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Please post your sheets for a one-shot of DeerQuest!
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"No! Bad Shiny!" Lumberjack says, wagging a finger at Solar, "Don't hurt the puppy!"

Lumber gets on all fours, looking down at the small deer, "Hello Puppy!"


"Whoah, hold your horses!" Sirocco quickly slaps the gun's barrel downwards, before giving Solar a sad look. "Jeez, monsters don't usually talk, so maybe don't start off with shooting."

The pegasus lets her bitten leg dangle as she hovers above the ground. She gives the deer a shrug, and gestures to her friends, and the monsters. "We were walking along, and they ambushed us. I tried to tell the creatures to back down, but… I don't really… speak animal. What are *you* doing here? It seems rather dangerous for a young lad like yourself."


The mighty Solar, still radiating a glow of ancient, uncontrolled power responds by pouting.


Talon stumbles over over with his injured wings folded to his sides to see the deer. Talon raises his voice to be heard. "We are doing pony errands, the everfree is attacking ponies."Talon slumps to the floor looking forward. "Do you have anything to eat?" Talon tilts his head asking.


Pippali helps the mare down after knocking the Hydra's head into the next zip code, rolling out his shoulders and patting her down.

"Hey… you're a little young to be running around on your own at this time, aren't you?" he asks, leaning down to look at the young buck. "We were just fending off an ambush. We're here looking for something."


You fire your round towards the deer, the bullet just barely misses the fawn, impacting on the tree behind him as he falls back onto his rear, eyes full of shock and surprise as they open wide towards all you.
"I-INVADERS! I knew it, our enemies have breached the border!"
As Lumberjack reprimands Solar and gets down to look at the deer, the deer snarls back, "I am NOT a puppy! My name is Bramble, a-a-and you're all not welcome here!"
"I am not a young lad!" He shoots back, his ego taking precedence over the fear of almost being shot. "And these woods are my home! The monsters and the deer have made peace for centuries, they'd never attack any of our kind. If the creatures of the Everfree are attacking you, it should be a sign that you should go back where you came from, <i>PONY</i>". He practically spits the last word.
As Talon explains the situation, Bramble narrows his glare, "That's why you've entered the Everfree… well you should turn back. What the Everfree does isn't your concern. The Heart of the Forest wouldn't be happy with you all here right now…"

As you ask if you have something to eat, he pauses, looking towards the bushes. "How can you possibly be hungry? There is a bounty of food everywhere you look. Did you even TRY those berries?" He asks, pointing towards a dark, ominous looking bush.
"I SAID I'M NOT TOO YOUNG TO BE HERE!" He raises his tiny voice, getting rather defensive in a high-pitched squeal, as he stomps his hoof. "I understand you were just defending yourselves, but that's all the more reason you should just leave!" As you say you're looking for something, he raises his eyebrow, "And what would that be, zebra?"


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>forgot pic


Lumberjack pets the deer's head, "Good boy. Roll over!"


"I mean, what the Everfree does is our concern, since it is growing over our towns, where we live. If anything, the forest is… well, invading US." Siro explains, as she gingerly sets herself onto the ground.

"Those places are MY home, and while I'm sure you love your little forest, it's not fair that it gets to ruin our homes."


"Peace with monsters? Unacceptable! And these whole woods are lawful Equestrian clay. You leave us no choice but to conquer or reconquer the entire forest as the situation demands. Take us to your leader as that we might better shoot at him!"
"What the pegasus said! Consider this a raiding party in response to hostile aggression!"


"I already tried the berries, but they weren't filling." This is expanded upon with the Talon patting his own stomach looking at the beast on the forest floor. "And you seem awfully hostile to my new friends here." Talon says questioning tilting his head.


"WHOAH, okay, Solar, you're not allowed to talk anymore. Let me try to NOT fight these people. Jeez." Sirocco huffs, as she paps Solar's snout shut.

"Okay, ignore her, we just want to talk and find out why. These woods are yours, if you want them. I have no real care either way, but this isn't to uh… raid your forest. I just want the vines to stop strangling ponies."


