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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 8: Dinner with the Ruler

Chapter 8:

Dinner with the Ruler

(Throne Room, Afternoon)

“And so Lady Hanako, this is why I strongly suggest that these laws should be added to current laws you have made.”

“Not to sound rude or anything, but mind telling me who you are?” asked Hanako as she rolled up the list of new laws given to her by a cherry red color pony.

“Cash Crown, one of the four nobles of the Crystal Empire.” The stallion said as he bowed to the ronin. “Now about the laws that we suggested to you-”

“Denied.”

“Excuse me?”

“I said Denied. Looking over the list of laws that you and the other nobles wrote, it’s pretty much a social class. First, having different schools for nobles and commoners. That’s something this kingdom is not going to have. We are all equal beings, no one is special then anyone else or higher then anyone else. Second, increase taxes. We’re still recovering from what Sombra did, and most of the money is pretty going to repairs and medical supplies for those who were injured in prison. Third, having the nobles run the government. You can bet your ass I’m not going to hired a bunch of greedy, bit loving, penny pinching nobles to run the government. I will select the ones capable of running the government.”

“But my Lady, you can’t just pick anypony to run the government. Think of how your reputation would be if you picked the wrong ponies to run it. Not to mention those common ponies don’t even have the basic knowledge of how to run it.”

“I’ll take my chance with that. Now if you’re done with this little plan of yours to make this kingdom yours and your little rich friends, leave. Because I have more important matters to attend to.”

“But-.”

“Lady Hanako said leave.” Amber said as she glared at Cash Crown. “I would advise you to leave.” Cash Crown glanced at the human before scoffing and walking out of the throne room in a fit of anger.

“Never expected to see ponies like this.”


“Snobbish, rich, and think that they own you?”

“Pretty much yeah. What’s on the next list of things to do?”

“There’s the issue with the guards from equestria that were ordered to gather information about the new and improved Crystal Empire.”

“Right, almost forgot about them. What would you suggest we do with them? I wanna hear your opinion on this matter.”

“Personally I would’ve kicked them out or kill them for doing what they did. But seeing how you mention about holding them for ransom, I’m going to have to go with the ransom option.”

“Fair enough. What about the greenhorn and her friends?”

“They’re arguing about what happen earlier. You know, with Chrysalis.”

“Oh they’re gonna be more pissed off the usual when I tell them about Chrysalis ruling over the kingdom when I kick the bucket.”

“Was it wise to make her next in line for the throne?”

“The ponies of the Crystal Empire aren’t ready for their own to rule at the moment. Incase something were to happen to me, I would like someone with knowledge and experience of running a kingdom to take charge until a pony has the heart, skills, and wisdom to lead this kingdom. Plus I would rather have it be her then that greenhorn.”

“Fair enough.”

“Anything else?”

“Only with the guards from Equestria. Other than that, that would be it for today.”

“Good.” Hanako said as she rose from her seat. “God, sitting in that seat was a pain in my ass. Literally.” She said as she started to stretch her limbs and back as it made a loud cracking sound. “When will dinner be ready?”

“It will be ready in one hour my lady. We had the chefs cook ahead of time seeing how we have guest from Equestria.”

“Excellent. I hope you added meat to my dinner.”

“Of course, but is it wise to eat meat in front of the guest?”

“No, but it would be interesting to see how they react to me being able to eat meat.” Hanako said as she gave off a devilish smile.

“I don’t know if I should be worry about that.”

“I wouldn’t worry about it. Come on, let’s head towards the dining hall to see what the chefs have prepared.”


(Nighttime, Dining Hall)

“I must say. The chef really did a hell of a job when it comes to preparing dinner for us.” Hanako said as she looked over the meals prepared for her and the equestrians. “You sure the chef doesn’t mind cooking meat?”

“As long as you’re not requesting him to cook ponies, then he doesn’t mind cooking meat for you. I’m more worry about how the equestrians would react to you eating meat.”

“Well now you’re gonna find out.” Hanako said as she pointed a finger at Twilight and her friends entering the dining hall. “Because here they are.” she said as she motion them to have a seat. “Welcome ponies of Equestria. Please, take a seat wherever you want.”

“It’s a bit surprising that you would invite us to dinner.” Twilight said as she and her friends took a seat at the table. “Especially after what happened moments ago.”

