The Bearers of the Elements of Harmony knew that it wouldn’t be too long before they needed to separate. And it had been predicted almost immediately after the defeat of the evil Nightmare Moon. They knew that anypony else could handle things on their own should a situation arise. Even if a situation were to be dire, the Bearers of the Elements of Harmony could still be summoned.
Several years after the defeat of Nightmare Moon, the Elements of Harmony stayed in Ponyville for some time before deciding to go separate ways. Pinkie Pie, not wanting to lose her dearest friends, was the one heavily affected by the decision at first, but after being told that even if they separate, they would still stay together at heart, everything went a little more smoothly. None of the Bearers of the Elements of Harmony wanted to leave their closest friends.
But it was what they were going to have to do if they wanted to push their lives any further than the point they were at now. Applejack’s apple business had grown to expand to other cities. Sweet Apple Acres now took up roughly 86 acres of land outside Ponyville just for apple trees, and Applejack was thinking of buying another dozen acres of land to expand her business.
Applejack had hired several other ponies from around Ponyville and other towns to help out on the farm. Applejack was going to stay in Ponyville, much to Pinkie Pie’s delight. Applejack didn’t want to leave in the first place, but she, too, was glad when she didn’t have to. Another reason Applejack chose to stay in Ponyville was to take care of AppleBloom and Granny Smith, though she was sure Big Mac was capable of doing so.
Rarity’s fashion designing abilities had caught wind in several cities across Equestria, mostly requested in Canterlot. The patrons of Canterlot paid no heed to her origins as most of them knew that talent comes from all places. Rarity’s business too had been expanding, leading to several shops being opened around Equestria.
Rarity had the chance to visit many art galleries and fashions shows, and had many connections with famous ponies in Canterlot. She was going to have to move to Canterlot for the time being to keep up with all of the attention. Rarity nodded sadly to the girls as she left for Canterlot two weeks later, telling them that she would be back soon. Pinkie Pie had thrown a “FAREWELL RARITY WE’LL ALL MISS YOU WAAAAAA!!!!” party for Rarity the previous night, which, although it didn’t make Rarity feel any worse about leaving, it did however cheered the rest of the girls up.
Twilight had decided to expand her studies, but she hadn’t gone to Canterlot, she had gone to Trottingham. What most ponies didn’t know was that Trottingham was one of only places in Equestria with a higher level of education, surpassing that of Princess Celestia’s school for Gifted Unicorns. Twilight herself, though being a seeker of knowledge, had spread knowledge as well, as she had written a couple of dozen books, all detailing spells, nature, biology and mathematical equations that would have driven anypony mad should they read all her books. Though, none of her readers had gone mad yet, she was sure some of them would go mad soon. Twilight had sold up to a quarter million books, which she had generously donated to the Trottingham State Library.
Twilight left for Trottingham at the same time that Rarity had left for Canterlot. She had made a vow to the bearers of the Elements of Harmony that she would still contact them, however not face to face, but with portal spells Twilight had found out about when she was writing several new equations for her books. Pinkie had wanted Twilight to have her farewell party at the same time as Rarity’s, but Twilight declined, which was perfectly fine with the pink party pony. If her friend was going to leave, Pinkie Pie might as well made sure that she left happily.
Rainbow Dash had applied to join The Wonderbolts, and not surprisingly, the elite squad had let her join. Even though Rainbow Dash had expected to be accepted, she didn’t really think that the elite squad would let her join. Spitfire and Soarin were in the senior squad, a few ranks below the elite squad, and they were happy to have an amazing flyer like Dash join The Wonderbolts. The Wonderbolts would often go on tours and air shows, primarily in Cloudsdale.
Rainbow Dash wasn’t going anywhere, but she had to spend most of her time in Cloudsdale. Rainbow Dash wasn’t actually leaving considering how close Cloudsdale was to Ponyville, but she was spending so much of her time in Cloudsdale, it could have been considered that she had left.
Fluttershy had heard of widespread animal abuse going on in Manehatten a day after Rainbow Dash left. At first she hadn’t wanted to leave, knowing that her place was to stay and care after the animals of the Everfree forest. Who would take care of them while she’s gone? She pondered the question for a couple of days. Other ponies could take over for her, but she wasn’t sure if the other animals would like to have a different caretaker other than herself. Even if they did, how long would the new caretakers last before they give up?
