Chapter 1: Wait, What?!
I was in the library, reading a book when I heard a loud bang come from downstairs. I rush down to Twilight’s laboratory to see what happened.
“I heard a loud noise what happened? Are you okay?” I ask as I descend the stairs.
Twi comes up to me coughing and covered with ash.
“I’m fine.” She manages to say. “Just added a little too much of something.”
“You’ve seem to be working down here a lot recently. What are you doing?”
“Oh a whole bunch of experiments that seemed to have piled up on me.”
“Maybe you should take a break.”
“A break! Taking breaks is what gave me this work load! But, speaking of breaks don’t you have lunch with Rainbow?”
“Oh crap! I’m going to be late.” I shout looking at a nearby clock before running up the stairs and out of the library.
I met up with Rainbow at Some Sandwich Shop, no I’m not being rude that’s really what it was called, sat down with her and said, “I’m sorry I’m late. I lost track of time and...”
“You can teleport.” Rainbow pointed out.
“Sorry.” I say lowering my head.
“Don’t worry Seth. I’m just messing with you. Besides I’m sure many unicorns who could have probably forgotten at more important times.” She said with a chuckle.
“Yeah, you’re probably right.”
So, we got our food, her’s a HBLT, mine a hayburger. We split an order of fries.
While we were eating Pinkie saw us while bouncing by and popped up next to our table.
“Hey guys.” She chirped.
“Hey Pinkie.” We both responded.
“How are you two doing?”
“Good.” Rainbow said. “I’ve almost nailed the new trick I’ve been working on.”
“As for me I guess I’m good. Can’t say the same for Twilight though.” I mutter.
“What’s wrong with Twilight?” Pinkie asks with concern in her eyes.
“Oh, nothing’s wrong she just seems really stressed today.”
“Awww, poor Twilight. We should do something. *Gasp* Ooo, that’s a good idea! I’ll go get the others and we’ll met at the library later.”
She then rushes off leaving a cloud of dust where she was.
“Wait, did I miss something? What was her idea?” I ask.
Rainbow just shrugged.
“So, wait are Diamond Dogs really seen like this by the Equestrian populus? Huh, I guess my speech against Inferno was inaccurate.” I say to myself before I close the book and put it back under “E”.
Twi walks up from her lab as the front door bursts open and a pink blur rushes by me and stops right in front of Twilight.
“Hi Twilight!” Pinkie said.
“Oh, uhhh... Hey Pinkie Pie. Do you need something?” Twilight asked the energetic mare.
“Well you see Sethy here told me of how you’ve been working yourself rampant and how stressed you are so I thought to get all the girls and we’re going to have a big surprise slumber party for you. Oh, I almost forgot. Surprise!”
Twi was silent as the others walked though the door she then slowly started to smile and said, “You know what that actually sounds really fun and I have finally caught up with my work. So okay.”
“Great now I assume that you have to kick out Spike and I.” I said.
“What? I heard my name.” Spike said walking in from the kitchen.
“Why do we have to kick you out?” Rainbow asked.
“Well, this is a slumber party darling and you don’t know what these two could be thinking. You know six defenseless mares unconscious on the floor, where a big and strong stallion can take full advan...” Rarity said while sounding a little more excited with each word she said, but she then stopped when she noticed all of us staring at her. Rarity’s face then turned redder than any of Applejack’s barns.
Rainbow raised an eyebrow and said, “Well, Seth is the only Stallion here. Something that you want to tell me Rarity? Thinking about my boyfriend in your spare time?”
“Well, um... I uhhh...”
Rainbow then just started laughing and eventually the rest of us, even Rarity, joined in. Well, except for Pinkie and Spike who didn’t seem to understand what Rarity was talking about.
“So you’re going to be okay without me?” Rainbow asked me.
“Of course. I was going to ask the same thing to you.” I responded with a smirk.
“Why would I be? I mean you’re the one who’s been holding onto me every night even since I told you about Slendermare.”
Then the other started to chuckled a bit.
“W-Well shouldn’t a guy cuddle with his girlfriend? Besides the only reason that story freaked me out was because the next day Twilight sent me into the Everfree Forest to get some plants from Zecora, by myself, in the fog. You would be a little scared too.”
Rainbow just smirked and gave me a small nudge. We both then said our good byes. Which was basically us hugging, giving each other a nice long kiss and then a few seconds of us longingly looking into each other’s eyes. A nice sweet moment that was obviously not awkward at all for any of the five single mares in the room, and especially not with that whole thing Rarity said a few minutes ago.
So, Spike and I went to the cloud house, I of course cast the cloud walking spell on him.
“So where do I sleep? On the couch?” Spike asked.
“We have a guest room actually. Besides Tank normally sleeps on the couch and he does not give it up easy. Right Tank?”
Tank poked his head out his shell and slowly nodded.
“So what do you want to do?” Spike asked.
“Well, It’s up to you. We can play a board game, I have some comics we can read, I could teach you how to play Science: The Hunting.” I suggest.
“You play Science?”
“Oh shut up! Rainbow likes that about me and at the end of the day I’m the one with the hot athletic chick.”
“Wait girls like nerdy guys? Because being a bookworm hasn’t help Twilight with dating.”
“Wait Twilight’s dated before? That’s kinda hard for me to picture.”
“Well she hasn’t really. That's the point.”
We were silent for a few seconds before I said, “Do you want to see Rainbow’s Wonderbolts collection? There’s some funny and strange products they slapped there logo on in there.”
“Hmmmm.... Okay that sound like it could be fun.”
So, I wake up the next morning to make breakfast, but when I walked into the kitchen I saw a large light blue orb floating in the middle of it.
“What in all of Equestria is that thing?!” I shout.
“Huh, What are you...” Spike began to say before seeing what I was talking about.
Suddenly, the orb disappeared to be replaced by an orange mare with a mostly red mane with some pink streaks. I saw that her eyes were green and her cutie mark was of a sage’s staff, but there was one small detail about her that stood out. She was a bucking Alicorn!
“The hay?” I said.
“Who are? How are? Why are?” Spike babbled.
“Where are the Wielders of the Elements? I need there help!” The mare said.
“Uhhh... Who are you? What are you doing in my kitchen? And oh yeah, Why are you an Alicorn?” I asked her.
“You don’t know who I am?”
“No, do you know who I am?”
“No, but I know Spike there.”
“I don’t know you.” Spike said.
“But, It’s me, Princess Filia Solis. The daughter of Princess Celestia.”
Spike and I look and each other, then back at the mare and in unison shout, “Wait, what?!”
Chapter 2: The Daughter of the Sun
“What do you mean what?” asked Filia Solis.
“Well, this rases quite a few questions, but when we get to the library I assume that they would probably ask the same ones so we might as well just go to the library so you won’t have to repeat yourself.” I said.
“Good idea.” She says before her horn glows with a blue aura and the three of us teleport out of the cloud house.
Teleporting into the library, I somehow ended up a few feet off the ground and ended up landing on something.
“Oof” Came a familiar voice.
“Oh by Celestia! Rainbow! Are you okay? I’m so sorry!” I ask my favorite pegasus who was currently under me.
“I’m fine, but Seth.” Rainbow said.
“As much as I normally really enjoy having you on top of me, can you please get off?”
“Oh of course.”
After the two of us stood up we saw the others all around Princess Filia Solis, all with confused expressions.
“Who’s this?” Rainbow asks me.
“Princess Filia Solis. She teleported into our kitchen this morning looking for you gals. Oh yeah, she claims to be Princess Celestia’s daughter.” I respond.
“What?!” They all shout.
“Since when did Celestia have a daughter? Or a foal for that matter? I mean okay Celestia has been alive for thousands of years so it should come to no surprise, but then how come I never heard of you?” Twilight asks.
“Well, I’m not from this universe.” Filia said.
“Oh okay, that explains so much.” I say aloud. “You must be an oddity.”
“A what?” The Princess asks.
“Oddity, a term made by that bastard Inferno to described a being who exist in only one universe, like myself apparently. Okay maybe it’s not fare to assume that you don’t exist in all other universes, but you at least don’t exist in this one.”
“Oh. Now it makes sense why none of you recognized me.”
“Well I’m not understanding this whole fancy mutiverse talk, but I have to ask why are you here sugarcube?” Applejack asked the Princess.
“I came here for help.” She said before closing her eyes and continuing. “The Equestria of my universe has been taken over by a being known as Lord Drez. A half dragon, half gargoyle creature and the changeling queen, Chrysalis. They join forces and there combined armies of gargoyles and changelings just decimated us. The Princess, the royal guard, and even you six.”
“Wait why would they join forces?” Twi asked.
“Well. It’s rumored that those two are... um... you know.”
“Uh... but, how would they even do that?!”
“Well, Twilight I assume part A is put into part B and then they precede as needed.” I say with a smirk. Yet, now since I don't know what this Lord Drez looks like the only picture I got in my head was of Chrysalis wearing stockings and saying something like "I can be whatever you want." I'm going to have to bleach my brain to remove that image, but who knows maybe someponies would like stuff like that.
“ As I was saying, I was given the elements of harmony and I used a lot of magical energy to exit my universe to go to another one for help and this universe’s shield was apparently very weak for some reason.”
“Oh that’s because of my existence” I point out.
“Uh... what do you mean by that?”
