• Published 1st Dec 2015
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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 3: Challenge Accepted

Chapter 3: Challenge Accepted

“Move it just a little bit to the left my lady.” Amber said as Hanako pushed the memorial statue to the left. “A little bit more...and...there, perfect!”

“About damn time.” Hanako said as a pony handed her a towel to wipe away the sweat.

“I don’t see why you won’t just let us take care of the construction stuff. You don’t need to push yourself like this.”

“A ruler can’t be lazy until he or she hits a certain age. Plus this is a good workout for me really.”

“Still, don’t push yourself like you did with King Sombra.”

“I won’t mom,” Hanako said playfully as she looked around. “I have to say, we made a lot of progress in the past five hours.”

“Without the constant threat of getting killed. The ponies of the Crystal Empire are working at an excellent pace. If we keep this pace up, we might be done in about a month or two.”

“How long does it usually take?”

“A year or two. But that was because of the curfew Sombra placed in.”

“Makes sense when you think about it. How are we doing on the other stuff I mentioned?”

“Brimstone is halfway done improving the kingdom’s armors and weapons. The soldiers that I’ve chosen are currently reading the books you gave me. Amethyst has two groups of ponies that can used white magic and time magic. Though it might take some time for them to learn how to you black magic, seeing how it’s been years since the ponies actually used magic like this.”

“Understandable. What about the schedule for the school?”

“Even though the school is being rebuilt, the children are already learning how to use the basic spell and combat skills.”

“Excellent, everything is going smoothly as planned. After we finish with the construction, I’ll have to take a few days off just to relax for a bit.”

“I still say that you should let us do the work, and you just relax my lady.”

“And I keep telling you I’m helping you all out in the construction of the Kingdom. From the time I’m been a kid serving whoever lord I served, they’ve been nothing but a bunch of lazy slobs. And seeing how I’m a ruler of this Kingdom, I’m not going to be a lazy person or pony.”

“If you say so my lady.”

“Now then, let’s head over to Brimstone and see how-.”

“LADY HANAKO!!!” Hanako turned around to see a cream colored pony with light orange hair, and a purple eye patch covering his left eye rushed up towards her.

“Hey Poison Cross, what seems to be the problem?”

“There’s a group of ponies outside the front door of the Crystal Empire. One of them claiming to be the a heir to the throne.”

“Did you tell them that there’s already a ruler in charge of this place?”

“I did, but they didn’t believe me when I told them about you my lady.”

*Sigh* Dammit, and I was so getting into the groove of things here. Alrighty then, take me to these ponies Poison Cross.” Hanako requested as she followed the eye patched pony. “Come along Amber, something tells me that one of them might attack me if they see me. And I would prefer not to get any blood on my sword or on the walls.”

“Yours or theirs?” Amber asked.

“Pretty much theirs.”

“Will you just let us in already!” yelled Rainbow Dash as her face in front of Brimstone’s face.

“And I’m telling you you little brat, that you have to wait until Lady Hanako get’s here. So shut up and sit somewhere nice and quiet.” Brimstone said as he leaned up against the kingdom’s door.

“Don’t you even know who we are, or at least know who Cadence is? You know, you’re kingdom’s ruler.”

“All I see is a bunch of annoying ponies that are giving me a headache. So I’ll say this again, shut up and sit somewhere quietly or else I’ll have the knights force you to leave.”

“I like to see you try-”

“Rainbow Dash we’re not here to start a fight. We’re here to save the ponies from King Sombra.” said Twilight.

“Which he is dead like I told you before.”

“Yeah right, even if that was true. How do we know your new ruler isn’t as evil as him?”

“Whatever, you just have to wait here for her to come. Though I think it’s a waste of time for her to deal with somepony like you.”

“What did you just say-!”

“Rainbow Dash!” Twilight yelled as she levitated the cyan pegasus towards her. “What part of we’re not trying to start a fight did you not understand? We don’t know what’s going or is some kind of trap by King Sombra. All we can do is wait for this Hanako pony to explain what’s going on. Once she does that, we can explain how Cadence is the Crystal Empire’s true air to the throne and everything will be settled.”

“Gah! Fine, but don’t say I didn’t say so when I suggested that we just charge in there and take throne by force from Sombra.”

“Now to be fair, you would’ve been killed anyway if you tried that now.” All the ponies turned their attention to behind Brimstone to see a strange creature walking from out from behind the door. Most of the ponies were surprised by the way the creature looked, as the royal guards formated around Twilight and her friends to protect them. “Are these the ponies that you reported Poison Cross?”

“Yep that’s them alright.”

“W-Who or what are you?” Twilight asked.

“I’m Hanako, ruler of the Crystal Empire.” Hanako answered as she looked at Twilight and her friends. “Care to explain who you all are? Because right now I’m a bit busy working at the moment.” Just as Twilight was about to answer, Pinkie Pie appeared right in front of the ronin.


“Whoa, slow down pink pony.” Hanako said as she placed a hand on Pinkie Pie’s mouth. “To answer your question in order. I’m not a hairless ape, and I would refer you not to call me that again okay?” Pinkie Pie simply nodded as she removed her hand from her mouth. “Second, I’m a human being from Ivalice. Don’t know if you all ever heard of it, but whatever.”

“Oh! What’s it like in Ivalice?”

“Not bad really, well besides the monsters and all. But it’s actually a nice place once you get used to it for sometime-.”

