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Post  AleneShazam on Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:16 pm

The annual Baltimare’s Conference of Higher Education is occurring, and experts from across the East Coast are congregating in the Baltimare Institute of Higher Education to share their discoveries. The topic of the year is, of course, the mass coma phenomena that occurred a couple of months ago. Even the Princesses have no idea how it happened, and though they are making efforts into uncovering the reason for this, taking care of the comatose ponies take precedence. Experts around Equestria, however, have no such obligations and have torn into the situation with gusto. In spite of this enthusiasm, the best they managed to uncover is that the ponies suffered from intense psychic backlash, but the source still eludes them.  

It is the second day of the conference, the day which the experts reveal the practical applications of their research to the general public and also open themselves up for interviews and Q&A. The school grounds of Institute of Higher Education are busy with students, experts and those curious members of the public who wish to learn more of the innovations of the year.

The crowds appear to be thinning out after an eventful morning, as hungry ponies head off for some lunch. Most of the experts have left their stalls and began mingling, sharing stories and making friendly small talk.

Near the entrance of the grounds, two pegasi are standing and chatting idly with each other. Skyline, who appears to be one of the guards for the conference, has invited his friend Flashpoint to come join him while the conference was going on. Just as their conversation about the food in Baltimare begins to die town, a unicorn with a staff badge trots up to the pair and mutters something to Skyline about a missing pony.

Apparently he was approached by two other unicorns, one of them an engineer and the other a student of magic, both failing to find the dean of the IoHE, a unicorn named Inked Quill, who agreed to meet them during the conference. The engineer was apparently seeking a place in the esteemed institute, while the magician sought after the knowledge that the dean had on the recent events.

Skyline takes a look at the gathering of unicorns before him, and nods at the staff pony. "You go and talk to the members of the conference and see if they know anything. I'll bring these two up to the dean's office and check if he's there. If not, there might be some clue as to where he's headed. He may well have just been busy with a meeting or something."

He then turns to Flashpoint. "Mind helping out, Flashpoint? More eyes are always welcome when looking for somepony."

Finally, he addresses the two ponies that followed along the unicorn who just left. "And before we leave, may I know what your names are? Why are you looking for dean Inked Quill?"
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:47 pm

AleneShazam wrote:He then turns to Flashpoint. "Mind helping out, Flashpoint? More eyes are always welcome when looking for somepony."

"I guess so. But this seems like official business, and I'm supposed to be on vacation, so..." He shrugs, waiting for Skyline to finish speaking with the other two.
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Post  Lyntermas on Sun Jul 12, 2015 10:29 pm

AleneShazam wrote:Skyline takes a look at the gathering of unicorns before him, and nods at the staff pony. "You go and talk to the members of the conference and see if they know anything. I'll bring these two up to the dean's office and check if he's there. If not, there might be some clue as to where he's headed. He may well have just been busy with a meeting or something."

He then turns to Flashpoint. "Mind helping out, Flashpoint? More eyes are always welcome when looking for somepony."

Finally, he addresses the two ponies that followed along the unicorn who just left. "And before we leave, may I know what your names are? Why are you looking for dean Inked Quill?"

"Ah, pleasure to meet you. My name is Torque Szarnowski. I had sent in an application to study at the Institute a month or so ago, along with some of my designs. I got a letter back from the dean, saying that he thought my work was most impressive and that I would fit right in with the Arcanotech Division. The letter asked if we could talk more during the conference. But while I've perused several of the panels, I can't seem to find anypony who knows where he went."
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Post  Caden2112 on Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:35 pm

The blue unicorn nodded, a grin crossing her features before she spoke. "Of course. Arcane Aurora, at your service. I'd heard the Dean might know a little more about all this craziness, I thought I'd pay 'em a visit, see what they know. Put our heads together, who knows what'll happen? But...Well, like he said," she gestured at Torque, blinking for a second while her thoughts caught up. "Nopony seems to have any clue where he wandered off to."
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:10 am

"Well let's hope that he hasn't ended up like all those other ponies. Which way is his office?" Flashpoint flaps ups a few feet and looks around.
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Post  Lyntermas on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:55 am

A1C Bronymous wrote:"Well let's hope that he hasn't ended up like all those other ponies. Which way is his office?" Flashpoint flaps ups a few feet and looks around.