“Okay I guess I have to tell my origin story. You see while Discord was free he got bored and with a snap of his fingers he created me. Said creation caused the shield around this universe to grow weaker. Don’t ask me how it just did according to Inferno.”
“Wait, you are a creation of Discord?!” She shouts with her horn glowing like she was ready to attack.
“Woah! Don’t you dare try to harm Seth!” Rainbow shouts flying in front of me shielding me with her own body. “Seth is not your enemy. He’s the sweetest stallion I ever met and I think we all trust him more than you.”
Her horn stopped glowing and she said, “Sorry, but still I need you help. Please, you’re my only hope.”
Then the seven of us got into a huddle like we were a bunch of hoofball players or something to discuses this.
“What do you all think of this?” Twilight asked.
“I say we gotta help. It may not be this Equestria, but it still needs saving.” Applejack said.
“Yeah! We can’t let some meany pants take over Equestria. That’s like super duper zuper bad.” Pinkie exclaimed.
“Ummm... I don’t know. Somepony can get hurt.” Fluttershy whispered.
“Fluttershy darling, I think ponies have already gotten hurt.” Rarity said.
“I don’t know. She was ready to attack Seth when he mentioned Discord so I don’t trust her.” Rainbow said in an angry tone.
“Well you kinda did the same thing when I first told you.” I point out.
“Please don’t bring that up.” Rainbow said lowering her head in shame.
I nuzzle up to her and said, “Oh I’m sorry that I did.”
“It’s okay.” She whispers before peaking me on the cheek.
We break the huddle and Twilight turns to the Princess and says, “Yes we will help you.”
So we all went back to our receptive homes to pack for the journey and met up back at the library. While Applejack and Rarity were auguring over the fact that Rarity had like five bags of clothes, makeup and whatnot, Princess Filia Solis pulled me aside to talk to me.
“So Seth was it?” She said.
“Yeah?” I respond.
“I’m really sorry about, you know, being ready to fight you.”
“It’s okay. You don’t know me personally. So, I’m not surprised that you didn’t trust me. I mean Ponyville has no problem with me. As for Canterlot there’s a mixed reaction, and a good number of Cloudsdale dislikes me, but that’s mostly for me and Rainbow being together. Speaking of which she’s the one you should be apologizing to.”
“So you two are together. I thought so on how she protected you.”
“Yeah, we’ve been a couple for about 8 months now and we have a very healthy relationship.” I then look at Rainbow and let out a sigh. “I love that mare so much. I mean that’s mostly why I’m coming with you gals. I don’t want her to get hurt. If anything harmed my Rainbow, oh they would pay.”
“I what way?”
“Well I know a spell that can rip rocks out of the ground. I would do that, but with a heart. Like I said, I love Rainbow Dash more than anything. She is my propose to life and if anything happened to her, I would not be responsible for what happens next. Inferno learned that the hard way.”
We went back to then group to hear them still arguing.
“Fine Rarity if y’all want to bring all that crap then you carry it all.” Applejack said.
“Very well then. Good to see we got to an agreement.” Rarity responded.
“Just don’t complain if your magic get tired.”
“Magic doesn’t work that way, but I shouldn’t be surprised that you wouldn’t know that.”
“What are you saying?” Applejack asked looking like she was ready to butt heads.
That’s when Twilight stepped in to stop this before it got ugly. “Okay everypony got everything? Good.”
We all gather around Princess Filia Solis as her horn started glowing. A blue ord came out of it and it grew large enough to surround all 8 of us. (Spike wasn’t coming because somepony had to take care of Fluttershy’s animals and Tank.) Then, the world around us seemed to have disappeared leaving a black void and when the other world started to clear up what we saw first was not the most pleasant sight.
Chapter 3: Dopple and Ganger
Graves. Dozens, if not hundreds of graves. Whether they be with a tombstone or just a wooden cross. Yeah not really a reinsuring sight.
Despite this we just followed The Princess. I looked at the names on the tombstones as we walked by. Most names I didn’t recognize, but one made me stop dead in my tracks, ‘Shining Armor’.
“Is something wrong Seth?” Twilight asked.
“Oh, uhhh... no nothing. Nothing at all.” I say trying to block the name out of her view.
“Okay then.” She said in a skeptical tone before trotting off.
I let out a sigh of relief thank Celestia I didn’t let her see that. I mean it may be an alternate Shining, but still I don’t know how Twilight would take it if she saw that her BBBFF was dead. Yet, if we actually succeed at this I’ll assume Twilight would like to talk to her counterpart, so I might just be delaying the inevitable. I trot to the princess and ask her, “So should we expect anything? Like you know an army or something?”
“Well that is worst case scenario. If we’re lucky we can get to the castle without any trouble.” She responded.
“Where are we anyways?” Rainbow asked.
“We seem to be not too far from Canterlot, but we’ll still have to trek up the mountain.” The princess responded.
“Wait can’t we just teleport there?” I ask her. “I mean both Twilight and I know how to, and you are obviously very talented with magic yourself due to your cutie mark and the fact you can preform interdimensional travel.”
“Wow, I can’t believe I never thought of that. Okay then let’s...” Filia began to say before being interupted.
“What’s is this that I see?” A first voice said.
“The Princess has returned, but what is this?” Said a second voice.
“The wielders of the Elements? Impossible!”
“Last time I cheeked they were statues in Aunt Chrissy’s throne room.”
The voices belonged to a pair of Changelings. They both seemed to be slightly taller than the average changeling. The first one was the normal black, but had purple torso and eyes. The other was completely white and with red eyes. So an albino changeling I guess.
“Who are these guys?” Applejack asked.
“There names are Dopple and Ganger.” Filia said.
Pinkie Pie giggles and then exclaims, “I get it!”
“Anyways, as I was saying, they are Chrysalis’s nephews and high ranking member of the changeling army.”
“So basically two of the worst guys to run into.” I say to get a nod from the Princess as a responded.
“Oh look at this one Dopple.” The white one, who I can only assume is Ganger, said.
“Indeed, I wouldn’t have to do much to look like him now won’t I?” Responded Dopple.
“Yes I know I look like some generic character that a 12 year old or Rob Liefoal would design. Just slap a pair of wings on me and call me Blood Kill.” I say in a sarcastic tone.
“Well it’s nice to met you Mr. Kill, but if you’re with these mare then we’ll have to destroy you too.” Ganger said.
I create one of those knives that has those teeth on one side, yeah this should show how much I know about weapons outside of how to use them. Then I say “Bring it on bug boy.” I smirk with confidence thinking that it’s 2 against 8, and they have no visible troops with them, but then both there horns glow with a green aura and instead of two of them there now was several copies of them. Well this will be slightly harder than I thought.
So we go in doing whatever we can against an army of changeling clones. And these doubles were weird they can physically harm you, I know I received a few punches in the face, but if you get a good hit on them, or in my case stabbing them, they disappear in a cloud of smoke. After switching out the knife for my favorite weapon the rapier and taking out three of four of them with it I got tackled to the ground, which knocked the wind out of me. Before I could react I saw what appeared to be one of them in the form of Rarity on top of my with one of its hooves on my horn.
“I always enjoy a little horn snapping.” It said, but thankfully before it was able to do so I was save by a blue blur that force it off of me.
“Nopony touches his horn, but me!” Rainbow shouts.
“Thanks beautiful.” I say getting up.
“No problem.” She said smiling.
We look to see that the changeling didn’t disappear, but instead it turned back from Rarity to Dopple. Putting two and two together I figure that this is the real one. He stands up and shouts, “Buck you! You bitch!”
Then he gets the biggest oh shit face I ever seen after I use my magic to grab him. I pull him closer and say. “You just sealed you fate.” I noticed the second voice I heard in my fight with Inferno, but this time I remember what I did. I snapped the horn off of his head, which made him screech in pain and made all his remaining copies disappear. “That’s for threatening to do that to me and now this is for calling Rainbow a bitch!” I then jab the broken horn into his throat. He makes a loud gargling sound as light blue blood streams down the horn from his neck. His eye roll into the back of his head an I let go of him. As you would guess he falls to the ground dead.
I notice what I assume to be the real Ganger flying away as the others defeat the last clone. I turn to see that most of them had disapproving eyes at what I’ve done.
Due to us being tired after fighting Dopple and Ganger we set up camp in an area surrounded by trees. That night at dinner we all sat around a campfire eating a soup Applejack and Fluttershy made, but it was awkwardly quiet.
I put down my spoon and say, “Okay I know what you’re all thinking. Yes, I killed Dopple and yes, I didn’t hesitate to do so, but really are you gals really going to judge me on that?” There was no response so I continued, “Look they are our enemy. You know who we have to fight to save Equestria. Do you honestly think we can do this without getting a little blood on our hooves? If given the chance they’d do the same to us. Besides not only did he insult Rainbow, but he was going to snap off my bucking horn! Thank Celestia Rainbow saved me. If that happened do you know how hard that would make my life if I couldn’t use magic?! And I don’t mean levitation or spawning weapons, oh no, I mean stuff like teleportation and the cloud walking spell. You know, the spells that let me live with Rainbow!” I lower my head feeling like I’m on the verge of tears when I feel Rainbow’s arms around me.
“It’s okay Seth. I’m not judging you.” She said.
