Lightning and his daughter dashed to the train station in a hurry to get a to the train.
“Dad were gonna be late!”
“Nope” Lightning picked up Snowdrop and like his old assassin days made his way on top of the roof of the train station and made a leap of faith into a cart a pony was pulling along with him. Lightning made his way to a stallion next to the train handing him two tickets and boarding the train. “Told ya we’d make it.” Lightning huffed and tried to regain his breath. Lightning looked up to see his mum sitting on a seat across the room.
“Hi son.” Lightning smiled. He picked up his now slightly grown filly. Half his height and beginning to look like a mare.
“Hi mum.” Lightning responded. Snowdrop waved. “Luna is with you da?” A little Luna poked from behind Derpy. “And Celestia?” A small Celestia younger then Luna poked out. Lightning had them gather around. “Are you ready for your first gaming tournament?” The three nodded. “Alright perfect.” The train reached Canterlot and the ponies made their way to the castle. Lightning walked with his daughters and met his spouse. The batpony named Thunder. As Lightning and his family made their way he met many old friends.
“Lightning!” A dark pink alicorn with pink and blue hair with green eyes waved to him. She had a cutiemark of 10.
“Hi Proto!” The alicorn joined the group. Lightning spotted a white unicorn with blue frizzed hair and tail. His cutiemark a zero. Lightning called out.
“Zero!” The unicorn joined the group. A white pegasus with a crimson mane and a cutiemark of 3 flew down and spoke.
“Hey Lightning. It’s been a while.” Lightning and the stallion bumped hooves.
“Crimson, how you been.” He to joined the group. The now large group approached the castle walking into a large ball room. Ponies all over the place. Two large doors opened as the large crowd fell silent. The older Celestia walked to the crowd.
“Greetings ponies of Equestria! Welcome to the first annual Equestrian gaming tournament! Today begins the largest international tournament in Equestrian history! Mind the rules! When you enter the game you cannot leave unless you die or achieve victory! If you die your gamer tag will turn red and you will be disqualified! Along the walls are metal plates! Each of you will lay on one and place your helmet upon your head! After you do so you will enter the virtual world!” The ponies each placed themselves to a plate and put their helm’s on. Lightning watched panels appear and pice together the envirment around him. A menu popped up and he began to select settings. Snowdrop selected her settings, as well as Proto and Zero. Next Derpy, Luna, and Celestia. Lightning soon appeared in a grassy feild. Weirdly structured rocks decorated the landscape. Planes floated high in the sky. A blue sky with clouds streaked across it. Lightning walked and felt something bump his side. Looking down he saw a black sheath. The hilt was long. Most likely two handed. The guard was a black moon. He drew the sword. A long sleek curved black blade was drawn from the sheath.
Lightning Whooves: “Sick!” Lightning pulled up the stats on his sword in the menu. A night steel katana. Snowdrop spawned on a plane covered in grass with a small pond to her left. Snowdrop walked to the edge looking down. The platform was several hundred meters in the air. She noticed a leather strap across her chest. Snowdrop reached to her back feeling a hilt. She pulled the sword to see it. A clear blue cold broad blade was soon visible. A one handed sword. Looking at the menu reading Sword of Absolute Zero.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Wicked.” She spread her wings as she noticed a small town it the distance. Proto spawned in a small town square with an intricate fountain in the center. Looking to her hoof she saw a golden scepter with a black stone at the end. Looking up she watched players and NPC’s walk about. Looking to her left the saw a recognizable set of stallions.
Absolute Zero: “Hey!”
Crimson wings: “Heyoh!”
Princess Proto: “Hi!” Derpy also spawned in the town. In a shop with her two grand daughters.
Derpy hooves: “Hi little ones.”
Luna and Celestia Whooves: “Hi.” Thunder cloud spawned on top of a building in the same town. She looked down to the plaza to see players everywhere. Looking to her side a broad sword was visible. Looking at her menu reading Canterlot Broad Sword.
Thunder Whooves: “Hmm.” Spotting Proto she made her way to the group. Lightning and Snowdrop soon appeared.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Hi dad.”
Lightning Whooves: “Whats up.”
Princess Proto: “Alright gamer’s, what have we got as our occupations?
Absolute Zero: “Prophet.”
Lightning Whooves: “Blacksmith.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “Traveler.”
Crimson Wings: “Flight Captain.”
Thunder Whooves: “Traveler.”
Lightning Whooves: “What about you Proto?”
Princess Proto: “Hmm…” Proto looked at her profile menu scrolling through it. “Whoa.”
Crimson Wings: “What is it?”
Princess Proto: “Badge boss.”
12 Online files
Badge Boss: A challenge to every player to reach the final boss. There are twelve Badge bosses. A player must collect all 12 badges to reach the final boss and win the game.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Oh, man.”
Princess Proto: “I didn’t apply for this.”
?????: “Greetings Ponies!” Everypony turned to see Celestia in shining golden armor with a golden staff. “Welcome to 12 Online! You all have come for the largest gaming tournament in Equestrian history! Now for your objective! You are to collect all 12 badges to challenge the final boss! The badge bosses are Cutlass, Bon-Bon, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Lyra, Black Magic, Princess Proto, Nobel Sword, Radio Magic, Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody, and finally Twilight Sparkle! In that order! Each boss will get stronger an stronger as you progress! What you do to train or if you make Guilds is up to you! That is all!”
Crimson Wings: “Wow, she put three of Los Diez Regalos into the mix of leaders, and several of our friends.”
Princess Proto: “well we best be going our separate ways.” The ponies nodded and all left.
Thunder Whooves: “Lightning.” Lightning turned around. “Snowdrop honey.” Snowdrop did the same. “Do be careful.” Lightning smiled and ran.
Snowdrop Whooves: “I’ll be fine.” The ponies made their own ways. Each with a mission and path of their own. Lightning, the blacksmith. Thunder and Snowdrop, the travelers. Proto, the badge boss. Zero, the prophet. Crimson, the flight captain. Basic play went on for the first month of the tournament. Uneventful level grinding. Till guilds started being formed. As well as a mysterious player.
????: “Get her!” Snowdrop dashed through the forest trying to escape the players.
????: “You ain’t gonna survive!” Snowdrop reached a stone wall. The players surrounded her. Snowdrop looked to her surroundings. Nothing usable to her skill set. Only a Lv. 19.
????: “Your gonna give us that item!” A figure dropped on top of the stallion. Two hidden blades digging into the pony. The victim’s gamer tag turned red.
????: “Wh-white cloak. Two hidden blades. A sleek black sword. Pegasus. The assassin, I’ve found him!” The players charged but were easily disposed of. The players rose to their hind hooves with red tags. The assassin drew the sword and the players dashed off in fear.
Snowdrop Whooves: Wh- who are you?” The assassins giant wings were spread out wide.
The assassin: “Are you alright?” A strong Istallian (Italian) accent emanated from the figure.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Y-yes.”
The assassin: “Malto bene.” The assassin walked away in the direction of the fleeing players. Snowdrop had to tell her father what had happened. She made her way to the mountain where her fathers forge was located. Running up the carved steps. Reaching the large wooden reinforced doors. She kicked them open and dashed out into a large empty area with a forge in the back. The back wall lined with weapons and shields of all sorts.
Lightning Whooves: “Snowdrop!” Snowdrop was confused. There was only one stallion with wings that large. Her father. But he was right here. No way the assassin could have gotten here that fast. Snowdrop remembered one detail. The assassin’s Lv. was 74. She ran up to her father. Looking next to his health bar. Lv. 23. Now she was definitely confused.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Your a Lv. 23?”
Lightning Whooves: “Yea, I even got the first badge.” Lightning pulled a small circular badge with a saber on the front from a small box on a shelf. “I’ll warn you, she’s an old friend but she will not show mercy. Cutlass is a skilled swordspony and does not give in.” Lightning placed it back into the box and placed it back on top of the shelf. “That’s what you came here for, right?”
Snowdrop Whooves: “No, actually. I encountered the assassin.” Lightning looked to the pony.
Lightning Whooves: “Ya sure? Your gamer tag is still green.” Snowdrop remembered one more crucial detail. Her father is not Istalion. He’s Japonies (Japanese). He was born in Japony. Raised there as a colt.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Actually, he came to my rescue.”
Lightning Whooves: “Then the assassin deems you worthy of protection.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “Do you know anything about the assassin?” Lightning remained silent for a few seconds then spoke.
