Level 8:DJ's, Mayors, and Villains
Terror is what the Survivors of The Vault instil in their wake. Sheer Terror that only a monster can instill in it's victims, That is what they bring with them. They lost their names in gaining the magical abilities from The Vault, and this may have been what drove them insane. The price of their powers, their very names, may have proven too much for them, they know only the numbers they are referred to by the computer system of The Vault.
When we reached the entrance to Stable 119 we rested for a couple hours, but none of us slept. The morning came with silence. Looking to the others I got up from the ground and said to them quietly "I'm going to take a look outside, don't want to run into more of those Abominations." They all nodded in understanding.
As I looked around the gear door I could make out what appeared to be 2 foals with a earth pony that wasn't touching the ground. As I watched another earth pony approached the group, this one looked to have some form of rubber boots on its forehooves. They were talking but I couldn't make out what they were saying, as they spoke a Radroach was scuttling past them.
The pony with the boots noticed the Radroach and withdrew one hoof from the boot and as it did lightning seemed to flow out of the boot coming from the pony's hoof. They pointed their hoof at the Radroach and a moment later it was nothing but a small smoldering crater. The pony put their boot back on and the pony said something to the hovering one. The hovering pony started to fly off and the 2 foals transformed into birds and followed the other pony. The lightning pony walked off down the road in the direction of the Goldenwing City ruins.
"It's safe now, there were several Survivors of The Vault, they are gone now." I said turning back to the others. "We better head out, I want to get to the base when there are fewer guards."
"Lead the way" Littlewings said walking up behind me ready to leave.
As we took the first steps back outside I looked in each direction to make sure there weren't more Survivors of The Vault around the stable entrance. The coast was clear so we began to move once again toward the Enclave base along the road. Further down the road we passed what looked to be the remains of a caravan, the bodies were twisted beyond recognition, the limbs appearing to have been torn from their sockets with great force.
"What could have done this?" Iria asked as I started to carefully move the dead ponies' bodies so we could check for any supplies.
"I think we know what it was, and they were outside the stable earlier." Cloudy Melody responded.
"I herd stories about that, I just never thought they were true. Earth ponies able to tear other ponies apart like this, it didn't seem possible" Iria said.
"Well, I'm guessing we will run into a lot more unbelievable things if we don't find a way to deal with the Survivors of The Vault." Littlewings said, "I should know since I apparently was surviving in the wake of one at the colterquin factory."
"The Survivors of The Vault are more than just unbelievable, they are presumably ex-military." I said as I set the last of the saddlebags from the dead ponies in a pile to look through. "But our main concern right now needs to be the Enclave base, and making sure we have enough supplies to break out the captives."
"Right, I'll help you search through those bags" Littlewings said taking 2 of the saddlebags to search through, "wow, they must have been a weapons dealer, there are some good guns in this bag, small, but they look to be good condition."
Iria trotted over to Littlewings to look into the saddlebags and whistled "that looks to be a .45 Caliber pistol, and a silencer mod. That's a nice find"
"These saddlebags seem to only have spare clips for that kind of gun, a couple of near broken guns according to my Pip-Buck, and some caps" I say as I finish looking through the 2 saddlebags I had.
"Your pip-buck can scan weapon condition?" Iria asked seeming surprised.
"well, yea. Can't all Pip-Bucks?" I responded.
"I couldn't tell ya, my Enclave armor didn't have that function so I assumed Pip-Bucks didn't either" Iria said." any data on there saying what else it can do?"
"Let me check..." I responded as I got up after sliding the saddlebag full of .45 auto ammo to Littlewings, "yea, there's a datalog titled 'Lieutenant rank "The Vault" Special Issue Pip-Buck instructions' I'll read it"
Welcome to the instructions manual for you new Pip-Buck, These instructions will tell you what functions your new Pip-Buck possesses as well as telling you of it's upgraded security features. These instructions have also been programmed to work as a status update for any malfunctioning components.
