There always was and always will be good and evil. Light and shadow. This is reflected by Celestia and Luna. Each are guardians of the light and of the dark. But ... There are enteties far older then them. Celestia and Luna are just champions of Equestria's oldest forces. I am one of them. I Major Alucard Wesker lord of shadows and the destroyer of worlds. I was banished millenia ago by my rival and brother the white guardian of light Sir Alexander Redfield. Not only was I banished to another relm but sentanced to an eternal sleep. But my children had awoken me. Unintentially but awoken none the less. First my strongest Nightmare Moon had disrupted the cycle of dark and light by giving the night an entire day to reign. Then my eldest Discord created chaos and distorted the very frabric of the universe for a while. But what finally gave me the jolt I needed was my youngest Chrysalis. She absorbed the love of canterlot and proved Celestia's weakness. Night, destruction, and vampirism. The triangle was complete. Now all I had to do was set the dominos in motion.
Twilight Sparkle the element of magic sat contently on a small green hill next to a fairly large oak tree. The night was in full swing. The stars sparkled and the moon was full. All was well. Crickets chriped and a soft wind blew across the hill and medow below ruffling Twilight's fur a bit. It was warm and nice the way a summer wind should feel. But Twilight couldnt help but feel slightly nervous. Princess Luna had asked her to come here. Away from prying eyes. Twilight thought about the week wondering if she had done something to irk the Princess of the Night. Drawing a blank Twilight waited for another five minutes until a shadow fell over her. She grew a bit more nervous as Luna landed with a dulled thud on the grass.
"Ah Princess Luna .. So glad to see you."
"Greeting Twilight Sparkle. We have called thee because we feel a bit ... how do you ponies say it these days? ... on edge. For some reason. So we thought to visit our first friend to see if that would help."
Twilight looked at the Princess for a moment wondering what could have upset the princess but shrugged it off so she could focus on the problem at hoof.
"So you are looking to see if we could do something to take your mind off of whatever is disturbing you?"
"Hmm ... I usually read a book to take my mind off of things. But if you wish I could bring you back to ponyville and we can do something there. I have a chess board."
Luna thought for a moment. "It has been a long time so we may be a bit ... rusty?"
Twilight nodded approval at the modern term. "Its ok Princess. I will go easy on you."
Both smiled and began to trot back to Ponyville. They talked along the way about random things such as how eathother was doing and the current state of their residence. Soon enough however Twilight made her way to the door and unlocked it letting herself and the Princess inside.
"You will have to be quiet, Spike is asleep." Twilight giggled. "So no royal canterlot voice."
Luna maimed a pout. "Aww."
Twilight surpressed her laughter as she brought out a glass chess set and placed it on the table setting up the pieces.
"How wonderious. We would like to inquire. What are the pieces made from?"
"Black is obsidian and white is marble. The board itself is glass."
"Now are we going to oogle at the board or are we going to find out who the best chess player in Equestria is?"
"How do you say it these days? ...... Thyne challange has been accepted."
Twilight laughed. "No Princess its 'Challange accepted'."
Twilight smiled and moved a pawn forward. Luna did the same. Twilight sent in another pawn for backup and Luna mirrored her.
"So what exactly HAS been bothering you?"
Twilight released her Queen and Luna sent a pawn to guard hers.
"Nothing really. Just some familiar dark energy rising."
Twilight put out her bishop. "Nightmare Moon?"
"No its diffrent from her."
"Interesting .. oh by the way checkmate."
"EH!?" Luna's jaw dropped as she realized Twilight just pulled four move checkmate on her.
Twilight fell to the ground giggling. "You should have seen your face! Priceless!"
Twilight heard a moan upstairs and quieted down. She had forgotten about Spike. Luna sighed in defeat.
"Thou hast bested us Twilight Sparkle .... again. Perhaps we can do this again. Do you have a book we can borrow?"
"What are you looking for?"
"We are curious as to what went on in our absance and desire knowlage."