Lightning Whooves: “He doesn’t work alone. Anyway, while your here how about I take a look at your sword?” Snowdrop drew the icy sword and hoofed it to her father. Lightning observed the intricate designs across the blade. Those weren’t there the first tome he looked at the sword. “Ah, you’ve upgraded your sword.” Lightning took a few swings with the sword. He muttered to himself and pulled up a menu and began to flip through the panels. “Show me what you you can do.” Lightning tossed the sword to Snowdrop.
Snowdrop Whooves: “What?”
Lightning Whooves: “A duel.” Snowdrop readied her sword in her two front hooves. Lightning pulled up another menu and a large Duel sign appeared. Lightning pulled a rapier and began to swing it to fast for Snowdrop to see. She spread her wings and charged at her father hesitantly. Lightning swiftly dodged and began to bob his head. His eyes closed and a pair of headphones upon his head. Snowdrop began to swing her sword rapidly and lightning merely dodged. No more than a dodge. It was like a dance. Snowdrop listened closely and heard music emanating from the headphones.
this music belongs to Imagine Dragons not me.
(Music emanating from the headphones.)
He was moving in pace with it. Awkward movements of fast and slow. Lighting made his first strike to deflect a lunging sword strike. Snowdrop fell to the ground and tumbled.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Absolute zero!” Ice covered the field and and created a longer and much more jagged sword.
Lightning Whooves: “Frozen fury.” The temperature got really cold. and the rapier became ice. He charged. Now on his offence and Snowdrop having trouble with dodging or blocking, but snowdrop did notice something. Her father’s holding back. Snowdrop hit him with a well planed strike. A blow to the chest. Next to the left rear leg. Then missing a finishing strike to he head. Lightning stepped back. “Banzai!” Lightning’s original Japonies accent protruded from his voice. A combo of strikes began to hit Snowdrop. His rapier striking so quickly and his speed made him untouchable. Snowdrop stopped him in the middle of his attack. She launched a counter strike but was quickly deflected. Snowdrop looked into her fathers eyes. No expression. No feeling. No emotion. Lightning yelled in french as the rapier lit aflame and he began another attack. Flames went everywhere. The ice melted then steamed. Covering the field. Snowdrop wiped her sword around causing a swift chilling wind to move the fog only to find that her father had disappeared. “Boo.” A voice emanated from behind her. Snowdrop turned as Lightning held the rapier up to her neck. Snowdrop dropped the broadsword and declared defeat. “Malto bene! You’ve become quite the fighter.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “But, I was defeated.”
Lightning Whooves: “Were you now? Look at your Level.” Snowdrop looked to her healthbar, which was now on red, to see a Lv. 27. Snowdrop let off a squeal and hugged her father.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Gratzi!” Snowdrop trotted happily around. “Dad. can you come with me somewhere?”
Lightning Whooves: “Where?”
Snowdrop Whooves: “I’m getting my first badge.” After a walk down the mountain they reached the first town where Lightning met an old friend. One who was once an enemy. A violet hat with stars and moons where long flowing white hair and light blue coat of fur. Her eyes a magnificent light pink.
Trixie Lulamoon: “Lightning?” She was holding a staff with a golden star and bronze moon in the middle.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Aunt Trixie?”
Lightning Whooves: “Trixie!” The three happily ran to each other. “I had no idea you entered the tournament!”
Trixie Lulamoon: “Actually, no.”
Lightning Whooves: “Snowdrop, go to the boss’s field. We’ll meet you there.” Snowdrop ran to the building in the center of the city. “Ok, so this is about the Creed?”
Trixie Lulmoon: “No, it’s about the republic. The Creed has joined their side.”
Lightning Whooves: “Mmm.”
Trixie Lulamoon: “I also came hare to protect players.”
Lightning Whooves: “How are you going to do that without help?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “I’m not. I want to join your guild.”
Lightning Whooves: “What guild?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “Don’t toy with me.” Lightning remained silent. “I also know that your at least Lv. 74.”
Lightning Whooves: “Fine. But you’ll need a cloak.” Lightning pulled up his menu and let Trixie into the guild. The two left to the arena. Entering seeing Lightning’s daughter in the center of a dirt floor surrounded by empty stands apart from the two ponies sitting down. Another pony entered.
Thunder Whooves: “Hello Sweetie.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “Oh, hi mum.” Thunder cloud took her place next to Lightning. She leaned on him and smiled. Lightning wrapped his giant wing around her.
Thunder Whooves: “So, how many badges do ya have?”
Lightning Whooves: “Got my first.”
Thunder Whooves: “Hmm.” Thunder pulled out a box from under her cloak revealing three badges.
Lightning Whooves: “Ah, so your Lv. 40?”
Thunder Whooves: “Lv. 43 buddy.” The three looked to the field watching. The couple watched their daughter as Cutlass walked into the stadium. A pegasai mare. Pink coat with a leather pirates jacket over her body. Her mane a darker shade of pink and black. A pirates hat with a red feather coming off of the hat. A cutie mark of a privateers cutlass on her flank. Along with eyereses as decorated a the night sky. She rose to her hind hooves. Pulling a Cutlass from her side which was held by a leather strap across her flank.
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “Hello challenger.” Snowdrop did a customary Japonies bow as her father had taught her. Snowdrop drew her frozen broadsword. The engravings began to glow an icy blue. The glow began to come off like fog. Twisting and curling in the air. “Shall we begin?” Snowdrop nodded. The tip of Cutlass’ entire blade began to glow a vibrant green as the smell of mint filled the air. Snowdrop charged with a wild swing. The sword came down on Cutlass like a blur but it was easily stopped by the end of Cutlass’ blade. “Reckless,” Cutlass extended her wings as a gust of wind came from the blade of her sword. The smell of mint becoming pungent. “But I can’t blame you. Ya get it from your father.” Trixie laughed.
Trixie Lulamoon: “She knows you so well.” Cutlass charged with a blow that knocked Snowdrop off her hooves. The couple sat up straight from their relaxed position. Snowdrop barely stood up when Cutlass delivered another blow. Snowdrop barely blocked it. The cutlass scraped her side and left a cut. Blue grid became visible as what looked like flakes of glass began to chip off of the icy mare. Ow. That stings. She’s faster than dad. Snowdrop remembered that her father warned her about Cutlass. Everything began to slow down. Snowdrop began to watch as she saw Cutlass beginning a new strike. Snowdrop rolled to her left. Time caught up again.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Absolute Zero!” Ice formed around Snowdrop’s hooves. Cutlass backed away slightly. Snowdrop muttered in Japonies. Wind started as snow kicked up around the stadium. An icy blue jagged visor formed over Snowdrop’s eyes.
Thunder Whooves: “Hun, what’s happening?” Lightning smiled.
Lightning Whooves: “Snowdrops special ability. Snowblind. The field is covered in a blizzard. One so opaque that neither player can see.
Thunder Whooves: “Then don’t they both have a disadvantage?”
Lightning Whooves: “Not exactly. Snowdrop has experience with being blind. She only gained sight a year ago. her whole life she’s been blind. Snowdrop has the biggest advantage.” Everything went white for Snowdrop. She slammed her hoof on the icy floor. An outline of a silhouette in the shape of cutlass appeared. Snowdrop let off a smile. With a swipe of her icy blade an icy blue flash appeared.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Yuki! (snow)” More and more flashes of blue appeared as Cutlass’ healthbar dropped like a rock. Green. Yellow. Orange. Red. The snow settled to a thick blanket on the stadium floor. Cutlass’ face appeared on shock. Her healthbar empty. The look on the young icy mare’s face showed confidence. The battle was over. Cutlass got thrashed about. Like a cup in a hurricane. Cutlass slowly rose to her hind hooves.
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “Well then. That was unexpected. I guess you deserve your badge.” Cutlass pulled up a menu and generated a badge, hoofing it to Snowdrop. Cutlass gave a nod. “With badge begins a long journey. Good luck. Lightning! You’ve got quite the daughter! You raised her well!”
Lightning Whooves: “Gratzi.” Snowdrop bowed and made her way to her father and mother waiting in the stands. Trixie watched the happy family. She followed behind them as they left the arena. “Well miss. You are more than ready to make a journey on your own. A few days passed since Snowdrops first badge battle. She easily obtained number two in an uneventfull battle with Bon-Bon. Snowdrop had been in the plaza. She watched as players and NPCs ran to see something. Snowdrop joined the crowd.
