Star Whistle and Dark Cloud ran along the corridors of Neigh Science’s facility as a horrifying mechanical monstrosity followed
“Did you set the charges?!” Yelled Dark Cloud as a robotic arm clamped down next to him taking a few mane hairs with it
“Charges?” Screamed back Star Whistle “I’m didn’t! I was too busy running for my life from this hunk of scrap metal!” the end of the corridor rapidly approached them, a dead end in more than a single way
“Well brilliant!” Protested Dark Cloud “No power cuts, no charges! What’s become of Equestria?!” the wall rapidly approached and they finally met it as they turned to see Freedom in the hood of this monstrosity which sped to a halt as Freedom began his boastful pre-killing speech
“I always knew this day would come, you two are so incompetent after all” He Began as Star Whistle rolled her eyes, it looked like that habit was here to stay “And it’s only fitting you die by a genius such as myself... I will give you no last words, let the crushing speak for you” and with that he flicked a lever inside of the machines hood and an arm went speeding towards the pair of Unicorns that had been backed against a wall.
And then there was a flash of light.
Chain Hoof was still clueless as to his location all he knew for certain was that he was dead and that being dead was intolerably boring. He had realised after a few attempts of escaping from the world his mind had created to contain him within the depths of his own personal hell as the outside world became nothing more than a fast fading memory, his ability to speak also neutralised so he couldn’t cry out for help.
The noises outside of what he assumed was the coffin always were the same the eventual dripping of water from above hitting the soil and occasionally the crying of what he could only assume were relatives.
It must be raining outside, after all the water didn’t usually drip this fast.
Suddenly there was feeling in his back hooves, a horrible stinging pain as the illusionary world he had been stuck in began to spin and the dripping became unbearably fast. A bell ringing in his mind went incredibly fast as if to warn his conscious that he was trying to escape again. A shot of electricity went straight through what he remembered to be his spinal cord as the ringing halted and his sight turned into a brilliant shade of violet.
Was he alive again?
The warehouse door began to close as Twister ran through the falling shelves and was being chased down by a pack of hungry dogs. He used magic to tighten the strap connecting a baseball bat to his waist as the warehouse door grew closer yet. The lights also began to fall as the door seemed like all hopes of escape had been diminished from him but there was still a spark, a will to get to the door before it closed, a shelf before him fell spilling boxes and packages everywhere to which he leapt a few feet into the air and kicked off of his own hooves to allow another jump over yet another falling shelf. The dogs at this point were in the middle of dodging the shelves just as Twister was.
The door was now but a few metres from completely sealing him inside of the warehouse as he approached and slid beneath the door being greeted by what he believed to be the sunlight. He grinned massively before opening his eyes to reveal that the light wasn’t the sun but rather a large ray of light which pointed towards an area of dense cloud in the distance. Now Twister wasn’t one to jump to conclusions but he believed that this was actually a distress call, and he would probably be right in believing that. After all he did receive a few distress calls being one of the fastest running Unicorns in Equestria so he decided to head towards it without questioning it much. Weirder distress calls had been made after all.
Elsewhere in Equestria a Pegasi by the name of Magnum sat in one of the roughest bars in Equestria, as he silently sipped at his cider the rest of the bar were throwing chairs at one another as an obviously new resident approached Magnum.
Nopony approached Magnum, not unless they had a death wish.
The pony in question tapped him on the shoulder
“What do you think you’re doin’? This ‘eres a fightin’ bar!” Yelled the enraged pony, Magnum placed his mug onto the counter and rose from his chair laying a punch directly in the face of the pony in question. An audible crack echoed throughout the bar as the victim’s nose was broken and was sent crashing into the far wall
“I care not for your fighting” Stated Magnum solemnly “It bores me greatly when the challengers are of no match” and with that he turned to sit back onto his chair but found himself landing on the ground in the middle of a town that looked similar to Appleoosa in some respects.
How strange, he hadn’t had that much cider had he?
In a whole other universe Diamond Iridescence was facing a realisation, the white star on her cutie mark was similar in appearance to the effect which appeared when a successful teleportation spell was cast. This could change everything, a hidden meaning behind her cutie mark could mean a breakthrough in the entire science behind the concept of cutie marks, she decided to perform a simple teleportation spell taking her from one end of Canterlot to the other a spell which even a studying Unicorn could perform. She began casting the spell and the familiar flash of white light surrounded her as she was thrown to where she believed the correct destination was.
The light disappeared and she found herself atop a building in a town that looked similar to Appleloosa, how had she messed up that spell?
Sky Gaze smiled in relief as he saw several bolts of lightning signalling the arrival of the allies he had called for and approached the nearest one to be greeted by a group of three ponies squabbling amongst one another and one seemed to have found the flamethrower
“Well... it was never gonna be easy...” Sighed Sky Gaze, his smile disappearing, as he approached the group
“I seemed to fail killing you that time... but now I have this!” Freedom exclaimed raising the flamethrower to Star Whistle as Sky Gaze pushed it away
“Use that on the attackers” Uttered Sky Gaze “Listen I need to explain some things to you three...” he noticed that one had picked up a wrench and was now rummaging through the pile of weapons searching for something
“Where’s the blueprints?” Inquired Dark Cloud as he did so
“All of you just listen...” Sighed Sky Gaze as he felt the brute force of a shovel hit the back of his head sending him flying a few metres forwards
“More of these talking ponies?” Sighed Rilik as he lowered the shovel “More to kill I guess...”