-EFS(eyes forward sparkle), Compass, Health monitor, notice window, SATS charge meter, Rads counter
-Weapon and Armor Condition scanner(works on normal clothing as well)
-Built in inventory sorter(Malfunction)
-medical monitors(detailed display of any medical problems, Malfunction)
-Magical Focus (to enable easy use of your new magical powers)
-Guaranteed authorized access to all lower ranking Personnel Pip-Bucks from The Vault in the event of base destruction(Active)
-Food scanner (detailed display of any effects food may have on the body)
-Authorized access only for removal
-Electrocution of unauthorized personnel attempting to remove this device
-Magically bonded to Lieutenant Silver Aura of the Equestrian Skyguard, no other pony may wear/activate this unit unless said pony is of a higher rank.
"wow, that has to be better than a normal Pip-Buck with all those features in it" Littlewings said after I finished talking and he had gotten all the ammo into his saddlebags as well as his new silenced.45 Auto Pistol. "We should probably find a way to fix some of those functions though, and figure out how to authorize somepony if it needs repairs."
"yea, don't need a technician getting electrocuted for attempting to repair my Pip-Buck" I said starting to lead the way further along the road.
After a while we began to see the base on the horizon, as we did I noticed a movement close to the ground and immediately drew the Dash's Lightning ready to slash at whatever it was. "Don't attack" a male Pegasus pony in Enclave Armor said as he came out of a sewer cover, "I'm here to help with the rescue attempt. The base is too heavily guarded and regulated for a sneak rescue from the front, they don't get re-enforcements in small groups, and all messages come from transmissions."
"Who are you?" I asked the pony still having the Dash's Lightning at the ready. "and why should we trust you?"
"I'm Silent Thunder, a Dashite Unity spy in the Enclave. I can tell you this only because I'm outside broadcast range for my armor and am expected to be in the sewers checking for anypony trying to sneak into the base." he told us as he removed his helmet and lifted the front of his mane to show a symbol like Rainbow Dash's cutiemark, but it was on a shield with the cutiemarks of the other Mares of the Ministries surrounding the lightning bolt.l "This is the symbol of the Dashite Unity, I had it tattooed on my head to remind me of why I fight whenever I look in a mirror."
"I still don't entirely trust you, got any better proof that you're trustworthy?" I asked in response.
"I think your lady friends can vouch for me in that regard, I did deliver that message to you back at Darkness' Shadow." Silent Thunder said to us.
"Yea, he does look familiar" Iria said getting a closer look at him, "I think we can trust him."
"Ok, good, now that that is out of the way follow me, hurry. The surface patrol is due to go over this area soon, and we don't need the plan foiled before it has a chance to work." Silent Thunder said ducking back into the sewer and putting his Enclave helmet back on."I'll tell you the plan once we're all down here."
We followed after having me check the EFS for unfriendly notifications, there were none. When were all in the sewer Silent Thunder.
"So, what's this plan of yours?" I ask as Silent Thunder begins to lead us through the sewers.
"First, let me explaign the patrols. The sewers are patrolled in small groups of one to three ponies each, the groups follow a route in the sewers and then return to the base entrance, at which time if all routes are clear of intruders then the night guard duty is only a single pony to allow the patrols to rest. If a patrol group does not report in then they send a search party and have 5 ponies on guard at the prison." Silent Thunder explained to us. "I'm late reporting in, but since the sewers are a black spot for the base's radar systems because of the irradiated water and the wires on the walls they allow for up to 30 minutes before sending a small platoon to find the missing group."
"So, the plan is, you report in that it is all clear, and then the guards for the prison will be reduced and give us an easy time getting in, is that right?" Littlewings asked.
"Smart one, yes, that is the gist of it. However I have ensured that I will be the one guarding the prison as I should be the latest reporting in. When we get close to the base you will need to remain behind a ways till I can give the all clear." Silent Thunder said, "We were in luck that you showed up before all 30 minutes had passed. Alright, you'll need to wait here for me, the signal for the all clear will be me sliding a empty clip for your assault rifle down that drainage grate, it's right below the prison." he said as he pointed out a drainage grate in the ceiling of the sewer. "it's covered right now by a extra cot so nopony up there can hear us. Once the all clear is given come up and silently kill any opposition, I'm the only spy on this base for our side. When you reach the prison you will need to knock me out from behind to make it convincing so I can keep my cover."
