"My Queen, should we get details on King Sombra?" asked one of her minions.
Chrysalis shrugged. "I'll deal with him later, Celestia is the more pressing issue," the Queen of the Changelings remarked.
"But our spies state he's researching you," the drone said.
"And that's proof he's a novice," the Queen replied. "He's making a rookie mistake of looking forward to the fight ahead, instead of the one right in front of him." Yes, Sombra was going to fight a highschooler, but Twilight wasn't an old and formally trained combatant either. Chrysalis wondered if Sombra had ever seen a single horror movie where the most horrifying monsters can die to a teenager who 's determined and lucky enough. Probably not, given movies hadn't been invented yet. "He's got so much power, but has only had one fight in his life he's actually had to TRY at. Even in the world where he's fighting a war, he still keeps himself out of reach of the fighting, at the back of the pack. Viewing fighting any but physical equals as beneath him. And he calls himself a King. Let him shoot himself in the hoof, I'm not going to make that mistake."
Chrysalis, however, was distracted by a flash of rainbow colored light.
Adagio looked up as Applejack flew down with a pair of saddle bags on, now glowing with an orange light. Her mane and tail ribbons had turned green, while her hair itself had gained stripes of red and pink. Her hooves now had small apple symbols of multiple colors on them.
"Since when can they do that?!" Chrysalis asked, then turned to a minion.
Sombra narrowed his eyes. "This may be a problem."
Adagio gave a snarl of fury. "This isn't fair!"
"Oh yeah, you get your fancy jewel back, and it's unfair Ah get tah use this fancy power up," Applejack remarked. "Besides, alone Ah can't do the big 'rainbow of doom' thing, just get a power boost and a few fancy powers."
Patch blinked, looking to Rainbow Dash. "You could've done that the entire time?"
Rainbow Dash, who's already rainbow colored mane was now much longer to the point it covered her entire back while her wings gained a rainbow effect, her tail having also grown long. "Yeah, but we all decided to only use it when we're fighting the big bad guys, since it seemed 'disrespectful' to use it on anypony else...but don't we look awesome! I mean I like went Super Neighyan 3!"
"Next up is the leader of the Dazzlings, Adagio vs the Element of Honesty Applejack!" Zipzee announced.
Adagio smirked, using her magic to summon her two sisters to the ring. "Anything I've ever USED, right?"
"Yay!" Sonata exclaimed.
Aria just glared at her older sister.
Applejack gave a smirk. "Ah've called in mah 'honorary family' tah help meh too, if yah wanna play that game."
Adagio's expression fell and she promptly put her sisters back in the stands. The Rainbooms had beaten them with much less experience than these six had.
"Aww..." Sonata muttered.
The two went to the ring and the bell rung.
Adagio started by flying up and letting loose a loud note, sending red sonic waves at Applejack. The mare flew up and over the attack and was surrounded by an orange glow before a single beam of orange light powerful enough to make the fully powered Tirek flinch launched right at the Siren.
The alpha Siren dove down under the beam which collided harmlessly with the barrier (Harmony tending to avoid harming innocents). She circled Applejack like a shark and let loose another sonic blast to meet Applejack's own. On her own without her sisters to assist her, the two attacks canceled each other out.
However, Adagio dove down after the collision and bit down on Applejack's leg, causing the pony to scream out in pain and a little blood to be drawn from her sharp teeth.
Adagio swung her head around and threw Applejack towards the boundaries.
The farmer, however, produced a rope and threw it, wrapping around Adagio's barrel and using a combination of the siren's resistance and her own flying abilities to stop her.
Adagio promptly bit through the rope and snarled, twenty seconds having passed. "Alright, no more Miss. Nice Siren..."
[=Welcome to the Show -My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks=]
Adagio flew up into the air, eyes igniting crimson. "Welcome to the Show
I'm here to let you know.
My time is now.
Your time is running out..."
Green energy sucked into Adagio from the entire arena. She put her hooves up and a considerably larger, spiritual version of herself was unleashed from her pendant.
"Feel the wave of sound,
As it crashes down
Today is my day,
So get out of my way!"
Applejack charged her magic and fired an orange energy beam right as Adagio and her familiar unleashed a much stronger version of her sonic waves. The two attacks collided and fought for control. Applejack struggled, beginning to sweat.
"I will be adored,
Soon you'll bow before me
My song is my sword,
With it victory's assured!"
Applejack seemed to change her focus right before her attack shattered and she was slammed into the arena with enough force to crack it and didn't instantly get back to her hooves.
"Now can you see?
You just can't beat me!
Nothing can stop me now!"
The Doctor began counting for a KO. "One...two...three...four...five...six...seven...eight...ni-"
Applejack staggered to her feet, battered and clearly in pain. "Not...yet...There's...there's on more trick Ah have up mah sleeve..."
Adagio and her familiar still had ten seconds remaining and rushed Applejack to try for a ring out...when Applejack braced herself...and then just threw an apple into the air and kicked it with her hind legs right into the charging Adagio's eyes, blinding the siren.
The mare then flew sideways, causing Adagio to miss her and slam hard into the ring, then her momentum carrying her out of it.
Applejack gave a smirk. "Namely, Ah'm still an apple farmer."
"And the ringer by ring out, Applejack!" the Doctor announced, holding up her leg.
Applejack gave a bow before flying back to her friends...and then falling to her knees as they powered down to normal. "That...that was quite the rodeo..." she said, giving a smile as the nurses tended to her wounds.
"...Don't say a word..." Adagio said as her sisters 'swam' over to her and Sonata prepared to say something.
"I should have fought," Aria replied, causing Adagio to growl in fury.
"I was just going to say the vendor had tacos..." said Sonata, eating one.
Between the lollipop and watching Applejack's victory, Starlight was feeling much better. She had just gotten up to go find AJ and congratulate her when a thunderous crack rang out over the arena. "Huh? Did the next match start already?"