Fluttershy knew it was hard to take care of so many animals at once, having taken care of many animals over the years, but she had grown used to it. She was still worried for the new caretakers that would be there. However, after persuasion and support from several other local residents, Fluttershy took off with several other like-minded ponies, and promised, like the others, to keep in touch. Fluttershy, like Twilight, had declined a party as well, which Pinkie didn’t mind either, but Fluttershy swore she could have heard Pinkie crying as she flew away.
Pinkie Pie had stayed, but only for a short while. A couple of days after Fluttershy’s departure, an old friend of Pinkie’s, Pokey Pierce, came by. He invited her to the party-capital of Equestria, Neigh York. Pinkie Pie had hesitated, knowing that if she left, Ponyville would be a boring place. Pokey racked his brains with Pinkie for a few days, before deciding that going back and forth from Neigh York and Ponyville wasn’t that bad, considering how short the distance is. She threw a party for herself and what few close friends she had. Though Rarity, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash couldn’t be there, she was, at least, happy to have a few friends left to have fun with. She left the following day, boarding the train with Pokey to Neigh York.
And thus the Bearer of the Elements of Harmony were separated, keeping in touch through mail, meetups and other methods. Their meetups had always been eventful, becoming more and more so with each meetup they have. Pinkie Pie would always throw huge “YAY WE’RE TOGETHER AGAIN!!!!” party, which would at times last up to a few days. Not that the other five cared. They wanted to treasure every single moment they had together, as the closest friends knew that time would never be so kind on them in the future. They were happy together, and even distances couldn’t keep the happiness away.
However so, there was trouble over the horizon as the griffons, who at the time of separation was working with the Equestrian Government on a murder case involving several ponies murdered in Griffon territory, started receiving accusations that it was the griffons who had ponynapped and killed the ponies. Hooves and claws started pointing around as the ponies and griffons started arguing over the homicide. The homicide had lasted for a few days, but it was enough to spark an outrage among the ponies and the griffons. On the Equestrian side, ponies were protesting against the griffons. Likewise on the griffon’s side. And soon the heat became unbearable as several radical griffons started attacking several areas of Equestria, disappearing as quickly as they had appeared, leaving behind a slaughtered mess.
Since then security around Equestria had been doubled, with Princess Celestia herself watching over the military division. Princess Celestia knew something big was going to happen, and so she notified her nation, hoping that they would be able to take care of themselves should there be any sudden intrusions. Princess Celestia may be immortal, but that didn’t mean that her power was limitless or unstoppable. Not soon after, the amount of murders decreased, and Princess Celestia sent a convoy of scholars over to griffon territory to organize a peace treaty. The scholars had left with promises of peace being restored being muttered under their breaths, but they never came back.
A day after the incident, news started coming in that cities across Equestria were receiving warnings from several informants in the griffon territory that an invasion was imminent. Every city was on high alert, so when the news got out that Los Pegasus went down, it really came as a surprise to everypony. The other cities braced, not knowing that the next targets would be attacked and conquered swiftly soon.
The Bearers of the Elements of Harmony were to be called in to help, but with all of them separated, and with every city under impending siege, Princess Celestia couldn’t do anything but wait as Princess Luna and her team of generals planned out a counter-attack should the six main cities of Equestria come under attack. Princess Luna, too, had an immortal lifespan, but that didn’t mean her power wasn't limitless as well.
It seemed that the griffons moved swiftly as the first main city, Trottingham, got conquered. Soon enough, another four cities, Canterlot, Manehatten, Neigh York and Cloudsdale came under fire. Princess Celestia and her loyal subjects had retreated to a temporary outpost, which was in an unknown location between Canterlot and Ponyville. In their temporary outpost they planned a counter-assault on every major city in a bid to regain the upper hand. Princess Luna sent a special squad of miners and stealth pegasi to fly over griffon territory, hoping to find a vulnerable town to take over for the time being and convert it into another temporary outpost for anypony wanting to help or for anygriffon who wanted to help the Equestrian Government.
The last city, Ponyville, was on the verge of being attacked as two brothers trotted down a gravel road, heading for an acquaintance’s house, oblivious to the imminent attack. The two had expected an attack somewhere within the next week, which was one of the many mistakes they would soon make.
Author's note : I've been wanting to try a crossover fic for sometime. Those who have been following my blog posts would know. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy reading this. Also, I'd appreciate some feedback for this