Twilight nodded and went over to one of her shelves and pulled out a book labled 'Equestrian History'. Luna thanked her and flew off a small smile on her face. Twilight turned and accidentally grazed an outsticking book with her horn. It fell to the wood with a thud. Twilight saw the cover that read Necroponycon. The cover was laced with gold and lether. On the cover was a gold star in a circle. Also on the cover was a lock. Twilight was stumped as to what key could fit in it and what lay inside the dusty black book. But the question answered itself really. Where the book had landed a floor board was lifted a bit. Twilight felt herself drawn to it. She lifted the plank up and saw the same symbol in the earth below. Twilight dug a bit and found a red box. She opened the clasps and found a key inside. It had the Yin symbol on it.
"This CANT be that easy can it?"
It was. She slid the key in and the lock poped open. The room suddently felt colder and Twilight placed the book down and lit her fireplace. Twilight picked the book back up and read.
'Darkness ... bla bla bla ... Chaos and destruction .... cotton candy clouds? ...... bla bla bla ..... Succubi? ...... Changelings ................. unholy tiangle?'
Twilight flipped to the last page and saw a spell. That read 'Paradise Rift Summon'. But something about it looked wrong. Twilight felt an old spell on it. But she really didnt care much because it didnt feel threatening and her curiosity was peaking. Twilight put the book down looking at the time. It was almost midnight so she decided to lock the book and take it to her room as she beded down for the night. The next day she was having lunch with her friends.
"Ok guys I have something to tell you."
"You're finally comming out of the closet?"
"Ah ought to smack yah Rainbow Dash."
"Oh calm down AppleJack it was just a joke."
"Both of you enough! This is serious buisness. I found a book yesterday that looks suspicious. Inside was a spell that read 'Paradise Rift Summon'."
"What in tarnation could that mean?"
"I say go for it!"
"Now Rainbow darling we dont know what it could do. Im with Fluttershy on this."
"Oh! Paradise!" Pinkie was hopping up and down. "Like SuperAwesomeCupcakeLandParadise!Or! WonderfulTeatsLand!Or!"
Raindow Dash put a hoof in Pinkie's mouth to stop her talking.
"I say we do it. If anything bad happens we ARE the elements of harmony."
Twilight looked down. "Good point. The book said the best time to do it was dusk. So we really cant go wrong here. Ok! Meet me at the librairy at eight!"
Twilight trotted off happily. Later at dusk Her and her friends gathered around the book. Twilight flipped to the page and started reading. It was a different language she was unfamiliar with but none the less persued.
"Höre mich große Herr der Schatten! Deine Knechte rufen noch einmal zu Ihrem chilling touch und kalte Umarmung acht! Die Welt gehört dir noch einmal! Hades Losen Ihren Halt auf dem großen! Mögen seine presance noch einmal bekannt sein! Glorious Zerstörung und Finsternis beherzigen Sie uns! Nehmen Sie bilden noch einmal und steigen wieder!"
The book emitted a dark energy and shot out of Twilight's hooves and into the basement. The six took off after it. Soon it came to a halt on the floor and opened to the center of the book. The pentagram across both pages glowed and a black orb slowly lifted up. It then exploded and a void was left behind. Inside the slice in space and time was a black garden and a single pony. His fur was a dulled grey. The mane and tail that had once been black and red had lost their original color and where sweped back in the style of fire. His hoof guards where like Luna's only red with a circle of gold on each. He wore a blood red cape and his draconic wings where folded and looked like they hadn't been used in a LONG time. The void itself was powerful despite been have sealed hundreds no thousands of years ago. It was as if the elements of harmony themselves couldnt have even created this seal. Then the creature inside sturred.
Luna had just gotten up and greeted her sister to lower the sun so the moon could rise. But then a cold feeling struck her before a tidal wave of negative emotions and an icy cold feeling enveloped her. She fell to the ground shivering and sweating. Celestia immediatly bent to help her up.
"Luna!? Whats wrong!?"
At that moment my slitted crimson eyes opened.
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I groggily stood hearing the clicks and snaps of my bones poping back into a standing position after years of non motion. I tried unfurling my wings but they where too weak. They had many tears and holes in them making them look like Chrysalis'. I felt my usually sharpened teeth to find them dull. And my usually sharpened horn was nothing more than a nub. My dark magic was low and I had bairly enough for a few teleports. I then finally took notice of the six ponies gaping at me. Then the pink one opened her mouth.