"Got it" I said nodding. "Cloudy Melody, Iria, you two should stay down here when we go up since you don't have any silent weapons."
"Yes sir." Cloudy Melody said before stifling a giggle.
Silent Thunder went ahead and down a path to the left, leaving us to wait for the all clear. None of us spoke much while waiting. Littlewings was looking over his .45 silenced pistol trying to figure out a good way to use it with his mouth. I was looking over the Dash's Lightning to make sure the micro electroshock generator would work for the duration of the mission. Cloudy Melody and Iria were checking their armor and weapons as well.
I was the first to notice the sound of clattering coming from the ceiling as the empty clip fell onto the stone floor in front of us. "Here we go, let's rescue those prisoners."
The four of us charged quietly to where we assumed the way up was, and sure enough a ladder was at the end of the passage to the left. Littlewings and myself quickly scaled the ladder, and took out the guards in combat armor at the top. Silently me and him made our way to the hall and checking our sides we moved quickly to a empty room down the corridor from the sewer entrance. Making our way silently and swiftly down the corridor we killed any Enclave guards we found, most of them in open muzzled Enclave Carapace armor, a few in simple Combat armor. We found the prison after a short while of searching and once inside we saw Silent Thunder who nodded and facing the cage with his helmet off he waited for us. A swift blow to the back of his head left him unconscious but still alive.
"We're here to rescue you. Do you know where the keys are?" Littlewings said to one of the ponies in the cage.
"over there, on the wall" She responded, her voice sounding like somepony who belongs on radio might when off the air. I rushed over to where she had pointed and took the keys throwing them to Littlewings who unlocked the cage.
"Follow me, I'll lead you to the sewer exit." I said to them as they started to exit the cage. Littlewings waited for the last of them to exit before following behind them and backing us up from the rear.
The large group rushed through the few corridors between us and the sewer, once there I waited at the top of the ladder to make sure everypony made it down into the sewers. Littlewings soon came in at the back of the group and nodded to me. after that we both leaped down into the sewers again.
The trip back through the sewers was uneventful everypony remaining silent most of the trip. When we all made it outside we looked back at the base and saw that the lights were still dark as the light from above was fading.
"Thank you for saving us, Silver Aura." The Unicorn mare who pointed out the keys said once we were all outside. "My name is Flutter Wonder, but most ponies call me DJ Memory, I've herd much about you from Silent Thunder."
"Why is he called Silent Thunder?" Littlewings asked her as we began to lead the group along the road away from the base.
"It's because he is silent when spying on an Enclave base, but when he is ready he strikes with the ferocity of thunder." Flutter Wonder said. In the fading light of day I could see her coat was a Medium Violet Purple, and had a pale Yellow mane and tail with a single light blue streak down the middle of both, they were styled like a 3/4th length version of Fluttershy's mane and tail like I had seen in the posters. and her eyes were Brown in color.
"Where should we lead everypony?" I asked her.
"New Memory City, everypony should be safe there, it's one of the most secure cities in the Forgotten Wasteland." she said. Littlewings trotted back to tell Cloudy Melody and Iria where we were going as they were guarding everypony from attacks from behind.
"It will be a while before we reach there if it's in the city ruins." I said to Flutter Wonder "What was that message you sent us about? I know we are supposed to find somepony with a silver aura... but how are we supposed to find them? I doubt we can just walk up to every Unicorn we see and ask them what color their magical aura is."
"Well, I can't be of much help there, but I think there may be more to the legend than what we already know." Flutter Wonder said. "I herd a few rumors while in the Enclave prison. Some ponies think that the Light of the Wasteland was once used before the war, in a time when Changelings were attacking Canterlot during a royal wedding. Other ponies say what happened that day was something else entirely. But since we don't know of anypony who actually attended the wedding and is still alive we have no clue who is right, just rumors."
