“…Do you know about the 5 ancient guardians? I always loved everypony´s interpretation of their legend”
Princess Celestia walked side by side with her faithful student, Twilight Sparkle, that had just been accepted no longer than 4 weeks ago. Today´s lesson was over and the princess decided to hang around with the little filly that seemed excited just for being at her side. The only thing able to witness their conversation where the long and decorated halls of the castle´s halls, the windows leading to a beautiful garden with a fountain in the middle of it, the princess was relieved that she was able to be alone with her student even if its for just a while.
“The legend says that 5 animals came from heaven and helped civilize not only pony culture, but also every single intellectual culture in the entire world. I don’t know why you are asking me about something that is neither confirmed or is probably something somepony just made up, princess. I mean, there are no evidence of such feat nor anything about the creatures considering that it was an event that took place in the entire world.”
The princess covered her mouth with one of her front hooves, letting a chuckle escape from her lips
“Perhaps my dear, but I wonder if I should tell you about them?”
Twilights eyes widened at those words, was the princess telling the truth? Honestly, she used to tease her a lot, but never with knowledge. Twilight knew that a lot was still unknown about the majestic creatures known as alicorns, possessing the strength of an earth pony, the flight capability of a Pegasus and the magic of a unicorn.
“One day my little pony, one day i´ll surely tell you the story of the 5 guardians…”
------- Years later------
“…And that’s why this day is so important, girls.”
In front of the magenta pony, six other ponies with different colors each listened with bored looks at her magical friend. The tomboyish one, a cyan Pegasus with a rainbow-colored mane decided to float in front of Twilight
“Yeah yeah yeah, egghead things. The point is that today I’ll finally be able to show the wonderbolts how awesome I am!!”
Today was a special day, the mane six were invited to canterlot to one of Celestia´s parties and no matter how boring was it going to be, they needed to assist just because princess Celestia wished them to be there, just to put some spice on things. Of course a lot of famous figures were going to be present, in fact, it was going to be more of a “celebrity-meeting” party of sorts, perhaps princess Celestia wished to give her little ponies a moment to shine? Various famous mages, fashion designers, the wonderbolts and even famous chefs from all over equestrian were going to be guest honors. So maybe the party wasnt going to be a total disaster like grand galloping gala? Celestia hoped the opposite.
“ OH-OH-OH maybe one of them can teach me how to make one of those cakes that change from flavor each time you bite it? Maybe they make the fruits take turns in your mouth? No that’s not possible, fruits aren’t so friendly when they with other fruits that are not from their same species, maybe they make them a party so ...”
After shutting the random being known as Pinkie Pie, the group of mares decided to leave the tree that Twilight used as home and library. just like Twilight predicted, a chariot pulled by two big and strong Pegasus wearing the armor representative of Celestia´s guards arrived to pick them up for their big night
“Well girls, we should be going”
This party was just going to be beautiful, and nothing could ruin this perfect moment without being defeated by the elements of harmony.
Well…”nothing” is probably a strong word here
There exist an empire where smog and oil are your clean air and water, a place where life is nothing but artificial, a place that is responsible of the decline of various cultures and planets alike. The machine empire, a flying kingdom that uses the planet´s resource until it dries out, and when that happens, they just delete it as if they were deleting nothing but data, disregarding the countless of lives lost for they just saw them as nothing but an “inferior” species that deserved to serve only the “powerful”. It was this dreadful day that they had set eyes on a peaceful planet full of nothing but precious resources that could easily fuel their ship for a 10,000 more years, for you see, a planet that actually co-exist with nature is rare and even strange, most planets just disregard nature and try their best to just advance technologically which actually helps the empire, but in the long run, energy is required and planets with little to no flora nor fauna are sometimes just death ends for them. The invasion of this little planet was crucial for the empire, and so the disaster began…
------- Mid-air : Between ponyville and Canterlot -----
The mane six talked about the party and the opportunity to at last have a royal party that had the potential to actually be fun, chances for a disaster to occur in canterlot were bleak thanks to Shining armor´s shield powered by his love for princess Candace and even if Twilight brother´s shield failed, they were sure that with the powers of the elements of the harmony, they could easily defeat any foe with the power of friendship and unity.
The pink pony with fluffy hair known as Pinkie Pie was the first one to notice something strange slowly emerging from the skies, silently making its way towards the town of peaceful ponies, its shadow covering in the sun from reaching the city, as if it were defying the sun goddess.
“Hey girls!! Look !!”
The girls looked at the pink pony pointing to the window and towards the direction of the object. The first one to react was Twilight Sparkle
“Stop the chariot!!!”
