It had been a boring day at Site-19. No containment breaches, no newly acquired SCPs, nothing. But that was really a good thing, that meant all was well with the world and The Foundation was doing it's job exactly as it should be.
Despite this, Alto Clef was not in a good mood.
He couldn't explain why he was in this mood, probably because nothing exciting had happened in a long, long time.
"Doctor Clef! You're required urgently at Containment Cell #15!"
Clef turned to face the speaker. It was a young Research Assistant, no doubt being an errand-boy was the most important job he ever got.
"Very well, are you to take me there or am I to make my own way?"
"Errr, I'm afraid you'll have to make your own way there, I need to deliver more messages to other personnel" The Research Assistant said before running off down the corridor.
Sighing, Clef set off towards Containment Cell #15 and got there in a short amount of time. Site-19 had been built in a way that it was easy to get from one place to another in a short space of time, largely by having a lot of corridors. This meant it was easy for Containment teams to get to somewhere that had suffered a containment breach, but it also meant that such breaches could spread quickly across the Site (if they could get past the blast doors that is).
"Yes? What is it that is so urgent?" He said as he walked into the viewing room adjacent to Containment Cell #15.
Clef was greeted by Agent Weisburg.
"There seems to be a rather urgent problem that requires your... specific level of expertise. We picked up several readings of strange energy spikes across the world, seven to be precise."
"Strange energy spikes?"
"Yes, something we've never seen before. We don't know what it was, but our satellites picked them up anyway."
"Okay then, why am I needed?"
"I was just getting to that, we dispatched MTFs to the locations where the energy reading was, and at one of them we found something."
"What about the others?"
"One of them came close to one of the locations, then they saw some sort of multi-coloured shockwave in the sky that dispersed all the clouds. Once they got to the location they found nothing out of the ordinary; all the tress were still standing, there were no scorch marks or anything anomalous. Except for that shockwave of course."
"Do we know what it was?"
"No, it isn't a weather pattern we've ever seen. We're still trying to figure that out."
"Hmmm. What have the other MTFs found?"
"The only one that's gotten back so far brought back something alive. It's in the Containment Cell."
"What is it?"
"See for yourself." Weisburg said as he pressed a button that opened the shutters and allowed Clef to see inside the Containment Cell.
What was inside looked like something right out of a children's cartoon.
It was about the height of someone's shoulder, and roughly equine-shaped. The colour of its coat was bright pink. It's cotton candy-like mane and tail were also pink, but in a darker shade. On its flank there was a picture of three balloons, two bright blue and one bright yellow.
It was also asleep on the floor.
"I was expecting the usual eldritch abomination that we have to deal with. This is... another kind of eldritch abomination."
"We're not sure yet, The MTF managed to contain it by promising it they'd help it find its friends if it went with them. Once it got into the containment vehicle it fell straight to sleep and hasn't woken up yet."
"Wait, they promised finding it's friends? How did they know it was trying to find its friends?"
"It told them."
"That thing talks?"
"Yes, we want you to talk to it."
"Why must I talk to it?"
"The MTF reported that it did strange things not unlike a reality bender, and you've dealt with plenty of reality benders so the O5's gave me orders to get you to talk to it."
"Very well, let's get this over and done with. Should I go in now?"
"Yes, find out what it is, how it got where it was, and who these 'friends' are."
Clef walked out of the Observation Room and went through the reinforced double doors into the Containment Cell.
//'Armed guards? For a... Pony? If that wasn't a misallocation of resources then I don't know what is'// Clef thought as he passed the guards at the doors.
As he walked up to the pony it woke up with a start.
"I wasn't sleeping! I'd never sleep while my friends were in trouble!" The pink pony jumped up and looked around very quickly.
"Heeeeeey, this isn't where I fell asleep." She looked up at Clef.
"Oooooh, you look like those other monkeys that I met. They were nice, they said they'd help me find my friends! But where are my manners? Hi! My name's Pinkie Pie! What's your name?"
Clef was stunned, was this thing completely oblivious to the fact that it was containedl?
"Hi... I guess. My name's Clef."
"Good to see you Mister Clef! Don't worry, I'll throw you a party once I find my friends. Speaking of which... are you here to help me find them?" The pink pony said while bouncing around the Containment Cell. She even made bouncing sound effects.
"It's Doctor Clef actually, but before we try to find your friends do you mind answering a few questions?"
Pinkie Pie stopped bouncing and gave a little giggle.
"Of course I can't Mister Doctor Clef Silly-Pants. Not until you say the magic word!"
"Yeah! It's under P!" She giggled again and continued bouncing around the Containment Room.
"Ugh, fine then. //Please// will you answer some questions?"
"Alright then!" She chimed.
"And will you also please stop bouncing? It's giving me a headache!"
"Okie dokie lokie!" Pinkie Pie said before stopping bouncing and sitting in front of Clef. "Fire away Mister Doctor Clef!" She said with a smile.
"Okay, first question. What are you?" Clef asked.
