll continue to bother us." Patchwork stands up and then drags Early Bloomer's pathetic panting body over.
>"Kept this useless pony alive. Why not sister?"
"Even she has caused us problems, and I regret keeping her alive. When it comes down to it Patchwork, she has no worth and has already cost me plenty. Unless she can make up for all the damage sh has caused us I want her gone." she walks up to you, her monotone voice growing much louder and more intense.
>"Worth? Care only about worth? I'll give worth to her. Don't save her and I leave!"
as much as I want to tell her to fuck off and leave then our limited number of gas masks that keep fucking breaking gave us one less pony to go out with.
Ask if she's willing to take responsibility for her then and will take all the blame for any trouble her sister causes. She also can't do or say anything the next time we decide to kill her.
Perhaps we could use that.
"Well, I'd be happy to try and patch you up, Thread, but as it turns out, I can only stop the bleeding. I'd say you have some pretty severe organ damage that'll probably end up killing you anyway.
Now, if you would be so kind as to tell us where our medic Pitch is, dearie, that would be wonderful."
You sigh forlornly "Fine, but if she steps out of line again a bullet goes through her head. No questions asked. Got it?" Patchwork nods and you walk up to Threadbare, who still isn't doing so hot. Lovesick just looks on with a blank expression.
>"Well, I'd be delighted to try and patch you up, but as it turns out I can only really stop your bleeding." You point to her stomach wounds "I'd say you have some pretty severe organ damage, maybe even some lung damage since you're coughing up blood, you may end up dying anyway. Now, if you would be so kind as to tell us where our medic Pitch is dearie? That would be wonderful." she forces a smile.
>"They're all on the floor below us. Or who's left at least. I know when my 'Dolls' die, so I knew you were coming to get me. I decided to not disappoint you." She drops the necklace, which is now stained with her blood.
Just kill everybody off and call it game over! Seriously, Why are you making our enemies into Mary Sue's! She magically contacts somebody that's under lock and key, she defeats all of our defenses without any effort, and she can magically tell everything that goes on around her!
You leave in a huff, even angrier than before knowing that somehow this mare was fucking with you even more than you thought. You're sick of dealing with her invincible bullshit. "Lovesick, Drumroll, stay here. I'll go get what's left of our friends." But right before you leave the door she calls out to you.
>"It's a shame you cannot rewrite history. Perhaps things could have turned out differently." she smiles weakly at you.
"Does she has to survive in one piece Patches?" she glares at you, but eventually says
>"Yes. No mutilation."
You descend to the floor below and look for the room with all the others. You quickly scan a few rooms until you come to one at the very end that has several pony-ish things inside. Anticipating it might be a trap you ready your machine gun and burst through the door. However, inside you see several hooded ponies. One stand up slowly, keeping one of it's hindlegs off the ground to avoid putting pressure on it. It lifts it's hood, revealing Chemtrail's face. For some reason, feathers are sprouting out of her face, her eyes have black sclera, and patches of her hair has fallen out.
At first the realization of what happens shocks you, then it turns into bitter hatred, and then you begin to think. You need as much information as you can to take back when you reset. You grab Chemtrail, who is a lot less cocksure of herself now. She seems ashamed when you look at her. "Chemtrail, I need you tell me every single thing that happened here, alright? Who's dead, who got mutated, how did they take the Penthouse, do you understand?"
>"Y-Yeah kid...It started an hour after you left. Somehow, the air filter just stopped working. We got that Zebra to look at it, and he told us that it was sabotaged. We tried calling you on the radio, but you must have been out of range or something because we couldn't get a response."
"That damn bitch. What next?"
>"Well, we had several extra gasmasks, but most of them were for when you transported the fillies. We couldn't get a good seal on anyone because they were way too small. A couple of ones were mysteriously damaged. We only had one that fit an adult sized pony. So we drew straws and Pitch got sent out to try and get that Mechanic who works for Uncle Beefheart to help. Then Early Bloomer had suddenly mutated, and began attacking everyone. She deliberately tried to get us out of the room I think by grabbing Gumdrop. I mean, our thought was that even if we did mutate, if we rescued her she could save us...Then that c-crazy bitch showed up right when we least expected it and we got overwhelmed."
