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"There ain't no way that was any kinda 'random encounter,' Button Mash!" Apple Bloom insisted as her eye led them through the fog. "The truth led us to them weird walkin' lies for a reason."

Sweetie Belle hemmed and hawed. "Apple Bloom, I'm not saying your new magic is BAD or anything, but I really don't think we should treat it like it can never be wrong."

"And Ah'm sayin' it ain't steered us wrong yet, so why should it start now?"

Spike didn't even look at the fog. As though its presence were the most natural thing in the world. "And if you ask me, getting a super power in a dream sounds super-weird," he said.

"Cheerilee got her cutie mark in a dream," Scootaloo remembered.

Spike shrugged. The dragon hadn't commented once on Blanky. The girls had reached an unspoken consensus that unlike Button Mash, the wolf pup was simply invisible to the dragon.

"Could have been some 'left over' bits," Button speculated. "Video games do have stuff that would have made sense, but then the rest of the game got changed, but taking out that bit would have left a big hole in things."

"And I think you've gone crazier," Spike told Button Mash.

Button Mash didn't flinch. It seemed he was growing used to such comments.

"Apple Bloom..." Sweetie said, "I... I think we faced those ... things for a reason too."

"But ya said-"

"I don't think your magic eye is perfect, but I agree it was for a reason. Maybe it's part of why Spike's came with us."

"Geeze, when did you girls get into Twilight's 'under the same rainbow' tune?" Spike asked.

"Life's a game, and everything in a game has a reason for being there," Button Mash said sagely.

"What if that role is to be the bad guy?" Sweetie asked.

"Then you have an 'after credits' scene where the heroes and villains are sharing cider and donuts backstage!" Button Mash said without missing a beat.

"Those always took away the value of the story's conflict for me," Spike said.

"Fog wall time," Apple Bloom announced, coming to a halt.

+++

There wasn't much to say to each other at this point. We braced ourselves, wondering if it would be mine and Dash's house, Sugar Cube Corner, Fluttershy's cottage, or Apple Bloom's farm that was next on the other side.

Turned out to be none of the above.

Maybe from now on, we should tie a rope to Spike and send him in first to scout. Then again, it wouldn't be much of a horror movie if the victims died two sentences into the story, and 'fair game' meant we couldn't run into an unavoidable, no-time-to-react death trap. Right?

A floating message appeared above Button Mash's head. "Hey, Spike's escort quest progress bar just went up," he let us know. "Uh, anypony know this place?"

Apple Bloom tap-danced like the ground was covered with invisible roaches. "It's like this whole PLACE is made out of them!" She gritted her teeth, her eyes locked on the house in front of us.

There were almost no windows, but lots of doors for going in and out. It was only one floor. The house's weird shape was like it'd been made out of ice then melted some. But there was only one other color besides the sick pink; red lanterns hanging from every corner and door.

There were large Hoofed at the biggest door, whose tribe look a little familiar. They were 'big' in every sense of the word; shaggy, horns large as and shaped like tree branches, muscles that'd make Roid Rage blush, and... uh, 'colt stuff,' ya know.

"What are those?" Sweetie Belle asked.

"They're called Caribou," Spike answered. "They're a tribe of the Cervine. Ya know, Deer?" Spike face palmed when everypony just stared at him blankly. "First griffins, then zebra, haven't there been deer in Ponyville before?"

"I think I've seen something like him before… but I never got the name of their tribe," Sweeie said simply.

"I've seen 'em in my video games!" Button Mash remembered, raising his hoof.

Apple Bloom just cringed at the sight of the big guy, she was actually keeping that trick eye of hers closed for a few seconds. She looked sick to her stomach.

I asked, "What is this place? Some kinda movie theater?" I spotted some poster along the wall, and snuck a bit closer for a better look.

"I dunno," Spike said. Huh? If he was still wired to the curse, shouldn't he see this as normal? "But Twilight did say that if we ever went on a diplomatic mission to the deer kingdoms, and spotted houses with red lanterns, to STAY AWAY from them."

"When Mom thought I wasn't listening she talked with dad how her group had kept houses with red lanterns from coming to Equestria. She said she and Celestia'd give a free roof over the head of any pony before letting 'that job' come to Equestria. Don't know why that was such a big deal," Button Mash said.

Geeze. What did Button's mom have against the color red?

The movie posters weren't like any I'd ever seen before, 'Pleasure Ponies'? And, "What the Hay-?!" My eyes widened and blushed.

It was Twist, Silver Spoon, and a unicorn mare I didn't know. Silver Spoon and Twist didn't have their glasses. But they all had that same look on their faces Sweetie's sister had when the curse had her. All sitting or lying down on pillows showing their flanks.

Spike made a noise like Rarity, and skidded in front of me, trying to block the big posters from view with his little dragon body. He drew in a deep breath and turned to towards, paused, and looked at Apple Bloom.

"Uh! Bloom! These aren't them turned into pictures, is it?" Spike asked suddenly worried.

Uncomfortably, Apple Bloom shook her head. Spike breathed a sigh of relief and burned the posters. Thankfully, they weren't on the same side of the house as the caribou, so the fire and smoke went unnoticed.

"Sweet Princesses Doolots and Erroria, what happened to Silvery!?" Spike asked as if we'd have an answer. "They should be at school, not this creepy place!"

We all looked at Spike in surprise, then I got my other two Crusader friends in a huddle.

"Hey!" Button said but we ignored him.

I whispered. "Spike thinks Alula and Tootsie are princesses, yet he knows it's wrong for Silver and Twist to be like that on those posters? What's the deal?"

But neither of my friends looked to have that on their minds right now.

"Twist, so ... this is what happened to ya?"

"Silver Spoon, Shiny Star," Sweetie whispered.

"Who?" I asked.

"That mare, her name is Shiny Star. She's Filthy Rich's maid. Uh, Silver Spoon told me, maybe?" Even Sweetie sounded like she didn't believe that.

I shook my head trying to focus. "Girls, I'm sorry and scared too. But I wanna know what the deal is with Spike."

Apple Bloom spoke, though her mind was somewhere else, "Maybe it's like what happened with Button Mash a little, and... we fixed his bond with us Crusaders. Since Silver Spoon's a Crusader, too… maybe he's at least able to remember the Crusaders as they're supposed to be? Even if he can't remember everything?"

'One of us.' Yeah, I'd accepted Silver Spoon as a new friend. But it was still kinda awe-inspiring that freaky Fate itself recognized her CMC membership.

I broke the huddle.

"Stop doing that!" Button Mash frowned, so did Spike. "Let us in the huddle too next time!"

"Sorry," Sweetie said.

Button Mash pulled out his 'game menu' (why can't I have one? Aren't video games supposed to have a 'Player 2?').

"Girls, the progress bar for Spike's escort quest just went up. And we've got an option for a character-exclusive side-quest. I think this place is an optional part of our adventure."

I looked at the creepy house, thinking of Silver Spoon and Twist. I looked at my friends, thinking of Equestria, of Princess Celestia, of everypony.

"Then we should move on." I hear a couple of my friends gasped. "Girls, they aren't being made 'never-heard-from-again' and aren't making other ponies 'never-heard-from-again.' It's safe and quicker to just go and save the world before somepony's gone for good. If we keep stopping to help everypony along the way... we're gonna end up helping nopony when the timer runs out."

I wasn't angry, I... I felt sad. This is what Dash taught me.

"She's right." Everypony looked, including me, right at Apple Bloom. She looked down and said. "It's the truth. Just cause we can win doesn't mean we're gonna. We can't go pickin' fights every chance we get. If Twist and them ain't gonna be goners, then ... then we shouldn't risk it. Ah'm sorry." She didn't look happy.

"I don't believe this!" Spike snapped, pointing fingers. The big caribou either didn't hear us, or just ignored us. "Of COURSE we have to save Silvery, and Twist, and that lady too! And Apple Bloom, you couldn't possibly WANT to abandon Twist?!"

"Ah don't WANT to, Spike," Bloom said keeping her voice even. "We gotta save Equestria, that includes Twist too, but Scootaloo's right."

"You should know," Button Mash rubbed his hooves awkwardly against each other. "that finishing side quests normally helps the heroes in the end, and this doesn't look like any sort of 'secret monster that's harder than the final boss' side quest. Could be bonuses for us that'll help us win the final fight. We should go for it."

Apple Bloom breathed in. "So, me an' Scoots votes fer movin' on cause they ain't gonna be never-heard-from-again. Button and Spike vote for riskin' helpin' 'em now." We all looked at Sweetie Belle right on the spot who startled. "So what's yer vote Sweetie?"

Sweetie Belle sweated. "M-me?"

"Looks like your the tie-breaker," I said.

Blanky, of course, 'apple-stained', since he'd go with whatever Sweetie Belle wanted anyway I bet. Except, he was looking at me with respect for once. Had he wanted to move on too? Oops.

Sweetie looked cornered, eyes darting back and forth between us all. She was breathing a little faster. I swear she sweated some. She shifted her weight. I half-expected her to teleport halfway across Equestria.

"I...I vote we save them...Silver Spoon...I..." she held her hoof over her heart. "...She was so hurt when Diamond threw her away...I...I don't want her to think we did the same thing...And besides, she's a Crusader... Crusaders stick together, right?"

We held silent for a few seconds before Apple Bloom nodded. "That's it, then. We're doin' this."

"Spike, Button," Sweetie Belle piped up. "Don't hate Apple Bloom or Scootaloo. They just want to help the most friends we can."

Button Mash lowered his head. "Alright, Sweetie Belle."

Spike crossed his arms and sighed. "Alright."

"Thank ya, Sweetie Belle."

"''Do You Accept This Side Quest Of Your Own Free Will?'" Button Mash read aloud from the menu before touching the 'Yes' button.

"I still can't believe this curse did this to Silver and Twist like it did to Rarity." Sweetie shook her head.

"Are you still so naive that you thought an evil as deprived as this would CARE it was corrupting foals? Did you REALLY think it would magically age them all to 18? Or that if it did, they wouldn't still be foals mentally?"

And cue Phobia popping up out of nowhere again.

"Whoa! Who are you?" Spike asked.

And a minute's worth of introductions later.

"Well! If I could free Twilight from that stupid evil spirit, I can do the same with this mind-control Silvery and the rest are under, we've all gotten experience at it by now."

"This isn't a simple brainwashing. REALITY has been altered. If you went back in time, you'd find THIS instead of the Silver Spoon you remember."

"Huh? How does that work?"

"You shouldn't question it Spike," Phobia said.

"I shouldn't question it. Got it," Spike answered.

"Girls, in its own way, this place is your most dangerous challenge yet. The games rules help you, but they also mean I can't just GIVE YOU the answer, sadly. And I can't stay, I need to make sure of something or this won't matter, right now. Remember your default role in the narrative is to lose no matter what path you choose, and it'll cheat to MAKE SURE you lose. Be careful."

And just like that, Phobia vanished into the fog and the shadows.

"How'd he do that?" Spike asked.

"You get used to it," we said together.

"Well, let's go in there and do this thing," Spike declared.

"I think we should sneak in through the back entrance," Button Mash said, lowering his voice, "That way we can avoid the big bruisers."

"Do games ALLOW you to avoid big fights?" I asked.

"Yeah," said Button Mash. "Stealth is normally the best option. But you have to be patient and pay attention to a whole lot of environmental details."

Spike said, "Well, I know how fancy places work. Comes from living in Canterlot. If you look fancy enough and go through the front door, acting like you belong there, and tell 'em something official-sounding, they'll let you through and ask you put a good word in for them."

Me? I hated to admit it, but zooming in kicking flank and drag our friends out kicking and screaming wasn't gonna be the best bet anyway. Phobia had called this place the biggest nasty we'd faced so far, that didn't scare me none after having already faced my sister, Cheerilee. But for once I didn't feel like imitating Dash's 'trash subtlety, just get the job done' attitude.

+



We snuck in through the back. Quiet as mice. Scared but determined. We'd save our friends and everypony in here.

The way through the back door led to a room full of big pillows and veils. Pretty candles lit everything. Paintings on the walls of ponies on top of each other. There were tulips in vases, looking like they just wanted a kiss.

The place was warm, and smelled nice. The shadows on the wall were nice too. Everything was nice.

We found our friends. They were so happy. They were good dolls. They weren't really dollies. But they said they were there to entertain and be played with for whoever visited. Like us. We told them we didn't want to play with them. They were so sad.

The place was so warm and nice. It made us feel sleepy. It made us feel happy too. Like our friends.

Spike found some pretty jewelry, it really was pretty, it sparkled and shined like a rainbow. Rainbows were always good . Spike liked them. Spike-Barb, thought they were tasty. But they were for looking nice, not eating our friends said, so Barb was a good dragoness, Barbie was a good doll.

Button Mash was talking nonsense again, about miniature games, secret ends, and alternative costumes. Bit Mash calmed down and smiled like the rest of us fillies, knowing how to behave. She thought of the special games we could play to entertain our guests. Bit Crunch was a good doll.

We all giggled together, hugging each other, happy to be back together, and to have new friends, too, all together. But we had guests to entertain. It was all we were good for after all. But that was okay, we were good dollies.

++

We marched through the front door. Button Mash found us some fancy-looking clothes for us all to wear in his inventory. We marched in, noses held high. We gave the caribou at the front our best 'You got something to say to US?' look! He backed down and let us on through, telling us to enjoy ourselves.

In we went! There was a buncha dumb pictures on the walls and stupid flowers and dime store candles, but we didn't care. That wasn't what we came here for. We came for our friends, for the ponies here.

The place stank, these jerks really needed to clean things up better! We had half a mind to leave. Couldn't they do any decent lighting?

We found our friends and some other mare right where the caribou said they'd be. They laid on their fancy pillow like slugs, smiling at us like Ditzy Doo on a good day.

"Hi, Scooty!" "Hi, Spikey!" They bleated then chorused. "Welcome, we hope we can have fun together!" "Want to play with us, dears?"

They looked like they were having the time of their lives. We'd been breaking our backs trying to save the world and they've been here enjoying themselves!

Have fun with them? We'd have more than that! These idiots owed it to us! It was the only things they were good for. They were no better than dumb dolls. They were only three to go around, but we'd make due. We deserved this. We'd take as much time as we wanted too.

As long as had our fun, who cared about anything else? The dumb dolls giggled and laughed as we got what we wanted. They didn't tire, and neither did we, ever. All there was, was this building and us.



=Discord Ponies Rock Intro=

Sweetie Belle and Ah snap right 'bout the same time. She brought her hooves to her chest, and gasped out loud, her eyes becoming pin pricks as she panted. Ah could see her heart hammerin' in her chest. Button and Spike were on 'er in a tick, Button offerin' her a potion from his magic inventory and Spike checkin' her over.

"Give 'er room!" Scootaloo barked and buzzed her wings, givin' her air. "Sweetie Belle, can you hear me?"

"Both ways..." Sweetie gasped out as she lay on her side, letting her spooked heart ride itself out. "Front door, back door, doesn't matter... We'll be made like Silver is, or we'll be made to hurt them. Forever."

Scootaloo said something fillies shouldn't say. Spike kicked the dirt. Button Mash moaned about 'fake choices' in games. Blanky whined and nuzzled poor Sweetie like Ah'd seen Winona do with Applejack before. Ah didn't do anythin'. Ah couldn't stop lookin' with the truth. Like a carriage wreck.

Ah didn't see the ground, Ah didn't see the red lights house, Ah didn't see the caribou. What Ah saw was, "It's a big black spider's web! All of it!"

"It's a trap. Our friends are just bait," Sweetie breathed out.

Button Mash's lip quivered. "We've locked ourselves into a bad ending! Nothing can progress until we take one of the bad options! Our only act of freedom is to turn off the console!"

Spike shook him. "Snap out of it! Pause the game!"

Button Mash hiccuped and whimpered. Scootaloo looked at Button Mash cryin', Sweetie shakin', and me starin' at the giant web we were all just bugs in. She held her head in her hooves and let out a noise.

"A smart mouse can still get the cheese without setting off the trap," one of us said, Ah can't remember who. But at them words, we all calmed down a little.

Ah took a cue from Applejack and held together, despite what Ah was seein', Sweetie needed help more from what she saw.

Suddenly Ah felt the odd filly out. Only one of the CMC without her cutie mark and ... Scoots, Spike, Button, Blanky, they were all closer to Sweetie than they were to me.

Ah shook my head, Twist needed me, Silver needed me, Ah couldn't afford to star feelin' sorry fer myself.

"M-maybe we can glitch through the walls?" Button offered, none too helpful-like.

Spike looked at the place in disgust. "We could just burn the place down."

"And the ponies inside?" Scootaloo asked.

Spike sighed. "Point."

Scootaloo asked, "Spike, how about you greed-out, turn into Spikezilla, rip the roof off, and pluck them out?"

I'd never seen Spike shake his head so insistently. "No way, no how, dream on! Forget it!"

"Geeze, sorry!"

Ah asked, "Sweetie... our friends... what... what were they like?"

"Like dolls. Not literally, but they were empty, smiling faces, doing whatever they were told."

Ah thought for a bit.

"Sweetie Belle," Ah said, "Yer not gonna like what Ah have to say." Ah put a hoof on her shoulder. "Yer song at the weddin' reached all of Canterlot. Ah bet yer song could reach our friends inside."

Sweetie looked like her heart dropped down to her cutie mark. "What?" She whimpered. Our friends shot me dirty looks. Ah honestly would be too if Ah were lookin' in the mirror.

Ah didn't like what Ah said next. "Use yer singing with yer brain zappin' to get 'em out here instead of us goin' in!"

Sweetie gasped. "No!"

"Apple Bloom how could you?" Button gasped.

"Sweetie we ain't got a better plan!"

"But... but it's not that simple! The ponies' guard needs to be down... they.. they... it's not like Discord's!"

"Ya said they done whatever they're told... so tell 'em to come out."

Sweetie cringed, teeth clenched, ears wilted, and her eyes misted up.

Ah hugged her. "Ah'm sorry Sweetie, but please, do it for our friends! Use that stuff for good!"

As Button Mash muttered something about the game 'railroading us,' Sweetie Belle swallowed. Shakin', she took a deep breath through her nose. Her horn and eyes glowed green. Green mist swirled from her and into the house. Ah think only Ah could see it.


Come little ponies, let me take you away
Into my loving enchantment
Come little ponies, dance to my sway
Enter my forest of hollows.

Follow sweet ponies, my voice'll show you way
Through the fire and the passion
Fear not my ponies, now comes the day
There's more yet to life even when all is made ashen.


Ah heard hoof beatin' to the melody of our 'Pied Piper'. They came to the back doors, opposite the way the 'caribou' was standin'. 'He' was just a buncha black spider webs. So was the house. So was everythin'.

So many doors and only one guy outside? We'd been supposed to sneak behind him.