?????: “Alright hand over the bits fool!” A group of players were ganged up on a single mare. At least five.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Hey punks! Five on one isn’t fair!” She walked to the mare’s side. Snowdrop heard a gasp as she looked behind her to see the crowd parting. The figure was unmistakable. The assassin. The assassin kneeled to the mare and handed her something. She rose and thanked him as she dashed to the crowd.
?????: “Hey punk. It’s five on two. You don’t stand a chance. Assassin.” The assassin gestured Snowdrop to move back toward the crowd. She did so. “What are you gonna do?” The stallion boasted. The assassin only let off a nod. Two of the group members fell to the ground. Arrows stuck to them. Healthbars showing the poison status. An assassin walked from the crowd. Bow in hoof. A light green unicorn mare. She had another arrow ready if needed. The stallion made a gesture as five guards made their way to his side. Paid NPC followers. Snowdrop looked to the roof of the chapel behind the group of guards. Two more assassins. The two jumped from the daunting height and landed on top of the NPCs as the guards shattered like glass. They made their way to the side of the stallion. “The assassins I’ve found them!” More guards made their way. This time player guards. The guardian guild. The dragons on their chest plates indicated their guild.
Guard: “Alright vigilantes, come with us.” The two arrowed stallions rose. Their gamer tags red. The two ran for their lives. One assassin put her bow across her chest. Then guards fell. left and right. Arrows in their armor. The players and NPCs watched in horror as the assassins charged and made quick work of the guards. Two more assassins appeared in the scuffle. When the assassins stopped the guards all had red gamer tags. As well as the two other stallions. The ringleader was only left. The assassins left into the crowd without a trace. All bot the one who was first there.
?????: “Fine I’ll do it myself.” He pulled a sleek longsword from a sheath. The assassin pulled a sleek black katana from a simple sheath. The stallion charged at the assassin but was easily deflected. Snowdrop looked at the assassin’s stance. Why is he doing that? He’s wide open. All the assassin did was hold his sword at his side. the stallion took another charge at the stallion but he merely parried the strike. The assassin made his first strike. Shattering the stallions sword. The assassin drove his sword through the stallion. “P-please don’t kill me.” The stallion watched his HP drop. A heavy Istalion accent protruded.
The assassin: “Who sent you?”
The assassin: “Who sent you?”
?????: “Please! I beg you! I’ll give you anything!” The stallion watched his HP reach red.
The assassin: “Last chance. Who sent you?”
?????: “Ok, ok! It was Austria-Hungary!” The assassin pulled the sword out of the assassin and tossed a potion to him. The stallion desperately drank it. The assassin disappeared into the crowd. Snowdrop couldn’t help to think to herself. How skilled are these players? The rest of the day went on casually. Snowdrop had something on her mind. How does she become an assassin? She walked through the forest. Snowdrop stumbled across something unexpected. An assassin. On the ground. He looked as if he had been hurt. Snowdrop looked at the health bar. It was close to death. Only a smidge remained. She picked him up. After a long walk she reached her mother’s home.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Mum, help.” the door swung wide open. Thunder’s eyes widened.
Thunder Whooves: “Get him inside.” Snowdrop walked in. Her mother cleared everything off of the table. “Lay him here.” Snowdrop layed him down. His extraordinarily large wings hanging off of the table. Thunder pulled up a menu and began to tap settings. “Lift his hood.” Snowdrop moved to the assassins head. She hesitated to pull the hood off. “Go on then.” Snowdrop pulled the hood over. Gasping in shock she backed away. Nopony else had that face. Let alone that hair. Her father. Dr. Lightning Luna Whooves. Son of the famous Doctor Whooves. She looked at the Lv. on the stallion. 74. Her father is a Lv. 74? She didn’t want to believe it. She had just seen her father yesterday. A Lv. 36. He gained his second badge. She had no idea her father was this amazing. A protector of the ponies. She watched the healthbar replenish. The red haired stallion groaned and rose to a sitting position. Opening his eyes he saw his daughter.
Lightning Whooves: “Uh,oh.” Snowdrop starred at her father. How could he be this skilled. He’s just a professor. A professor at the university of magic in Canterlot. A basic father. Practically harmless. A magician. A doctor. A traveler. A captain. So many things. But she never expected and assassin. Of all things he said he has done in his life she never thought he had this skill. The game is designed to incorporate their real life skills. This is a side she had never seen before.
Snowdrop Whooves: “D-da. F-father?” Snowdrop could not come up with the correct words.
Lightning Whooves: “This’ll take a wee bit to explain.”
Thunder Whooves: “Then allow me. Go eat something. Your hunger bar is low.” Lightning walked into the other room. The kitchen. “Come here sweetie.” Snowdrop’s mother pulled a chair from the table. Snowdrop sat herself down. “It’s a long story.” Snowdrop looked to her father in the other room.
Snowdrop Whooves: “He’s amazing.” Those were the only words she could come up with. She was astonished with her father. He was the regaldo of love. How was he able to do something so violent?
Thunder Whooves: “Your father has had a rough past. A very rough past.” Her mother began to tell the filly of the stallions life. His struggles, triumphs, losses, victories, allies, influences. “Have you ever heard of the Ponies Creed?” Snowdrop looked at her mother. Her expression showed confusion.
Snowdrop Whooves: “No. Are they real?”
Thunder Cloud: “Yes, very real. In fact, your father is one of them. Well he’s retired, none the less he was one of it’s greatest assassins. He was also part of another set of ponies. The Children Of The Night. He was sort of the link between the two groups after their separation.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “Did he start the ponies creed in here?”
Thunder Whooves: “Yes, but the members are the same. There are no new recruits.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “How come he’s never told me?”
Thunder Whooves: “He wanted to keep you out of conflict.” Snowdrop looked to her father again. He was eating a loaf of brad. She watched as an orange circle popped up in front of him. Tapping it his eyes widened. Lightning swallowed hard and began to rush.
Lightning Whooves: “Gotta go!” Lightning and Thunder rubbed noses and he charged out the door. Thunder made a slight gesture to her daughter and Snowdrop dashed out the door. She grabbed on to her father as he began to type a command.
The Chicken scratch made no sense to Snowdrop but is seemed her father knew what he was doing. Panels of white built up around the two and surrounded them in a full threesixty. When the panels Snowdrop appeared in an area of the game that was entirely unfamiliar. Eighteenth century houses which connected to each other crated pathways around and about. Ponies walked around the streets and others exited houses. The homes had old flat square shingles on their roofs and were around three stories tall. It looked exactly what her fathers friend Lyra described as France. The country in the human world during the eighteenth century.
????: “Lightning!” A voice called out from behind them. Snowdrop looked back to see Trixie running to them. She was slightly frantic. Her long silver mane waving behind her. She was wearing an assassins cloak like her father. But some things were different.
Lightning Whooves: “What is it?” Snowdrop watched her father pull a blade from his fore hoof.
Trixie Lulamoon: “Trouble.” Knights walked out from alleys and surrounded the three ponies.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Guards?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “No worse.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “What are they?” The knights were dressed in chain mail and had iron chest plates over themselves. Their swords had a red cross on the back of the hilt. their shields were white upside down tear drops with red crosses on the front.
Lightning Whooves: “Templars.”
Templars are an elite guild of knights lead by an infamous player by the name of Austria-Hungary. They are bent on beating out any threatening competition.
A wand appeared in her fathers sleeve. Trixie put her hoof on his and spoke. “Let me hoofdel (Handel) magic.” Putting the wand away Lightning pulled a long sleek black katana from a sheath. Snowdrop had not noticed that both Trixie and her father were wearing their hoods. Snowdrop drew her sword. Lightning grabbed her arm and shook his head. Lightning and Trixie went to town with the Knights. Trixie twirled her staff in her hooves and readied it for strike after strike. Pink spheres of aura firs one after another knocking Templars off of their hooves. Lightning stared the to the Templars in front of him.
Lightning Whooves: “Burn, Shinigami (Soul reaper)” The katana became covered in a black flame that was outlined in white. Lightning threw a side strike as a wave of black energy split the Templars shields in half horizontally. The Templars began to strike with their sword but lightning simply dodged and blocked. Soon laughing began to emanate through the street. the Templars stopped their attacking and backed away from the trio.
