When Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Research made it to the trail of fallen tree branches, they heard an unexpected smashing noise. The dark blue haro turned around and saw that the fight was breaking out. The lavender mare studied the four combatants and realized that three of them are demons.
“We don’t have much time,” said Twilight Sparkle, “the demons will find us more easily if we wait.”
“Don’t worry Twilight,” said Rainbow Dash, “I remember where the branches went, so we’ll find that gundam faster.”
“Dash’s right,” said Research, “we need to follow that trail.”
The trio began to go in the opposite direction Dash went earlier. Everything is stake now; Ponyville is on the verge of destruction, the prototype mobile suit is fighting alone, and most of the war machines were totaled. All of the hope that remains now is the iron god.
The demons were firing at Longinus, but the mobile suit’s agility proved to be a problem for them. Scootaloo commanded the battle machine to take cover before it can fire back. She then checked how much ammunition the assault rifle has left. What the orange pegasus doesn’t realize is that one of the demons decided to outflank her. The other two kept firing to keep her busy, but the demon didn’t count on the gatling ears on Longinus’s head. It lunged at the mobile suit to take it out for good.
“Do you mind?!” Scootaloo yelled as the gatling ears lowered and fired at the attacking demon, destroying the shielding and puncturing the armor before Longinus jumped out of the way. The mobile suit, under Scootaloo’s orders, fired the assault rifle to finish off the demon that was caught off guard. What she didn’t expect is that demon exploded when it died.
“Is this some kind of way to avoid capture?” the orange pegasus questioned herself on her first kill, “Never mind that, there’s more I need to deal with.”
The remaining two demons scanned Ponyville to see if Longinus is destroyed, but they found out that their ally had perished. They readied their rifles, knowing that the mobile suit is more dangerous than they thought. Theirs horns started to glow, as they were calling for help.
The radio started beeping again as Scootaloo made out her plans. Knowing who it is, she answered it. The orange filly checked the frequency and found that it was coming from the base.
“What is it boss?” she asked as the mobile suit took cover.
“All survivors made it to Canterlot,” Gear Jack answered, “but reinforcements are coming as soon as possible.”
“I guess that’s a good thing then,” said Scootaloo, “but I wanted to ask you something.”
“I’m listening,” said Star Blade, “but keep the question brief please.”
“Why do the demons blow up when they die?” she asked.
“I don’t know,” he said in disappointment, “that’s what I want to learn too.”
There was silence, but more demons came out of the sky. Longinus looked up to see them, but the remains of the first wave of demons had it cornered. The mobile suit readied the assault rifle, with the pilot knowing that she had to think quickly.
“Looks like they caught on to our plan,” saidScootaloo, “because more reinforcements are coming.”
“Damn,” Star Blade was shocked to hear the bad news, “you’re alone and our reinforcements didn’t make it on time.”
“I’ll try to make some smoke,” the orange pegasus bragged, “it’ll fool them.”
Longinus aimed at the ground and fired at it, creating a huge, thick dust. The demons retaliated by firing their rifles at the dust. But when the dust cleared away, the mobile suit was nowhere to be found. Suddenly, a barrage of bullets struck the first wave down within matters of seconds. The two demons exploded when they took too much damage, but Scootaloo still have more work to do.
“An old trick in the book,” Star Blade comment on her tactic, “it never failed in some places.”
“How long until the reinforcements arrives?” the orange filly asked.
“ETR five minutes,” he replied, “can you hold the demons off until then?”
Scootaloo checked the sky to see how many more demons are coming, and she found twelve of them. The second wave is even worse than the first wave. The orange pegasus checked how much ammo she had left. She realized that she won’t have enough to wipe out the second wave of demons.
“I’ll only last two minutes,” said Scootaloo, “but I can outflank them if possible.”
“Don’t push yourself Scootaloo,” said Star Blade, “the whole world is counting on you for now.”
Loud explosions were heard over the radio, startling the orange filly. She quickly organized her thoughts and checked what happened. As the camera within Longinus’s head zoomed in, it revealed a pile of destroyed gunships and tanks. The reinforcements were literally annihilated by the demons. The thought of being alone warned Scootaloo to be even more careful.
“Damn it!” Soarin slammed his hoof on the table, “and they’re so close too.”
Gear Jack couldn’t help but wonder if sending a foal to battle is really a good idea. On one hoof, sending children into the battlefield is immoral and could scare them for life. But on the other hoof, Scootaloo was doing a good job at taking the demons out. He then thought about the deal he made with the two mares.
“They didn’t get ALL of the reinforcements,” he declared, “We still have that thump card waiting in Everfree Forest.”
“Face it,” Star Blade politely protested, “we can’t go investigating rumors, it like chasing a wild goose.”
“The rumors are true,” Gear Jack replied, “Rainbow Dash DID find the gundam and she’s going to wake it up.”
Silver Spoon, Lyra, and Star Blade could not believe their ears. Did the demons anger the iron god? How did Rainbow Dash find it? Only the azure stallion and Soarin knew.
