After a few dozen books had been thrown aside, a disgruntled Twilight let out an annoyed groan, "There is nothing here but stories on Elven Mythology and potion making!"
Jonas gave a concerned look as he had to remind the little violet pony "Twilight, what you and your friends accomplished is completely unheard of in our world, and our world certainly isn't lacking in any magical or technological knowledge by any standard. Unless you compare it to Empyrian or Pandemonium"
"Well if you look at it that way" Kyria chimed in, "We look fresh out of the cave era. It wouldn't hurt to look there for an answer. The only issue is, Empyrian is completely caught up in the civil war with the Kartels and Pandemonium has been completely destroyed by the apostles..."
Jonas jumped back in reassuringly "But if it happened once in this world, it will most likely happen again. It would be impossible for a similar anomaly to not occur if one reacted so strongly to you"
That was Jonas' way, Kyria thought to herself. He was a true friend, and an unbeatable ally. She smiled as she began to get lost in thought, 'He would never let anybody down, not even a pony. Ha... perfect to a fault'
It was the thought of Jonas even having a fault that sent her memory reeling back. It was only 5 years ago...
The area was getting dark, Kyria had lost a lot of blood from a wound see received. And was barely holding on. "Jonas, get out of here" She pleaded in a weak voice.
Jonas looked unnaturally furious as his partner struck the ground. "I won't allow anything to take anything from me any more..." Jonas' eyes began to glow red with fury, "This demon has already taken enough!" His neck began to pulsate, "My family..." His arm began to bulge with demonic energy, "My friends..." His voice began to sound maniacal. "BUT I WILL NOT LOSE YOU KYRIA, NOT TO YOU MONSTERS!"
He began to slash down one Tau warrior after another, slicing his sword through them and sending whatever was left of the corpse through the air. The Tau already knew they had to back off, sand began to retreat,
"OH YOU AREN'T GETTING AWAY THAT EASILY!" Jonas shrieked as he leapt onto one of the Tau's, placing his demonic arm over the Tau's face. Kyria could only watch in horror as the Tau's coloring began to grow pale. It was losing all of it's blood to the demonic energy contained in Jonas' arm. The Tau quit struggling and slumped over dead, it's blood had literally been ripped from it's face.
"I WON'T LET ANY OF YOU LIVE AFTER WHAT YOU DID!" The blood that he had extracted had began to form into a flamberge in his spare demonic hand. Using the ludicrous amounts of strength his body possessed at the moment, he jumped into the air and came slamming back down with both of his swords. Their was enough strength to rip a hole in the earth, a tremor shook the ground as the forest bed was literally ripped asunder . The hole erupted in a burst of hell fire that consumed the surrounding area in a tainted, bloody flame.
Whatever hadn't been killed by the immediate explosion and following flames had been plagued by Kazan's tainted blood. The area had been completely eviscerated by the flames and left a complete ghostly husk of it's former appearance. Many of the trees on the outskirts of the area had become warped and cursed, Kazan had infected the area, including it's wildlife and plantlife, with his mark.
The last thing Kyria remembered before passing out was the demon she had come to know of as her friend walking towards her. And then, darkness.
Kyria awoke from her daydream to find the pink pony staring at her odd clothing. She simply stood there, waiting for the pony to say something, but just ended up waiting as minutes passed and the pony just idly looked at her clothes in a confused manner.
It was obvious that nothing was going to be accomplished if she just kept waiting for the pink pony to say anything, so she spoke up first "Is there something I can help you with?"
"Oh! You're awake!" Pinkie said in a partially surprised but mostly anxious manner " I was trying to figure out what these clothes were about until I noticed that you were staring off into nowhere in particular, so I just waited for you to wake up. I know how it can be when I don't want to be talked to"
Kyria looked down at the pony with a smile, 'She would love Sonya' She thought to herself.
"These clothes aren't like the other clothes that you have seen around town are they?"
"I think I would have remembered seeing clothes that were patterned like that, but then again, I have worn some pretty weird stuff too so I guess I can't really tell, well except now, I can tell pretty easily now"
"These are Dark Elven clothes, they are endowed amongst thieves at a young age to help with training"
"Thieves?" Pinkie had become confused, "I never took you to be a girl who was up to no good. Why would you go around telling people you are a thief? I suppose that takes away from your sneakiness. Wait! You're just that good aren't you!"