“Agreed.” The Princess said. “Right now we are at war. And like he said we can not win this without a little bloodshed. Even if you views on killing may be different from his it is still inevitable. Besides didn’t you see those graves. They will not hesitate to kill you. So it’s rather you or them.”
They all looked at each other before nodding in agreement.
“We understand Princess, but we’ll try to avoid it as much as possible.” Twi said before turning to me. “Sorry for making you feel bad Seth. I guess we weren’t thinking about that.”
“It’s fine.” I say nuzzle Rainbow.
Later as Rainbow and I are lying on a cloud, Rainbow cuddles up to me and says, “You’re still thinking about the whole killing somepony situation are you?”
“Yeah, I am. Even thought they apologized I still feel guilty now because of how they looked at me. I mean You, The Princess and Pinkie where the only ones who didn’t care. I mean what if I killed Inferno then would have they done the same thing? despite you gals being my closest friends do you secretly fear me? Do you guys see me as a monster or some...” I was interupted by Rainbow planting a kiss on my lips.
She broke the kiss and said, “Seth that’s crazy. Of course we don’t. We care about you as much as you care about us. And you know I love you more than anything.”
“More than anything? Even the Wonderbolts?” I ask with a smirk.
“Sure that’s my dream, but that’s nothing compared to you.”
“So say if you had to chose between becoming a Wonderbolt or me, you’d chose me?”
Rainbow fell silent for a few seconds before answering with, “Yeah, I would.”
“I really mean that much to you?”
“If you don’t believe my than how about I show you just how much you mean to me.”
I let out a chuckle and ask, “What do you have in mind?”
Okay guys sorry that this took me a whole week to get out. I was suffering from some major writer’s block and I was kinda busy anyways. I’ll try to get the next one done sooner.
Also is it just me or does half of the dialgoue in this story seem to be questions?
Chapter 4: The Element of Loyalty and The Spawn of Disharmony
The Next Morning I wake up to find that Rainbow was not laying next to me. Weird, last time I checked we had our arms wrapped around each other and she was resting her head on my chest. I got to my hooves and cracked my neck before teleporting down to the ground. I quickly scan the area with my eyes. Not much to see. Just a burnt out campfire and Rarity’s oversized tent that was big enough to fit everypony else in it, which it did. Come to think of it Rarity’s the last pony I would expect to ever go camping, so it raises the question on why she would have a tent let alone one that big.
“Morning Seth.” I hear Applejack’s voice from behind me.
I turn to face her and say, “Good morning Applejack. How’d you sleep last night?”
“I think I slept on a rock. Betcha you slept well on that soft cloud of your’s.”
“Rainbow and I were a little too busy to get much sleep. If you know what I mean.” I say with a wink and a nudge. Applejack just snickered a bit. “Speaking of Rainbow have you seen her? She wasn’t there when I woke up.”
“Yeah, She and The Princess went to have a chat. Why you ask? Looking for some early morning fun?”
“No, but that’s not a bad idea.” I respond before casting the tracker spell to find them.
Following the directions my horn was giving me I find the two of them by a pond. I stand for a short distance, but they don’t seem to notice me.
“Rainbow I want to apologize.” The Princess said, “We kinda got off on the wrong hoof yesterday.”
“It’s fine.” Rainbow responded.
They sat there silently before The Princess said, “Seth does seem like he’s a very nice pony.”
“He is, but he’s more than that. He’s smart, fun, handsome, a little nerdy, but that’s okay with me, but most of all he makes me happy and we’re always there for each other when we need emotional support.”
“I’m a little curious. How did you two met? How did you end up together? Does the whole creation of Discord thing ever cause any problems?”
“Okay I guess I’ll tell you the story of Me and Seth. I was going to help Applejack with taking down an old barn, when I happen to find this black unicorn stallion sleeping in the middle of one of her fields. He woke up, introduced himself and apologized. Not much happened, but during the next few weeks we hung out a few times, and I’ll admit that back then I did think he was kinda cute, but I wanted to focus on joining the Wonderbolts before I dated anypony. So basically, Bolts before Colts. That was until this one time when I was really upset and nopony seemed to be there for me, except for Seth. He listened to my problems, comforted me, defended my side of the ordeal. That’s when I realized that I had some feelings for him, but I still tried to focus on the Wonderbolts and becoming a even better flier than I already was. I did show my affections in subtle ways, like throwing cake at him first at Twilight’s birthday and helping him get Spike’s gift for his. Then came the day he told us about his origins. The day that almost ruined our friendship, but yet made us realize how much we meant to each other.”
“What do you mean?”
“When he told us I didn’t take the news well. I made assumptions of him having bad intentions and lying to us, and then I slapped him in the face... I still regret doing that when ever I think of it.” Rainbow now looked like she was on the verge of tears, but quickly regained her composer before she continued. “After I did that I flew out of the room and ended up running into Princess Celestia, we were at the castle at the time. Anyways she told me that she didn’t have him arrested because she was able to see the good in him, along from the fact he told her how much we meant to him, especially me. I went back to tell him I was sorry, but he teleported away. During the time he was missing I fell into a bit of a depression. It’s not the best time to realize you love somepony when you think that they hate you.”
I reflected at that statement because it was the same for me. While I was in that cave I felt awful because I too realized that my feelings for Rainbow were bigger than I small crush, yet I thought that she hated me and saw me as a monster. It really made her seem like an unobtainable goal. I listened as she carried on with the story.
“Then one day they found him and brought him back so we could make up. We were lift alone in the library and I apologized for the whole ordeal, but he told me that he wasn’t mad at me. I asked him why and then he said the five words I wanted to hear. I love you Rainbow Dash. At that moment I forgot about my whole Wonderbolts first oath and told him that I loved him too. Ever since that day I think the two of us have just been getting closer and closer together. Hell, now I couldn’t imagine my life without him. In fact last night he jokingly asked me if I’d leave him if it was the only way for me to join the Wonderbolts. Granted that’s pretty unrealistic, but I still told him that I’d chose him and I meant it. That’s how important he is to me. I’d chose to be with Seth over my lifelong dream.”
“Yeah, I guess love changes a mare, huh?”
“It shows. I mean no offence, but with everything you just said you seem to be a little more mature than the Rainbow Dash of this universe.”
“Why would I take offence to that? I mean I think you’re right. I think I have grown up a bit since meting Seth, but this doesn’t mean I’ve gone soft okay? Seth may be a complete sapball, but...”
At this point I shuck up on Rainbow and quickly wrapped my arms around her. She jumped in surprise and I ask with a smirk, “Oh who’s the sapball now?”
“It’s still you.” She responded sticking out her tongue.
We turn towards the direction the sound came from where we saw smoke and birds flocking away from there.
“That can’t be good.” The Princess said.
Chapter 5: An Old Enemy
We rush back to camp to find that everything was fine.
“The hell?” I say aloud.
“Oh you’re probably wondering about that explosion right?” Pinkie asked hopping in front of us.
“Uhh... Yeah.” Rainbow responded.
“You see Fluttershy was going to make pancakes for breakfast and I tried to help, but I wasn’t paying attention and I confused my party cannon for a mixing bowl again.”
“I want to ask so many questions about that explanation, but it’s you Pinkie so I really don’t have to.” I said.
“Well, at least we weren’t being ambushed.” The Princess said.
Right on cue in a case of dramatic irony, a rather small gargoyle landed right in the middle of our camp. It was probably only about 3 ½ feet tall. It was red, bald and wearing a breastplate. It made this horrible loud screech that made us all cover our ears. Then, out of nowhere serval more dropped out of the sky. Great.
Well, I must say gargoyles are much harder to fight than Dopple and Ganger, yet with them most of them were clones that vanished with a good hit. These are physical beings who are stronger and due to being bipedal creatures they’re more nimble. Plus they can fly and some can breath fire. So it takes much more than being punched in the face to defeat.
Oh yeah the stone gargoyle that was with them. Boy was he annoying. After I sliced the throat of one of his friends it grabbed me and lifted me up. I was able to think fast and swapped out a knife for a hammer and smashed it against his head, which shattered, but guess what, despite being head less it sill seemed to be alive. I was then thrown at a tree, but before impact I teleported back to right in front of him. I hit him in the chest with the hammer with crumbled to reveal a red gem that was giving off a glow. So I figure that this was some magically charged stone and what must be responsible for it being basically a living statue. So I wrapped my magic around the gem and ripped it out of the chest. The headless stone gargoyle then fell over back words landing on two unsuspecting regular gargoyles crushing them to death.
Suddenly I felt this metal collar wrap around my neck and then I was yanked out of the battlefield/camp sight and dragged across the ground by a chain. I tried teleporting, but my magic just got canceled out somehow and I couldn’t remove the collar.
After being dragged about fifty feet or so and stopped coughing from being practical strangled from all that, I look up to see the chain link being held by another stone gargoyle that looked exactly the same as the other one. Who just looked like what you’d expect, a gargoyle made of stone. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
To the right of me was a wooden prisoner’s cart that was being pulled by four changelings.
“Well it’s good to see you again Setali.” A familial voice called.
Then a tall figure stepped out of the shadows. He was a gargoyle as well. He was orange and had long black hair. He didn’t have wings and was wearing what looked like a straight jacket that had the sleeves torn off and a metal mask that covered his whole face except a pair of light green eyes that were full of hatred. “Remember me Mr. Disarmonia?” He asked.