??????: “So the rumors are true. I’ve only read books on you assassins. Now I am truly elated to see that you exist.” An alicorn mare appeared from behind the knights. She was a light shade of purple. Her mane was a darker shade of purple with stripes of pink and dark pink. She had on white over her body. A metal plate covered her chest. A sheath with a rapier. A skirt covered half way down her rear hooves. Two sleeves that seemed to be separate from the rest of the clothing covered her fore hooves.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Twilight?”
Twilight Sparkle: “Hello assassins.”
Lightning Whooves: “I don’t think you know who your working for.” Twilight simply smiled.
Twilight Sparkle: “I’m simply protecting the princess. And my sources say your a threat to players.” Lightning pointed his katana at the mare. “Oh no, I’m not fighting you. I’ll let the captain deal with you.” Another knight stepped out. This one was in pure white armor with streaks of intricate red lines. His sword was large flat and long. The hilt and guard made the shape of a Templar cross. Snowdrop and Trixie backed away in fear, but lightning seemed undaunted. Lightning looked to the captain. He looked to his health bar. To his surprise he had five health bars. The captain took a swing at Lightning, but he jumped back and made a strike of his own. Looking back the captains sword had smashed the concrete apart. Ponies fled the area. A look of terror lit up on Lightning’s face. The captain charged with the sword lunging at Lightning. He struggled to push the giant sword away. The captain had cut him along his cheek. The Templar knights backed away from the two opponents. Lightning began to wildly attack. His left fore hoof was a blur as he swung rapidly. Trixie looked at the hit counter on the beast-like captain. As lightning continued to strike the counter’s numbers began to rapidly increase.
Lightning Whooves: “Faster!” Lightning began to strike faster and faster. “Not fast enough. Faster!” A flash of pure white flames appeared on his back. “Faster! Faster! Faster!” Lightning grabbed the flames as they solidified into a sleek white katana. Lightning began to strike with both swords hopping around in sporadic movements. Again and again Lightning struck. “Blitzkreig!” Lightning became faster than he ever did before. Each time he changed direction he appeared and disappeared. His steps were to fast to follow. The stallion became a blitz of red, white, and black. Striking over and over again, slashes of black and white hit the captain. “Faster!” The captain’s HP dropped like a rock. The first bar shattered into pieces. Then then the second. Third. The slashes became larger and larger. “Faster!” Snowdrop pulled up her menu and placed it in front of her father. Blitzkreig II. Trixie looked as the blur flashed and struck the giant. Lightning let off a roar and HP bar four disappeared within seconds. HP bar five dropped and shattered as a large explosion threw the giant to the ground. Lightning stood in front of the captain, two katanas in his fore hooves. One black, one white. The black burned with flames dark as the night sky. The white burned with a godly light. Lightning was panting. He looked to his HP. 1/1000904902000239. the stallion fell back and blacked out. The giant’s Gamer tag turned red. The knights ran in all directions. Horrified by what they saw.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Wh-what?” Trixie picked up the stallion.
Trixie Lulamoon: “C’mon, lets go. We don’t want any more attention.” Her hood covered her eyes. Only her snout was visible along with her long flowing white hair. They made it back to Thunder’s home. Trixie explained the situation. Thunder groaned.
Thunder Whooves: “Oh, my sweet. Twice in one day?” She laid him in one of the beds in her household. She laid next to him and stayed there. At the dinning table Trixie and Snowdrop were conversing. The rest of the day was calm and tranquil.
Trixie Lulamoon: “Oh, I forgot to check the hit combo on the captain.” Trixie pulled up a menu and her jaw dropped. She cover her mouth with her hooves in shock.
Snowdrop Whooves: “What, what is it?” Trixie passed the screen to snowdrop. “Th-th-thirty three thousand!! Wait. The captain barely landed a hit on daddy.”
Trixie Lulamoon: “Yes, he did lose a lot of health though. Well your father has a very sketchy ability. You see, he can sacrifice life points to increase an aspect of his choice. Today you witnessed that ability in action. It’s used as a last resort.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “What about the second sword?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “You’ll have to ask your father about that.” A few hours passed as the two flipped through their menus, upgrading items and making changes to their wardrobes. “May haps we should log out for now.” Trixie turned to her logout option. “Hmm. That’s funny.”
Snowdrop Whooves: “What?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “I can’t log out.” Trixie frantically looked for the option; flipping through her screens and settings. Lightning walked into the room, his spouse at his side. “No no no no no.”
Lightning Whooves: “What’s wrong?”
Trixie Lulamoon: “I can’t log out!”
Lightning Whooves: “Hmm.” The stallion pulled up his menu and looked for the ‘logout’. Snowdrop and Thunder did the same. As soon as they became frantic an orange message circle appeared. The group simultaneously pressed and opened the message
Attention, Participants of the Tournament. It may have come to you to notice that some of you may be unable to log out. For information on the situation report to Central city.
Trixie Lulamoon: “What is this about?”
Thunder Whooves: “We best check it out.” The group hit the teleport ling on the bottom of the message with the hooves of uncertainty. In an instant they were in a crowd of hundreds of players.
?????: “Lightning, tis good to see you.” Lightning turned to his right to see an alicorn with a coat of fur as blue as the ocean and a made that took on the form of the night sky. It flowed like a silk tarp in the wind. A black crown and shining white hoof armor.
Lightning Whooves: “P-princess Luna!” The princess smiled slightly and turned forward. Lightning did the same. Princess Celestia was standing; a golden staff in hoof, shining golden armor plated over the mare.
Princess Celestia: “Greetings ponies of Equestria! Some of you may be unable to log out. Those of you who can’t are members of a secret society. One that has grown right under us since the fall on nightmare moon over 1000 years ago. These ponies are traitors to Equestria. These ponies are citizens of the New Lunar Republic. Members of the New Lunar Republic, you will only be logged out if you either die or complete the game. Members of the Solar Empire, you are free to come and go as you please. Republic members. As soon as you log out you will be captured and put into our custody. You will be branded as traitors and accused of treason. As of now, The New Lunar Republic is at war with the Solar Empire. As soon as you are logged out; we will be waiting. That is all.” Princess Luna had a look of panic on her face as Princess Celestia faded away. She grabbed Lightning and pulled him.
Princess Celestia: “Get your family and leave. Escape into the wilderness and to your home. I’ll be right behind you.” Lightning nodded and pulled the two katanas in the now chaotic crowd. He grabbed his spouse and daughter as well as Trixie.
Lightning Whooves: “You know what to do.” Trixie nodded and slamed her staff on the ground. A pink flare of magical aura shot into the air exploding into the symbol of the New Lunar Republic. Assassins came into the scene and gathered around Lightning and Trixie. Each one had the insignia of the Republic. Luna entered in the group in her own assassin’s robe. Lightning, Trixie, and Thunder put on their own assassin cloaks. Snowdrop looked to see she was wearing one of her own. Snowdrop pulled her icy sword which glistened in the light. She looked to see her father in a a state of absolute focus. Looking to Luna; she also had the same look on her face. As well as her mother. The other six assassins held a look of confidence. On the other side of the battle field Twilight spoke to her mentor.
Twilight Sparkle: “I thought the assassins obeyed you only.”
Princess Celestia: “They did for a while. But I let them take their own path. They’ve made their choice.”
Twilight Sparkle: “Isn’t trapping ponies a little cruel?”
Princess Celestia: “It may seem so, Twilight. But we can’t have anypony who would pose a threat to the Empire. That would cause chaos.” The assassins held their formation. Soon batponies appeared from the crowd siding with the assassins. They were dressed in black assassin’s cloaks decorated with a little red. More ponies joined the group; each in an assassin’s cloak or a black coat. Flames light up Lightning’s katanas and each assassin or Child of the night pulled out a weapon. Swords, axes, scythes, glaves, and more. Luna pulled up a solid black shield with a light blue outlining. Upon it’s center was the insignia of the New Lunar Republic.
Princess Luna: “I told you to leave.”
Lightning Whooves: “Not without a fight.” Royal guards began to appear from the now clearing crowd. Some players were logging out. Luna pulled out a broad longsword who’s hilt had a moon where the blade met the guard and the guard was two intricately decorated bat wings. Templars began to line up along the guards surrounding the impossibly outnumbered group.
Guard: “Face it Republicans, Jour seriously out numbered.” An assassin with two hidden blades shaped like cello bows walked from the group.
