9 October 2021
Choosie lands the Millenium Falcon in forest some distance out of Canterlot, and the ponies pick a meadow to allow Night Messenger to give birth.
Hurryup removes the stamp and it POOFS into Night Messenger, very bloated in the torso. He snaps hooves, Aurora & Autumn are suddenly in nurse costumes. He steps behind the screen and climbs into the stirrups. Blobby pops up and hands a doctor bag to Sunny… and puts two “holes” in the air which appear to be magical portals to somewhere else. One seems to lead to a deep forest somewhere. The other is just a featureless black abyss.
Sunny is baffled about the holes and birth. Night Messenger suggest she should determine how many babies he’s carrying. Sunngy rummages in the bag. Pulls out a magnifying glass… and can see Aura’s ribcage thru it, “OH! Ok.” Shes moves toward Night Messenger’s abdomen and sees 10K critters, only some of them resembling ponies in there. “They have to go home.” NM says and points at the holes in the air. There is some moaning and groaning. Blobby hands Hurryup Ann a script, which directs HurryUp to stand beside the bed, hold Night Messenger’s hoof, and remind him to breathe.
After a lot of screaming and moaning, babies spew forth from Night Messenger. Some look like dragons, some like goats with insect wings, antelope with bat wings, and more strange things. Half fly into the black hole, half into the light. HurryUp asks if the babies might come back and eat her or something, and Night Messenger says they shouldn’t… and when they get a little older many of them will be her minions.
“I never dreamed I’d have a hoard.” says Hurryup.
Night Messenger answers, “Think of it as and Anniversary present.”
Night Messenger asks Sunny, “Aren’t you supposed to give me something for the pain?”
“Are you in pain?”
“Argh, ack, eww, owie.” Autumn offers Sunny an herbal potion, she replied “I love you.”Jimmy produces a large hammer labeled “PainKiller.” While Sunny is administering the potion, Aurora levitates the hammer behind Night Messenger and baps him in the head.
Blobby pulls the holes/portals out of the air, rolls them up and puts them away. Blobby hands a note to Joneigh and one to Hurryup. HurryUp’s says to say the spell from the book in the garden of the castle in Canterlot. Joneigh’s gives her a book name and page number… of a book in her bag. Joneigh finds the page and holds it for Hurryup to read.
The ponies then discuss their next steps, as they need to steal a book (The Testament of Silver Eclipse) and HurryUp needs to transform Night Messenger into stone. Autumn splits so Flame can go with Hurryup, Night Meseenger, Joneigh, Sunny, Prow Lee, Blobby and Jimmy to the garden. Aurora, Autumn, Shucks, Silk, Uncle Huntfield, Earthbreaker, and Choosie gear up to go off on a book heist.
They first go find a decommisioned bookmobile and paint it in Canterlot colors (Joneigh gets very excited and they promise she can keep it when they are done). They all cram inside it to head to the palace. Joneigh gives her library keys to Autumn, who makes sure she has her library pass handy. They approach the city of Canterlot and there are guards posted. The guards ask their business and for their papers.
“These aren’t the Ponies you are looking for” says Huntfield. The guards give back the papers and tell them to move along.
Canterlot seems a bit more subdued than the last time they visited. Aurora is peeking out the back at the City. They head to the garden and the two groups split off to their respective targets. Huntsville taking the heist group through the hidden tunnels of the palace. The garden group sightsees around the maze looking at statues while they let the heist team get in place. Syncronize sundials!
Down in the tunnel, Choosie & Autumn motion for silence as they hear something up the tunnel… voices? One is Agent Ayyyyyy says Aura. Then there are hoofsteps coming toward them. Aura readies a soundproof spell and the group arranges with the guard dressed ones in front and continue forward. They meet, he looks over the group as he chats with the ponies disguised as guards (Huntfield, Borealis, Earthbreaker, Shucks, Silk); he puts his sunglasses on and points at Shucks and says he should put his on too. Then he walks on by, wishing them a good day.
Further on there is a guard who sees them. “State your business.” Earthbreaker starts to say “Prisoner transfer—” but Borealis interrupts and says, “No, that’s not the password!” Shucks, meanwhile, in is Cosplay voice says, “We are bringing books back from circulation, and our librarian needs to report to the Head Librian.” replies Borealis.
Both Aurora and Huntfield successfully read the mind of the guard for the password. They give the password to the guard, he wishes them good day and steps aside. The guard isn’t looking at Aurora … he is noticing Autumn’s flank.
Aurora moves tot he front and goes first; the library is this way.