And out they came, following Sweetie's music like ants. All black and pink. Twist and Silver had bruises on their forelegs, but they didn't have their glasses, of course they were gonna bump inta stuff. And there was Miss Shiny Star as she was on the third poster. All of them smilin' but lookin' like they hadn't a clue what was so fun.

Nopony inside called out that their entertainers were gone, had there been anypony inside besides them at all? But then what was the point of this place then? If this was a business, who took the money? Who paid the bills? If they were entertainment ponies who were they entertainin'? Was it all just props for a play? And if this was spider's web, where was the spider?

As Sweetie stopped singin', they lined up like livestock to be sold. They were washed up pretty. Makeup covered too much of their faces. They stank of the same perfume Rarity had stunk of. They moved like Rarity when she was corrupted, but when she'd been lookin' to be in charge, they looked eager to be told what to do, like over the top versions of Silver Spoon when we first met 'er. Every trot wantin' to show as much fur at once.

"Uh Sweetie, you can end the spell now," Scootaloo said.

"It ended when I stopped singing," Sweetie answered sadly.

"Welcome, welcome, welcome, how may we serve you?" The all suddenly echoed together an' bowed. Ah had to cover my truth eye seein' what they really looked like now. Other Sis wasn't lyin' sayin' Ah'd see lots of stuff with this eye Ah'd wish Ah didn't.

Button Mash took a few uncomfortable trots back. "Silvery, I'm sorry this happened to you," Button Mash said.

'Silvery?' Button Mash had made more friends through us? The old Button Mash barely tried bein' with others. How much had we changed Button? !! How much had he changed us?!

Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo, Button Mash, Spike, they all got closer to Silver Spoon. She was our friend after all. Miss Shiny Star just stood there waiting silently and obediently like a pet. Ah looked at Twist, it weird seein' her without her glasses, her curly mane looked so well-combed it was painful. Ponies like tah say ponies look pretty when they don't need their glasses no more...not here.

Ah was the only pony here for her. My friends gathered to save Silver Spoon. Me? Ah was the one we had to break Twist out of this, make her see the whole dang universe was wrong with just words like Ah'd done with Zecora. So why did this feel so much dang harder?!

My friends were already talking with Silver Spoon. She just kept that blank smile that would have made the changelings' slaves green with envy. I look at Twist, she just smiles at me like Winona would, waitin' for her master to tell 'er what to do. It might have been nicer if she really was turned into a magic doll, at least dolls are SUPPOSED to look like this!

Today Ah've seen so many ponies Ah know and love turned into monsters on the outside, and turned into awful strangers with their faces, not on some chaos spirit's roulette, but made to be as mean as possible. And it wasn't even like the changelings' magic where it took just a hug to break it.

The curse keeps inventin' ways to make things worse! Even to how changelings treated us...Ugh! It's like Twist and 'em ARE just dolls! Ah just... like there no bottom to how cruel somepony can be when they don't see ya as a pony.

Ah tried to think of what to say, why didn't anything come? Ah tried so hard, Ah really really did! Ah really tried to get my friendship with Twist back together! So why can't Ah think of what to say!?

"Twist, why did this have to happen to us?" Ah sighed.

"Because I'm a bad filly who needs to do her service to the community."

My eye bulged, "T-Twist?"

"Yes?" Her voice and tone was exactly like the Twist I knew, except.

"Ya can, yer lisp, Ah, confarnit. Why didn't ya say anythin', and happened to yer lisp?"

"Because we only speak when asked a question, like good fillies should. And they fixed it, because the stallions didn't like it."

"W-whose 'they?'"

"The owners of the stable."

"And who are the owners of the stables?"

"Mr. Umbra Breeze, Mayor Mare, The Silvers, Rich Filth, and Miss Ima Alias."

The puzzle pieces popped together in my head: Umbra Breeze had a friend. My first guess was Nightmare Moon, until I remembered what Other Sister was the real truth 'bout the Nightmares.

"Twist, Ah want ya to speak yer mind."

"I don't have a mind, Apple Bloom, I'm here because I'm a bad filly who isn't good for anything else."

"No yer not! Ya figured out yer talent before we could! Ya get better grades than me, and yer one of the most upbeat, down to Equus ponies Ah know!" Ah know Ah was wastin' air, but Ah didn't care.

Twist didn't twitch. Spike with that blinkin' thing in his head was less wrong than this.

"But I'm a baaaaaaad filly, do you want to punish me?" She kept smiling.

"Ugh! Why do our arguments always go in circles?!"

"I'm sorry, Apple Bloom, that's bad of me to do to a guest. You really should punish me."

"Stop sayin' that! Ya can't like doin' whatever-this-is! Yer cutie mark is still for makin' candy! Like Bon Bon! How can this be all yer good for if makin' candies is yer special talent?! Tell me!"

Twist started quiverin'. Thank Celestia!

"Yer family still makes sweets right? Like Bon Bon and the Cakes! Ya makes candies that makes others smile and loved doin' it! Ya offered me candies when Ah was down! Ya said you wanted to be an adult who made others happy with your candy! Yer ma, Shimmy Shake, she was PROUD of ya!"

Twist fell to her knees. "I'mabadponyI'mabadponyI'mabadponyI'mabadpony!"

"Why! What's makin' ya think that? What lies got stuffed in yer head?"

"Because I'm a bad friend! I'm selfish! Cowardly! Hypocritical! Opportunistic! I'm only friends with ponies as long as its good for me! I'd never be good enough to be friends with a colt like Truffle! I'm just bad news! I'd just abandon him the first time he gets teased, same way I did with you!"

Ah took a trot back. "W-what? N-no you didn't! When?" Okay, Bloom, remember, whatever she says, remember it's just what this curse MADE real.

"I didn't stand up for you at Diamond Tiara's party, I didn't even try. You had to have help from two fillies who happened to be blank flanks like I was the day before. Or I could've just not gone and we could have had fun together, instead of going to a party for a bully neither of us liked! But I wanted to go to the big party with or without you, whether you wanted to go or not, because it was the party, being held for a little monster and her braindead stooge!"

N-n-no! Celestia. This place was playing tricks with my head now! Wasn't it? The protection of our capes was anything but perfect! That can't be it! N-no! Twist would never...could never...do anything like...

Ah fell to my knees too.

Was that... the real reason Ah kept avoidin' her after makin' friends with Scoots and Sweetie? Deep down... was Ah really angry at 'er for that? D-don't be silly, it's not Ah'd just bury somethin' like that and just forget about it. So what Twist... so what if...she... she didn't even LOOK at me, she didn't even TRY, she just chatted with Cotton Cloud...

... Maybe, Ah'd been upset. Ah'd been angry she'd done that, what she HADN'T DONE, when she just stood there to be one of the cool foals! Ah wanted this to be just this bad place workin' the curse on me... But nothin'.

Nothin' Twist said was contrary at all, Ah just... never noticed.

...While most of our stuff as Gabby Gums was taking things out of context or lies...even we told the truth sometimes and used it for mean reasons. Why should this be any different?

Twist was still smilin' big as ever, but she was cryin'. "So you oughta hate me! 'Cause I'm nothing but a fair weather friend!"

... What was Ah supposed to say? That Ah shouldn't be angry at a friend who bailed on me? That Ah shouldn't be hateful at a friend who chose movin' up the peckin' order over me?

Just hit her and tell 'er that all's forgiven?

"Hey... this doesn't mean we can't go to the cute-ceañera together."

No, those weren't the right thing to do at all!

"...Twist, ya STILL wanted ta go to the party with me. Ya didn't care if ya had a cutie mark or not! Ya didn't ditch me. If anythin', Ah ditched you!"

"And I still didn't even try to help you when you did show."

"No... ya didn't... "

Ah tried ta tell'er how Scootaloo ran away on the Day of Chaos, except Ah'd never been angry at Scootaloo for that. Ah'd looked like a thing from my nightmares, and Scootaloo had done the smartest thing she could. Ah'd never thought of it as her abandonin' me.

"I spent forever saying how bad Silver Spoon was, that she'd just abandon you when Diamond Tiara came back...Instead, I was the fair-weather friend, I was the one who abandons her friends when the going gets tough. I'm a bad pony. This is what I deserve, this is all I'm good for. I don't have friends, I don't want friends, I want rungs on a ladder." She looked at the misty ground.

"... If ya were that bad, ya wouldn't be sorry."

She looked up at me, her make-up running.

"Yer not a fair-weather friend, ya made a mistake. Ya didn't want me ta get hurt if Silver Spoon switched sides. Ya didn't just smile and nod when Ah told ya why Ah was gonna trust her. We had ta fight ya tooth and nail before ya'd give Silver Spoon a chance! A fair weather friend just smiles and nods, they'll do whatever it takes to keep somepony's attention! Ya stood up for yer point of view! A fair weather friend wouldn't care!"

Twist stopped smiling. First time in Pony history that's a good thing! My other eye... it was like somepony set a fire inside her, and it burned away the spider webs around her and in her. Her make up and painful comb job burned away too. Twist's colors came back with open arms, but her shading still had lots of dark lines to it.

Twist hugged me and sobbed into my shoulder. Ah patted her on the back and she hiccuped. Happy music played. But the feelin' Ah felt before didn't go away. Ah had been unhappy Twist hadn't stood up for then, then Ah went and never spoke to her, pretendin' Ah didn't feel it, maybe. It's so confusin' and Ah didn't get my own feelin's. Even the truth didn't make my feelings any easier to read.

"Apple Bloom, thank you, I'm free!"

She wasn't perfect. Neither was Ah. Twist was my friend, before Ah even knew the others, that's what counted.

"Yer welcome, Twist, pal." Ah smiled, feelin' light inside. This didn't bring us any closer to savin' the world, but Ah didn't regret stayin' here to help.

"...Would you like thosthe sthweetsth now, Apple Bloom?" She whispered.

Ah nearly cracked Ah smiled so much. "Sure! That would be great!"

Neither of us said anythin', the happy flute music kept playin', and that's when Ah realized it wasn't just in my head.

Ah turned to see Button Mash with a blue flute shaped like a potato to his lips playin' for Silver Spoon.

"Apple Bloom, you did it." Scootaloo smiled as Ah looked over to the group.

"Sorry we didn't say anything. We... didn't want to interrupt the moment." Sweetie Belle blushed.

++

In a way, Twist is to us what Dash is to her own set of friends. But, kinda reversed. If she had stood up for Apple Bloom: me and Sweetie would have kept chickening out underneath one of the tables. Yes we went to a major social meet just to hide. Sweetie is Rarity's little sister, and for me it was free food (and I'd never make Sweetie go there alone).

The jerks who bullied Fluttershy? What about them? There would have never even been a race without them? There wouldn't have been Equestria's six best heroes?

Just like, if not for Diamond Tiara's party, if she hadn't been the bad guy, we wouldn't have stuck up for Bloom and become friends. What a headache. Look, I don't know what happened to her, she's still the queen of jerks for me, but I know better than anypony how many horrible things can happen to a filly on her own. If... if they find her, and Silver can get her to try, I'll give'er a chance. If the bugs-ponies got one after what they did, I guess I can give Diamond Tiara one too.

++

Button Mash just kept playing that potato flute of his. Silver Spoon swayed to the melody.

"What in the-?" Ah tried figurin' what Button was up to.

Spike whispered. "Button Mash said he and Silvery got stuck in a closet once. She hated him playing his Gamecolt, so he played the ocarina for her instead, something about 'healing music.'"

What did that have to do with the rumor of Sweetie bein' his special friend? The more Ah heard these stories Button Mash tells, the less they sound like somethin' fake written for 'em, and more it sounds like he remembers some other universe out there where all of this did happen.

"Silver Spoon?" Button asked. "Remember how you said my ocarina was 'okay' while Diamond Tiara couldn't stand it? . . . That song was supposed to turn the curse on you into a mask that would give me a new special ability."

"Of course I remember, Button Mash," she said with the same doll face as Twist. "I'm a bad filly. A very bad filly. A brain-dead stooge. I'm making up for everything bad I did. It's the only way I can learn my lesson. It's the only way I can make up for everything. It's the only way I can be forgiven. That I know I'm no better than anypony else. The only way to fix ponies like me to break us down into sand and build us back up. And please, call me Silver Tray, it's my birth name. I don't deserve to be called anything else."

Twist's lip quiver. Ah gave her a gentle nuzzle and reluctantly broke off from her and faced Silver Spoon.

Even in my worst fantasies Ah never wished this on Silver Spoon, did Ah? Ah dreamed of suckin' her and Diamond Tiara up in a bug catcher. Of 'em bein' drummed off to reform school. Us being royalty, and them being our servants or janitors. Twilight threatenin' to turn em into house plants. Nightmare Moon feedin' 'em alfalfa and chased off and never seen again. Not dead, just, ya know, never havin' to think about 'em again. Ah didn't think they'd learn anythin', Ah just wanted to see 'em squirm.

Ah wished something terrible would happen to 'em. Ah don't know what happened to Diamond Tiara, but Silver Spoon lost her best friend.

Ah... never thought about until now... And-

"Silver Spoon we're friends now! Ah already apologized for how Ah saw ya before, you got better cause ya chose to!"

"Come on honored guest Apple Bloom." Silver Spoon kept smiling. "You know the only reason we became friends was because Diamond Tiara was gone and I felt sad. That's the only reason I learned my lesson. So of course this will make me a better pony too. This is what I deserve."

Spike snorted fire. "Silvery! You've got to be kidding! You think-! You think THIS is gonna make you a better pony?! All it's gonna leave you is with no respect for yourself! And nopony with respect for you. How are you gonna be able to stand up for yourself after being everypony's doll? How are you gonna be able to let anypony close when monsters have been just paying to have you as their doll? Having humiliating and cruel things happen to you, DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BETTER PONY! What the changelings did to me didn't make me a better dragon!"

Silver Spoon said proudly. "Doing what everypony tells me: isn't that the definition of selfless? Is't doing selfless things the best way to make up for always being so selfish?"

"Never putting effort in making your own choices? That's lazy and selfish! That's NOT being better Silvery! That's the easy way out!"

"Sometimes it's not the easy way, sometimes it's the only way."

"Agh! I'm here to help Silvery! Apple Bloom is! Button is! Scootaloo is! Sweetie is! Your parents are! You're not freakin' alone!"

That doll smile didn't leave her face. "I guess I'll always stuck being stuck-up." She turned to my orange friend. "Just like you said Scootaloo."

Scootaloo looked like she'd gotten hit in the head with a curve ball. "Silver Spoon...I was angry when I said that. I wanted to say something that would shut you and Diamond Tiara up. That not having a mark yet wasn't the end of the world. I thought your cutie mark meant all you'd ever be good for was being born in a rich family. I was wrong. You're smarter than I ever thought you were."

"But I wanted to be friends again with Diamond Tiara, if I was really different, I wouldn't want anything to do with her ever again." Silver Spoon said like she was parrotin'. "She's not good for anything but being a worthless bully, if I want to be friend with somepony like that, then I'm clearly a worthless toady."

Sweetie Belle and Twist both cringed.

= 'You have to Forgive Yourself' - Pony POV Series Audio Adaption =

Sweetie Belle said, her head held high. "I tried to save Chryssy from herself, that doesn't make me still bad."

"But you realized the only way to 'fix' her was to wipe out everything she was."

"Diamond Tiara isn't Chrysalis...Rarity says even if I have my Cutie Mark, I choose how to use it...Diamond's a kid, just like us. She still has a chance to change...just like you did. It's NOT WRONG to want to save a friend!"

"You've proved me wrong about me saying that stupid thing about being 'stuck being stuck up,'" Scootaloo exasperated. "And you were too determined to prove it about Diamond to give up like this!"

"Sthilver Sthpoon!" Twist spoke out. "You sthaid let bygonesth be bygonesth, don't dig up old bonesth! Remember? That you wanted to be better by BEING better, not letting yoursthelf be hurt! Thisth isth all nonsthensth! We're just foalsth! And...You sthaid you were gonna remind Diamond Tiara sthe's just one too!"

The fires lit inside Silver Spoon...and the flames burned away the spider's webs.

-

I... I felt something? Sweetie Belle what are you doing? Where are you? How are you doing this to me? This is illogical. I have no feelings. I am pure.

-

And she was our silver filly again, with black shading along her body.

Silver Spoon cried. We let'er cry. We all gave'er a hug, includin' Twist. We're ponies: no matter how hurt we are, we still care about somepony else's hurts. Or that's how we SHOULD to be!

There wasn't one of us who wasn't happy to have 'er back. My only regret was that we didn't have another crusader cape for 'er to wear. But she was part of team all the same.

"Girls, thank you, I'm free."

She really did look nicer without all that make up. Her and Twist. Too bad the two of 'em could barely see anythin' without their glasses. Ah was a big yellow blur in their eyes. How would Ah know? Tried on Twist's glasses once, Ah couldn't see a dagone thing.

"Thank you, I just... it really did feel like what I was supposed to do, like what I was MEANT to do... like my cutie mark was telling me."

"Same here." Twist gave 'er a nuzzle.

Ah can't say that didn't make a bit worried, what if me or Babs got stuck with cutie marks we didn't like? It was somethin' we were good at, but wasn't somethin' we loved? What if Sweetie got tired of singing, or lost her voice? And she couldn't even do what her cutie mark was tellin' her?

"Mom always said cutie marks was about deciding what to do with yourself, not being told what to do," Button Mash said.

"Well, Twilight says it's about recognizing what was already there, not something out of nothing," Spike retorted. He and Button were giving each other a slight glare.

Silver giggled as only a filly can. "It's great to be back with you all!"

"Same!" "Ditto." "Of course." "Yep!" "Welcome."

Forget about cutie marks. We can Crusade after we save the world 'till Celestia gets wrinkles. We fell in a heap, laughing at the silliness of it all. This was us, not this depressin' grittiness everywhere.

Miss Shiny Star meanwhile just kept stadin' there smilin' like a ponyequin. She breathed, she blinked, but she didn't move or look away. She didn't even react to Twist and Silver 'breakin' da rules'. They'd only cared about bein' hostesses, not each other. They hadn't been sisters, just toys in a collection.

"Two down, one to go," Scootaloo said her eyes narrow.

Except. None of us were friends with this mare. We hadn't even known her before. Ah didn't want to disappoint my friends, or leave somepony in a place like this but... maybe we were gonna have'ta just...leave?

"Girls, this might be as good as we get here," Ah said glumly.

"We accepted the quest line, we can't progress until we finish it." Those not in the loop figured it was Button Mash bein' Button Mash Ah figure.

"We just need to convince her to quit right?" Silver Spoon just kept lookin' at her. She said, "Girls. Back off some. Spike, Mash, you too. There are...some stuff I've got to say to her that's...kinda private."