"I agree completely Siri, war is the only option to this sustained act of weapons of mass gardening. You hear that deer, you're being invaded! We all agree on that!"


"Come on now, don't call him a dog. It won't help us out any."

"Ah- well, apologies. If you're supposed to be here, I won'ty argue that. And yeah, like Sirocco here said- we're here to try and stop the spread of the Everfree. We're looking for the 'Heart of the Forest', if that means anything to you."


Sirocco uses both her hooves to close Solar's mouth.
"Shhhut up. I literally said nothing of the sort."


"Goof poin Siroc-co" Solar muffles through the hooves

"I shldn't waste mah words on the enemee"


"Pupper is not a doggo! Puppers become doggos when they are no longer small." Lumberjack says, astutely.


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As Lumberjack pets Bramble's head, he grimaces, sneering underneath the minotaurs hands.
"Get your filthy paws off of me, you darn dirty minotaur."
The young deer huffs his nostrils at Talon, "That's because ponies are nothing but trouble! Same goes for griffons, and especially minotaurs!"
As you mention the forest over-growing and destroying the homes of Equestria, Bramble's hard, cold glare turns a bit more sympathetic, before scrunching up his muzzle. "Well… t-that's too bad. Maybe if ponies knew how bad that felt to start with, none of this would have even happened."
"W-WHAT THE?!" Bramble shouts in surprise, looking towards Solar with a look equal parts fear and surprise. "J-just hold on! I don't want you shooting any other deer!"
As Pippali mentions the Heart of the Forest, Bramble turns towards the way he came, frowning. "Hrrmmm. The Heart of the Forest would NOT be happy to see you right now… b-but if it's the only way to get you to leave, and NOT shoot at my people, then fine, I'll take you too him. But I'm just warning you now, my father is really mad."

Bramble, frustrated but compliant, leads you all deeper into the forest. You see more eyes pop up around you in the meanwhile, but whether it's due to your earlier impressive display or having Bramble as part of your party, they all leave you alone this time. Soon, you come across a giant ravine, with a long, narrow bridge made entirely of green, lush vines stretching the chasm. Besides the entrance of the bridge is another deer, this one a full grown buck adorned in bright red armor, with a little bird on top of one of his antlers. He turns towards Bramble as he approaches, shouting, "Your highness! There you are. You were gone for longer than we agreed, you said you wouldn't travel far. Your father-"

He pauses, turning to look at the group. "Ah. You brought guests. Welcome. I am Blackthorn." He gives an awkward smile. "I think I can guess why you're here, and I can escort you the rest of the way." The red-armored deer bends over the green, lush vine-bridge, and opens up the barrel on his collar (similar to the one Bramble holds). It pours out a blue, viscous liquid over the vines, and then suddenly the narrow bridge grows exponentially wider to accommodate all of you, the vines spreading out far and stretching quickly in a similar manner to the quick-growing vines back in Ponyville. He steps onto the newly widened vine-bridge to test its strength, then begins walking across. "Please, follow me."


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>Bramble will remember that


Lumberjack nudges Pippali, though the force is enough to knock one over. "See Stripey, that is dog."

He follows happily, tapping the larger stag on the back, "Can I have the blueberry juice? I will trade for apple!" He says, producing an empty apple juice box and holding it proudly.


"Good to hear that we might be on the same terms, now do you have anything to eat" These berries and flora don't quite fill as much as I would like to." Talon chuckles smiles at the deer leading them.


True to her word Solar does not waste words on the enemy, instead following along silently.

>Her aura faded awhile ago


"I-I'll do my best to make sure grumpo over here doesn't shoot anyone else." She chuckles, giving the crystal pony an especially strong shake.

And then, she's off, trailing close behind the young deer, her wings keeping her a few inches off the ground as they continue deeper. Once the new deer shows up, and calls Bramble "his highness", her ears perk up.

"Ohhh, so you're the prince of… the deer? I see." She nods, both at the little deer, and the new, larger one. "Hello there, Blackthorn, my name's Sirocco. If you know why we're here, is there anything you can tell us about it? What's going on?" She asks, hovering generally near his head, instead of using the bridge.