The chariot slowly landed near Canterlot entrance , the place filled with guards preparing themselves to defend the princesses from whatever that thing was. The elements of harmony quickly made their wait outside the chariot and into the open, looking with their own eyes at the unidentified flying object
“Just what in the world is that…?”
This was supposed to be a splendid day were the mane 6 would finally relax and do the things they like the most on one of Celestia´s parties, they were supposed to be helping the princess with some of her decisions. This was supposed to be Twilight´s chance to have a long and fun talk with her mentor.
The mane six rushed their way towards the castle, having to muscle their way from many rich ponies that seemed to have gone either into chaos because of the flying object or just remained standing still while their gaze focused on the mysterious object. When the 6 ponies arrived at the majestic castle, the royal guards at first blocked the entrance, but ended up giving them the pass to meet the princesses. After all those mares were the ones who not only defeated Nightmare Moon and returned with princess Luna, but also sealed the random magician Draconequus know as Discord when it found a way to release itself from its prison and an entire armada of changelings commanded by the changeling queen known as Chrysalis .
It took them a few minutes to reach the throne hall where the sun goddess lied there, sitting on her throne with her eyes closed, seemingly meditating. With the sudden presence of 6 familiar energies, princess Celestia slowly opened her eyes to find the elements of harmony in front of her, the ponies bowing towards her
“Princess Celestia” Twilight was the first one to break the silence “What is that thing floating above Ponyville? I have never seen something like…”
Princess Celestia looked at her student with sad eyes, a sigh escaping her mouth
“I don’t know Twilight Sparkle, but whatever it is we must be prepared for anything”
Celestia´s voice was filled with worry, having already dispatched an unit of her own guards to evacuate the residents of ponyville. She could see thanks to the sun how the ponies in ponyville were leagues way more organized than the scaredy-cats of the upper-class, making it easier for her guards to send them to canterlot where Shining armor prepared one of his strongest shields, aided by his beloved wife.
Suddenly, Princess Celestia gasped and at the same time, the sound of an explosion could be heard from the distance. The epicenter of the explosion? Ponyville.
The mane six alongside Celestia rushed their way outside, smoke coming from the little town, Celestia could hear the many screams of her little ponies, all of them begging for help. From the giant object many little octopus-looking machines appeared, launching rays and beams of energy towards anything that moved, the once little town quickly became a warzone. The solar guardians tried their best to fight off the strange bipedal creatures that came along with the beams of energy, wearing a grey suit with gold armor. The battle was already decided, between a race that has never seen war and an army that has never seen peace, technology that surpassed the other by many generations and to make things worse, their feeble spears and magic did little to nothing against the mechanical soldiers. In a matter of minutes, Ponyville was not only been decimated, but their residents were captured, their soldiers either captured or killed without being able to put a dent on the invasion. This was not a war…
“It appears that the events of 900 years ago are repeating…”
From behind the group, the moon goddess slowly trotted her way towards the ponies and the sun goddess, paying no attention to the elements, her gaze planted on the figure of her elder sister
“900 years ago ? what are you talking about, princess Luna?”
Twilight turned to the lunar pony, seeking for answers yet Luna remained silent, standing alongside her sister. The mare tried to ask the same question to Celestia but received the same cold treatment from her mentor
“Twilight, Rainbow, Pinkie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack”
The sun goddess recited their names, turning her gaze to each one of them, a sad expression adorned her face but was suddenly replaced with a strong yet warm one. Luna just stood there, wondering what her sister had in mind
“We are fighting an unknown enemy, and I have my doubts that the elements of harmony will be efficient against things that are not alive”
The six ponies looked at Celestia with confusion, the things that were attacking them were not alive? How was that possible ?
“Ah don’t git it, princess, how can they not be alive?” Applejack took a few steps towards the princess, stil trying to make sense of it “never heard o´ something like that unless its some sort´a magic“
“There is no time for explanations, we will go and try to stop them, meanwhile I want you girls to go to the everfree forest and search for something there”
Celestia closed her eyes for a moment, her horn glowing for a bit before a map suddenly “poofed” into existence, being magically grabbed by the sun princess and then given to the mane 6. The map showed a location inside the forest, a “safe” route was drawn in it for the 6 ponies to follow
“You must go there girls, the fate of equestrian depends on it”
“But princess, what exactly are we supposed to-“
Another explosion coming from Ponyville stopped Twilight´s question
“Just go!! We don’t have time “
Trusting the words of her mentor, Twilight sparke and her friends decided to enter the everfree forest and to arrive at the destination that Celestia had showed them. Whatever the princess was hiding there sounded like something far stronger than the elements itself, just what in the world was Celestia´s plan?. After the mane 6 where at the gates of the castle, princess Luna turned to her sister, looking at her with curiosity
“we don’t remember anything of importance there...”
