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Other Hearth's Warming Extravaganza

Discussion in 'Main Roleplay' started by Blaze_Midnight, 1 December 2012.

  1. Blaze_Midnight

    Blaze_Midnight Isn't it great to be different?

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    "Thank you"

    Cascade turned and headed back off to where her and Sirit were playing before.

    "Come on Spirit Let's teach you how to skate better."

    As they came to a halt near the ice Cascade gave Spirit a helping claw with getting her skates on. After getting Spirits skates put on Cascade changed back to her pony form and quickly got her own on.

    "Now lets see if we can get you skating like a pro."

    Getting themselves onto the ice Cascade used her wings to help give some extra support to the little filly as she moved uneasily on the thin blades.

    "It's ok Spirit, you can do it just take your time I won't leave your side"

    An uneasy smile appeared on Spirits face as her legs were finding it difficult to stay upright. With Cascade by her side though it didn't take much to keep her steady and soon Spirit started to giggle and get used to it.

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    "Gravl are you around?"

    Midnight called out into the almost empty room.

    "Yea *munch* yea I'm over here"

    The purple bodied stallion was over by the buffet table devouring what he could.

    "Have you been eating all this time?"

    "Nope I had a break. Actually I've had about 6 so far"

    "Wow and I thought I was hungry. Anyway has much happened around here since you came in."

    "Now that you mention it. There have been some wierd things running around, even the music is constantly changing mid tune. I went up and checked and I keep finding cables with teeth marks in or pulled out of the sockets in the amps."

    A light pattering sound came from over near the stage

    "Thats been going on for the last hour or so. I haven't been able to see them though as they move pretty quick."

    "I have a feeling I know what is causing these issues but we need to make sure. As this area is pretty quiet I think we can safely find a way to trap atleast one of them. So do you think you could set something up to perhaps cage or even tangle a creature of about a third of our height?"

    "Bit strange but yea I will see what I can do. Give me a few mins"
     
  2. Antadurunnu

    Antadurunnu Is covered in green stuff and plastic shavings.

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    The unicorn smiled at the little filly who had scooted closer but was still giving Cog's a good distance. ''Drakes are smaller cousins of dragons, only about the size of an airship.'' he nodded and smirked as some foals reacted to the metal image of how big an airship was and that Drakes were considered 'small'. ''It had us trapped but thankfully we had found ourselves in a large crack between two glaciers, we traveled the only direction we could away from the drake and eventually we couldn't hear it howling and clawing anymore. In fact we couldn't really hear anything later on...'' He tilted his head slightly as Cascade came over and whispered to Cogs, curious he gave her a 'what was that?' look. Shaking his head he carried on ''Eventually the crack came to a stop and a shaft of light shone through the darkness, the only way out was to climb up..'' he continued to explain.
     
  3. Recurrent Trotting

    Recurrent Trotting Do you feel the same?

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    Pearblossom gave a large 'aaah' noise, and blushed and looked uncertainly at the foals around her. She, and the other foals, were quickly enraptured by the ongoing story and she 'ooohed' and 'aahed' along with the others as the details of the adventuring unfolded from the duo, particular the amazing details retailed by Cogs of the close escape. As she heard about the adventure through the cave she sat on her haunches, so wrapped up in the story that she was practically nailed to the floor. Her wings were furled, except for fluttering occasionally at the incredible details, and her eyes glistened with interest at how the adventure ponies managed the escape. She was oblivious to t0he conversation between Cascade and Cogs.
     
  4. Blaze_Midnight

    Blaze_Midnight Isn't it great to be different?

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    "OK the trap's set and we have the bait. I just hope this works"

    "Don't worry, there should be very little interms of problems. If the things that have been causing some of the issues are what I think they are then I doubt they can resist something with so many cables sticking out of it. The vines are pretty strong that we've used to set the trap aswell."

    "Now we just play the waiting game right?"

    "Yup. It shouldn't be to long till atleast one of them goes for it"

    Midnight made their conversation look as natural and normal as they could so they could try and avoid any suspicion from what had caused the troubles earlier into the night. Walking out towards the 2nd room and then standing near the entrance so they could get a view of what they hoped would happen in a few short moments.

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    It didn't tke long for Spirit to get used to the skates, and with Cascade by her side helping her along she was soon gliding around the ice with only a few wobbles here and there.