She turned around and gasped. There was a huge swirling portal floating high above the arena floor. As she watched, another Starlight Glimmer sailed out of it, flying with unicorn magic alone... with another Spike hot on her hooves... twice her size, and pumping his wings hard to catch up. The other Starlight dodged and weaved, evading bolts of green fire that sailed past her and poofed into green mist before they could endanger the audience.
The other Starlight wove a second portal and dove in, and the other Spike roared and plunged in after her. Both portals collapsed, and the arena was quiet once more.
The Doctor finished conversing with Seabreeze and Zipzee, and tapped on his microphone, coughing politely. "Pardon me, everyone. Circumstances require us to add a new rule. Time travel is permitted for this tournament only, but if a combatant travels to a point before the tournament began or after it ended, that will be considered a ring out. Thank you."
Starlight turned and found a concerned Princess Twilight approaching. "I wasn't going to use that spell, Twilight, I swear. I wasn't sure I *could* without the Cutie Map... but I guess now I have to..."
Spike, meanwhile, ran to see Ember as fast as his short stubby legs could carry him. "How much can you teach me about controlling my size?" he blurted out. The little drake glanced at the schedule... two more battles before he and Starlight fought. "In about half an hour?"
Chrysalis observed Adagio's defeat with one remark. "The villains' wing of the hotel is going to be rather lonely tonight."
Her guard asked, "What about us your majesty?"
"You're not villains, you're minions."
"Yes mother. At least there's less chance of a brawl at night."
Zipzee took a chance to flutter down to Minty, Seabreeze rolled his eyes and followed her. "Hey Minty."
"Hi Zipzee! And your must be her new friend!"
"Haven't you been watching all this time?!" Seabreeze said.
"I really meant to, but I had to reorganize my sock collection."
"Well, your next is up next, with the zebra Zecora."
"Okay. I hope she's nice... Just one question. What are we going to be arguing about?" Minty asked innocently.
Seabreeze face faulted. "... You're going to be fighting."
"Exactly. So why are we shouting at each other?"
"Uh... not fighting as in arguing, fighting as in engaging in physical combat to determine who is the better warrior."
"What's a warrior?"
"Does your kind have no concept of violence!? You know? Like when ponies get hurt!"
"Oh that happens all the time, when we get skinned knees, or when we bump our heads, fall into a freezing lake in the middle of winter, or we could ever fall down a water fall and get really really REALLLY hurt!"
"Well, this tournament, is to see who can be the best at doing those things to other ponies."
Minty gasped in horror. "Why would other ponies MAKE other ponies fall over a waterfall?"
Seabreeze had a headache coming on.
"So your title is... the green machine?" Seabreeze asked.
"Everyone at home calls me the 'green machine.' Green paint, green teapots, green bubble bath, green broccoli on pizza, green candies, green sunglasses, you name it. Oh and I have a huge collection of socks, and I'm the one who inspired Santa to use socks for gift giving."
"That guy again?" Seabreeze remembered his chat with Zipzee.
"Santa isn't 'that guy!' Shame on you!"
"... sorry." Seabreeze said as politely as he could. "It says here you're also a klutz."
Minty blushed. Then she spotted a pegasus in the stands. "HEY! Rainbow Dash!" She gasped through the steps up to her. "You're here too?! ... When did you get wings? And that hair cut just isn't you!"
"Ick! Uh! Who are you?"
"Oh you've lost your memory!" She hugged Rainbow Dash. "Remember! You're supposed to always dress in style and speak in that fancy accent, and always have a dress or every occasion! Oh wait! I remember! You need to talk under a door and have a vase fall on your twice."
"Minty. That isn't our Rainbow Dash." Zipzee said.
"She isn't? Wow! She's really weird looking! Is she from opposite land? Where birds dig underground, and ponies sleep during the day, and work during the night, and ponies sleep under the bed, and-"
"It doesn't really work like that." Zipzee said.
"Really darling," Rarity said striking a pose. "A world where Rainbow Dash knows how to be a lady? Maybe I should visit."
Minty stared at the perfectly clean, proper and lady like Rarity who looked like she'd go to bed without supper before playing in the mud.
"Are you SURE they're not from 'Opposite Land' or something?" Minty asked Zipzee.
"Girl we've BEEN to opposite land, it's not someplace you'd wanna visit," Applejack said.
"Wow! Applejack too?! But why are you orange instead of red? Wouldn't that make you Orangejack?"
"... Can we not go there?"
Zecora was meditating for her battle, her bamboo staff ready, and her various illusion powders that she used on Nightmare Night, and her various other creations of zebra magic. She looked right at Minty's antics.
"A clown she appears to be... but I shall not be fooled by what I see. My caution I dare not abate. Your opponent you never underestimate."
Minty skipped over to her. "WOW~! A Zebra! I've never seen one except in books before! What if I win, you let me paint your strips green? You'd love it!"
"An insult I do not wish to incite, but it's clear you have no desire to fight."
"What about a tongue-twister contest?"
"Give me a bit, let me think about it." Zecora was tempted for when the fight to begin, to simply escort the poor filly to the edge of the ring gently by the ear.
Majesty's servant and confidence, Gypsy the pony, meanwhile checked her wheel of fortune for the possible outcomes of Zecora and Minty's fight that could end in Minty's favor.
Zecora trying to ring out Minty by pulling her along by ear would unknown to Zecora, likely result in Minty panicking and throws a can of paint in her face, and Zecora then brow beating Minty for almost blinding her with the paint.
The strongest visions for Minty's victory was of Zecora expositing her talent with her staff before hoof, would result in Minty innocent tossing Zecora a mint candy, which Zecora would swallow, but also distract her from her staff that she'd just thrown up in the air, and hitting the zebra square in the head, knocking Zecora out. And Zecora waking up now a painted stripped green zebra. And there were various other visions of Minty goof-balling her way to victory.
"Gypsy, please don't do that here, it's no fun if ponies know the outcome ahead of time." Majesty said.