“Are you a human?” Inquired Star Whistle immediately interested at the sight the other ponies that had been summoned arrived as Sky Gaze rose back to his hooves, rubbing the back of his head
“Even more talking ponies?” Spat Rilik in disgust, he glanced at the weapon pile as he picked up a rocket launcher and shotgun “That was stupid of you...” he aimed at Twister as he did this, Sky Gaze’s eyes were completely white and glowing as he stood in the centre of the chaos
“All of you!” His voice boomed, different to before it sounded more demanding and more like a figure of authority “I have summoned each of you here from your worlds to do a single thing for me, help in the defence of this town” Star Whistle shuddered as Magnum raised an eyebrow
“A robotic army approaches the town as we speak and I have but 5 minutes to explain before they launch the attack” Sky Gaze continued as his voice got louder as he looked at Rilik “I couldn’t care less if you dislike ponies. I’ll send you back to where you came from after I’ve recruited your expertise at killing, you can fire at only enemies and if a shot is intended for a teammate then you will experience the damage rather than they would. This is how I intend to encourage teamwork, split off and form your own small teams if you want but just ensure that your enemies are the robots” Sky Gaze flung a sniper over his back as he turned away from the small crowd
“Grab your choice of weapon, no squabbling, and get ready for an attack” Uttered Sky Gaze in his normal voice “I trust each of you will be ready when the robots come for you” and with that Sky Gaze left the crowd in a state of mild shock. Rilik stood and thought for a moment, this could mean an escape from this hell infested with talking equines.
“I don’t care about the rest of you” Stated Rilik coldly “I’ll be near the front of the charge if you need me” and with that Rilik wandered towards the large locomotive equipped with a rocket launcher, shotgun and shovel
“Freedom” Stated Dark Cloud “As insane as this may sound, working together may be the only way to escape this place... and I don’t intend upon staying here for very long” Dark Cloud strapped a automatic pistol, shotgun, destruction PDA and Construction PDA to his belt before levitating the wrench before him
“I don’t like this idea” Sighed Star Whistle as she picked up an odd looking contraption with a medical cross sprayed onto the side along with a gun full of syringes and a rusted bone saw before turning to Dark Cloud “But I don’t have a choice do I?”
“I’m only doing this so I can kill you all later” Solemnly stated Freedom as he equipped himself with a shotgun and fire axe whilst levitating a gas mask towards him “I’m the leader though, I am the expert at killing after all” and with that they also headed towards the locomotive
Magnum sighed and turned to Twister
“Teamwork?” Inquired Magnum blankly whilst he picked up a mini-gun and a shotgun, Twister nodded, grabbed a smaller shotgun and a pistol before he turned to Diamond Iridescence
“You in?” Asked Twister happily
“Why not?” Replied Diamond Irdescnece as she picked up a revolver, butterfly knife, an odd recording device labelled ‘Sapper’, a box labelled “Disguises” and a digital watch with no time presented on it but instead a green bar was flashing.
“I’m Twister” Smiled Twister as he clipped the shotgun to his belt
“Diamond Iridescence” Smiled Diamond as she examined the Sapper closely
“Magnum” Grimly uttered Magnum as he wandered ahead of the rest towards the locomotive. And there was Chain Hoof alone but smiling, glad to be alive as he picked up two grenade launchers one of which looked peculiar and contained a few spiked bombs and lastly a smashed whiskey bottle as he trotted after the rest.
The locomotives large steam paddler door slowly opened revealing a large army of robotic enemies which sat in rows of various classes as the machines behind them constructed more by the second
“They look a lot like my robots...” Sulked Freedom as they began to march towards them “I wish they were... because then they’d be responsible for killing everyone here...”
“We’re not dead yet” Assured Dark Cloud as he finished the construction of a turret “And we’re not going to die, ponies like us stay alive through many things”
“Especially terrible giant robots that can’t crush properly” Smirked Star Whistle
“The invasion has begun” Smiled Twister “This will be fun!” with that he bolted towards the locomotive
“There’s no stopping some ponies” Chirped Diamond as she loaded her revolver “There’s no way we can fail”
“If you insist” Replied Magnum lifting his mini-gun from the ground
Rilik leant against a wall as he observed the door slowly opening
“This is gonna to be easy” he sighed as he finished loading his rocket launcher
Chain Hoof finished loading the grenade launchers and began to set down the spiked ones which he had dubbed ‘Sticky Bombs’ due to their incredibly sticky spikes which allowed them to be set practically anywhere and would be even better upon a robots head.
Sky Gaze readied his sniper rifle as he leant on the wall of the old watch tower
“We can’t be stopped, there’s a reason this team was summoned here” Smirked Sky as he looked down the sight of the rifle
“We’re all remarkable fighters” Said the ponies all in time despite not knowing where one another were
“And I’m a damn remarkable ODST” Muttered Rilik as he stood directly in the path of the robots “And I’m ready to kill, first ones in... last ones out”