“I-In-Inferno?!” I responded.
“How in the hay are you here? Last time I checked Princess Celestia had you thrown into Tartarus.”
“Oh she did. As to why I’m here... I wish I had a good explanation to that. I kinda just woke up in this universe yesterday. My best guess was because of that daughter of Celestia doing some universe hopping it made a gate way between the two universes and since I was trapped in the space between all realms for 1,300 years I must have some connection to them and was dragged along.”
I just looked at him confused.
“Okay I know it doesn’t make much sense, but that’s the best theory I could come up with. I mean most likely I’m far off, but for whatever reason why I fallowed you to this universe and I’m going to assist in you demise.”
I was then hit in the back of the head by the stone gargoyle and I fell to the ground before everything faded to black.
Okay I feel that I must applogize for the fact that a short chapter took almost a week to get out. I'm still having some writer's block right now. Also this may become the norm for time between chapters because school just started for me, so that might get in the way a bit. If season three comes on and I'm still working on this just bare with me.
Chapter 6: Captured
I open my eyes to see that I’m in what appears to be the throne room of Canterlot Castle. I walk through the empty room and call out, “Uh... Hello! Is anypony here?”
Suddenly, six statues appear in front of me. They were of my friends. I walk up to them an the one of Rainbow blinked. I jump back in surprise.
It stares at me with soulless eyes and says, “Why didn’t you protect me Seth? I thought you said you loved me! But that was obviously a lie because you failed me! You failed all of us!”
I try to respond to this by saying that I can tell that this is all a dream, but when I did no sound came out. While trying to speak the other statues came to life and started to chant “You failed us” over and over again. It was getting kind of annoying and I wanted to tell them to shut up, but I would of been no use.
My eyes then slowly open and I set up to observe my surroundings. I was now in that wooden prisoner cart. Which was dark due to the only light that was there was coming from a small barred window on the door. I put my hoof on my neck to feel the metal collar still around my neck, yet the chain was gone.
“Are you awake Seth?” asks The Princesses voice.
“Yeah. Wait, you got captured too? Are any of the others here?”
“Yeah, they got one of those anti-magic collars on me too, and a metal band pinning my wings to my body. And no. Thankfully the others grabbed the Elements and got away before this wingless gargoyle wearing a mask captured me.”
“That was Inferno, he’s from my universe and there’s some bad blood between us.”
“Care to explain? I mean I heard you mention him one or twice.”
“Okay 1,300 years ago the griffins and gargoyles were at war and Inferno, who was the leader of the gargoyle nation said, “Hey, you know what? I want to take Equestria too!” So in an ill conceived plan to psych Celestia and Luna out, he came to Equestria and killed the royal guard captain, who happened to be Celestia’s lover. She got pissed and they used the Elements of Harmony on him. When they did he was sent to this space between the mutiverse where he was trapped. Until Discord thought, “Hey why don’t I create a male unicorn?” and snapped his fingers creating me. And since the mutiverse acts in weird ways apparently, said creation caused the shield ,that all universes apparently have, around the universe that we both happened to be from to weaken. While it was doing this he decided to contact me in my dreams because lets face it he’s obviously not the brightest guy. When he did I contacted Princess Celestia about it, when she explained to me who he was. I then went to Canterlot to learn some combat magic so I could fight him when he came back. When he did, well I’ll be honest at first he totally kicked my flank. I mean I was on the ground, unable to get up, with some cracked ribs and also bleeding. Then he made the biggest mistake he could of made. He insulted Rainbow. Which you can probably guess is a soft spot for me. So then I became, as Pinkie Pie puts it, Super-Mega-Powerful-Mary Sue-Seth and you can see what he looks like now.”
“You did that to him?!”
“Hey nopony insults my girl. If you recall I killed Dopple for the same reason.”
It was silent for a second before she asked, “You said he killed a lover of that universe’s version of my mother, who was a royal guard captain. Do you know what his name was?”
“Yeah, his name was Claymore, in fact I met him once via time travel. Why do you ask?”
“That was my father’s name.”
I was about to respond, but we came to a stop and the door opened revealing the gargoyle we were talking about with two stone gargoyles holding spears.
“Okay you two chop-chop Drez and Chrysalis will be glad to see you. Or at least Filia here.” Said Inferno.
We were then escorted by spear point to what used to be the royal sister’s throne room. On the way there I said aloud, “So Inferno how have you hit rock bottom.”
“What are you saying?” He responded.
“I’m saying that you the former leader of the gargoyle nation now just a lackey for someone else, who actually succeeded at taking over Equestria. Yet, it’s best to assume that he must be smarter than you. I mean what idiot would show up at the castle and tell the princesses “Hey, I’m planing on attacking you.”? How you got power in the first place is beyond me. Let me guess you used that we want equality bull crap you told me.”
“Shut up or I’ll rip you throat out!” he shouted turning towards me.
“Oh like I did with your wings, three of your fingers and your ear?” Man, I’m ballsy today.
Inferno turned around and didn’t say anything until we reached the throne room. “My Lord and Queen, I’ve captured Princess Filia Solis and Dopple’s murderer, Setali Depongono le Uova di Disarmonia or if you prefer you can refer to him as Seth.” Inferno then snapped his fingers and disappeared in a cloud of smoke.
We were made to walk up to two thrones. As we were I notice several familiar faces that were now in stone form. In order there was Twilight, Applejack, Pinkie, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow and Princess Luna. Something occurred to me that I asked to Princess Filia.
“Why isn’t there a statue of Celestia?”
“My mom is strapped to this machine that makes her move the sun and moon, but prevents all other magic. Kinda like these purple gems on these collars. You can’t use spells and others can’t use a tracking spell to find you.”
“That explains why day and night have been transitioning normally. And why the others haven’t saved us yet.” Keeping one of the Princesses so you won’t be trapped in internal day or night. They thought this out so I’ll give them that. Now that I said internal day now I wonder if there’s a universe where the Nightmare Moon incident happened to Celestia instead of Luna? I can’t think of that now.
We stop in front of the thrones. One contained the Changeling Queen, who I was familiar with in my universe because I hit that Chrysalis in the face with a brick. Hey have you ever hit a Queen with a brick? It becomes a highlight of your life. I mean who else can say that?
Back on track the other one was setting a very large, my guess about 8 feet tall, reptilian creature. It had silver scales that reflected in the sunlight like they were made of metal. It’s body was mostly gargoyle-like, but the face resembled a dragon more. Especially the shape of his orange-red eyes. I also saw a scar along his neck. So it was best to assume that this was Lord Drez.
I have to say now that I know what he looks like the idea of these two rutting is even more disturbing.
Chrysalis started laughing, “Ah Princess, so good to see you again. So you got outmatched by that broken gargoyle huh?”
“Burn in Tartarus!” Filia responded.
“Oh temper, temper. Did those anger management classes your mother put you through teach you anything?”
“How do you know about that?!” Filia asked with a blush.
“I read parts of Celestia’s diary. Very long, but there’s some very interesting stuff in there.” She turns to me and says, “So you are the one who killed my nephew.”
“I my defense he threatened to snap my horn and called my girlfriend a bitch.”
“Ah yes, this girlfriend of your’s. I can sense your love for her. So pure, so sweet, so delicious. As much as I hate to pass up a good meal, I will not tolerate the killing of my family.”
She leans over to Drez and whispers something in his ear. Drez shakes his head and Chrysalis says, “Very well. You Filia shall become part of our collection.” She motions her hoof towards the statues. “And you Seth will be hung at the gallows tomorrow afternoon.”
After she finished the two of us were sent in different directions. I was put into a cell for holding until tomorrow. Ever since she said it many questions flouted in my mind. Is this it? Am I going to be executed tomorrow? And is “Yeah, whatever.” really going to be the last thing I ever said to Rainbow? And what about my friends? What if they fail? Sure they’d be upset if I was dead, but if they fail at taking down those two, they’ll probably be made into statues or killed too. And they all have families back home, granted I never met anypony from Rainbow’s, Pinkie’s or Fluttershy’s, but still how would any of them take it? If that happened, would it be my fault? Was my dream right? Did I fail them?
Chapter 7: Hello My Name is Ganger the Changeling. You Killed My Brother. Now Prepare to Die!
After a while I ended up falling asleep, but not for long.
I felt something patting me on the cheek and a voice saying, “Hey! Hey! Wake up!” My eyes slowly open to see a white face and a pair of red eyes.
“Huh?” I respond looking to my sides to see two similar white figures holding me up by my arms. Even though I was in a sleepy daze I could still tell that this was Ganger and two of his clones. I can also put together that we’re probably outside due to a gentle breeze, the sound of crickets chirping and the feeling of grass under my hooves. Not sure were outside though, it’s too dark to see that much.
“Good to see you’re awake.” Ganger said with a cocky smile before bringing his arm back and bringing it back forward, punching me in the gut. I start coughing out the air in my lungs. Ganger chuckles and delivers another blow, this one to my face.
I look at him right in the eyes and say, “So what? Are you just going to rough me up before I’m executed?”
“Oh no. If you recall you killed my twin brother, so after I’m through with you, well, Let’s just say your not going to make it to that noose.” He puts one hoof one my shoulder and the other on my horn. “Now to return the favor.”