"Oh right, sorry."
Zecora, however, dismissed the notion. Instead, when Doctor Whooves called for the match to begin, she looked at Minty and said, "I have decided, o filly so serene, that I would quite like to have my stripes painted green." Zecora motioned towards the ring's edge. "But instead of waiting 'til later today, how about we do it right away?"
Minty's eyes lit up. "Oh boy, oh boy!" she said, clapping her hooves. "You're gonna look so cool!" She grabbed Zecora by the hooves and started dragging her away. Zecora briefly became concerned that Minty was going to ring her out, but, as the zebra had hoped, the filly stepped out of the ring first.
"And the winner by ring out.....Zecora!" Doctor Whooves called.
"Well, that was anticlimactic," said Seabreeze. "I was hoping for something more."
Rainbow Dash fluttered over to where Zecora was waiting while Minty gathered up paintbrushes and paint cans. "Having second thoughts there, Zecora?"
"I have no regrets this day, I believe it is better this way." Minty was finally ready. Zecora offered her foreleg and the filly began painting it. "I had no desire to fight this foal, for she is a kind and gentle soul."
"Well, Minty's happy at least." Zipzee observed her dear friends.
Seabreeze said to Adagio, "By the way, since you lost, I've been ordered by management to tell you that you won't be needing your gem anymore." And with a pop, Adagio's pendant became a mass of broken shards again. Adagio stopped floating and fell to the ground, still of course in her aquatic form.
"AGH!" Adagio began to curse up a curse.
"Uh... I'll get you a wheel-barrel."
Meanwhile Trixie saw the new verses appear on the screen, of herself and Rarity. For a mare legendary for wanting to be the center of attention, she'd been unusual quiet. She sighed and trotted over to Rarity. "Well, let's head down there and get your win over with."
Rarity stared, her jaw fell away and hit the floor. This was followed by... just about every pony around them. "... CHANGELING!"
Rarity zapped Trixie, (which technically should have counted as a penalty for attacking your opponent before the fight even started), but Trixie remained Trixie. "It's me Miss Phobic of the Color Green and turning my curtains into a dress."
"Oh." Then Rarity shook her head. "Well darling, I must say, you are NOT acting like yourself. Are you under mind control?"
"No!" Trixie snorted. Then looked down. "Look. Nopony here is expecting Trixie to win. If Trixie DID WIN, every pony would think Trixie cheated somehow. Trixie knows how these fights work anyway. It's the more popular pony who wins. And... as much as it sickens Trixie to admit it, you and your friends are ultimately more popular than Trixie."
"My dear, this is NOT pro-wrestling! I've BEEN in a pro-wresting match, and this is no pro-wresting."
Now it was Trixie's turn to stare for a moment before saying. "Trixie's point is that if she wins, everypony will think Trixie is a cheater, or that you let Trixie won. Losing is what everypony here EXPECTS Trixie to do. Who here supports Trixie?"
Trixie felt a hug behind her. "I do," Starlight Glimmer said. "I think you can beat her."
"My my, who'd have thought such tenderness from a mare with such a bad temper," Discord popped into being, of course, ruining the moment.
Bewildered and thrown off by Discord's sudden appearance Starlight stammered. "I... I... don't have a temper."
"Oh don't you?" Discord pulled down a projection screen. And a short film began to play with the title,
What would have actually happened if Twilight Sparkle had brushed off Starlight Glimmer's 'evil' origin.
The spell zapped Starlight, Spike and Twilight back to the pegasus race after showing them the last time Starlight saw Sunburst. It did not wait for Twilight to give a monologue or remark, it simply sent them back at the time it had been set to.
Twilight Sparkle's response to Starlight's reveal was. "What? That's it?"
Starlight's response to Twilight's response was. "That's it? That's it?! THAT'S IT?!" She tore the scroll in half. And miles away, a mushroom cloud the color of Starlight's magic was visible devastating much of Equestria and leaving only ashes.
The film ended.
Starlight shuddered. "Oh."
"Well, at least we're not the first world to get knocked out of the tournament," Patch remarked. She wasn't going to just give up, but it was reassuring to some degree.
"Technically not second either," Starlight pointed out. "Sunset and Adagio are from Galaxy 4, but are living in an alternate universe."
Clover noticed she was out of popcorn and got up to get more.
"Can you get me some candy, Clover?" asked their Bon Bon, finishing a box of candy.
The pony trotted off to go hit the refreshment stands...and ended up running right into Minty, the two falling back, both falling down the stairs with a few oofs.
"...Sorry..." both said at once.
Clover blinked, looking at the mare. "You're Minty, aren't you?"
"Uh huh," Minty replied, Clover helping her up.
"Weren't you painting that zebra's stripes?" Clover questioned. Which was an odd sentence regardless, but made weirder by the fact sapient zebras weren't a thing back in their universe.
"Yeah, but she was getting thirsty so I decided to go get her something to drink," Minty replied.
The two walked towards the concessions stand.
"Sorry about running into you, I'm always a bit of a klutz..." Clover apologized.
"Really? So am I!" Minty replied.
"Always tripping over yourself?"
"It doesn't help that I want to be a ballerina like my big sister..." Clover explained. "Sometimes it's hard to have somepony like her as a sister..."
Minty cocked her head. "Reminds me of Scootaloo and Cheerilee...well, OUR Scootaloo and Cheerilee, there's apparently more than one, which gets really confusing..."
"Tell me about it," said Clover, looking at the two Bon Bons. "At least from how you said it yours look different..."
"Yeah. Apparently their Scootaloo and Cheerilee aren't sisters either. Which is kind of...what's the word? Sad. Ours might not always get along but..."
"Oh...well, me and Meadowlark aren't quite like that..." Clover replied, rubbing her head. "Meadowlark is just...better than me..."