“Excuse me, but aren’t forgetting something?” Cadence said as she and Shining Armor glared at the human. “Just who are you and what happened to King Sombra?”

“I’m Hanako, the new ruler of the Crystal Empire. As for what happen to Sombra, well I killed him.” Upon hearing that, everypony besides Brimstone and Amber were shocked.

“Y-You killed King Sombra?” asked Fluttershy still hiding behind Applejack.

“Yep, wasn’t that hard really. Magic users are pretty easy to beat when you figure out their attack moves and stuff.”

“How can you do something so barbaric like that?” Rarity asked.

“Would you rather have him here ready to kill you all? Because after looking at the damage that he caused, he’s better off dead than to rot away in a dungeon. What would’ve done, use the powers of friendship or something stupid to defeat him?”


“Holy hell! You actually were gonna do that?!” Hanako said as she began to laugh. “How stupid are you ponies to think that would work on a mad king like him?”

“Hey! Watch it freak! We’re the elements of harmony, defenders of Equestria.” said Rainbow Dash. “Don’t you ever insult our friendship!”

“I would watch your tongue pegasus. Other wise you’ll be sorry.” Amber said as her horn started to glow. Only for Hanako to put a hand in front of her. “My lady?”

“Easy Amber, don’t bother using your magic on them. Now mind telling who you all are and why you’re here purple unicorn? Because right now you seemed seem to be more level headed than this flying feather duster in front of me.”


“My name is Twilight Sparkle.” She said as she then pointed to her friends. “These are my friends. Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie who pretty introduced herself, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash. We were sent here by Princess Celestia to save the Crystal Empire from King Sombra, but it would appears you taken care of that. Though I wished that you didn’t have to do it in a….gory manner. Nevertheless the Princess would be grateful that the Crystal Empire is freed of Sombra, and my sister-in-law can rule the Kingdom. Judging by the way the Kingdom is looking, I take it that they’re repairing the damage that King Sombra has done, right?”

“More like rebuilding the empire to make it much better with my help.”

“Oh, you’re helping out in the construction?”

“I am the ruler after all. It’s my job to help out my subject.”



“Your their new ruler?”

“Yep. After killing Sombra, the ponies elected me as their ruler for saving them.”

“Well then I’m sorry to have to say this, but you’ll have to hand over the throne to Princess Cadence.”

“How come?”

“Because my wife is the sole heir of Princess Amore, which means that she is the rightful ruler of the Crystal Empire.” Shining Armor said.

“What makes you think she’s fit to run a Kingdom? Just because somepony is the heir of a princess from the past, doesn’t mean they’re capable of running a kingdom. Not only that but I was elected by the ponies to be their leader, so that might be hard to hand over to your wife.”

“Not to mention that you are all outsiders who just arrived from your kingdom.” Amber said as she moved in front of Hanako. “As decreed by Princess Amore before her passing, any outsider who claim the throne must prove themselves to have the right to be our ruler. Lady Hanako has proven that by killing Sombra, which give her the right to be our leader.”

“Any case that you have to back up your claim will be rejected.” Brimstone added.

“You can’t do that.” Cadence said. “This Kingdom was once part of Equestria. Princess Celestia said so herself that I was the to claim it back for Equestria.”

“Well too bad, you’ll have to find some other hunk of land to rule over. Because there’s no way in hell will I, nor the crystal ponies will let you reclaim the throne.”

“Who do you think you are denying my claim to the throne?”

“I’m Hanako, the first who denied your claim. Now unless you still have a problem with that, take it up with my second in command.” The Ronin said as she pointed to Amber. “I’m sure she’ll listen to your problem and answer them to the fullest of her abilities. Well her and Brimstone, but I have a feeling that he’ll just ignore you to some degree.”

“Pretty much yeah, not that I have no problem listening to you ponies complaints but I have a lot of work to do. So Amber will listen to your complaints.”

“Gee, thanks Brimstone your such a good friend.”

“You’re welcome.”

“I was being sarcastic!”

“I know.” Brimstone said with smug smile on his face. “Which is so much fun when you’re like this.”

During this though, the one named Twilight soon thought of something. “Amber, I apologize for interjecting, but with everything that’s going on and Lady Hanako saying that everything’s been doing better since the… defeat of Sombra, has the Empire chosen an Ambassador to represent themselves in Canterlot?”

“... Oh horseapples.”

“Technically I assigned Amber as the Ambassador.”

“She doesn’t mean it like that,” Amber replied. “By Ambassador, she means representative for when there are political meetings in Canterlot.”

“Which brings me to a suggestion,” Twilight continued. “Have my friend, Princess Mi Amore Cadenza, be the representative of the Empire. In addition, my brother, who is the captain of the royal guard, can help with training your military.”

“Hell no.”

“Well, maybe we need to prove it a different way…” Shining Armor grunted. “Should we settle it with a duel?”

“You against me? Not to sound overconfident, but you have little to no chance against me.”

“I see that as a challenge then. Where to, Lady Hanako?” He said, using his magic to bring out his blade and prepare himself.

“Hey Brimstone. Is the training ground still open?”

“It should be, we just finished fixing the door to that place.” The Crystal pony told her as he looked back at Shining Armor.

“Perfect, then we’ll have the battle there.” Hanako grinned. “Try not disappoint me kid.”