Not wanting to be a victim of karma I quickly bring up one of my back legs forward and nail him right in the bug boingloins. His eyes shrink and he falls to the ground clenching that general area. Strangely this also made his clones vanish. I wonder if that also works on unicorns, but I don’t want to be the test subject.
While he was down I got on him, (Don’t take that the wrong way), and laid as many hits as I could before being shoved off.
“You’ll pay for that you bastard.” He said while pulling a knife out off Celestia knows where and jabbing it at me. I try to avoid it, but it still scratches my cheek. Not a bid deal obviously. I rush at him, spin myself around by 180 degrees, kick my back legs up and both back hooves connect to his face. Applejack would be proud.
His body rolls for a few feet, but he gets up really quickly and says, “Buck it! I’m not playing fair anymore!”
“How were you being fair before?” Seriously, I can’t use magic because of this Celestia damned collar, I have no weapons and no training in hoof-to-hoof combat. Yeah I know that Rainbow’s a black belt in karate and she has offered to teach me, but I didn’t take up the offer because I figured that I could defend myself with my magic. Yeah that’s biting me in the flank now, kinda. Well I’m actually not doing too bad now.
Ganger lunges at me, pinning me to the ground. He bares his fangs and thrust his head down to bite. I instinctively bring up one of my arms to protect myself. Of course he digs his teeth into it.
I wince in pain as I try to kick him off. I’m able to get my back legs on his torso and kick forward to shove him off of me, removing his fangs from my arm.
We both stand up and he jabs his horn towards my throat. I don’t have enough time to react and I’m about to accept my fate when...
You’re not going to believe this, but he missed all the open area of my neck and he gets his horn stuck in the gem on the collar. He tries to pull his horn out and...
Ganger falls backwards with a piece of the collar still stuck on his horn as the rest falls off of my neck. I feel a small serge of magical energy come back to me and I use this opportunity to escape. I first cast the tracker spell to find out where Rainbow is and then I teleport there.
I appear somewhere I didn’t recognize. Seemed to be a cave or something. I find Rainbow asleep on something and I see that she was holding my saddlebags in her arms. I could help, but smile at her cuteness and lay down next to her, falling back asleep.
Chapter 8: Reunited
I once again wake up, this time to see that I was on a mattress and my arm that got bitten was now bandaged up. There was a band aid on my cheek as well.
I heard two pairs of hooves land nearby. I turn my head to see the most awesome and beautiful mare in the world. Do I really have to say who it is?
The next thing I knew she pinned me to the ground and was forcing her tongue into my mouth. Not like I’m not used to it by now. Hell, by how her tackling me is just her way of saying “I really missed you.”
When we broke the kiss I saw that some how she was the one now with her back on the mattress, not sure how that happened with me noticing. Her face was also plastered with a cute little smile and an even cuter blush. What can I say? Rainbow is just so adorable.
“Oh, a-am I interrupting you two? I’m sorry. I-I-I’ll come back later.” said the voice of Fluttershy.
We both got up with most likely a huge blush on both of our faces. I cleared my throat and said, “Uh no. We were just... umm... saying hello to each other.”
“Yeah.” Rainbow added. “Besides I haven’t had breakfast yet. So I’m too hungry for sex.”
I raise an eyebrow, “You? I didn’t have anything to eat yesterday.”
“Then it’s off to the dining hall then.”
We walk as Rainbow and Fluttershy explained to me where the hell were we. So after they escaped, they fond this resistance against Drez and Chrysalis. This was their secret base that they made out of and old diamond dog mine. As we were walking through I saw a few members of this resistance. They were mostly ponies, but I also saw a couple zebras, griffins and even a minotaur.
We got to a large area that was being used as the dining hall. I see several long tables with many ponies and other creatures eating at them. I also noticed that Pinkie was at one with three earth ponies and two pegasi. We walk towards her and here her conversation with them.
“Wait, wait, wait. It gets better. When the patient woke up his skeleton was missing and the doctor was never heard from again!” Pinkie said as they all started laughing. “Anyways that’s how I lost my medical licence.” Pinkie looks at us and lets out a loud gasp before shouting, “Sethy, you’re awake! So what happened to the princess? How did you escape? How did you find us? Ooh, I should throw a Sethy-is-back-and-he-can-once-again-help-us-to-stop-those-mean-meany-pantses-with-our-new-friends-party!”
“Uhh... Pinkie I think it’s best to save the parties till after we free Equestria.” I say to her.
“Oh, Okie dokie lokie. Can you answer my questions though. I really want to know. Did you use ninja skills? Spy stuff? Brute force? A spatula?”
“Let me eat first. Then I’ll explain everything.”
So after a finished a bowl of cereal I delivered on my promise. I sat down with Rainbow on one side of me, and Fluttershy on the other. Pinkie, Applejack and Rarity sat across from us. I don’t know were Twilight was at the time. Also the ponies siting with Pinkie earlier also wanted to hear it. I feel like I have to point this out but one of the pegasi there happened to be Light Arrow, who in my universe I met a few hours before Shining’s bachelor party.
So I basically explained everything. Princess Filia and I being brought to Chrysalis and Drez, her being sentenced to becoming a statue, me being sentienced to death (Rainbow got wide-eyed when I said that.), Ganger wanting to get his revenge personally, our fight, my luck when he broke the anti-magic collar off of me, and me escaping by tracking where Rainbow was.
“So any questions?” I ask them.
“Yeah.” said Light, “You mentioned a gargoyle with a metal mask named Inferno. Any more detail on him?”
So now I told them about Inferno. His defeat from Celestia and Luna, being trapped for 1,300 years, contacting me in my dreams and finally a detailed description of my fight with him when her returned at the royal wedding. When I finished I noticed that my audience has doubled. There where three more pegasi, another earth pony, three unicorns, two griffins and a zebra added to the crowd. Not only that, but they all looked like they were impressed.
“Hey!” Called a female voice. Now out of the mix of species here this is what I least expected to see. A changeling. She was black like most other changelings, was about the same height as Dopple and Ganger and had short lime green hair with matching eyes. She looked at everypony, griffin and zebra, and said, “Captain Wall would like to see the other Element wielders and someone named Seth.”
The six of us got up and followed the changeling mare. Wait is mare even the correct term for a female changeling? I may have to ask her about that. Anyways on the way to wherever she was taking us she said her name was Copy Cat. As you would expect Pinkie went on this long rant on why is her name that when she’s not an actual cat, but I tuned it out.
We entered a room where we saw Twilight talking to a grey unicorn stallion, who I recognized as Steel, who I met at the same time as Light Arrow. Huh, I realize that I now know his full name is Steel Wall.
“Hello everypony.” He said. “Twilight and I have been discussing the plan for the attack in a few days. As you would expect our troops will be fighting theirs, as you mares will be striking down Drez and Chrysalis with the Elements of Harmony. Yet Twilight here came up with an idea so you can us them with a smaller chance of them avoiding the blast. The idea is to have somepony else distract them while Copy Cat cast a spell to have you girls be invisible.”
“Well if we’re invisible than why do we need a distraction?” Applejack asked.
“While an invisibility spell will cover all of you, if won’t hide the element’s blast.” explained Copy Cat.
“Exactly.” said Steel, “We don’t want to take any chances. So now we need to find the distracter.”
I raise my hoof and say, “I volunteer.”
My friends all look at me in shock. Rainbow even flies up to me and goes, “Oh no! I’m not going to lose you again!”
“What do you mean?” I ask.
“Yesterday when you got captured I was so worried about you. I didn’t know what was going to happen to you and a few minutes ago you said that you were going to be killed. I don’t want to risk that.”
I wrap my arms around her and go, “Rainbow don’t worry. I’ll be fine. If any of my past fights have proven anything it’s that I seem to have good luck in those situations. Besides do you really think I’ll let an oversized cockroach and a flying lizard take me away from the mare I love?” I was now nuzzling her at this point.
Rainbow just sighed and said, “Alright, but if you get hurt in any way I’ll have the right to say I told you so.”
I chuckled a said, “Deal.”
Chapter 9: Copy Cat
Two days pasted as the troops prepared for the battle. During that time I’ve done what I can with my preparations. Thought I must tell you about yesterday. It was quite interesting.
I woke up to see a face that I certainly wasn’t expecting, because instead of the adorable face of my favorite pegasus, I woke up to see Copy Cat next to me.
She makes a sly smile and says, “Morning stud. You where amazing last night.”
I scream and fall off the mattress. After I hit the ground I hear the laughs of both Copy Cat and Rainbow. I stand up and see Rainbow smirking at me.
“Didn’t I tell you he would fall for that?” She asked Copy Cat.
“Yeah, but I say that the screaming was unnecessary. Now I feel unattractive thanks to Seth.” She responded.
“Uhhh...” Is all I respond with.
Rainbow puts her arm around my shoulders, messes up my mane a bit and says, “Don’t worry Seth. If you can tell by now we were just pranking you.”
“Yeah I got it. Still you gals almost gave me a heart attack. I mean if I ever cheated on you... I would never be able to forgive myself.”
“Well I know that’s not going to happen. Besides if you did you would never find another mare as awesome as me.” She started resting her head against mine.
A little later that day I ran into Copy Cat again. I apologized from my reaction, but she said that she was kidding when she said I made her feel unattractive. The conversation eventually shifted to the attack and how she is going to help us.