"We won't let her shoot anyone, don't worry. If this Heart of the Forest is your father, it'd be much better to just… talk things out."

Pippali offers a bow in greeting to Blackthorn, before nodding his head and saying "Pippali. The escort would be very welcome, thank you. And, thank you… Prince Bramble, for giving us a chance."

Pippali goes to say something, but decides it's not much use.


"Good plan everypony. Lure them into a false sense of security." she stage-whispers.


"I will not hesitate to toss you off this bridge, missus. Watch yourself." She gives the mare a suspicious squint as she hovers over her.


"What'd I say?"


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As Sirocco and Pippali promise to keep Solar in check, Bramble nervously shouts, "S-see that you do!"
Blackthorn turns back in confusion, raising an eyebrow. "Dog?"
"Ignore him, Blackthorn…" Bramble grumbles, "These outsiders are just making fun of us."

As you ask to trade for his 'blueberry juice', Blackthorn turns up in confusion again, before realizing what you mean. "OH! You mean my magic potion. I'm sorry, but I can't: this formula is very precious to us, without it we could not manage the Everfree Forest as we have for countless generations. Its secrets must be safeguarded carefully."
Blackthorn nods his head, "Yes, I suppose it wouldn't for you, but I'm afraid I have only disappointing news: we are a strictly vegetarian society. But there are plenty of small creatures to hunt in these woods, if it so pleases you."
As you comment on Bramble being a prince, the little fawn sticks up his nose at the group, while Blackthorn explains. "Yes, Bramble here is the son of King Aspen, our glorious leader. And, as to what's going on, I feel the King should be the one to explain things in full. I feel I can tell you this much, at least: the cause for all of this is the Everfree is in turmoil. We are desperately trying to correct an imbalance that if left unchecked, will destroy our realm entirely."
Blackthorn smiles genuinely. "It is my pleasure, Pippali. The Zebra in particular are welcomed guests: our magical potions aren't all that different from the very same your kind uses."

As you thank Bramble, he looks towards you, your gratitude seeming to soften up his exterior a little bit. "…it's fine. Just don't make me regret it, okay?"


After crossing the massive vine bridge, Blackthorn looks up towards a massive, wooden/golden gate that awaits you on the other side. "We are here."
He moves up to the entrance, giving a call to the guard-deer stationed above the gates, and he motions his way through them, "Welcome to Thicket, my friends."


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However, before you enter through the gates, a few figures emerge from the woods, one of them large, imposing, and radiating with charisma. "Blackthorn. Bramble. You have returned…"

The party can see to the side, before the gates of Thicket, more deer (wearing scornful looks on their faces) exit from the trees and into the light of the lanterns. The one in the center is a tall, powerful looking white buck with a heart-shaped necklace.
"Your highness." Blackthorn states, bending a knee to bow before his king.
"Papa!" Bramble states, running to his father's side.

Blackthorn turns to you. "Everyone, may I introduce the Heart of the Forest… King Aspen. Your Highness, these guests have come seeking your audience."
King Aspen looks over you all with a hard glare, "Hmm. At LAST, we hear from those beyond the borders of our woods, and this is what Celestia sends us? Speak then, outsiders."


"I'll try my best, Prince Bramble." he says, before turning to Blacthorn. "I can see that, yes. I'm afraid I've got little in the way of potioncrafting, though. It's something I saw a lot of back home."

When they finally reach the King, the zebra offers a bow, much like he did to Blackthorn. "We weren't the ones she intended to send, but… the initial group was busy. Apologies, your highness. We were here to find help in dealing with the incursion of, well… the forest. Is there something you could do to turn the vines back? The Princesses seemed to believe you could."


"We weren't sent by Celestia, we just formed a group as the last ones were quite inconvenienced by these vines coming from the everfree." Talon shrugs after saying his piece.



An imbalance? How strange… Perhaps they could help in some way? Whatever the case, she decides to save her questions for the king.