There are some things I'd like answers to.
If we accept that this is a lost timeline, then we can basically go around gathering as much information as we can. Where the armor is in the river, what happens when we mutate.
Basically, our current goals no longer matter for the time being, and we get to just gather information until we decide to kill ourselves or get killed.
Where's her son? I want them to see each other for maximum horror. Be sure to pull them away from each other too.
That explains a few things. I guess we will get the air fixed and then we can still have some what of a safe house again.
"So who is here then? Gumdrop, Pitch, and Early's son in particular."
>"Pitch is here. He just...doesn't want to talk. She took all the children away to who knows where, not just your sisters. They even took that one colt from the museum. And I think a couple were killed. The zebra, Resent, and the ghost pony are missing. They took them to separate rooms and we heard gunshots, but who knows if they actually killed them or not."
"Sorry for getting you shot Chemtrail, but I will fix this. In fact it will almost be like it never happened. It isn't so bad though. I mean you look like a bird so that's cool."
>"Heh, it's not the looks that bother me, it's the mental. For some reason when I look at your un-mutated body I feel...worthless. Like it's almost like voices are telling me how awful I am..."
Got any extra cloaks so we can hide our form? Pitch we need you to do your healing thing on the bitch that did this. You need to trust me on this when I say we need her alive at the moment.
"Don't listen to them. Besides, ever since I had Patches and Lovesick I don't think there has even been a single time where I have left the Penthouse without one of them at least." She grins and puffs her chest up.
>"Yeah I know it's just a load of bull!" The. Her eyes meet yours, and she suddenly visibly recoils and pulls the hood over her head "But...could you not look directly at me? Just for the first day or two..." You inspect her robes. They look ragged and dirty and really ugly. Like she just put on a potato sack.
"Where did you get those robes?"
>"Th-that bitch did. After she force fed us Ambrosia. You can take mine if you want it kid, but you can see me change."
"Hmm, speaking of 'that bitch'. I need to talk to Pitch." She grabs your hoof and leads you over to another room. They lay out of the apartment is similar to the one you found the possessed Chemtrail a few days ago. She takes you into a bed room and in front of a closet, she creeks it slightly open where you catch a glimpse of another hooded pony rocking back and forth.
He doesn't respond. Chemtrail leaves the room silently.
If you can't come up with a decent way to fill the glaring plot hole regarding how Early Bloomer was able to do all of this and get in contact with somebody who she never met while she was supposed to be under lock and key, you'll have one less reader.
You plop down in front of the closet. Gingerly you reach out a hoof and touch his snout. He looks up, but the darkness of the closet and his hood covers his face.
"Can I see your face?" He slowly shakes his head "That's fine. Do you think you can come with me?" He nods his head and slinks into the closet, rummaging around for something. You suddenly here an 'Ah ha!' and the closet doors swing open and Pitch walks out wearing a smiley face mask over his hooded robe.
Oh I do. I just wasn't planning on revealing it until later. I'm debating whether to tell you earlier since I can tell people are extremely frustrated, but I'm worried it would be too Meta. On the other hand: I think it's possible you can come to the conclusion on your own though, so I'm conflicted. No one has guessed it thus far.
"I like the mask, but you know I won't judge you for your looks, right?"
>"I know you won't, but I can't help it. Now I know why Lovesick is so crazy. Poor girl..."
"Just don't call me a 'prophet' and we'll be fine."
>"Oh, and I bet 'master' is a-ok right?"
"Well if you want I won't stop you..." You can hear him laugh, making the bleak situation not seem as hopeless
>"You really are a huge bitch huh? Threadbare is your only competition."
You laugh it off and head back upstairs with him. Anything you want to ask him along the way?
