From Shadows to Peacekeeper
“Get down on your knees!” ordered the Wonderbolt in the middle between the other eight members. They had the beast surrounded. He dropped his weapons willingly but still stood defiant to following orders of compliance. The situation was tense as the Wonderbolt's had an angry mob of ponies behind them. The mob was yelling about how this beast had saved them. The Wonderbolt's had their orders. To stop anything that could be a threat to Ponyville.
“As I am faced with the path's before me, to obey on my knees or be taken down on my feet. Advance towards me brethren.” Kido still had his hands behind his head. He was proud and would never get down on his knees, not even under duress from authorities.
“What is that suppose mean?” Asked the Wonderbolt.
“Come at me Bra'!!!”
At that moment the Wonderbolt's started to take steps towards the beast.
“WAIT!!!” Derpy stood between Kido and the Wonderbolt's way. She was soon followed by Twilight and her friends.
“Derpy... everypony. You don't have to do this. Ponyville is safe. If Canterlot law is just, I am sure they will listen to you all about what took place here tonight.” Kido addressed his friends, as well as the angry residents. He didn't want to be the cause of a riot.
Derpy turned to his new friend, tears in her silly yellow eyes, facing the ground. “But I don't want you to go. I don't want to visit you in jail. I want you to stay here. You're my friend.”
Kido found himself moved by the little gray pony. He knelt on one knee and placed a hand on her chin and moved her head to look into her eyes. “It will only be a little while, I'll...” ZAAAAAPPPP!!!
A lighting bolt struck down Kido. It had no effect on him due to his immunity to magic. But Derpy wasn't so lucky. She was hurt and fainted. Kido caught her in his arms. No expression on his face.
“Derpy!!!” Twilight and her friends turned around to look at what happened and saw a fainted Derpy. The entire town saw what happened and became enraged.
“STAND DOWN BEAST!!! ELSE YOU WANT TO TASTE THE FULL POWER OF MY LIGHTING!!! RESIDENTS OF PONYVILLE RETURN TO YOUR HOMES, YOU ARE SAFE NOW!!!” It was Shinning Armor, The captain of the Royal Canterlot Guard and Twilight Sparkle's elder brother. The captain was riding on a flying carriage, with two unicorn guards at each side, that soon landed and was accompanied by a vast group of pegasus guards, the two princesses, Celestia and Luna arrived last. Not their choice, they were advised by Shinning Armor to let the guard advance first.
Kido saw his target. He became consumed by rage. Try as he might to contain it he couldn't. He could only see red. ROAAAAAAAARRRRR!!! The entire town was shocked and suddenly felt fear. Kido jumped over his friends and rushed through the Wonderbolt's as if they were leaves. Shinning Armor and his two Unicorn guards made the strongest lighting strike they could to subdue the charging beast. To their surprise it didn't do anything. Kido punched the two guards at Shinning Armor's side, knocking them out easily since he wore iron fist under his gloves. He then grabbed with his left hand Shinning Armor's neck and lifted him slowly, growling in rage, and breathing heavily in the captains face. Kido made a hand gesture, the Saw Sword appearing on his right hand from his sleeve. Nopony knew what to do.
“STOP!!! HE'S MY BROTHER!!! PLEASE!!!” Twilight screamed in horror.
Kido stopped. The care for his friends was greater than his hate for the stallion in his hand. He calmed his breathing and retracted the Saw Sword back into his sleeve. He lowered Shinning Armor. The captain coughed, gasping for air. BOOOOOMMMMM!!!
A gold colored beam blasted Kido and sent him on a crash course to the same flower shop. From the inside of the crashed shop Kido yelled. “Whoever the owner of this humble flower shop may be. I promise to find a way to repay you.” Kido continued to casually walk out and dust himself off once outside.
A magenta pony stood on her hind legs. “It's fine.”
“You are too kind fair miss!” He looked down, and picked Derpy in his arms, he smiled to know that she was breathing, her heart was beating, she will be okay. He then looked to Twilight. “Twilight I didn't know...”
“I saw what happened, it wasn't fair. But thank you.” Twilight responded.
“I'm okay.” Derpy awoke and immediately blushed as she realized she was in Kido's arms. She flew a small distance and landed by Kido's side.
