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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 4: Ivalice vs Equestria

Chapter 4: Ivalice vs Equestria


(Training Arena)

“Lady Hanako, are you sure you’re up for this?” Amber asked. “Wouldn’t it be best for me to fight him instead of you?”

“Don’t worry Amber, I got this.” Hanako said as she patted the unicorn’s head. “From what I could tell by the way he looks, this guy has little to no combat skills.”

“But he’s captain of the Royal Guard from what I heard. One of Celestia top ranking officers in Equestria.”

“True, but he never faced against somepony from Ivalice.” Hanako said as she unsheathed her katana. “Trust me on this Amber. I know what I’m doing.” The began making her way towards the arena. “You know it’s not too late to reconsider this match. I won’t think less of you if you back down from this fight.”

“Thanks for the offer, but I won’t be backing down from this fight. Once I win this, you’ll release you hold on the Crystal Empire and let my wife rule it.”

“Sorry but that won’t happen. You think the ponies will see her as their ruler? Don’t make me laugh, you’re just a bunch of ponies from the outside world that abandoned this place after your princesses failed to take down Sombra.”

“And what makes you think you’re a better ruler for this kingdom. From what you told me, you killed Sombra with little to no effort. Who to say you won’t act the same way he did all those years ago.”


“Yeah because you ponies are so innocent.” Hanako said sarcastically. “You’re just angry because you, your wife, and friends got her a minute too late. I saved these ponies from a fate worse than death. I was chosen by the ponies to lead them, not by birthright, nor from being royal.” Hanako took an offensive stance and began to charge a Shining Armor. “It’s from showing them strength!” Shining Armor pulled his blade up to block the oncoming attack, only for Hanako to push him back by kicking him in the chest.

Shining Armor quickly recovered from the surprise attack as he charge at the ronin. Hanako quickly took a defensive stand as she parried the spear, and counters with the pummel of her katana. Shining Armor stagger a bit, and countered with the pole of his spear into Hanako’s face. Hanako put a hand to her nose as she pushed herself away from the blue mane unicorn. Only for the unicorn to charge at her so she wouldn’t have the chance to attack.

“Smart move kid, but you’ll fall into someone’s trap if you do that.” She thought as she parried the tip of the spear away and elbowed him on the nose. Shining Armor staggered back, as Hanako lunged herself toward him and delivered a powerful punch to the head. Shining Armor was thrown to the side as his face collided with the arena floor. “Nice try kid, but you’ll need more then that if you want to defeat me.”

“Come Shining Armor! Kick that weird creatures butt so we can get the crystal empire back!” yelled Rainbow Dash along with the royal guards.

“Go Captain! You can win!”

“Win this fight for Equestria!”

“Show that creature who’s boss!” With the moral from his soldiers, Shining Armor pulled himself up from the ground and levitated his spear next to him for support.

“I’m surprise that you’re up this quickly. Most people would be knocked out if they were hit in the head like that.” Hanako said as she took a striking stance.

“I-It’ll take more than just a blow to the head to bring me down.” He said, shaking his head to try to focus on Hanako. “They don’t call me captain of the royal guard for nothing.”

“Well then,” Hanako gripped her sword as she began to charge at the unicorn. “try not to disappoint me then Captain of the royal guard.” Shining Armor block the ronin’s attack as he countered with a barrage of thrust attack. Hanako parried the barrage attack with ease, as she in turns delivered a barrage of slashes to counter Shining Armor’s attack. The barrage went on for a minute as Hanako slammed the spear onto the ground, and delivered a powerful blow to Shining Armor’s chest with the back of her katana.

“What kind of creature is she?” Twilight asked as she wrote down some notes about Hanako. “How is she able to keep up with my brother like it’s nothing?”

“Land sakes! I’ve never seen anypony like that move so quickly. She might even be faster than you RD.” Applejack said which caused Rainbow Dash to glare at the country pony.

“No pony is faster than me, not even some creature who claims to be the ruler of the crystal empire.”

“This match has already been decided.” Amber said as she stood up and began to walk to the arena floor. Only to be stopped by Cadence saying something.

“What do you mean by that?”

“You husband is skilled fighter, but even a old colt can tell this fight is one sided.”

