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The Ronin Samurai - ElementBrigade



A samurai ends up in Equestria after being given a book by a mysterious child. Will she be able to survive in this world full of talking ponies?

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Chapter 14: Plans of a Counterattack

Chapter 14

Plans of a Counterattack

Hanako continues to make her way down the hall while cutting through the Diamond Dog invaders. As she makes her way down the hall, she quickly comes to a complete halt upon seeing Brimstone fighting a group of Diamond Dogs. From what she was able to see, the old timer was doing a pretty good job at defending himself against six bulking looking dogs wielding heavy bone like clubs with piece of rusted metal on the tips.

“You think that a bunch of mutts like you can take me down? I fought a three headed timberwolf that had more bit then you lot!” Brimstone said as he bucked at the nearest Diamond dog that tried to sneak up on him.

“Stupid pony!” said the dog that got bucked in the face. “When we’re done with you, you wish you’d have come with us without a hussle!” He said as he ordered all five of them to attack the old pony at once. “Break his legs!”

“This might be a problem.” Brimstone said as he was about to defend himself from the group with his hammer.

"Innocent sword, slash evils and protect! Kiyomori!" A lime green colored spirit shot passed the Diamond Dogs as a hexagon like dome appeared around him, causing the group’s attack to bounce off and stagger backwards a bit. As the dog’s were staggered a bit from the barrier, Hanako quickly jumped onto the nearest dog and thrust her sword into it’s head before jumping off it and landing next to Brimstone. “Having a bit of trouble old pony.”

“I could’ve taken the attack head on...but I guess I should thank you for saving my flank.”

“Can’t have my best blacksmith get hurt now can I?” The ronin said as she looked back at the group of diamond dogs. “Have anyone of them reached the armory?”

“They almost did if I wasn’t working late tonight on your armor. Which by the way I got it done in time before all this stuff happen.” The colt said as he motioned her to look on his back at the package he was carrying.

“Once again you have out done yourself Brimstone….excuse me for a second.” Hanako turned her attention at the dogs as she begins to sheath her sword. Once her sword was in her sheath, the heads of the diamond dogs were quickly cut off in a matter of seconds as blood spewed out of their neck for before their bodies fell to the ground.

“Impressive, but a bit flashy don’t you think?”

“Maybe, but for now I need to head over to your workshop to change into the new armor you have for me.”

“That and get some of that blood off yourself?” Brimstone said as he looks at Hanako up and down with a chuckle. “Because you’re wearing something that makes you look not threatening.”

“Good point.”
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(Castle front entrance)

“This is ridiculous. This place is being attacked by diamond dogs, and we’re being taken out of the action. Why can’t we get in on this action?” Rainbow Dash asked with an annoyed expression on her face.

“Because this is our problem, not yours.” Amber said as she continues to lead the equestrians to safety. “Not like we need your help to begin with.”

“But don’t you think that you’ll need help with this. We can possibly work together-.” Before Twilight could finish, Amber interrupted her as she paused and looks back at the lavender unicorn.

“You think we would work together after what happened in the throne room and what the pink alicorn pony did? We'd rather put our trust in somepony that doesn’t sneak around in places she doesn’t belong in.” The holy knight said as she glared at Cadence for a minute before hearing the front door to the castle opening. The Unicorn’s horn glowed as she was about to attack whoever it was on the other side of the door. Only for her magic around her horn to die off upon seeing Flora Flower.

“There you are captain!” Flora Flower said as she rushes over to the holy knight. “I have been trying to find you throughout all this chaos.”

“Judging by the way you’re out of breath, I take it something is going on outside?” Amber asked as Flora nodded. “What’s the situation outside?”

“We spotted some of the invading diamond dogs appear in town. We along with the citizens were able to capture twelve of them, but the others dug their way underground.”

“Not the smartest move that they could do.” Amber said with a bit of a chuckle in her voice.

“Why is that?”

“The Changelings are in the caves underneath the castle remember?”

“Oh…...Oh!”

“They’ll take care of the ones trying to escape. Right now however we need to get our….guests to the train station. Is the train there?”

“Yeah, the conductor is looking over the train for anypony that might’ve sneaked onto the train.”

“Good, then take the Equestrians over to the train. When you’re finish with that, report back to help find anymore Diamond Dogs around town or inside the castle.”

“Yes Captain!” Flora said as she looks over at Twilight and the others. “Come along with me please. We have to get you out of here before you get hurt or worse.”

“I still say this is stupid.” Rainbow Dash said as she snorted. “We can totally take them on.”

“We can’t do anything about it sugarcube.” Applejack said as she along with the other begin to follow after Flora. “After what happened earlier when we arrived here, I think we might want to be careful and not try to push our luck with that human.”

“But….”

“Applejack is right.” Twilight said as Applejack and Rainbow Dash turn their attention at the lavender unicorn. “All we can do now is report this to Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. They might be able to do something about this so we might be able to work together with each other.”

“And if that doesn’t work?” Rainbow Dash asked. “You saw what she did to the royal guards and to me right?”

“Only because Cadence gave them the order to sneak around in areas that they were not allowed to be in. And you did go out of line with what happened in the throne room.” Rarity added. “I mean really darling, you need to keep your impulses under control. Especially seeing how we are suppose to be representatives of Equestria after all. And so far you two are giving Equestria a bad reputation.” The unicorn said as the weather pony and alicorn princess of love looked down at the ground in shame. “Let’s just do as we’re told and report this to Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.”

“That would be a good idea to have the princesses handle this.” Shining Armor said as he kept his eyes on his surroundings. “They’re good when it comes to diplomatic stuff like this.”

“And you’re saying I’m not?” Cadence said as Shining Armor deadpans at her.