With that, the two alicorns took flight, ready to oppose whatever that was threatening the lives of their beloved ponies. They knew that this battle was not going to be any easy, they wished that at least, the elements of harmony could be preserved as a last resort.
The elements of harmony made haste into the thick forest, it took some precious time to convince a terrified Fluttershy to come along, but in the end they were able to depart without any other major issue. Of course things got weird after 3 minutes inside the place, there seemed to be no animals around, the forest was too quite…was it because of the attack? Or perhaps…
“Watch out girls!!”
Within the ground, trees started to emerge, making the mane six do their best to avoid the strange attack. After a few seconds, the mares realized that they had been separated from the group, this kind of supernatural attack reminded them of a certain draconequus.
“Don’t worry girls, leave this to m-“
Various poisonous plants and thorns started to grow from the top of the trees, making it impossible for them to escape from above. Applejack tried to buck them off but ended up tiring herself, the trees seemed to be strong enough to even resist one of Big Mac´s kicks. Even Celestia´s number one student couldn’t do anything to escape the maze, for there was something that completely blocked her magic.
“Its no use girls” sighed Twilight after exhausting herself trying to use magic “We will have to cross this maze” Memories from Discord´s maze came to her, but the purple mare shook them off, not wanting to remember such terrible moments
With the six ponies agreeing with Twilight in their own way, they parted their way towards their destination at full speed …well except Fluttershy that was death scared of everything in the forest, the only thing that made her run was when she accidentally stepped on a branch, it was a mystery how the mare was still alive considering the few things that could give her a heart attack.
Rainbow dash´s side:
The maze of trees made a path wide enough for the athlete to fly instead of just walking, which made crossing the maze an easy task for the fasters Pegasus, Rainbow dash, who was now celebrating her victory against the forces of nature that decided to play a trick on her and her friends.
“Ha!! Piece of cake!!”
Suddenly, something green knocked her from the air, making her little body to fall on the cold ground. Slowly opening her eyesstared at what looked like a green-colored Minotaur wielding an axe standing in front of her, its musculature would even make a certain motivator die from envy
“Leave, Pegasus, whatever you are looking is not here.”
With those words, the minotaur slowly sat on the grass, using its axe to make a safer landing. Rainbow dash did her best to stand up, cleaning the blood from her nostrils and glaring daggers at the creature that dared to punch her.
“What the hell are you talking about, freak!? You know what? I´ll beat you and then make you spit some answers!!! ”
The Pegasus, sure of her strength, flew as much as the roof let her, diving towards the Minotaur who seemed to not care about what she tried to do. Unluckily for our rainbow-maned friend, when she landed her hoof on the Minotaur, the minotaur did not only shrugged the attack like nothing, but also took her hoof, pulled her towards him and clenched his fist, throwing a punch that would knock most ponies yet Rainbow dash somehow was able to remain conscious.
“I-Is that your best shot, buddy?”
The minotaur´s eyes widened at the toughness of the rainbow-maned pony, but it quickly grew into an angered expression, even blowing some air from its nostrils
“Why do you want to enter even deeper into the forest!? What’s in the other side that you will risk your life to obtain!? There are no jewels nor wealth nor anything that you could use to trade in your world, so wh-“
The beast quickly pulled the pony to meet face to face with her, its expression confused and bewildered.
“My friends and family needs me...I wont let a simple-minded Minotaur like you to stop me, heard me!?”
“So you are willing not only to sacrifice your body, but also your soul to them, to the last of your breaths?”
“You heard it punk, now let me go before I rain some pain into that stupid face you have!!” The Minotaur just laughed, only making the little pony even more irritated “What are you laughing about!? When i-“
“You…Hahahaha…win…” The Minotaur tried to calm himself down for a bit, looking at the Pegasus with a faint smile “ Well, little filly, how about you close your eyes for a moment?”
The Minotaur´s other hand slowly approached the Pegasus, no matter how much Rainbow dash struggled to free herself from its grasp, in the end, all she could see was darkness.
And then everything vanishing from existance
Even the pain
Rainbow Dash halted for a second, descending to the ground and examined herself, there was no injuries nor pain, when there should be at least one or two broken ribs. The rainbow-maned pony tried to look for anything that looked like the green-colored Minotaur yet there wasn’t even a single hair or trace of any kind from the beast in the entire place.
“...What´s going on…?”
The yellow pony tried her best not to run away, but each time something cracked or something creepy howled, Fluttershy had to hid somewhere and shake for some time before continuing her way with careful steps.