Octavia Melody: “Yes, but you are horribly outmatched.” Another assassin with a green coat of fur and a unicorn horn pulled up a bow and fired impossibly fast as twenty guards dropped to the ground. Lightning let a swipe of his black katana wipe out another ten guards with no effort. Thunder stepped forward from the group. A guard charged her but was abruptly stopped by the sound of a blade deploying. She laid the stallion down and retracted a blade that had been protruding from her sleeve. “Would anypony else like to try?” Every last guard and Templar charged at the group. The area became a madmash. Assassins and Children Of The Night fighting Templars and Royal Guards. The assassins mowed through the Templars and guards. A sudden yell stopped the fighting. The assassins regrouped; Snowdrop became surrounded by the assassins.
??????: “Oi!” A pure white unicorn stallion with a mane as blue as water walked from the mass of Templars. He had on a pure white robe with a large sword. The sword’s blade was a blinding white and the hilt and guard were a red Templars cross. There was only one stallion that could be.
Octavia Melody: “Shining Armor.”
Shining Armor: “Assassin.”
Octavia Melody: “Alright bloke, ya wana go at it?” Before Octavia could walk to the stallion Lightning stopped her with his white katana. Without Lightning having to say anything Octavia knew what he was going to do. Lightning stepped forward and set both his swords alight.
Shining Armor: “Your an assassin. You can’t stand a one on one.” Shining drew the giant sword letting it hit the ground. “This is not personal. I just want to keep my sister and family safe.” Lightning spoke. A strong Istalion accent came from his voice.
Lightning Whooves: “Then we are driven by the same motives.”
Shining Armor: “Then may the best pony win.” Lightning sheathed the black katana.
Lightning Whooves: “I’ve never seen what this one is capable of alone.” Lightning began to look at the long slender blinding white blade. “Roar, kyubi Kitsune (Nine tailed fox).” The ground began to tremble. Stone cracked around Lightning’s hooves. Thunder covered her eyes from the blinding white flames of the katana. “You will regret crossing the Pony’s Creed. The protection of our closest is both our goals, but only one of us will walk away.” Electricity began to run along the sword and Lightning’s mane began to spike. Shining’s sword began to glow and a hot pink magical aura appeared around his sword and horn. Shining started slowly to the assassin and the two put up their swords. They tapped the tips of their swords as the trembling became more violent and a shock wave of power erupted. Lightning slid backwards on his hooves doing his best to keep his upright position. Shining stood tall and proud in front of him. A slight grimace showed up on Shining’s face. Two auras surrounded the stallions. They began to shape into two ponies. Lightning’s silver aura became the shape of an alicorn which resembled a figure that liked like Lightning, but slightly older. Shining’s aura lit a brilliant emerald green. The white stallion began to take the shape of an alicorn; white with an aquatic blue mane, eyes as red as a lunar eclipse. The two starred each other down. Their looks had completely changed. Two alicorns now faced off. Lightning seemed to have changed his mind when he re-sheathed the white katana and drew the black sleek katana. “Burn, Shinigami.” The ground shattered and lightning began to glow with a blinding silver aura.
Trixie Lulamoon: “What are they doing?”
Thunder Whooves: “Sizing each other up. Seeing who’s stronger. But this wont last long.” The alicorn that somewhat resembled Lightning lifted the katana into the air and suddenly thrusted it downward as a wave of black flames charged to the white alicorn. The Templar alicorn deflected the wave and pointed his sword at the now restless alicorn. Twilight and Celestia made their way to the field when a look of shock filled Twilight’s face.
Twilight Sparkle: “Alicorns!” With a swing of the mighty Templar’s sword, the battle began. Lightning became a blur to fats to see, and Shining deflected blows left and right. Not a single one touched him. Lightning appeared and disappeared in sporadic locations causing slight confusion. A flash of white lightning and a sonic boon threw Shining to the ground, Lightning took the opportunity to strike him directly in the chest. Shining rose to his hooves and began to swing his giant sword downward. Lightning gripped his katana with both his hooves and blocked the blade with all his strength. His aura began to flow into his fore hooves.
Thunder Whooves: “Are they really this powerful?” A voice answered out of nowhere.
Absolute Zero: “That is not them.” Zero stepped out with a book in his hooves. “There relatives helping them in times of need.”
Trixie Lulamoon: “Zero!” Trixie exclaimed. “Wait, what do you mean?”
Absolute Zero: “Take a look at the alicorn with the black katana. The resemblance it unmistaken. My best theory is that’s Lightning’s father.”
Thunder Whooves: “But he doesn’t know his father.”
Absolute Zero: “No, but his father knows him.”
Trixie Lulamoon: “But were in a game. How is he reaching him?”
Absolute Zero: “That I can’t explain.”
Octavia Melody: “And Shining Armor?” Zero shrugged.
Absolute Zero: “Perhaps another relative.” A burst of energy let off again. This time more violent. The Two alicorns were trying to push each other back with their swords. A look of determination lit up on their faces. Shining’s aura flared green. This sent Lightning back and the sword out of his hooves. Lightning drew the white katana and picked up the black one. He took a deep breath.
Lightning Whooves: “Let me do this on my own.” The alicorn faded away and Lightning returned to himself again. “Ok Shining, If that’s who you still are. I’ll give you a chance to withdraw your sword and both of us can walk away in peace. This will be your first and only chance.” The strong Istalion accent still present in his voice. He kept his hood over his head. The opposing alicorn faded away to reveal Shining again.
Shining Armor: “Fair enough. We’ll withdraw, for now” He sheathed the sword and began to walk away. The Templars followed. Lightning sheathed both swords and made his way to the group of assassins and Children Of The Night. Trixie and Thunder merely starred at him in awe.
Trixie Lulamoon; “Your not going to finish?”
Lightning Whooves: “We both are fighting for something very important. Best not lose ourselves over it. We were just testing each other anyway.” Lightning knelled down to his daughter. “You did good, but I don’t we’ll need to fight for a while now.” The fill smiled. Lightning rose. “If you excuse me, I need to faint.” Lightning landed face first on the ground. Snoring began to emanate from the stallion. Over the next few months the game became home for the Whooves family and the New Lunar Republic. Lightning returned to his old shy and recessive self. The ponies began to take up their old jobs. They built buildings and stands to fill and attend their old jobs. Lightning began teaching as a professor in the advanced magics again. Trixie took up a spot as the assistant for Lightning. Octavia and Vinyl went back to being musicians. Princess Proto became the assistant captain of the New Lunar Republic right under the leadership of Luna. Zero became a prophet again. Crimson became a member of the Shadow Bolts. Derpy became the mail mare again. Lightning teaches a class of six. His students are now a part of the New Lunar Republic. The Creed is now the elite force of the Republic.
Lightning Whooves: “Now for our next lesson. Long distance Teleporting.” Lightning pulled his wand and began to wave it until a radioactive green aura began to emanate from it. A student began to talk. She was a changeling, however she was not like the other changelings. She had a sky blue mane and tail. A white piece of cloth wrapped around her waste. The changelings changes from their original forms. The changelings used to have one colored eyes, now they poses eyereses and pupils. Her eyes were blue with a black pupil slits.
Honey Comb: “How far, when you say ‘long distance teleporting’ professor?”
Lightning Whooves: “From one side of the school to the other. Come, lets go outside.” Lightning propped his daughter on his back as he got down on all four hooves. The students followed him to the large courtyard in the center of the school. It had the universities students across the area. Studying. Reading. Talking. Playing. Practicing. Another one of Lightning’s students spoke. A black maned stallion with a ice white coat and red eyes. His cutie mark was a red star. A strong Russian accent became clear.
Zima Kopyta: “Aren’t we supposed to use the books?”
Lightning Whooves: “You know how I roll. I believe in learning on the job.”
Honey Comb: “This is the center of the campus. How do get to one side of it?”
Lightning Whooves: “We need to get on the roof.”
Zima Kopyta: “How?”
Lightning Whooves: “The roof. Hold on, Snowdrop.” Lightning stood to his hind hooves and began to run to a wall. Taking three steps up he grabbed a ledge if it’s intricate design. His daughter waved to the students below. One student after another began to climb the walls. Lightning grabbed the ledge of a window and then jumped to the metal bar of a lantern post. He stood atop of it and made another three steps up the wall and grabbed the roof of the campus. He had climbed three stories. Hoisting himself up he began to assist the students. Once everypony was on the roof he began the lesson. “Ok so, We are now on one corner of the campus. We are going to teleport over there.” Lightning pointed his hoof to a spot across the campus that was at least 70 meters away.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Can I do it too, daddy?”
