Session 7/25 and Session 8/1 wrap up:
Our heroes relaxed for a day around town to let Grace heal after using the drill. The local sheriff, Copper Shield, contacted the party to send them off north and investigate the source of the storms damaging the crops. After serving the town for the night with Dares on tap, Nopony cooking, Grace serving/bouncing [yes, I mean she is the bar's guard. Crit on a magic throw and suddenly everyone's afraid of her] with Jack "serving" the guests. Given the public nature of the net, that's about all I'm saying on the subject.
Afterward, Nopony gathered the group together, and in a touching scene that I won't copy out here, told the party that he is, in fact: a zebra who's name is Xin. This has a slightly mixed reaction only because Grace doesn't care at all while Dares and Jack were at least surprised.
During the night a storm from the north ever-present storm rolls in and almost washes a colt out with it, but Dares, Jack and Xin are able to rescue the colt. Yes, Grace completely slept through the storm. Inconvenient ones are annoying.
The next day the party sets everything up to be able to go exploring. They need food for the week journey so the party goes by the farms to collect food for the bar as well as themselves. As they make their rounds they learn that the previous owner threatened to turn the ponies who didn't give her food over to the slavers for the monthly tribute. Not surprising to most of the party, but is still aggravating to deal with. Once that's all done the party heads out, dodging sand devils, rain radiation and guard bots. Who do manage to get lucky aims and nearly killed Xin, causing Grace to make a flying medical check to save the zebra while Jack and Dares shot the rest of the bots.