"What is the light exactly? Isn't it just an idea, or something like that?" I asked as we passed stable 119 on our way back to the city and Cloudy Melody walked up next to me.
"I'm not sure myself, but too many ponies across the wasteland who never had any contact knew of it for it to just be mere myth." Flutter Wonder responded.
"Think anyone in New Memory city will know about it?" Cloudy Melody asked
"Maybe, but we have to get there first" Flutter Wonder responded, "But the only way to find out is to get there."
"I think we should rest in Darkness' Shadow before we head into the ruins. It may be the only safe place between here and the ruins." I said as we walked.
"Darkness' Shadow!? Anypony with a lick of sense would avoid that place, it's said to be cursed." Flutter Wonder said, a twinge of fear in her voice.
"Not so much a curse as a power mad pony in a Colterquin Suit." I responded, "Something called a Soul Jar was in a machine there, I'm guessing it was the source of the rumors."
"A Soul Jar huh? I herd rumors about those things before, never thought they were actually real." Flutter Wonder said, "oh, and New Memory City is in the center of the uptown ruins.
Close to half an hour later we arrived at Darkness' Shadow and were greeted by many happy Ponies in the town.
"All right, we'll rest here for an hour, feel free to get supplies for the trip through the ruins. Anypony able to fight should focus on weaponry in case we get attacked." I called out to the ponies in our care
A Brown colored Stallion ran up to me and still panting said "If you need weapons I would be happy to supply them from my shop, free of charge."
"Thank you, that will be a great help" I responded to his offer.
"Hey, Silver, I got some... unfinished business to attend to here, I'll be back before we leave" Littlewings told me before troting off toward the Colterquin factory.
"Wait up, I'll come with you" Iria called out to him running to catch up with him.
"Be careful!" I called out to both of them, to Cloudy Melody I said "we should see about getting everypony set up with the right supplies for the trip ahead.
Iria and I were heading to the Colterquin factory on the hill, occasionally stopping at some of the many new grave sites of long dead ponies. I bowed my head in respect of all the ponies lost to the Slendermane. It was quiet most of the trip there, we mourned the lost even if we did not know them.
"What unfinished business do you have at the factory?" Iria asked as we approached the end of the houses and beginning of the hill.
"Its... personal, somepony I lost, a long time ago" I responded as I lead the way up the hill. "He was someone I wish I knew better."
"oh, What do you plan to do once you find him?" Iria asked as we neared the doors.
"I... I wish to give him a proper burial, next to mom." I responded, a tear falling from my eye.
I opened the doors, the skeletons of many ponies were gone now. I could tell the Gravekeeper Unicorn had been here by the flowers left where the skeletons once were. She always left flowers on the doorsteps of ponies who lost family to the Slendermane, even before I was kidnapped. As I searched the skeletons to find a Pegasus Iria called out to me.
"I think I found him!" she called to me
"How can you be sure? Multiple Pegasi died here" I said as I walked over to her, that's when I saw it, a Photo, of me, my mother, and him. "Dad" It was all I could say as I reached out for the skeleton.
"He really loved you, to even take a photo of loved ones into a place like this." Iria said motioning to the factory around us.
"We should take the skeleton and bury him." I said as I lifted the skeleton carefully onto my back.
"Let me help" Iria said trying to help me carry my father's skeleton.
"No, I must do this myself." I responded as I started to walk out the front doors of the factory. I carried my Father's dead body down the hill with Iria next to me. I couldn't admit it at the time but I was glad to have her with me. Even being long dead there was still enough tissue on my father's bones to keep them from separating.
We soon reached the graveyard, which lay at the bottom of the hill. The Gravekeeper was waiting there for us with a small smile on her face. It was not a happy smile, more rather, a comforting one, the kind a pony like her needs given her line of work. She was levitating a shovel next to her, the gravemarker of my father already in place next to my mother's.
Placing my father's skeleton I took the shovel and got to work digging up the spot where my dad's gravemarker was. While I was digging a second shovel joined with mine. Looking up I saw it was Iria with the other shovel.