"OMG! Whoareyou!? Whyareyouhere!Whatareyoudoinghere! huh?huh?huh?huh?IdontknowyouwhichmeansyouarenewbecauseIknowEVERYPONY!!!!"
Oh god her words hit my ears like a torrent of lava after hearing nothing for centuries. I shoved my armor plated hoof into her mouth shutting her up.
"Enough! I .. have been away for a VERY long time and I come home to .. to .. THIS!?"
The blue pegasus fell on her rump laughing. "He jus! AHAHAHAHAHA!! The look on her face!!"
My eye twiched. And then the inquisitive purple pony spoke to me.
"Who are you? And where is this paradise that was promised in the spell?"
My eyes slid smoothly over to her. She looked at me more with wonder than fear ... for now.
"What a delightful question little mare. I am Major Alucard Wesker lord of shadows and harbringer of darkness! The paradise you seek was a lie. My magic altered the ink in the book so someone would be dumb enough to find me. You played the part quite well."
I patted her head and she quickly pulled back not believing what she just heard. She snorted in anger and defiance.
"Heh so long as you have a shadow. So long as you have any speck of darkness in your soul I can and WILL influence you. You where nothing but a puppet to the greatest force in all of Equestria!"
The orange pony didnt seem to agree. She kicked me square in the chest senting me flying further back into my prison. I growled. It sounded more like an Alligator hissing. As I rose I saw the wing that I had landed on crumble to dust.
"I need to feed soon I dont have time for this!"
I bolted past the ponies but the cyan blue pegasus got in my way. I tackled her as I leped through the void and landed with a thud on the hard wood floor. I landed with an oof using the pegasus as a cushion. She cried out in pain as my larger body smushed her.
"Geet off mah friend!"
I felt pain again as I was kicked in the flank and out of the door into the twilight hour. I felt energy drain out of me and my body shrank in size to the size of the six ponies before me. I shot up quickly backing away.
"Nonononono! I .. dont hurt me!"
I had resorted to using my silver tongue to keep myself alive at that point. The purple one glared at me.
"And why shouldnt we? You are 'the most powerful force in all Equestria'. I think we should turn him over to the princesses."
"No need to make the trip my faithful student."
My pupils shrank to slits no wider than paper and my fur rose on end. I jumped up and whipped around.
There was an incredable amount of venom in my voice that startled her for but a moment but she simply raised an eyebrow which pissed me off to no end.
"Looking a bit tired arent we Major? Like a small old pony. I wonder why Luna was frightened of you."
"Can it! You are nothing but a play thing of my brother! Where is he now I ask? Why does he not show?"
"That isnt your concern little one."
"Fool! You are in MY domain! But alas I am not strong enough to continue. We will meet again under less ... plesant terms."
Celestia was caught off guard as my body melded into shadow and I teleported out of the immediate area. I reamerged in canterlot. At the cost of the last of my magic I transformed into a guard pony.
"Now for my brother's little gifts."
Celestia was pacing back and forth distressed. None of the six ponies dared aproach her. She then stoped and looked at Twilight who shrank back a bit in fear.
"Twilight how did you find him?"
"Well I ... Kinda found a book. He said he was manipulating me and maybe my friends into releasing him. The spell said Paradise. So we figured it was harmless."
Celestia raised an eyebrow. "In a black book labled Necroponycon?"
"Y-yea. I think thats where the manipulation part comes in."
Celestia sighed. "Still there isnt much we can do now. The past is just that. For now however we must retrieve the elements of harmony. They can again banish him to that other relm dubbed Hades."
"Um Princess .. h-he spoke of a brother. Can he help us?"
"Unfortunatly not at the moment. He too is sealed away. He once said that if his brother where sealed he must be too as to not create a disturbance in the equilibriam of life. Though he did leave behind the elements for Luna and I." Celestia spread her wings. "Come! Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy fly with me."
"What about the rest of us?"
Celestia smirked and whistled. It took a moment but her chariot decended from the sky and landed waiting for them.
"Any further questions my faithful student? No? Then let us be off."