Minty looked like that concept was completely alien to her. "Better than you? That's silly! How can anypony be better than anypony?!...I mean Pinkie Pie's better at not tripping than I am...and Storybelle is better at telling stories than I am...but I'm better at socks and everything green than both of them! But none of us are better than each other!"
Clover frowned. "But Meadowlark IS better than me..."
"I don't think so."
"You don't know Meadowlark."
"But I know that even though I'm klutz and mess up a lot, I'm not worst than anypony else in town..." Minty replied, giving a reassuring smile. "You're kinda like Lilly Lightly."
"This unicorn we know! Her horn glows really bright, and she thought that'd make us all not like her and made her weird...but none of us did! Because it's what made her special! Isn't there something that makes you special?"
"Well...I'm really lucky...sometimes..."
Minty smiled. "See? That makes you special!"
"I...I guess that makes sense...thank you."
(NOTE: This is a between rounds bit that isn't a fight but preparing for the next two upcoming fights. With that said enjoy).
As the next round was preparing to begin, Derpy could be seen flying towards Doctor Whooves as quickly as possible.
"Doctor! Doctor! Doctor! Doctor!" she cried out quickly waving her hoof.
Doctor Whooves took notice of her as she flew in front of him. "Ah my dear companion, what troubles you?" He politely asked.
Derpy was waving her hoofs. "Remember the time travel?"
".... You're going to have to be a bit more specific on that one dear."
"You know with the whole and the dragon and the Starlight going woosh woosh fire fire twinkle twinkle woooooooooooooooooooosh." Derpy imitated the actions as best as she could remember them as the Doctor nodded at this. "Is that thingie gonna happen at some point in the future even though it was in the past? Cause if Spikey only knew he wanted to go super big cause he saw himself in the future go super big, how did the first Spikey know to go super big if he didn't have a Spikey who was super big he saw?"
"Ahh, an excellent query," Doctor Whooves said, taking out a plastic pipe and putting it in his mouth, imitating puffing it. "You see dear Ditzy Do, though normally the conception of temporal travel is a big ball of wippilty wobbility timey whimey... stuff, at this particular nexus point it is a devolving mess of various parallel time line points that are specifically intermixing with one another," he said, as various images of the different pony worlds flashed in front of him. "We're not only dealing with mixing elements from four particular universes in these travels, but differing variations of certain particular figures whose shared consciousness would otherwise never intermingle." An image of Flash Sentry was shown at that remark. "Furthermore accounting on taking particular despicable figures who were either annihilated or reversing them to a point where they aren't at their most fearsome power." An image of the various villains were shown as it then focused back on the Doctor. "Has polluted the time stream even further. So to compensate for it, there are many differing timelines and variations of the events that are happening that run in parallel with similar events from differing narratives."
Derpy blinked a few times before gasping. "Ohhhhhhhhhhh I get it," she said waving her hoof. "It'd be like if I said I was baking muffins, and then told my pals about the muffins, but they said I be making muffins differently then I say."
"Precisely." the Doctor stated. "This particular tournament due to the various differing time lines and histories mixing together to a spectator watching from beyond these dimensional gates, a mish mash shifting between various differing narratives of various ideologies and beliefs. Sometimes intermixing so much that certain exact events seem to happen to differing degrees." Shots of the two differing fights between Chrysalis and Daring Do were shown. "So to get back to your particular point, the skirmish between Starlight Glimmer and Spike that temporarily transplaced before us was only one particular possibility through this temporal stream. There are multiple different variants and variables how that same event started, one of which we saw in this timeline, but others sprouting through differing reasons."
"Well, considering I do not know that reality, I would not have any idea and quite honestly though traveling to such a particular point would be intriguing I ironically do not have the time for such endeavors. I'm certain those in that differing dimension or even those who can see all the timelines would be able to tell you a more proper tale on how that happened."
Ironically enough the camera then takes us into one of those differing dimensions of this particular tournament where Spike could be seen walking up to a somewhat distraught looking Starlight Glimmer, leaning against the wall on one side of the stadium where most of the fans were waiting for the next match to proceed.
"Hey Starlight," Spike said, slurping a soda down as he looked closer to see Starlight's more dour expression. "Uh... something wrong?" he asked concerned.
She looked at him, pondering a moment before sadly sighing, looking down. "Yes," she admitted, Spike now leaning closer to her. "I've been sitting here thinking for quite some time after those... horrific images." She then recalled being shown by Sombra an alternate world where those in the town she had been in charge of chained up and under his control in terrible pain with the demonic Unicorn laugh still echoing her mind. "I admit the pain of what could have happened isn't there anymore." She then recalled getting ironically cheered up a bit by Discord talking to her and giving her a lollypop. "But it's still gotten me to thinking about this whole tournament." She then turned to look upwards at Spike. "Like for example, our upcoming fight."
"What, you worried about me?" Spike said trying to fake a more jovial tone, imitating muscles. "Cause I have been known to be quite the challenge let me tell you-"
"Be serious," Starlight said, looking away angry. "Do you really think in a pure one on one battle at our highest skill level, that you would actually be able to take me?"
"Probably not," Spike said earnestly, shrugging some. "At your peak you're even with Twilight who even knows how to counter all my made up wrestling techniques before I start implementing them."
"Then what's the point of this?" Starlight asked out, now pounding the wall again angrily. "Why have these fights? Why have these battles where the strong can just unfairly pick on and abuse the weak? Why make such spectacle out of such issues of mis balance?"
The smile Spike tried putting on fading as he gently reached out his claw on Starlight's right hind leg. "You know if it's bothering you so much to be hear Starlight, you don't have to-"
"Yes I do!" Starlight said, storming to herself. "This is supposed to be a chance to grow closer and learn from people we may ordinarily never interact with, or even ever see at all." she extended her front hoof dramatically. "The chance to make friendship connections with multiple worlds and multiple times! It's the perfect chance to learn so much and grow but... I just feel more confused... more angry then I was before this started... then I have been in awhile." She then leaned closer to Spike, starting to whisper to him. "Do you know why I wished to erase and get rid of ponies cutie marks?"