Once they arrive at the town… or is it a city? Either way, once they arrive, her eyes are very much drawn to the architecture. A place like this surely had much to learn from, but that's for another time. For now, she focuses on the king, settling down to the ground and giving him a bow when he speaks.
"Greetings, your highness. My friends have already explained that we weren't really sent by Celestia, considering that they others were stopped. The woods are spreading outwards, and strangling the cities in its path, and we're looking for a way to stop it."


As Solar sees the heart her eyes seem to focus, like some subtle madness was departing, and the little crystal shard necklace she wears crackles again with little buzzes of rainbow colored energy, before once again her body erupts in light.

"I am Solar Eclipse, of new I am she. I come from the north, though it forgets itself, and I wield the power long-forgotten. In the name of the gods I give this command. Recall your vines and your monsters, the borderlands of the forest are ours, and by our will alone do you reign in the forest. I come in peace, for I am a mare of peace. I did not bring artillery. But if you continue this war of aggression you will leave us no recourse but to the use of force, and we are diplomats not warriors. Come, oh great King of the Forest and let us reason together. Weigh the lives of your people, and mine. Nopony else need suffer today. Let us have peace, or I swear by my own right hoof which sustains me, I will tear down these gates and do whatever is necessary to sustain these people. You walk a hazard to your own servants when you walk in war as so."

[1d10+3] Empower Fervor Diplomacy

"Let us negotiate! Or else!"

Roll #1 6 + 3 = 9


Sirocco flaps her wings, floats over Solar, and picks her up. She then carries her upwards, into a nearby tree, as high as she can go, and sets her on a branch. "Stop that. I said you weren't allowed to talk. Let the grownups discuss things." The pegasus gives the crystal a bap on the nose, before floating back down to the ground.


"Do not question my masterful negotiations silly pony!" Solar demands, as Sirocco finds her impossible to move, as though her whole body was suddenly made of metal.


Lumberjack nods, "Right! If they are us and us are bad, then how come they are over there?"


Sirocco's no weakling. Unless this is some kinda racial, let's see what the dice say.

[1d10] strong lift

Roll #1 2 = 2


Talon walks over and pets Solar right behind her ears scratching them. "There, there." He tries to calm them down.


Solar lightly blushes despite being in the midst of her golden-energy-enhanced diplomating.

"Not now." she whines, shaking her head.


As Talon and Pippali make mention of them not being the original group, Aspen raises a brow. "Is that so? Then who did Celestia originally mean to send as her messenger?"
"I am aware of the outward expansion of my lands' borders. Celestia is also correct in her assumption in my ability to halt it. I can not, and will not, do so however." He closes his eyes, taking a breath. "Now, I do not wish to be rude, but you all must leave. Ponies, griffons, zebras, minotaurs, outsiders of any kind are no longer welcome in this forest. Blackthorn will escort you safely to the forest's edge."
Sirocco attempts to move Solar as she begins to go into her negotiations, but finds the empowered pony extremely difficult to budge.
As Solar's body erupts in light, Aspen and the rest of the deer gathered are staggered, taking a few steps back in surprise as you make your demands. Everyone is stunned by the display, but Aspen's expression turns into fury as you mention his war of aggression,
"You come in to my realm and ask for peace after what your kind has done? All that I have done is 'tit for tat'! PONIES have broken the Golden Rule-!" he snarls, his anger fully on display. "Ponies have shown their TRUE colors! You've proven you can be JUST like them!"

However, Bramble, VERY familiar with the earlier encounter, and looking sympathetically towards Sirocco and Pippali as well, tugs on his father's tail, "Uh, Papa? I think you should hear them out… JUST for a minute… then you can oust them from the forest?"

Aspen's rage is broken by his son's words, and the buck calms slightly, looking on towards the group. "…very well. We we'll have a talk." He motions his head towards the gates of Thicket. "Follow me. I have something for you all to see."


Siro huffs at Solar, and turns her back on her.
"She originally meant to send Twilight here, but she got a little wrapped up in the vines. I do find it funny that you're talking about the "golden rule" when the vines you control are destroying folks' homes and capturing folks. Regardless, I recommend against allowing Solar here into your city. She has been nothing but uncooperative with us, and insists on being aggressive to folks despite there being no reason. It's disgusting."