    "That's it Spirit your doing great"

    A smile spread of the fillies face as Cascade continued to encourage her along.

    "That's right open your wings slightly to help give you more balance."

    Suddenly something caught Cascade's attention, a shifting in the bushes close by to where the little filly was happily skating. Trying not to scare Spirit, Cascade decided that the best action was to change back and prepare for what could happen.

    "It's ok Spirit I'm just getting more comfortable as the skates are a bit confining for me."

    An uneasy smile crept across Cascades face as the rustling continued to get her attention.

    I need to keep a very close eye on that. Something doesn't smell right.

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    SKREEEEEEEECH

    "Got ya"
     
  5. Antadurunnu

    Antadurunnu Is covered in green stuff and plastic shavings.

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    Leaving Cog's to whatever she had planned he continued. ''Climbing sheer ice it's easy when you have hooves, thankfully we had all our snow gear and a set of special spiked shoes.'' he explained then carried on telling the part where they climbed the ice wall and some parts where Cog's less then petite rear would need some help fitting.
    A loud screeching sound only barely caught his attention and so he continued with the story. Glancing to the side by the pond he noticed the dragon pony shift once more, she seemed wary which made him wary. Once again he reminded himself they had three of the arena's best fighters, a dragon, a large fire and enough ponies to defend the little ones. Nothing a simple woodland beasty could even dream of putting a dent in. Would make the night more interesting.
     
  6. Recurrent Trotting

    Recurrent Trotting Do you feel the same?

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    The reassuring confidence of the powerful cloaked story-teller had calmed Pearblossom and she finally joins the other foals... only to be startled by a sudden screech! Her ears instantly go down and her wings flutter in fright, propelling her into the air a little way "WENDIGO!" she squeaked, driven by her over active imagination to believe that the fiersome beasts had returned to consume them all with a small green pegasi foal as dessert.
     
  7. Eiro

    Eiro Cutie Cuddly Wuddly Huggily Princess

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    Eiro continued to both listen to Safeguard and Cogs tell stories of their travels aswell as scan the area for anything out of the ordinary, while she scanned the area she noticed some rustling in the bushes and it also seemed the pony/ dragon had noticed it aswell the rustling didn't seem very large but still something to keep an eye on, very soon though a screech went through the room which clearly scared one of the fillies in the group "relax, its ok im pretty sure its not a wendigo" Eiro said calmly not entirely being sure what the noise was but the screech sounded more like it had been caught rather than it was trying to catch somepony "besides we wont let anything hurt you" she finished she finished with a smile to try and help reassure the filly.
     
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    Cogs had to shake her head somewhat, blinking out of one of her brief daydreams. ''...Yep, spiked shoes which -I- made...or well...designed to get us through this task. However, the parts about me being stuck were...oh fine, they were true!'' She said with a whiny voice, settling down with a pout. ''However, we made it out after...a long climb and three occasions of saving my flank from getting stuck...but we made it out of that hole..and surprisingly...'' Cogs spoke, her voice lowering once more to a quiet whisper. ''That drake gave us..a shortcut....I could feel it, the faint singing of crystals on the wind...I didn't know which way..but still!'' Cogs suddenly roared out in a loud, cheerful yell. ''Crystals! Gems! They were close, but!''

    Cogs lowered herself to the ground, her face turning a little sinister once more. ''...We..found ourselves in trouble..yet...again....''
     
  9. Recurrent Trotting

    Recurrent Trotting Do you feel the same?

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    Pearblossom settles down, furls her wings again, and returned to the present with the encouragement of the older ponies.

    She listened once more to the tales told by the garrulous bright blue mare, her ears perked and her tail fluffed. As the suspense builds she shivers and looks round for the parental presence of Winter Sun, but lacking that trembles on, secretly wishing that Winter had stayed.
     
  10. Blaze_Midnight

    Blaze_Midnight Isn't it great to be different?

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    "What in the.. What is that thing?"

    The creature hanging by its legs in the trap was clawing at whatever was near it, trying to get a hold on something to pull itself free.

