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Post  Senshuken on Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:56 am

Apollo closed his eyes for a moment as he took a seat in the cave with everyone else, focusing on taking deep, calming breaths in order to not only help him recover his breath after their run but also to try and help himself relax a little after all that had happened. The fact that they had lost their prize to the Black Sky and Reaver himself ruffled his feathers a lot more then he cared to admit, but as those gathered started to gain enough breath to start talking, he decided to try and lift their spirits... if only a little. "Well... at least we're alive and well. Lot of ponies would pay a lot more then two thousand bits to be able to say the same thing after encountering Reaver and the Black Sky when their in a hunting mood."
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Post  AleneShazam on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:14 am

"Okay, now I've got to know." Trigger speaks up idly, as she inspects her legs for damages. "What in Tartarus were those rocks? Why would the Black Sky be that desperate to get to them?"

She turns to look at Purse Flower meaningfully. "What were you going to do with them in the first place?"
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Post  jaguargamma on Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:47 pm

"Well," Frisky sighs, "best I could tell, they were obviously special. They were in a special chest customized specifically for carrying them, and it looked like it was chained up separate from everything else in there before it got dragon-smashed."

She casts a glare at Apollo. "If somepony had kept them safe and not broken them, I might've tried to see if there was some reference to them in one of my books. Speaking of which..."

Frisky's magic snatches her pirate's costume from Vulcan, then unrolls it and starts pulling matchbox-sized books out of it one by one. Each book stops in what little light is coming into the cave as Frisky inspects it, then goes back into the pocket it came from.
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Re: Piracy on the Seven Skies (Sky Pirates IC Thread)

Post  Senshuken on Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:40 pm

Apollo glared at Frisky as he quickly answered "It was either dropping the bag of stones or a living mare and I have no regrets about the choice I made. If you feel that you could have made a different call under the circumstances, then clearly you have what it takes to be a proper pirate and not just the bad joke of one I've seen you be so far."
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:18 am

"I'm so glad we've got our priorities in order," Mori adds in a quiet monotone voice, his body awkwardly stuck between intangiblly clipping through the floor and walls of the cave and intangiblly clipping into the hunkered down group, "Marooned in the middle of the Everfree, Reaver breathing down our necks, and we're worried 'bout bits and loot."

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Post  jaguargamma on Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:07 am

Without looking up, Frisky deadpans, "I would've distributed the weight to my companions to reduce the amount of weight I need to carry, allowing me to focus more of my strength on carrying the mare to safety and slowing my descent. Possibly kept a parachute in my saddlebag to help with..."

Frisky winces.

"Dammit! My saddlebags were still on the Huntress!"
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Post  Faege on Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:34 am

"The doc is right, what's done is done. There's no point discussing the stones while we're still in potential danger." Vulcan says, pacing about as he thinks. "We need to get in contact with someone who can bail us out. Does anyone have any paper?"

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Post  AleneShazam on Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:54 am

Trigger turns away from the group and pops her chest open, rummaging inside from a moment before withdrawing a scroll of parchment.

"Always prepared." She comments, as she hoofs it over to Vulcan.
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Post  Faege on Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:20 am

Vulcan takes the paper with a nod of gratitude, and clicks his claws together, igniting just the tip of his claws. Holding a claw to the parchment, he begins to sear letters into the surface, his eyes narrowing in concentration.

When he's done, he pulls down his mask and takes a long swig from his tank. He frowns when the flow slows to a trickle, and after he's made sure the tank finally runs dry he tosses it aside and breathes a plume of blood red fire onto the parchment, burning it to a crisp.

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Post  Espresso on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:05 am

"Those orbs? I... don't know, I just took everything that looked valuable in my late husband's collection. He left instructions on how to transport them if they were to be moved, so I simply followed those..." Purse Flower says, when asked by Trigger. "I was going to auction them off in Ponyville, there's an artifact gallery taking place next week with silent auctions... I thought that might restore the family fortune."

