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A Forgotten Trooper - SonicTeam35

A lone Clone Trooper wakes up in the rubble of a Gunship with his brothers dead around him. The Trooper soon realizes that the Gunship has crashed on an unmarked planet in the galaxy, which is full of ponies, unaware of the war just beyond their sky.

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Chapter 4: The Clone Wars (Revised)

"Strider? Are you alright?" Fluttershy asked as seconds of silence continued to drag on.

Strider let his thoughts settle back down, allowing him to re-focus on the pony before him.

“Sorry, just... thinking about stuff. Let me explain the Clone Wars for you. When you break it down, it's basically a civil war on a galactic scale between the Grand Republic and the C.I.S.. The Republic is led by the galactic Senate with the Jedi Council serving by its side, while the C.I.S., or Separatists, are led by corrupted business folk and the remaining remnants of the Sith." Strider explained to Fluttershy, who set her tea cup down on the tray in front of her.

"What's a Jedi?" She wondered out loud, not recognizing the word.

"A Jedi is a person who uses the force for peace and justice." Strider said, recalling the Jedi who'd led his battalion into battle. It was so satisfying to look over cover and see that green blade slicing through those B1 battle droids.

"The force?" Fluttershy questioned with a quizzical look.

"They don't even know of the force, do they? Just where in the galaxy have I landed!?"

"Well, the force is like a constant wave of energy that's created by all life and flows through it. Jedi and Sith lords are able to harness this power and use it in battle."

"So the force is everywhere?"

"As far as I know, that’s what all the Jedi generals tell us. But that’s the force, back to the war. The Clone Wars started when the Separatists created an army of battle droids to help them take over the galaxy. The Galactic Republic countered this army with an army of us, clones of a bounty hunter called Jango Fett."

Fluttershy seemed to be shaking a little, her eyes widening once again with fear. "D-Did those droid-things k-kill?" She stuttered.

"Yes, yes they did. They're cold heartless robots programmed to destroy the Galactic Republic and anyone who supported them or were against the Separatists." Strider explained, quickly realizing that this might not have been the best idea to talk about war with a pony who looked right out of a younglings entertainment log.

"W-What happened then?" Fluttershy asked, no longer in the mood for the tea she'd made.

"Us clones were trained from birth to fight against those droids, and die if necessary to protect the Republic and its citizens. My brothers and I spent almost every living day blasting those clankers back to the scrap yard that they crawled out of.” Strider stated proudly with a grin.

"So, you fought with other clones who were your 'brothers' across the galaxy against these, S-Separatists?" Fluttershy simplified. Strider nodded. "S-So, you saw your brothers… die… and kept going?"

Strider's grin vanished. "That's the cost of war." He said coldly.

"That sounds awful, seeing your brothers… and… " Fluttershy never finished, tears forming in her eyes.

Strider wanted to say something, but chose to keep his mouth shut. He was gonna have to be careful here with his words in order to help calm down the distressed pony. He had done this before a few times when having to deal with the citizens of towns he and his brothers had been deployed in. But it didn’t make the sight of them crying any better.

"Sorry, I shouldn't have brought this up. If you want I can leave and let you have some spa- " Strider's words were drowned out as a loud smashing sound emerged from outside the front of the house.

The clone and pegasus both shot their attention towards the front door and windows, which appeared to be where the sound had originated from. After a couple seconds of silence, Strider glanced back at Fluttershy;

"Stay here, i'll check it out." He exclaimed, setting his helmet back down over his head.

Strider stood up and effortlessly grabbed the blaster he'd set on the high bookshelf and primed it, before advancing towards the front door. After a few seconds passed and a mental countdown, the trooper opened the door and barreled his way out of the room and into the outdoors.

Strider executed a flawless combat roll out of the cottage, finishing the maneuver by stopping himself in a crouched position whilst still aiming straight ahead. It didn’t take him long to figure out what had happened, with the newly made crater in the front yard surrounded by a cloud of dust being quite a dead giveaway.

Strider kept the DC-15A aimed at the crater, waiting a few seconds for the dust to dissipate more and give him a better view. It didn't take long for the dust to start dispersing from the crater, and a voice quickly shattered the eerie silence that had overtaken the front yard.

"Ouch, I really need to stop doing that." A female sounding voice muttered to themselves, before movement quickly shot past Strider’s field of vision.