"...Other ponies? Have there been other disappearances at the conference? ...Or do you mean the victims of the mass coma phenomenon? The latter seems highly unlikely, as a repeat of such a wide-spread catastrophe would certainly cause a bit of a stir." Torque's smile faded as he started to contemplate "Of course, that is assuming that the "psychic backlash" was the by-product of a singular event, rather than, say, a continuous pulse. Such a pulse may be able to slowly increase in intensity, causing more and more ponies to fall victim to becoming comatose. However, if the pulse had to be continuously transmitted, it could mean that with the right equipment, we could triangulate the source of the disturbance and disable or mitigate it, which, if we were lucky, would help all the victims to simultaneously arise from their coma states and restore pony society back to the way it was before!"

Torque blinked, then looked around at the others. "Aheh, of course, this is simply rampant speculation on my part. I'm sure the reasons Inked Quill hasn't been found yet are much more mundane then that."
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Post  AleneShazam on Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:31 am

Skyline nods curtly at both ponies as they introduce themselves. When Torque's ramble begins, Skyline politely waits until the unicorn's speech has run its course, and addresses Flashpoint as he surveys the conference grounds. "You see that tall crystal walled building, there?" He gestures at an elegant looking structure that looks like it incorporates crystal empire architecture: a newly pioneered technique using seed crystals that has gained popularity in recent months. "That's the new admin building, after the old one burned down in a magical accident. If the dean hasn't wandered off campus, which I seriously doubt he has, he'll probably be up on the topmost floor, where his office is."

He then turns to the two unicorns, beginning to trot off in the direction he pointed and gesturing for them to follow. "Although, the dean is usually a punctual stallion. I wonder why he would miss your appointments?"
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Post  Lyntermas on Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:53 pm

AleneShazam wrote:He then turns to the two unicorns, beginning to trot off in the direction he pointed and gesturing for them to follow. "Although, the dean is usually a punctual stallion. I wonder why he would miss your appointments?"

Torque shrugged before following after Skyline. "I can't say that I know the dean especially well, so I wouldn't know. The reasons could range from having a family emergency, getting turned into some strange creature from a magic mishap, acting some time-sensitive information that could change the fate of Equestria, or simply taking a nap due to the exhaustion of organizing this conference. Hopefully, a visit to his office should narrow down the possibilities, if not answer them outright."

"Speaking of the dean, what do you know about him, Skyline?"
Torque tried to recall any information he could about Inked Quill from the scientific journals or news articles he had read. Perhaps it might provide a clue to his whereabouts.

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Post  Caden2112 on Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:04 am

"Maybe he had a surprise visitor? I dunno. I mean, if I had already met him, maybe magic mishap could scoot to the top of the list, but I haven't, so...Yeah." Aurora followed the two, trying to remember if she'd heard anything about the dean recently that might help.

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Post  AleneShazam on Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:16 pm

Skyline shrugs. "I'm just the guard, mind you. I handle most of the security business of the Institute, but that's about it. I don't really interact with the dean much. That said, from what I can gather Inked Quill is the careful, cautious sort. Not one to live life on the fast lane, rarely missing a beat and rarely putting himself in risk if he can help it."

He pauses in speech, though he continues to push the crystal doors open and steps inside, holding the door open for the rest to follow through. "There have been rumours... but that's all that they are. Rumours."

Both Torque and Arcane Aurora have surmised as much from what they have gathered over the course of the conference. Torque in particular has caught wind of whispers that Inked Quill was in with some shady ponies, but that seemed too farfetched to be true: the stallion was known for his upstanding academic spirit, colluding with shady business was the last thing he would do. 

Skyline waves away the secretary sitting at the front desk in the admin building, who gives him a knowing nod and taps a button set into her desk. Immediately, a moderately sized stairwell, which all four ponies can easily fit into, opens up behind the desk. Skyline trots towards it. "Some kind of fancy crystal magic, makes the distance shorter than what it really is... Celestia knows how that works. Come on, it's just a couple of flights of stairs."
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:13 am

Flashpoint hovers his way up the stairs, preferring to fly. "Well, hopefully this comes down to a nap or a good book. I don't know how much help I'll be fighting off dark magic or... well any kind of magic." He looks around at the crystalline architecture- it doesn't seem that comfortable, honestly. "Then again, if he's being held hostage by disgruntled employees or ninjas or something, then I'm down for that."
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Post  Lyntermas on Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:35 am

"Disgruntled employees seems less than likely....but I do hope that the dean hasn't run afoul of some shady sorts of ponies."