“You now before coming to this universe, I never really knew that changelings could preform such spells like invisibility and creating clones of oneself.” I tell her.
“Well, technically most changelings don’t learn any spell other than levitation. And the ones that do don't learn many. I like to think of myself as an exception, but I don't want to brag.”
“Doesn’t the whole changing thing count as a spell?”
“No, It’s a natural ability.”
“Oh okay. So I’ve been wondering why are you with this resistance anyways?”
“Do you mind hearing my life story?”
“Females are rare when it comes to Changelings. Like I think it’s like 1 out of every 250 or something like that. So all we’re really used for is breeding. Even the Queen. So yeah if those rumors are true, I feel bad for Drez because he’s not getting sloppy seconds. It’s more like sloppy one-thousand, two-hundred and eighty fifths. Anyways I didn’t want that to be my whole life so I escaped from the hive and made my way to Equestria. For years I disguised myself as a unicorn mare named Violet Charm. I found work in Canterlot, learned some magic, and one day I met Steel.” She began to blush.
“Wait, wait, wait. You and Steel?” I ask.
“Yeah, In fact the two of us have been married for almost three years now.”
“So when did her find out about the whole changeling thing?”
“It was sometime after Shining and Cadence’s wedding that I told him. He was really angry at first. I didn’t blame him. How would you react if it turned out that Rainbow Dash was lying about who she was to you for years?”
I didn’t say anything, but I realized how similar it was to my story.
“Eventually he said that he didn’t care that I was a changeling because in the end I’m still the mare that he fell in love with. It did take him awhile to call me Cat instead of Violet. I mean everyone else got used to it quicker than him.”
We both chuckled a bit before we went our separate ways.
So, now it’s the day of the attack. The troops are heading to the castle, and my friends, Copy Cat and I are getting ready to teleport into the throne room. This may be a cliche thing to say, but it’s all or nothing. Those two are going down via power of friendship. Let the battle begin.
Chapter 10: I’m a Detraction
With a flash of light the 8 of us appeared in the throne room, but to the changeling queen in said throne room, (shockingly she didn’t have any guard with her. I don’t see how that was bright at all), it appeared to be just me.
“Hi Chrissy.” I say while tauntingly waving at her.
She shoots a magical blast, but I put a shield up, causing it to bounce off the shield and hit the floor. Chrysalis then rushes at me horn out and I just teleport behind her.
“Really running head first? That’s the best plan you can come up with.
She grits her teeth as her horn starts to glow with a green aura. Then she shoots another beam at me. Once again I put up a shield, this time the blast bounces up at the ceiling. She then bombards my shield with blast after blast, looking more and more pissed with each one. I see a crack that was about 8 inches long in the bubble shield, but I did what I could to keep it up. Then something unexpected happened. Since most of the blasts bounced towards the ceiling a bunch of debris came down on my shield, destroying it.
She smiles and, well you can probably guess what she did now, she shoot another beam. Huh, I guess Copy Cat was telling the truth about changelings not learning many spells. Yet, I figured that out of all of them, the Queen would have a few more tricks than that.
Back on track, unlike the other magical beams from before this was a continuous one. I shoot one back at her and they collided. Almost instantly her’s overpowered mine and the blast was pushed up to about a foot away from my head.
Chrysalis smirks and asks, “Are you really foalish enough think that you can defeat me by yourself? I outmatched Celestia. What chance do you have?”
“Well back home I did hit your counterpart in the face with a brick.” I said.
“Oh, nothing I’m just talking crazy, but to answer you question, no I’m not foalish enough to think that, and I do have an ace up my sleeve.”
“What are you...” She began to say before the good old rainbow of friendship came down at her. She let out a loud screech as a blinding light filled the room.
When it cleared I saw that Chrysalis was now about the size of a rhinoceros beetle.
She look around and shouted,“What have you done to me!”, In a small and squeaky voice. She covers her mouth as a large blush fills her face.
I along with Rainbow, Pinkie, Applejack and Copy Cat, (Who now visible with the other three as well) started laughing at her new voice.
“Okay enough with the laughter we need to subdue her.” Twilight said.
“Woah there Twi.” Rainbow said. “I didn’t know you were into bugs, or mares.”
“I said subdue, not seduce!” She responded with probably the reddest face I’ve ever seen on anypony.
Rainbow fell onto her back laughing even louder.
During this time Pinkie some how got the Queen into a glass jar that all ready had air holes in the lid. Pinkie smiles and says, “I guess we...” She pulls a pair of sunglasses out of nowhere and puts them on, “put the lid on her.”
We all look around in confusion and it was Rarity who asked what we were all thinking.
“What in all the land of Equestria was that?”
Nopony had an answer so it was dismissed as Pinkie Pie being Pinkie Pie.
“So does anypony know where this Lord Drez guy will be?” Applejack brought up.
“Oh I’m sure he’s around.” Said a voice I was oh too familiar with. We all turned to see a certain orange gargoyle leaning up against the wall. “Hi everyone, I’m refusing to say that word you damn racist ponies came up with, I’m here to remind you all that I’m here for some reason and point out Setali’s hypocrisy.”
“One what do you mean by my hypocrisy and two can you please stop calling me Setali? I don’t care for it.” I ask.
“Well if it bothers you then nope. And what I mean is I was punished for killing some griffins and a pony, while you in the past few days have killed some gargoyles and a changeling. And yet I’m considered the bad guy. Let’s face it Setali, in the end you are no different from me.”
I was about to respond, but I just couldn’t. Was he right? I mean yeah this past week I’ve murdered a changeling, four regular gargoyles and a stone gargoyle. Am I no different from him.
“Hey!” Rainbow shouted, “Don’t you dare slander the name of my stallion like that! He’s the kindest most wonderful guy I’ve ever met and he only killed those guys is because he had to.”
“You’re saying that like you know everything about him. You don’t. I’ve seen what he really is. That thing that’s been fucking you these past few months doesn’t deserve to be called a pony!” He shouted with his finger pointing a me. “He caused the teeth that I swallowed! The wings that were ripped from my back! A face that no longer exists! Deep inside Setali you are a mirror image of all my atrocities!” Inferno puts his arm down and falls silent for a few seconds.
“This all ends now my friend, I guarantee it.” He snaps his figures and with a could for smoke he and I disappeared.
Chapter 11: Manticores and Gargoyles and Alicorns, Oh My!
We reappeared in what appeared to be some sort of an arena. I see that I’m standing on a battlefield that had a ten foot wall around it. After the wall was a set of bleachers were Inferno was sitting. At the very end of the rows of seats was a rack that had a pony strapped to in. Not just anypony, it was Princess Celestia and she looked awful. Her snow white coat was stained with dirt and grime, her flowing mane and tail were now limp and lifeless and her eyes were like dark voids. Like she was now staring into nothingness. There was also a metal rod covering her horn. So it’s best to assume that this is what Filia Solis was talking about when she explained why the sun and moon were still moving normally.
“Welcome to the old Canterlot Arena.” Inferno exclaimed. “Before for Celestia and Luna came to power, hell even before Discord’s reign, this was build where Equestria’s criminals were sent to fight to the death for the citizen’s entertainment. Sadly the princesses thought it was inponmane.” Inferno lets out an sigh and mumbles, “By Lord Blaze some of your vocabulary is stupid. Anyways they didn’t like it so they covered up that it ever existed by casting a spell to bury it underground. I must say it held up pretty well for being underground for thousands of years. Of course now Tia here has been using it. She’s been forced to watch as ponies have been forced to fight for their lives. Even that skull over to your left belonged to her nephew Prince Blueblood. I’ll tell you he was terrible. The Manticore killed him in like two seconds, but really is anyone even that upset? It’s Blueblood.”
I didn’t have an answer to that because I haven’t me him in my universe, but I recall Rarity telling me how poorly he treated her at the Grand Galloping Gala. Yet, on thing stuck in my mind. “Did you say Manticore?”
Inferno snapped his figures and the sound of a gate opening squeaked throughout the arena followed by a loud roar. I turn around to see a full grown manticore staring me down, licking it’s lips. It trashed around its long red scorpion tail. The tail’s tip was stained black with dried blood. The large bat-like wings were pinned down with a metal band.
The Manticore got ready to pounce and I put a shield up to think of what to do. As the Manticore was bombarding my shield with scratches with it’s claws and jabs with it’s stinger a very obvious thought occurred to me. I can teleport, so I don’t really have to fight this beast. As my shield finally broke I teleported away and reappeared behind Inferno and bucked him in the back of the head, which sent him rolling down a couple rows of seats and knocked his metal mask off, revealing what now was his face. It was horrible. Almost every inch of it was scared, in some places (his right check, forehead and right side of his chin) had whole chunks off shin gone revealing bone, or in the case with his cheek his sharp teeth.
“Yes Setali get a good long look at what you done to me when you became the monster you really are.” Inferno said. “Or do you want to see where my wings were. Remember the other day you bragged about doing that.”
“Hey you bragged that you killed Claymore.” I point out.
“Oh so true.” Inferno said before he snapped his figures and teleported.
He reappeared right in front of me and scrapes the side of my face with his claws. He jumps back and teleports again. I was able to put up a shield just as he reapeared. His claws scrape the side of the shield trailing sparks behind them. I then teleport out of the shield reappearing behind him a shoot a energy beam, knocking him down. I try to capitalize on this by running up to him with a magically spawned war hammer. Before I could hit him with it.
