August 4, 2018
Minor Milestone TIME!
Spells in a journal Joneigh read: “moth wings not look like moth wings” “earth ponies and unicorns walk on clouds”. She thinks these could come in handy to get around in Windsmouth. Joneigh shares the spells with Sunny. She casts the moth wing spell on herself. They take the train to Brindlebury.
- Autumn & Joneigh check in with Bristol.
- Aurora goes to see Constable Hobb.
- Sunny is trying out her cloud walking spell on Borealis.
- HurryUp goes home to check in her parents.
- Jimmy does some tidying on the farm.
- Shucks checks all of his critters.
They meet at the river and head towards Windsmouth. Joneigh stomps, jumps and just splashes along the edge of the river. Getting everyone wet.
They come to the ferry dock. It is old and worn and the sign is very faded.” How long has it been since this has been repaired? 500 yerars?” “No, about 37”, from under the dock. It is Babs n Sandy Brook – water fairys.
They bring out a balloon, blow it up and ties a string to it. “Who’s first?” They all point at Aurora, at the same time as Autumn tries to volunteer. They tie a balloon around her middle and she floats up. The rest follow suit except Joneigh, who just flies. They try blowing at the balloons, which makes them float up faster (right next to the waterfall coming from the cloud above).
There is some thunder and lightning from the cloud and it is always raining. Finally, they are all up there and start to land. Sunny casts the spell on everyone but Joneigh. There is a rusty metal arch with Windsmouth written out in metal. There is a sign that says “Ferry Dock”. It is very dark and gloomy up here.
They go through the gate and Aurora bumps into a pony no one saw there. Blue pony with big moth like eyes, moth wings and antennae. She looks startled. Aurora asks where she fishes. Then Joneigh says maybe she has a really long line. The pony sees Joneigh and apologises for impeding her. Aurora peeks in the side baskets the blue pony is wearing and sees eels. Joneigh asks if she is fishing for them or if they are bait. “No, they are cloud grubs.”
“What do you do with them?” asks Aurora.
“Usually I just fry them up then eat them.”
This takes Aurora aback. She asks “Do you feed them to your pet crow?”
“Why would we feed good food to the crows?” Aurora throws up over the waterfall.
“Could I interest you in some deep fried alphalfa cakes?” Says a pony with a cart from across the road. Sign on the cart says Dibbler Is Everywhere. “You ponies would prefer Alphalfa cakes!”
Some of us buy some cakes and HurryUp gossips with Dibbler. Asks if there is good place to stay. “The only pony that rents out rooms is ol’ Blue Moonchaser up on Cirrus Lane.” “Do you need a map?”
“How much is it?”
“Half a bit!”
“I can’t sell half a map! I’m plucking my own wings at this price as it is!”
“Throw in one of those cakes and it’s a deal.”
“All I can do for ya is one of these glazed lavender sprigs.”
They look at the map, it has lines and some squiggley bits that look like maybe descriptions. Joneigh looks at it and starts reading our names of roads and areas. Autumn asks if there are other levels because they keep hearing fluttery flutters, but see no ponies. They head up the road looking for Cirrus Lane and the BnB. From the houses lining the streets, an occasional pony peeks out (moth eyed ponies) until they are seen by the group and then they back off. The group (except Joneigh) are worried about seeing their way, as they keep trying light sources.
They find the BnB. Autumn rings the bell. [Flutter flutter clomp clomp] and the door opens on a unicorn; dark blue with white mane and white horn. “Can I help you?”
Aurora says “I will take the Royal Suite, if you have one.”
The pony looks her up and down, “You could afford it!” Then he sees Joneigh and says, “I’m sorry that suite is already taken.” “Ms. Owlmstead, we were told to expect you.” Joneigh asks if there is room in the Princess suite for she and Autumn. “I believe we have rooms for all of you.”
Joneigh asks his name: Moonbeam Moonchaser. He explains his birth parents gave him Moonbeam and his adoptive parents gave him the Moonchaser. He shows us to our rooms. The place looks ok to most, but old to Joneigh (she expects Bruce Campbell to pop out of a closet with a chainsaw). The princess suite has a view of the clouds and has a couple rooms that are connected. All looks tattered and dusty. There is a painting in their room of Nightmare Moon. They decide that it might be familiar… from a dream, when they went to the moon. “Lets not show this to Aurora, k?”
“Yeah, maybe just HurryUp.” They look around and sure enough, she is hiding in potted plant. She remembers the whole going to the moon and the cake and everything.
Autumn, Joneigh & HurryUp come out and bump right into Aurora (who is standing guard).