Torque started climbing the stairs. " 'Makes the distance shorter than it actually is?' Is it merely some sort of illusion that makes the staircase seem longer than it actually is, or is it some sort of spacial distortion making it "smaller on the inside"?" Torque tried to determine what sort of magical effects there were on the staircase while he climbed.

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Post  Caden2112 on Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:06 am

"It could also be a short-range teleport charm, or something designed to speed us up while we're in it, but wait, that wouldn't change how long it seems to take from our persepctive. Hmm..." Arcane climbed the stairs herself, thinking aloud. "Note to self: Ask later on. If I could figure out how it worked, that would be interesting to see what else it could apply to...Hopefully it's not just limited to crystals?"
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Post  Lyntermas on Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:03 am

"I'm not sure of the specifics, but I have a suspicion that this 'quirk' is something exclusive to crystal architecture. Otherwise, a "shorter staircase" enchantment would probably more widely implemented. The intrinsic magic in crystals, along with the ability to craft buildings with little more than "seeds", is probably why they are so popular lately." Torque smirked as he continued climbing. "Well, that and the whole "long-lost civilization" novelty."
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:20 am

"I dislike crystals. And stairs. Crystal stairs just seems like something... I dunno, like something an evil tyrant would have a lot of." Flashpoint continues to hover along with the group.
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Post  Caden2112 on Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:57 am

"Or anypony with bits to burn and a desire to show off. There are limits to how fancy an outfit can get. Besides, Crystal Empire. They've got crystal everything." Aurora continued climbing, glancing back to Torque. "You may be right, but we won't know if we don't try. Plus, while it may be a quirk of crystal architecture, I'm sure it can be replicated. Whether or not it's practical, that's a whole other thing. But hey, that's part of the thrill of discovery, right?"
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Post  AleneShazam on Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:28 pm

In spite of his skill and mastery of mechanical engineering, his knowledge of newly developed crystal magic appears lacking as he tries, and fails, to determine the nature of the tower's traveling mechanism.

In response to Flashpoint's comment, Skyline will quirk an eyebrow. "Evil tyrant? Really?" Then he pauses to consider the idea. "Well, some of the students do call him the 'big boss' but he's hardly tyrant material. It looks nice enough, at least."

He appears to have nothing to contribute to the scholarly debate occurring behind them as the two specialists discuss what magics are involved in the stairs. But whatever the cause, sure enough the stairs end far sooner than the height of the tower accounts for, and the four ponies are confronted by a pair of opaque crystal doors. Skyline braces himself against the doors and pushes them open, the doors swinging open easily and giving way to the four ponies.

What they see before them is a haggard looking unicorn pouring over several books, his horn glowing as multiple quills fly across the pages, producing and neatly stacking sheet after sheet of content. Without skipping a beat, the stallion coughs, though his working continues. "Pen Pusher, I need two more stacks of paper. Can you dragonmail these papers, too? I need that group together ASAP..."

He looks up suddenly, surprise clear on his face when he sees you. "...You're not Pen Pusher. Who are you?"
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Post  Lyntermas on Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:32 pm

"I'm sorry, are you Inked Quill? My name is Torque Szarnowski, we exchanged letters a month ago about me possibly joining up with the ArcanoTech division. But you didn't show up for our appointment, and nopony could find you, so we decided to start looking over here?" Torque looked over the haggard unicorn. "You, uh, do know it's already noon, yes?

Torque wasn't quite sure what to make of all this. He was glad that the dean was alright, but how could Inked Quill miss their appointment over paperwork? Granted, Torque had lost track of time once or twice while working on an invention, but....paperwork!? Torque tried to glance over some of the papers to see what the dean had become so engrossed in.

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Post  AleneShazam on Sun Jul 19, 2015 3:55 am

Torque, with his eye for detail and precision, immediately identifies that the work being done is no ordinary paper work. There are maps of the city, with crosses and lines snaking across streets and buildings; Newspapers and what looks like police reports, detailing missing persons; and finally, Torque notices the missing persons poster tucked away under a book.