He rolled onto his back and punched me right in the nose, which actually sends me back a few feet. I feel blood dripping down from my nose, but I ignored it a ran at him again. When I got near him he snapped his fingers again.
We both reappeared serveral feet above the ground. I try to teleport, but Inferno then punches me in the gut. I cough and return a blow to his face. So the two of us were in a free fall exchanging blows to each other. We see that we're about to hit the ground so we each teleport before we do so. We reappear on the ground across from each other, the momentum of the fall making both or us slide a way from each other.
I quickly spawn a tomahawk and blindly throw it at him. The next thing I now I hear him scream in pain. I look over to his direction to see that the tomahawk took off his left hand. Inferno fell to his knees and clenched his left wrist with his three-fingered right hand, blood pouring onto the ground.
There was some thing about his right hand I noticed right there. It didn’t have a thumb. So now he can’t snap his figures to teleport.
He looks at me with hatred filled eyes and asks, “So Mr. Disarmonia any more body parts you want to take away from me?”
I look back at him and I shout, “Shut up! Just shut up! I know you’re just trying to play mind games with me, but I know that Rainbow was right. I’m not anything like you. Okay yes during the time I’ve been here I’ve killed a few guys who were probably trying to kill us. So I ignored my morals to protect my friends. And trust me I’m not ready to die yet. I have many great friends, a girlfriend who I’m head over hooves in love with, I’ve travel though time and space with a guy called The Doctor, who is apparently an alien known as a “time lord”, right now I’m in a different universe from my own, I’ve received training from a Royal Guard Captain, held my own against the Queen of the Changeling and beat your sorry flank twice, including now. All this and I’m not even a year old yet. So I can’t wait to see how the rest of my life goes.” I pick him up with my magic and say, “unfortunately for you, your life is going to end.”
I then throw him in the pit with the Manticore. Inferno gets to his feet only for said Manticore to jab it’s stinger right through his chest. I watched as Inferno’s arms slowly went limp and his eyes rolled in the back of his head. The body slid off the tail and fell to the ground. Not long after the now dead gargoyle started to be devoured by the beast.
I turn my attention to Princess Celestia and I bash her bonds with an axe until they brake. I gently levitate her down and she says in a week, barely audible voice, “There are prisoners. Behind the gate. Please help them.”
I nod and respond with, “Of course princess.”
I teleported behind the closed gate and ran in ready to take on anything in my path. To my surprise I found nothing, but the prisoners behind a large jail cell. There were a total of 16 of them seven unicorns, three pegasi, five earth ponies, and an alicorn (Princess Cadence).. The unicorns all had the anti-magic collars on, the pegasi had metal bands pinning there wings down and Cadence had both.
Without saying anything I spawn a crowbar and jam it into the cell door, pulling on it until it snapped open. All the ponies looked shock, yet happy that they were being saved.
After I used the same crowbar to break there collars and bands off I help them get their saddlebags that were placed in another room. Some took more than one looking sad over them, so I assumed that they belonged to loved ones of theirs that was feed to the manticore.
We walked out through the gate where the Manticore turned it’s attention away from what was left of Inferno to us. Before it could attack I threw a tomahawk right at it’s forehead, killing the creature.
“Okay so here’s the deal. I need at least one unicorn who know how to teleport and who ever doesn’t want to fight or are too week to do so to get Princess Celestia somewhere safe.” I said.
Three unicorns, two earth ponies and Princess Cadence moved to the side with Celestia.
“Okay the rest of you, if you want, can go help the resistance with the changelings and gargoyles.”
They nodded there heads.
“I’m going to rejoin my friends and help them take down Drez if they haven’t already and before you ask, yes Chrysalis has been defeated. So any questions?”
“Yeah.” Said a blue unicorn mare with a silver mane. Who looked familiar to me, but I couldn’t put my hoof on it. “Just who are you?”
I smile and say, “My name is Seth Disarmonia.”
With that several of us unicorns teleported all of us out of there.
Chapter 12: Final Boss
Now reappearing in the castle, the seven mares I was taken away from a few minutes ago turned towards me.
“Hey *breath* everypony. *breath* What’s up?” I say now realizing how much magical energy I’ve used.
“Seth!” Rainbow called flying towards me and wrapping me in a hug. “I’m so glad you’re safe. So what happened?” She looks at my bloody nose and scratched cheek. "Oh my gosh are you hurt?!"
“Don't worry Rainbow I'm fine, but the fact you're concerned about me is absolutely adorable." Rainbow blushes abit and I continue. "To answer what happened. Inferno brought me down to an arena, tried to have me fight a manticore, I teleported away from said manticore, fought Inferno, cut off his hand, threw him at the manticore, which killed him and I freed Princess Celestia, Princess Cadence, and like 15 other prisoners.”
“Aww yeah! I knew you would take that bastard down.” She said before pecking me on the unscathed cheek.
“Ah-hem” Twilight coughed. “Sorry to interrupt your little lovefest, but we should continue looking for Lord Drez.”
Rainbow unwrapped here arms from around me, turned to Twilight and said, “We haven’t seen him yet so what are the odds he’d show up now?”
And now here comes the dramatic irony. We then heard the sound of feet landing on the ground. Turning to were the sound was coming from we saw the 8 foot tail, silver scaled dragon/gargoyle hybrid we were looking for.
I turned to the others and said, “Okay you gals know what to do. Turn invisible and hide somewhere else. I’ll fight him so you can charge up the elements.”
"You sure sugarcube?" Applejack asked.
"Yes darling, we can clearly see that you are tired." Rarity added.
"We don't want you to get hurt." Fluttershy stated.
I look at them as many great moments of our friendship flash in my head. Working in the library with Twilight, helping Applejack on her farm, the parties with Pinkie, Fluttershy showing me how to treat animals, chats over coffee with Rarity and of course the numerous great time with Rainbow Dash both before and after we started dating. All those times made my existence worthwhile. I really just can't express how much they mean to me.
I just simply say, "Yeah I'm sure."
They nodded as Copy Cat’s horn glowed green and they all vanished. I heard Rainbow say “Good luck.”
As I turned my attention to Drez, I spawned my rapier, which gave me a small headache from my low amount of magic left. The levitation needed to hold it made the headache even worse almost every second, but I had to fight through the pain so they can get a good shot at him.
Drez spread out his wings to look more intimidating. It kinda worked. But, hey I’m about to fight a half dragon creature who’s twice my size and I have limited magic left. I don't care though, if the worse case scanario happens and he kills me, well at least unlike my birth my death wouldn't have been for nothing.
I ran right at him, sword out, ready to slash. When unexpectedly he just kicked me and I was sent halfway across the room like a rag doll. I got up to see Drez with a small smirk before he flies up into the air and then tries to come down on me with his sharp talons. Thankfully I get out of the way in time.
I then jump right onto his back, holding on as he tries shake me off. I take my sword and drive it down.
The sword broke once it hit his skin. Let me remind you that this is a weapon that I create from my own magic. I had no idea that it could break. Not only that, but the piece that snapped off when up into the air and come, pointed side down, into my front left leg near the shoulder area. Blood was gushing out and I was sure that at the very least one bone was broken. It could have been worse like my heart or something, but I still let out a moan in pain. Then a third thing happened because lady luck is hating me right now. Right then I felt my magic run out. The pieces of the sword disappeared.
Drez grabbed me with one hand, I was too weak to fight back. Drez smiled with an evil grin and flew into the air. Then he just threw me down towards the floor, where I impacted and trust me when I say that I was in more pain than I ever been in my entire life, but no he wasn't done. He came back down, picked me up and started bashing my limp body agenst everything around him, before slamming me back down.
Drez looks down on me and says two simple words, "Puny pony."
So I was lying there fading in and out of consciousness when right there the element’s blast come right down on us. Yeah us. I got hit too. Drez opened his mouth to scream, but no sound came out. As for me I felt a warm, tingling sensation, that almost felt like being in a hot tub. It felt nice actually.
When the blast was over Drez was completely black and just stood there for a few seconds before he just completely felt apart into a pile of ashes. That's when I finally lost consciousness.
I awoke in something I should expect by now, a dark void. I got up and across from me was a cloud of red aura that was in the shape of a pony. A laughter echoed around me as the cloud slowly disappeared.
I wondered what the hay was that all about when I suddenly in a bar.
“The hell?” I say aloud. Then at the bar table were three beings. A pink and purple stripped cat, some bipedal creature with a green head, wearing a yellow zoot suit, and somepony who I wouldn’t have minded if I never saw him again, Discord. They all turned to me. The first two had large, and really creepy grins. Discord looked kinda annoyed.
“Oh it’s you.” Discord said. “I just lost 50 bits betting on you.”
“Uhhh... what?” I respond.
Discord pointed at the other two and said. “The three of us had a bet on the results of the battle. I bet that you would be able to defeat Drez without help from the elements, but you choked out there.”
The green headed guy turned to Discord and said, “Well too bad Q, pay up.”
Discord hands over a sack of bits over to him and says, “You now I haven’t used that name since 1994.”
Then three black and white creatures popped up from behind the bar. The tallest one wore a pair of tan pants, the second had on a light blue shirt and red hat, the third donned a pink skirt and yellow flower in her hair.