Suddenly, she encountered what looked like a strange formation of yellow-colored rocks, gold ? probably. they resembled what looked like the face of some sort of primal, yet none she knew of had the same facial structure that the strange statue had. Fluttershy slowly approached the strange figure with shy steps.
The sudden lip movement from the statue freaked the hell out of Fluttershy, making her run as fast as her legs could. Sadly for her, when she thought she had ran away from the strange thing, all she had to do was turn around to see the Statue at mere centimeters from her
“What brings you h-…”
But again she had to run away, screaming for dear life.
“…This is going to be easier than I thought…”
No matter where Fluttershy ran or how far she tried to go without turning around, all she had to do was stop for a few seconds to hear its voice behind her back. In the end, the yellow mare´s only course of action was to curl herself into a ball and shake so hard that would make Pinkie Pie look static. Her eye met again with the statue…
“P-Please d-d-don’t hurt me…”
“Why would I ?” The mare looked at the statue, taking her neck from her packed position, still confused at what it just said “Of all the question you can ask to a giant beheaded head that can magically talk, you ask me if I would hurt you or not?”
The statue laughed as hard as it could, Fluttershy slowly got out of the curl, standing in front of the monolith that still tried its best to calm itself down
“Hahaha…ahhh…anyway what do you want?”
Fluttershy did her best to gather some courage and to answer the strange thing back, but every attempt was a failure, resulting into a Fluttershy gathering courage every time to talk to a rock. The moai wondered if the girl had any social life, but her reaction made him think that she was probably abused when she was a little filly.
“W-well…” Taking her time to answer the statue, Fluttershy was incredibly able to talk to the Moai without stuttering “I really don’t know, but princess Celestia told us that there was something here and well…I kinda need to go to the other side…if you don’t mind, that is…”
“Princess Celestia, uh?”
“Do you know her?”
“Sort of, but I doubt she remembers us. Also no, you cannot pass, sorry”
The look on the yellow Pegasus turned into a sweet, adorable one that would have surely melt the heart of even the most cold-hearted creature.
Sadly for her, the Moai seemed to be outside the “living” group.
“I said no, but I can make you a good offer just because I like you, I mean, I have visited many words yet you are probably the most awkward living creature I have met”
After laughing his lungs off and dropping Fluttershy´s self-stem at speed that could only be matched by Raindow Dash, the moai grinned at the pony that was now coiled again.
“How about this? You and your other friend stay with me, and even the animals can come too, I will save them all” Fluttershy peeked again at the statue, her gaze filled with hope and a smile “But only the friends that are here, in this forest, and your own animals, the rest will be annihilated”
Quickly standing up, Fluttershy answered at that proposition.
“Why? Why cant you save them all? Everypony is in great dan-“
“And why do you care?”
And suddenly, silence….
“…Why do I care? What do you mean, mister head?”
“If it weren’t for those friends, you would have been bullied, harassed or worse” Its face dropped the smile and assumed a serious expression “Why should you care about those other ponies who have done nothing but make you feel worse about yourself, let them die so you can finally have-“
The yellow-colored giant stone head stopped his speech in shock at the yellow mare´s sudden outburst.
“How can you be so cruel when everybody is in danger!?” Fluttershy gave the moai the stare, the moai was shocked at the sudden change on her eyes “Everypony….everypony deserves a second chance…and wishing those things are wrong. I thank you for the offer, mister big yellow head, but i´ll have to refuse…if im not bothering you too much…that is…”
And suddenly, the outburst burned down quite quick and became the little, shy and adorable pony again
“…So it wasnt a bad decision to choose you after all…I was getting scared”
The stone-head slowly opened its eyes, a light covering the entire place in brilliant white before vanishing.
Fluttershy was again, alone.
Disclaimer : Sorry for taking so damn long on this chapter, but things got complicated and i well...IRL stuff...
Now lets continue with the chapter!!
Our fashionista trotted as fast as she could, being elegant as possible with each step. Of course she still was somewhat slow on her pace because of the various elements that could ruin her image, trying to avoid them as much as she could
“This place is so horrible and humid, I hope that wherever the princess sent us had a spa or something like that”
And she could have complained even more if it weren’t for a faint call of help that came further from her direction, thinking it might be one of her friend, Rarity disregarded her previous fear of being dirty and fully trotted forwards, fearing the worst.
All she found somepony covered in what looked like rags, trying its best to mutter something that sounded like help, but its poor condition it seemed to be made it almost impossible to even articulate the words, its bone-like arm covered in blood-stained bandages slowly crept from under its rags, moving its paw as if it tried to reach something .