Quick as a flash Celestia was airborne and the other ponies followed suit. It took a few minutes but they eventually reached Canterlot and eventually the palace. No one questioned their arrival and the guards steped wordlessly to the side lowering their heads in respect to the princess and the elements. The ponies soon recognised the decour as they neared the chamber that contained the Elements of Harmony. But something was amiss. They soon found out what as they found infront of the door four collapsed guards and one dark grey and light red colt with two mini draconic wings and a nub of a horn. He turned and greeted them with a blood stained smile.
Dispatching the guards was slightly harder than what I had expected. But they went down and restored a portion of my powers. I stared at the grand door until I heard galloping behind me. I turned and beared my fangs in a bloody grin. I ran my serpentine tongue over my lips licking them clean.
"Hello. So glad you could make it!"
Celestia steped boldly up. "You will be sealed again!"
"Not likely. Serve me!"
The 'bodies' of the guards rose up revieling fully grown changelings that hissed at the princess and the elements. I chuckled and transformed into a black mist sliding under the door.
Twilight gasped as the guards where revealed to be changelings.
Celestia grunted in annoyance. "He isnt a natural immortal but a vampony. Once he drains the blood of others he can transform them into changelings. Thats how the race first started. But if we seal him again they will be ponies again if we dont take too long. If he runs free too long it will be permanant."
The changelings charged Celestia trying to give their lord as much time as possible. Celestia easily tossed the changelings but they kept getting back up. It wore her down. The six saw this and ran in to help seing their princess fatigue. AppleJack bucked one through one of the stainglass windows and Pinkie partycannoned another through another window. Rainbow Dash took one out of the air and tied it up securly in the banistars that adorned the hall. Twilight grabbed one with her magic and did the same. Celestia nodded in approval and with a smile on her face. She then opened the room that contained the elements to find it bare. The ponies frantically searched every little nook and cranny of the room but came up with nothing. They sat outside the room in defeat.
"They are gone .. again."
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I chuckled lightly as I galloped twards what was known as the Everfree forest. The Elements where tucked in a saddle pack I had stolen. Though the changelings where tied up they proved a great distraction.
"Speaking of changelings. Here I come Chrysalis. Daddy's home!"
Soon enough I found a large tree stump at least twenty feet wide. Its roots where quite large and actually kept the tree suspended off the ground making a large entrance. I steped around it sniffing. It was the musky scent of reptiles and insects. Such a welcoming scent. I steped in and slid down a rather large chute using my somewhat small wings to slow the fall making sure I didnt accidentally break my legs on the ground. Once I hit however I landed in webbing. It looked like something out of a horror movie about aliens. Then I saw one. A changeling unravled itself from its sleeping position in the wall blended perfectly. It leped down and hissed at me. I raised an eyebrow unamused. As if on a cue it stoped hissing and sat on its haunches before making a gesture for me to follow it. On the way through the caverns I felt the eyes of many changlings hiding in the shadows. It took at least seven minutes to reach the main chamber. I saw Chrysalis sitting on a throne made of hardened webbing. She also had webbing around her stomach and left hoof in a makeshift cast.
"Who dares have the nerve to enter the changeling queen's chambers unanounced?"
"Chrysalis. I would have thought you would have recognized your father. I mean how many black and red draconic ponies do you know?"
She sat up examining me properly for the first time. Her slitted green eyes looked me over before she got up and charged me. I wasnt expecting this. I also wasnt expecting the bone shattering hug I recieved either.
"OH DADDY!! IVE MISSED YOU SO!! Mean ol' Celestia's subjects blasted me out of their kingdom and made me hurt myself! .... and smush three changelings in the process. Oh you look so young! But your fur is so grey and the red is more pinkish!"
I forced myself off her chest and breathed in precious oxygen. "Chrysalis! ... I have been gone for thousands of years and had nothing to eat!"
"Oh you poor thing!"
She patted my head which pissed me off. Though the changelings in the room also kind of embarrased me. Chrysalis took notice of this and in an icy voice that made me proud declared "Leave us."
The changleings left without a word and very quickly which told me she had been something of a ruthless leader which I liked. She set me down and layed herself down next to me.
