Only fools, madmen, and adventuring parties go into the Malpheggi, the swamp beyond the Everfree Forest. It can be left as an exercise for the reader as to which of these categories Samus Marcus (a Thyatian swordsman, or so he says) and Ivan (his companion in trouble) fall into. When they are rescued by the registered adventuring party, the Elements of Harmony, a grand quest across the D&D world of Mystara begins. Together they face culture shock, international politics, romance, dungeons, and a dragon with a grudge as Marcus learns how to trust his new friends and make up for his past mistakes while the Elements of Harmony try to save Equestria from a threat which proves more... complicated... than they originally thought. Also, pie. And hats. A D&D (Mystara)/MLP Crossover.
26w, 4dA Proper Lady is Up2 comments · 90 views
The next of the short stories, A Proper Lady, starring Rarity, is up.
27w, 3dUpcoming Story: A Proper Lady5 comments · 113 views
The next short story, A Proper Lady, starring Rarity, will be up within a week or two. Here's a teaser:
“Fluvia Grace must have the *finest* dress in all the lands of human, pony, or elf,” the strange pony in my shop said to me; she was overdressed for the season with a black furry rounded hat on her head, trimmed in white fur, a huge black shawl around her neck, and a long black dress trimmed with white fur which was elegant but baggy, not well fitted to her body. “Fluvia has heard that Rarity is the finest of all seamstresses, who can make a dress for *anyone*.”
Fluvia Grace was an Earth Pony, her coat pale yellow with a long blue mane that flowed in long locks around her neck and shoulders. She constantly shivered as if eager to spring into action but holding herself back.
“You have come to the right place,” I told her. “Black is really not your color, but let’s see…”
“Fluvia always wears black, it is her signature!” she said proudly. “Like a magnificent Orca!”
I have never had a customer who wanted to appear like a whale. Well, I can suggest alternatives at least, though I now feared this would end badly.
“Also, it must handle water well,” Fluvia continued. “And match my hat.”
Hmm, I am loaded with felt, but the hat has a fur outer layer, and I am short on black and white fur. The hat actually is nice, so perhaps I don’t have to replace it.
“What sort of fur is this?” I asked curiously, touching the white fur trim of her current dress.
“Polar Bear, of course!” she said proudly.
Polar bears and whales.
Where am I going to get polar bear fur in Equestria? Unless… Idea!
If you shave a shapeshifted druid, they’ll grow back, right?
I wouldn’t want to leave Fluttershy naked, but surely a druid can trivially repair such a thing.
In fact, so many kinds of fur…
It was hard to wipe the bits from my eyes. I couldn’t let Fluttershy shave me for something like this, so I can’t ask her, but now the idea won’t leave my head.
I’ll figure out something.
“Where did you buy this?” I asked her curiously. “I don’t recognize the style.”
“Kaarjala! It’s a long trip, but the cool waters of the north are very relaxing in the summer,” she said. “And my beloved loves to go there to train!”
I’ve never even heard of it. “I will do my best, but I must regretfully inform you that I am not used to Kaarjalan fashions,” I told her. It galled me to admit it, but there is normally little call for such styles here. But I will learn! I must be ready for the next time.
There *will* be a next time if I do a good job here.
“Stargazer assured Fluvia you are a great fashionista, so Fluvia has confidence in you! Stargazer is always well-dressed,” Fluvia said firmly.
And it all gets destroyed by the end, then she has to buy more clothing from me. That’s Stargazer. She’s a Unicorn adventuress who summons constellation spirits. And gets into dangerous adventures which leave her clothing in tatters on a regular basis but give her the money to buy more. “Oh, you’re a friend of Stargazer,” I said warmly. Stargazer’s purchases paid for my new bed, the last repairs on my roof, and a new oven, among other things.
Oh, I should get Marcus to study those gems she paid me with last time and determine if they’re safe to use! Wherever I put them.
“She is my wicked rival in love,” Fluvia wailed. “She is a terrible person.” She dramatically fainted, crashing into my model-horses, which fell on her.
Best not to stick my head into this. I began magically lifting my modelhorses back into place as she got up. “I will create some mockups today but I have to see about getting the right kind of fur for you, and that may take a while.”
“Fluvia has to go visit the local druid, so she can stick around town a few days,” she told me.
“Oh, you know Fluttershy?” I asked; she’d never mentioned Fluvia.
“That’s her name, yes! Her… Fluvia doesn’t know the right word… Fluvia has been sent to help her practice elemental forms,” Fluvia said. “And seeing your shop, I thought I would try it out, since Stargazer is always so well dressed.”
Ahh, she seeks to outdo her rival. I will have to put some extra effort into this. I understand how she must feel. Not that I have a romantic rival at present, but I have been there.
I gave her the directions and was busy with a tentative design when there was a loud crashing noise, followed by a scream and the sound of my mailbox dying again.
Fluvia was outside before I could go check, and as I came out, I heard her yelling about mimics. Everything was now wet, my mailbox was smashed into tiny bits and Ditzy, Sweetie, and her friends were all tangled into a knot on the ground as Fluvia jumped up and down on the remains of my mailbox. “It will never menace the innocent again!” she said, then struck a heroic pose.
My mail was now sopping wet, though one of the items was a scrollcase sealed with both the Aendyr seal and Lady Aendyr’s personal seal! I secured that, then helped everyone up. “Should I even ask?”
“No, never ever ask,” Scootaloo said bitterly.
“I’m sorry,” Ditzy said. “Dinky dear, no fogbanks at ground level!”
“Sorry, Mom,” Dinky said, hanging her head.
I could tell this would be a long day; I would save the letter to be dessert to wash the aggravation out of my mouth.
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I just posted my next short story; the title is a joke on 'John Carter of Mars'; it's an adventure starring Bon-Bon, Lyra, and... Spike? It'll make sense when you read it.
This story sends them to Glantri for Bon-Bon to give a talk on shapeshifting at a wizard convention, but of course, nothing is ever that simple.
(Not that wizard conventions are EVER simple.)
105w, 5dSecond Short Story: 2000% Cooler8 comments · 187 views
I should be posting 2000% Cooler, a Dash short story in the Friendship is Adventuring Continuity within a few days, if all goes well.
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I've started a set of short stories in this universe; eventually I will write the big sequel, the Time Monster, but I just wanted to try some short pieces first.
Hope you enjoy!