If you compare me to Threadbare again I'm afraid I'll be forced to slap you (jokingly). I know I can be mean but there's alot on the line and I think I have to be forceful. This place is kill or be killed, yaknow?
"Don't ever compare me to Threadbare ever again or I'm going to have to slap you." He laughs as you head back up the stairs
>"And so violent to boot! I remember when you were passed out, I didn't want to hurt you because you looked so small and innocent. Look where that has gone."
"Heh, yeah this place really has turned me into a real bitch. Just a few days ago you were holding my while I bawled into your sweater."
>"And in one day I went from your best friend to a Liar, Traitor, and a Murderer. So I guess we're even."
"Hmpf. Speaking of that, did you know Moonlight was a spy?"
>"No, but it would make sense why she attacked me then...Even if she was a spy she didn't deserve that. I killed Lovesick's Uncle, and I heard her talk about him so fondly...Moonlight may have been coerced into working for Red."
"Maybe, she might still be out there somewhere. Let's talk about what happened here."
>"...*sigh* Do we really have to? Chemtrail told you as much as I know."
Calm down man.
Everyone is frustrated, but we're gonna fix this shit.
Anything we could learn is helpful.
I think we should tell Pitch our plan, though I'm not sure of the consequences...
"Every new perspective helps." He sighs and stops right in front of the door to the Penthouse. The smiley face mask makes it sort of hard to take him seriously
>"Alright, well, after the Air Filter broke there was a big debate on who to send out not many wanted to go, but plenty of ponies had reasons why someone else shouldn't leave. Ultimately Chemtrail settled it by having everyone draw straws. I won so I got sent out. When I got close to Beefheart's shop I got ambushed by Threadbare and her Flesh Dolls. After she captured me she began flirting with me, I thought she was trying to get me to tell the location of the Penthouse but it turns out she knew where it was all along through some bullshit or something. She locked me in that closet after doing some...well in any case she just locked me in that closet so I wouldn't have to hear see the rest of the torture and killings. So I technically know less than Chemtrail."
"Seems she really did have an obsession with marrying you."
>"Yeah...she sat on my face..." He starts to go inside before stopping "Sp-speaking of, who do you think is pulling her strings?
probably that 4 player in the game that we know nothing about and is controlling you too. queen in yellow didn't know about her and she said she didn't work for red glare.
I'm hoping pink laugh would have told us we had a partner.
"No idea. I wager it must be that 4th 'voice' who spoke to you since the Queen didn't know who she was either."
>"Damn. Well I the only other information I can tell you is that she said something odd when she first got to the Penthouse."
"And that was?"
>"She said 'Commencing Operation Blackstar'. Just out of nowhere to seemingly no one, no radio, nothing. So I'm positive she's working for someone, and obviously someone who can do that crazy mind fuckery stuff. It just seems like we have no idea who that is...not really helpful but it may be something to keep in mind."
Operation Blackstar. Hm. Still no clue here.
Get Pitch to heal up the bitch, then head out with him, Lovesick and Patches to find that armor. I'm betting Lovesick's tentacle powers might be able to locate it.
I'll give you guys a vague hint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw
You head inside with Pitch, taking him to Easy's room. He reluctantly uses his healing ability on Threadbare, looking really uncomfortable when she puts a hoof on his shoulder and thanks him.
>"Thank you Chalk. Too bad you weren't able to experience my joy. I guess I've failed haven't I?" Lovesick spits at her, only to get the glare of Patchwork. She whimpers and makes herself look as small and innocent as a doll.
>"What do now." Patchwork says
Pull out pistol, kneel down in front of Early to where she can see into our eyes and tell her that we don't know if her dimension is bullshit or not but we honestly had the full intention of helping her. But now we will never help her because of what she's done. I will try to make sure your son lives if we can.
Then blow her brains out.
I agree. No physical violence.
We just fuck with her head by telling her just how hard she's fucked up.