Lightning Whooves: “Sure, why not.” Snowdrop pulled out a wand and began to whip it around. The little Pegasus poofed away in a cold white flash and appeared on the other side of the campus waving from the roof. “Ok, what you want to do is begin to focus your magic and look or think about where your going. Here’s where it gets tricky. Ya have to focus your aura there and where you are at the same time.” Lightning pulled out his wand. A plain wooden stick with a dark green gem at the back where it’s held. It began to glow and auric radioactive green as he disappeared in a bright, mint smelling, flash. Appearing next to his daughter. The students followed suit and successfully made their teleports. “Well guess what you’ve done.”
Honey Comb: “What?”
Lightning Whooves. “Your final exam.” The students cheered and laughed. “Till next year then.” Lightning flipped up his menu. “And that concludes the school year.” In a building a few towns away Captain Cutlass was talking to some potential assassin recruits.
?????: “Well Cutlass. Tell us about who, Lightning, is.”
(Inspired by the “Assassin’s Creed Black Flag” Trailer)
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “Alright lads. I’ll give you my honest opinion.” She leaned in on the table. “You ask me ‘can this new captain promise you a life of freedom, excitement, and adventure?’ Aye, amongst all the gentlecolts (Gentlemen) of assassins protecting the citizens, he ranks amongst the most dangerous.” She picked up a bottle of cider next to her and pulled the cork off. “There was a time I thought myself, the best of the best.” Cutlass then got really serious. “But this stallion, is a fearsome dog. Who feeds off trouble and turmoil. I’ve seen him clear the deck of a Spainlion (Spain/Spanish) galleon like it were nothin’. Fighting like he came from tartarus, dressed as a stallion. And he’s a canny one. Knows his way round every crack and crevasse of these worlds. So if it’s excitement and adventure you seek. Then Lightning’s your stallion. Only, don’t metal in with his past. For there’s more mystery of that stallion, then even I dare ask.”
?????: “He sounds like quite the pony.”
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “Oh, he is. A strange one too. A Pegasus with giant wings and fangs of a Batpony.”
Lightning Whooves: “Oh please, don’t scare them.” Lightning walked in with his assassin’s cloak over him. He sat down trying not to bother the group.
?????: “is it true what she said?” a nervous stallion asked.
Lightning Whooves: “Well, I don’t really like to talk about myself.” Lightning looked to the celling. “But yes, however that’s all in the past. I’ve been a pirate, researcher, traveler, Child Of The Night, Assassin, and a time traveler. But I was just trying to find a purpose.” Lightning talked with the recruits. Telling them the stories of the creed. Their encounters and missions. The people of the creed. The legends of Altar Air and Koltway. “So it’s your choice right now. Do you accept to be in the creed? If not then you may leave.” Three of the five ponies left the table leaving a mare batpony and stallion batpony.
?????: “I wish to become an assassin.”
?????: “As do I.”
Lightning Whooves: “Bene, then your training begins tomorrow. You best get some rest. It’s almost sun up. One more thing.” The ponies stopped to look back at Lightning. “Your names.” The mare spoke first followed by the stallion.
?????: “Moon Blossom.”
?????: “Blues Wings.” The ponies made their way out of the building.
Lightning Whooves: “Any news on Austria-Hungary?”
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “Not much. Octavia has learned that the pony is leader of both the guardian gild and the Templars. That’s it.”
Lightning Whooves: “Location?”
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “No.”
Lightning Whooves: “Habits?”
Captain Seafoam Cutlass: “No?” Lightning looked to his left. He then got up. “Where you goin’?”
Lightning Whooves: “Home. It’s almost dawn. I’ve got to get to sleep.” Lightning made his way home greeting the ponies he passed by with a small nod. When he opened the door to his home three fillies ran to him. Snowdrop, Little Luna, and even younger Celestia. “Hi guys.” He picked them up and carried them to their bedroom where he hit his head on the top bunk and the fillies giggled. Lightning laughed. The little Celestia hugged her father’s head. “Thanks sweetie.”
Celestia Whooves: “Good morning daddy.” The three fillies hugged him and each went to bed. Lightning layed down on the floor and began to fall asleep. He awoke to the sight of his spouse asleep next to him on the floor. When he looked up to the window directly in front of the door way. The moon was up. A brand new night began. A small noise came from Thunder. The batpony slowly opened her eyes. She smiled seeing the stallion’s focused stare toward the window. Lightning looked to the mare to smile as well. Thunder grabbed Lightning’s giant wing and wrapped herself in it. Lightning blushed. He looked to his cloak in the closet. He looked at Thunder as she leaned in on him. Getting closer and then closing her eyes again. “It’s moon up.”
Thunder Whooves: “Just five more minuets.” She said quietly. Lightning put his hooves around her as she smiled and held tighter. He laid his head down and shut his eyes to wake up once again. Celestia had pounced on him.
Lightning Whooves: “I’m up.” He opened his eyes and looked at the smiling filly.
Celestia Whooves: “Good night daddy and mommy.” She hugged the two. Lightning and Thunder rose simultaneously. Lightning picked up the filly in his hooves. The smiling filly clinged to Lightning. Snowdrop woke up and flew and landed on her father’s head. Luna awoke and flew straight to her father’s hooves.
Lightning Whooves: “Night. You woke up early. It’s nearly 8:00 pm.” Thunder unwrapped herself from Lightning’s wing. The ponies ate breakfast and lest to the town which was built a few days after they became trapped in the game. It became known as Hollow Shades II. The family walked around and about. After about two hours they watched a batpony mare walking around with an alicorn that looked similar to Lightning.
Ink Shield: “Have you seen my son?” The mare asked franticly walking up to anypony she could spot. “My son, have you seen him?” The Alicorn stallion caught glimpse of Lightning and made a mad dash to him followed by the mare. He tackled Lightning as the three fillies took flight in order to dodge the rapid alicorn. The alicorn was dressed in assassin gear that hasn’t been seen since the time of Alter Air. The mare in Child of the night gear that was outdated and far past under-graded.
Ink Tale: “Your alive!” Lightning attempted to struggle out of the alicorn’s grip but quickly gave up.
Lightning Whooves: “Wh-who are you?” The alicorn put Lightning down as the group looked confused.
Ink Tale: “I’m your father.” A look of shock filled Lightning’s face. The alicorn laughed. “It’s ok. You haven’t seen us before. But were your parents.” The ponies conversed for a moment an then Lightning took them back to his household. The alicorn looked a lot like Lightning only his made was slightly shorter. He still had the three strands of multicolored hair in front of him. His horn priced the thick mane but was jagged like Chrysalis’. His wings were the same span as Princess Celestia’s. His tail was blue and his fur the same shade as Lightning’s. The mare, a batpony with a mane that had shown she was not a fan of styling it. The mane and tail a royal purple. Her eyes yellow with black slits as pupils. She has a large pink bow on the back of her head. Her fur was a dark grey like that of most batponies. They were talking to Thunder. “So how is Lightning?”
Thunder Whooves: “He’s quite the stallion.” She looked to Lightning in the kitchen as he was preparing tea for the two guests. “How did you know he would be in game?”
Ink Shield: “We didn’t, we were hoping to find someone who had seen him.”
Thunder Whooves: “Well you found him.”
Ink Tale: “Yes, and he has a family.” Ink looked at Luna and Celestia as they ran and played in the living room across from them. “They must be real fans of the princesses.
Thunder Whooves: “Actually, they are the princesses. Well there anomalies. He found Luna when he was traveling with The Doctor. And he found Celestia after fighting the Daleks. Lightning walked into the dinning room with snowdrop in his hooves. Ink looked surprised at the small Snowdrop. “Oh, and he found Snowdrop on his third winter in Ponyville. Lightning had the kettle of green tea held in one wing. He poured each pony a cup and took it back into the kitchen. He then sat down and took a sip from his cup. Snowdrop, who was sitting in his lap was drinking hot chocolate.
Ink Shield: “Well son, how have you been?”
Lightning Whooves: “Fine, I guess. This is a bit of a shocker.”
Ink Tale: “I’m just sorry we weren’t there for you. Your life would have been much different if we were.”
Lightning Whooves: “It’s fine. I really can’t complain. I’ve had a good life. Excitement, terror, joy, sadness, destiny. It’s just how things played out.” Snowdrop placed her cup on the table and began to fall asleep on lightning. Ink Shield smiled and watched the filly fall asleep. “So father, your an assassin?” Snowdrop woke up and moved to her mother and fell back to sleep.