Strider spotted what looked like cyan fur on another pony who was flapping her wings to get rid of the dust. She had a rainbow mane and tail and another strange mark on her flank like Fluttershy, but this one showed a rainbow bolt of lightning from a cloud rather than three pink butterflies.

The pegasus didn't seem to notice him until the dust around him faded away. Her magenta eyes widened as Strider's white armor came into view.

"Who in Equestria are you?!" She asked, before locking eyes with the blaster that was now pointing right between her eyes.

"Another one? Well, Fluttershy did say this planet was called Equus. Guess the main population is ponies." Strider reminded himself. The pony's worried look vanished instantly at the mention of Fluttershy's name.

Strider didn't have time to react as the pegasus shot at him at lightning speeds, followed by a set of hooves smacking the DC-15A out of his hands. The pony slammed against him, sending the trooper to the ground. The pony quickly landed on top of him, staring directly into his visor.

"You better not have done something to Fluttershy, or you're gonna be in a world of pain buster." The pony threatened.

Instead or replying with words, Strider slammed his helmet against the pony's face, knocking her off him. He scrambled back to his feet, scanning the area for his weapon. The pony recovered from the headbutt much quicker than he had anticipated and charged him again. He rolled to the right, narrowly dodging the pony again. He quickly grabbed the pony's multicolored tail with his hands, cutting off her flight.

Strider pulled the pony towards him and locked her in a headlock, increasing pressure around her neck. The pony struggled hard, trying to break free. But Strider was a lot stronger, keeping an iron lock on the pony. Before he could do anything, he heard a voice from the cottage.

Both Strider and the pony stopped fighting and looked up at the cottage door to see Fluttershy standing there, a worried expression across her face.

"Could you two please stop? Your scaring all the animals... and me." Fluttershy exclaimed.

Strider let the rainbow maned pony out of the headlock, before walking over to where his blaster had landed.

"Rainbow Dash, sorry about that. Um, what brings you here?" Fluttershy asked, trotting over to the cyan mare.

"Well, I was gonna remind you about that chorus of birds that you’re gonna be conducting for the Summer Sun Celebration wanted to do a little more practicing," Rainbow Dash said in an annoyed tone. "But that ‘thing’ decided to have a wrestling match instead." She finished, batting an angered eye at the trooper.

"I'm terribly sorry about that Rainbow, he's just not from around here and wanted to know a few things. Your um, landing probably startled him." Fluttershy explained.

"That, was no landing." Strider commented, checking the DC-15A over to see if it had been banged up by the fall.

"No offence Fluttershy, but you need to teach some of your animal friends manners." Rainbow Dash stated.

Strider ignored the mare, his focus still on making sure the blaster was still in working order. The handle was a bit beat up but other than that, it seemed alright.

Fluttershy was about to comment, but Rainbow Dash had already taken off back into the sky and true to her name, dashed into the distance. The yellow mare sighed, before trotting over to Strider.

"Sorry about that, Rainbow can be a bit, short tempered at times. I'm sure she'll come around." Fluttershy assured.

Strider muttered something under his breath, before getting up and looking over in the direction Rainbow Dash had flown off to. Over a few hills were several houses that seemed to form a village.

Strider was to focused on the town that he didn't notice Fluttershy tapping on his armor at first. When he did, he turned around and looked at the mare, his frown masked by his helmet.

"Um, you said you um, came from the Everfree Forest?" Fluttershy asked.

Strider looked over to the forest he had come stumbling out of that night. "Crashed there, but I’m not going back in until I know what's lurking around those trees." Strider stated.

"Well, um, i'm not sure how Ponyville would react seeing you, but I need to practice with some of my animal friends for the celebration. You can stay here until i'm done, or you can come if you want." Fluttershy exclaimed. "B-But if you are gonna come with me, t-then could you please leave your, weapon here? It wouldn't sent great signals to anypony."

As much as Strider wanted to argue, he knew she had a point. If he showed up in the middle of a town where they didn't know what he was with a weapon, they would not exactly think nicely of him. The last thing he needed right now was the population of this planet be scared of him. However, it was also against everything he knew about being on an unknown planet to just leave his weapon.

After a very long and heated debate in his mind, Strider finally sighed and looked over at the cottage. He could defend himself even without the blaster.

"Fine." Strider said, switching the safety on and walking back into Fluttershy's cottage.

He set the blaster down atop a nearby table inside, before shutting the door behind him as he walked side by side with Fluttershy towards the town.

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