(1 Week after Canterlot, 3rd P.O.V)
After a week of documentation and study, Orb had been able to record and report as much data about Scar, his diet, habits, behavior, and even his secret plan to become king. Chrysalis was pleased by these findings and was beginning to construct a plan to try and take Equestria to feed her starving subjects, but the process wasn’t going well for her as she now had to worry about the Elements of Harmony that could easily defeat her. “My queen, Is it nearing time to make our move?” Orb asked through the magical hologram. “Soon, my little spy, very soon. Listen this is important, when he catches on, guide him to me and then we can go from there.” Chrysalis instructed with a smile on her face. “Yes, My queen.” Orb replied as the hologram ended and the spy continued looking over at the ferocious resident. “You may not know it lion, but your vision of becoming king is about to be reality.” Orb said as he looked through the window at Scar.
I was settling in for a relaxing evening after dinner with nothing but a bed and another day to dream of my downfall and visions of Simba ruling the Pride Lands. It wasn’t til I noticed something outside the window I saw something that looked as if a pony and a bug morphed together and at first I thought it was my mind playing tricks on me. After a few seconds I saw nothing there, so I shrugged it off as a mental illusion and went back to focusing on sleep. “That was quite possibly the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.” I said as I closed my eyes to try and sleep. “Yeah, I could say the same about you.” Another voice said as my eyes opened and saw the same pony/bug hybrid in my room smiling at me. “Who, or what are you?!” I asked in complete surprise. “Easy, I’m Orb Weaver, and I am a loyal subject to Queen Chrysalis, Queen of the Changelings.” The creature named Orb Weaver replied with a smile, exposing his fangs. “What is it that you want from me?” I asked still retaining somewhat of a snarl. “I’m here to help you, see here, my Queen wants to help feed her subjects, and you want to rule over these ponies, she thinks you can help each other, plus a king needs a queen to rule by his side.” Orb Weaver replied.
The thought rolled into my mind of being king, it looked glorious as I pictured it and with a queen at my side, it could offer a chance to have an heir to carry on my work. This also lead me to the chance of conquering with a small reason and it’s to help a desperate race like the hyenas. After thinking it over with all the pros and cons, I turned back to the small Changeling. “I agree to this deal.” I said with a menacing grin forming on my face. “Don’t tell that to me, tell it to her majesty. Follow me, I’ll take you to her.” Orb said and opened up the window and jumped out of it. I followed and took one last look in my room before joining Orb as he activated something I’d never expect to see.
“Why hello there, I am Chrysalis, The Changeling Queen. It is heard that you seek the Equestrian throne from Celestia am I not correct?” The leader asked. She looked taller than Orb and had a blue holed mane. I was stunned to see her even though she wasn’t physically here. “Yes I do, but what could you possibly do to help me?” I asked cocking an eyebrow. “Why it’s simple, I have an army of changelings and you need followers to bow to your rule. I’d be willing to help you if you could do me something.” Chrysalis proposed. She did make a valid point though, If I just seized the throne myself alone, I’d most likely be overthrown or killed within the few hours on the throne. She could be what I need to become king again, but I had to ask. “What is it that you need from me?” “Allow me and my starving changelings to come into Equestria and feast upon the love the ponies possess.” Chrysalis replied. By her desperate scenario, it was a lot like the hyenas situation in the Pride Lands. After thinking it over for a moment, my menacing grin returned. “You’ve found yourselves a new king.” Chrysalis grinned as well.
“You’ve saved thousands of my poor subjects, but we need to plan out our strategy because Celestia and Luna are powerful and defeating them isn’t easy. Follow Orb to my kingdom and we’ll discuss everything when you arrive.” Chrysalis instructed. “I’ll see you there and you may call me Scar.” I replied as the thing ended and Orb turned to me. “Alright let’s get moving so nopony will see us.” He said as we headed out of the small town and out into the unknown regions of Equestria and my path to power.
(Twilight’s Castle, 3rd P.O.V)
In the library within the castle, Twilight and Starlight had been doing some late night reading on a spell to fix the map after the time-travel shindig. The two unicorns had been scouring through potential mountains of books to find a solution but so far came up short. “Ugh! This is infuriating! I can stop you from nearly destroying the space-time continuum, but I can’t find a spell to get the map working again?!” Twilight shouted in frustration as she closed the book she just finished reading and slammed it on to the table making Starlight flinch a little. “Don’t stress Twilight. It’s my fault for messing with the map in the first place.” Starlight replied with regret. Looking back at her pupil, Twilight wrapped a hoof around her friend. “It’s okay Starlight, I’m just stressed out today and oddly feel like Scar on a daily basis.” Twilight said with a small smile. “Speaking of which, is it weird that we don’t hear him snoring up a storm right now?” Starlight asked curiously. “Maybe he finally saw his snoring problem and stopped for once.” Twilight thought as she released her friend. “I don’t think so, he’s usually sound asleep by this time and I’ve tried to ask him to stop, but he’s a heavy sleeper.” Starlight replied with a slight frown on her face.