"Yeah: because that's how you lost Sunburst when you were a kid," Spike said, the flashback from 'The Cutie Re-Mark' playing ins his head. "And you thought ponies who had them needed to change and wanted to do something about it."
"That was only how it started though," Starlight pointed out recalling herself as a young foal going around looking at other ponies and various cutie marks. "It didn't take just one loss... one missing friendship that changed my world view. It just opened my eyes on what I thought were all the injustices around me: Ponies who had special marks and special abilities lording it over others, and those who didn't have as unique a mark being unfairly used and abused because of it."
Starlight continued recalling going around through various towns seeing various either snarls or desperate look of frightened equines, or more smiling and sinister ponies, all their cutie marks glowing with ones obviously brighter then others as she shut her eyes. "Months... moons... years I saw it Spike: those who unfairly either used their so called gifts for fowl play over others, or those without those talents being beaten down and forced to comply with what those with greater marks said. It made me want to fight back... want to make things equal for the sake of giving them all peace."
She then recalled breaking down in front of Twilight in the previously mentioned episode. "Until I realized that in turn, I was the problem. I was the one making others miserable and sad for my own actions. That my attempts at balance and equality were trying to force my own views and believes on others. And that I had become the very thing I thought that cutie marks were: a tool used to brand others and force them into one way of thinking." The flashback ended as Starlight was shown shaking some. "I thought that by giving up my dreams... by learning the true values of friendship, maybe I could right the wrongs I had committed. Made up for my own lack of balance but... how can I do so when there is no balance?" she pointed around wildly. "Every combatant should have an equal chance of victory, a way of winning, of coming out on top. Everyone here should be a winner but... that's not what this is! Those with the most power... the most intelligent.. the most abilities... those are the only ones who can win! Because that's what life is! Those with the most power who call the shots and force their form of balance on anyone else."
"That's... that's not true," Spike said holding out his claws. "I mean didn't you see how Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom and Scootaloo were able to take out Tirek? How Patch out pranked Rainbow Dash? Or even Applejack winning against Adaigo through an apple to the face?"
"That's only victory through trickery and lies! Eventually no matter what under handed moves or ideas you think of, true power and strength will over take them." Starlight pointed to herself. "Any of the so called rules or limitations or ideas placed mean nothing to those in power unless it's against somepony on their skill level! But those who try their best, who have the most spirit, most love... that power will always prove triumphant! Will always win them out in the end." Starlight smacked the ground hard with her back hoof. "This suppose chance to meet and exchange ideals and camaraderie with our brethren... is just an excuse to show off and see who is the mightiest and whose power can oust the others."
"Hey only the villainous jerks think that."
"Then I guess I must be one of those!" Starlight screamed out, quickly covering her mouth as she looked down ashamed. "I know I don't have any chance of actually winning... of actually advancing to the top. There are many here still apart of this tourney who will stop me. Ones who deserve it and ones who don't but... in the end it's the power that determines who gets through, nothing else." She then slowly started walking away. "Just like how when we fight, you will loose. Even though you're more empathic and care and love more... that doesn't matter because when it comes down to it, I'm just stronger then you. And that is something that can't be changed."
"You can't let yourself get into that mind space," Spike said trying to run after her. "This tournament means more then just a power struggle Starlight. Please let's talk about this-"
"There is no need." Starlight said as she started to teleport herself away. "We will only meet again for our fight. There you will loose, and then at some point I will loose, and those who have the true power will come out on top. That's the way it will always be, and there's nothing that will change it."
"No it's..." Spike looked to see her totally disappear in a stream of light Spike had to turn away from as he looked around. "Oh man where'd she take off to now?" he asked starting to run off. "I better get the others and..." he then stopped thinking for a second. "No wait a second, that's not going to help her. I've got to do something to really reach her and show her that talk is bunk but... what?" He then gasped for a second, before quickly taking off in the other direction.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Tourney, Dragon Lord Ember could be seen looking at a crystal ball of the former Dragon Lord Scorch.
"You should have completely crushed her!" Former Dragon Lord Scorch said, and from Ember's bored expression it was obvious the camera had come in the middle of a rather long tirade. "The true power of the dragon lord should have easily snuffed out even this called Friendship Princess."
"First off, just because you don't fully respect their regality status doesn't make it less true," Ember pointed out. "Furthermore, Princess Twilight and her friends have conquered foes who if left unchecked would have conquered or annihilated all of Equestria, including our land."
"Bah, at my prime I would have easily evaporated that Sombra or Tirek," Scorch bellowed out. "And at your prime you would do the same."
"Well there wasn't a need for that," Ember pointed out recalling Twilight blasting her out of bounds. "I admit I could have gone on longer and used more of my abilities, but so would she and the results could of turned out the same. And that includes going to my true form against her ultimate form."
"There is nothing more powerful then the true fury of a dragon lord," Scorch bellowed. "Why in your grandfather's prime, with one blast of glorious snout fire he vanquished an entire field of Squirks and Raptorians! There were easily hundreds no thousands that tried enveloping him but he would not back down for one second-"
Ember then saw Spike running towards her as she quickly sighed to herself. 'Oh thank the flames,' she quickly thought before waving her hand. "Sorry father have to take care of a subject in need now, love you."
"I love you as well my child but remember that subject must bow before they acquire your assistance-" Scorch started to ramble before Ember quickly disconnected the crystal ball the signal Celestia had set up for Scorch to communicate with his daughter.
"Uh... sorry if I was interrupting something," Spike said, rubbing the back of his head.
"I'm only sorry you didn't come in sooner," Ember said sighing some. "The sad thing is, dad really has gotten better." She extended her claw. "Before the loss of one subject, even one as simple as Garble to any pony he would have flown over and tried roasting the entire kingdom. Now he just gives long distance tirades which are better.... still annoying but better."