"Aren't there enough secrets 'round here?" Ah looked at Sweetie Belle. Scootaloo cringed fer some reason.

"Some secrets, are better left hidden maybe?" Scootaloo said. She shrank some as Ah looked at 'er more. Scootaloo, what are ya hidin'? Isn't there enough of those 'round here?

"I'm sorry, girls, I promised I wouldn't go sharing this with others."

"You promised Diamond Tiara," Sweetie said, it wasn't a question.

Silver Spoon looked at Sweetie in surprise, then nodded. "Please?"

"It's what you did with me, remember?" Spike said. "You saved me so I could save Twilight, so why can't she do the same?"

The creepy little plot of land with the red light house didn't have anythin' besides flat dirt, but we made some distance. But we kept an eye on them just in case. Ah think a part of me is just sick of secrets. And wondered if the world might be a bit better off without 'em.

+

The world was a blur to me. At least there was nothing for me and Twist to trip over. I wish Princesses Erroria and Liza were here, they could save the day no sweat! But in that insight I could only hope to have, they let me struggle through this on my own.

I got so close to her, and she lowered her head to speak to me, I could see her face, but my nose was good as pushing into hers, and I could smell, THINGS on her breath.

That smile on Shiny Star's face, it wasn't empty, it wasn't broken, it was wasn't like the changeling's slaves it was...I dunno! It reminded me a bit of the ones I'd seen mom wear in her earliest family pictures. An eagerness and obedience, but also, scared and hurting. I'd groomed to be a high class filly, reading what ponies really meant was expected of me, remember?

"Shiny Star," I said, using the voice I'd been taught to speak to servants with. "Twist and I are no longer going to be working here. And you aren't either. You're better than this dump."

"Oh Miss Silver Spoon, I am not better than this," She said smiling, being as formal to a pony she was serving as any professional servant would. "I am worse than this. I steal away husbands from loving mothers while they're sick. This is better than I deserve. I should be grateful," she said with a straight face.

My jaw dropped.

"Really, what I'm doing is really no different than what I was doing before, now simply without the pretext," she said again without any sarcasm or irony.

"It was nothing like that! You're nothing like that! You RISKED YOUR JOB to help Diamond Tiara see her mom! You wouldn't have helped her if you were trying to gold dig her dad!"

"I was clearly just trying to get in good with his daughter."

"Then why did you never ask for anything? You could have asked her for anything and she'd have given it to you. But you never asked for a thing."

"I was saving up!"

Silver, "Until when? When Diamond was in her teens and could just go herself? When she was a kid was the only time you actually had any real leverage on her at all and you didn't take it. "

= 'Cornered' Ace Attorney =

"Which is years away, I was going to act sooner than that, I told you before I was building up."

"By risking your job again and again, so Diamond Tiara got to see the mare you were trying to replace?!"

"I wanted her to see how insane and lost her mother was. I kept other mares away from him so he'd forget all about his wife."

"Then why the hay did you stop sleeping with him?!" If any filly knows things a filly shouldn't know, it's me.

"Because his wife broke out. I know what that mare can do, I'm not suicidal!"

"She broke out a million times, why should that time be any different? I was there one time when she came and you were in the same room as me and him and she didn't give a darn! She never attacked the mares he was with! Knowing her, I bet one time she put on a unicorn horn and a maid dress and wanted him to not bother guessing which one was which and take both!"

She blushed and her eyes shifted. Really? I made up that one on the spot!

"How much do you think you even KNOW ME filly? You're a friend of the filly of the stallion I work for! How could you hope to know anything about me?!"

"... Because Diamond Tiara TRUSTED YOU ... which puts us both in a very exclusive club. You were the only 'impostor' she didn't set out to destroy. Which means, whether she admitted it or not, she believed in you. If you really were helping Diamond Tiara when it could cost you your job, standing in for his wife so the gold diggers would stop, stayed with him after he went nuts with grief thinking you were a 'narwhal spy', and switched his coffee with decafe, just being a gold digger yourself? It would have been an actress with your face, not you. If you don't act like you, then it's all pointless! It might as well not be you! Ponies who care about you, care about you because you're you!"

I looked her in the eye, squinting my own. "Diamond didn't trust a lot of ponies...but she trusted you to do something she wouldn't trust anypony else."

"She's...she's a child."

"A child who knew a metric ton more than she actually should have about life. Not one 'impostor' made it into that house she never figured out."

"I guess I'm that good an actress!"

"Wooing a stallion who went paranoid on your tribe because his wife went crazy? And you were hired BEFORE Diamond's mom became Screwball! Did you use time travel to tell yourself this scheme?"

"I never said I came up with it before I was hired."

"WHEN did you come up with it? AFTER you saw a conga line of mares tried and fail the exact same scheme? After his grief made him think you were a spy? After you saw Diamond made life Tartarus for any mare who tried? And DON'T you dare try the 'get rid of the foal' cliche! You wouldn't risk getting fired if that was the case! You aren't that stupid nor that weak willed! You cared about Diamond...and she cared about you. You were one of the only ponies that she ever cared about. And don't even try telling me that means nothing to you."

+

Again? What is this, feeling? Sweetie Belle, what are you doing?!

'Hmmm. What was that? Oh. That place. Out of all these fun games... I have to say that one I'm not sorry to see get tossed out.'

So that's where she is. "They say you're the ultimate evil father, but you are revolted by something Tirek would clap at."

'Ultimate evil, shmaltimate weevil, I'm in this for the fun! Morning Star can be the concept of evil and all that goes with it.'

"Silver Spoon... Good-bye."

+

Ah don't know what Silver Spoon said, but I saw the flame light inside Shiny Star, and the webbin' only Ah could see burn away. And colors other than pink and black came to her, she had a violet coat and a deep purple curled mane with white stripes with violet eyes. Her coat and mane reminded me of Diamond Tiara.

"Wow, in record time," Button Mash said.

"What did she say?" Sweetie Belle asked, but not quite like she didn't know.

"Sorry, can't read lips," Ah only said.

"If it's that private we should leave it be," Scootaloo said. Scootaloo. What secrets are ya holding?

"Way to go, Silvery," Spike said.

Twist stared in amazement, she may have just seen blurs, but she could tell something important had happened to one of those blurs.

Silver Spoon trotted over to where we'd moved, smiling a real smile and so was Shiny Star.

"Greetings fair foals, I am Miss Shiny Star, it's a pleasure to meet each of you. Miss Twist, Miss Apple Bloom, Miss Sweetie Belle, Miss Scootaloo, Master Kenbroath Gillspotten Heathspike, Master Button Mash."

"You know our names?" Scootaloo asked confused.

"Miss Diamond Tiara ... colorfully mentioned you more than once, and Mr. Rich has mentioned young Apple Bloom as well. And you were speaking to each other right in front of me. And there is only one dragon in Ponyville."

We blushed.

"Thank you for saving Miss Silver Spoon. Miss Diamond Tiara would never forgive herself if anything ... improper happened to her. And Miss Silver Spoon, thank you, for freeing me."

Silver Spoon nodded smiling. "Welcome."

"It is not my place to apologize for Miss Diamond Tiara, I only thank you for helping Miss Silver Spoon when she needed it most."

Button Mash tapped his magic window confused (it was like the others couldn't even see it). "Huh? No XP, no items, no new party members? Not even a quest flag?"

The place began to shake. Was this an earthquake?

The house and the caribou broke apart into fog in one eye, and in the truth Ah saw the web unraveling. A wall as tall as the sky sprung up around the place between us and the fog wall.

"Miss Silver Spoon, stay close to me!" exclaimed Shiny Star, hugging her close.

We formed a ring 'round 'em and Twist.

"Everypony! It's the spider!" Ah shouted, figurin' we had a 'boss fight' on us.

We weren't that lucky.

What used to be the building and the caribou fell into the ground, except there was nothin' under the ground. The worst cold snap in my life blasted us in a wave from the black pit left behind. The ground collapsed expanding outwards towards us.

"Congratulations, You Have Uncovered A Hidden Death.
Tis A Sad Thing, That Your Adventures Have Ended Here.
Trophy Unlocked? Oblivion!"

That voice... it was Umbra Breeze. There was no time to talk, no time to plan, we just ran for the edge of the wall and tried to break through or get over it.
-
At the printer, Umbra Breeze check his scroll-pager. "Ah. Pays to invest in pest control. Good riddance to bad mare-filly filth. What did they THINK would happened when they revoked the curse inside a bubble that was composed of only the curse? Goodbye little ponies."
-
The wall was slicker than a greased pig, there was nothin' to hold onto. And the wall seemed to go up forever.

Sweetie began chantin' her incantation for her mega spell, she'd never finish it in time.

Shiny Star tried to blast a hole but it just reflect off.

Spike and Scootaloo began tryin' to heat and cool the wall to make it crack, but Scootaloo's wind couldn't get stuff down to freezing.

Me, Silver, and Twist tried good old-fashioned Earth pony strength, hitting the same spot over and over, it was like Ah was hittin' the side of a mountain.

Button Mash went wild on the wall, using his sword, the magic bow and arrow, and anything else he could think of that was pointy or went boom.

Blanky bite and clawed at the wall, we dared to hope, but for every inch he ate away at, there was another one behind it.

None... none of it worked... we... the world got blurry for me too, got somethin' in my eye. Shiny Star hugged and kissed Sliver Spoon on the forehead. Spike hugged her from behind.

"Sweetie, you're the best friend I could have wanted. I was happy I could be your knight to your princess." Button Mash said, he was shakin' to pieces and gushing tears.

Ah hugged Twist, burying our faces in each other's shoulders. Scootaloo hugged Sweetie and covered her with her wings. Only Blanky kept tryin' as we felt the will to try literally cool off us.

Then the ground fell away completely. Ah grabbed onto the hole Blanky had made in the wall, and my friends held onto me. Then the wall turned into a ceilin', and slicker than slick Ah lost my grip.

Sweetie's and Shiny Star's horns glowed for all they were worth tryin' to slow our fall. Spike fire breathed his lungs down pointed down tryin' to rocket us up. Scootaloo hung onto us and nearly flapped her wings off.

But it wasn't just good old gravity pullin' on us, we were bein' sucked down, like air through a funnel, while some invisible weight pushed down on us from above.

Ah saw below... nothin', infinite nothin', an endless frozen place of nothin'. A black desert. Our new home, forever.

"Join us..."

Looking deeper, Ah saw shadows...the same ones that had been showin' up. They were waiting with open front hooves for us...but their smiles were...like sharks...

A smart mouse can get the cheese without settin' off the trap, that don't do a bit of good if the cheese was poisoned.

GAME OV-

"HOOOOOOY!"

Huh? What-!

Was Ah seein' a foal scale flyin' pirate ship with little waves underneath, flyin' straight down besides us?

Was that Pipsqueak wearin' a pirate privateer hat wavin' at us? Was that Ruby Pinch, Orange Top/Noi, Dinky, and a foal who looked like Princess Luna with a baby owl-bear?

Naw. Couldn't be. Can't be real. That's just silly. Ah'm just gonna ignore it, and just keep lookin' down into the nothin' as it swallows us whole.

Ain't gonna be part of somethin' like that, no sireebob!

Hey! Scootaloo! She was draggin' me towards the impossible flyin' pirate ship Ah didn't want anythin' to do with!

Shiny Star held onto Silver Spoon and used her magic push or pull herself closer, Ah don't know which. Sweetie did the same with Twist with Blanky holdin' onto her saddle bags. Spike was blowin' flames to jet himself to the ship. When did Button Mash get that giant leaf he was flappin'?

"Thank Celestia for quick-time event rescues!" Button Mash yelled.

Scootaloo flew me straight onto the ship's deck, gravity changin' the moment we touched it. Our friends followed suit. Okay. So this was real. So Ah hadn't gone crazy.

Spike and Twist were kissin' the planks. Silver and Sweetie were huggin' the mast. Button Mash put the giant leaf away and was tryin' to keep his heart from leapin' out of his chest.

Shiny Star was givin' prayers of thanks to Princess Luna for miracles. As Ah saw the ship turn about, flying out of the darkness below and back into the fog above, Ah ended up silently joinin' her as Scootaloo just covered me with her wings as she shook.

Ah was alive. We were alive. We... it all happened so fast. We'd saved our friends, then we were all goin' to die, then we get saved by Pipsqueak the pirate? Ah felt dizzy. What was goin' on?

"Hoy! Welcome aboard Her Nightjesty's The MoonPearl, fair maidens!" Pipsqueak cheered. His 'crew' did the same.

"I don't believe it," Silver Spoon said.

"I believe it, I believe it, I believe it," Sweetie rambled in response.

"We've... just been saved by Pipsqueak's magic pirate ship?" Our favorite orange Captain Obvious said, them words sounded as weird out loud.

"Them's the rules, if there's a magical ship in the world: the heroes get to ride on it, or blow it up," Button Mash said.

Ah knew Ah shouldn't let a gift-horse in the mouth, but my mouth wouldn't keep shut. "Pipsqueak!? How in the Hay did ya know where we... how did ya we needed ... why in the heck did you come now? Why not sooner? Why not later? Ya just came out of nowhere!"

"Shush! He might vanish if you convince 'em he makes no sense!" Scootaloo hissed.

"Our captain saw yonder island ye were upon break apart, and seek deep into the black abyss, so at flank speed and risking damage to our fair ship, we hurried to save ye before thou were too far gone to save," said the blue filly with the owl bear. "And nay, twas not random chance we happened upon thee. We were told by a mysterious stranger this way lay a great treasure. But alas, it seems that treasure is lost forever, but verily, tis better thing we do in saving thy lives than collect mere baubles. We be First Mate Moonlight, tis an honor to meet thee."

And we ALL tried to wrap our heads around that, fate wasn't done with the surprises just yet.

We came back into the fog, pushin' through it, then burstin' on top of it, sailin' on it like it was an ocean. White bubbles floating alongside, above and blow us. The sky was still that sick pink color, and a bright ball in the sky Ah couldn't tell from the sun or the moon.

Two small thing clattered to the deck in the 'ocean spray' of the fog.

"My glasses!" Twist and Silver Spoon said together, scrambled for the small blurs that were the vague shape and color of their precious glasses and put them on their faces. They looked at each other, realized they were wearing each other's, and exchanged.

"Uh, Oopsth."

"No problem."

They they two looked around in awe at the ship and foals all around. Then Twist looked at me. "Greath tho sthee you again, Apple Bloom." She nuzzled me.

"Same, blank-flank," Silver Spoon said nuzzling me as well, the word meaning the OPPOSITE of everything it had meant she'd called us that with Diamond Tiara.

"Same, Candy-Flank, and Spoon-Flank," I replied back. We all laughed. We'd just insulted each other and we LAUGHED! Only the GREATEST of FRIENDS could EVER do that! Pip and his crew clapped and cheered again.

One thing was fer sure. Things had just gotten a whole lot weirder.
Pony POV Finale 26: Crimson Lights Take Warning
Apple Bloom, "One down, five to go..."

Scootaloo, "WE'RE GOING TO FREAKIN' HEAL AND RESTORE OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ONE-BY-ONE YOU EVIL JACKASSES AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!! YOU HEAR ME?!"

Twist, "Yes we do."

Silver Spoon, "Would you like to come over here and shout at us some more? We don't fight back or anything."

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Pony POV Series Finale:
Finale Arc Part 26
Pony POV Finale: Crimson Lights Take Warning
By Alex Warlorn 
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"Girls," Apple Bloom said as she slowed but kept leading her friends through the fog. "Ah...Ah was thinkin', we saved Miss Cheerilee cause Scootaloo knew Miss Cheerilee in a special way. Ah saved Zecora. And Sweetie Belle saved Rarity. But...anypony got any ideas on how we're gonna save Miss Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Miss Twilight Sparkle?"
Scootaloo said, "I'm sure we'll think of something by the time we run into them."
"And I bet we're gonna rescue our big sisters first, Twilight Sparkle's got to be the last one to save, because she's the leader, that's how it works in video games, right, Button Mash?" Sweetie asked her 'coltfriend.'
"DON'T EVER SAY THAT!" Button Mash yelled, waving his forelegs. "Don't you know if you say stuff like that means then we'll run into Twilight Sparkle NEXT?!"
"Oh come on, Rarity says you should never fall for such silly super-"
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Session 2.0 (Kendell2)

"Wait..." Fluttershy asked, eyes wide. "There's a module about us?"

Twilight nodded, the board all set up. "Yes, my brother pulled some strings with an old friend of his, it'll be being sold soon! The first module is about Nightmare Moon, extending it into a fantasy adventure."

Pinkie Pie giggled, looking at herself on the box. "Cool!"

"Oh yeah! Now this is my kind of game!" Rainbow Dash smirked.

"Are we going to get paid for this?" Rarity questioned. She was thankful Shining's friend hadn't shown her as an overly sexualized amazon or something.

"Yeah, as soon as it's in production we'll get royalties."

"Alright, sounds good tah me! So who's game master?"

The six ponies blinked, looking at one another, for once all of them wanting to be players, given it was their own story.

Session 2.1 (Alex Warlorn)

"Like me, duh." Spike said matter of fact. "Considering I was ASLEEP for that adventure." He gave Twilight the stink eye.

"You're a BABY dragon Spike, you were asleep on your feet as was," Twilight said.

"Well, now I get to be master of your fates that night! Also, after we're done with this adventure, we can play the next module." Spike held up another box, this one showing Rarity in a dress with a coned hat with a veil, wailing to be saved surrounded by burly diamond dogs. Charging towards them was a manly man version of Spike carrying a lance riding on Twilight.

"Help save Sir Spike heroically save the helpless damsel Princess Rarity from the great and terrible Diamond Dogs?" Rainbow Dash read the description.

Rarity said politely. "Me thinks there were some creative liberties taken with that module."

"Didn't the Diamond Dog Kingdom demand a recalling of that module and a formal apology since it was enforcing negative stereotypes of their people?" Twilight asked.

"Well Diamond Dogs aren't the bosses of Equestria and we have a right to be entertained how we wanna be," Spike grinned.

Session 2.2 (Ardashir)

"Him say Diamond Dogs violent barbarians that make slaves of ponies? Is insult! We dig into company office and drag nasty-bad pony off to work in mine forever as punishment!"

"Not helping, Rover."

-


"Okay," Rainbow Dash said. "But then we do THIS one next." She triumphantly set down a module before them. On the cover was a picture of Dash, bearing both the Wonderbolts and a gaudily made-up Rarity to safety from their fall.

"Oh dear!" Rarity blushed. "They made a game about that little, ahem, boo-boo?" She picked up the module and read it. "'Save the noble Wonderbolts and that grandstanding publicity hound Rarity' -- WHA-AAA-AAT? Rainbow Dash!" She gave the laughing pegasus a glare that promised death. "Is this supposed to be funny??"