Kyria had to explain this so many times to normal humans, "See, thief has a different meaning amongst the Dark Elven kind, Thieves are an elite group of warriors trained in the arts of dagger fighting, it's sort of a specialty amongst dark elves to use daggers so masterfully. Not just anybody can be a thief, you must prove you are quick and agile" On cue with her saying that she leapt into the air, "Decisive and deadly, she came down so fast that Pinkie lost sight of her, only to realize that she had a dagger right next to her throat that wasn't there a second ago.
Richter approached from the far corner with Applejack and Rainbow Dash on both sides, reassured in their new found friendship with the gunslinger. Richter simply looked at Kyria disapprovingly, "Stop showing off, she's a pony for heaven's sake"
Realizing she might have gotten a bit carried away, she withdrew the dagger from Pinkie's neck, who didn't really feel like she was in any danger, but involuntarily collapsed as a muscle response to all the adrenaline that knife had sent through her.
"Pinkie!" Came a unison shout as both Rainbow and Applejack ran over to see their friend who just had fallen on the floor.
"Ya'll ok sugarcube?" Applejack began supporting Pinkie's head while Rainbow fanned her with her wings.
"Ugh..." Pinkie groaned for a sec before snapping back into life, "Dashie! Did you see that!?! She was almost as fast as you! She even flew into the air like a pegasus! Is she like your sister or something!?"
"Yeah! What Pinkie said, you guys shoul- wait what...." The realization dawned on Rainbow Dash that Pinkie wasn't upset at all, in fact, she was absolutely amazed by the way her life had been endangered.
Rainbow began to blush, "Do you really think I'm cool enough to be an assassin? I mean, I know I am, but I never thought about it before..." Her head began to fill with visions of herself with a dagger in her mouth and razor pins attached to the tips of her feathers. Rainbow couldn't help but laugh excitedly at the thought of it.
"Ok, fine, hey Kyria! Maybe you can teach me some cool tricks if we get the time!"
"Aww, Kyria found herself another admirer, just like that adorable young boy back in Hend-" Richter couldnt even finish the statement before a slap knocked him twirling in the air and onto the pile of books that Twilight had began to stack"
"Oh sorry about that, uh Twilight right?"
Twilight just looked over and rolled her eyes, "I'm sorry to say this, but any book on the subject is just not here. We're just going to have to look elsewhere"
Rarity and Fluttershy had gone to the upper levels of the library without notice of the rest of the group, both extremely eager to meet Seria. As the two mares entered the room, the light shined upon the faces of the two as the windows let in a serene image of a bird with a piece of rosemary in it's mouth.
Again trying not to get to distracted, the two got to work trying to find anything in the home of Seria
"Rarity, we have been searching for almost ten minutes... She isn't in the library... Don't you think we should... go?" Fluttershy asked softly, as usual from her.
"I simply can not leave yet until I discover what kind of clothes she makes. These elegant patterns are so new and yet they are so welcoming, I simply must find a nice example for my own selection." Rarity's fantasies seized a hold of her. They were so new and fresh! She would be the talk of the town with her trendsetting Arad line of clothing! "Now come on Fluttershy, help me look!" Her voice turning from romanticizing to commanding in almost an instant.
"Alright Rarity..." Fluttershy had no choice to be submissive, there wasn't anything else to be doing that she felt would be a better alternative.
Rarity began to dig around through each peace of furniture that was in Seria's bedroom, there just had to be some design or something! Piece after piece of furniture checked, nothing. The word echoed in her mind like a wedding bell in a lonely chapel. Her mind began to poetically break down as she started to dramatically replay the scene in her head: Seria, keeping the pony from her rightly deserved fortune all because of a prank! It wasn't fair, she deserved to know where the clothes had been. She deserved to see what only people on this world have seen! She deserved-
"Rarity?" Fluttershy asked curiously as she noticed the pony with her front hooves up in the air dramatically.
"Oh hehe, silly me. I got carried away" The bright red flush of embarrassment stained her face for only a brief moment, until she noticed a note on Fluttershy's ear, "How on earth did you get that on your ear?"
"It fell there when you hit the lamp..."
"Oh..." Again Rarity's face burned bright red.
Rarity snatched the note and began to read it aloud, "Ahem! Dear Jonas, I am sure that by the time you find this note, I will have already left for Hendon Myre. I have been requested as a call to aid the war time efforts against the dark elves. Should you find this note, please do not follow me here, you have already done so much for the town of Elvenguard and it's citizenry. With love, Seria Kirmin"