"Why I'm an earth pony of course! From the wonderful country of Equestria! Ponyville to be exact!"
"Yeah! It's the most wonderful fantabulous place in the whole wide world! It's so pretty and colourful and wonderful! Er.. did I say it was wonderful twice?"
"And where is this 'Equestria'?"
Pinkie Pie looked down at the ground sadly and even her hair seemed to deflate a bit. "I... don't know. I know this isn't Equestria, and I didn't need my Pinkie Sense to tell me that. It's not wonderful or fantabulous enough to be Equestria, I guess //he// must have teleported us here."
"He is a Meany-Mc-Mean Pants. He tricked all of us and made me hate my friends." She said through grit teeth.
"Yes, but who is he?"
"Discord, the spirit of Disharmony. He had turned Equestria into a place of chaos, but we were about to stop him with the Elements of Harmony before he... did something and then I ended up in that wood where the other monkeys found me."
"Elements of Harmony?"
"Yeah, I'm not quite sure what they are, but I know that they represent the six virtues of harmony. You'll have to ask Twilight if you really want to know about them."
"Twilight Sparkle of course! She's one of my super best friends!" At the mention of her friend's name her hair puffed right back up and her smile returned.
"And where is this Twilight Sparkle?"
"I... don't know where she is... or where my other friends are... But my Pinkie Sense tells me they're definitely somewhere in this," she waved a hoof, "world that we are now in."
"And how many friends do you have?"
"I have lots of friends all over Ponyville, but I have five super best friends that must've been sent here with me."
'Five?' Clef thought, 'but there were seven energy readings, even with her and five other friends that still leaves one out.'
"Are you sure there were five others? Not six?"
Pinkie Pie giggled again, "Of course there was only five others, where did you get six from?"
"Well," Clef wondered how much information he could reveal, "how we found you was; we picked up seven specific energy readings across the world, we followed them and found you at one. If five of the other ones were your friends then that still leaves one left over."
"Oh... I guess that must be the Big Dumb Meanie."
"Alright then, I'll be right back. I just need to sort some things out."
"Okie dokie lokie! Could I come as well?"
"I'm afraid not, you'll have to stay here."
"Oh okay... but you are going to help me find my friends right?"
"Oh yes, we are definitely going to help find your friends" Clef said before walking out of the Containment Room with a smile on his face.
>> From: Doctor Alto Clef
>> Subject: Contained sapient equines.
>> I have interviewed the contained equines and have found out several things about her, her friends, and this Discord.
>> She has five 'friends' that have 'crossed over' to this world from theirs.
>> The world that they came from is known as 'Equestria' and is primarily populated with similar sapinet equines. There are other sapient creatures such as zebras and griffons, but they are not as common as the equines. Equestria itself is ruled by two princesses, Celestia and Luna who have the ability to control the movement of their sun and their moon respectively.
>> There are three species of equines: pegasus, unicorns and earthponies. The pegasai are able to fly and can manually control the weather patterns. The unicorns possess magic and are capable of telekenisis as well as other abilities.
>> The other five are as follows: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow Dash. We have been able to find and contain all but one of them, Rainbow Dash. But further interviews show that the anomalous multi-coloured shockwave in the sky that one of the MTFs encountered was what was called a 'Sonic-Rainboom' and was caused by Rainbow Dash. We have several MTFs trying to find this Rainbow Dash and are monitoring satellites for any more of these 'Sonic-Rainbooms', but it is likely that once she discovers that we have her friends in containment she will come to us.
>> How they came into this world appears to be because of another sapient being called 'Discord'.
>> We have not yet found this 'Discord', but after talking to the equines in containment it appears that this 'Discord' possesses reality bending powers including, but not limited to:
>> * Raising and lowering both the sun and moon as he sees fit. (Even though the equines come from a world where the sun and moon orbit their world, it is likely that this Discord will at least be able to force the Earth to rotate quickly enough for days and nights to last only a few minutes.)
>> * Turning clouds into cotton candy and making them rain chocolate milk as well as other liquids.
>> * Manipulating the emotions and personality of equines (would most likely work on humans).
>> * Manipulation of the laws of physics and reality.
>> The containment for the other equines has been relatively easy. They prefer to stay together and so far have not attempted to break containment. The magic of the two unicorns (Rarity and Twilight Sparkle) is suspended for the time being as we are not sure what could happen. Despite this the containment of the current five equines appears stable, so long as they are not separated.
>> We have not been able to find out much more about these 'Elements of Harmony' other than that they can be used to defeat Discord. Search for these 'Elements' is underway but has been difficult because the equine 'Twilight Sparkle' refuses to help us until we find her last friend.
>> Even though the exisentce of Discord is mostly based on the claims of the equines in containment. If Discord does exist and then it would likely result in a CK-Class Restructuring Scenario. As such, the containment of Discord should be high priority.
>> Footnote: Certain personnel that have interviewed these equines have reported that we are being 'cruel to the ponies'. Even I felt some sort of empathy for them after interviewing. I propose we limit the length of time that personnel are allowed to interact with them.