"Yeah, Rares, sheesh," Dash laughed. "We know better and anypony who ever bothers to read the official account will know better. What's bugging you?" She snickered. "I mean, just because they made you look like a circus clown..."

"It was stage makeup!"

"Umm, you really did look better without it, though." Fluttershy blushed at Rarity's glare. The unicorn only relaxed when her friends nodded.

"Humph." Rarity snorted. She looked at the piled modules. "Wait, how many of these things are there?"

"Ooh, here's another one!" Pinkie Pie snatched one up with a cover depicting a blue unicorn mare with a wizard's hat and cloak, facing off against a giant bear made of stars. "'Play the Great and Powerful and not in the least Egotistical Trixie as she saves Ponyville and the hapless Element Bearers from a problem created by Twilight Sparkle's miscast spells'?"

Twilight's eyes went wide. "WHAT?"

"Gee, Ah wonder who was the consultant on that one," Applejack said as she looked at her character sheet.

Session 2.3 (Alex Warlorn)

The modules had come with pregenerated character sheets of each of the Elements of Harmony. While Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie had voted to swap them around for fun's sake, the others wanted to stick to themselves for now.

"HEY! Mah Intelligence is NOT an 8!" 0 was for mindless, 1 for raw instinct, 2-3 for animal intellect, while 10 was considered average, and 18 for genius.

Rainbow Dash sniggered. "I dunno! Sounds generous to me!"

"Please forgive me Applejack dear, but your formal education is wanting," Rarity said politely.

"They better have given me a Dexterity of 25 or higher." Then Rainbow Dash frowned. "What the-?! Why is my wisdom a 7?!"

"Yer right, that is might generous!" Applejack laughed.

"My intelligence is 20 but my wisdom is only 10?" Twilight said looking at hers.

Spike shrugged. Seeing nothing wrong with that appeasement.

"Oh look Rarity your Charisma is 18!" Pinkie Pie smiled.

"Of course darling."

"And mine is 20 and Fluttershy's is 22!"

"WHAT?!" Rarity exclaimed.

"Pinkie Pie," Twilight said looking at the pre-gen character sheet of her. "Do you have ANY stats that are below 15?"

"Well, I can juggle and rid a unicycle at the same time, I can organize the biggest parities in the country, I'm friends with every pony in Ponyville, I know to laugh your fears away and how great it is to smile, I worked on a rock farm, and you girls have said I have the strongest stomach out of us, so really I don't see why I should." Pinkie Pie said innocently.

Everypony groaned.

Session 2.4 (Alex Warlorn)

"And the brilliant, witty, and handsome Time Lord disables the Imperial Dalek's master computer while humming a merry tune." Said Time Turner from behind the screen.

"I thought we were playing a fantasy setting," Lyra admitted.

"We were," Bon Bon whispered frowning darkly.

"Did my last spell get through to the aliens yet?" Octavia asked.

"Sorry, your bard spell has no effect on them, it seems your only chance is to buy time for the Time Lord."

Vinyl Scratch 'said' nothing. She merely waited patently until the alien space-ship was blown up along with the alien invaders in the land of Doctoria, and her werewolf/unicorn/sorcerous was carrying Octavia's 'exterminated aristocrat/bard' promising Octavia she'd get her resurrected at the next temple of the goddess Rose they came to. Derpy insisted her rogue kept giving the goddess statue the stink eye.

Vinyl Scratch horn glowed, displaying a picture of her character and Doctor Hooves PC GM. Running him through.

"You-YOU WHAT? Well, he just regenerates even more good looking, and ginger, and-"

Vinyl Scratch character tied him up while was regenerating, threw him into a pocket universe travel bag, tied it up, and tossed it down a well.

Doctor Whooves just started for five minutes before saying, "Uh, would somepony else like to Dungeon Master?"

Session 2.5 (Ardashir and Alex Warlorn)

Fluttershy gasp-squeeked at the skills listed on her sheet.

"Oh, this can't be true!"

"What's wrong, dear?" Rarity looked at her own sheet. "They didn't say something offensive, did they? Not like -- WHAT!" Rarity glared. "'Can use Bluff skill for seduction'? And '+4 when in full vamp mode'?? Are they saying that I use my nothing but my looks to manipulate stallions?" She looked up. None of her friends looked her in the eye, seeming vastly interested in the floor or walls. "Girls, you can't believe this is true! I also use my wit, my charm, my sense of class..."

"Uhh, what was wrong with your character sheet, Fluttershy?" Twilight grinned, hoping to head off the furious unicorn.

"It's just..." She turned crimson and handed it to Twilight.

"Oh! I can see what the problem is." Fluttershy turned even redder as Twilight read from the sheet. "Maxed-out Diplomacy and Intimidate? '++4 on Diplomacy to appear cute and helpless, +4 on Intimidate when friends threatened'? Reputation as loveliest non-alicorn mare in Equestria?"

"Well, it's kinda true," Applejack said. "Remember how them stallions used to visit town just ta try and get a date with ya, 'Shy?"

"I do. I still get fan mail from lonely stallions and colts from my modeling career days," Fluttershy pinned her ears back, embarrassed. "Some of those letters get so steamy, and this will make it worse."

Rarity glared and ground her teeth in fury. "Twilight dear, I want to have a talk with that friend of your brother. Look at these disadvantages he gave me! 'Vain'? 'Greedy'? A 'Social Climber'? Hmmph!" She tossed her mane back with one hoof. "How could anyone look at moi and see a vain mare?"

Rarity, "And greedy, GREEDY?! Is THAT why you wanted me to play a 'rogue?' "

"No, because you're the cunning one..." Twilight answered.

Fluttershy peaked. "Um...generosity is still a 'strength', Rarity."

"I mean seriously! If I'm greedy what does that make Suri?!"

"A jerk," Rainbow Dash replied.

"Rainbow Dash has 'pride' listed as one of her flaws," Applejack pointed out. "Doesn't mean that means you don't have STRENGTHS."

"Sorry girls," Rarity sighed, "It just seems like I'm constantly being compared to Suri as of late. And shouldn't 'greedy' and 'generous' cancel each other out from a game perspective?"

"Only if they're equal," Twilight replied. "Generosity must outweigh greed."

Rarity grunted. "I should certainly hope so! I still find this character flaw an affront and am going to demand a revision be released."

"What's 'bipolar' mean?" Pinkie Pie asked innocently her nose to her character sheet.

"Uh, let's just play!" Spike said sweeting.

Session 2.6 (MtangaLion and bit by Alex at the end)

Pinkie Pie bucked Twilight's door open, trotted into the library backwards with a basket balanced on her nose, then flipped the basket onto the table without spilling a single cupcake. "Hi, girls! Sorry I couldn't be here last time!"

"It's alright," drawled Applejack. "We got Big Mac to fill in for ya."

"He was really something," said Rainbow Dash, lounging on a miniature cloud. "Heh, I nearly busted a gut laughing at all those puns. And that speech!"

Pinkie Pie froze, making a sound like she'd stepped on a squeaky toy. "Huh? Puns? Speech?!"

"Yep!" said Twilight brightly. "Spike asked him how he'd convince the Diamond Dogs to let Rarity go, and he actually gave a speech in-character."

Pinkie twitched. "But, Big Mac doesn't..."

"Doesn't what, darling?" said Rarity.

"You know!" cried Pinkie, waving her hooves. "He never says anything but..."

Fluttershy peered closely at her friend. "Pinkie Pie, are you feeling alright?"

"You know Big Mac," said Twilight, chuckling and shaking her head. "Once he gets going, you can hardly shut him up. Spike actually gave him extra experience points for roleplaying so well."

Pinkie started giggling uncontrollably. "Oh. Oh, I get it! We're doing the Morn thing! Heehee! Did you know this was coming?" The camera started to pan away from her, but Pinkie lunged and grabbed hold of it, looking it right in the eye. "Did YOU know this was coming? ME NEITHER!"

AJ learned towards Twilight. "Ah know she's Pinkie Pie and all, but Ah worry about that filly sometimes..."

And AJ said to her pink friend, "Pinkie Pie, my brother talked to me in full sentences when he was telling me how stubborn I was being for trying to buck the entire orachard by myself."

"Well, I guess that WAS before his character was flanderized."

"Flander-what?"

"Oh nothing."

Session 2.7 (Kendell2) (As with the post that started this.)


"Alright, we've got our high tier weapons, the best armor, and a lot of potions of various types," Twilight said, laying out the plan.

"Yep, and even got a weapon with an advantage on the undead," Applejack replied. "This is an undead dungeon, right?"

"Skeletons," Spike, the game master, pointed out.

"Alright, let's go already! Enough prep work! We've spent like three or four sessions setting it up!" Rainbow Dash replied impatiently.

---

"Wait...what the..." Rainbow Dash said, jaw dropping as she looked at the little marker on the game board, a little blue flag marking the dungeon.

They'd been sharing the campaign setting with Trixie, Gilda, and her friend Greta (who visited along with her) whenever they visited. When the Bearers conquered an area, they marked it with a rainbow colored flag, when that trio did they marked it with bllue flags.

"Uh...looks like Trixie beat us to it..." replied Rarity, causing Rainbow Dash's eye to begin twitching.

"...What?!"

"...We didn't call it..." Fluttershy quietly pointed out. "They didn't know..."

"We spent WEEKS prepping for this and the dungeon is already cleared! Now what?!"

"Uh..." Spike did several checks. "There are a group of Chaotic Cultists are holding a dark ritual outside."

"Fine, whatever, let's settle for them," Rainbow Dash replied with a huff.

---

"What?!"

The group had managed to put down two of the three Clerics, and the Knights they summoned, but the last one managed to wipe them out at the last minute while they were dealing with the last Knight.

"Rare spawn," Spike noted.

"Who decided to put those in?!" Rainbow sighed.

"You did."

The pegasus face faulted. "Uh...quick! Put on enchanted golden apples and let's finish the guy off!"

One eating of the enchanted golden apples, the group rushed back to where they died before...before Spike finished calculating damage.

"Uh...the guy died..."

"WHAT?!" Rainbow asked, then coughed, robbing her now sore throat.

"Rarity stabbed him and has a 'bleed' skill. He bled out..."

"So we...just wasted our potions?"

"Uh...yeah..."

Rainbow Dash proceeded to slam her head into the table.

Session 2.8 (BrutalityInc)

"What sort of module is this?" Twilight asked, as she read through the papers and maps Shining Armor brought with him, "This doesn't look like any module I ever heard of."

"You wouldn't had. This is a home-brew campaign that I and my buddies back in Canterlot cooked up." Shining Armor explained. "8-Bit is currently planning to have this published as its own game with its own Role-Playing System, but we're sticking to O&O 3.5 for now."

"Seems quite ghastly from the looks of it; not the game itself, mind you." Rarity said, examining the cover-page Point-Dexter designed, "'Terrornauts: Enemy from the Depths'. I don't presume this is a horror game?"

"No, it isn't. Basically, the premise is that you play as members of an international paramilitary organization, Terrornauts, established to protect the world from attack by a mysterious and hostile subterranean civilization, the Chthonians."

"That sounds like something out of G.I. Mustang and Pony-Former cartoons!" Rainbow Dash noticed, her excitement apparent, as was that of Pinkie Pie "If that's the case, then I'm all in for it!"

"That was actually where we got the idea from for the campaign; we loved the two series back when we were kids." Shining Armor confirmed with a smile, happy to see another fellow fan. Then he returned to explaining the game "Of course, we gave it a serious, deconstructive and realistic spin on it. It's less of a game and more, as Point-Dexter likes to put it, a 'Planetary Defense Simulator'. There's two separate layers in the game: A tactical layer where you get to play as elite soldiers that travel the world, fighting the Chthonians with the latest armor, weapons and magic the combined resources of the modern world could develop. And a strategic layer, you get to play those who run the organization: directing missions to intercept Chthonian attacks, researching to understand the enemy, researching finance, and develop new technology and weapons for the fight."

"Oh, now this sounds like a great game!" Now it was Twilight's turn to be interested. Seeing all the gazes by her friends "What? How often do you have a deep and immersive game like this?"

"Be advised, though, this may be a tad more challenging than your usual O&O campaigns." Shining Armor warned, suddenly sounding very ominous, "Thanks to my consultation for all things warfare related as a Royal-Guard-Captain-turned-Prince-Consort, we made the game such that is is military science fiction in its most unrelenting form. You are fighting an alien empire more far more advanced in science and magic than modern Equestria, meaning you'll start out very out-classed facing enemies far more powerful than your characters. Combat will be frantic, random and intense. You will feel the weight of command as you are forced make tough choices. You will have to balance the needs of many nations who would not like financing someone who couldn't protect them. Thunderlane was worried that the game may be a bit too... hardcore, in terms of difficulty, especially for most normal players."

"Come on now, sugar-cube. Yer makin' it sound like we can't handle too much action." Applejack brushed off the stallion's warning with a wave of her hooves "Like Pinkie said before, we faced Dark Magic, Monsters and Evil Overlords on a yearly basis. How hardcore could this possibly be compare tah 'em?"

= = =

"The Assault Transport Airship is arriving at the location." Shining Armor said from his place at the DM panel, giving the mares the mission brief. "The area is a deserted rural town. Magitech sensors detects no enemy combatants, but be on alert for possible hostiles. Eliminate all enemies in area to win this mission"

"Alright, this is our first tactical mission, and a night mission at that too." Twilight said to the rest of her friends. "We don't know what our characters would be facing, but I think if we do this carefully, and stick to our preliminary plans - !"

"My rookie pegasus soldier hot-jumps out of the airship!" RD cries out, "Let's go kick some under-worlder flanks!"

"Cornsarnit, Rainbow Dash! You had one job!" Applejack exclaimed, annoyed at her friend's impulsiveness.

"Your rookie soldier flies out of the gondola... and is immediately caught in a crossfire between two bright, crimson arcane beams, firing from hidden vantage points of the buildings that you can barely see in the dark." Shining Armor said "Roll for evasive!"

So it was, less than five minutes into the campaign, Rainbow Dash's rookie became the first of many, MANY Terrornaut casualties in what would become a very hard and desperate struggle against a ruthless and very competent adversary bent on conquering and destroying the surface world.

The rest of the mission only went downhill from there.

Session 2.9 (Alex Warlorn)

The Mane Six sat at Sugar Cube Corner. Around the round table, unhappily eating their cupcakes.

"Well, that... that wasn't so bad." Pinkie Pie uncharacteristically meekly offered.

"'Wasn't so bad?' We were dying every five minutes in that game of your brother's Twilight!" Rainbow retorted.

"So were we in Trixie's Paranoia Structure campaign darling," Rarity said simply.

"At least we were having FUN dying every five minutes!" Rainbow retorted.

"Ah was dyin' every two minutes with Trixie," AJ grumbled.

Twilight was going over papers and graphs with little study glasses an a pencil behind one ear. "Girls, I've crunched the numbers, and the truth is, we simply can't win. We're technologically, numerically, and logistically inferior to the Chthonians on every front. Combined with the simple reality that BBFFF is naturally better at military tactics than any of us combined with real-life fighting experience, we can't tactically out maneuver them either."

"Are you saying your brother rigged the game?" AJ asked.

"NO! BBFFF would never do that!" Twilight slammed a hoof on the table. "What I'm saying is, how we've been playing, even if we reign in Rainbow impulsiveness, Fluttershy's, er-"

"Fearfulness?" Fluttershy offered.

"Let's go with that. And the like, the best we can really hope for is a pyrrhic victory."

"We're going to use psychic powers?" Rainbow Dash asked.

Twilight rolled her eyes. "No Rainbow, I mean that Equestria and the rest of the world will be in such bad shape it might be easier to let the Chthonians conquer the planet and then stage a rebellion."

"No way," AJ said firmly.

"I know I had to learn when to fold them when I had Tank's first winter with me, but not this time." Rainbow Dash.

The girls looked at each other.

"What?" Rainbow asked.

Rarity gave her most diplomatic smiled. "Rainbow Dash darling. Please understand. We know you have to keep dates and schedules straight in order to manage Ponyville's whether team, you wouldn't still be Weather Team Captain if you weren't good at it. But please, remember when Pinkie Pie forgot her own birthday, our mare who remembers everypony else's birthday without fail?"

Rainbow shuddered. "I remember meeting her 'special friends'."

"I remember. I was so swept up in Gummy's birthday it slipped my mind."

"So please understand this isn't a put down of you. But you seemed to have forgotten something important."

"What?"

"Dash, you had a winter with Tank already, remember? More than one! Remember the Hearth Warming Eve play in Canterlot? That was AFTER you got Tank! And it certainly wasn't AFTER I became a Princess over a year ago!"

" . . . Oh yeah . . ." Rainbow Dash blushed. "Heheh . . . I guess that slipped my mind too."

"Now, I didn't say we should just given in. The problem is that we haven't been trying to solve this fight the pony way," Twilight said.

"I don't think these guys are gonna stop invading the surface world if we offer them free cupcakes Twilight," Rainbow Dash said.

"I'd offer them cake, not cupcakes." Pinkie corrupted.

"All the same, that wasn't what I was thinking. I think I've discovered the perfect way to break my brother's game." Twilight smiled.

"'Break'? Isn't that mean Twilight?" Fluttershy asked worried.

"Fluttershy Fluttershy," Twilight grinned. "We're BBBFF's play testers, it's our responsibility to find any game breaking bugs or exploits. Now we will be able to do this only once if my brother is as smart as I know he is and he closes the door on the rules so we'll have to make it count."

"And it'll make a great funny story for the development phase when your brother's game becomes super popular!" Pinkie Pie said.

"Yes Pinkie Pie, that is absolute right." Twilight nodded.

"Twilight dear, have you been taking lessons from Trixie?"

"Now what would ever make you say that? Now let's get this great and powerful show on the road! Fluttershy . . ."

"Yes Twilight?"

"I'm afraid you're going to have to make some sacrifices in game."

-

"This is your new character?" Shining Armor asked, somewhat bewildered. "A sixteen year old filly from neighpon?"

Fluttershy nodded hiding her eyes.

"And you . . . maxed out ranks with in Diplomacy and Performance, and you put all your stat bonuses in Charisma? Are you sure you gave me the right character sheet?"

Fluttershy blushed and just nodded silently.

"Well, okay, I'm guessing you want to work a negotiator, or a propagandist, I didn't think you were into that sort of play style."

"Not quite BBBFF," Twilight said patting Fluttershy on the back.

"Rarity your characters include . . . dress making, choreography, management, special effects and- Girls are you sure you know what game we're playing tonight?"

"Oh most assuredly."

"We're just taking an original approach. The Chthonians have us out gunned, and out numbered, you said we'd need to be clever to win this. My character has maxed out ranks in decipher script, language, decoding, and the like plus researching captured technology."