“My malice is towards Cadance, not to you or your friends. As long as you all don’t step over the line, then we won’t have a problem. Am I clear?” Hanako asked as Twilight nodded in agreement. “Good now let us begin with the feast shall we?” She said as a maid unicorn levitated a plate of cooked sirloin with a small glaze of gravy on top, mix salad with french dressing slightly covering it, and a stew with what appears to be a octopus tentacle sticking halfway out of the bowl.

“Oh I’m so loving the perks of being Queen.” As the ronin was about to dig in into the sirloin, she paused as she notice the looks of disgust on their faces. “What?”

“Y-You eat meat!?” Rarity said as her face was slightly green.

“Well humans are omnivore. Though some do eat nothing but vegetables, but I prefer to eat both.” She said as she took a bit out of the piece of meat. “Mostly because of the diet when training one’s self.”

“B-But you’re eating meat! What kind of creature would eat a poor defenseless animal!?” Fluttershy said as she flew up in front of Hanako. Amber was about to point her blade at the cream colored pegasus, only for the ronin to give her a glance causing her to stop and watch “Don’t you have any compassion towards other animals?”

“That depends.” Hanako looked over at Amber. “Where did this meat come from anyway.”

“Manticore meat from the Everfree Forest. Even though the food here is about 1,000 years old, the preserve spell we placed on the food helps keep the food last long and maintain its natural taste and flavor.”

“What is a manticore?” She asked as a book was levitated in front of her.

“Is a mix between a lion, a bat, and a scorpion.”

“Interesting.” Hanako placed the book next to her as she looked back at Fluttershy. “As for your questions Fluttershy, I have compassion towards other but it limited to sentient beings like yourself. But when it comes to certain animals like this manticore, I have no problem killing them.” She said as she took another bit from her food. “I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s not like I’m eating ponies or anything.”

“B-But-.”

“I have nothing else to say pony. Now go back to your seat and enjoy your meal.” Fluttershy lowered her head in defeat as she slowly floated back to her seat. It almost made Hanako feel bad about what she said...almost. “Anyone else have a question they want me to answer?”

“Oh I do!” Pinkie Pie said as she raised a hoof up into the air. “What kind of cake flavor would like?”

“Cake flavor? For what?”

“For the surprise party that I’m going to throw you in Ponyville, duh. We can’t have you running a kingdom without throwing you a party to congratulate you on being the ruler of the Crystal Empire.”

“Um, Pinkie darling, I don’t think now’s the time to be talking about stuff like this.” Rarity said as levitated a bowl of salad in front of herself. “I mean, I’m sure the ponies here are planning a surprise party for her anyway. Though I wouldn’t mind making a dress for someone as yourself, that is if you don’t mind me doing it?”


“I’ll let you know if I need a dress for special occasions. But I doubt that I’ll need a dress for something like that.” The ronin said as she started eating the salad in the bowl.

“Nonsense! As a lady such as yourself...right?” The mare asked as Hanako simply nodded. “Okay just wanting to be sure. As a lady and a ruler of the Crystal Empire such as yourself, one must alway look presentable when you attend a royal banquet from another nation.”

Hanako paused for a moment before swallowing the food that was in her mouth, then looked over at Amber. “Is what she’s saying true?”

“Yes. As the ruler of the empire, you will most likely be attending banquets with other nation other than the ponies of Equestria.”

“.....Is it too late to run away from all this?”

“I’m afraid so Hanako.” Amber said with a smirk on her face. “Don’t worry, it’ll get better.”

“Really?”

“No, you’re it get worse from here on out seeing how some might want to ask for your hoof in marriage just to increase their power for their nation.”

“Great, as if I didn’t have enough problems as it is.” Hanako said as she slumps down into her seat in annoyance. ”So mind telling me why your Princess sent you all here instead of herself?”

“Well, Princess Celestia sent us to reclaim the Crystal Empire. Seeing how it was taken over by King Sombra 1,000 years ago. It was also supposed to be a test for me, but seeing how you pretty much took care of Sombra and all..” Twilight said as she trailed off a bit. “This might be hard to explain to her about the situation.”

“So she sent you eight to do something that she couldn’t do a long time ago? Not a very smart move if you ask me.”

“Hey! We saved equestria multiple time before you showed up human.” Rainbow Dash said, glaring at the human. “What have you done that’s so great?”