"I can't let you do this alone, I doubt anypony could handle it by themselves." She said.
"Thanks, I don't think I could have done this without you Iria" I said as we both dug the grave together.
After about 20 minutes of digging we finally had the grave dug. Iria flew us both out of the grave with me helping as best I could, which wasn't much. I then put my father's skeleton into the grave as a tear fell from my eye.
"Good bye father, even though I never met you, I still miss you." I said as Iria hugged me with a foreleg.
"May he rest in peace" The gravekeeper said as she used her magic to gently place the dirt in the grave, after which a single rose bloomed from the spot with a brown colored aura around it.
"Come on, let's go find the others" Iria said, to which I nodded
"I'm sorry it took so long dad" I said as we left the graveyard.
"12 Assault Rifles, 3 clips each, a few healing potions and magical bandages. I think we're set Silvie" Cloudy Melody said to me running through a mental checklist.
"It's not much, but it's better than we had before." Flutter Wonder said as she took one of the Assault Rifles and ammo for it.
"Now we just need to wait for Littlewings and Iria to get back. I got the path marked out on my Pip-Buck map so getting to New Memory City shouldn't be too difficult now." I said as I looked down the street to see Littlewings and Iria walking towards us about 2 minutes later. "How did things go?" I asked Littlewings.
"Everything is wrapped up, thanks to Iria" Littlewings said in response.
"We're ready to go when you are." Iria said smiling.
We began to leave the town with myself in the lead following the markers on my E.F.S. compass. It wasn't a long journey from Darkness' Shadow to the ruins of Golden Wing City and the ponies who had guns were told not to shoot unless they had to so we didn't waste ammo on Radroaches or other minimal threats that a swipe of the Dash's Lightning could dispatch quickly. The markers lead us to the entrance of a subway system a little ways into the city ruins, inside the subway had been covered with debris from the walls and ceilings.
The main subway was below a platform that the entrance hallway lead out onto. Below we could hear groans and strange voices as well as the unmistakable sound of something like metal tapping on tile.
"So, where do you suppose 158-SA is." one of the voices said.
"Who knows, but we will find him. The boss has an interest in him." a slightly higher pitch voice said.
I motioned for all the ponies with guns to ready them as I got out my own Assault Rifle readying it as I crept up to the railing at the edge of the platform. Looking over the railing I saw 2 Survivors of The Vault moving toward the broken escalators. As they walked the blades on their forelegs made the sound of metal tapping tile, the groans were coming from several Ghoul ponies that seemed to be ignoring the Survivors of The Vault as the 2 made their way up the escalators now.
I waved to the ponies to hide and Littlewings seemed to be nowhere to be found already. Cloudy Melody was by my side as well as Iria while we waited for the Survivors of The Vault to draw ever closer. As they reached the top I shouted "NOW!" as I let lose a barrage of bullets from my Assault Rifle, other ponies following suit and a few lasers flying from Iria's pistol. The Survivors of The Vault dodged a few of the bullets but given the number of shots being fired from all sides they only managed to make it a few steps before collapsing. 3 of the ponies we were protecting walked up to the seemingly dead Survivors of The Vault with their guns held out.
As the ponies grew close the Survivors of The Vault came out of their possum act and slashed at the ponies. The 3 were left with large gashes across the chest of 2 and throat of the third. Almost immediately after the attack Littlewings fired several shots into the heads of both Survivors of The Vault, killing them. After he did he emerged from the shadows where he had been waiting for an opening to shoot.
The shooting had alerted the Ghouls from below who began swarming the escalator as they came up. I started firing on the Ghouls as several ponies rushed to the aid of the 3 injured ones, bandaging the wounds and getting them out of harm's way. Iria, Littlewings, Cloudy Melody, and several of the ponies with guns joined in shooting down the large number of Ghouls. The Ghouls didn't stand much chance against the onslaught of bullets, we had to reload only once each before the battle was finished.
"Are they able to walk?" I asked as I approached the injured ponies.
"No, they lost too much blood before we could stop it." A pony tending to them told me.