“The real question is how is she going to fight using the gundam?” That was Lyra’s question. Nopony knew how one could pilot an iron god, but it’s a chance Star Blade is willing to take. Silver Spoon was worried about Scootaloo. The demons took out the reinforcements and the base can’t dispatch any more war machines. The whole military was in a vicious loophole now.
Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Research ran through the trail of fallen tree branches until they ran across a familiar griffon. She approached the three, believing that her former friend had found the gundam. The dark blue haro was very scared, he stuck close to the lavender mare.
“It have been a long time Dash,” said the griffon, “are you going to worship the iron god?”
“How did you know Glida?” Dash threaten, she knew there’s only a way out of it.
“I heard your friends using clues to find it again,” said Glida, “and I’m going to make sure that your god gets a bad day.”
She pulled out a one shot pistol and aimed it at the cyan pegasus. It seemed like that the trio was done for. But Twilight had to act quickly by casting a spell on the pistol, turning it into one of the tree branches before Dash could buck her. They got away as fast they can, with Glida looking for her gun that is hidden among the tree branches.
“That was way too close,” said Research as he rode on the lavender unicorn, “if we didn’t do anything, we’ll end up becoming bird food.”
“You can say that again.” Twilight ran as she and the cyan pegasus kept looking forward. The trip was rather long, but the group knew how dangerous the demons are. When they made it, everything is the same as Rainbow Dash remembered. The gundam’s eyes were green, the static eyebrows were golden, and there’s the same slab of blue steel.
“I guess you’re not kidding about the gundam after all,” said Twilight, “but that mobile suit we saw earlier really needs help.”
Rainbow Dash judged the appearance, believing that size will tear the ground apart if it gets up. When that happens, Twilight will pummel into the crater and could get injured. The cyan pegasus decided that everypony should stay out of her way to avoid pointless damages.
“Twilight,” said Dash, “teleport yourself and Research to somewhere as far away as possible.”
“Are you sure?” asked Twilight, “I don’t know what the gundam can do.”
“I’m very sure,” the pegasus, “once I bring to life, the whole world is going to see some serious shit.”
The unicorn didn’t need to know more. Her horn began to glow, covering herself and Research with dark pink aura. Suddenly, they explode into nothing. Rainbow Dash knew what happened to them, so she went ahead and pressed the button, making the steel move before she dove inside.
“Sorry that I was scared earlier,” the cyan pegasus thought about the gundam, “but my world needs your help now.”
One demon fired at Longinus, but this time, the laser beam struck the leg. The mobile suit was soon crippled. Scootaloo made a desperate attempt to fight back by firing the gatling ears. The demon taken too much damage, it exploded right before it could take cover. When the coast is clear, Longinus took cover under the orange pegasus’s will. The pilot started to log in to the base’s frequency using the radio.
“Can anypony hear me?” she asked, “I lost a leg and the demons had me outnumbered.”
“Then try not to…” before Star Blade can finish his line; a demon found Longinus and lunged at it. Scootaloo tried to act fast, but the demon struck with faster force, knocking out the power and the pilot. Soon, the orange pegasus was out cold.
The demons soon continued their rampage in Ponyville. One of the cameras looked at Longinus, as it seemed that all hope is lost. Suddenly, a slight earthquake shook the demons. A giant monster rose up from Everfree Forest, and then it started to fly towards Ponyville. One of the cameras started to look at the monster.
“Is that a gundam?” asked Star Blade.
The visual showed the iron god, with blue abdomen and yellow chest. It also sported white shoulder pads with fat red trimmings. The head was dragon-like, but the face looked like as it was seen in a book about the forgotten. The waist and the soles were painted red. The backpack uses cone shaped engines, two on the sleek wings and one on the back itself, which released green sparkles as the gundam flies.
“I guess you’re not joking after all,” said the amazed Lyra, “it look like there’s still hope!”
“Rainbow Dash,” Gear Jack thought to himself, “be careful and save Scootaloo if possible.”
The demons watched as the gundam approached Ponyville, and then aimed their rifles at it. The cyan pegasus noticed what’s going to happen, so she mentally commanded the gundam to land on the ground. The iron god hid itself within Sweet Apple Acres and watched as the demons began searching for it. Dash realized that the gundam itself is unarmed and wished that she had a weapon for it. Suddenly, a white colored stick sprang out of the mobile suit’s right wing. The adventurous mare became curious over the stick, making the gundam grab hold of it and pull it out. The stick suddenly released a pink, laser-based blade from the end that was near the index finger.
“That’ll do,” said Rainbow Dash, “I bet that thing can cut those freaks like butter.”
The gundam, under the cyan pegasus’s will, started to charge at the demons with the laser sword. They started to open fire on the iron god, but the lasers only left scratches on the armor. The gundam swung the sword at one demon, slicing it in half like it was nothing. The slashed demon exploded, prevoking the other demons to sheath the rifle and draw out their swords and started to charge at the iron god.
“Bring it on!” Dash taunted, “I’ll take you on any day!”