Any other fashionista from Canterlot would have made a disgusted face and continued her way, but Rarity was not your everyday fashionista. The mare slowly closed the distance, still not knowing what to do
The head of what looked like a lion slowly made its way outside the rags, many scars and injuries covered its face while its mane looked more like a pile of straws on top of its head. This time its words were clearer, still somewhat blurry, but enough for Rarity to understand.
“P-please…t-take me to the…pond…”
Rarity hesistated for a moment, the appearance of the feline made her shiver, yet its condition was deplorable; it was a miracle that the poor creature still breathed with so many injuries on its body. The fashionista cautiously trotted her way to the creature, her eyes showing disgust at the prospect of touching it.
“You need help and I know just the pony for it, don’t worry, you are in good hands”
Not wanting to leave the injured creature alone, Rarity looked that it was sitting in what looked like a piece of cardboard with a rope attached to it, sighing in relief that she could simply use magic to drag the creature with her, and so did she.
It took them several minutes to reach a pond surrounded by trees full of fruits, Rarity letting the rope be drawn by gravity. The feline creature did its best to reach the pond, taking a sip of the cold and fresh water.
“I thank you, unicorn, your actions shall not be forgotten”
“Don’t worry, dear. I just hope we find Fluttershy around here, she´ll surely treat your wounds if she doesn’t fait first…no offense”
The feline slowly turned its head towards Rarity, its words coming now even more clearer
“Why are you helping me? I mean…the rest of the ponies that come here often get scared because of my appearance…”
“Such cold-hearted ponies, I cant believe nobody would help somepony in need.” Using her telekinesis, the pony gave the creature some of the tree´s fruits “After Fluttershy examines you, i´ll make sure to give you a bath and I wanted to try my hoof in other specie’s fashion. Of course i´ll make something pretty for you, maybe something that goes well with that blue fur of yours?”
The creature just laughed at the comment, biting the juicy fruit , making such a delicious sound that made Rarity get some of the fruits for herself and the rest of her friends. With everything packed and ready, she started to trot her way until she realized that she had almost forgotten the poor feline.
“Im so sorry, I cant believe I just…”
But when she turned her face, all she could see was a path full of trees, no matter how much she searched for anything of the feline, there was nothing of the creature or even the pond.
Our country girl trotted as fast as she could, unlike Rarity, she didn’t care if she got mud on her hooves or if she was covered on it, she wanted to get out of this maze and find her friends as fast as possible.
Of course things were going to get a little hard for our little pony.
In front of Applejack, a filly was trotting all alone in this dark forest, unaware of the orange coated pony behind her until she heard the mare´s voice
“Oh wow, a stranger, what brings you to this forest, newcomer? “
The filly was yellow colored with a brown mane decorating her head, her cutie mark was a red phoenix surrounded by what seemed like flames. Applejack thought that the little filly was maybe like Fluttershy or something along those lines.
“Ah came here searching fer something with some of mah friends, but the forest went crazy and ah want to get outta here as fast as ah can” shoving her hoof on the filly´s head, messing up her mane, she continued “Name´s Applejack, by the way.”
“Crimson Phoenix here” Giggled the little filly, fixing her mane “Follow me then, I was actually returning to my home”
“You live in the forest?”
And for a moment they talked about many things while the filly guided one of the elements of harmony to the exit. Applejack highly interested in the filly´s invented stories, something about being a friend with a green minotaur, a lion, a giant head and a strange space monkey of sorts, at least she had a wild imagination…
Of course what would this fic be without timberwolves ? I mean, every other cool fic has them mixed somewhere so why not this?
The orange pony shouted, looking that they had been somehow surrounded by a pack of timberwolves without them noticing. The pack slowly getting closer to the two ponies, Applejack quickly stand between them and the filly, ready to engange into battle.
“Y-you cant!! There so many of them!!”
“Don’t worry sugarcube, Ah´ll make ´em think twice before trying anything funny”
And in an instant, Applejack bucked one of the timberwolfs that thought a back attack would end the fight, yet it didn’t count on the cowgirl´s strong legs and perception, sending the beast flying towards a tree and making a CRACK sound when it impacted.
The other timbewolves started to circle both ponies, launching themselves from every angle and while some of them were easily launched by Applejack´s mighty legs, but others managed to get a clean cut on the mare´s body, slowly making the floor where she stood a sea of blood. The mare didn’t seem to mind, as long as none of them reached the filly that hid on her back, her safety was all that mattered to Applejack.
But not only were they many, but each attack made it difficult for the mare to even stand up, until her body decided to stop listening to her. Feeling the strength fading from her body, the only thing that Applejack was able to do was to hug Crimson, tears running from her eyes.