" We'll have to carry them, we can't stay here." I said glancing around to make sure nopony else was injured before taking one of the injured ponies onto my back. 2 other ponies from the group picked up the other injured ponies so we could keep moving through the subway system.
We were able to get through the subway system with only a few scrapes and cuts along the way. The Ghouls seemed to have all been gathered at the station with the Survivors of The Vault. The closer we got to the Ministry Towers station the fewer and fewer Ghouls we found. Luckily for us the Ghouls didn't seem to notice us, but seemed more concerned with getting away from the station we were heading to.
This station was in much the same state as the previous one. The only difference was that it appeared to have another level below where we were going in directions at a 90 degree angle to the rails we were on. We all walked up to the exit of the eerily deserted subway station. As we got outside we were able to catch our first glimpse of New Memory City. The city was made from 3 ministry towers that stretched up to make one of the highest points in Golden Wing City's skyline.
Even after 200 years the towers still stood, Platforms exposed to open air at regular intervals going up the middle, with the towers acting almost like a tripod. The sides of the buildings that faced inward had all collapsed leaving them open to the platforms. It seemed impossible that the city was even able to stand let alone have been around long enough for the city to be built. The old sign in front of the towers still remained with barely visible words stating that these were the towers for the Ministries of Arcane Science, Peace, and Wartime Technology.
The entrance to the city was in the middle of the base level of the towers where a giant metal gate had been built that could be raised by a large motor that looked like it was taken from a crane. and several large cables. As we approached Flutter Wonder began to speak.
"Something is wrong, there is supposed to be guards on duty here at all times. Silver Aura, can you fly up and raise the gate?" Flutter Wonder asked me.
"I'll try" I responded as I began to fly up slowly to the gate controls, where I proceeded to press the button that said open. I waited for everypony to be inside the gate before hitting close and flying down to join them in the center of the towers.
"Thank you Silver Aura" Flutter Wonder said as she directed the other rescued ponies to an elevator in the Ministry of Peace tower. "I don't want to alarm the other ponies but this area is supposed to have several guards in it and a medic just incase a injured pony comes to our gates. The emptiness here has me on edge."
Just as she finished saying that several Survivors of The Vault seemed to appear out of nowhere as they surrounded us and said "you will come with us. The boss wants a word with you." They didn't appear to be the kind that could transform, their cutiemarks appeared to be a half invisible pony symbol. We followed them to the elevator in the Ministry of Arcane Science tower and were told to go to the top.
As the elevator shook and rattled on it's way up I asked Flutter Wonder "what's at the top of this elevator?"
"My office, and broadcasting studio. If their boss is there, then they will have some questions to answer." She said as the elevator slowly rose above the ruins of Golden Wing City.
"How did New Memory City get it's name?" Cloudy Melody asked.
"My grandmother named it, She started the city with a small group of ponies a long time ago. When they found the towers, they were on the verge of collapsing, but luckily, they had some Unicorns with powerful levitation magic and Earth ponies able to build strong platforms that the city now rests on. As they built the platforms they moved up the towers, when they reached the top they found dozens of memory orbs in storage rooms. The sheer number of orbs is what lead my grandmother to name the city New Memory City." Flutter Wonder explained. "The name DJ Memory was from my mother, she found recording equipment and other such items in the basement of the Ministry of Wartime Technology tower. She used it to set up a radio station in the Wartime Technology top floor. She passed the mantle on to me before she died from a bullet wound she got from raiders while out looking for stories to report on the radio."
The elevator screeched to a halt at the top of the tower. As we walked out we saw several unicorn guards wearing green combat armor, this caused DJ Memory to smile. as we walked down a hallway to an office. When we got inside a pony in a chair spun it around and said, "Why hello there... Commander."
"It can't be." Cloudy Melody said as her jaw dropped.
"Who is he?" Littlewings asked.
"Why did he call you Commander?" Iria asked.
I was speechless for a short time before saying "Blue Bolt."
"What!? But I thought he was sealed in Darkness' Shadow's factory!" Littlewings shouted.