“You mean beside saving the crystal ponies from an evil tyrant that your princess couldn’t beat, rebuilding the Crystal Empire, introducing new stuff from my homeland to the citizens, and bringing the Empire into a new age of freedom?”

“Oh yeah well…..”

“Yeah, that’s what I thought. This just shows that your princess is lazy and can’t finish something that she couldn’t finish along time ago.” She said, noticing Twilight, Rainbow Dash, Cadence, and Shining Armor glaring at her. “What? If I was in the same position as your princess, I would finish up what I started along time ago before sending you guys to do that work for me.”

“Princess Celestia sent us here because she believed that we can handle this. That fact that she called us is proof of how much faith she has in us.” Shining Armor said with a hint of pride in his voice.

“Yeah and look how that turned out?”

“Well if you didn’t come, then we would’ve saved the Empire from Sombra.” Cadance said, glaring at Hanako.

“Even if you did save the ponies from Sombra, how would you deal with the malnourished ponies that were locked away in the dungeon?”

“With love of course.” The alicorn said with a triumphant look on her face. This caused Hanako to pause for a moment before taking a drink from her cup, and placing it on the table. She was about to speak, but was interrupted by Amber who glared at the Alicorn with malice.

“You think love will save a pony upon the brink of death? You think love will fill a ponies empty stomach after being in prison for the past few year? You think that love will solve our problem with the lives we lost when we were stuck in this Faust forsaken kingdom with that mad pony? Don’t make me laugh you poor excuse of a pony.” Amber said as she gritted her teeth.

“E-Excuse me-.”

“I’m not done talking idiot. The fact that you would believe that love will solve all your problems, is even worse then when King Sombra ordered us to take away any and all foods from the citizens of the empire. What kind of idiot would send somepony like you to rule our kingdom?”

“My Auntie is not an idiot for sending somepony like me. If you would let me show you what I mean then I can-.”

“And why should I, no, we let you show us after hearing that? How would you know what it like to be hungry everyday? How would you know what it’s like to live in constant fear from a mad ruler who thinks everypony want to dethrone him at anytime? How would you know what’s like to struggle with little to nothing?”

“W-Well….I….”

“That’s right you don’t. None of you don’t know what it’s like to be in that situation. While you all enjoyed the easy, good, and happy life, we were stuck here in this place dying. So you tell me Princess of love. Why should we let you or anypony from Equestria rule us when none your princess couldn’t even save us?” Amber asked, as it caused Cadence to be silent and lower her head in shame. “So, you having nothing to say?”

“....I’m sorry.”

“You can take your apology and shove it up your-.”

“Amber, I think that would be enough for the time being.” Hanako said, interrupting the mare’s rant. “I prefer not to have my food taste bitter and cold.” She said, causing Amber to lower her head in shame.

“Y-You’re right. Forgive my lady, for speaking out of terms like that.”

“Eh, it’s okay. It’s not like it was directed towards me or anything.” The Ronin said as she looked over at the other ponies. “Don’t get me wrong or anything. Love can help depending on the situation and stuff. But from the way you guys came in, it looked like you were just hear to defeat King Sombra and place Cadence on the throne. Didn’t you at least bring some kind of medical supplies or something to help the crystal ponies?”

“W-We brought a few medical supplies…” Twilight answered.

“But is it enough for the entire kingdom?” She asked, only for Twilight to shake her head no. “Figures, you guys really need to be more prepared than just assuming that magic will solve all your problems.” With a sigh, Hanako picked up her cup of apple cider and drank it all before placing it down and pulling away from the table. “Well I think I’m done for the night. Have the chef place my food in the frig so I can eat it for tomorrow.”

“Wait!” Twilight yelled, causing the human to turn around to the lavender pony. “What about the ponies you have in your dungeon? Surely you’re not going to keep them here are you?”

“I am. What Cadence did would be an act of war against the Crystal Empire, and I could use this as a way to go to war. But seeing how these ponies have been locked away for past 1,500 years, and the fact that we have more important thing to do. I’ll let it slide for the time being. But next time any of you pull this stunt again, I won’t have any problem killing any of you.” The ronin said as she begun to walk away from the dining hall. “Now if you all don’t mind, I’m going to bed. I have to get up early to look over some things for the empire.”

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