“You continue to surprise me Derpy.” He smile at her. Derpy smiled back.
“I witnessed what took place as well fair detective, it was a most unfortunate event.” Princess Luna walked towards Kido and the group.
“Princess Luna, I am glad to see you are well.” Kido addressed the princess.
“I'm sorry for so quickly getting to the point, but does someone have answers as to what is going on?” As princess Celestia intervened, everypony realized she was there, they were distrated by the werewolf attacking the captain of the royal guard. They all bowed getting on their knees, except for Luna and Kido, he limited himself to his usual greeting of his left hand over his heart in a fist and giving a light bow still standing. Everypony was surprised at him and watched for the princesses reaction. Celestia didn't seem to even notice.
“Sister, this is Kido Badtower, a loyal friend, astounding detective and indomitable warrior.” Luna proceeded to address her sister.
Princess Celestia looked at the mysterious creature up and down. “Werewolf yes?” Kido nodded. “It was to my best of knowledge all your kind resides in Tartarus, where did you come from?”
“I escaped, almost a decade ago.” Kido kept his answers short and decided to speak when spoken to. He was prideful but knew when and how to show proper respect to authority. Within what he believed was reasonable.
“How is that possible? Did anymore join you?”
“I escaped because I am me. And No, I am the only escapee.”
“What does that mean ““You escaped because your you.””?”
“Werewolves are not the monstrous, violent, mindless creatures that were locked away thousands of years ago. By force and numbers, the united clans struck down many of the wiser creatures of shadows and evil. Necromancers, Witches, Wizards, Demons, Titans, Nazi's, Catholic Priest's and many more fell under the wolf might. We gained their knowledge, thus leading to the werewolves becoming the authoritarian species in Tartarus in force and intelligence. But an escape from the prison was still not found.”
“And how did you manage to find it?”
“The Goddess didn't bless me with the greatest of strength. But she did bless me with the greatest of minds.”
Celestia looked at the proud Wolf, he was correct, Kido was no more than five feet tall, he was lanky not muscular. What she found to be most peculiar was how his right eye was missing and only a deep scar was to be found. It was to her understanding that werewolves had a rapid healing response to any wound except those done by silver. “Something that troubles me more is how I myself used my magic to try and stop you to no avail. That spell would have immobilized any foe. What counter spell did you use?”
“I am immune to magic your highness.”
“That is preposterous.” Luna told her about a creature of shadow immune to magic but still didn't believe it. “Surely there is a limit to your immunity, why the elements of harmony won't be so easily dominated.”
“Princess it's true, when Kido came to visit us at the library we attacked him out of desperation using the elements. It didn't even graze him. Same thing happened when we tried to stop the Bat Witch that attacked.” Twilight explained. “He saved us.”
“Bat Witch?” Celestia asked. “I believe it is about time you explain what just happened here this night.”
Twilight and her friends went on to tell about the events that took place. The princess and her guard were finding it harder and harder to believe the story. But there was almost an entire district of witnesses to the events that backed up the claims. Kido stayed silent. Derpy still at his side felt he was anxious despite his calm demeanor. She rested her head on his right arm. Kido looked down at his friend and appreciated the gesture. He put his arm around her and petted her head. Derpy felt comfortable and prayed they wouldn't take her new friend away. They continued to listen.
“...Kido then revealed himself to be a werewolf. But we have a lot to thank him for. Me and the rest of the witnesses celebrated. We heard a loud boom, it was the Wonderbolt's charging at what they believed was the threat to Ponyville...” Twilight was interrupted.
“You bet your horns he's a threat. He's immune to magic. He knocked over most of the Wonderbolt's, knocked out, me and my fellow guard and nearly struck down the captain.” Yelled one of Shinning Armor's guards who flew in the carriage with him.
“YEAH!!!” The guard and the Wonderbolt's yelled in agreement.
“Now hold on there fella'. Kido here saved us when not even the elements of harmony could.” Protested Applejack.
“That spooky bat would have made cupcakes out of us.” Pinkie Pie said.
“That may be, but he's still a rampaging beast! He attacked the captain without holding back! You could all be next.” Yelled the same guard.