“Shush there sugahcube, ah will do mah best to get us out of this crazy place”
The mare knew well that she was no longer in fighting conditions, her bloody covered body and her trembling legs were proof of that yet she had enough willpower to forget the pain and at least calm the filly, knowing full well what was going to happen.
The timberwolves didn’t flinch at the sight and just continued their way towards the two ponies, their mouths watering, almost tasting their soft and tender meat in their mouths…
In a matter of seconds, a circle of fire stopped the timberwolves from advancing, not only the sight of fire being scared them away, but also the creature that produced them. Applejack´s last memory of that moment was a beautiful phoenix soaring the sky, the magnificent bird looking straight at the two ponies…
“uh? What intarnation!?”
The Mare suddenly woke up in the middle of the forest, standing up while one of her hooves reached the side of her head, feeling sort of dizzy yet the pain of her body alongside her injuries had disappeared. Instead of feeling even better about not being death, she started to feel worried about a certain filly that accompanied her
The mare tried her best to search for the filly and, if possible, the phoenix, not knowing that a pair of eyes watched her closely…
Pinkie Pie´s Side:
The happy-go-lucky pink pony jumped around as if her legs had springs incorporated, not minding that the forest was slowly turning more and more scary, the peaceful and cute animals slowly turning into hideous beast and the tree´s bark taking hideous shapes.
The only thing that stopped our pink friend was a strange pink statue that blocked her path.
“Uuuuuhh a statue, and its pink!! My most favorite color!!”
The pink pony stood in her hind legs while using the front ones to adopt a thinking position, an idea quickly coming to her adorable mind.
As if mocking reality, Pinkie Pie took a box out of thin air, opening it to reveal many accessories for your perfect party. Of course Pinkie Pie thought that the statue would look cuter with something more “happier” and so, she quickly adorned the statue´s body until it looked more of a clown than an ancient artifact
“Are you done yet?”
“Oh and you also talk? No Pinkie, statues cant talk, then how can this one talk ? maybe it uses magic to-“
“Can you let me talk?”
Pinkie didn’t even mind that a statue was talking to her, or even if it used one of its arms to clean its face from the paint and the confetti that she had painted him with.
“Why are you here, pink pony ?”
“Well my friend Twilight said that we should go there and I was like “Okay that sounds funny” and then I saw explosions on Ponyville and I was like “Oh no, everypony is in danger” and then we-“
“If its only for that then you shall not pass” deadpanned the statue
Pinkie pie stood on her hind legs again, placing a hoof on her chin and the other on her elbow until another idea popped in her head
“Maybe the grumpy statue can let me pass if I give you something that´ll make it happy”
“…I don’t even want to know the thought process behind that…”
“Ohhh come on you big grumpy, there must be something that might cheer you up”
“Okay, you want to pass? Then all you have to do is show me that you are pure enough to pass, if by any chance you have darkness in your heart, then i´ll have to reject you”
The little mare accepted quite too easily the statue´s proposition, making the golem a little uncomfortable, of course it still had a job to do and the company of the pink mare was something the golem wanted to avoid. With pinkie´s agreement, its eyes shining and covering the mare in a white light…
Images of the pony´s life started to flash, her life on the rock farm, the sonic rainboom and how some ponies and creatures alike thought of her as someone strange or even annoying. The golem was going to cut the images and just render her as an annoying life form until he saw a purple pony on her memories
And an orange cowgirl
And a white fashionista
And a yellow veterinary
And a cyan racer
The things they shared, the things they lived and even the reason why she keeps moving forward, those were the things that truly defined the being known as Pinkie Pie. The golem had fooled itself that she was but only an annoying creature, her heart was probably as pure as an animal, her only desires to be to make everyone happy…
…And live a happy life with her friends
“…Element of laughter!!!”
Suddenly, the light stopped. Pinkie Pie closed her eyes and shook her head, placing a hoof on her head, trying to make the pain on her head stop.
“ You are the first sentient creature without an ounce of evil in your heart, you can pass…”
The statue moved awkwardly to the side ( pretty much because of his short legs) letting the Element of Laughter to continue her journey
“Godspeed Pinkie Pie, and never let anything rob you of that innocence that brings smiles on the faces of everyone.”
“Okey-Dokie mister statue, and thank you. When I come back with my friends i´ll make sure to throw you a big party!!”
“I will be waiting for your party, Pinkie Pie”
And with that, the mare resumed her journey, hopping like some kind of rubber ball on the floor.