"Yeah I'm all for not having me and everypony I know deep fried roasted if possible," Spike said extending his claw. "So since you're free think you can help me with my next match?"
Ember smirked some. "Funny, I remember asking for pointers from you and getting rejected."
Spike crossed his arms, smirking as well. "Yeah but I think it makes more sense of a mere peasant asking for assistance from their lord then the super queen of dragons asking a subject for knowledge about their best friend caretaker."
"Hmmm touche," Ember said twirling her claw. "Though isn't your opponent that other magical unicorn you said you were also quite close with? I figured you wouldn't care about losing to her."
"Before yeah, but things have changed." Spike made a fist with his claw. "Now I kind of have to win. You know the whole'the only way you can get it through someone's head what they're thinking is to smack it around' philosophy."
"Ahh, so there is some dragon in you after all," Ember said in a teasing tone.
"Hey I'm trying to be serious here."
"Well, I am agreeing to help you Spike, so I would say that is pretty serious."
"Guess that is as serious as I need." Spike then leaned in closer starting to whisper to Ember, as the camera started panning away from them "See I have a plan to help out Starlight but it's going to require some true dragon strength so I wanted to know...."
In both this reality and the previous one... and the various other ones, we then saw Rarity approach the two breezie announcer's table.
"Oh hey what's up Rar-rar?" Zipzee said in her usual exited tone. "Your bout starts in a few minutes, so you want to chat with us some? Me and Seabreeze were talking about you know cool Breezie things."
"You were talking about how many times you sang about your world's Ponyville while flying through it," said a somewhat annoyed Seabreeze.
"Yeah all that fun stuff," Zipzee said still not getting her co announcer's more dismal tone.
"Perhaps another time dear Breezies, but I wished to know if I could borrow your microphone as there is something I would like to officially announce before my match," Rarity said in a very cordial tone.
"Uh I guess, but can't you just make that announcement right before the fight starts at the ring?" Seabreeze asked.
Rarity shook her head. "Afraid not darlings. It would not be properly lady like to make such announcements before such a squabble, and would intrude on the nature of the battle which I do not wish to do.
"Oh I get it." Zipzee then hoofed her the microphone she had as an announcer. "Go on say what you want to say, the Rainbow Dash that calls herself Rarity."
"Much appreciated." She said tapping into the microphone a couple of times before speaking into it. "Hello testing, testing, one, two," she said managing to attract the crowd's attention as she went on. "If you have been following the match ups properly you know that I Rarity Belle am about to face off against Trixie Lulamoon."
Trixie could be seen in the stadium, reading through various magic books with her various prop bags next to her. "Hey you are ruining the Great and Powerful Trixie's concentration," Trixie said annoyed. "Unless you want to be double pummeled you fashionista you'd better-"
"However before that skirmish there is something I wish to clear the air about before we engage in such a clash." She then leaned forward again speaking delicately into the microphone. "I, Rarity, wish to offer a full apologize to Trixie Lulamoon."
This confused and surprised quite a few ponies, especially the one being offered the apology. "... What?" She asked scratching her head some.
"It has occurred to me before this I had never properly sat down and chatted with Trixie myself on this matter and would not wish to do so simply during or after our encounter, so I have elected to do so now." Rarity went on recalling the events of Boast Busters. "Though I personally do not appreciate performances that include loads of boasting or embezzling of talents, it was rather rude to say such a thing during a magical show, where such actions are something incredibly common." She quickly recalled the events of Canterlot Boutique. "I do not appreciate it being told to make changes to my business when I feel it is not needed and it entertains others, so I had no right to force such views or perspectives towards somepony else. Especially in such a situation where if I did not wish to be part of such activities, I could have simply left instead of rudely complaining about it or trying to interfere in the performance." Everyone continued looking shocked at this as Rarity smiled. "I just wished to make that fact clear that I am sorry to have previous acted in such a fashion and hope it will not be something I shall do again in the future. I do hope you can forgive that transgression Trixie just as I have forgiven yours against me and my friends and hope we can move forward and not dwell on such thoughts during and after our match. Which I intend to win to the best of my abilities, but would not be surprised or agitated if your abilities proved superior." With that Rarity delicately dropped the microphone before heading towards the stage.
Trixie still looked amazed by this. ".... Wow I never thought she..." Trixie shook her head. "I mean uh... the Great and Powerful Trixie forgives such thoughts but... uh will defeat you in combat most..... uh.... the Great and Powerful Trixie still has more preparing to accomplish first," she quickly yelped out going through her bag of tricks and strategies again for the two's upcoming fight which was about to take place....
Kendell2 Trixie Lulamoon Vs Rarity Belle
"Okay, any other interruptions before we have the battle?" Seabreeze asked. "Good."
"Alright! Finally time for the next match! Trixie vs Rarity!"
The two unicorns both emerged from the back and took the stage, both carrying a case or bag to the ring.
Trixie steeled herself. "...Thank you, Rarity...Trixie appreciates your speech."
Rarity smiled. "You're welcome, Trixie...we're friends, after all, so there should be no hard feelings between us."
Trixie nodded. "Trixie is...unused to this...But she won't go easy on you!"
"I wouldn't expect nothing else," Rarity replied.
The two took a fighting pose as the bell rung.
Rarity quickly produced some fabric from her bag and magically whipped it at Trixie. The showmare dodged and countered by using her magic to throw off the frabric to try and wrap Rarity up in her own fabric. The fashionista retaliated by summoning a jewel from her bag and hurling it through the fabric to cut it before it could bind her.
Rarity followed up by jumping up and giving a roundhouse kick, taking Trixie offguard and kicking her back across the arena.
Trixie shook off the impact and stared in shock. "Where did you learn to do that?!"
Rarity threw her mane. "I may not enjoy fighting, but I am no slouch when it comes to it."
Several of the Changelings shuddered, remembering how off guard they'd been taken by Rarity during the wedding because of that.
Trixie got her game face back. "Very well, but don't assume that Trixie is a poor fighter!"