    "From what I remember on mine and Cascades travels, that is what the locals of one town called a Gremlin. They are creatures that think messing with things is a joke and they love to terrorize ponies by taking things. Chances are there are some things that ponies have brought with them that they have left in various places and when they come back they will have gone. I'm trying to remember one incident that happened involving some of the inhabitants of the place. It caused so many problems that it took us a while to find out what happened."

    The Gremlin dangled from the branches, suspended by the thick vines that were tangled around its legs. Its cries, shrieks and growls weren't going unnoticed as bushes started to rustle around where Minight and Gravl were standing.

    "Ok.. we are gonna have to go to the next room. I'll have a quick check and see if any ponies are left in here, then I will join you. Do me a favor will you."

    "Erm.. Sure"

    "Let Cascade know. I get the feeling she will have a better memory of what happened the last time we saw these things"

    Gravl turned and rushed into the 2nd room. Darting out into the snow in a hunt for Cascade, he bounded over the snow drifts and the snow ponies that were dotted around.

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    "Spirit I think we should go back to the bar for a rest. Your looking a little tired"

    Cascade kept watch on the bushes, shrubs and branches as they rustled nearby.

    It could just be the breeze thats blowing through but I doubt it would cause things to rustle that much.

    As Spirit joined her by the side of the ice. Cascade undid the skates and both her and Spirit started to make their way towards where the bar was to get a hot drink. It was then that they spotted Gravl darting around.

    "HEY GRAVL"

    Coming to a halt an then darting towards Cascade and Spirit. Gravl stopped infront of them panting like he had just ran from Las Pegasus to Canterlot.

    "Cas.... cade.. Midnight... trap... greenthing... said...you... might.. know... about... what.... happened... lasttime.."

    Cascade gave Gravl a confused look.. But after piecing things together she quickly knew what he was on about.

    "Gremlins...."

    She pulled Spirit closer to her while trying to keep herself calm so as not to upset the little filly.

    "Gravl... come here a second"

    Whispering something into Gravls ear, Spirit just looked up and wondered what they were saying.

    "Do you understand?"

    "Yes I do.. I'll let them know right away."

    Gravl began a steady trot looking for Heartstoker and Rumulus who he assumed were getting themselves a little more intoxicated.
     
  11. KestrelElk

    KestrelElk Mess with Applejack and I'll mess with you ¬_¬

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    Rumulus, still sat by the bar, Had first had his attention diverted to a flash of red to his left, where he spotted the raised flank of Heartstoker protruding from a pile of snow, with a quick glance and a look of "not bad" on his face, he returned his attention to the room.
    No longer drinking coffee, he had instead opted to take intermittent sips from his hip flask, it seemed to help keep in warm in this snowy setting. The alcohol oddly enough seemed to improve his concentration, heighten his senses as it were, perhaps it was this new batch of rum he'd been experimenting with. Some of the leaves around the room were rustling, a wave of foliage shuddered along the side of the room, as if something was darting along behind them.
    "OK, something is definitely goi-" Rumulus was stopped mid sentence as a purple stallion approached him, he recognised him as being the stand-in DJ Midnight had appointed near the beginning of the night.
     
  12. Antadurunnu

    Antadurunnu Is covered in green stuff and plastic shavings.

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    Safeguard smiled ''Cog's isn't just being figurative, I could also hear singing on the wind even with my deaf ear.'' he flicked said ear in response. ''Sadly the fact that we could hear sound on the wind meant it was windy. As we climbed out of the crater we walked straight into a blizzard. Being unable to see anything past our noses to wandered in any direction we could while trying to stick together.'' He carried on as nothing out of the ordinary was going on elsewhere.
     
  13. Eiro

    Eiro Cutie Cuddly Wuddly Huggily Princess

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    as Eiro sat with Safeguard, Cogs and the fillies and colts she noticed the pony that acted as the parties DJ pass through the room to Cascade it seemed obvious he had something important to say but from where Eiro sat she couldn't hear what it was, not being entirely sure if what was lurking was dangerous or not she began to stretch her wings but as she lifted her right wing she felt it being tugged on realizing it was the filly that had been using it for warmth she just left it in place, instead removing her neckless and tucking it in a pocket in her jacket incase she needed to act and she knew having that catch somepony in the eye wouldn't be pleasant.
     