"So you are finally back! Im sooo glad you visited me first! The hive has been thriving here for thousands of years undetected until I revieled my race's existance to Canterlot. Unfortunately the 'Elements of Harmony' namely that Twilight Sparkle ruined everything!"
"There there Chrysy." I patted her back knowing the feeling of comming so close to success only to be removed in the end. "Soon I will wake Discord and Selene or Luna as she calls herself now will join us too."
"Aww do you really have to? You know Discord is so freakishly random and Nightmare Moon is nothing but an upstart." She took in my blank look. "The ponies have called her Nightmare Moon instead of Selene. The elements removed that part of her and retamed it. Luna is her kinder side."
I sighed. "great more work for me."
"You have me daddy!"
"Yes I know and Im not comforted too much by this. I must ensure total control first."
"Dont worry! We will help!"
I rolled my eyes. "First I need more energy. Where is Discord kept?"
"The castle guardens."
"Good there will be plenty of food there."
Celestia was pacing in the throne room with a worried expression on her face. Luna and the six sat in silance waiting. Then Twilight steped forward and spoke.
"Princess do you have a way we can track him?"
"Not really no. We have to wait till he makes a move and ... thats usually when its too late."
"W-well he cant weaponize the elements right?"
"No. Thank heavens for that. Only you can use the elements."
"So we sit idle?"
"Yes! Thats all we CAN do!"
Twilight was startled by her teacher snapping.
"I- Im sorry Luna, Twilight. But that pony .. that demon simply wants to watch the world burn away. You see. A villain is somepony that does something bad but thinks they are doing good like Nightmare Moon. True evil is when they do bad and they are perfectly aware of it .. nay REVEL in it. He goes far beyond liking it. He LOVES his work. Only his brother ever saw something in him. What I will never know."
Twilight nodded sadly. "At least he isnt as powerful as back then right?"
"Leave it to my faithful student to find a silver lining in the clouds. Yes infact he is FAR weaker than what he used to be. That is why we only need the elements to seal him. But forbid it if he ever reached full power. Only his bother would be able to stop him and even then they are almost evenly matched."
Twilight smiled as she knew they had a good chance to seal away the abomination. Then Shining Armour burst in.
"Princesses! Changelings in the royal guardens!"
"All the ponies that where there where converted!"
The Princesses and the elements quickly left and went to the guardens. It was as Shining Armour predicted. Thirteen changelings stood at the entrance to the maze hissing at them.
"He must be after Discord!"
Twilight moaned. "Not again!"
Celestia and Luna leped in and delt with seven of the changelings. That left six for the elements. Twilight was easily finging one around with her magic but it kept coming back. Rainbow Dash was dealing with a copy of herself getting into a pretty violent brawl. Fluttershy .. well the five of the six and the changelings didnt know whether she was trying to be polite or fight. Pinkie Pie however was a total terror. She was making one of the changelings duck for cover as she fired her party cannon. AppleJack bucked a copy of herself and two Rarities where giving eachother fashion tips. Finally when the changelings where defeated they ran into the maze. Rainbow and Fluttershy where grounded however as a spell prevented them from flying. After about ten minutes of trecking they made it to the center. There stood Chrysalis and a healthier colored Major not to mention his horn grew some.
"Where not too late!"
"Correction Celestia. Did you miss me?"
The color returned to Discord as he slithered out of his shocked position. But as that happened a shocked look passed over thoes present save for Major and Chrysalis. Discord chuckled as he streched.
"Oh its so gooood to be out!"
"Enough boasting Discord its time to leave!"
"You never where much fun father."
"I dont care! You are the eldest and therefore you should be the most responsible!"
Major opened a portal that looked like a black hole. Discord sighed and walked through. Chrysalis followed suit. Major turned to the stunned girls.
"Heh ta ta!"
"No you dont!"
Celestia ramed into Major knocking him over and making one of the elements drop out of the saddle pack. Major didnt seem to notice as he bolted away from Celestia and through the portal. Before Celestia could react it closed.
"....... well at least we have the element of magic. It will double your power Twilight. He will strike again. We HAVE to be prepared."
I stood at a podium looking over the assembled army of changelings before me. They where all buzzing so to speak. Eager for the upcoming battle.
"One more ... soon Selene."
To be continued