“Honey, I love you and I would standby your side no matter what. But after what you did when we arrived, it would be an act of war, not to mention Princess Celestia and Princess Luna would be disappointed in yours and Rainbow Dash’s actions. I wouldn’t be surprise if they lecture you both once we tell them what happened.” The colt said, only for his wife to huff in annoyance and walk past him. “....I get the feeling I’m gonna be sleeping in the barracks tonight.”

“What do you think!?”


(Crystal Castle, 1st floor broom closet)

“I still don’t see why you need to change in a broom closet while the enemy is running amuck around the castle Hanako?”

“I’m not gonna be changing in front of a colt. I may have lost a few of my morals and values, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t lost my sense of getting dress in front of a colt.”

“Not like you had much to begin with anyway.”

“I heard that you old fart!”

“Doesn’t make it less true kid.” Brimstone said as he leans against wall, waiting for Hanako to be done changing in the broom closet.

“In case you haven’t realise, I am your ruler after all. You shouldn’t be talking to me like this.”

“Are you going to do something about it given how you are and all?” The old stallion said as there was a moment of silence. “Thought so.”

“Whatever, just keep an eye out for any of the diamond dogs. I'd prefer not to fight naked again.”

“Again?”

“.....It was a long time ago when I was fifthteen years old during the war of the lions. I’ll tell you about it later when we’re not being attacked.” Hanako said as Brimstone’s ears twitch upon hearing the door opening up. As the door opens up, it would reveal the ruler wearing her new set of clothed armor that she commission from both Bubble and Brimstone. Looking up at the human, Brimstone simply smirked upon seeing Hanako fully clothed.

“You look much better in that then in your night gown.”

“It’s a bit tight around the waist line, but it does feel much more comfortable than my old armor and clothes.” Hanako said as she took a sniff of herself. “And it doesn’t even smell like blood, waste,gunpowder, or mud.”

“You can thank Bubble Luck on that one. We used your old clothes and armor to make you this new set. Think of it as an upgrade from that poor excuse of clothing you were wearing before.”

“I would take that as an insult if it wasn’t so true.” Hanako said as she adjusted herself to her new gear. “This might take a while for me to get use to this.”

“After this night, I’m sure you’ll get use to it much quicker than normal.” Brimstone’s ears twitch upon hearing a pair of hoofsteps coming down the hall near them. “It would seems that somepony is heading down our way. Think it might be one of ours or the Equestrians?”

“If it’s the Equestrians, then I’ll be annoyed that they’re here instead of at the train station.” Hanako said as she looks up to see two familiar faces heading towards her and Brimstone. “Amber, Poison Cross? What are you two doing here? I though I ordered you and Amber to see that the Equestrians are escorted to the train station?”

“I have Flora doing that. My job is to make sure I’m right by your side and not harmed in anyway possible.” Amber said as she moved beside the human with a stoic expression on her face.

“Guess that makes sense when you think about it....though it’s more like you have some kind of crush on me or something.” Hanako smirked as a blush appeared on Amber’s face.

“Like I would even have such a stupid thing like that for somepony like you! I-I’m just doing my job!”

“Right, anyway why is Poison Cross here?” Hanako asked as she looked over at the young colt with the eye patch.

“I’m here to inform you that I found out where the diamond dogs are stationed.” Poison Cross said with his chest puffed out.

“Really? Are you sure about this?”

“Yep! While I was chasing one of the diamond dogs that invaded, I overheard two of them saying that they’re station underground outside of the kingdom to the west. Though I don’t know if they’ll stay in the same area for long after this invasion.”

“How far to the west?” Amber asked.

“Don’t know. But we might be able to follow them through the holes they made near the castle’s outer wall that we found.”

“Or it could be a trap that they set up in case somepony does follow them.” Brimstone added as he looks over at Hanako. “What do you think we should do?” He asked as Hanako closed her eyes for a moment before opening them.

“Let’s deal with the dogs inside the castle along with the ones trying to escape. Once we’re done with that, I want you and Amber to get a small squad of Dark Knights and Onion Knights to meet up at the holes that you guys found.”

“Planning on a counterattack?” Brimstone asked.

“They invaded our home, possibly kidnapped-.”

“Foalnapped.” Amber interrupted as Hanako deadpan at the smug unicorn.

“Possibly foalnapped both the Crystal ponies and Equestrian ponies, and tried to kill me during the night when I was trying to get some sleep after what happen. Right now I am pissed to the point where I will have no problem showing what happens when you fuck with a bunch of ponies during the golden age of freedom.”

“Your planning on killing them aren’t you?” Amber asked.

“Not all of them. Just the ones that are stupid enough to attack anyone of us. Ultimately it’s up to you guys whether you want to kill them or not. Me on the other hand I’ll possibly kill depending on the situation. You should have a little bit of faith in me Amber.” Hanako said as she looked over at Poison Cross and Brimstone. “You have your orders everypony….well Poison Cross does. Brimstone, I want you to patrol the halls with the knights to make sure there isn’t any stragglers roaming around.” Brimstone nodded as he and Poison Cross trotted pass the human and holy knight down the hall. “Amber, you’re with me."

“I take it we’re going to get a head start on saving the ponies that got foalnapped?”

“Can’t have you guys take all the credit. That and taking out the leader will make it easy on you guys seeing how he might be a bit more skilled then you guys...no offence.”

“None taken, I guess.” Amber said as she started to trot down the hall in the opposite direction. “Let’s just hope nothing bad happens to the prisoners that the diamond dogs have taken.”

“Let’s make a quick stop by Chrysalis and her changelings before we go. If the diamond dogs can dig underground, then they might have gotten into a fight with them.”

Author's Note:

What Hanako's new armor looks like. Art was drawn by http://kagugle.deviantart.com/

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