The gundam started to slash at the incoming demons, starting with the first one getting cut vertically. The second demon braced itself and tried to cut the gundam with a strong blow, but it was impaled and tossed aside. The third one got right behind the iron god and tried to stab it, but the ancient mobile suit turned around and sliced it in a horizontal strike. The fourth demon jumped and held the sword so high, it could do serious damage. Fortunately, the gundam countered by running past it and vertically cut it in half.
The last demon just stood behind Sugarcube Corner, posing in a battle ready position. Its sword suddenly glowed, making it hot enough to rival the laser sword. The two giant engaged each other in a close fight to the death. The gundam lunged at the demon first, but it dodged the laser sword fast enough to counter against it. The iron god jumped back, avoiding the molten hot blade just in time to strike back with a horizontal slash. The demon, which was sliced in half, exploded.
“That was way too close,” said Rainbow Dash, “and it’s a good thing everypony escaped.”
She looked around for any survivors and found the prototype. The cyan pegasus believed that the pilot was done for. The gundam picked up the remains and started to walk towards Canterlot, with the pilot knowing that the army needs to pick up the pace. Rainbow Dash started to cry over the horror of the attack. Ponyville was in ruins, but everypony will never forget what happened.
In the shelter camp, the survivors began to listen to the radio so they can hear what happened. Pinkie Pie was worried about Twilight Sparkle. Did the demons get her? It wasn’t long until a pink bubble suddenly inflates rapidly until it popped, revealing the lavender mare and the dark blue haro. The pink mare became excited when she saw her friend in one piece.
“Oh Twilight,” said Pinkie as she hugged the unicorn, “where were you this whole time?”
“It’s a long story,” Twilight replied, “but what matters now is that we’re safe.”
A purple dragon, with an owl and a phoenix perched on his shoulders, appeared from the crowd. They were glad to see their master alive. The lavender mare was glad that her assistant and their pets are okay too. The horned owl started to fly to her side, happy that she is able to see Twilight again.
“That was really insane,” Research bounced a little, “but it was worth it.”
“But where’s Dashie?” Pinkie Pie asked. Suddenly, the trembling noise caused everypony to see what’s going on. They could not believe their eyes, so they tried to wake themselves up but no avail. What lies in front of their sights is the gundam carrying a prototype mobile suit. Even the pink mare is surprised to see an iron god.
Rainbow Dash started to stare at the refugees looking at her ride. She began to think about what she did to save Equestria. Is it really over? Are there more demons coming? Will Ponyville get reconstructed back to its former glory? She wasn’t sure. However, the cyan pegasus knew that the residents of the now ruined Ponyville needs a new home. But for now, she needs to bring the prototype mobile suit back to headquarters.
Scootaloo started to wake up as Longinus was being carried away. She took a glimpse of what holding the mobile suit only to see a face with golden v-fins and green eyes. Did she justify her conviction? Why is she being saved? The orange pegasus passed out before she could answer her own questions.
Twilight watched as the gundam passed by. Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, and Pinkie Pie began to watch as well. The sight was so amazing, that they were speechless. The lavender unicorn began to take notes on how the iron god moves.
“Where’s Rainbow Dash?” asked Applejack, “there’s no way that thing can work by itself.”
“Oh, she’s inside the gundam the whole time,” Twilight replied, “and she saved us from those demons.”
“What are we going to do now?” Fluttershy asked. There was silence among the survivors, almost as they were thinking about what to do with their lives. The trauma of losing their homes hasn’t left their minds. The soldiers began to think about what to do with the great fortress after the scary ordeal. Soon the gundam left their sight.
Silver Spoon was still worried about her new friend. Contact with her was lost for two hours, making her think that either the prototype lost power all of a sudden or it just got badly damaged. The light grey filly yawned as she threw a balled up piece of paper at the wall over and over again. The azure stallion walked up to her, worried about Scootaloo as well.
“The gundam did a miracle,” said Gear Jack, “but we don’t know what happened to her.”
“She’s new to violence,” said Silver Spoon, “and those demons caught her off guard because of it.”
There was silence, but then something started knocking on the garage door. Star Blade was startled by the noise and asked the moderators to give him a visual. Did Scootaloo take all of the demons out in silence? Did the gundam rescue her? As the door slides open, the iron god was waiting with Longinus cradled on the arms. It walked inside and gently laid the prototype on the floor, prompting the engineering crew to check the damages.
“Looks like she’s back with us now,” said Gear Jack, “but we should get some rest.”
Silver Spoon nodded her head, agreeing with the general. The engineers managed to open Longinus’s cockpit and find Scootaloo, unconscious but still alive. The gundam began to rest on one of the mobile suit pens and its cockpit opened. The two ponies watched as the pilot began to come out of the iron god. The pilot was none other than Rainbow Dash herself.
“You managed to pull it off Dash,” declared Gear Jack, “once Avalon is ready, the drinks on me.”
“Avalon,” Rainbow Dash thought to herself, “I must be lucky that Ponyville is getting a new home.”