“I was hurt by the lighting you made.” Derpy got out of Kido's embrace and stepped forward.
“You brutes need to watch what your doing. An innocent bystander was hurt.” Rarity then turned to Twilight. “No offense dear.”
“Non taken.” Answered Twilight, since the “brute” who cause Derpy to be hurt was Twilight's brother.
“What makes you all so sure he isn't making you trust him to have easy prey?” Asked the guard again.
“Weren't any of you listening? He saved us and everypony here saw it.” Rainbow Dash retorted angrily.
“For all you know he just tricked the lot of you with an act or a spell.” The guard proposed.
“I'm afraid that would be impossible for me to carry out.” Kido finally spoke in his defense.
“Really? How's that pal?”
“The disadvantage of being immune to magic is that I will never be able to perform magic myself.”
“Excuse me but didn't Twilight just tell us that the Bat Witch that attacked was also immune to magic? She performed a shout spell.” Princess Celestia asked.
“A fair point your highness. The Bat Witch herself was mistaken, she was not immune, she merely countered the elements of harmony with another spell. Granted one has to be very powerful to accomplish such a feat. But the key difference here is that if the elements had struck her at an opportune time, they would have worked. On the other hand, magic won't have it's intended result on me. Even the strongest of magic, would just send me flying, like a force push. As this unfortunate flower shop may tell you.”
“That's why you wanted us to try and use the elements again.” Fluttershy said.
“Correct you are.” Kido concurred.
Princess Celestia needed to make a decision now as to what to do with this new arrival. She needed more answers considering the matter but for now she will trust Twilight and her friends, the residents of Ponyville and her sister Luna. “Luna. Do you trust Kido Badtower?”
“With my life.” Princess Luna nodded as she said this.
“Twilight and all the residents of Ponyville present here this night. Do you trust Kido Badtower?” She looked toward the residents.
“YEAAAAHHH!!!” Everypony present from Ponyville yelled.
“Then this is my decision. Captain Shinning Armor at my side please. Kido Badtower and Major step forward if you will.” The Major from the crowd walked to the princess. Kido walked slowly to be in front of princess Celestia. Shinning Armor made his way to his princess's side, a big bruise in his neck. Her royal guard stood vigilant, they were more than ready to take Kido down if the princess decision was for the wolf to be imprisoned. “In just one day, you have gained the loyalty of the wonderful town of Ponyville. Do you wish to stay and perhaps even make it your home?”
“Yes your majesty.” Kido answered proudly.
“What would you offer if given the chance, despite being a creature of shadow?”
“I would protect the residents and their interest with shield, sword and life.” Kido answered without hesitation. Everypony present was surprised to hear of his commitment. The guard was not liking where this was going.
“Why do you believe that is necessary?”
“Ponyville is a peaceful and prosperous town with plenty to offer. But it is unprotected. After what occurred here I respectfully ask that your highness leave active duty guards.”
“I agree. Royal Guard Captain.”
“Yes your highness?” Shinning Armor took a step forward to be within Celestia's sight.
“Would you accept Kido Badtower within your ranks as an honorable member of the royal guard? Celestia asked her captain. The guard was left speechless, but they relaxed knowing that after what happened the captain would never accept Kido, especially a non-pony and above all a creature of shadow.
“I would be honored to welcome him. His devotion is clear. His loyalty is unquestionable, Kido's actions were in retaliation because I hurt his friend. I take full responsibility for what happened to the innocent bystander, I hope the pony will accept my sincerest apologies.” Shinning Armor bowed his head.
“I'm okay.” Answered Derpy, perky as ever.
“I'm very much glad to hear it. But back to the subject at hand. I truly believe he would strengthen, not only Ponyville, but the guard as a whole.” He proceeded to remove his royal guard insignia and magically pass it to the princess. “I grant him my personal badge as thanks for saving my sister's home.” Princess Celestia magically took the badge.
“Princess Luna, as ruler of the night and co-ruler of Equestria, do you agree with my decision?” Celestia asked her sister.
“Yes sister.” Luna responded.
“Then from this day forward. Let all know that a proud werewolf is now part of the Royal Canterlot Guard. Kido Badtower I here declare you an honorable recruit.” She magically then placed the badge over his heart. “Do you accept?”
