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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Dusk Raven on Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:21 am

Wandering Eye chuckled a little at the "past thousand years" comment, but it was a dark sort of chuckle. Had he just been mocked? Was Shimmer such a household name that only a fossil wouldn't know it? He hoped he hadn't offended her or otherwise disgraced himself.

He would have apologized for his ignorance, but she seemed to move away from the topic, and he had no objection to the conversation's new direction. "Well, for the most part I study magic and history. Ancient history, in fact, about stuff that does in fact happen a few thousand years ago. I move from place to place a lot and often spend extended periods on expeditions, so I'm not always grounded in the present."

Blast it, Wander, I thought you weren't going to bring the ignorance topic up.

Oh well.


In the meantime, he'd keep quiet about his... other field of interest. Best to establish his sanity in his new companion's eyes before he started telling them about his investigations into things which may and/or may not (yes, and/or) exist.

"Ah, the Daring Do books... I know some who consider them a bit lowbrow, but I rather enjoyed them when I was younger. I have to say I haven't gotten myself into quite the sort of peril she has, however." That was mostly true. He didn't have to dodge too many traps (unless you counted the one time an unstable ruin's first floor turned out to be the fourth floor), but sometimes his line of work had its... perils.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Paper Shadow on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:05 am

Scorch was pretty pleased with how many of the others actually shook his claw. Most ponies wouldn't attempt it. The blind pegasus really grinds the dragon's gears though. Not want to lash out in front of the guards, Scorch manages to subdue his anger by growling lowly while using his other claw to scratch the seat he was on...

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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:22 pm

Dusk Raven wrote:
"Ah, the Daring Do books... I know some who consider them a bit lowbrow, but I rather enjoyed them when I was younger. I have to say I haven't gotten myself into quite the sort of peril she has, however."

"Hey, hate to interrupt your discussion of foal's literature," Plug suddenly shouted back in a slightly panicked voice, "But it looks like we're gonna have a problem here..."

Looking forward (Those of the group who could) proves that he is entirely correct, as approximately half a dozen of what look to small stars are streaking across the night sky in what appears to be a very slithery pattern. They are moving so quick, and the carriage in turn moving so quickly towards them, that within a couple seconds the sharp-eyed of you can tell that what appear to be stars are actually snakes with wings, and the only reason they could ever be mistaken for stars in the first place is their bright glow.

Like miniature suns, really. Especially considering the fire coming from their mouths.

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The first battle of this campaign is less there to provide you all a challenge and more there to get those of you who need to used to the combat system. Of course, technically we haven't started combat quite yet, so feel free to try alternate methods of escape, negotiation, trickery,etc. to avoid or incite battle as you please. If nothing works, though, combat starts in just a few posts, so I'd like what everypony's initiative will be in the case of battle and what five moves they are taking into it in the OOC topic.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Dusk Raven on Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:28 pm

"What the hay..." Wandering Eye telekenetically took his glasses off, folded them, and placed them in his vest pocket before opening the door nearest him and leaning slightly to get a better look at the approaching creatures, trying to identify them.

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9 (roll) + 12 (Arcana skill, right?) + 1 (grandeur) = 22... 27 if they apply to WE's fields of study.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Paper Shadow on Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:57 pm

Scorch pushes other passengers aside to get to the open door and also leans out. Upon seeing the winged snakes, Scorch snarls "You call that fire?" and then shoots out some impressive puffs of fire of his own, attempting to scare the beasts away from the carriage...

(Persuasion Check: 10 (Roll) + 11 (Bonus) + 5 (Intimidation Freaky Knowledge) = 26)

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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:54 pm

Dusk Raven wrote:
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9 (roll) + 12 (Arcana skill, right?) + 1 (grandeur) = 22... 27 if they apply to WE's fields of study.

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History, actually. But same bonus, so there you go.

Wandering vaguely recognizes the creatures, but cannot remember their behaviors, habitat, food, or any of the like. He believes they were called Sunsnakes, however.

Paper Shadow wrote:Scorch pushes other passengers aside to get to the open door and also leans out. Upon seeing the winged snakes, Scorch snarls "You call that fire?" and then shoots out some impressive puffs of fire of his own, attempting to scare the beasts away from the carriage...

(Persuasion Check: 10 (Roll) + 11 (Bonus) + 5 (Intimidation Freaky Knowledge) = 26)

The snakes barely notice the fire at all. Some even pass through it quite unharmed. "Don't think that's gonna work," Plug said, a bit unnecessarily.

Grizzle looks back at the carriage, slightly worried of the extra duty towards keeping his passengers safe that he suddenly has had thrust upon him. "You'll want to prepare and prepare well, Shimmer!" he shouted. "I believe this may be why Her Majesty requested that there be a battlemage on this mission as well!"

"Agreed!" Plug nodded as the snakes, hissing out wisps of stoked breath, come upon the chariot. "We're gonna be way too busy trying not to crash to pluck these things outta the sky!"