“…The 5 of us will be waiting for you…”
Twilight Sparkle´s side:
Twilight Sparkle was the first mare to arrive, almost sure that her poor constitution would make her arrive last ( or at least before that Fluttershy) but that was the least of her concern when she saw what was in front of her
“…Sweet baby Celestia…”
A mountain with a giant door adorned with various symbols and pictures stood in front of her. A closer inspection revealed some equine figures and one strange bipedal one in the center of them, and an even bigger one in the background, it was possibly the size of a baby Ursa minor and what surprised her most was that the symbols engraved in it didn’t resemble any language she knew about. The mysteries engraved in that single door made Twilight forget for a moment about her mission, until a voice from behind made her return to reality….
The purple pony turned around to find her friends already out of the forest and at mere centimeters from her. The Orange pony had called her name, her eyes searching for something in the surroundings
“Have ya seen a filly ´round these parts?”
“A filly? No…why ?”
“Horseapples!!” Applejack´s face changed to a worried one “ I just hope she is right”
“Anyway dear, where exactly are we?” Rarity looked at the finely decored door, even if it was hit by the sands of time, it still possessed some of its beauty “And what is this fashionably door doing here? Unless Celestia want us to go in here…”
“I suppose so…”
And with the arrival of the last member (Fluttershy) the earth started to shake, the doors in front of them slowly opening, inviting our equine friends to its dark insides. The ponies stood there for a second, her eyes widening at the sudden invitation. Of course they were snapped back into reality by Rainbow Dash
“Well ? what are we waiting for !? Monsters? Secret tunnels? This smells just like one of Daring Doo´s adventures!!”
Rainbow Dash was the first one that “dashed” inside, being followed by the rest of the crew. As they entered, strange lights started to illuminate their path, as if they knew that they were here, of course this didn’t stop Rainbow dash.
“Oh wow, look at that!! What do you think those things are ?”
When the crew managed to catch up with Rainbow Dash, they found themselves in front of strange machines of all sizes and forms, making it look it more like some kind of science fiction novel that Twilight used to read long ago
“ I don’t know, Rainbow, but whatever it is…its not magical…I cant feel any sort of magic coming from “
“Its because its not magic, you dummy”
A familiar voice ( for Applejack at least ) alerted the girls of someone else on their backs. The 5 creatures that they found on the forest were at mere centimeters from them, the green minotauros and the now gallant lion having the moai and the dogu on their backs respectively, making Rainbow dash and Applejack take a defensive position while Fluttershy just curled herself at the back
“There is no need to be afraid of us, really, after all you girls had already passed the test “
“Excuse me…what test are you talking about?”
The filly just smiled before continuing “Wait, You weren’t here for our power? It’s the first time in 90,000,000 years that we heard that, it actually makes us sort of happy”
And suddenly, silence. A silence that was broken by a high pitched scream
The mane six screamed it with all of their pulmonary strength, a veil of confusion and even fear was upon them. And for some strange cosmic reason, Fluttershy decided to be the first one to talk, being for some cosmic reason less shocked than the rest of the girls.
“E-excuse me, Celestia told us that you…um…would help us…if you want to, that is…I mean, I would be really thankful if you
help us saving Ponyville and the animals back at my cottage…if its not too bothersome for you…”
“So you wanted our powers, after all…”
“But at least she asked for them, unlike that other pony that thought that he could defeat me on hand to hoof combat” The minotaur punched his palm “I like that girl’s hidden boldness, is that the reason why you choose her, Moai?"
he Taurus slowly placed the moai on the floor, trying its best not to break its friends “body”. Fluttershy’s eyes widened at her second encounter with the giant head, but unlike her friends that looked at the statue with fear and curiosity, the yellow pony just offered a smile
“Too bad my encounter with you wasn’t as heated as I wanted to, of course the odds would have been the same” this time, the minotauro’s gaze was placed upon the cyan Pegasus with rainbow-colored mane “Next time you can maaaaybe defeat me, if I want that, of course”
Knowing full well her opponent’s strength, Rainbow dash growled at him, but she wasn’t going to let him win with this time
“Ha!! In your dreams you horned idiot”
“Want a piece of me, Carpet eater!?”
If it weren’t for a certain bandaged lion that decided to intervene on that moment, there would have been a disaster so big that the entire mountain would have been in danger.
“Tauros, please. Don’t you see that we have guests here ?”
Each one of its steps made the bandages slowly slide from its body, slowly revealing an imponent lion with a beautiful, golden helmet that was connected with two powerful-looking shoulder pads of the same material and blue colored imperial clothes made from what looked like some kind of high quality silk
“I apologize for the behavior of our dear friend tauros, I hope you girls don’t mind him trying to prove himself as the alpha male”
“What the hell Sphinx? Oh you are so dead, you flamboyant kitty”
Disregarding the stupidity of his friend’s words, the lion simply walked its way towards Rarity which such elegancy that sort of scared the fashionista. Her worries were trashed aside when the lion suddenly took the mare’s hoofs and kissed it
“It is the first time since I have seen such an elegant creature with such a kind heart, most creatures that decide to take the path of aesthetic perfection are nothing but spoiled brats who just want to dress good without knowing that true beauty is not only showing everyone the last piece of clothes you are wearing, but showing everyone the beauty of one’s heart.”