"All will be explained" Blue Bolt said as 2 transformation Survivors of The Vault became their monstrous forms on either side of Blue Bolt. "Oh, and shooting me will do you no good Littlewings. Iridescence, such a lovely name, shame you prefer to be called Iria. Cloudy Melody, I hardly need to delve deep into your mind, such thoughts will do you no good here. Before anypony asks, yes I can read your minds, and I can do more than just that as well."
"Why..." DJ Memory Started to say before she was cut off by Blue Bolt.
"Why did I take over your city? Simple really, it was the perfect place to govern my troops." He smiled wickedly as his cutiemark came into view. It had become a Brain shaped book with writing covering it, and it appeared to have blood splashing around it as well as part of the cutiemark. "Also no, Silver Aura, I am not the leader of the Survivors of The Vault, I am merely a General, one of three Generals that we have. Sadly, 003-XE died in her stasis pod before it could open, poor dear, she had such ambition before she suffocated in there. Someone had cut the air supply, oops."
"You're sick!" I yelled at him.
"I wouldn't draw that weapon if I were you, I assure you these two are not just for show. They are much faster than the fools in the subway with their Ghoul friends." He said in a mocking tone. "I must say, bloodline reading reveals such secrets about a pony, or Zebra. I must say that evil book was a good read in the mind of a certain Zebra I met not long ago. And Starswirl the Bearded, I never would have thought that such spells even existed, too bad his descendant didn't last long after meeting me. Bloodline reading is such a messy business, I needed direct contact with the poor dear's blood in both cases. So many don't even realize that their blood can carry memories from their ancestors."
As he was talking myself and the others were getting more restless, not wanting to try our luck with attacking him, but knowing that he had a hand in the evil of the wasteland.
He continued talking as he moved in front of a window, "I do have to say, the first 5 test subjects, coming from your own squad. I could tell it is eating you up to know one of them is dead and you couldn't save her. It was quite entertaining watching her struggle with thoughts of escape in her mind. I just wish I could have smothered her with my own h... OOF" I gasped as I saw Cloudy Melody tackle him sending both through the window. Catching a glimpse of Blue Bolt's expression I saw surprise on his face. The Survivors of The Vault reacted quickly forming wings as they dove after Blue Bolt.
"CLOUDY MELODY!" I shouted as I ran for the window and dove out after her pulling out my pistol. I had my wings pressed against my body as I saw Cloudy Melody below fighting with Blue Bolt, she was using her gun like a club trying to score a hit with it. Blue Bolt was dodging almost perfectly, every so often he was hit sending the pair spinning out of control, one hit sent Cloudy Melody and Blue Bolt in different directions as they fell.
I was firing off several shots at the Survivors of The Vault, scoring several hits on their wings but not slowing them down any. The Survivors of The Vault soon caught up with Blue Bolt and grabbed him.
"You won't be so lucky next time we meet Commander! I still have my backup plan!" Blue Bolt shouted as he and the Survivors of The Vault flew off.
"Somepony read a few too many Mighty Pony books" I said quietly as I flapped my wings every couple seconds to move faster, not noticing a silver colored magical aura starting to surround me causing me to fly still faster. When I got close enough I focused my telekinesis on Cloudy Melody, causing her falling to slow down just enough for me to catch her 4 stories above the ground. Using all my strength of flying I guided us into a crash landing in a irradiated pond.
We both limped out of the pond with a few broken bones and soaking wet. We herd gunshots from above and started to make our way back to the entrance gate. As we did several bodies of dead Survivors of The Vault fell around us, all of them with the invisibility cutiemark. As we reached the gate I collapsed on the ground having spent much of my energy on saving Cloudy Melody.
New Perk: Flight(Rank 2): Your flight ability is now good enough to allow normal flight with a Wingpower of 2.5 you can move faster when flying downward.
Author's Note: Mighty Pony is meant to be like a pony parody of Power Rangers, mixed with several other action shows, in book form. The first version of the idea in my head was for it to be a TV show, but I didn't know if that idea would fly with the readers, so I went with books instead.