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Post  Paper Shadow on Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:21 am

It's an early spring afternoon in Tall Tale, with lunch time over and most ponies returning to work. Everypony has their own story in Tall Tale, their own way of doing things, of living their lives. But what I want to know is what is your character currently up to today. Where are you right now, and what are you doing? I ask because, unbeknownst to you, your life is about to get a little bit more bizarre today...

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Just a quick rundown on this market mechanic: whenever you have a quiet and unbusy moment in-character, you can pop to the market and trade items you have for items on sale. If you want to go to the market, send me a message, then we'll haggle. Most trades will be one-for-one, but the trader can value certain items more or less than others, asking for more items or a certain one you have. No rolls (unless prompted), just haggling old-school style. Deals change every in-character day, with items having stronger possible effects as you level up.

Protective Scarf (Heat, Storm, and Cold versions available)
Each Protective Scarf is designed to offer protection from different environments.

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Post  AleneShazam on Sat Oct 08, 2016 5:28 am

In quiet corner of the market place, a diminutive violet earth pony sits on a rug with traditional zebrican patterning, bundles of herbs and assorted berries and fruit surrounding her.

"Herbs... herbs and berries, straight from the woods..." Even though she's probably trying to attract customers, her quiet call doesn't have much of an effect, and noticing this, she sighs. "Huh... I guess I'm just not cut out for this, Mint..."

Still, she shakes her head slightly, tidies up her mane with a touch of voodoo magic, and continues trying (and failing) to attract customers beyond her regulars.

"Herbal remedies for all ailments..."
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:49 pm

Splendor hangs out next to the optician's stall. He didn't need an eye check, his eyesight was perfect, but he had nothing else to do and was bored as hell in this town. Barely any excitement, no hangouts, and locals barely even knew who he was so the party scene was practically nonexistant. He sighs, watching the other ponies in the market, hoping one would come by for an eye exam, to provide him something to just watch while he waits.

Watch, not do, because it was his friend- the same friend who dragged him all the way from Canterlot- who was performing the checks. Splendor didn't bother asking why he was doing so, it was pretty obvious, considering his fancy magic glasses.
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:33 am

AleneShazam wrote:"Herbal remedies for all ailments..."
One of your regulars, an old earth pony, walks up to the rug. "Afternoon Violet," he begins, "Slow day today?"

A1C Bronymous wrote:Watch, not do, because it was his friend- the same friend who dragged him all the way from Canterlot- who was performing the checks. Splendor didn't bother asking why he was doing so, it was pretty obvious, considering his fancy magic glasses.
Your friend sighs as he sits idly on the stool he brought along. "If these ponies knew the expense of a Canterlot optician appointment, we'd have the entire town lining up for this," he moans to you, "Are they truly this imbecilic?"

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:33 am

"No, but clearly their own eye doctors are for not charging enough to make this a feasible venture." Splendor examines his hoof with forced interest. "When can we move on? I don't mean to imply your work is boring, but..."
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Post  AleneShazam on Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:07 am

Shrinking Violet jumps slightly before recognizing the old stallion's voice.

"Good afternoon," she says shyly, "It's, uhm, been pretty slow. Not that, that's a bad thing. It means ponies aren't sick, so..."

"Oh, uhm, will you be taking your usual bundle now...?" Rooting around the small piles around her, Violet pulls out a packet of tea leaves and nudges it towards the earth pony.
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:48 pm

A1C Bronymous wrote:"No, but clearly their own eye doctors are for not charging enough to make this a feasible venture." Splendor examines his hoof with forced interest. "When can we move on? I don't mean to imply your work is boring, but..."
"I'm doing this is to learn about the town and find the pony we're looking for," your friend grumbles, "If you have a better way, do enlighten me."

AleneShazam wrote:"Oh, uhm, will you be taking your usual bundle now...?" Rooting around the small piles around her, Violet pulls out a packet of tea leaves and nudges it towards the earth pony.
"Hmm? Oh, I was just saying 'hello', but..." He reaches into his coat and pulls out a coin purse, "I suppose I can." As he is fiddling around, a couple of bits spill out and fall to the floor...