The showmare got back up as Rarity attempted another strike, this time with several jewels, Trixie created several thunder clouds and sent lightning down, taking Rarity off guard. Her jewels missed due to the surprise and she gave a scream as one bolt hit her and gave her a shock.
Rarity gasped, looking at her now frizzy mane. "My mane!"
"Sorry, Rarity, but we are in the middle of a fight." Trixie summoned a rope (she HAD used one on Applejack and the Ursa Minor after all) and attempted to wrap Rarity up with it while she was distracted, but the fashionista dodged it.
"Sorry, darling, but you're not the only pony who's grown since we first met," Rarity replied, sending several jewels flying Trixie's direction (which where blunt, as Rarity had no intention of using them to maim).
Rarity staggered back as the gems connected, allowing Rarity to dash in and give her a martial arts throw.
Trixie thought quickly and used her telekinesis to produce a stunt helmet to prevent the fall from hurting her as much. "Well, Trixie may have underestimated you a little bit, but she will not be defeated so easily! Allow her to pull out the big guns!"
Rarity summoned a roll of fabric and launched it forwards, seeming to be attempting to clothesline Trixie, but the mare slid under it and blasted Rarity back with a default unicorn energy blast. Rarity recovered in time and summoned a circle of jewels, launching them and blasting Trixie back.
Retaliated with a ring of storm clouds that rained down, forcing Rarity to duck and weave out of the way to avoid being struck and allowing Trixie an opening to charge in and buck her back. Rarity retaliated with several martial arts moves, Trixie managing to dodge a few kicks before being struck by Rarity's hoof and knocking her on her back, forcing her to roll out of the way and get some more distance, letting a fireworks explosion loose to get some more.
"Let's see how well you do against this, darling! "Rarity announced, summoning a large amount of fabric and jewels and raining them down on Trixie all at once, almost like a tornado.
Trixie was caught up in it and throw around, slamming roughly to the ground an inch from the exist to the ring.
"Okay...Trixie didn't think she'd have to do this, but it's time for her big finale!" Trixie replied, then let loose an explosion of fireworks around Rarity, blinding her...then when the smoke cleared, the fashionista found herself surrounded by FOUR Trixies.
"You can never have too many Trixies!" the four called out, her voice sounding like it was coming from all four of them at once.
"Well, darling, no pony can say you're a slouch either..." Rarity said, impressed, she fired gems. She was suddenly blindsided by a lightning cloud, giving her a shock. She spun and sent gems flying at the Trixie in the direction it came from, going through her and dispelling the illusion.
Rarity saw one make an attempt with the rope and dodged it, doing a round house kick, the rope seeming to be controlled by somepony else.
The final two Trixies both charged up what seemed like a default energy beam. Rarity knew one had to be an illusion and the other the real Trixie.
Rarity did a leap back, right as they fired...and one beam passed through one of the Trixies while the firer was dissipated by the beam.
"Found you, darling!" Rarity announced, pulling gems from her bag and launching them at the final Trixie...only for them to pass through and dissipate an illusion, revealing the gem on Trixie's cape floating and having reflected a beam from elsewhere to give the ILLUSION of the copy firing a real beam.
"First rule of a stage magician! Make sure the audience is looking where you aren't!"
Rarity spun around...just in time for Trixie to launch herself out of her stunt cannon directly at her. Rarity didn't have time to counter and was tackled full force by the showmare, carrying BOTH of them out of the ring and to the arena floor, getting gasps from the crowd.
"So...who won?" Starlight questioned.
Doctor Whooves looked to the recording and watched it. "It appears Miss Lulamoon hit the ground..."
Trixie gave a sigh, getting off of Rarity. "Well, Trixie tried..."
"Hit the ground point two seconds AFTER Rarity, as she landed ON her," Doctor Whooves explained. "The winner is Trixie Lulamoon by ring out!"
Trixie's jaw dropped. "I...I won?!"
Rarity smiled, getting up and hugging her. "Yes, you did, darling. And you deserved it."
(OOC: Noticed G2 wasn't represented in this at all.
For the record, G2 DID have comics, just no TV show: heckyeahponyscans.tumblr.com/p… heckyeahponyscans.tumblr.com/p… heckyeahponyscans.tumblr.com/p… )
"Hey, Twilight," asked Rainbow Dash.
"Yes, Rainbow?" she asked.
"Who are they?" Rainbow Dash questioned, pointing to a section. Most of them were Earth Ponies, but there was a strange pony with translucent wings of a different sort than a Changeling.
"According to the data, those ponies come from another Galaxy from everypony else. They're just observers," Twilight explained.
"Apparently the tournament announcers found their Galaxy too late to bring them in, but invited them to watch...something about 'didn't know there was anything to go with'...I don't know."
Before the two could say anything, Pinkie Pie had jumped over to the observing ponies.
"Hi! I'm Pinkie Pie! I would have said hi sooner, but the writer just realized you should be here!"
A white Earth Pony smiled. "Hi! I'm Light Heart!"
The two shook hooves...and both where wearing joy buzzers. Or rather Pinkie Pie was and Light Heart had used some kind of magic dust to get the same effect.
"*Gasp!* You like pranks too?" Pinkie Pie asked.
Light Heart nodded. "Oh yes, I love them!"
"Oh! Dashie and Patch are going to have a prank war later, want to come?"
Starlight Glimmer looked up to see a dazzle of fire works and sparklers being shot around as Trixie appeared in front of some of the crowd, causing them a bit of shock, but then applause.
"Thank you thank you, the great and powerful Trixie appreciates your cheers" Trixie said, bowing in front of them, noticing Starlight peaking down at her from a corner of the stadium as she held out her hooves. "And you may give her more later, but right Trixie has other things to do." In a puff of smoke she disappeared and then reappeared behind Starlight. "Greetings friend Starlight."