“Then you never seen Shining Armor if you think that your friend Hanako could be my husband.”

“True…but if I understand correctly. You never seen how Lady Hanako fights either.” Amber’s attention was turned to the arena as she heard the sound of somepony’s weapon break. To everyone’s surprise besides Amber and some of the Crystal ponies, it was Shining Armor’s spear.

“You know it’s not too late to give up. It’ll save you the humiliation and you’ll be able to leave with your pride in tact.”

“And let somepony like you rule the land of the Crystal Empire? Never!” Shining Armor’s horn glowed as he fired a beam of magical energy at the ronin. Hanako barrel rolled out of the way as she sheathed her sword, and unsheath Osafune.

"Nihilistic sky, inhale magic power... Bizen Boat!"Hanako’s sword glowed as the whispering spirit in Hanako’s katana was sent flying at the captain of the royal guards. Shining Armor summoned a barrier around himself to protect him from the attack, but the spirit phased through the barrier and drained Shining Armor of all his magic. The barrier began to crack as it then shattered into a million pieces. The unicorn was shock as to what just happen to him. “That should take care of your magic abilities.”

“W-What did you just do to me?”

“Osafune, the sword of Bizen Boat. A technique/sword that releases the spirit in the user's katana, sending the whispering dead to feed on the target's MP. And seeing how you’re a unicorn that uses magic, that pretty much drained you of your magic for twenty-four hours.” Hanako sheathed Osafune as she unsheathed Asura.

“You did well for keeping up with my skills kid. As a reward I’ll use one of my favorite technique on you.” Hanako raised her katana as it began to glow azure blue. "Legendary sword that kills freely! Asura!" As she brought the katana down, a vertical slash mark appeared on Shining Armor’s chest as the armor he was wearing shattered. Hanako turned her back on Shining Armor as she sheath her sword while walking away. As she finished sheathing her katana, a vertical cut appeared on the unicorn chest as blood spewed out from the wound.

“Amber, get the white mages out here and heal up Shining Armor. This fight is over.” Amber nodded as she ordered the unicorns wearing white robes rushed down to the arena floor. Hanako turned her attention at Twilight and her friends, who had shocked expressions on their faces. “I won the fight, which means that I’m still the ruler of the Crystal Empire. And you Princess Cadence are not.” Cadence said nothing, but glared at the ronin. “Unless you’re willing to fight me for the throne?”

“Don’t think this is over yet creature.” Cadence said as she began to trot off to where Shining Armor is being taken to. “When we return to Canterlot and tell Celestia and Luna about this, then you’ll be sorry for attacking my husband.”

“Uh huh, well until then I’ll be ready for when that time comes. Till then I have some more important stuff to do.” Hanako said as she began to walk out of the arena. “You are free to roam around the Crystal Empire if you want, but be warn. I will have my soldiers follow you around to make sure you’re not going into any place illegal. That also means going into the castle. If you go into or look into anything that you’re not allowed to read or look into. Then you’ll be placed in the dungeon until your Princesses get here to bail you out. Is that understand?”

Twilight and her friends nodded in agreement. “Good, now if you’ll excuse I have some work to do for the Crystal Empire.”

“Hanako.” Twilight said as the ronin glanced back at the lavender unicorn.

“That’s Lady Hanako to you Twilight Sparkle. Only friends or citizens of the Crystal Empire can call me by that name.”

“Right, forgive me for my mistake. If you don’t mind me asking, but can I ask you a few questions.”

“I don’t see why not. You, the country pony, and the rest of your friends can ask me whatever questions you want.”

“What do you mean?”

“What, you haven’t notice the way they’re looking at me? The looks on their faces tells me that they want to ask me something about myself, or something fashion or farming related to the Crystal Empire.”

“She not lying about that sugarcube.” Applejack said as she walked up to Twilight.

“Indeed, I quite curious about the clothing that Lady Hanako is wearing. Whatever the material she uses to make such lovely garments, it could help me with my design making back home.” Rarity said.

“Alright then, then you can ask me whatever questions you want while I help around the Empire.” Hanako said as she motion Twilight and her friends to follow her down the hallway.

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