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Champions of Equestria

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Midgard
Random encounter


A new day is about to dawn upon the subterranean town of Undercity. You wake up after a good night's sleep, snuggled up warmly against Apple Basket and Moonflower.

Moonflower: "Mmh… mornin'!"

Apple Basket: "S'it time already?"

You sit up to stretch, then take a look at the time. The clock on the wall indicates half past three. Time to get rolling!

Smoke: "Yeah, yeah, I'm awake…"

You and your friends slide out of bed, then head to the kitchen, and begin to prepare breakfast together. A plain but filling bowl of gruel later — with a few extra gemstones for Smoke —, you feel satiated, and ready to tackle the day.

You equip 2 Mirror Shin Guards, Tempered Simple Breastplate, Trailblazer's Magic Saddlebags, and Star Hairpin.

After gathering your things, you exit the residence, and head to the western checkpoint for the rest of your belongings. As you pass through the districts, you find their streets brightly lit up by colourful lamps and panels, and just as crowded as they were during the day.

Once at the checkpoint, you retrieve your party's equipment from the locker. Having by far the most storage space, you agree to carry their clothes in your sidereal bag for now.

You get Auburn Knit Cap, Beige Earmuffs, 8 Black Snow Boots, Charcoal Coat, Charcoal Ushanka, Gray Coat, Gray Muffler, Magic Sword Scabbard, Sienna Coat, 2 Tan Mufflers, and 4 Taupe Snow Boots.

Now ready to depart the city, you follow Justice's directions to the southern checkpoint, and use the emergency exit there. On the other side, a seemingly endless stone tunnel stretches in front of you, dimly lit by evenly spaced exit signs.

You equip Blue Striped Scarf, and Magic Sword Scabbard.

You spend what feels much longer than the next hour walking through the tunnel, and while there seems to be no end in sight for the longest time, Moonflower assures you that she can hear it approaching.

When you finally emerge outside, you are greeted by a wave of cold, still air, and the refreshing smell of pine trees. A thick forest of red conifers covers the area, and far above, you catch a glimpse of the dark blue sky behind an otherwise cloudy ceiling.

Guided by your compass, you make your way south into the silent wilderness for about another hour. By the time you begin to hear distant ocean waves, the sky has begun to brighten, turning to a dull shade of pink.

You soon reach the edge of the forest, and find yourselves out on a gravel beach, facing the massive spire of clouds over the bay. Along the coast, you spot your sailboat in the distance, and a small camp nearby.

As you get closer, you notice that the crew is already up and hard at work. Bright Logic, Justice and Novelty seem to be having a conversation, while Rocket Rush is face down on the deck, focused on some machinery. Justice greets you as you arrive.

Justice: "You're early. Good. The longer we're out here, the greater the risk. I take it you're ready to explore the Mists?"

You look over to your party, nod, then confirm that you are ready.

Justice: "As we are. Rocket is performing one last checkup, then we'll—"

Before Justice can finish her sentence, Rocket Rush cheerfully pops out of the boat to interject.

Rocket Rush: "Actually, we're all done and good to go!"

Bright Logic: "Uhb, yes, just one sball probleb. Accordig to by galgulatiods, the vessel can odly garry the weight of up to four podies. I, for wod, huhbly religquish by rightful place aboard."

Novelty: "As do I. Eleven and I will be guiding you from the shore."

Justice: "Well, you heard them. Only four of us can safely get on board. Since it's your sailboat, I'll leave it up to you to choose who gets to venture into the Mists, and who will stay and wait here."

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