Ink Tale: “Yes, why?” Lightning left and came back with his assassin cloak upon his body. Two katanas. A large leather belt covering his abdomen with two knives to each side of the belt. Flaps of cloth reached down his rear hooves as he stood on them. The two on the front held red circles near the bottom representing Japony. His sleeves had hidden blades and over one side was a piece of metal that looked like plated Pegasus feathers. A belt across his chest held two more knives. No daggers. “A third gen assassin.” He looked in a smile of pride.
Lightning Whooves: “I am also a Child of the Night.” A smile lit up on Ink Shield’s face.
Ink Shield: “So is there anything you do?”
Lightning Whooves: “I’m a professor.”
Ink Shield: “Amazing. For the Wonderbolts?” Lightning shook his head.
Lightning Whooves: “Canterlot University of Magic.”
Ink Tale: “But your a Pegasus, how?” Lightning pulled out his wand and began to wave it till a radioactive green aura flowed around it. He levitated the cup in front of his father. Ink watched in astonishment. The two continued to ask questions. The more they learned about the stallion. His family. His friends. His life. The two made their leave to a house that was unbelievably close. The next few nights went on like average. Lightning introduced his parents to his friends and the parents that adopted him. But he only knew so little about the two. He learned more and more and just like everyone else, he grew attached to them. He began to know them very well and regularly saw them. Even his children grew fond of them. Later that month Lightning left on a patrol. His two parents did the same. This was duty for both assassins and Children of the Night. Lightning stopped to a plaza where Templar guards were attempting to separate a child from his mother.
(Inspired by Unity.)
Guard: “Beat it.” As he pushed the mare to the floor. The child struggled. Lightning walked in from the surrounding crowd. Ink Tale attempted to help the mare, but Ink Shield held his hoof.
Ink Shield: “Watch.” Lightning walked to the Templar. The guard drew his sword but Lightning swiftly dodged and made quick work of the guard with his hidden blade. The Royal guards lined up with their spears ready to charge. Ink Tale looked to the roof to see the assassins come down and eliminate the guards with their hidden blades. Soon citizens began to pull cloth over their heads making hoods of their own. Lightning began to make his way up the wall behind the now lifeless guards who’s nametags have turned red. His father tried to follow him up the wall, grabbing ledges and windows, but quickly lost sight of him. Citizens began to make their charge. Attacking guards and any solar empire authority under the moonlight. Ink Shield soon realized what Lightning had done for the citizens. He brought them hope. Attacks were soon reported across the republic. Uprisings. Assassins everywhere along with the citizens. A tidal wave of change. Which sparked revolution. For the ponies that were once too scared. They rose in revolution. Afterwards Celestia sent even more guards. This restricted revolutionary movement back to the assassins. Octavia later organized a meeting calling in the assassins. Lyra, Vinyl, Bon-Bon, Derpy, Lightning, Trixie, Moon, Blues, Ink Shield, and Ink Tale.
Octavia Melody: “Alright assassins. A group of citizens, mind you a large one, is planning to attack the Templar fortress. Now their chances of success are narrow. they know not about infiltration. Which is why it’s our duty to assist them. Now Lightning, your in charge of this plan.” Lightning grew hot
Lightning Whooves: “What?!” Octavia whispered into his ear.
Octavia Melody: “Make it impressive.” Lightning began to walk through a plan that had once been used by the assassins of the past. After a few months the assassins were ready. The uprising took place in a Foalance (France/French) like city. Templar and Royal Guards began to ready supplies, as citizens were taking cover behind a barrier of boxes and discarded pieces of wood. They held pitchforks, rakes, sickles, and torches. The guards had spears and swords. Shining Armor was readying troops and giving orders as he made his way to the center of the large stone fort. Lightning looked over the road as the guards threw their first wave of spears at the citizens. Three more assassins walked up behind Lightning and watched as well. The citizens made their charge as the Guards fell back. The assassins made their move. Leaping from roof tops and terraces. Two more assassins ran with the crowed in the mad dash toward the fort. Making a daunting jump to where a gap now became covered by a draw bridge lowered by the assassins. The citizens charged into the fort as a few Guards threw their spears at a few of the citizens logging them out of the game and capturing them in the real world, however the sheer numbers caused an all out brawl between the citizens and Guards. The assassins joined in as they attacked guards left and right. Ink Shield had an axe and began to swing it. Smashing it into guards and successfully derezing them. One swing jammed itself into the side of one guard, smashing the armor and making quick work of him. Lightning was swinging his nightshade sword around, slicing and making quick work of every guard it cut. One guard charged at the stallion as Octavia tackled him and derezed him. Lightning gave a nod of thanks. Another guard charged and fell. Octavia and Lightning looked to a high wall as Lyra lowered her bow. The two cracked a slight smile. Another guard readied his spear near and looked out a window as Lyra pulled him out and threw him into the chaos below. Lyra jumped into the window, getting of the next guard as Ink Tale followed close behind. She jumped to a wooden platform a meter below the next window and threw a smoke bomb into a group of lone Guards as they began to panic. The two began to get rid of the guards one by one in the fear filled smoke. As the smoke began to clear and out linings became visible, Ink Tale pulled a small object from under his cloak and as he pulled a small piece below it sounded like thunder. The weapon was unheard of. It took out three of the remaining six guards with three loud bangs. Lyra, slightly dazed by the bangs, got rid of one more. All that were left were two terrified guards and Shining Armor. A cart loaded with barrels of gunpowder was located behind the trio. One Guard handed a canon lightning stick to Shining. He held it over one of the piles of gunpowder on the cart as the assassins backed away. Lighting and his mother and his mother assassinated the remaining two guards and Shining looked to Lightning as he retracted his hidden blade and snuffed out the flame. The assassins backed away and disappeared as citizens barged in and surrounded Shining. The assassins had won the day.
Ink Shield: “Amazing sweetie! That was so well planed!” A few months passed and things began to settle down. The Guards released their hold on the citizens of the Republic. The had proven their strength.
Lightning Whooves: “Hey Ink, er, im mean mum.”
Ink Shield: “Yes Lighning?”
Lightning Whooves: “What’s my name?”
Ink Tale: “We wanted to call you Trebbel.”
Lightning Whooves: “What’s my last name?”
Ink Shield: “Koltway.”
Lightning Whooves: “Koltway? As in the Koltway?!”
Ink Tale: “Yes, you are the living descendent of Edward Koltway. The greatest pirate of Equestria.”
A few months passed and the family was at peace for the moment. They had been living as they were in the real world. For the republicans the game had become home. Until the horrid event. Twilight and Celestia were in the castle talking.
Princess Celestia: “So have you any thoughts on the plan?”
Twilight Sparkle: “Isn’t it, y’know, cruel?”
Princess Celestia: “It may be, but as a princess you bust be willing to make the tough decision. Even if Lightning is a friend of yours.” Celestia looked to her panel. “From what I know, his father is the Doctor. So lets show him something that will throw terror into his heart.” She tapped the buttons and a green screen came up to where she promptly pressed the ‘ok’. Within the game Trixie looked to see an expression on Lightning’s face. One she had never seen before. Terror. Absolute Terror. From just one sound
Lightning Whooves: “Mum.” Derpy turned her ear to her son. “Take my children and go.” Derpy huddled them and they began to run. Octavia shared the same expression. As well as Derpy and Vinyl.
Octavia Melody: “Everypony, evacuate!” Ponies began to run away from the metal beings. They fired their lasers and ponies fell. Lightning was motionless. The terror was too much.
Lightning Whooves: “N-no. Your all gone. How! How does she know?!” Lightning grabbed Octavia by the hoof and began to run grabbing Vinyl along the way. He seemed to be panicking. “Come on come on, think. What would the Doctor do?” He began to frantically talk to himself. Octavia put her hoof on his shoulder.
Octavia Melody: “No Lightning. What would you do.?”
Lightning Whooves: “I can’t do anything. These are Daleks. My father knows this stuff.”
Octavia Melody: “And you traveled with him.” A look lit up on Lightning’s face.
Lightning Whooves: “That’s it.” He pulled a small device from his inventory. “I wont be able to do it. Because I’m not the Doctor.” It was a metal rod with a black acorn like end perpendicular to the device. The end was surrounded by a red ring. “His old sonic screwdriver.” He held it in his hoof and it began to buzz.