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Initiative order SO FAR is as follows:
Sunsnake G: 19
Wandering Eye: 16
Cobbled: 14 (Stunned (read: asleep) until Xel howls for battle or similar efforts to wake you up occur) [I'm gonna be kind and exclude you from being targeted by attacks until you wake up, though)
Sunsnake C: 13
Sunsnake A: 12
Iggy/Scorch: 10
Sunsnake F: Also 10, but the first fight of the game so
Lunar: 9
Sunsnake E: 5
Sunsnake B: 4
Sunsnake D: 3
Shimmer: 2

Sunsnake's order re: adjacency is exactly the same as their letters imply.

You will note that this is not the final initiative order for two reasons: Luthier has not posted their stats yet, and I was planning on giving you all one last opportunity to roleplay if you liked anyway. Combat will start as soon as Luthier posts his battlestats...er, and I see it, that is.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Curunir on Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:25 pm

Luthier jumped at the panicked guard's announcement. He looked up to see the rapidly approaching lights. He glanced at his companions to see if they knew what was going on. Wandering Eye seemed like he might recognize the creatures, but apparently not enough to volunteer any information. The dragon Scorch was blowing fire, but the blazing serpents seemed to ignore it.

Thoughts raced through his head: there was no time to see if he knew what they were. They blazed with light, so he couldn't be certain they relied on sound to navigate, so he couldn't make them confused where they were that way. He decided to try another approach.

"HALT, VILE CREATURES! HOW DAREST THOU APPROACH ONE OF MY ROYAL CARRIAGES? THOU SURELY WISHEST TO INVOKE MINE WRATH! FEAR ME AND FLEE, FOR I AM HER MAJESTY LUNA, PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT!"

A loud voice sounding to some like the princess emanated from behind a cloud, in the direction of the moon. Luthier hoped that the creatures could both understand, and that he made an accurate enough depiction of the "Royal Canterlot Voice." If they didn't fly away, they would soon enough figure out his ruse. Hopefully they would at least be distracted enough for the guards to try to get them out of here.

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Roll 14 + 7 Persuasion + 6 Sound Study (Mimicry) +1 from Scorch = Total 28, using Ventriloquy Instrument (Echo) to change source of the sound.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:15 pm

Curunir wrote:"HALT, VILE CREATURES! HOW DAREST THOU APPROACH ONE OF MY ROYAL CARRIAGES? THOU SURELY WISHEST TO INVOKE MINE WRATH! FEAR ME AND FLEE, FOR I AM HER MAJESTY LUNA, PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT!"

A loud voice sounding to some like the princess emanated from behind a cloud, in the direction of the moon. Luthier hoped that the creatures could both understand, and that he made an accurate enough depiction of the "Royal Canterlot Voice." If they didn't fly away, they would soon enough figure out his ruse. Hopefully they would at least be distracted enough for the guards to try to get them out of here.

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Roll 14 + 7 Persuasion + 6 Sound Study (Mimicry) +1 from Scorch = Total 28, using Ventriloquy Instrument (Echo) to change source of the sound.

The snakes roar in absolute rage (an impressive accomplishment for a snake) as they turn towards the cloud, mouths blazing as one, and fly almost perpendicular to the carriage's path in order to more effectively fly in a straight line towards the imaginary source of their rage. After a few brief moments, they have already made their way partly to the cloud in question and are slowly disappearing over the rapidly-disappearing horizon.

"...what just happened?" Plug breaks the ensuing silence.

In the back of the carriage, Cobbled snores a bit, as if responding.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Dusk Raven on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:23 pm

Wandering Eye spent a few moments pondering. He'd been rather surprised at the musician's ability, and the replication of Luna's voice. To his vast surprise, it even worked.

Situating himself back in the carriage, he said, "Those things are called Sunsnakes. Unfortunately, they lie outside my field of study, but I'd wondered from their name if they had some sort of aversion to night... their rage at "Luna's" voice would seem to confirm that. I wonder if that was truly a random incident or if we're being targeted for our service to Luna..."
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:26 pm

"Kinda hopin' it's not the second one, to be honest," Spark Plug says, looking down at his armor, designating him a Nightbound.

"Eyes on the skies, as they say, Mr. Plug," Grizzle says.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Retrokinesis on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:32 pm

Brilliant pouts. She wanted a chance to show-off her (super impressive!) battle magic. Focus, Brilli. Something just tried to kill you all. "We need to report this to the Princess immediately! Surely, she'll know what is going on here!" She hesitates for a moment... "Nice trick, by the way, Mr. Luthier".
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Curunir on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:37 pm

Luthier pushed up his glasses, straightening them, still shaking from the close brush with the sunsnakes, and from the effort to reproduce Luna's voice.

"Well, that worked a lot better than I could have possibly hoped. Eye's probably right- they certainly have something against both us and Luna. Which brings me to take the interesting wording in our summons much more seriously. Do any of you know any more about what exactly we're supposed to be doing for her Majesty, and about anything else we might be having to worry about?"

He was looking at the guards and Shimmer in particular, but he figured they all wouldn't know anything until they reached the princess.