“Well it was your own fault Discord.” The tall on said.
“Yeah, the smart money was on the big guy.” The one with the hat added.
“Though betting on your kid was kinda sweat.” The female said.
“Can somepony explain what the hay is going on?” I ask.
“Okay you are somehow in our hangout, but you most likely will leave once you wake up.” Discord explained. “Let me introduce you to everypony.” He pointed to the cat and said, “This is the Cheshire Cat.”
“Nice to met you mister Mr. Disarmonia.” The cat said.
“Holy crap did that thing just talk!” I shout in surprise.
The cat just snickers.
Discord then points at the green guy. “This is The Mask.”
The Mask tips his hat.
“And these three are Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner.”
“Hello.” “Hello.” “Hello” They sang while suddenly dressed like a barbershop quartet.
“Okay nice to meet you all I guess, but I kinda want to wake up now.” I said.
“You sure?” Yakko asked. “Deadpool will be here any moment with the pizza.”
“Yeah I’m sure.”
“Fine then, but we may see you again or at least I will. Who knows the author hasn’t decided yet, but hey he has to see what season three gives him first.” Discord said.
“Uhh.. What the hay are you talking about?”
“Oh nothing.” Discord responded before snapping his fingers and everything went white.
Okay I'm not sure if I should add a crossover tag or not because of this chapter.
Chapter 13: The Fun Has Been Doubled!
I open my eyes to see a pair of concerned pair of magenta eyes looking back down at me.
“Oh thank Celestia you’re alive!” Rainbow said. “Are you hurt? Can you get up?”
Now that she mentioned it I realized that I felt perfectly fine. Even my shoulder wound seemed to be healed. I assumed that the elements did that. Weird, but I’m not complaining. I get back up only to have Rainbow to tackle me back down with one of her hug attacks.
We then hear a loud cracking sound. We both get up to see the statues in the room were all cracking. All together the stone fell off all 8 of them revealing the ponies underneath. This universe’s element wielders, Princess Luna and Princess Filia Solis. They all looked dizzy for a few seconds before they all stared at us.
(To avoid confusion I’ll refer these versions of my friends as B’s and my friends as A’s.)
Rainbow Dash B Flies up shouting, “Changelings!” She then rushes at us, but is stopped by Filia’s magic.
“Don’t worry Rainbow, they’re not Changelings.” Filia said.
“That one is.” Rainbow B responded pointing at Copy Cat.
“I meant the other yous.”
“Well who the hay are they?” Applejack B asked.
“Hi my name’s Seth, these are my friends and girlfriend, but you already know their names. We’re from another universe.” I answer.
Suddenly Twilight B’s eye lite up and she rushed right at us. “You guys are from an alternate universe? So the multiverse theory is correct? I have so many questions to ask. So what’s different with your universe?”
“I exist, Princess Filia doesn’t, and Equestria wasn’t taken over like this, but don’t worry Drez is a pile of ashes and Chrysalis is in a jar.”
“Wait what? Chrysalis is in a jar?”
“Yup.” Pinkie A said pulling said jar with the shrunken Changeling queen in it.
“I can’t even describe where I just was.” She said in her small voice.
Once again there were laughs. Tiny Chrissy gave a “I am not amused” face.
So I’ll sum up what happened with the resistance. Apparently after Chrysalis was defeated the Changelings sensed it and retreated. With the army cut in half the gargoyles started to fall quickly and eventually ran away as well.
Short story shorter, we won.
Later there was a victory party/memorial to the fallen. I saw that both Twilight B and Cadence were very upset, so I guess they found out about Shining.
The party itself was fun, but what would you expect? It was being run by two Pinkie Pies.
Speaking of which I noticed my friends talking with their own counterparts. Wait if they’re all talking to themselves does that mean they’re all crazy?
I walked you to the two Rainbows and said, “Hi beautiful.”
They looked at my smirking and at the same time said, “Which one are you talking to?”
“The one I’m dating of course.”
“Well, which one of us is that?” They said in unison again. Geez did they practice this or something.
I look back and forth before I sigh and say, “Honestly I can’t tell. I know I’m a terrible boyfriend. I’m sorry. I mean I could test you with questions about me that only my Rainbow would know.”
“Like what? Your addiction to honey mustard, your fear of bees, or your wing fetish?” The Rainbow on the left said.
I don’t respond, but I feel my face warm up a bit because of that last one.
A while later I ran into Princess Filia Solis and she asked “So I thought you were going to be executed. How did you get out of that.”
“Long story short. Ganger is an idiot.”
“So your father was Claymore?”
“Yeah he was.” She said looking saddened.
“Oh did I upset you? Sorry.”
“Oh no, I’m fine. I just miss him sometimes. So does my mom.”
“Yeah I know. The Celestia of my universe seems to miss him as well.”
“You know I really feel bad about your version of my mom. Think of it, I your universe that Inferno guy killed him, so I don’t exist. So when she had to banish Aunt Luna when she became Nightmare Moon, she had nopony left.”
“Wow, I never thought of that. I feel bad for her too.”
Across from the room we saw the pair of element wielders all together. One of the Rainbows (I assume the one that’s my girlfriend. If not that would be weird.) winked at me.
Filia smiled and said, “You two do make a cute couple.”
“Thanks. Do you have a special somepony?”
“Unfortunately no. My mother is really protective. Seriously I’m 1296 years old and she still treats me like I’m still her little filly.”
We both laugh at that.
Not long after the party was over Rainbow and I went to the room we were given for the night to sleep. Tomorrow we were going home.
Chapter 14: Returning Home
I found myself in a cavern. Not far away from were I was were two other figures. One an orange gargoyle, the other a dark blue unicorn with a red mane. Obviously Inferno and I during our first battle when I blacked out. So are I finally know how I did what I did to him?
Red aura forms around the other me in a tentacle-like shape and it lunges itself at him, wrapping around his abdomen and base of his wings. He starts to pull on them, Inferno’s face show him screaming in pain, but I can’t hear any sound. A few seconds later his wings were just torn off, the bones snapping like they were twigs. They after they came off they just turned into ashes. I saw the white suit and red undershirt that the other me was wearing doing the same thing.
Inferno then was slammed ageist the ground and then the wall. The other me released his magical grip and spawn the rapier. He started slashing at Inferno’s face repeatedly. During the slashing he cut off one of Inferno’s ears, one of his thumbs and both pinkies.
When the other me stopped it turned towards the direction where I was and smiled, showing teeth that would better suit a carnivore.
I wake up in a cold sweat, breathing heavily as I sit up. To my side I hear Rainbow murmur, “Rainbow Dash wins again.” in her sleep. Followed by a loud snore. I look at my light blue girlfriend, who’s face was buried in the pillows. I smile at her. Then I get out of bed and she instantly rolls over, taking the covers that I abandoned.
I walk to the bathroom to take a quick shower. When I finish drying myself I walk back to the bedroom to see Rainbow just waking up. She stretched her arms and wings while giving a very small and cute yawn. When she open her eyes she asked, “Umm... why are you staring at me like a creeper?”
“Because you’re too cute. And are you calling me an extinct monster?”
“A long time ago there were creatures called Creepers, but they all died out. Not surprising when their main method of attacking was blowing themselves up.”
Rainbow gave a small chuckle at this. She got out of bed and we went to breakfast, but that was uneventful. So I’ll skip to the award ceremony.
The seven of us walked thought the throne room, being greeted by cheers from the other versions of the element wielders, the resistance and other Equestrian citizens. We walked to the end of the room where Celestia, Luna and Filia were standing.
Celestia began to speak. “We are here to thank you seven for leaving your own universe and putting your lives on the line to help us. Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash and Seth Disarmonia, we are now in your debt.” Her horn glowed as a metal appeared around each of our necks. She turned to Filia and said, “I would also like to thank my daughter for bringing these ponies here.”
Filia got a small blush and said, “Your welcome mom.”
Turn her attention to the crowd and continued, “Let’s not forget the resistance lead by Captain Steel Wall, who fought for our homes.”
The crowd cheered again.
Filia walked up to us with her horn glowing light blue. She smiled and said, “I can’t thank you all enough. I really hope I’ll get to see you guys again.”
There was a flash of light and when it cleared we were back at the library. We were greeted by a strange sight.
Spike was tied up and hanging upside down from the ceiling. Not too far way was Fluttershy pet rabbit Angel sitting in a in a throne made out of stacked books, wearing a crown made of paper clips and holding a toothpick like a sword.
“Umm... Some help please?” Spike said.
After helping deal with King Angel Bunny, ruler of Golden Oaks Library, Rainbow and I went back to our home.
Rainbow gave me her metal and asked me to put it on her trophy shelf while she looks for something. So I got to the living room were these a shelf with many of Rainbow’s awards that she earned thought the years. Including the crown she won in the Best Young Flyer Competition. I set it down then walk over to a small area at the end of it to put down mine by the metal I got for defeating Inferno the first time.
When I thought of Inferno something just told me to look in my saddlebags. I did as such I found a certain metal mask in them. “What the hay? How in the hell did this get in here?” I ask myself. I then swore that I heard a faint laughter, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. I place the mask on the shelf as well.
Then Rainbow called from the other room, “Hey Seth I found the fuzzy hoofcuffs!”