Moonbeam clomps up the stairs and asks if Ms. Owlmstead is accepting callers. She asks why. Because Nimbus Penniform is here to see her, he is awaiting her in the south parlor. Blue grey moth pony with the wings, eyes & antennae and a cloud cutie mark. They greet each other. He hands her flowers “To welcome you to our town.”
She thanks him and asks Moonbeam if he could take them up to the suite and put them in a vase. She asks Mr. Penniform if there is anything they should not miss while they are in town. She asks if there are many from their family in town. “There are a number who have resettled here.” In the background, we can hear doors opening and closing and voices that we can’t quite make out, talking. Autumn asks if it is tourist season. Nimbus says “Well this is the only place to stay. Oh, and there are a couple more of our relatives now.” A cream color stallion and a lunarmoth green mare. Nimbus says this is our cousin Cirrus and our other cousin, her husband Vaporum Moonchaser.”
Autumn tries to figure out the relationship of Moonbeam to Joneigh (second cousins-once-removed to Joneigh; all first cousins to each other). They seem sorry that they weren’t here to meet Joneigh when she arrived. Joneigh is confused as she didn’t send word ahead that I was coming. Nimbus asks them all to dinner, they beg off due to traveling all day. Autumn suggests tomorrow. Vapporum says we should speak with his aunt, when she heard Joneigh was coming she said she missed seeing Neightaniah. Nimbus says “It was so sad, such a tragedy, so many died.”
Finally they all leave and Autumn & Joneigh head to the library. Autumn asks Joneigh if maybe the cylinder post-pony may have gossiped with someone that we were coming. Aurora agrees with her. Jonieigh says others know… like the Princess and maybe her agents. “It is weird to be expected.”
“Maybe you are a special person here.”
“I am special everywhere, not just here.” And she stands tall and proud and hauty. Her glasses slip when she does that and Aurora & Autumn see that Joneigh has 4 pupils in each eye.
Aurora starts lecturing her about being cautious and careful and not get too involved. Borealis asks Sunny if Aurora is suggesting that maybe Joneigh shouldn’t accept the courting of that cousin.
“I’m sorry did someone say something about being in trouble?” A green unicorn with green eyes and horn is standing there. This startles Joneigh. “Where did you come from?” “I’m on patrol, I am a jr. deputy.”
“Oh you have one of Mr. Dibbler’s map, that was before the big fire. You want to go this way instead of the way you were headed.” It seems it got evaporated. That point on our map says “Oriel family mansion”.
Asks the jr. deputy about her job and name. She says “My name is Starbeam.” Autumn is asking questions of Starbeam. She and Moonbeam are the only adopted ponies up here and are both unicorns. Autumn asks about all the shy ponies in the houses. “A lot of ponies here are not good with outsiders.”
Joneigh asks if they are related, and Starbeam doesn’t think so, but their families both died on Smoky Top. Joneigh asks HurryUp if she didn’t have family at Smokey Top. Aurora notices that the yellow in the her mane is the same as HurryUp and the green coat is a color in HurryUp’s mane and their eyes are the same. Then it dawns on her that when they met Moonbeam that his smile was just like Borealis’ and his eyes are just like HurryUp’s. Autumn and Joneigh notice that Aurora looks a bit white. “Are you going to throw up again?” Autumn offers her mint.
They arrive at the library. There are two Nightmare Moon statues just outside the library. Joneigh, HurryUp and Autumn admire them and Joneigh mentions that they have a picture of this pony in their room! HurryUp says “That one winked at me:” Autumn dared it to wink at her. It doesn’t but out of the corner of her eye, she swears she saw the other one shift a hoof.
Aurora complains about the dark.
“I’m sorry, can’t you see?” and torches light up all over the library. You can see the big stain glass window of Nightmare Moon… and the copulating moth ponies surrounding her.
Autumn is looking for the librarian pony that spoke. A card catalog drawer closes and hoofbeat sound go toward the front desk. Joneigh can see a faint outline of the pony and she asks about a book on the Orial Mansion family. Clop clop clop, drawer opens, card comes out and goes back to the desk. A quill comes out and draws a map and writes down the book name. There are notes of how to get to the Family Records Hall. “Ah Ponyyyyy, I wish I could read your language.” Another card comes out of the drawer and goes to the desk and the quill writes VERY SLOWLY. “So you Decided to Join the Order of Twilight.” Oh.