“O-Oh my, thank you for such…errm…” still disturbed by the bizarre situation, the fashionista just retrieved her hoof from the beast’s claws
Pinkie Pie was just jumping around the dogu, annoying the poor statue with various topics that seemed to come out of
“W-what is going?” Twilight was confused at the strange familiarity of the creatures with her friends, but her question was quickly answered by the filly with the phoenix as her cutie mark
“Right, you came here for a reason” and with those words, each beast was silent, looking at the filly with a serious gaze “And our answer is yes, we will aid you in your struggle against the invaders, young ones”
“Wait a minute, how did ya’ now that ponyville was in danger?”
“There are many things on this world that we are well aware of, but lets leave this chit chat for another time, don’t you girls want the power to save the lives of your kin? “ Crimson Phoenix slowly trotted to her friends, the minotaur and the lion dragging the statues to reunite with the filly “But we don’t give that kind of power to anyone but the ones we have selected, that’s right, we know about the story of the elements of harmony and knew that 5 of them would be fit to receive our power”
“ 5 ? but there are six elements of harmony” Asked Twilight
“We are well aware of and you were one of the first choices, but we are not sure how would our power affect you considering your mana pool, we have scanned you and your internal power, and we have come with the conclusion that giving you even the slightest of our energy would probably have unknown consequences”
And suddenly, strange lights started to illuminate the entire mountain, revealing 5 buildings, the central one being a pyramid surrounded by the other four that consisted of a giant Moai, a giant Dogu, a Sphinx and a Parthenon.
The once beautiful ponyville was now but a warzone…no...it looked more like a total massacre, while no pony was killed, the population was treated as mere slaves, being chained by the neck and transported to strange metallic cubes that will be later transported by the ships and then carried to the mothership.
The worst thing of all? Celestia and Luna were among them, their once beautiful white and black fur was stained with blood and injuries, a sight that was necessary to break the hopes of anyone who had the wild idea to oppose to them.
Of course that was not enough to please the cruel machine empire, for Celestia was still dangerous for them, having lost a great amount of their ships because of her was not something they would overlook, the same destiny was going to be shared by her sister, Luna, having defeated most of the foot soldiers.
Dragging the two royal sisters by their collars, two of the mechanical foot soldiers prepared their weapons, letting every single pony to be witness of the fate to those who make the machine empire their enemy. Celestia and Luna just lowered their heads, having failed to their subordinates, The sun goddess trying to calm her now devastated sister that had now broken down to tears.
“Princess Celestia and Luna” one of the robots declared their names with a robotic voice “You have been ordered to be publicly executed for trying to resist against the Machine empire, any last words, bag of meat?”
“No…” Celestia looked upon the lifeless eyes of the machine, still showing a great fighting spirit “...words are not necessary for monsters like you”
“So be it, executing command 0789654” Five foot soldiers readied their weapons, pointing them at the princesses head.
It was as if time stopped for everypony, some of them closing their eyes, others decided to pray for anything to save their beloved princess and other’s eyes widened at the 5 strange colored beams of energy that came out of nowhere.
The 5 foot soldiers had been decimated in a mere instant before they did anything to the princesses, a strange pony wearing what looked like red latex stood in front of them. The white parts of her extremities were limited with strange gold-colored rings with various symbols that looked like geometric figures. The helmet had nothing but a star that seemed to be some kind of visor, a closer inspection revealed that there was a strange notch in the form a mouth. Four other ponies with the same costume yet different colors and shape of visors appeared, decimating the remaining foot soldiers at speed that was hard to follow for the common pony, all they could see was but a bunch of colored beams suddenly destroying the entire army that had given problems to the two princesses combined.
“Identify yourself!!” one of the remaining machine soldier ordered to the 5 masked ponies that had gathered in the same spot having 5 different colors each : red,blue,green,yellow and pink with different shapes of visors: A star, square, an inverted triangle, two rays and a circle. Each one with their respective color.
“Want to know who we are, yah bunch o’ screws?” Applejack, the pony behind the red star, gave one step forward “How about we introduce ourselves, girls?”
But there is no going back so think about it carefully
Your bodies will be made into powerful weapons
That’s the reason why we had to test you, girls
But if you accept, you will be granted powers that exceed anything you could dream off
You will be known as…