"A… Twilight, I believe? I'm a stranger to Equestria, but she and her friends seemed importa- he winces a little at the sudden outburst from both Thicket and Solar, and shakes his head a little bit to try and clear out the ringing.

He gives Bramble a soft smile when the buck vouches for their group, and nods in agreement. "Very well. I'd be happy to see what you have to show us."


"I feel lost, I have been accused of many crimes through my lifetime, but I don't even know what this golden rule is? What could be so important to hold it over the head of all the races?" Talon raises his claw in question as his stomach growls loudly for food.


"Sending plants and monsters to attack our homes isn't good reason? King Asspain has already made up his mind on fighting us, all thats left is to convince him its a fight he won't win. Peace through strength is our only option. Besides war through strength, which I also approve of." she says in full audience of the king, still glowing.
"If the Princess hadn't asked me to find the Heart and if the power wasn't making me all djorn mustard right now I'd be more offended at that." she says following along.


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"Twilight? Twilight Sparkle?" Aspen states, "Ah. Celestia has spoken of her. Unfortunate she was caught by our vines, but probably for the better. I doubt she'd have made it as far as all you then if she could not even make it into the woods."
As you mention Aspen's vines destroying folks' homes and capturing civilians, he growls, "You ponies have forced my hoof. None of this would have happened had your kind not started this conflict by destroying OUR homes."
As Sirocco recommends against allowing Solar in, Aspen shakes his head. "It is fine. I sense she will be MORE trouble if left out of my sight." He turns towards Solar. "It is as I said though: I was not the one who started this fight. I have been left with no alternative but to take extreme measures to finish it. Do you think I take what I have done lightly? I am aware of what Equestria is capable of, but I am left with no other choice."
As you make fun of his name, Aspen growls. "Do not test my patience, little pony. I have met your request for negotiations, I can be turned."
Bramble returns the smile you give him, before quickly turning to a frown again, seemingly still a bit unsure about trusting the outsiders.
"The golden rule is very simple: do not stab your friends in the back." He says, a fierce snarl accompanying the last part of the sentence. He climbs through the stair-ways of Thicket, leading you all upwards into the tree tops on a path of wooden stairs and bridges.

"The Everfree Forest is a very delicate ecosystem. We that live here… not just the deer, but every creature from the tiniest grasshopper to the largest hydra, NEED the land that we have to survive. We cannot afford to lose any more of our homeland."


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"Lately, the forest has been disappearing at a pace that has alarmed us all. Resources are thinning and creatures are panicking. The deer have taken it upon ourselves to replenish the forests. We normally use our magics to heal the woods and to help things grow… but we've had to take a more aggressive hoof. The forest is looking to us to help."

He pauses as he reaches a balcony, looking out over a much brighter area of the Everfree, one in which the sunlight falls down unabated. "Help from this."

You look out over the edge of the balcony, and see a great deal of deforested land and construction laid out before you, ponies and minotaurs working on some massive project that involves clearing the land for development of, according to a big sign, 'Fun Fun Land'


"Uh… really? So… your vines are destroying the homes of folks who did nothing to destroy your forest, but you… left this unclaimed?" She raises an eyebrow at the deer, before nodding towards the deforested area. "Reclaim areas that AREN'T occupied. There are plenty. Seriously, you expect us to think you're in the right when you destroy the homes of children instead of destroying the… well, the nothing that's out there?" Again, she points to the deforested area. "Where are your vines?"


"Ah… hmm. I don't think I've seen this… Fun-Fun Land, before. I'm not sure how this came about, but I can see the issue. Though, is the answer really to just head straight for a town? It might be better to either try moving back in here, or for us to just head over and see what exactly this is about."


"I am sure this is all a big misunderstanding here, my father always told that happens a lot in equestria. I am sure if we went to Celestia. She will tell her ponies stop, and I can go back to the hotel." Talon nods at his presented possible solution.



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