Octavia Melody: “What are you doing?”
Lightning Whooves: “Contacting the Doctor.”
Vinyl Scratch: “But were in a game.”
Lightning Whooves: “Or are we?” He did something to the screwdriver and the buzz became louder. “If our consciences are in this but our bodies aren’t, then there is one of two possibilities. First and least likely; they found out how to create a TARDIS circuit. That means were on our own. Second and most likely; this is a place of magic, and the Doctor can get in. I’ll put faith into my theory.” Octavia looked intently at the screwdriver in hopes that Lightning’s theory was correct. “C’mon. Please dad.” Lightning’s face lit up as the sound of the TARDIS brought hope to the group. A light brown stallion walked from a blue box that read, Police public call box. On the front.
Doctor Whooves: “The Doctor is in.”
Dalek: “The, Doc-tor, is, de-tec-ted!”
Dalek: “Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy!” Lightning looked to his father. The Doctor pulled out another screwdriver. One with a blue end and a beige casing that looked cracked.
Doctow Whooves: “Your screwdriver.” Lightning pulled up his worn screwdriver and the two began to pulsate. “Get near the TARDIS.” The Daleks fired. Octavia and Vinyl cringed, but nothing happened.
Dalek: “Ex-plain, ex-plain!” The Doctor handed Lightning a small brown bag. He looked inside to see a golden glow.
Doctor Whooves: “Use it.” Lightning held up a small golden sphere that had beams of golden light illuminating the night.
Octavia Melody: “The Apple Of Eden.” Octavia looked in awe as lightning held the apple onto the air and it began to glow brighter. The Daleks neared and a burst of energy was let off. Destroying the Daleks and sending them flying back.
Doctor Whooves: “I’ll find your family. You protect the citizens.” Lightning nodded and he began to make his way out of the ally.
Dalek: “Ex-ter-mi-nate!” Lightning pulled his hood over hid head and held the apple. “Who, are, you? Ex-plain, ex-plain!” Lightning said nothing as he slammed the apple onto the ground destroying several Daleks and sending stone into the air. Neatly placed bricks were pushed out of place, windows shattered, walls now rubble, shingles on the floor. Templar knights came attacking alongside the Daleks. Lightning put away the apple and pulled out his hidden blades. Octavia and Vinyl did the same. They quickly got rid of the Templar knights. Lightning pulled the apple out once again and destroyed the Daleks. Lightning held his heart and fell to the ground. Octavia tried to help him up while Vinyl protected the group. A Templar almost struck Lightning until a flash of white and light pyrple struck it first.
Twilight Sparkle: “I’ll hold them off. Get him to safety.”
Octavia Melody: “Your disobeying Celestia?”
Twilight Sparkle: “I don’t think it’s Celestia.” The group retreated along with Twilight. Fighting their way through the mob and making it to the safety of an Assassin sanctuary. Twilight walked in in awe. Statues of great leaders were lined up around a circular plaza covered by a dome. All assassins. In the center of the floor was the insignia of the assassins. “Where are we?”
Octavia Melody: “In an abandoned sanctuary. It was a major spot until the Templars attacked.” Octavia laid Lightning down on the floor examining him. The apple fell out of his cloak. Octavia reached for it.
Derpy Hooves: “Don’t touch it!” Derpy walked down the steps and into the plaza. “It is a dangerous artifact.” Ink Tale picked it up.
Ink Tale: “It does not recognize the Melody family yet.” He looked to Lightning on the ground. The apple began to glow. A stallion appeared.
Twilight Sparkle: “Who are you?” The stallion spoke in a strong Saddle Arabian accent.
Alter Air: “I am Alter Air ibin la’Ahad.” He looked to the assassins. “I have met your formidable son.” He looked to Lightning on the floor. “His is put under sleep by the apple.”
Twilight Sparkle: “Wait, Alter Air? You were alive over 1000 years ago. You are not scientifically possible.”
Alter Air: “And yet here I am. I am mere conscience preserved by the apple. I am here to help for as long as Lightning is asleep.” For the next two months the assassins were fighting three enemies. The Guard Guild, The Templars, and The Daleks. For almost three weeks they fought. Protecting the citizens. The largest attack had the assassins held up at Stone hinge. The assassins were held up with the Doctor. Alter Air stood protecting the ponies from the Templars. Alter Air soon disappeared and the sound of a TARDIS resonated as everyone stopped. A second TARDIS appeared and a grey stallion with a black mane fez and bow tie walked from it. The assassins were at the brink of defeat.
Twilight Sparkle: “Who are you?”
11th Doctor Whooves: “I’m the Doctor.” He looked behind him. “Well come on then, we don’t have all day.” Lightning walked from the TARDIS with the apple in hand.
10th Doctor Whooves: “You can’t be here.”
11th Doctor Whooves: “Tell that to him.” Another TARDIS appeared and another Doctor walked out. It was the third.
3rd Doctor Whooves: “Hello. Lightning. Do it.” Lightning nodded and pulled out his sonic screwdriver. He began to speak into it.
Twilight Sparkle: “Whats he doing?” Another TARDIS appeared.
12th Doctor Whooves: “He’s about to quote one of my best speeches. Well one of them.”
Lightning Whooves: “Hello stone hinge! Who takes the apple takes this world!” He stepped up onto a stone slab. “But bad news everypony, cuz guess who? Ha! Wazit you lot all marching about it’s really quite distracting, could you all sit still a minuet, cus I, am, talking! Now the question of the hour is ‘who’s got the apple?’, odds are, I do, next question. Who’s coming to take it from me? Come on! Look at me. No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn, oh and something else, I dont have anything to lose. So if your standing out there in your silly little army with your silly little weapons and you have any plans on taking the apple tonight. Just remember who’s standing in your way, remember every black day I ever stopped you and then, and then. Do the smart thing! Let somepony else try first.” A Dalek began to speak.
Dalek: “You, are, not, the, Doc-tor.” Lightning put the apple away.
Lightning Whooves: “Of course that didn’t work for me.”
12th Doctor Whooves: “I’m giving you something useful for later son. Here.” Lightnings screen popped up and he looked at the Galopfreyan writing on it. He shrugged and closed the screen.
Lightning Whooves: “Ok, sis. enough assistance. Your free to fight now.” Lightning let off a breath of dark blue smoke which formed int Nightmare Moon. Twilight readied herself but lightning shook his head. Nightmare was hooved Lightning’s hidden blades and began to make her way to the several army’s.
Twilight Sparkle: “She was inside him!” The 1oth walked from his TARDIS and spoke.
10th Doctor Whooves: “Yes, she is my adopted daughter.”
Twilight Sparkle: “Doctor?!”
10th Doctor Whooves: “Yep it’s me. So are these other stallions.”
Lightning Whooves: “Dad?” He began to back up as the Daleks approached. He pointed his old screwdriver at the Dalek as it buzzed. The 10th and 11th pulled him back and Lightning ran into the TARDIS and grabbed a blanket. He threw it on the Dalek.
Dalek: “Vis-ion, im-pared!” The Dalek began to fire. The group began to take cover. The 3rd took care of the Dalek.
Lightning Whooves: “Dad?” Lightning’s hp bar dropped and shattered. Thunder ran to him and held him in her hooves.
Thunder Whooves: “No.” Tears filled her eyes.”
10th Doctor Whooves: “I’m so sorry. I’m so so sorry.”
12th Doctor Whooves: “Don’t be.”
Thunder Whooves: “He can’t fight without Nightmare! He’ll be captured and we might not get him back!”
Lightning Whooves: “It’s ok. I think I figured out the upgrade.” Lightning’s hooves began to glow golden and energy. “He changed my programming to Time Lord.” Lightning Rose to his hooves. His hooves shook. Derpy appeared with his three daughters by her side.
Snowdrop Whooves: “Daddy?”
Lightning Whooves: “It’s ok. I’m gonna change but it’ll still be me.” Snowdrop smiled and he hugged her.
Luna Whooves: “You’ll remember us right?”
Lightning Whooves: “Of course.”
Celestia Whooves: “Daddy.” The group became surrounded by Lightning’s giant wings. Lightning then backed up. The golden energy then became stronger.
Dalek: “A-noth-er, Time, Lord, is, de-tec-ted!”
Lightning Whooves: “But, I don’t want to go.” He spread hid arms out and the energy burst out from his head and hooves. He pointed the flares at the approaching Daleks as he shattered them to pieces.”A little love from the Whooves family!”