Meanwhile out in the garden; they decide it is about time to start the distraction. Out of the maze walks Agent Ayyyyyyyy. Joneigh waves and says hi, then when he says its a nice day for a painting, pulls out a sketchbook and starts drawing NM who is up on a plinth posing. Flame busts out an easel to paint same. Someone in the castle sees Discord and calls out an alarm. Aaaay says, “Oh, nice distraction.” And ninja-vanishes. Joneigh turns her book to Hurryup and she starts reading the spell from it. The book starts to crackle with lightning, exciting Joneigh to no end. There is a flash of red light from the entrance to the maze. There is the sound of a collision, “What are you doing just standing here?” There is a lot of what and Discord is in the garden, to the maze! type arguing. Jimmy tries to seal the entrances from the maze to where they are… Flame assists and the plants move and shift to seal the entrances. Prow Lee’s claws come out and he readies for trouble. Jimmy asks if Discord could make all the guards look like Discord to each other. From another part of the maze: “Like the way you think, lad,” and snaps his fingers. “There he is.” Zap. Zap. Zap. “Officer down!!” Zap-zap-zap. Prow Lee and Joneigh see a formation of Pegasuses swooping in to where they are standing. Prow Lee says “Incoming!” Flame suggests to Jimmy they make a roof over the maze with branches from the hedges? Jimmy pulls out a rope to lasso him a pegasus. Hurryup continues the spell and Joneigh keeps the book steady for her. Prow Lee suggest Flame toss him up into the pegasuses and that Sunny create a wall of flame between Hurryup and the pegasuses. Jimmy lassos the lead pegasus and whirls her around into other Pegasuses. Sunny puts up the flames in the sky. Prow Lee is slashing at them. More pandemonium is heard from the maze!
Back inside the castle; the heist group are hearing the shouts of alarm from outside. “That sounds like the signal” says Aura. She asks what the title of the book they are looking for and someone says “The Testament of Silver Eclipse”. Autumn finds something on a shelf and ‘click’ and a door swings out and a trapdoor opens; Shucks bumps Silk and he falls into the hole. Someone reaches in and clicks another button and a platform with up/down buttons slides out. They find a big steel door at the bottom that Silk is trying to pick, but Autumn says she has a key… Then Aurora hears the Head Librarian say “Oh Princess, I didn’t know you’d come back to Canterlot!” Aura sushes everyone. She is there to put something somewhere safe. The put the key in and turn, ‘click’ and the trap door closes and when remove the key the door opens to the secret library space. Elderly earth pony there asking them to sign into the book. Then he does a double take at Huntsfield, “You’re back”. Hinnnery closes the book. He has a badge that says Record Keeper. “What is that you need, General?” He tells them the book name. There is an array of light bulbs of different colors above them and the red one is flashing – it is labeled ‘princess in the building’. He points at Autumn and rattles off a number, she cocks her head then nods and says alright, we should go there and then back up! They all follow her. Hinnery nods and says “Prince Sod” as Earthbreaker walks past. To the left of the book is an award that looks like a pair of scissors that are almost closed, with bits of silver like string that just got cut. On the other side is a round thing that is an opalescent sphere with non-heat fire coming off of it. The unicorns can feel the power of the Inevitable and Celestia coming off the two “awards” (periapts). Earthbreaker says “THAT one is supposed to be binding the Oblivian.” pointing at the scissors. He says he isn’t sure about the other one. Autumn pulls out the ‘Eye’ puts it on to look at the periapts. Aurora reaches out and touches the round one. They hear the steel door lock behind them somewhere. Autumn feels an urge to smite someone, then sees staticy stuff, then green outlines on things around her with descriptions. When she looks at the awards “The Final Scissors Snip” with a sort of death standing guard and “The Eternal Dawn” with Celestia in chains. Aurora hears “Is someone there?” [Gene to fill in whatever from bound Celestia] They ask how to unbind a pariapt and get “That is what the book is for”. Autumn offers a lead lined bag to carry all three things with them and looks to her dad. She grabs them and Aura hisses at them “We should escape now!” Earthbreaker says “Does that look like another elevator to you?” “If it isn’t I can make it into one,” says Aura. They use it. As they do, they can hear the steel door opening. Now they can hear Celestia talking to Hinnnery. [Gene to add details]
Back in the maze; pandemonium continues in the maze and above it. Hurryup casts the spell. The last line seems to be calling the life source of the subject into her. There is crackling energy like that from the book and pulls something from NM to Hurryup and he turns to stone. Hurryup completes her transformation and has wings! And she tosses black and indigo glitter everywhere. About then the heist group pops out of the maze tunnel into the pandemonium that is the maze. “Quick, to the bookmobile!” says Jimmy. Autumn says “Joneigh I can’t wait to show you what we found in the library!” Earthbreaker stomps and makes a direct path through the maze to the bookmobile. They Run… Hurryup Prancing and Giggling in a disturbing way. When people back home tell Hurryup that she’s changed; she is going to say “That’s what marriage does to you.”