They all head to the Family Records Room, except HurryUp is wandering to see if any books call out to her. Joneigh finds the Oriel family registry. All died in the fire, except Joneigh’s grandmother who moved away. Autumn and Joneigh decide that is very sad. They talk about the Twilight book a little. Meanwhile, HurryUp tries to take a book that ‘called to her’ off the shelf, but it is attached to a wire and a secret passage opens up. As she starts down the passage she’s says “I really shouldn’t go but it is secret and they would be ashamed of my performance if I didn’t.” ‘Didn’t what?” says Shucks. They can hear voices, and HurryUp says they may not be good ponies. So, Shucks pulls out his MIB dark glasses out puts them on, then tippyhoofs after HurryUp. They come to a gallery that has the statue in the center with an alter, and 6 mothponies with little black capes. “I think we would have a much a better chance of getting her to join if we leave her friends alive.” “But we need two of them to sacrifice so we can cross the beams.” There is more banter along these lines. HurryUp decides that they need to tell the others rather than do anything now. They find the rest of the group while they are looking for the Twilight book. Autumn greets them and Shucks shushes them “Bad Ponies”. She looks at HurryUp “What did you do to Shucks, and why are we whispering?” “Shuuuuush” HurryUp tells what they saw. They decide to head back to the BnB to plan.
When they get outside, there is a pony waiting. She is black with orange mane, is a Pegasus and is wearing a badge that says constable. “Are you lost? It is dangerous to be out at night somewhere unfamiliar to you.”
We explain that we are just headed back to the BnB. She offers to escort them back, fearing they could lose their way.
Autumn introduces herself and asks the constable’s name. “Starhunter Eclipse”. It even looks dark n gloomy to Joneigh. Sunny sees something out of the corner of her eye and she suddenly falls through the clouds. “Sunny where are you?” and Borealis starts shooting into the gloom. Everyone stops and looks around. From the opposite side of the road the darkness swallows him up.
“What happened? Aurora? Can you sense him?”
“I told you it was dangerous at night, we need to go now.”
Shucks sees HurryUp get sucked into the darkness. Joneigh flies up a bit and starts a ball lightning spell.
“Where’d Ann go, Where’d Ann go??”
“Constable, we’ve had some kidnapping!”
“We get you to safety and come back for the bodies.” Aurora says that we are more resilient than that.
Somewhere in the darkness above, they hear a smack and a flash of unicorn magic… more flashes and smacks and crunches. Some teeth fall out of the sky and lands at our feet. Something is fluttering down, is it scorched moth wing? Joneigh’s ball lightning is forming and lights up the area… Borealis and HurryUp are in a swarm of moth ponies. Joneigh is hit by lightning and that releases her ball lightning. Constable shot her! Joneigh flew higher and is kicking. Aurora shoots at the Constable. Autumn is ready to head butt someone. Aurora levitates Autumn and drops her between the wings of the Constable. There is lightning flying from unicorn horns and Joneigh’s magic and scortched mothwings are falling. HurryUp kicks and Autumn is choking Starhunter, Shucks launches Jimmy into a moth pony and Joneigh is still throwing lightning. Sunny sees Shucks falls through the clouds and a uni-wand flash off to the side. Sunny sees Joneigh diving for Shucks and shoots at the uni-wand and hears a yelp, the pony shoots back (while saying something) but misses. Joeneigh helps Shucks, but he is blowing up a balloon and tying it to himself and he is now weightless. Aurora shoots “disarmed” at the uni-wand weilder. Sunny hits the pony who has a wand with an amputated unicorn horn at the end of it, and Aurora hits him in the face. More teeth fly and the wand goes flying too. Shucks & Joneigh fly up through the ground, Shucks is holding the wand and Joneigh is all crackling with lightning around her. It expands out from her and fills the space above the ground, so everyone blinded for a minute.
HurryUp, Jimmy and Borealis inside Borealis’ force bubble floating down. Lots of moth ponies are falling from the sky. Autumn fell with Starhunter, who broke her fall, so Autumn is winded and the Constable is out. Even the clouds are on fire. Autumn suggest we head back to the ferry and grab the balloons and fly for it. Everyone agrees.
“Tactical retreat… engage!” Aurora and Shucks lead the way and Jimmy brings up the rear as they head out of town. There is smoke but it is less gloomy due to the glow from the fires. They hear the Pegasus fire brigade… and directed rain.
“What a vivid color of blue” says Aurora. “Leaving so soon?” says an elderly very large pony in a wheelcart (Moonbeam is behind her to push).
“Great Aunt Moon?”
“Blue, my dear” “I told them when the last Oriel came back, it wouldn’t go the way they wanted.”
There is discussion about the cult and that she was sorry she was asleep when they arrived. She says she would have warned them. “I do have this that your grandmother left behind.” She pulls out a scorched book. “Her diary.” There is discussion about taking her with us. She says there is no way she can go, and there are reasons they can’t kill her. “But can you take Moonbeam for me, he won’t be safe.”
They agree and take the proffered balloons and float down to earth. Joneigh kisses Great-Aunt Blue on the forehead, thanks her and flies down. There were many comments about the sunset storm being so beautiful.
Aaaand Significant Milestone.