[Author's Notes: This will be vague, only giving simple hints to who it is. If you figure out who it is, THEN KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. At least until the official first chapter of the first crossover is started. Enjoy!]
Celestia and the others stood there as their newest inhabitant collapsed to the ground. Twilight was preparing to run over to him, but not before a bright light encased his body. It slowly began fading away into existence, shocking the ponies until he was completely gone.
"W-what just happened?" Twilight asked in a shaky tone.
"I think he might have teleported." Celestia stated, still staring at the spot where he vanished.
"Why would he though?"
"I don't think he planned it." Lyra started. "If he's well-trained at teleporting for having to go from place to place, then he shouldn't go unconscious... right?"
The others looked at each other, while Luna voiced their question. "So then why did he lose consciousness before he 'teleported'?
Lyra turned to face here. "Either he accidently set up a teleport without him knowing, which is highly unlikely, or something else teleported him." The girls gave a short gasp at this.
"Do you think he'll come back Princess?" Twilight asked, looking over pleadingly towards Celestia.
"I'm sure he will." Celestia stated with a smile. "He can take care of himself. Besides, I'm sure he wouldn't leave us all for good without a goodbye." The girls seemed to relax with this statement.
"Go girls," Luna began to speak. "You should go off and return to Ponyville. When he returns, we'll let you know." The girls nodded at this before being escorted to their carriage.
Luna and Celestia stood there, eyeing the still unconscious form of Blueblood. They both slightly shook their heads and walked away, leaving the prince alone in his fainted state.
I found myself lying down on something rugged. Grogginess was my main emotion, forcing me to utter a weak groan. I felt small strands of sunlight tickling my face, and attempted to drag my blanket over my head to block the light. A quick pat-down confirmed that my blanket was not on me. 'Must have fallen off...' I thought as I rubbed my face with my eyes still closed. 'Oi that dream I had about the training was weird... then again nopony could ever perfectly reference Assassin's Creed in a world that doesn't have it.'
"That's where you're wrong Storm."
"Open your eyes."
I did as I was asked and gave a loud groan when I found myself lying in a forest. Wait... a forest?
'Uh Ed... what happened?'
"While you were looking through realities, you seemed to accidently perform a timed warp, rather than a simple Bookmark. Because you weren't expecting it, and I didn't notice, your body shut down. And here we are."
'...Well damn. My bad.'
"It could have been worse friend. For now, let's explore!"
'Which reality are we even in?'
"The one with the guy and the Russian hat."
'And the TARDIS?'
"Mmhmm. We seem to be back in the Everfree Forest all over again though."
'Shit... can we tele out?'
"There's interference in this damn forest. Until we are more familiar with Equestrian magicks, we can't tele out of the Everfree."
'That's an irritating coincidence.'
"True. But enough chit-chat, we weren't warped in the same spot as before. So time to start walking."
'Where to exactly?'
"There's a cliffhanging not far from here. You could climb and search from there."
'Understood. Rolling out.'
I stood and cracked my back, resetting my joints and trying to clear my head. Looking around the vicinity, I spotted the cliff and started making my way towards it. I calmly walked towards it, glancing up at the sun to figure the time. I would have simply reused my HUD clock, but that thing was annoying me anyways.
'Huh... around one o' clock P.M. I can probably make it the cliff in five minutes.'
The walk was certainly peaceful. When you aren't mauled by ravenous creatures, it was actually quite beautiful. Sure it's dark and creepy as hell, but I've thrived in environments like this for centuries. I stumbled near a small patch of blue flowers, directly in the path towards the cliff.
I considered just walking through it, but then I remembered Twilight mentioning something about it during an exhibition through the Everfree. I think it was called 'Poison Joke'... best avoid that. Sprinting towards the patch, I kicked off from the ground at the last second and flung myself over the flowers with ease.
"In your face nature." I muttered as I dusted myself off and continued my trek to the cliff. It didn't take much longer before reaching the base of said cliffside. The problem was how to get up. I could Prototype-run up it, but that is just a waste of those abilities...
'I got it. I'll just climb it, Assassin style.'
"Good idea. You're still a bit flabby in some areas."
'I am not! That's a lie!'
"Whatever floats your boat."
With an irritated grumble, I flicked out my hookblade and got to work. (A/N: Well this is a first, just to let you know... yes I do reference AC alot. Sorry if that annoys you.) Finding jutting out rocks was simple, and soon I was launching myself up the cliffside. A few times the rocks were loose, causing a stagger in my climbing. However quickly re-hooking the previously filled crooks helped remedy any chance of falling.