“If it’ll ease your suspicions, let’s go and check on him.” Twilight sighed a bit and walked towards the lion’s room. Starlight knocked on the door hoping to hear Scar’s half asleep voice beckon them in. “Scar?” Starlight asked with concern as she slowly opened the door to the guest room. Inside the room was empty with an open window allowing Luna’s moon to shine brightly in the unoccupied space. “Where did that lion get off to now?” Twilight asked as she and Starlight entered their guest’s room. “Wherever he is, I just hope he’s alright.” Starlight said with a concerned expression on her face as she looked at the night sky.
(Badlands, Scar’s P.O.V)
After trekking all night through the wilderness of Equestria, we arrived upon a dry and barren wasteland that looked as if a drought had occurred. All around me and Orb were more Changelings glancing at us as we ventured. “Welcome to our kingdom.” Orb gestured the tall termite mounds and Changelings everywhere. “And I thought the Elephant Graveyard was a dismal place.” I said as I gazed upon the so-called kingdom. After entering a large mound that I assumed was the castle, we entered a large room with the large Changeling Queen Chrysalis herself. “Ah if it isn’t the lion of Equestria himself, a pleasure to see in my little kingdom.” She greeted us and approached. “The privilege is all mine,Queen Chrysalis.” I replied with a courteous bow. “Orb I thank you for your service, you are dismissed as I discuss business with my royal compatriot.” Chrysalis spoke to Orb as the small changeling responded with a bow and left the room.
Chrysalis was actually quite nice to speak to, she was straight-forward with me and didn’t bother to beat about the bush with things, unlike Twilight, or any of her companions did. “Now I believe it is time to explain the reason why Orb was spying on you since your visit with those do-gooder Princesses. It is simply because you and I both want the same thing and have some common interests such as you want to be king and I need to feed my starving subjects.” Chrysalis explained as we walked towards a window overseeing the hungry and depressed Changelings.
“I see, well perhaps we can form an alliance in which I help you get food for your subjects and you help me take the throne and rule by me as king and queen.” I suggested with a villainous grin forming. Chrysalis liked the idea and extended her holed-filled hoof out. “We have a deal, My King.” I was hesitant for a moment, but I grasped her hoof with my paw and we shook to seal our agreement.
“I shall inform the my subjects of this agreement and our glorious rise to power.” Chrysalis said as she walked out onto the balcony overlooking her subjects. The changelings gathered to listen to what she had to say. “My loyal subjects, Today is a new and glorious day for us as we are now blessed with a being, willing to help us in our struggle for food and will help defeat the Princesses of Equestria. May I present, your future king, Scar!” She announced and the Changeling crowd applaud as I presented myself to them. Doing so and hearing the cheers, This was a feeling I missed back during my rule in the Pride Lands. The sense of importance. I smiled as I felt my newfound subjects cheering for me. “Perhaps she and I will make a good couple.” I thought to myself as I glanced at Chrysalis with a slight smile on my face.
(Twilight’s Castle, 3rd P.O.V)
The next morning in Ponyville arrived and for once in quite awhile, Twilight actually woke up to the peaceful morning instead of the loud yawn from their lion companion. Speaking of which Twilight was quite surprised he wasn’t here still. “Where could he be? I mean I know we can be a bit annoying because we favor diplomacy over violence, but it shouldn’t be enough to just up and leave.” Twilight said with a frown on her face. But her doors open to reveal Starlight with a worried expression. “Twilight, I think I know what happened.” Starlight said with a slightly terrified expression on her face. “You do?” Twilight said with a slightly crazed smile. “Yes, but I believe you’re not going to like it, come on.” Starlight explained as the two unicorns left to their lion’s room, still deserted. Starlight then revealed some hoofprints in the room as well as Scar’s pawprints. “I think somepony left the room with Scar.” Starlight theorized as Twilight examined the prints on the floor. “But who? It couldn’t have been any of our friends, or any of the townsponies, so it must’ve been… Oh no.” Twilight’s face suddenly went from worried to horrified at the realization. “What is it?” Starlight asked confused. “Remember what I told you about the Canterlot Wedding Incident? More specifically about the Changelings and their queen?” Twilight asked as she frantically paced around Scar’s room. “Yeah, what about it?” Starlight asked still confused about what Twilight was thinking.
“I’m thinking that Scar has been either kidnapped, or seduced by Chrysalis into going with her to plan for her revenge!” Twilight exclaimed with tears streaming from her eyes. “What are we gonna do then?” Starlight asked now worried about her friend. “Only one thing we can do is follow the trail and get Scar back.” Twilight said now determined for her friend’s well being. “But first we need to gather our friends.”