Pinkie Pie offered. "And I've put ranks into pirate broadcasts, and-"

"WHAT are you girls planning?" Shining Armor exclaimed.

Twilight grinned with a glint. "Let's play and find out."

"Okay," Shining Armor said politely, "Just don't blame me if whatever crazy scheme born of desperate blows up in your faces."

-

"Excuse me? You what?"

"Having cracked the Chthonian codes, we broadcast Fluttershy's single across their communication waves."

" . . . The Chthonian are confused and befuddled, and change their communication codes, confused to why you'd utterly waste their chance to gather more intelligence from them."

"Actually Shining, I'd like to point out, the Chthonian have no real way to know what Fluttershy's newest single IS! It only makes sense they'd try their hardest to analyze it, listening to it over and over."

"Sure, fine."

Shining Armor was confused when the mare high hoofed.

"Stage one complete." Twilight declared.

"Now the real work begins darlings."

"Did you hide some kind of computer virus in that song or something?" Shining Armor asked.

"Oh no no no." Twilight said, "It's just a song. Fluttershy, now."

"Oh! Okay! Shining Armor, I make a performance and diplomacy roll to synchronize a heart song at my next performance between myself, my fans, and the Chthonians listening to my single."

"Now hold on! You can't do that!"

"Cadence did it with Chrysalis, and they hate each other." Twilight Sparkle pointed out.

Her brother shuddered remembering that song he'd been a smiling zombie for.

"Sorry big brother."

" . . . roll." He sighed.

-

" . . . The position you abandoned for the Chthonian to capture is taken with no causalities and minimal damage." Shining Armor sighed, a vein throbbing. "They find the data disks with Fluttershy's image and take them for further analysis . . . some unites in the recon squad taking some for themselves." Armor added feeling sick at the results of his own dice.

-

Dice rolled. When Shining saw the result.

"AAGGH! The Chthonian recon drone instead of self destructing begins dancing to the music of Fluttershy's concert too! He asks for your autograph afterwards! He addresses you as your Songstress!"

"Oh my." Fluttershy blushed.

Her friends grinned.

-

Shinning Armor slammed his hoof down, his little sister had had her fun, but now it was time to get this campaign back on track. "The Chthonian members of the the Cult of Fluttershy are publicly executed!"

"Which means they're now martyrs to the cause," Twilight reminded her brother.

Shining laid his head down and let out a garbled noise.

-

Some time later, miles away, Cadence swore she faintly heard her husband say words she didn't want him later saying around their foal she now carried within her.

Shining Armor shouted, "The Chthonian central command declares every Chthonian on the surface 'infected' by pony culture to be exterminated along with the ponies!!" Silence.

Shining Armor caught himself, realizing only now what he just said, what he had just DONE. "Uh, that is-"

"We'll gladly accept the disenfranchised Chthonian as fellow lovers of music and offer them to be peacefully accepted by the surface ponies."

Shining Armor looked like his face wanted to break in two vertically. "The . . . disowned Chthonian forces . . . accept your offer and offer in return a military alliance. Providing vast amounts of intel and technology."

--

=SDF Macross - Do You Remember Love?=

Between sobs of misery Shining Armor said, "Y-yes, your transforming mecha breaks through the Chthonian central command chamber as the all out assault of combined Equus and Chthonian troops and machines distract its defenses, and you have a clear shot of the Chthonian Supreme Command Brain."

"Howdy-hoo! I nail that sucker!" Rainbow Dash tossed the dice.

"It dies screaming cursing pony pop stars for ever existing!"

-

A broken stallion, Shining Armor whimpered. "The surviving Chthonian happily accept the offer to live in peace with the surface, and hold a concert in honor of Fluttershy, thousands cheer for the end of the war."

"There there BBBFF." Twilight said. "Your mistake was setting this adventure on Equus. I'll ask Sunset to give you notes on the world on the other side of the mirror, heart songs don't seem to function there as strongly if at all, which is what I really think is what you're looking for."

Shining Armor maturely accepted the peace offering. "Thanks Twilight."

"Now who wants to play Burrows and Bunnies next time?" Fluttershy offered politely.

Shining Armor raised his hoof.

"ME! I can't believe that happened, and I Dungeon Mastered it! You conquered a technologically and military superior enemy with popculture?!"

"It's the world we live in darling." Rarity said.

Miles upon miles away, Yearling, groaning at her publisher, Random Stable and TPR were asking for a joint venture in making Daring Do and the Ring of Destiny part of their 'Element of Harmony' campaign. She had explicitly used expy of Rainbow and her friends to avoid this mess! She got enough flack from her fans saying she'd dated the story by including them. There was a knock at her door.

She opened it find several changelings, all looking doe eyed at her, each holding a copy of the latest Daring Do. "I'll set up the signing table," Yearling groaned. The young changelings cheered.

Session 2.10 (MtangaLion)

Big Mac nosed his way into Sugarcube Corner's back room, puzzled to find the gaming table set up, but only Pinkie Pie present. "Hello? Am Ah early?"

"Nope!" said Pinkie brightly. "You're right on time! I thought we'd try a little one-on-one roleplaying..." The pink mare gave him a sultry smile and fanned her face with the dungeon master's screen. "... to get you over your camera shyness!"

Big Mac jumped in place, glancing from side to side. He lifted a big hoof to his mouth and whispered, "Miss Pie, Ah don't think we're supposed to talk about the C-A-M-"

"Don't worry about it!" Pinkie trotted away to Mac's left. He turned his head to follow her, and she startled him by nosing him on his right. "I never do. I really like hearing that big, deep voice of yours, and I want to hear a lot more of it!"

Big Mac blushed. "Well, Ah suppose we can try yer roleplaying treatment... but Ah've tried before and it didn't amount ta nothing'! Ah go an' get mah confidence up... Ah think Ah'm ready as Ah'm a-gonna be, and then suddenly Ah'm in the spotlight and Ah just clam up, and it's nothin' but eeeyup! and eeenope!" He snorted, grinding a hoof on the carpet. "It's just so frustratin'!"

Pinkie got right in his face, repressing a giggle. "Guess what?" She reached out, then pulled her hoof back with a piece of black electrical tape stuck to it. "The camera's been on the whole time, silly! I just stuck this over the little red light."

Big Mac stared. "Well Ah'll be!" He pondered this a while, then grinned, motioning towards the door. "Let's go fer a walk. Ah feel like singin'!"

Session 2.11 (Trooper924)


"Psst, Bon Bon," Lyra whispered to her roommate. "Do you know what's going on?"

Bon Bon suppressed an urge to give an exasperated groan. "Weren't you paying attention when Octavia was talking?" she whispered back. "It was only, like, five minutes ago!"

"Sorry, I was looking over the spells I could cast."

Back at game, Time Turner was carefully considering his options. "I look to the east."

"You see a wooden bridge running across a wide river off in distance," said Octavia from behind the DM screen.

"I look to the west."

"You see a large mountain off in the horizon, but otherwise nothing else of interest."

"We're at Dream Valley," Bon Bon quickly explained under her breath. "We're a band of heroes who've been recruited by the ruler of the land to find her missing general."

"Neat," said Lyra.

"I look to the south?" asked Time Turner.

"You see a large, foreboding forest. It looks dangerous and would be unwise to try to enter it."

Hmm...Hold on, I know how you work. I look up."

"You see several large, dark shapes circling ominously in the sky. They look too large to be birds."

"I rejoin the others and alert them to the creatures. And that's my turn."

"Lyra, you're up," Octavia said to the unicorn.

"I am? Cool!" Lyra rubbed her hooves together. "Okay, so scary dark thingys in the sky. I guess there's only one thing to do!"

"Please don't do anything stupid," whispered Bon Bon.

"I shoot a fireball at the thingys!"

"...like that."

"You have to roll the dice, Lyra," said Octavia.

"Oh, right." Lyra picked up the dice with her magic, shook it around a bit, and dropped it onto the table. "Um, 2. That's good, right?"

Octavia raised her eyebrow at the unicorn. "Your fireball goes wildly off course, fizzling out several meters from it's target. With a horrible screech, the creatures swoop down towards you and your companions. Up close, you realize that they are actually deadly stratodons with massive blood stained claws."

"Oh. So it's not a good thing."

"Nope. Everyone roll for initiative."

Session 2.12 (Kendell2)

"I disprove the Dark Wizard's magic using my logic skill. It violates at least nine laws of magic and therefore must be bluffing," Twilight said, sitting at the table, Spike as Game Master.

"Your logic is exactly right...but he tries to vaporize you anyway," Spike replied.

"What?! how?!"

Spike chuckled. "Your character is a dimensional displaced mage, her home world's magic runs on different laws, so all she did was make him angry."

Twilight blinked, looking at her character bio a look over. "...Darn it!"

Session 2.13 (BrutalityInc)

"No."

"No what, AJ?" Rainbow asked, confused.

"Ah don't wanna deal w' this." AJ said, her irritation apparent in her tone. "Ah can git that teh settin' is supposed tah be weird, but this is just plain silly."

"Applejack, darling, we're playing adventuring merchants in what Twilight calls a 'Ptolemaic universe', where solar systems are encased in giant crystal spheres floating in a substance called phlogiston, where travel between worlds involves sailing through the interplanetary void using magical sail ships." Rarity noted, "It does sound nonsensical, but it is hardly Discord's level of nonsensical. Even Twilight got comfortable and rolled with it after her obligatory astrophysics lecture."

"It's this 'ere space pirate we're fightin' right now..." AJ explained.

"So? We fought a few of them back in that Space Quest campaign." Rainbow Dash recalled.

"But this 'ere fella is a giant talkin' HAMSTER!"

Session 2.14 (Ardashir)

"Okay, girls tonight's game is going to be something special." Twilight smiled at her friends. A tray holding several drinks hovered nearby.

"It must really be special," Dash looked at the room, empty save for several pillows. "Where's the game books? The dice? The snacks?"

"Oh, we won't be needing those," Twilight began handing the drinks out to her friends. "We're going to be playing in Ravenloft again."

"Oh dear!" Fluttershy hid behind her wings.

"It'll be different this time!" Twilight set the empty tray down. "We'll be having a special GM for the night. You know how I've been talking to Princess Luna about catching up with modern pony culture? Well..."

"Wait, wait, now, Princess Luna is going to be running this here game?" Applejack looked wary. She looked sleepy, but shook herself and said, "Ah thought she was mad when those Artstable fellas did that 'new expansion' that made all our old enemies inta Ravenloft Darkladies, includin' Nightmare Moon."

"Except for Sombra," Pinkie said, stifling a yawn. "Because he's a stallion. Er, was, anyway." She shook her head, looking tired.

"She wasn't happy, until she read it," Twilight shook herself, looking sleepy. "She says that... showing her evil self as a lonely tyrant ruling over undead ponies and monsters, and tying to make living ponies love her night, as a game villain to be defeated, is for the best." She yawned widely. "Luna doesn't like the 'Evil is Cool' atmosphere Nightmare Moon gets from some ponies..."

"Dear," Rarity said, obviously fighting to stay awake. "Just where IS Princess Luna? And, why do we all feel so," she yawned, delicately covering her mouth with one hoof, "So sleepy?"

"Oh! That's because Princess Luna agreed to play the game as a collective dream with all of us!"

"WHAT?!?" Five voices called out as one, right before their owners crashed to the floor and began snoring.

Grinning -- this was going to be great -- Twilight joined them.

Six innocent mares slept on the floor of their usual game room as a familiar mocking and wicked laugh sounded over them.

"'Twill be a tale to remember, my dear friends!"


Session 2.15 (Ardashir and me)


"So these here critters got bodies like spiders, but heads an' necks like Quarray Eels, an' they can mind control giant four-eyed critters that tear ponies limb from limb. AN' they feed ponies ta their 'Great Old Master'?"

"Well, yes," Spike said as he examined the rulebook. He showed them a picture. "See?"

AJ shuddered. "Do the fellas that write these things ASK Luna for the worst nightmares she's got?"

"Oh, and when they reach old age, and senility kicks in, and begin giving confusing orders to their slaves, they inject their poisons several times into one, turning into a mindless eating machine that'll eventually split open and bring about the new generations." Spike said with a straight face.

Applejack said. "Ah'm gonna hug Granny Smith and tell 'her how much Ah love'er when Ah get back."

Session 2.16 (Alex Warlorn)

"Tea Time Of Ponythulu?" Applejack asked, looking at the cover that depicted a haunted house surrounded by a graveyard at night during a thunder storm. "Aren't these games cursed?"

Twilight Sparkle shook her head. "Oh Applejack, that's just a myth spread by the publisher to increase sales."

Rarity said, "Well darling, if it's set during the time of gentle stallions and high fashion it can't be all bad."

Pinkie said, "Don't worry, I have extra cupcakes in case we do summon monsters from beyond existence!"

Fluttershy looked nervous, "Uh, are you sure this is a good idea? Remember what happened with that Vampony game."

"I still insist, you turning into Flutterbat on the spot was a coincidence."

"That's not how she tells it."

Rainbow Dash shorted. "Okay I'll play, but if we all end up sprouting tentacles, I wanna be on top."

Session 2.17 (Ardashir)

"Girls, you forgot to ask if I wanted to play tonight!" Discord said as he slithered out of thin air. He glanced at the game box sitting before Twilight. "Oh, you girls want to see cousin Ponythulu? Well, then..."

"What? NO!" Six horrified mares leaped to their hooves, aghast, dreading what eldritch abomination the other eldritch abomination was about to unleash upon them.

And Discord tore the veils of reality, exposing the squamous cyclopean horror that was Ponythulu as he reached out with his non-Euclidean tentacles and...

Offered the ponies a pot of Earl Gray tea. Behind him a massive cake covered with one hundred and twenty five candles and done in a cat motif bore the legend, HAPPY 125TH BIRTHDAY LOVEY.

"Oh, company!" He burbled happily. "Tea, anypony? Discord, how did you know I was lonely? Nyarlathotrot is messing around in some other dimension again, Shub-Niggurath's not returning my calls," he waved a tentacle at a painting of a female black goat amid trees surrounded by a thousand young, "and Azathoth never says anything sensible. But pardon me young three-dimensional ladies? Some more Earl Gray? Perhaps a slice of cake?"

Quietly (save for Pinkie Pie, who was as bouncy as ever), the ponies accepted the cake and tea.

"Um, so Twilight," Dash said after taking a bite of her cake. "How is this even possible?"

"Just eat the cake," Twilight said softly. "And later we'll try to forget all of this?"

Session 2.18 (BrutalityInc)

"You know, I never really got into giant robots." Soarin said, taking a bite from his slice of freshly baked apple pie. "Sure, I loved those military sci-fi shows and books when I was a kid, but giant robots that fights monsters or other giant robots? Not so much."

"What makes you think that? I thought everypony loves giant robots when they're young." Rainbow Dash asked, curious, even as she prepares to roll her dice. She turned to DM, "I use the power-up roll of my action dice last turn to have my giant robot Aero-Guard fires a full salvo of missiles towards the giant Queen Vespa."

"They stretch my willing suspension of disbelief past my limit. And that's even before I learn enough military matters to know they make for some very appalling weapon systems." Soarin explained, after swallowing his food with a gulp, "They're so tall they make easy targets that can't be hidden in cover. Robot legs are so complicated it makes the robot slow compare to wheel vehicles, and makes it easy for them to fall over. All the complex machinery to make them work also makes them more expensive and less reliable. And you'll probably need to power it with a potent power plant, which would undoubtedly contaminate the area with magical or radioactive fallout should the robot ever get blown up."

"Em, Sir, it's your turn." Fleetfoot reminded him. The DM was looking at him with an annoyed expression.

"Oh yes, right." Soarin looked at the results: Rainbow had fumbled the rolls of her game dices, power dices and even the boost dices, meaning her GLOBAL DEFENDERS faction's Aero-Guard had done little more than chipping a few points off the giant monster of his VESPA HORDE faction. He, on the other hoof, have saved up enough power-points from previous power-up rolls for something special. "I use my previous power-points to shift my giant Queen Vespa to Ultra Form."

"Aww nuts." Rainbow muttered, realizing her predicament. With no power-points left, she'll either have to use her next turn as a monster turn to move her Aero-Guard out of the way, leaving her own minion units of battle tanks and combat gyrocopters to be minced by Soarin's giant Ultra Queen Wasp, or do another power-roll and hope her giant robot, already at half health, survives the mincing instead.

"You make them sound so ridiculous, sir. Weren't you gushing about space fighters all the time?" Fleetfoot remarked, even as she makes a unit dice roll for her ELEMENTAL LORDS faction and tell the DM her next move, "I move forward my wind and water elementals to cover my damaged giant Earth Golem."

"That's different, Fleetfoot." Soarin defended. "I KNOW all the arguments against space fighters amongst the geeks in the Wonderbolts, and they are legit, but there are a few situations and few ways you can still make them work. Hay, they even made a hard science fiction tabletop game based entirely around how you can make them work. Giant robots? You can easily take them out with an artillery barrage, a big explosive mine, or even as simple as wires wrapped around their legs carried by fast-moving pegasi. You'll get more putting cannons and armor on tractors and make tanks, then building giant military robots. I simply can't find a situation for them where they could actually be useful, even for fighting giant monsters."

"Actually," Spitfire, at the DM seat, interjected, "A giant robot WOULD make for an effective anti-monster weapon."

"How's that, madam?" Soarin asked, incredulous.

"One word: Dominance." Spitfire said with a grin. "Many of these giant monsters, like those hydras, quarry eels and astral beasts we face in Equestria, or like those giant monsters in this game we're playing, usually regard ponies with the same regard as we ponies to ants: we're nothing but insects to them. Sure they'll respond to us attacking them when they rampage through our cities, but they'll just swat us aside with utter indifference. They won't care about us, they won't respect us, and they won't be deterred by us or our attempts to stop them from destroying cities."

"I don't see how giant robots come into this. Besides fighting them, that is." Rainbow Dash asked, missing the point.

"Because they're big, they know that the only thing that could remotely resemble a threat to them, is another monster as big as they are." Spitfire clarified, "And a giant robot plays perfectly into that expectation. Giant monsters are still animals, driven by instincts, and in the wild, animals would often fight for dominance over food, mates and territory."

"Just like two hot-headed stallions fighting over a mare, or who gets the top of the bunk, or the last slice of pizza." Fleetfoot analogize, ignoring Soarin, who merely rolled his eyes and snorted. "One usually backs off when they know they aren't strong enough to win, so winner takes all."

"A giant robot would be another rival of their calibur to them," Rainbow Dash continued, finally comprehending, "And if the giant robot beats the giant monster and puts it in its place, it'll learn to stay away from its territory, to not provoke it, thereby keeping them away from us!"

