Across an early medieval Equestria and its neighboring lands, a dark evil has begun to rake its claws through the soil. The lords and rulers of the lands have been imprisoned, killed or worse to keep them from confronting the twisted abomination. With their rulers incapacitated, the soldiers and citizens are often taken by surprise or are unable to resist effectively.
And so, the horror seeps onward... An unlikely band of six companions move toward the sounds of chaos to do what their rulers cannot. In the face of despair, they become a beacon of light and symbol of hope as they push through the hell their homes are dissolving into. As they begin their journey across the horizon, they will come to see reality painted in shades of black and death become more bittersweet than could have been previously imagined.
I did the cover art myself, however thanks to slysnakesamhardy over on dA for the fantastic texture I used as a background. I really appreciate it!
Background Texture: http://slysnakesamhardy.deviantart.com/art/Old-Paper-Parchment-Texture-291378674
I don't have an editor or pre-reader, really. So, I do all that myself. If I missed any errors or you see something really glaring or bad, just lemme know. I'd really appreciate it.
I normally program games, but figured I ought to practice storytelling for once. Because I don't write regularly, I can't guarantee fast progress through this story, so bear with me.
Besides Equestria itself, the different lands used are completely non-canon. I wrote their basic outline about a month or so before the official canon map was released, so my apologies that it doesn't match up at all. The naming convention is also a departure from canon, as well as the base culture given to each race.
If these really grate on anyone's nerves, once again, my apologies.
Minor edits made to the first couple paragraphs in Chapter 1.
Increased spacing between paragraphs in Chapter 1, since it looks way hotter
DEAR SWEET CELESTIA, I'VE HAD A TYPO IN THE DESCRIPTION THIS ENTIRE TIME. KILLED IT. KILLED IT WITH BACKSPACE
Minor small changes to Chapter 2.