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Post  AleneShazam on Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:53 am

Violet briefly considers using her voodoo to catch the coins, or even more temptingly, have Mint catch them. But in the end she just lets the coins drop, before offering, "I've got them..." and scooping them up with a hoof, taking the correct pay and hoofing the rest back to the old stallion, saying, "Bits are, uhm, fiddly, aren't they?"
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:57 pm

"Well we could just adopt his strategy- grab ponies in alleyways and make them wear your glasses for a bit, then leave without even a hint of explanation. We could even ignore the alleyways, and just start approaching ponies on the street. I'm sure more than a handful of these curious backwaters would let you do it, no questions asked." Splendor stands and stretches. "It's about lunchtime anyway, isn't it? Can your magic eyes spot something that resembles food from here?"
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Post  Paper Shadow on Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:30 pm

AleneShazam wrote:Violet briefly considers using her voodoo to catch the coins, or even more temptingly, have Mint catch them. But in the end she just lets the coins drop, before offering, "I've got them..." and scooping them up with a hoof, taking the correct pay and hoofing the rest back to the old stallion, saying, "Bits are, uhm, fiddly, aren't they?"
"Oh, yes, yes they are. Thank you." The pony puts his change and tea leaves away, taking more care this time. "I do enjoy your tea leaves. Do you grow them yourself?"

A1C Bronymous wrote:"Well we could just adopt his strategy- grab ponies in alleyways and make them wear your glasses for a bit, then leave without even a hint of explanation. We could even ignore the alleyways, and just start approaching ponies on the street. I'm sure more than a handful of these curious backwaters would let you do it, no questions asked." Splendor stands and stretches. "It's about lunchtime anyway, isn't it? Can your magic eyes spot something that resembles food from here?"
"That's not its purpose, it doesn't do that. I don't instruct you to use your- wait, wait." After a few more seconds of staring, he points to a pony in the market: an elderly blue earth pony, wearing a coat and speaking to a vendor. "Is that him? I think that's him. He looks familiar."

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Post  AleneShazam on Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:52 pm

"Thanks," Violet scuffs the ground with a hoof shyly. "I grow some of them, but I forage most of them in the woods. It, uhm, adds flavor when picked wild."
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Post  A1C Bronymous on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:22 pm

"Oh good, then go say hi and use your glasses on him or whatever." Splendor flips his mane out of his face. "I'll be right here in case he decides to try and kill you."
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Post  Paper Shadow on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:43 pm

AleneShazam wrote:"Thanks," Violet scuffs the ground with a hoof shyly. "I grow some of them, but I forage most of them in the woods. It, uhm, adds flavor when picked wild."
"Oh, is that so?"

A1C Bronymous wrote:"Oh good, then go say hi and use your glasses on him or whatever." Splendor flips his mane out of his face. "I'll be right here in case he decides to try and kill you."
"What?" complains Clear Optic, clearly unnerved by you last words. "Have you even done anything since we got here other than play with your mane? At the very least protect me in case this pony's stand is dangerous."

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:46 pm

"I've provided invaluable moral support, and good advertising due to being so gloriously pretty." Splendor rolls his eyes. "I'll protect you, my little pony, but I'll do it with Space Cowboy. I'm not going to be a meat shield."
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Post  AleneShazam on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:44 pm

"The, uhm, impurities in the earth adds depth of taste..." Violet shrinks behind her mane a little, but she still offers a small smile to the elderly stallion. "And... I like to think that I have an eye for the quality of the leaves..."
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Post  Paper Shadow on Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:59 pm

A1C Bronymous wrote:"I've provided invaluable moral support, and good advertising due to being so gloriously pretty." Splendor rolls his eyes. "I'll protect you, my little pony, but I'll do it with Space Cowboy. I'm not going to be a meat shield."
"Hmph, so be it." With that, Optic goes towards the pony...

AleneShazam wrote:"The, uhm, impurities in the earth adds depth of taste..." Violet shrinks behind her mane a little, but she still offers a small smile to the elderly stallion. "And... I like to think that I have an eye for the quality of the leaves..."
"Oh, that's interesting. I do enjoy hearing about other ponies' talents," replies the old stallion. He is about to say something else when you are both approached by a white unicorn, with a dark a neatly cut mane...