"And finally, there's the fact that giant robots are very, VERY cool. I heard even Princess Luna gushed about it when she asked if we had invented robots yet. I think as long as our some of our superiors keep mistaking coolness for effectiveness, giant robots are still going to get their funding." Spitfire finishes. Seeing Soarin nodding in understanding, she turn her attention back to the table. "Now come on, then, back to our game of Kaiju Armageddon! The city of Oat-saka isn't going to destroy itself in your three-way monster battle of dominance!"

Session 2.19 (MtangaLion)


Shining Armor had just gotten the preview copy of his new campaign module back from the publisher, and he wasn't a happy stallion. "What is this?! Marecross: Do You Remember Friendship? I can't believe they took Twily's play through and ran with that! I *wanted* a gritty tough-as-nails hard-science war campaign!" He grabbed the campaign book more tightly in his magic, tempted to rip it to shreds, then settled for tossing it on the table.

Rainbow Dash scooped it up and started leafing through it idly. "Whoa, check it out... This giant Zentroti warrior looks just like Cadence."

Shining blinked. "Let me see that..."


Later...

Cadence smirked at the campaign book. "You want me to use my Alicorn magic to shapeshift into a hot giant alien?"

Shining Armor blushed. "I'm sorry! I couldn't un-imagine it!"

The Princess of Love put a hoof over her husband's muzzle before he could apologize again. "I like it! Orion slave mare and Prench maid were getting kind of old."

"La la la!" sang Twilight Sparkle, sitting at the gaming table three feet away. "Not listening! Go talk about that stuff in your own castle!"

Session 2.20 (JLBarnett and Alex Warlorn)

The fact that the Elements of Harmony and the Royals of the Crystal Empire were role-players had gotten out recently and numerous companies had sent new games or new editions of old games to them hoping to get a review or a blurb that could be used for promoting them.

That meant that when the Cutie Mark Crusaders decided they wanted to give gaming a shot, but wanted to do their own thing, there were plenty of untried games to wade through.

'What's this?" Sweetie Belle asked, "Rise of the Caribou..."

It was yanked out of her grasp by Twilight's magic. "You're not old enough to play that. We're not old enough to play that, in fact Princess Celestia isn't old enough to play that." It was quickly stuffed in a trash can.

Looking through them they found several based on their own addventures. "Harmony vs Equality," Rainbow Dash read then snorted derisively. "I can't believe they've already got one about that stupid Starlight."

"Fires and Friendships?" Apple Bloom read.

"That one's kind of a rip off of O&O but it's got a definite time frame. It's set just after the founding of Equestria and it's main idea was there was someone keeping the Pony Tribes separated." Shining Armor explained it.

"The Seventh Element, The New Elements..." Scootaloo read tossing a couple aside.

"Hey, those sound interestin," Apple Bloom said, "what are they about?

Scootaloo picked them up and gave them a quick read through. 'Okay, the seventh Element is about needing the power of a lost Element of Harmony. THe New Elements have a couple of types of game you can play."

"The Elements wouldn't have worked if there were seven,"Twilight observed floating the book over to her. "What! This is completely wrong! Listen to this. 'The Elements of Harmony may be used by any sized group from two to seven, as long as they are friends and free from mental alterations."

"So, they think the reason it didn't work the first time you tried them on DIscord was because you were discorded, not because I was there instead of Rainbow Dash," Spike said.

"I guess so."

"Hey, this new Elements game does look pretty cool," Scootaloo said. "We can be you guys, or a new group after something bad happened to you, or a second group because Harmony isn't limited to one group of ponies or you can create your own new Elements."

"Well . . . Luna and Celestia were able to use the Elements together, and Celestia was able to use the Elements all by herself. So Ah don't really see the problem with that." Applejack admitted.

"And I thought darling it had to do with Discord using his to break our FRIENDSHIP... I thought Spikey-Wickey didn't work because we didn't care about each other at the time. I'd say Spike fits the definition loyalty quite well."

Spike blushed.

And Pinkie Pie smiled. "And Twilight, wouldn't you say our rainbow power is an evolution of our Elements of Harmony?"

"Well, in the spiritual sense, I guess yes."

"Well then, didn't Sunset Shimmer add a seventh Element to the group on Earth to help you beat the sirens? So doesn't that mean there really ARE seven Elements?"

Twilight opened her mouth with a perfectly logical and rational retort... found she had none, crossed her eyes, and began giggling.

The next day a knock on Friendship Crystal Castle's door by Rarity was greeted by Spike.

"Hello Spikey Wickey, is dear Twilight alright?" Rarity asked.

"Oh, she's just recovering from having her world view derailed, at least this time she didn't burst into flames. I think she's actually doing good." Spike answered glancing at where Twilight and Pinkie Pie having a little one on one session.

Behind the Dungeon Master Screen, Pinkie Pie said, "The nearest Grump scowls disapprovingly at your Twilight, you take 14 points of unhappiness, reducing your happiness points to 43."

With an odd look of innocence in her eyes, Twilight cheered. "I counter-attack with a BIIIIG hug!" She rolled the dice. "Critical!"

"Whoa! You reduce the Grump's Unhappiness Points to Zero, and he becomes your friend."

"Yippie! We'll get the rainbow berries to princess Rarity no problem!"

Spike looked at the cover of the game book again. The title was Crystals and Rainbows Generation 3.5 It depicted a blue and rather pose and proper version of himself, along with a pink and rainbow haired filly version of Rarity on the cover.

"Where did you say you got this game again Pinkie Pie?"

"Oh, just from some very dear friends."

Spike noted a little text on the inside of the book that read. Will be your dearest friend even through reboots --love, Minty.

Session 2.21 (Kendell2)


"I roll to smash the evil Black Knight with my tail," Spike announced.

A grayish-scarlet teenaged sized dragon with pink hair and a blue underbelly did the calculations for the villain. "He puts up a barrier but your dragon's strike slams him into the side of his castle. He counter attacks with his sword of hellfire."

"I do a saving throw for Spike!" called a voice from outside the window. A single massive orange claw came through the window and gently flicked the dice to roll it. "What I'd get?"

Mina did the calculations. "Your dragon's scales endure the hit, but you take 20 points of damage."

Twilight knocked on the door and entered with a big bowl of jewels. "Enjoying your game?"

"Yep! It's so much fun to play a game were the dragons are the good guys!" Mina chimed in.

Twilight then blinked, looking out the window. Outside was a giant orange dragon with purple feathered wings and brown hair. "Uh, Weatherbe is it, Rarity got a cart of gems from the Diamond dogs for you, it's on it's way."

Weatherbe had been a dragon Mina had introduced Spike too, but having a giant dragon over for O&O was quite the experience.

"Thanks, Princess Twilight," replied Weatherbe, the huge dragoness giving a smile.

"Welcome."

Mina nodded. "Alright, next move?"

Session 2.22 (BrutalityInc)

"Girls, I went through the stuff I had stored in my sister's attic, and you will NOT believe what I found!" Sweetie Belle was filled with excitement as she hoofed over a slightly worn and dusty game box to the other Cutie Mark Crusaders.

"What's this?" Babs Seed asked as she examined the cover of the box, which had an illustration depicting a bunch of cute, fluffy animals running out of a film reel with goofy expressions on their faces, except for a mad-scientist like pony who for some reason was fearfully hanging onto a rocket, flying out flying out with a blazing trail. "'Animania!'? Is this a tabletop game rip-off of Bunnies and Burrows where you play as cute, fluffy animals?"

"Oh, no, it isn't! I've heard of this one." Scootaloo said, "The 'Ani' in Animania doesn't stand for 'Animals' - it stands for 'Animation'. In this game, you get to play as a cartoon character, who could be a cartoon animal, going about in slapstick adventures like you would find in a cartoon world."

For some inexplicable reasons, all four fillies suddenly felt a profound sense of irony. They ignored it and turned back to discussing the game.

"Ah didn't think that yer big sister would play that sort o' game." Scootaloo remarked as they opened the box. "She doesn't look like somepony who enjoys 'em slapstick, unlike Discord."

"I guess it's sort of... what did Twilight said it was? Yes, 'guilty pleasure'. Everypony LOVES cartoons when they are young." Sweetie Belle replied, going through the cartoon characters figures, boards of wacky and colorfully illustrated settings and manuals. "I guess she grew out of it as she got older, but only mostly. She couldn't get herself to bin it out of attachment, but she didn't want anypony knowing either. At least, that's what I think; which might explain why I found it inside a metal box with a broken lock, buried underneath a huge pile of fashion magazines and old fabric."

"Not me; never really got into cartoons. At least, not the loony kind; mine's more the animated superheroes kind, like the Power Ponies." Babs Seed said as she went through the manual.

Her eyebrows raised with incredulity at what she read, "It says here, cartoon laws and cartoon physics applies in a cartoon world, with the golden rule being the rule of funny. Your character can march across ravines and canyons without falling due to gravity if you failed a Smarts Roll, meaning that your character didn't notice they are walking on thin air. Your character automatically come with a hammer-space, with capacity increasing as you level up, and can use tools of any size stored within that ponies in real life can't even wield. You can create passage ways through obstacles not by magic or explosives, but by drawing it with paint and brush; you can damage your foes while at it if he or she runs into it and slam themselves into the obstacle at high speed. And that's just the first few items on the list of cartoon powers our characters can use!"

"And look at teh weapons we'r goin' tah be using." Applebloom said as she looked at the section 'CarToon Wars', "Homin' cream pie missiles? Jelly-bean machine guns? Instant wall mines? Extend-o-boxing-gloves? Soot-face fuse bombs? Seriously, gals, this game is wacky."

"So how about it, girls? This game is practically made for us!" Sweetie Belle pleaded.

"I dunno, Sweetie." Scootaloo said with uncertainty, "I'm all for it, but we'll need a very good DM to have a campaign, or cartoon series as the game says, that would feel like a cartoon. We're going to need some-pony that knows what it's like to be in a cartoon inside and out. We're going to need - "

"PINKIE!" Pinkie Pie exclaimed as she popped out of a small sealed canister containing the dice, which she promptly pulled out of her mane and placed it in-front of the startled fillies, "Hiya, girls! I'm having a break from my baking right now, and I over-heard you need a super special DM for this super special board-game. I just happen to know what's it's like to be a cartoon character; well, maybe it's because I am one, but that's only - "

"Well, Applebloom, it looks like this game is going to get very weird, very fast." Babs Seed quipped to Applebloom as Pinkie Pie rambled on.

Babs didn't know just how right she was.

Session 2.23 (MtangaLion)

Spike cackled, kneading his claws together. "Duke Under Hoof says, 'Remember our agreement, Princess Twilight! You will become my bride, or my guards drop your friends into that boiling lava!"

Twilight looked through her cards, thinking fast. "I pretend like he's beaten me, but actually I'm using my magic to loosen Rainbow Dash's bonds."

Spike looked doubtful. "He'll see you casting."

"I try to keep the glow dim, and the bridal veil is hiding it too."

If any of them had looked out of Twilight's second floor crystal window, they would have seen strange mechanical invaders roll across Ponyville's main square... then rapidly retreat from a squad of angry ponies. Big Mac bucked one so hard, its rotating top fell right off. Vinyl Scratch and Octavia rode a giant synthesizer console into battle, their harmony and pounding wubs causing enemy robots to spin in confusion and explode.

Rarity played a card. "I sneak through the shadows and render the guards unconscious without Duke Under Hoof noticing."

Pinkie played three cards, barely able to contain her excitement. "And I prepare my awesome party surprise to distract him!"

Meanwhile, Derpy Hooves dodged laser beams with wild, unpredicatable midair spins and dumped buckets of tree sap all over the invaders. Mayor Mare used obscure regulations and a small catapult to literally bury them in paperwork. Bon Bon and Lyra appeared in matching spymare catsuits, spinkicking one alien machine after another in a perfectly synced dance. The alien spaceship attempted to take off and retreat, but then the Doctor appeared, red scarf blowing in the breeze. The sonic screwdriver in his raised hoof made one of the landing gear collapse and the whole vessel fell over and crashed.

Fluttershy stole a glance at the window. "Shouldn't we..."

AJ smiled. "Eeenope. Ah reckon they've got it covered."

Session 2.24 (Ardashir)

"Okay," Babs said. Nightmare Loon needs that bit of Unobtanium to make the Equis-Blasting Ray on her spaceship work, right? So I just swim down for it..."

"WHAT!" Twilight Sparkle wasn't playing in the fillies' TOON game, but since Pinkie was gamemastering it she hung around to keep an eye on things. Just in case of lunacy like this. "Girls! I'm not trying to tell you how to play, but space is a vacuum! You can't breathe or swim in it, I..."

"Princess, I mean Miss Twilight," Babs said, "didn't you say that Princess Luna compared space ta 'an endless ocean'?" Twilight nodded warily. Babs then turned to Pinkie Pie. "An' didn't you say that if we FAILED a Smarts roll, we could do stuff we normally couldn't even in a TOON game because we didn't know no better?"

"Right-a-roonie!" Pinkie said with a smile. "That's how Scootaloo's character was able to run through the fake tunnel Nightmare Loon painted on the wall. And how Sweetie Belle cast a Summon Ghosts spell to scare her even though ghosts don't exist." Apple Bloom shifted her eyes a bit. "It's amazing what you can do when you don't know that you can. Like bees and flying!" She ignored the way a vein started to throb on Twilight's forehead.

"Well, then," Babs rolled the dice. "Hah! I failed! I swim down to the spaceship an' then I swim right back up ta our lunar balloon!"

"How can you fly a balloon on the Moon?" Twilight asked, feeling her grip on reality fading.

"Easy-peasy, Twi," Pinkie said. "They just hold their breath, duh."

Twilight went to the window and hung her head out with a groan. Outside, a new, evil faction horde of sapient apples that had tried to invade the town was being finished off by hundreds of very hungry ponies. Their desperate please buried under the crunching jaws of hungry equines.

Twilight glared at the scene before her and asked nopony in particular, "Why does this seem more realistic than what I just heard?"

Session 2.25 (Alex Warlorn)

Discord popped in. "Oooh, a game that can drive Twilight Sparkle crazy? I'm in!"

Sweetie asked, "But Discord, I thought you were DONE with being evil... again." The fillies had not forgotten how their friend had turned evil on all of Equestria, only turning back when betrayed by Tirek.

"I am! I am! I mean 'crazy' as entertainingly irritated! I swear!" Discord waved his limbs frantically. "I swear I'll be the best Animator at this game imaginable!"

"I think they're rather this toon game NOT turning a LARP Discord." Twilight said.

"What's a LARP?" Apple Bloom asked.

"Something you don't need to think about!" Twilight said hastily.


Session 2.26 (MtangaLion)

Discord hovered over the gaming table, grinning like a used cart salespony, while Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo read their "Journal of the Unexplained!" character sheets.

"I don't understand," said Sweetie Belle. "We're roleplaying... ourselves?"

"It's quite simple," explained Discord. "Foalishly simple, in fact! These characters are you girls when you're a few years older, with the potent new powers and abilities you've learned."

"Neat!" cried Scootaloo, buzzing her small wings. "What kind of powers?"

"I'm glad you asked!" Discord shrugged. "Instead of, you know, actually reading the pieces of paper that I painstakingly magicked up and placed in your adorable little hooves... but I digress! You, Scootaloo, have a flying cutie mark, and you've been trained in the use of powerful wing blades by Rainbow Dash herself!"

Scootaloo gasped. "Ooh! Is this the kind of game that magically sucks you in and makes the game real?"

Discord blinked. "Um... no."

"Can it be? Please, puh-lease!"

Discord folded his mismatched arms. "Hmm... sorely tempted... but no." He swooped over to the next filly. "Next, Sweetie Belle has an uncanny mastery of dark magic for her tender age, and a cutie mark that allows her to start Heart Songs at will..." Sweetie's eyes grew wider and wider. "AND, a cute otherworldly familiar who alters reality at her whim!"

Apple Bloom was practically bouncing in her chair. "What do Ah get? What do Ah get?!"

Discord waved his talons dismissively. "You get a complex, because you don't have any cutie mark or special powers... YET!" The draconequus whipped out a script. "You see, here in chapter 27..."

Immediately, a huge anvil fell and squashed Discord flat. Then a second Discord, the one native to this universe, appeared in a flash. "Spoilers, sweetie."

Sweetie Belle stared. "Huh?"

"Not you. I was making an obscure reference." Their Discord conjured a dimensional portal and levitated the squashed Discord to toss him in. "Don't mind him, he was just leaving."

Session 2.27 (Alex Warlorn)

Apple Bloom gave Discord the puppy dog eyes.

"Oh please, Fluttershy's stare can't effect me, what makes you think that will work?"

Scootaloo caught on and joined in.

"Girls, just because I'm Chaotic Neutral now instead of Chaotic Evil doesn't mean doesn't meant I'm about to break the dungeon master code."

Then Sweetie Belle added her sad puppy dog eyes.

"I!!! Agh! Fine! But enjoy that while it lasts, when you're an adult, that just looks creepy, unless you're Fluttershy."

"What about Pinkie Pie?"

"And Pinkie Pie."

"And Rarity."

"And Rarity."

"And-"

"I said fine! Apple Bloom, you have a magic eye that functions as both a permanent True Seeing, and Aura Sight, and Detect Lie... but it's also slowly turning you into a Nightmare."

"... Do Ah get to keep playing my character, or does she become an NPC when it happens?"

"You... get to keep playing her."

"COOL!"
Ponies and Dragons II (Just Have Fun)
This is a group-story/addventure/chain-story/round robin, fanfic 'story' of the Mane Six Plus Spike playing Dungeons and Dragons/Oubliettes and Ogres, with occasional guest players (like Trixie or Gilda), with Spike and Twilight rotating as Dungeon Master. It's intended to be an IN-CHARACTER comedy. 

However, except for the opening set-up post, each post should be more self contained, if say (in joke) Twilight is fire balled by a Mimic in one post in a desert pyramid, the next post can have them sailing a ship encountering seaponies siren expies, each one containing a short joke, or an extension of a previous scene if that's what the poster wants. Time skips, flash backs, the ponies rotating different characters and campaigns, are all allowed (and ENCOURAGED) as long as the ponies stay in character (such as Pinkie Pie NOT fireballing a cabbage sales stallion and saying she thought he was a demon, thank you very much).

There are prototype rules and may change with time.  

It's also intended to be an INDEPENDENT UNIVERSE from the Pony POV Series OR the Pinkie Pie Variety Show! So things aren't esoteric.

What's you post in the comments, it's then copy and pasted into the fic above, have fun. 

Basic rule: EVERYONE IS IN CHARACTER!!!!