Inked Quill looks at the clock, and then at the window, and then at the ponies. "Is it noon already? I'm sorry, I must have... ugh, this isn't going anywhere." He shut the book and shuffled away the papers he was looking at, and sighs deeply. "Apologies, Mr... Szarnowski, was it? Ah yes, I remember our exchange. We at the Baltimare institute of higher learning don't discriminate based on lineage, and by our standards you will be an excellent addition to our ranks. But now is not quite the time, unfortunately, as we have had a few... accidents." He eyes the missing persons poster surreptitiously. "We aren't really in the position to hire right now, perhaps after the issues at hoof have been solved..."

He then looks at the rest of the ponies. "And you? What business do you have here? I recognise you, Skyline, but the rest..."

"This is Flashpoint, one of my old mates from the guard." Skyline supplies, helpfully. "And this unicorn here is Miss Arcane Aurora, she said something about wanting to talk to you about the coma event?"

Inked Quill nods tiredly. "Yes, I remember agreeing to that too... I'm sorry, but I really don't have the time to talk right now, not when one of our students..."

He stops, when he realises that he might have leaked something important. "Anyway, without resolving the pressing issues at hoof, I'm afraid we'll have to delay our meetings."
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Post  Caden2112 on Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:07 pm

Aurora listened, glancing aside to Torque at the 'based on lineage' bit, though she didn't comment immediately. Still, Quill was cutting himself off. She didn't know what precisely he was hiding, but it seemed important. "Is one of your students in trouble or something?" she tilted her head, thinking. "I mean, if so, I can try and lend a hoof at the very least, right? Seems like whatever's going on's really eating at you, so, ah...I-I mean, you don't have to go it alone, you know?"

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Post  AleneShazam on Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:34 pm

Inked Quill takes a moment to regard Arcane Aurora. "You... make a good point. But I can't, really can't, on good conscience send a guest of the conference to run errands for myself. I don't know how far this goes, and with the way Baltimare's been going... No, it's not safe. I can't make sure that you'll be alright doing this."

He shakes his head, though he seems hesitant to do so. "I'm sorry, I'll see to it that you are compensated for your stay in Baltimare until we can get to your meetings. This will all blow over in a bit, trust me."

Skyline raises an eyebrow. "Sir, with all due respect, if there is some kind of security breach as a senior security staff I reserve the right to be informed of such situations."

Inked Quill looks uncomfortably at Skyline. "Ah... Perhaps..." He gestures at the remaining ponies. "Would you please excuse us for a moment?"

Skyline steps forwards towards the table and Inked Quill leans over to quietly, but urgently, speak to him.
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Post  Caden2112 on Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:01 pm

Aurora's ear twitched for a moment and she turned her head as if looking at any decorations that happened to be hanging on the walls. Though, she was more interested in what they were whispering about.

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Post  Lyntermas on Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:27 pm

Judging from the amount of research Inked Quill had amassed, along with the phrase "I don't know how far this goes," Torque had a suspicion that this may be more involved than simply one student going missing. Torque decided to follow Aurora's lead and surreptitiously listen in on the conversation while pretending to glance around the room.

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:03 pm

Flashpoint sighs, put off by all the secrecy in what was clearly a serious matter. He doesn't have any authority this time, though, so he just sits and waits, listening in.


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Post  AleneShazam on Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:15 am

Torque and Arcane Aurora manage to catch most of the conversation, as Quill, in his exhausted and frazzled state, is not exactly discreet.
"A student went missing last night. Walked right out of the dorms, never came back."
"Why haven't you called the guard yet?"
"With the conference going on? And the crystal incident a couple of weeks ago? Our reputation will never recover from this."
"Sir, I hardly think that PR is a big deal compared to the safety of one of our students!"
"I know! I know! I'm trying my best to save both the college and the student, and it's not exactly easy!"

At this point the two break apart. Skyline stamps a hoof, giving Inked Quill a level stare. "You want to do way too many things, Quill! Protect the school, protect the student, protect the outsiders… Look, I know for a fact that Flashpoint will never hesitate to help someone in need, and the other two look capable as well."

"It's just not fair to… ugh. Look, if you want to help, I'm not going to stop you. I couldn't thank you enough, in fact. Just please, stay safe, okay? I don't need that weighing on my conscience on top of everything else." Inked Quill finally relents. "I'll try and answer any questions you have before you run off. Skyline, give them a security pass, make them volunteer guards or something."
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