"Excuse me sir," he begins, "But do you know how common vision lose is in elderly ponies? I do not wish to scare you with the figures, but I am operating free eye exams today, should you want a check up." He levitates another pair of glasses, similar brand to the one he wears, to the old pony. "Just put these glasses on, and see if that helps, and we can go from there."

The old pony sheepishly taps the floating glasses, inspecting it with half focused eyes. "I don't know, I like to think I've got good eyesight," muses the pony, "And I'm not sure about your glasses, they seem weird..."

"Weird? Just your imagination, I assure you." The unicorn levitates the glasses to you. "You don't think these glasses are weird, do you?"

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Post  AleneShazam on Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:22 am

"Uhm... I, uhm, I think they're, uhm..." Violet shrinks back, her stuttering intensifying. While she tries to find a way to politely say, sorry sir you're kind of creepy and my mother warned me about stranger danger, she tries to get a handle on the pony's intentions.

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Post  Paper Shadow on Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:53 am

AleneShazam wrote:"Uhm... I, uhm, I think they're, uhm..." Violet shrinks back, her stuttering intensifying. While she tries to find a way to politely say, sorry sir you're kind of creepy and my mother warned me about stranger danger, she tries to get a handle on the pony's intentions.

Perception (With empathetic): 11 (roll) + 10 (skill) + 5 (Empathetic) = 26
The pony is indeed up to something. His friendly demeanor is but a front for a more cold and calculating personality. He has feelings of confidence and superiority in himself. While you can sense that he is trying to trick the old pony in some way, you don't feel any sort of anger, wrath, or malice from him...

"Just try them on," the unicorn adds as he levitates the glasses closer to you, the lenses facing upwards, "You'll find nothing wrong with them."

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Post  AleneShazam on Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:05 pm

"Uhm..." Violet glances over to the earth pony, and then back to the strange pony with the glasses. It seems that, although he's up to something, it's nothing overtly harmful. If it's some kind of prank, Violet would rather she take it than the elderly earth pony. With a timid nod, she accepts the glasses. "Okay, then..."
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Post  Paper Shadow on Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:09 pm

AleneShazam wrote:"Uhm..." Violet glances over to the earth pony, and then back to the strange pony with the glasses. It seems that, although he's up to something, it's nothing overtly harmful. If it's some kind of prank, Violet would rather she take it than the elderly earth pony. With a timid nod, she accepts the glasses. "Okay, then..."
As you put the glasses on, the first thing you notice is how surprisingly comfortable they are. It's a really good brand. The second thing you notice is the pair of pink goat eyes on the lenses staring back at you...

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Post  AleneShazam on Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:31 pm

"Eeek!" Violet flinches violently, surprised by the eyes staring back at her.

Unbidden (well, somewhat bidden, Violet was caught off guard) a golden hoof wrapped in vines emerges out of nowhere to swat the offending glasses off her muzzle, accompanied by a strong feminine "–HA!"


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Post  Paper Shadow on Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:51 pm

AleneShazam wrote:"Eeek!" Violet flinches violently, surprised by the eyes staring back at her.

Unbidden (well, somewhat bidden, Violet was caught off guard) a green hoof emerges out of nowhere to swat the offending glasses off her muzzle, accompanied by a strong feminine "–HA!"
As the glasses go flying in the swatted direction, both the old pony and the unicorn look startled...

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Post  AleneShazam on Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:24 am

As soon as Violet recovers from the shock, she hurriedly picks the glasses back up. "I'm- I'm- uhm- I'm sorry!"
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Post  Paper Shadow on Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:55 am

AleneShazam wrote:As soon as Violet recovers from the shock, she hurriedly picks the glasses back up. "I'm- I'm- uhm- I'm sorry!"
"That's alright dear," replies the old pony comfortingly, "It was just an accident, the glasses didn't feel comfortable so yo-"

"Are you serious?!" The unicorn interrupts, unsurprisingly less comforting. "This is absurd! Is this town full of Stand Users or something?!"

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Post  A1C Bronymous on Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:49 pm

Splendor snickers at Optic's frustration. "That's what you get for giving the glasses to the filly and not the old stallion!" He calls over tauntingly. "Try again, this time on the correct pony!"
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