"Oh, er, thank you... uh... Warmage Shimmer! I was just trying to distract them, I didn't expect them to fall for it so completely..."
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Xel Unknown on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:54 pm

((OOC: Sorry, but... LEEROY TIME!!! Besideds, didn't we say we'd do both? jocolor ))

Lunar, was in shock over hearing what he thought was Princess Luna's voice itself... So shocked he didn't overhear the fact that it was a fake. So he bolted after the snakes yelling an extreamly loud battle cry. "FOR LUNA!!!"
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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:59 pm

Now Cobbled Stone was awake.

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Unless of course you want to make an Endurance 25 check to remain asleep.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Retrokinesis on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:03 am

The hippogriff was fast... but so was Brilliant, still in ready-mode from the sunsnake ambush. "Sorry about this!"

Her horn glows with the same magenta as her eyes as she concentrates on one of the most useful spells she ever learned. Cube of Force was great for restraining arrestees... and, she hoped, charging hippogriffs.

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Attempting to use Cube of Force (Howling Chains) to stop Lunar from chasing them. It doesn't have a roll but I'll leave it to APW.
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Post  deonte9109 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:08 am

"I have no idea what the buck is going on but it sounds like whatever was coming for us is gone."
Iggy's head turned towards Lunar's direction as he made his battle cry.
"And what kind of idiot heads towards the danger we apparently avoided? Can somebody please shut him up before we have more issues to deal with?"
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Curunir on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:19 am

Luthier calls after the flying hippogriff, projecting his voice as far as he could.

"Lunar! It was a trick! Come back! We need to hurry up and go see Luna!"
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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:24 am

Retrokinesis wrote:The hippogriff was fast... but so was Brilliant, still in ready-mode from the sunsnake ambush. "Sorry about this!"

Her horn glows with the same magenta as her eyes as she concentrates on one of the most useful spells she ever learned. Cube of Force was great for restraining arrestees... and, she hoped, charging hippogriffs.

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Attempting to use Cube of Force (Howling Chains) to stop Lunar from chasing them. It doesn't have a roll but I'll leave it to APW.

Brilliant need not have apologized, however, as her aim was off. The cube formed in the air just behind the fleetfooted...fleetwinged...hippogriff and hovered there, an awkward monument to imperfect aim.

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Sorry, Retro, but the Howling Chains talent must specifically target a creature that is "Helpless" and Lunar is decidedly not. On the plus side, if you think I'm wrong, I'm open to your telling me where I can find the updated edition, and either way you aren't actually using up one of your uses per day of it despite the flavor in this post.

As for Curunir, make a Persuasion check with any necessary modifiers. Lunar will make a Perception check with a -6 penalty due to distance. The DC for the Perception will start off at 35 but be lowered by an amount equivalent how high Luthier's persuasion roll is. Lunar can choose how to react assuming he does hear.
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  Retrokinesis on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:49 am

"Ack, by Celestia's polychromatic mane! Wait, wait, if I rejigger the manadyne conduit... I think I can do this!"

Brilliant attempts a bit of thaumaturgic improvisation to reinforce the force cube's structure and prevent the hippogriff from crashing through. Assuming she can hit him at all...

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It's Witchcraft roll: 14 + 18 skill + 1 Glamour - 7 penalty = 26
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Post  Xel Unknown on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:54 am

Lunar stops in midair... and falls inside of said magical force cube. "Huh-wha?"
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Re: Luna's Command: The Wibbly-Wobbly Saga

Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:56 am

Retrokinesis wrote:"Ack, by Celestia's polychromatic mane! Wait, wait, if I rejigger the manadyne conduit... I think I can do this!"

Brilliant attempts a bit of thaumaturgic improvisation to reinforce the force cube's structure and prevent the hippogriff from crashing through. Assuming she can hit him at all...

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It's Witchcraft roll: 14 + 18 skill + 1 Glamour - 7 penalty = 26

Xel Unknown wrote:Lunar stops in midair... and falls inside of said magical force cube. "Huh-wha?"

"Hah! Nice shootin', Tex!" Plug grins, gradually slowing the carriage down.

"Indeed," Grizzle said, bringing the craft into a slow turn to double around and grab Lunar again. "But then I suppose there's a reason you're the warmage amongst us."


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Post  Xel Unknown on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:00 am

Lunar starts to panic not sure what's going on... Scraping at the magical cage he was trapped in.

(OOC: Not doing any rolls, just RPing. I mean Lunar has no bucking clue what just happened... And being a wild-hippogriff, bet being in-caged isn't that great an experience for him.)
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Post  Retrokinesis on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:02 am

"YES! Take THAT, Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns!" She's about to start bouncing when she remember her company. "Uhm. Yes. Thank you. We should probably go get him... Also, what's a Tex?"
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Post  AProcrastinatingWriter on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:08 am

Retrokinesis wrote:...Also, what's a Tex?"

"You know, like a textbook," Plug says as the carriage comes to a stop next to the cube of magic energy. "Like, that was some pretty textbook shooting there, and...you don't get it? Yeah, it wasn't that funny anyway."

"How in Equestria are we going to get this thing on the carriage?" Grizzle muses.
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Post  deonte9109 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:46 am

"We could just let him fall down in the cube then pick him up later..."
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