Session 2.0 (Kendell2)

Session 2.1 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.2 (Ardashir)
Session 2.3 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.4 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.5 (Ardashir and Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.6 (MtangaLion with couple lines added by Alex)
Session 2.7 (Kendell2 with edits)
Session 2.8 (BrutalityInc)
Session 2.9 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.10 (MtangaLion)
Session 2.11 (Trooper924)
Session 2.12 (Kendell2)
Session 2.13 (BrutalityInc)
Session 2.14 (Ardashir)
Session 2.15 (Ardashir and a bit by me)
Session 2.16 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.17 (Ardashir)
Session 2.18 (BrutalityInc)
Session 2.19 (MtangaLion)
Session 2.20 (JLBarnett and Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.21 (Kendell2)
Session 2.22 (BrutalityInc)
Session 2.23 (MtangaLion)
Session 2.24 (Ardashir)
Session 2.25 (Alex Warlorn)
Session 2.26 (MtangaLion)
Session 2.27 (Alex Warlorn)




Art by Lightning Tumbe. 
Let me sing you the song of ponies! by lightningtumble
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Sweetie Belle brushed the spot on her face where the wolf had licked her, blinking slowly, and then she gave him a strange look.

Snow Bound stopped lolling his tongue like a happy playful puppy and peered back at her. "So. You remember."

Sweetie grimaced, kneading her forehead. "I remember that we knew a whole lot of things together that I can't remember now. Like there wasn't enough room in my head to hold everything!"

The wolf pup smiled faintly. "That is for the best."

"But... I know you're not just a puppy," said Sweetie. "Not at all."

Scootaloo hopped back a pace, wings spread uncertainly. "What?!"

Apple Bloom gasped. "What are ya sayin? He's been lyin' to us?"

Snow Bound growled thoughtfully. "Perhaps it is cliche to say so, but..." The wolf grew, stretching, shaking out a longer, fluffier white mane and coat, and grinding sharper, adult fangs. "The truth is complicated."

Scootaloo gasped and cast her wing blades, ready to fight if he charged her, but Sweetie Belle threw up a pale green shield between them. "Wait, wait! Hear him out! I didn't say he was a bad puppy. Wolf. Something."

Snow Bound stopped snarling, then huffed and laid down. "I am Blanky, the puppy you've adopted Mistress Sweetie Belle, I do not know my origins, only that I must remove what's wrong and protect you. But I am also the Blank Wolf, who became friends with Applejack, and fought by *her* side in many battles and knows my existence. Applejack fused those realities together without realizing what she was doing. This is a contradiction. Thus now that we're no longer Wolf Song, those knowledge is no longer available to me either."

Scootaloo let the wing blades fade. "Well, that totally cleared everything up... not at all!"

Apple Bloom trotted over to the Blank Wolf and looked him right in the eyes. The Wolf blinked back at her, tilting his head slightly. "Ah... Ah'm not mah sister, but it feels like he's bein' straight with us." She smirked. "An if he wanted to gobble us up, he coulda done that plenty of times already."

Moonshine remained silent, content to watch and see how this would all play out.
-
Scootaloo said, "Okay, so he's not gonna eat us, but who knows what else he could do?"

Sweetie Belle shook her head. "Blank and I were one pony . . .wolf . . . were-thingie . . . he's okay, even if . . .he's not what he looks like."
-
The view of the camera began to dip ever so slightly. There was a sound of creaking and cracking. The ground gave way a moment later, and Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle fell down through the hole of the rotted wood and loose earth, hitting solid ground less than a second later... it felt actually kinda soft, but it also stank, like Fluttershy's chicken coop and Spike's bed before laundry day (Ponies and dragons didn't normally wear clothes, but sheets and pillow cases still needed washing).

Scootaloo and Blanky didn't hesitate to follow after them. Moonshine looked concerned, but not worried, "I'd keep my eyes closed if I were you."

The fillies wondered for a moment what she meant, when they saw the glowing red eyes all around them, and the cackle-kaw of the cockatrices whose nest they had stumbled into.

A moment later the fillies were in Apple Bloom's bedroom, looking at statues of themselves on the what-if machine. Sweetie Belle, true to her word, had taken the brief moment to assume a pretty pose being petrified.

The foals felt bewildered and befuddled, and disturbed. On the what-if machine, Blanky was nuzzling the statue of Sweetie before jumping THROUGH the screen to the flesh and blood one. The foal should have felt proud for not fainting.

Moonshine was sitting on the windowsill, letting in the cold night air. "Your statues will be found by Diamond Dogs in a few years, exchanged by traders and art lovers for centuries, unless you want to go and dig them up right now, turn yourselves in as your school art project, but then we might end up with an art gallery's worth of filly statues if you fail enough times . . . this is what my whole self truly meant by coming to a bad end . . . You are free to end your camera recording of the strangeness of the Everfree at any time . . . just go to bed, fall asleep, and that will be that."
-

The group looked to one another.

"...Well, we did expect this tah happen..." Applebloom said, rubbing her head.

"Yeah, and we respawned just fine...wait, uh, Luna?" Scootaloo asked. "We're not clones are we?"

"No, to be accurate, the statues of you are alternate universe versions of yourself," Moonshine explained. "Do not worry, my sister does not do things 'half baked'."

"Alright...I say we go back...but not to get the statues, at least not unless we find something to make us able to..." Sweetie Belle suggested.

"Sounds fine by me..." Scootaloo said.

Applebloom nodded slowly. "Yeah...let's just hope next thing we see is a little less scary..."

----

The group headed back into Everfree. Blanky remained with them, abit seemed to be riding in the filly's saddle bags.

This time the group came upon what appeared to be an extinct volcano deep in Everfree, a perfectly carved tunnel in the side of it. "Huh, I don't remember seeing these before..."

Entering, the group blinked when they nearly ran into a filly. She had yellow fur, with mane composed of varying shades of gray and black. While she was a blank flank, one thing that stood out was she seemed dressed identically to an illustration of Daring Do, except the green on her outfit was replaced with a navy blue.

The filly blinked. "Huh? What are you three doing here?"

"Uh...explorin'," Applebloom explained. "...You know us?"

The filly blinked. "Uh, yeah, I visited Ponyville, remember? Daydream?"


"...Not ringing a bell...I don't think we've ever met you before..."

Daydream's face suddenly became one of fear. "Uh...just to check, Daring Do didn't recently have a novel where she turned out to be an author and had a clone of her made from her books and Ahuizotl was going after the Belt of Atlas, did she?"

The trio blinked, looking to each other. "Uh...no...and my mentor Rainbow Dash reads all the books the day they came out, so I'd know if that's how it worked..."

The filly gave a sigh of relief. "Alright, good...hmm...must be the wild magic still running through this place..."

"Uh...who exactly are you?" Scootaloo asked.

"And why do you look like a mini Daring Do?" Sweetie Belle asked, looking the foal over.

Daydream gave a proud smirk. "Name's Daydream Do. And...well, I think this is an alternate universe, since mom warned me the wild magic in this place could cause dimensional distortions, I guess I can tell you...that, and I'm pretty sure if this was the past, you'd have told me we met when I meet you later and your sister's know..." the filly looked at Sweetie and Scootaloo's flanks. "Definitely not the past...Okay, can you girls keep a secret?"

"Yeah..."

"Pinkie Promise."

"How do you know what that is?" Scootaloo questioned.

"Mom knows Pinkie Pie."

"Oh..." Scootaloo replied.

"Cross our hearts, hope to fly, stick a cupcake in our eye," the Crusaders did in sync.

"Alright, I'm Daring Do's daughter...and clone," Daydream Do replied, giving a smirk.

"Uh...Daring Do's a fictional character..." Scootaloo remarked dryly.

"In your world, maybe, not in mine," Daydream explained, then took out a perfectly proportioned whip and used it to lasso an outcropping of stone, using it to swing over a pit and land on a nearby wall, snipping a string to disable a trap before doing a backflip off the walls and landing in front of them. "But in mine, she's my mom."

The trio looked to each other in confusion. "...This ain't the weirdest thing we've seen tonight..." Applebloom admitted.

"So you're a clone?" Sweetie Belle asked, looking her over.

"Yeah, well technically I'm a homunculus."

"A what?" Scootaloo asked.

"Means I'm a living pony made from magic, it's official legal jargon," the foal explained. "Anyway, I need to find my mom, we're trying to stop a villain from nabbing the remains of some ancient lava demon king that are supercharged with uber powerful magic who wants to use them to take over the world."

The Crusaders did a huddle. "Can we come?"

Daydream blinked. "Uh...dangerous adventure...not really the place for foals..."

"You're a foal."

"Yes, but I'm a foal magically born with all the skills of Daring Do."

"And we're the Cutie Mark Crusaders," Scootaloo reminded. "And in this universe, we helped fight off the Changelings," she explained, showing off that she can fly.

"And we've got this..." Sweetie said, showing the letter from Luna.

The filly read over it and blinked. "Okay...not the weirdest thing ever...okay, but LISTEN TO ME, okay?" she asked. "These things are dangerous."
-
The four ponies and one wolf came to a section of floor that had a check board pattern with a scattering of seemingly random gold tiles.

"Okay," Day Dream read the inscription on the wall on of the tunnel that was just gibberish to the three fillies. "It says here to 'only step on the gold tiles'-" The CMC immediately hopped, skipped, and jumped onto the golden plates. "-only if you wish to immortalized forever within these temple among its guardians."

Day Dream turned form the inscription just in time to see the three fillies on the gold plates. All three immediately gained a pudgy waist line, and felt an overwhelming zenlike peace, and assumed an meditative pose without really thinking about it. Their bodies turned to solid gold as jewels formed on their foreheads and belly buttons and other spots, closing their eyes without a second thought, content to peaceful reflection.

"Oh no!" Day Dream said in dismay. "I was worried about this! Why didn't you girls just stay out of this?! Don't worry! There's gotta be a way to fix this!"

Day Dream felt a tap on her shoulder, she turned around, and let out a yelp like she'd seen a ghost.

"Hi." A flesh and blood Scootaloo said between huffing and puffing, putting down her two friends. "We got back here as soon as we could."

Blanky looked confused between the meditating golden Sweetie Belle and the new arrival. Day Dream did the same. "What-where-how-who?! HOW?!"

"Remember? The letter Princess Luna gave us remember?" Apple Bloom said bringing it to bear again. "It says we start over at the farm if we come to a 'bad end.' "

Sweetie Belle examined herself as a smiling golden jewel covered meditating statue. Sweetie almost felt like it was smiling at her. "I don't know if I should feel disturbed, worried, traumatized, or happy that's two for two I look good as a statue."

"This has happened to you before?" Day Dream asked eye wide.
-

Applebloom's eyes went wide as a realization struck her.

"Hold on naow," she said. "Every time we jump on these gold plates, we turn inta golden statues? And then we come back ta life, good as new, back at the Clubhouse?"

"Yeah," Scoootaloo cocked an eyebrow. "And?"

Applebloom grabbed her and Sweetie in a hug. "Then if Ah do this agin and agin, Ah can make lots 'o gold statues of me! An' big sis and Big Mac can sell 'em ta make sure th' family has all the bits we'll ever need! Granny can get her new hip and we'll never have ta worry 'bout losing th' farm!"

Her eyes went wide as she imagined her family, living without a fear, and all thanks to her.

Daydream looked at the other two fillies.

"Yeah," Scootaloo scratched her head. "Her big sis is kind of a worry wart about them losing their farm, even though they're one of the most wealthy families in Ponyville."

"Even though it's all in the land and property they have to pay taxes on, and not liquid cash. What?" Sweetie looked at Scoot as the pegasus blinked in surprise. "Rarity tells me this when she's talking about how to run a business."

"Sure! Ah'm a work of art now, Ah'd be happy to be sold off by my own family for money to an indifferent art collector for the good of the farm." Apple Bloom felt a chill up her spine as her own voice echoed mouthless.

"But first you want to rescue Daring Do and stop the revival of King Lavan. And his remains are crystal, not lava, he died being blown to bits after absorbing the magic of the heart of pony land." Said Scootaloo's voice.

"Since we're now one with the temple, we can give you directions on the quickest way there, and deactivate some of the traps if you want." Finished Sweetie's voice.

The fillies all looked at the motionless, smiling gold statues of themselves. Sweetie broke out into a cold sweat.
-
"Uh . . . okay, can ya, do all that stuff? Please?" Apple Bloom asked.

Sure! Also ya might wanna polish me before ya sell me off. Said the gold statue of Apple Boom.
-
Daydream put a hoof on Applebloom's back. "I...kinda understand being disturbed here...I'm literally a clone of my mom."

"They're technically alternate us's," Sweetie Belle pointed out.

"...Okay, but point is, I get being freaked out, given I AM a clone," Daydream explained. "Just focus on the you you are NOW, not that there's other versions of you running around in a different fate...but don't see them as 'not real', I had nightmares hearing about some stupid incident with a Mirror Pool."

"A what?" asked Sweetie Belle, cocking her head.

"Hasn't happened? Then tell Twilight Sparkle NOT to use that spell from the book without checking if they're alive or not! She'll know what I mean when she gets there!" Daydream stated, looking disturbed. "Trust me..."

"T-Thanks..." Applebloom said.

"But point is, just think of yourselves as yourselves and them as them, trust me, it's NOT PRETTY when you think about it anyway else...trust me..."

"Thanks..." said both the CMC and their oddly fine golden statues of themselves.

"Welcome, now come on! Mom's in trouble."

"We turned off the gold trap!" the Golden Sweetie called. "And we'll give you directions!"

"Alright, thanks...and Applebloom?"

Applebloom blinked. "Yeah?"

"If she's OKAY being sold, fine, but don't make alternate selves or whatever JUST to do that. As a clone myself, I think you can tell my feelings on that."

Applebloom pinned her ears. "...Sorry...Ah forgot."

"It's fine...now come on! We've got a world to save and witty one liners to say!"
-
The foal ran, with statues and carvings all pointing the way, making the exciting death course, a lot less exciting in Scootaloo's opinion, but no pony asked her.
-
As the foals were about to enter the central chamber were the remains of King Lavan lay, ripe for the robbing and corrupting, Apple Bloom trip on a loose stone and dropped the camera and everything went back.

When the graining black and white night vision camera turned on again, the foals were talking out of the volcano and shaking hooves with Day Dream and bidding her farewell.

"I was SOOOO AWESOME!! I just wish Rainbow Dash was there to see!!! You got all of that on camera right Apple Bloom?" Scootaloo asked eagerly.

"Uhhhhhh." Apple Bloom examined the camera looking very uncomfortable.
-
Suddenly, there was a cough and a whistling sound, and a weighted net fell over the four fillies! Three henchponies stepped out from behind a rocky outcropping, chucking nastily, followed by a tan stallion in a field jacket, with greasy black hair and a golden skull cutie-mark. "We meet again... little Miss Do. So good of you to recover the ruby shard for me."

The trapped fillies looked at each other in confusion. "Ruby shard?" asked Daydream.

Scootaloo gasped. "Is that... Dr. Caballeron?"

Dr. Caballeron tisked. "Yes, yes, you may gape in awe later. Now hoof it over!"

Struggling with the net a bit, Daydream pulled a journal out of a pocket. "Ruby shard, ruby shard... Not ringing a bell. Did any of you girls chance to pick up such a thing?"

"Ah was kinda busy jumpin' over the flaming lava pits," grumbled Apple Bloom.

Do's rival fumed, losing his patience. "Do not play stupid with me! The shard, the ruby shard of Lavan's crown! It holds the key to untold power."

"Really?" asked Sweetie Belle. "What power is that exactly?"

"Well, if somepony had told me... then it wouldn't be untold, now, would it?!! Honestly, I don't care... I have some very wealthy buyers lined up."

Scootaloo blinked. "Hold on, I remember something like that!"

Dr. Caballeron leaned closer. "Yes, yes?"

"It fell in the lava with the rest of him."

He froze, mouth hanging open. "I... I think I may have detected a flaw in my usually quite flawless plan..."
-
"Hah!" Daydream laughed. "Beaten before you even showed up! Your record as a failure is unstained, Caballeron." She fell silent as he rubbed his stubbly chin and grinned nastily.

"I lost Lavan's ruby," he snatched Daydream up by the mane. "But I do have you. I can sell you to Ahuitzotl for a fortune. Not to mention the great satisfaction of ridding myself of an enemy." The CMC started to complain, trying to grab Daydream. He gave the net a kick. The fillies yelled as he said, "And I suppose these three brats can be sold for something as well. Maybe their parents can afford to ransom them back."

"We ain't brats!" Apple Bloom stopped chewing on the net to yell, "Mah big sis is one o' the Elements of Harmony! An' Ah'm an Apple!"

"You look more like a cherry at that size, little one," Caballeron said with a sneer. He chucked her under her chin. A moment later he howled and waved his forehoof, the imprint of Apple Bloom's teeth on his fetlock.

"Ah mean mah family owns near 'bout all the apple orchards in Equestria!" Apple Bloom pointed at her friends. "An' Sweetie Belle's big sis is friends with some o' the most important ponies in Canterlot! An' Scootaloo's friends with Rainbow Dash, who did the Sonic Rainboom!"

She failed to notice the light of greed appearing in Caballeron''s eyes. Daydream tried to get her attention but the doctor handed her off to one of his stooges, who clamped a hoof over her mouth.

"Oh, really?" He said in tones of mock respect.

Sweetie Belle gulped at the sight and tried getting her friend's attention.

"Uh, Apple Bloom? Maybe this isn't smart..."

"An', AN', mah friends an' Ah are friends with two o' the three Princesses! Sweetie's like a daughter ta Cadence, an' all three o' us are friends with Princess Luna!" Apple Bloom lifted her head proudly. "So what do ya think o' that?"

"I think," Caballeron said, lowering his head to look her in the eyes, "that you three are worth a VERY great many bits to some important ponies!" He turned to his nearest flunky. "You! Write a letter to their sisters expressing our demands for ransom. Not too much, just a hundred thousand or so apiece. Just enough to make them wonder if they really do want these three back!" He had Daydream tossed back into the net and walked over to supervise.

Daydream, Sweetie, and Scootaloo all glared at Apple Bloom. She gave a weak smile.

"Uh, whoops?"


"And here's another."

One of the bad doctor's minions was suddenly blindsided with a flying side kick, knocking him out.

Daring Do landed before them, taking a combat stance. "Messing with my daughter."

"Daring Do!" Dr. Caballeron exclaimed.

Scootaloo got the idea to cut the net with her wing, causing the quartet of fillies to fall to the ground with a thud.

Daring do hid her gaze well. "For two reasons, one, it clops me off. And two..."

Daydream promptly did mule kick backwards, nailing her captor right between the hind legs before flying out of his grip and headbutting another hard in the jaw.

"-it clops HER off."

Scootaloo looked to the other two. "Uh...should we help?"

"I think they've probably got it covered..." Applebloom said, the two Daring Dos doing a double flying kick to a minion.

"Doesn't mean we shouldn't help Daydream..." said Sweetie.

-

"It's just not fair!" whined Dr. Caballeron.