I grasped the ledge of the cliff and pulled myself to safety, slightly winded. "Whew... maybe I should work out more often... Oi." Standing up, I looked over the edge and began to identify my surroundings.
What I saw was absolutely breath-taking. The canopy that constructed the ceiling of the Everfree was thick with vegetation and wildlife. Birds gently nested within the highest sectors, most of them relaxing in the warm sun. A gentle breeze made my body sway slightly, and I gave a soft sigh at the serenity.
"Not so bad when you aren't getting mauled." I mumbled aloud, eyes still transfixed on the canopy. However I couldn't spot anything but the damned forest, it was just endless canopies. It looked like a giant, slightly bumpy, plain of solid plantae. Looking behind me, I noticed something I didn't originally see.
A decent-sized cave.
Examining the weather to see some clouds condensing, I figured that I should take refugee in there and plan what to do next.
I mean, what's the worst that can happen-
I really hope I didn't just jinx myself.
I poked my head inside of the cave, only to be greeted with darkness. I listened for sound. Nothing came into my hearing, so I stepped inside. The cave was considerably cooler than outside, so I took residence in a few meters deeper. Pulling out a basic woodcutting knife and a stick, I got to work.
What was I making? I have no clue, but woodworking helped relief stress for me.
A light rain as predicted began to pour down unto the Everfree, making me glad that at least there was a cave here. The rain surprisingly was piercing the thick canopy, so continuous walking wouldn't have been a good alternative. The solemn sound of my knife skimming off layers of bark was the only sound that echoed through the cave.
....Well it was, until-
I froze. I didn't consider if there was something else in the cave, and I was beginning to rethink of sticking around. Slowly turning my head, I spotted what was behind me.
A bear.... A big bear. It's coat was a dark blue, with little specks of white adorning its fur. His orange filled eyes were currently boring into mine, while a slight dribble of drool was cascading down from his exposed teeth.
I bounced up and ran for it. Even if I could take it solo, there was no way I was going to stick around and test my luck. Besides, my body isn't completely alert. This would make direct combat with this big ass thing one hell of an annoying chore. The rain had already lightened up some, enabling me to use the slightly slick rocks as a way of sliding.
The bear was on hot pursuit, and he was even bigger than what I thought it looked like. Coming to the edge of the cliff, I jumped off, propelling my body towards a nearby peninsula that was connected to the canopy. Flicking out my hookblade, I latched onto a tree limb and swung off.
A quick tuck and a roll later, I examined the rock cliff to see the bear barreling down a rocky slope towards me.
'Aw come on!'
I hightailed it, running through the underbrush. The bear had hit ground-level, and was going to put an end to me if I either didn't outrun it, outsmart it, or to kill it.
....Well I was trying option one first.
Still running. This thing has some damn endurance. We must have been running for about five minutes in a full-out sprint, and I starting to get a bit winded. I had maybe thirty meters of distance, but his eyes were always locked onto my body. This forced me to keep running, because cover would just further irritate it.
A clearing caught my eye, and I quickly cut through the thick brush before popping out into it.
"Fuck yeah I'm gonna make-"
I ran into something, hardi. I fell straight on my ass, clutching my head in agony. My vision was slightly distorted, and examination of what I hit was far from clear. I heard the bear approaching, so I had to recover and get moving fast. However once I recovered, the sight of what I hit made me reconsider straight out running again.
It was a human... lacking a Russian hat..
He looked up at me groggily, hand slightly massaging his temple. "Watch where you're going, I'm running from a insane po-" He stopped talking and his eyes widened when he saw me. "A-a human?!"
I gave a curt nod and quickly helped him to his feet. "Well friend, you're not the only one being chased." He looked over at me with a curious brow, but the sounds of large amount of vegetation being destroyed answered his question. He desperately looked behind him before addressing me.
"We're so screwed..."
"To hell we are!" I shouted, getting his attention. "I can't fight that big ass bear solo currently, but we can if you help me." He looked uneasy at that statement, so I pressed further. "If you don't help, not only will we die, but whoever is chasing you will to if they follow you here."
That got his attention. He nodded and looked towards the direction of the bear. "Got any weapons?"
I smiled and flicked out my hidden blades. "A few." I conjured a dagger into my pocket and pulled it out. "Need one?"