"If that was what you wanted to do, you might've been better off with a larger escort," Vapor comments idly.

"Well, the escort is all that I could afford to hire at the time... I didn't think I'd be targeted so specifically."

Vapor shrugs, and puts her ear to a wall of the cave, looking like she's listening intently. "And now none of us can afford jack-shit. If this weren't happening to me I'd find it hilarious."

The smoke from the burnt parchment makes a beeline for the opening of the cavern, disappearing into the air.
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Post  AleneShazam on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:19 am

Remembering something, Trigger once again reaches into her chest compartment, and pulls out a small metal disc. She flies up to the cave entrance, and tosses it by the entrance, before beating a hasty retreat back.

"It's a sensor," Trigger explains. "If anypony comes by, I'll know."

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Re: Piracy on the Seven Skies (Sky Pirates IC Thread)

Post  Senshuken on Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:27 am

Dice roll:
Perception: 13+12=25

Apollo... looked somewhat in thought as he looked back on all that had happened and tried to piece together something like a picture from this whole mess. After a few seconds, he started to voice his thoughts aloud in order to try and better place them in order (and possible get some insight from the others if they cared to do such a thing). "We're hired to take the Hail Mary and deliver it with its cargo intact... While I wouldn't put it past Reaver to screw over a subordinate or business partner, he doesn't seem the sort that would bother with hiring a freelance ship to weakness a convey's defenses when he has a big, buck off dragon that could annihilate entire navies by itself so we've got at least two parties who wanted the cargo of the Hail Mary..."

"Granted, they might not have known exactly what was on board; If they knew that the ship was a former major trade family's last desperate attempt to restore their dwindling fortunes, it's fair to assume that Purse Flower would pull out all the stops on one major gamble and that the ship would have carried greater rewards then the escort would have suggested. The Black Sky goon squad might have also been chasing us because we were running rather then because of what we were carrying... they are more beast like then pony after all. Hmm... To many unknowns..."
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Re: Piracy on the Seven Skies (Sky Pirates IC Thread)

Post  jaguargamma on Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:03 pm

Apollo feels soemthing brush against his side. When he looks toward the source, he comes face-to-face with a visibly older Frisky Risk wearing beaten-up saddlebags, a well-worn tricorn hat, and a distinctive pirate's cloak...the authentic stuff, not the Nightmare Night costume her younger self has been sporting.

"Boo."

She lifts the saddlebags off her back with her magic, and deposits them next to the first Frisky. The latter glances at the saddlebags, and thanks her older self with a smile.

"Word to the wise, birdie," the older mare says. "A pirate mage that damn near kills herself to save her crewmates, then leads them to safety while still half-crippled from it is not a 'bad joke of a pirate'. And it's probably not smart of you to put her down like that when the entire crew of pirates she nearly died to save is standing within earshot."

A chirp from the device on her left foreleg draws her attention.

"Exit cue. If you're going to apologize and make things right, the best time to do it is right now. Black Sky's hunting for you, so there's no guarantee you'll get another chance."

And in a flash, she's gone.

The remaining Frisky retrieves a magnifying glass from her effects and inspects it for damage, seeming to ignore her older version's departure. "If I can get more light, please? I'll see if there's something on those artifacts in my books."

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[b]Roll:[/b} 12+9=21
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Re: Piracy on the Seven Skies (Sky Pirates IC Thread)

Post  Faege on Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:47 am

"The dogs pursuing us mentioned stones. I think there's plenty of evidence pointing towards Reaver being after the stones..." Vulcan wrinkles his brow, absentmindedly clicking his claws together to create a flickering flame in his palm that he holds in Frisky's direction as he turns to Purse Flower. "Your husband never mentioned anything about those stone orbs? Nothing at all? If you're lying to us..." His voice trails off, but the threat is apparent.

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Reaaaaally? 3+16 (Skill)+5 (FK: Intimidate)+1 (Grandeur)=25

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