Starlight looked a bit surprised but then quickly put on a smile seeing her friend in front of her. "Hey Trixie" she said looking down, gently rubbing her hoof on the ground. "That was an... amazing fight you had with Rarity."
"You don't have to tell Trixie about it, she was there to breath in the spectacle" Trixie said theatrically, laughing some. "As great and powerful as Trixie is, even she admitted it was a close fought battle but in the end, Trixie's bag of tricks had nothing on that Fashionista's."
"Yeah I... I was cheering for you the entire time" Starlight muttered out. "I... don't know many others were but-"
"We'll they'll have time for more cheering when Trixie cleans up the rest of the competition, until we get a chance to duel" Trixie noted.
Starlight sighed. "Well honestly I... don't know if I'll get that far-"
"Of course you will" Trixie put her hoof on Starlight's shoulder. "And just like you were cheering for Trixie, Trixie shall be cheering for you against Twilight's pet dragon."
"Yeah I'll... be able to defeat him" Starlight said sadly, shaking some.
"Is there something wrong?" Trixie asked concerned, motioning Starlight closer. "The great and powerful Trixie is nearly as amazing a listener as she is a magician."
Starlight looked up at her friend's confident look and put on a smile. 'No no I can't get her caught up in my angst' Starlight thought to herself. 'Maybe after this stupid tournament is over but... not when she's still able to enjoy it' Starlight shook her head. "I guess just thinking if we get to fight here and... what will happen after ward to... you know us."
"Pffft, Trixie does not hold.... that type of grudges" Trixie patted Starlight on the shoulder. "No matter which great and powerful unicorn wins, they'll still be the best amazing magical great and powerful friends. No theatric is going to change that" she then held out her other hoof in front of Starlight's head. "So let's work as hard as possible to get to show those ponies a show they'll never forget, okay?"
Starlight looked at her and nodded a bit. "Okay" she said, shaking the hoof some as she then moved back, looking down at the stadium. "Guess I should be getting down and... working on making that happen right?"
"Right" Trixie said confidently as Starlight walked off, noticing the blue unicorn continuously wave at her as she moved closer and closer to the stadium floor.
'Just because I'll win this fight doesn't mean I'll ever get that far' Starlight thought to herself. 'Not if I have to fight a more experienced Alicorn before that. Then again what right do I have to complain about unfair match ups when I'll still clean house so easily now?' Starlight then looked over at Trixie, her eyes narrowing. 'But that's nothing compared to what she could of been up against' Starlight then recalled the battle Rainbow Form Applejack had with Adagaio. 'If Rarity had used that form of hers... would anything other then the other "Mane 6" or immortal gods been able to stop that?' Starlight gritted her teeth some looking around annoyed. 'Ughhh this tournament is made of NOTHING but unfair power balances of ponies and others going up against opponents they have no chance of beating! A spectacle only made for the strong to feel great about themselves, and the weak to feel good about either getting lucky or just being included!' She shook some. 'This isn't equality, isn't fair isn't what unity is suppose to be but...' she then looked at her own hoof, various memories going through it as she looked down ashamed. 'What does a pony about me really know about that anyway?' she thought continuing to head down to the arena.
Meanwhile the camera focused back up at the announcer's table as Zipzee and Seabreeze were focused on again. "Welcome back to the first ever Fighting Is Magic Dimension Galacitc Ultra Super happy extreme tournament!" Zipzee cheered out.
Seabreeze narrowed his eyes. "It seems like you change what this tourney is called every time there's a new fight."
"That's right: a new name for a new super amazing fight. Isn't that right... or is it night?"
"You... you trying just to rhyme?"
"Only this time" Zipzee said with a laugh. "Speaking of this time, for the 15th official match of the Tourney we've got a real hum dinger of a match between two great friends who work under Princess Twilight Sparkle." Starlight at this point had walked into the arena, slowly climbing on the ring of the tournament on the left side. "First up, a powerful unicorn said to have taken over and conquered an entire town through controlling and subujacting their wills... but is a lot better now, Starlight Glimmer" there were a few sort of confused/kind of cheers from the crowd though loud cheers coming from both Trixie and Sunburst in the crowd.
'Why did that have to be mentioned?' Starlight thought before she recalled herself trying to destroy the inhabitants of our town when they had chased after her. 'Yeah, guess I have every right to be reminded of my mistakes' she thought, looking down rather annoyed.
"And next up" Zipzee looked at the title card. "Wait, where's the part about him holding onto the eternal thousand year old flower that made him stink so much he needed a super long bath?"
Seabreeze looked at her confused. "Huh?"
"Well it says spike the Dragon."
"Uh it's not YOUR Spike the dragon."
"Well he was more Wysteria's friend but-"
"I meant from your world."
"Oh right right the whole "It says Rainbow Dash but isn't rainbow Dash as Rarity is more Rainbow Dash" confusion. My bad. " Zipzee looks at the card again. "Anyway this Spike the Dragon is assistant to Twilight Sparkle and apparently the hero of the entire Crystal Empire. Which is almost as good as guarding a flower for a thousand years IMHO. Anyway give it up to Spike the Dragonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn." Many cheers were heard as Spike walked out confidently, waving and even spinning around to point fingers in a cocky manner at various fans (mostly crystal ponies who cried even more when the dragon did that) as he continued walking out.
"Thank you thank you" Spike said continuing to take in the cheers from the various ponies. "Always great to hear from my awesome fans."
"Hey get your own word!" Rainbow Dash was heard calling out.
"Okay then, Spiketastic fans" Spike said, getting even more cheers for that.
Starlight Glimmer sighed seeing Spike had stopped right before entering the right side of the ring. 'Again the person who has more right to winning this then I ever will is going to loose' Starlight looked down ashamed. 'I probably should just throw the match. Maybe give them someone they can cheer more about...' she then recalled Trixie talking to her shaking her head. 'No I... promised Trixie we would advance so... I guess I have to try as best as I can to do that if... only for her sake.'
Spike then looked at his wrist which had a shiny gold watch on it.