He shook his head and let small sparks of electricity flow out of his hands. "I think I can manage without a weapon."
'Holy shit... you don't see that everyday.'
"So would he be considered a Thunder Mage or a Electric Elemental?"
'Thunder Mage sounds more fitting for a human who can wield lightning.'
"Good point. Here you go!"
The bear ripped through the final layer of trees, boring holes directly at me. I looked over towards the other human, who did the same and nodded.
"Let's do this..." I began. "LEEEEEEEEERRRROYYYYYYYY." I shouted while flicking my blades back out.
He got a crazy glint in his eyes as the electricity doubled in strength. "JENNNNNNNNKINNNNNNNS."
"Small rounds. Aim for the face!" I yelled as I charged the bear. The other human (Shall be nick-named шок) did as asked, and unleash a small flurry of bolts at the beast. With it distracted, I rushed to its left foreleg. Flicking the blades in rapid succession, I pierced the fur with some difficulty and inflicted some damage.
The bear roared in pain and bitch-slapped me backwards. I realized that trying to fight this things using only my hidden blades and шок's lightning won't be enough. I had a crazy idea, but it was really the only one I could think of.
"Medium rounds. Aim for the nose!" I started running towards the bear again, the steady staccato of Lightning bolts striking the beast on its nose. It stunned it long enough for me to grasp the fur of his left foreleg, and begun climbing.
"What the hell are you doing?!" шок yelled from his vantage point a few meters away in a tree I didn't see him climb into. "You're going to get yourself killed!"
I was almost to the shoulder, but the bear was close to dashing шок's tree if he didn't amplify his shots. "Heavy rounds! AIM FOR THE EYES!" I yelled as I got to the shoulder. The bear looked back and roared in anger, attempting to bite me like some kind of flea.
I quickly did a side jump and grasped some fur on his torso, quickly climbing back up. шок's first shot nicked the bear in his eyebrow, stunning and enraging him simultaenously. I reached the back and begun a quick sprint towards the cranium of the beast's brain.
"Spawn- M4 Shotgun"
I let the air particles form first the handle, followed my the barrel, and ended with the muzzle. I cocked the weapon, and began an even faster dash towards the beast's skull. шок's second bolt hit right in-between its eyes, making more efficient damage than just a shot to the eyes directly.
I reached the back of its head, and lowered the shotty to where it'd pierce all of its lobes. A quick one-liner escaped my lips as I shot four rounds in rapid succession.
The body heaved, and I soon found myself desperately trying not to be catapulted or squished. Running over the head, I slid down his mouth and land with a short roll. The bear's corpse crashed with an audible *thud* behind me, kicking up small amounts of dust.
"LIKE A BOSS!" I yelled with a fist-pump. шок gave me a thumbs-up and jumped off from the tree. Unfortunately he didn't do any cool roll, but at least he didn't hurt himself. He quickly ran over to me and gave me a high-five.
"You were awesome man." шок said as he gave me a huge grin. "But where did you get the shotty from?"
I looked down at it and gave a short shrug. "Who knows? Maybe I'm just that good... nah."
The shotgun began to disassemble before it finally collapsed on itself, vanishing into thin air. шок just stared at me and I gave a small smile. All of a sudden we heard some light cackling behind him. He and I both knew who that was...
"I was afraid you got away..." Lyra said as she inched closer, four knives floating limply by her side. "While taking down that Ursa Minor was impressive, I still need your hand." The first knife swung towards шок's hand.
"What the-" I stood in the way, hidden blade exposed and blocking the knife strike. She seemed to just noticed what I was, and nearly squealed with glee. "Oh, now I can have two hands!" Another blade swung towards my limp hand.
"I think not." I stated, giving an un-amused stare. My other hand's blade had stopped her other knife. "Didn't think you were this crazy Lyra, but I'll guess we can fix that back at Ponyville."
"What do you mean-"
She didn't finish her question as my Shout launched her back into a tree, rendering her unconscious. The knives that accompanied her fell to the ground, which I collected and stored in my bag. A quick examination showed she was alright, and I heaved her unto my shoulders.
"Dude..." шок began. "Did you just-"
"She's fine. Just knocked out."
He seemed to be in thought before he looked at me with a smile. "Well how about we head back to Ponyville eh?" I gave a curt nod before we began walking back in the direction Lyra came from.
"So what's your name stranger?" I asked. "You can call me Storm."
He looked over and gave me a soft smile. "Name's Matt. Matt Acton."