  14. Rizae

    Rizae Rainbow Swag

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    Heartstoker raised her head from the snow pile, finally satisfied with the amount she had eaten. Though she wasn’t fully aware of it, the snow had somewhat sobered her up, and as she looked around the room she was able to make out the faces of several familiar ponies. Rumulus was looking across at a purple stallion that Heartstoker vaguely recognised, though she could not figure out exactly where she knew him from. She soon struck that thought from her mind, however, instead choosing to simply trot over to Rumulus for a warming (and alcoholic) drink, in an attempt to remove the sudden chill from her stomach.
     
  15. Blaze_Midnight

    Blaze_Midnight Isn't it great to be different?

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    Noticing Heartstoker emerging out of a pile of snow, it wasn't much longer till Gravl noticed Rumulus stood nearby.

    "HEY!!!.. HEARTSTOKER... RUMULUS!!!"

    Quickly going over to them he stood panting..

    "I'm... Glad... I... found... you... both...... 1 sec"

    Gravl took a couple of deep breaths to steady himself so he could actually speak.

    "Cascade asked me to find you. We have a problem, there are Gremlins about and from what I've heard from Midnight and Cascade they are really bad news."

    Quickly looking around he noticed that most of the foals were still happy listening to the stories being told to them.

    "We need your help. Please alert the older ponies around the campfire and keep an eye out for the other fillies and colts. If what Cascade told me is true then besides messing with things like the stuff that we have on the stage earlier and moving a few things around. They like to take young ponies and keep them trapped in dens. We're lucky that the snow is around and we can see if there are any foot prints, and they are green so they stand out if they come into the open. We need to protect the fillies and colts, if you see or hear anything please alert us and we will be with you as quick as we can. Let the older ponies know that they need to keep calm and occupied and with them as long as they can while we try and get this all sorted."
     
  16. BLame

    BLame That Devonshire Mug.

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    Terracotta stood back and marveled at his work. He'd completely and utterly failed to socialise so far, but his snow sculpture was complete. Doubt flickered in his mind as his eyes moved across the snowy figure before him. He'd captured the likeness of the beautiful Princess Celestia rather well, from the long and lean limbs to the majestic wings and flowing mane... but why was she hugging a colossal slice of ice cake? Terracotta didn't have long to contemplate his work however, as suddenly the piece began to shudder and twitch, and jumped back in shock as a small impish figure burst from the chest of his masterpiece in grotesque fashion.

    He stood transfixed by the bizarre sight, his face locked in a stupefied display combining despair with pure bewilderment. As the green creature stared back at him, cocking it's face quizzically, Terracotta's eyes began to narrow into slits, and his mouth took on a hateful grimace as memories came flooding back to him. Gremlins; the little buggers had caused him no end of trouble when he was but a foal, sneaking into his room one winter's night and breaking his first pottery works, before escaping through the windows, leaving them wide open so the bitter winds could run rampant. The unpleasant memory stirred up feelings of intense loathing towards the creature, and he resolved to deal with it before it could spread it's mischief here too.

    "Come here, you bloody nonce!" Terracotta growled, grasping the Gremlin with his magic and plucking it from the ruined breast of his benevolent overlord as it tried to burrow back into the icy chest cavity. He held it in the air above him, as it squealed loudly and flailed in protest. Unlike that day all those years ago, this time he had it right where he wanted it.
     
  17. Antadurunnu

    Antadurunnu Is covered in green stuff and plastic shavings.

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    He couldn't help but glance over and see somepony with a very noisy critter. As he worked out just what it was he flattened his ears back and frowned before returning to the story at hoof. Noticing Eiro place her necklace in her pocket he made a motion for Cogs to come closer. If she did he'd lean in and whisper ''Go check things out could you? somethings not right.'' If not he'd simply carry on with the story about how they traveled through a blizzard and close to falling off cliffs at various points.
     
  18. Eiro

    Eiro Cutie Cuddly Wuddly Huggily Princess

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    a squealing from across the room caught Eiro's attention turning her head the the source of the noise she saw another of the guest with a small creature in its magical grasp, focusing her eyes she could make out that it was gremlin "uh oh" Eiro mumbled to herself more concerned about the present situation than before because if there was one gremlin around there are no doubt more a lot more, she knew that there were a lot more lurking simply from the rustling and knew it would be difficult to keep track of them all.
     

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