Out of nowhere, a spotlight snapped on, focusing on him, and light orchestra music began to play.

Dr. Caballeron struck a haughty pose... and broke into song! "They've foiled me again."

The beaten and bruised henchponies hopped to their hooves and backed him up. "They foiled him again!"

Caballeron sighed theatrically. "It was hard enough before..."

"Hard enough before!"

Scootaloo and Apple Bloom looked pointedly at Sweetie Belle, who sank lower and laughed nervously. "Um... did I do that? Sorry..."

Caballeron shook a hoof at the heavens. "But now there's not one, but two! Curse you, Do!"

The henchponies posed around him, breaking into three-part harmony. "Curse you, Dooooooo!"

Doctor Caballeron paused. "That was very nice. Really, you are quite talented."

The henchponies puffed out their chests. "Thank yous, boss!" said one of them in a thick Manehatten accent. "We henchponies can't just be dumb muscle any more, not in today's job market."

"Dat's right!" said the second henchpony, nodding vigorously. "We always gotta be ready to step up and do our part for the big villain song!"

Caballeron blinked. "What are you talking about? I am no villain."

The third henchpony bonked the second over the head.

"Oow, owie!" cried the second. "Not there, that's where Do kicked me." Whack! "Argh... ya, that's better... Ow, ow..."

Caballeron facehoofed. "Ahem!" The invisible orchestra broke into a big brassy minor-key march. "Next time, you'll see! My plans won't be a bust!"

"Ha!" cried Daydream. "I think that they will!" she sang.

Caballeron grinned triumphantly. "I'll get the gold and riches, and leave you in the dust!"

Daring laughed and pointed. "Can you believe that swill?"

Caballeron raised both forehooves to the sky. "My plans will be flawless! I'll beat you without fail!"

The music froze, and slowly the spotlight moved over to Shining Armor, at the head of a whole squad of Royal Guards. "Make all the plans you want, Doctor," he sang. "Cause now you're going to jail!"

"We're going to jail," sang the henchponies, nodding sadly.

"They're going to jail!" sang all the royal guards.

"They're going to jail!!" chorused everypony, including Sweetie, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo.

The orchestra finished with a flourish, and Dr. Caballeron shouted, "Curse you, Do's!"
-

As Caballeron and his goons were lead away (Shining Armor ordered another detachment of guards to seek out the orchestra, just in case THEY were affiliated with the artifact thief), Daring and Daydream relaxed after the fight with the Crusaders.

Scootaloo grinned at Daydream, giving her a hoof-bump. "That was AWESOME! You were all over the place, brawling right there with your mom! You were like bam! and ka-pow! and wham!" She mimed several punches and kicks with each word, causing Daydream to scoot back to avoid getting hit in the face.

"Hey, don't give Mom and me all the credit! You got us all out of the net in the first place!" Daydream put in, ducking under a mimed haymaker from Scoots.

"Thanks fer the save, by the way," Applebloom added. "Couldah been bad, havin' ta deal with that loumouth fer much longer....and where did that music come from, anyway?"

"Maybe his heart songs just come with an orchestra? He's hammy enough that I kinda can't imagine them NOT having one." Sweetie guessed. "Or; the guy's pretty rich, if he can afford to hire all those goons and travel so much; maybe he has some musicians on standby or something?"

"But then wouldn't Miss Do have to fight them, too?" Scootaloo questioned, to which Daring scoffed.

"Please, I'd NEVER interrupt a musician in the middle of a performance! It's unprofessional. Besides, they're not the bad guys if they work with Caballeron. Worst thing they did was cash a paycheck with his name on it."
-
Applebloom blinked. "Wait, are we in your universe or are you in our universe?" the filly asked, noting they'd left the dimensional temple at the same time.

The group blinked in confusion. "Good point..."

The two Daring Dos thought things out.

"Wait, won't we just respawn back home if we're still in their universe?" Scootaloo asked. "Then we could stay here and be friends with Daring Do at the same time!"

"But what about our golden selves?" asked Applebloom asked. "Mah me wanted tah get sold for the family...it'd mean not tah."

"Dang it, you're right..."

"If it works that way," said Daring Do. "Then we just both need to leave out the same entrance to get back to our home worlds?"

"Would make sense..." Daydream replied.


The two sets of ponies each came back to the volcano and, with some help from their golden selves, made it back to the entrances they'd entered through, the CMC pulling their golden selves in a wagon, the golden Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle deciding to remain with their Applebloom.

After depositing them at the clubhouse, the trio returned to their escapades in Everfree.
-

"Are you sure we haven't been this way before?" asked Scootaloo. She was flying through the shadowy forest ahead of them, but staying low to the ground and not straying too far from the light of Sweetie's horn.

Sweetie Belle shivered. "I hope not. I don't think I want to run into any more of our past selves for a while." She paused and furrowed her brow, conjuring up a magical compass, but her face fell when the Everfree's wild magic made it spin in circles.

Around the next bend, the path was cut off by dense vegetation, but Apple Bloom stepped past them, squinting. "Ah see light up ahead..." She gritted her teeth and pressed forward, using her earth pony strength to push through... and suddenly she broke into a moonlit clearing.

Sweetie and Scootaloo squeezed in and rushed to her side, oohing and aahing at a ring of large stone statues, all covered in leafy vines. "This... is definitely new," said Sweetie, following the ring of statues with her eyes and counting. "Eleven, twelve... thirteen. I wonder who made these."

Apple Bloom trotted up to one of the statues, grasped some of the vines in her mouth, and pulled them loose. "Ah think this one's a griffon." She nudged the statue with a hoof, and in a flash Apple Bloom herself became a little griffon with yellow fur and red feathers, with the same pink bow on her head. "Neat!" She pulled the camera out of her saddle bag and filmed the statue.

Then she turned the camera towards Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo when she realized that they'd jumped back, holding each other and pointing at her in near panic. "Girls? What's the matter? Is there a bear behind me?" She reached for the camera focus, then froze, held out her talons and wiggled them, then finally turned the camera around to point at herself as she patted her face and beak. "Aaahhhh!"

Apple Bloom flew back in such a panic that she actually flew! "What... How... How do Ah get down?!"
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"Girls! Be careful!" Apple Griffon squawked. "Ah touched that statue and it turned me inta this, and -- Sweetie Belle! Look out!"

"For what?" Sweetie said as she backed right into another statue. She gave a panicked whinny that turned into a yelp as the puff of smoke cleared to reveal a wolf puppy with a light gray coat and cotton-candy-colored tail ad fur along her back.

"What?" She said and her eyes went wide at the growl in her voice. Sweetie looked at herself. "Yipe! This is awful!"

Blankie stuck his head out of the saddlebag she wore and crawled out to start sniffing at her.

"This is great!" He yipped. "Now I have a big sister!"

Eyeing both her suddenly carnivorous friends, Scootaloo tried keeping her distance from both of them and the rest of the statues at the same time.

"Hey," she said. "Maybe if you tried touching the other statues, they'll change you back to normal?"
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pple Bloom tried to land her griffon body, only to tumble and skid to a stop with wings, paws, and claws splayed every which way. A single loose feather fluttered down and touched her nose. "Ow."

Scootaloo zipped to her side. "This is awesome! Heh, remember that time Rainbow was a griffon for a month?" She gasped, wings spreading. "Ooh! We should all turn into things that fly! I can teach you!"

Apple Bloom flopped, then compulsively preened an itchy patch of feathers, and then groomed the fur on her left flank too. "Ah just don't want to get stuck like this. Griffons don't even have cutie marks."

"Hey, it's cool! It'll all reset, right? Besides, there's bound to be a statue of a pony somewhere around here."

Sweetie Belle was making silly faces, trying to feel all her fangs with her tongue. "I don't have to hunt scary things and erase them now, do I?"

Blanky padded in a loop around her, sniffing, which made Sweetie blush a bit. "Just a wolf," he decided. "No magic, no powers." The white wolf pup wagged his little tail. "Pony friends make good wolf friends! Applejack and you and I, we're a strong pack!"

Sweetie froze. "Wait, no magic?" She patted her forehead frantically, then twisted around to look at her furry gray unmarked flank. "Oh no! Can't I even sing?" She tried and wound up howling, then clapped both paws over her muzzle in embarrassment.

Blanky trotted over and bumped noses with her. "Heart magic is different. Try again."

Meanwhile, Scootaloo was investigating another statue. "Maybe this one's a pony!" she muttered, trying to get a grip on the stubborn vines with teeth and hooves. "Eeegh... almost got it..." Suddenly, the vines tore loose, but Scootaloo's wing accidentally brushed the statue too. An orange and purple teenage *dragoness* grinned sheepishly, tucking a scaly tail close and blowing a puff of smoke. "Um... oops? At least I still have wings!"
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"Geeze, Sweetie Belle, we should've asked one of your Changeling friends ta come along, then they could explain all this shapeshifting stuff ta us." Apple Bloom scratched herself behind one ear, and began instinctively preening her wings. She noticed what she was doing and shuddered.

"Yeah," Scootaloo said, grabbing her scaly tail to look at the pointed tip. "This is worse than when we helped get rid o' all those nasties from Tartarus that attacked Ponyville."

"Say," Sweetie Belle perked up with a 'woof'. "I wonder if anypony else ever touched these statues? Maybe we can find them and..."

Her two friends dove on her and held her down.

"Forget it!" Griffon Bloom said.

"Yeah," Dragonloo shook herself. "Remember the trouble we got into earlier? Let's just look around for pony statues." The three began to do so, looking carefully at three new statues.

"There's so much junk on them, I can't tell them apart," Sweetie complained. She sniffed closer at the one she was examining, some odd bipedal creature.

"Sweetie, don't get too close naow, and..." Griffon Bloom winced as another flash of magic went off. "Never mind."

Dragon and griffon blinked to see the very image of the Megan from the oldest old legends standing before them, save only hair that matched their Sweetie's mane. Blankie walked all around her, sniffing and whining miserably.

"Okay, so now what am I -- GAH!" Sweetie looked at her hand in horror. "I'm -- a Diamond Dog?" She hurried back to the statue she'd touched earlier. "I think I'd rather be a wolf!"
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Scootaloo gasped. "Wait... you're not a Diamond Dog!" The dragoness looked back and forth between her friends. "Girls, don't you remember where we've seen creatures like that before?" She pointed a talon dramatically. "You're a witch, Sweetie."

Sweetie blinked down at them. "I'm... a what?"

Scootaloo grinned. "A witch!"

Sweetie Belle tapped her chin with her hoof-things... fingers... whatever they were. "Can I be a good witch like Draggle?"

"Uh..." Apple Bloom shrugged her talons. "Ah don't see why not."

"Oh, that's not so bad!" Blanky started whimpering again, though. "Aw, it's okay, boy..." Without thinking, Sweetie Belle scooped Blanky into her forehooves... no, what did minotaurs call them? Arms? And she scritched his ears, which made the wolf pup yip and wag his tail again.

"Um, Sweetie?" asked Scootaloo.

Apple Bloom tilted her head to one side in a twitchy bird way. "What the hay are you doing?"

Sweetie Belle froze. "I... I didn't mean to! It must be a witch thing!" She dropped Blanky and lunged at the nearest statue. "Right! Wolf was definitely better! Back to wolf!" Flash!

"That one's the griffon," deadpanned Apple Bloom.

Blanky covered his face with a paw.
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Ah! I found the pony one!" Scootaloo called, touching it...and turning into what looked like herself. However.

"Uh...did that statue have fur dye?" Applebloom asked.

Scootaloo blinked, looking at herself. While her mane and tail remained correct, her fur had turned pitch black for some reason. "What the..."

Applebloom put a claw to her chin and then touched it. Likewise she turned back to her normal self, but her fur was pitch black. "What in the world?!"

"Oh! I found another one!" Sweetie Belle called, finding another and touching it and turning back to normal...only to be glowing in the dark. "Uh..."

Scootaloo seemed to find another one...which turned her into a Crystal Pony version of herself. "Okay, this is getting kind of ridiculous. What even am I?"

"Oh! That one I can live with!" Sweetie Belle called, touching it and becoming a Crystal Pony version of herself. "Rarity will at least think this one's pretty..."
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Scootaloo then saw a statue that resembled an alicorn. "Neat!" she said, as she touched the statue. After transforming, she noticed Sweetie Belle and Apple Bloom giving her some really horrified looks. "...What?"

Sweetie Belle pulled out a hoof mirror from her saddlebag. Scootaloo saw that she was indeed an alicorn. A black-coated alicorn with a bright red mane.

"GAH!" Scootaloo screamed, rushing back to the pony one and changing back to the simply black version of herself. "That was HIDEOUS!"

"Rarity would've fainted if she saw those colors horribly clashing like that," Sweetie Belle said.

"That's gonna haunt me forever..." Apple Bloom said.
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Blanky growled at the "Alicorn" statue, then whined curiously, as if he wasn't sure whether the statue needed erasing or not.

Sweetie Belle started clearing away more of the tangling vines. "That's better. Ooh..." She touched her crystal hoof to another statue and became a hulking canine with huge forelimbs, wearing a vest and a gem-studded collar. Blanky started barking at her. "This one *has* to be a Diamond Dog," she said, less freaked out than she would have expected.

Apple Bloom giggled. "Ah wouldn't go within a hundred paces of Rarity looking like that, if Ah was you."

"No kidding!" said Scootaloo, moving to the next statue. "Buffalo? Hmm, pass... Wait, what's this?"

There was a wooden sign in the midst of the statues that had been completely buried in vines before. The letters were bright but scrawled unevenly, as if a foal just learning to write had painted them. Sweetie Belle stepped up to the sign and read it aloud in her rough, growly Diamond Dog voice. "Which form will you choose to wear, knowing that you might never again find my garden here?"

Apple Bloom gasped. "Girls, what if we can't find any normal pony statue, and we have to pick what we're gonna look like..." She gulped. "From now on?"

Scootaloo eyed the griffon and dragon statues, obviously tempted. "Technically... we can pick whatever we want, even if we do find that normal pony statue... and if we don't like what we pick, we can just have Twilight fix us."

Sweetie rubbed her chin with an oversized paw. "Can she?"
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"Say, what's that one?" Scootaloo pointed at one of the few statues they had yet to touch. "Looks kinda familiar?"

Cautiously, the three approached and gasped. Before them rose a statue that looked vaguely like Chrysalis as the Changeling Queen, but with just enough differences to make it obvious she was someling else. The carved gaze on her face made it look like she was gazing around at the other statues.

Apple Bloom warily set one foretalon on the statue and nothing happened.

"Huh?" She looked at herself. "Why didn't Ah turn inta a bug -- a Changeling?" She grinned at Sweetie's frown. "Sorry."

"There's a message carved into the stone." Sweetie looked at it as her friend bent closer. "'I created this to one day share the gift of the Changelings with all ponykind,'" she read. "It doesn't say who she was, though."

"Okay, so we know who made this, and why, I guess," Scootaloo said. "But what do we do about it?"
-

Sweetie Belle grinned toothily. "I wonder if Chryssy knew about this place. I bet she wouldn't have liked it one bit!" She struck a haughty pose and waggled a paw. "Share our greatest weapon? With the *cattle*? What utter, suicidal madness! That place must never be found!"

Suddenly, the ground shifted beneath the fillies, catching them all off-guard. A patch of earth was thrust upwards, and a large changeling warrior emerged from a deep burrow. "Your know Her Majesty well, for outsiders," he chittered, shaking off loose clumps of dirt. "Quite... suspicious, yesss. Curious indeed."

"Who... who are you?" shouted Scootaloo, hovering and pointing a hoof dramatically like Rainbow Dash would have done.

The changeling gulped nectar from a stone jug that had been buried with him, then laughed like sandpaper rubbing together. "Who, indeed?" He "spoke" a long series of clicks and whistles. "Hmm... Cicada, to you ponies. Yes, that will serve." Suddenly, he was all business. "By Her Majesty's command, I will take one of you ponies captive for questioning. Do you have a preference? I only require one... alive."

Apple Bloom gasped. "But... Chrysalis ain't even queen of the changelings any more!"

"That's right!" cried Sweetie Belle. "Princess Cadence is your queen now. Just get in touch with her and you'll see!"

"Unlikely," growled Cicada. "A.... convenient excuse for your trespass." He tilted his head. "Strange, that I sense no obvious deceit in your emotions... but no matter. The will of Chrysalis is not mine to question."

"If we're gonna have ta fight..." Apple Bloom glanced around, then touched the buffalo statue, snorting confidently when she poofed into the strong, sturdy form.

Scootaloo touched the dragon statue again, then did a loop in the air, puffing flame. "Yeah! Bring it!"

Sweetie Belle waved her big Diamond Dog paws. "Wait, wait! We just made peace between changelings and ponies! Isn't there some other way?"
Cutie Mark Crusaders' Journal of the unexplained 5
The rules are simple. Write something in the comments, and it's added to the story above! No 'script' format additions! Keep it My Little Ponies!

Set in the same universe as Pinkie Pie Forth Wall Breaking Variety Show! 

*Replay recording* 

Apple Bloom"We're exploring the Everfree all night! And the best part is when something, ah, 'bad' happens to us, Princess Luna makes it so we, uh, 'respawn?' "

Scootaloo, "Apple Bloom we knew that already."

Apple Bloom, "Yeah, but Ah figured we had to say it again fer some reason."

Sweetie Belle, "Have look at the, what did Pinkie Pie call this? 'Trope Page?'" tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…

So yeah, the CMC are exploring the Everfree with a grainy video camera, but if they say, come to a Bad End, or the like, they'll respawn at the farm house. 

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What scene in the pony pov series (which doesn't have a bajillion characters on screen at once) would you like to see illustrated? 

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Toonwatcher Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Has the Channels page disappeared for you too, or is it just me?
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
hm?
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Toonwatcher Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
I can't access my deviantART channels for some reason. I'm hoping it's a bug and not that dA decided to do away with one of my favorite features.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I didn't know that existed. Channels?
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Jarkes Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I didn't even know "channels" was a thing.
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BlazeyBakeneko Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
I take it you enjoy cow transformations? :3
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
I enjoy TF with mental or reality change. 
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Just rewatched the Power Ponies episode and this came to my mind:
Did anyone else noticed that of all the Mane 6, Pinkie Pie was the only one that knew how to perfectly use her superpowers from the get go, knew the location of every building of interest in Maretropolis, and is the only one that jumped willingly into the enchanted comic book?

Makes you wonder if it was the first time she had actually done it.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner 1 day ago
She's a forth wall breaker. 
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Persona22 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Yes, but that just means she's aware of the people watching, it doesn't give her omnipresence or something of that nature. Being aware that you are fictional and having a specific knowledge of something is two different things. Breaking the 4th wall wouldn't be an explanation on her knowing how to use the superpowers perfectly, or knowing where everything was on Maretropolis.
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