“Yes your highness.” Kido said as he did his usual greeting, placing his right hand in a fist over his heart and give a small bow.
The princess was accustomed for receivers of this honor to get down on one knee. “My. You are proud aren't you? Major of Ponyville.” Celestia addressed.
“Yes your Highness” answered Major.
“Would you accept, the latest addition to the guard, Kido Badtower, as protector of Ponyville?”
“It would be an honor your highness.”
“Then it is done.” Princess Celestia turned to the present residents of Ponyville. “Residents of Ponyville, in this night a protector has been chosen for your fair town.”
“HURRAAAAAHHHH!!!” All the pony's celebrated except for the royal guards and the Wonderbolt's who disagreed with the decision, but would swallow their objections since their leaders have already made a decision unanimously.
Kido was quiet. Twilight and her friends approached him as did Derpy.
“You okay there Sugarcube?” Applejack asked.
“You're part of the guard now and a resident of Ponyville? You should be ecstatic.” Rainbow Dash asked. Everypony was starting to notice that Kido was still silent and still, despite the celebration being in his honor.
“There is a party going on just for you Wolfy?” Pinkie has already chosen a nickname for her new friend. He still didn't move.
“You okay. Please talk to me.” Derpy asked concerned as she rubbed her head in his right arm. Kido lifted his hand and placed it on her head.
“THANK YOU EVERYPONY!!!” Kido yelled at the top of his lungs as he cried tears of joy. Derpy and Twilight and her friends joined in a group hug around him. Despite being a creature of shadow and pride, he allowed himself to feel love.
After a night of light partying, thanks to Pinkie Pie, the residents of Ponyville gathered for the official announcement from the major at the town hall. The major took the stand. Kido, dressed in his usual fashion, cloak included but not hooded or masked, except no visible knives and for his badge placed above his heart. He was standing just a short distance away visible to the crowd, next to him was Derpy.
“As you may already know, last night our dear town was attacked. The night fortunately did not end in tragedy thanks to the heroic acts of one pony... I mean... Wolf?” She looked behind her. Kido nodded, accepting to be called this way. Major continued. “At the risk of his own life, he protected us. And now he is the royal guard assigned by the princess herself to protect us. It is my pleasure to present to you, Guard Badtower.”
Most of the crowd applauded, some ponies still had their reservations about a werewolf being assigned as protector. Twilight and her friends were in the front row whistling and cheering. Kido approached the stand and adjusted the microphone, Derpy stood by his left side.
“It is my honor to speak to all of you this day. I would like to first inform you, that my duty is to the residents of Ponyville, to each and every one of you. I understand the reservations some may have towards me, but I humbly ask for your patience. Let me prove my dedication before you pass judgment. Let me prove that I am worthy of your trust. In any case you do have concerns or complaints, they will be directly addressed by Captain Shinning Armor and both Princess Celestia and Luna. This position is in noway permanent as I am under review and I'm glad to pass this trial to prove myself. My responsibilities are the safety and peace of mind of Ponyville. I will face any obstacle in an adequate manner, and solve any problem that concerns the safety of being and property of you, a loved one or someone you may know to be in a difficult situation. Any dire situation you feel is affecting you, please feel free to contact me personally, or by letter, named or anonymous. Letters may be placed in the secure locked mailbox outside my headquarters. My headquarters, now located in the previous flower shop...”
“Your welcome.” Yelled a magenta pony from the crowd. A light laughter occurred.
“Once again I'm sorry miss... uh okay... you can also schedule an appointment for me to meet you at a specified place and time. There will be hours that I will be present in my headquarters. You may also contact my assistant, Assistant Deputy Guard Hooves, and she will take a statement that I will personally address.”
“HIIIIIIIIII!!!” Derpy waved her hoof at the crowd. They laughed lightly.
“Today marks a new day for Ponyville. I will protect your... OUR dear town with all my might. I, Kido Badtower, am here to help.” The crowd was energetic.
And thus the adventure begins in his new town of Ponyville. But after the events of last night, some ponies wondered how things could even get worse and if they even really needed protection. If only they knew what awaited them.