We're going to go back in time and kill her in the past. Kill her son in front of her in the past.
We're not actually gonna do that but I want her to suffer
So how do you want to test the necklace exactly? Put it on yourself, ask Threadbare again, or put it on some other pony?
You kneel down to Early Bloomer. "You know, I had full intention to help save your dimension, even if I expect it to be bullshit. But now you've stabbed me in the back, caused the death of several innocent ponies and your own son, you can die knowing you've failed your world. You could have been it's last hope, but I guess petty revenge was worth more." Her eyes drift towards your face but her head doesn't move. Her pants turn to coughing. And then to a chuckle. Then a giggle. Then full blown laughter.
"What's so f-" you stop when her laughter turns into sobs. You turn your attention to the discarded necklace lying in a pool of blood next to Threadbare. Part of you wants to put it on, but you're not too sure...
[gotta die, sorry if things was too too frustrating but I thought I dropped a lot of hints that would explain why the situation happened. I guess I messed up ultimately though and I apologize.]
Do not put it on.
You either overestimate your player's abilities or sucked at conveying. In either case this entire situation has mad though the fact that we can repurpose this save lessens the blow. A surefire way to get my goat is not knowing, and my goat is got because we'll likely never know.
I haven't the slightest idea of who it could possibly be.
Either we're supposed to infer it's a show character or it's referring to a piece of lore we picked up months ago that no one remembers.
Fucking Evil Twilight? I dunno.
[You will figure out soon enough. But I'm honestly pretty baffled no one has figured it out because previously you were able to telegraph my story twists so well with even less foreshadowing. All I had to do was mention blanks and instantly someone guessed Chalk was one. And none of the foreshadowing was from the 2015 threads (Well maybe a bit but the bulk was in last thread). I guess I just gotta go back to the drawing board.]
I feel like a lot of the 'twists' lately -Moonlight being a traitor, a forth deity, Early doing more stupid shit, and about everything to do with Thread - are just put in for the sake of there being twists.
Not really well-thought out and don't really make a lot of sense.
Also losing every one of the blanks and having pretty much the whole party mutated.
I know we can reset, but it just seems like it was there for the purpose of burning a reset. It's crazy harsh, and the only real way to avoid it was not to go on that mission.
I still can't accept that Moonlight was the traitor. It makes sense in the way that she was the lasp pony we expected
In that sense, she was the worst traitor ever. We never told her anything, she never tried anything, she gathered zero information.
Sure, she apparently attacked Pitch in the mansion, which Pitch lied about for no reason, but her being the traitor made no sense because she didn't do anything traitorous. She sat around and babysat while we weren't there. Made no effort to befriend us or try to become a party member, made no effort to be a part of our inner circle and find out our plans.
That's why there was no shock value when Challah said: you killed the traitor.
Because my immediate reaction was
>Oh, okay, I guess.
Just like trying to make something out of Thread finding us. We ran into her by chance because Sweet couldn't get his boots on. But somehow, they apparently knew where we were going at what time and were able to intercept us by waiting in a building. We never told Early anything, but she somehow knew.
Twists are fine, just make sure they make an iota of sense before you put them in.
To be honest I agree on the Moonlight part, I was thinking of changing it, but it was what I thought back when I ran that session, so I didn't want to deal with retcons. The 'Threadbare and X attack the base' was also a plan I had in motion from all the way back in October, but I switched some things around that haven't really made a difference yet. I apologize for the mess ultimately though and I'll even admit that I've fucked up by pretty much ignoring the criticisms and just pushing forward. I wanted you to ultimately hate Threadbare but I guess I took a heavy handed approach. If you want I could just come out and say who the X is, but I still think it'd be too meta and would affect your decisions too much. Even if you figured it out on your own, having definite conformation would likely change how you would proceed.
I guess I have to. If you confront Threadbare in a more advantageous position she'll spill the beans, but I guess I gotta drop even more hints until then.
I was worried you'd guess too quickly actually