Equestria is barely three years old, and already danger threatens the fragile peace forged between the pony tribes. Monsters stream out of the Forest Ever Free on a daily basis, and now a prophetic dream foretells of even greater chaos that will befall the land.
It's up to a team of manly, heroic, eminently bearded (and strangely familiar!) stallions, led by Star Swirl the Bearded, to brave the dark and murky Ever Free in search of their one hope for salvation. Along the way, they'll learn more about the history of the land they've claimed as their own, not to mention each other. But as their unintended friendships grow, the forest will try its best to drive them apart.
Can they withstand the epic trials before them? Can they save Equestria? Will Star Swirl be known forevermore as the creator of the first beard restoring spell? Journey a thousand years into the past and discover Equestria's epicest, beardiest history lesson ever!
(Story tagged Dark for increasingly epic violence. Cover art by Midnight Quill!)