Rainbow Fantasy: The Rise of Equestria-93|Finale<Previous:
(Continued from Episode 92)
Episode 93: Blackless Light
[Pony Haven, The Sacred Overworld]
Galebolt could be seen lying on his back...
"Am I...Dead? Where am I...?"
He sees a rock and hits himself with it.
"Ow. OK. Everything is real. Ow...That hurt, son of a--" He looks around to see streaks of magical colored lightning shooting around all over the place at high speeds.
"...That reminds me..."
He sat up,
("Shiny. I was supposed to be dead but instead of blowing myself up into oblivion, Somehow my lightning zapped me over here. But where is this place? WELP. Time to be like my dad and EXPLORE!")
These sacred grounds known as 'Pony Haven' placed as a sacred place for the Celestial Alicorns of the past dating all the way as far back as Ancient Equestria, nearly 3000 years ago.
There sat in front of him: A Forgotten temple, An old shrine and a beautiful house that sat right about a hill. It swarmed with butterflies all about the really
(Continued from Episode 93)
Episode 94: Mystery of the Shadow Guardian
[Editor's Note: So, My data got corrupted when I last tried to save the file on this episode. So, I'm going to be trying to remember everything that I possibly can for it. But because it got corrupted I couldn't submit it. This one will be posted. I promise. Anyway, Enjoy!]
[Editor's Note #2: It might be slightly different than originally written, But that's OK. It shall still be awesome.]
Galebolt, Prism Rush, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy walked down the hallway of the Sanctuary of the Sky passed Finish Lane's domain. The Hallway up ahead lit up with purple flame torches. The corridor continued towards the end of the long corridor on a blank red carpet.
"What about Finish Lane gets him involved in all of this?! Does he explain those black voids appearing? I'm so confused."
As they walked, Galebolt explained...
"Well, You wouldn't know. This happened sometime long before you were banished but Finish Lane was responsible for a murder out here. Because of that negative energy produced by violence, Something called a "Shadow Guardian" had taken in that negative excess energy and formed that into what you now know as Harmony's Shadow. Thus explaining everything from beginning until today."
Prism Rush still had a look of confusion on her face. They walked and had reached the end of the corridor to find a mysterious altar within the sanctuary's domain.
Two mechanisms that looked like clock gears turned slowly clicked. The left gear turned counter-clockwise while the gear on the right turned clockwise. Upon the bottom and top parts of the walls around those two gears laid about hieroglyphs.
"From beginning until today? What is this "Shadow Guardian"? How come Queen Royal-Cloud never told us or any of her denizens about any of this?! More importantly, Does Sorrow know already about it?! What the hell is going on?!" Prism Rush was losing patience. She demanded answers that Galebolt didn't have the answer to.
Illua turned around from watching the world of Equestria below slowly become swallowed up into the shadows of Darkness by the newly corrupt energies of magic behind Harmony's Shadow.
"The Shadow Guardian is the creator of Harmony's Shadow--This Corrupted magic that has spread evil all throughout the world in mere voids." She raises up a hoof at the gears.
The Gears stop clicking and open up a door that separates apart into an opening. Inside a black blotch bubble--Which was practically as black as pen ink--There revealed Finish Lane. His hooves served as connectors. The rest of his body is covered in a particularly gooey substance except for his head which only showed his red eyes.
"When this all started out, It started off with 6 little ponies about to have a party. One of those friends got startled so badly that she flew onto the chandelier and wouldn't come down. Of the Five Ponies below, One of them left outside to see what was going on only to suddenly black out and go into a coma for a week with a blackened cutie mark." Illua then turned to Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy, "You two must know who I am talking about. But of course, One of you ponies became the bane of Harmony's Shadow--Harmony's Light. The one who leads to the ultimate event: The Rise of Equestria. What do you think? A Fitting title?"
Rainbow Dash was ready to kick some serious flank,
"The Shadow Guardian...Are you telling me that--THAT thing right there. That is responsible for the start of all of this?! Not Moonlight Havoc?"
"Moonlight Havoc is but a mere pawn. He doesn't know that he's still being used. Since the times of Ancient Equestria, The Celestial Alicorns had been trying to keep an unspeakable evil from seizing chaos upon the vast world of Present Day Equestria. But. Sorrow and Solaris are the last of their tribe that they know of. The Shadow Guardian makes Harmony's Shadow. But the only way to destroy Harmony's Shadow isn't to destroy the Shadow Guardian. It is to destroy the creator of the Shadow Guardian himself."
Prism Rush snaps and tackles down Illua,
"Spill! Tell us everything you know right now or else!"
"Shadow Aurora encountered this threat before."
"Did you say Shadow Aurora?"
Rainbow Dash raised an eye,
"You mean the Pony with half of his body being a Skelepony and the other of half being flesh?"
"Yes, Rainbow Dash. That would be him. You see, He had gone to see for himself what the cause of this Harmony's Shadow was as it was a mystery to him too. As he was doing so, He stumbled across Fluttershy's Cottage. At the time, Fluttershy was already sealed away by the power of Harmony's Shadow with her cutie mark blackened."
Fluttershy stepped back a bit, "I couldn't see what it was but...Um...For some reason before that had happened, I remember being swat on the flank by something before blacking out a few minutes later."
Rainbow Dash put a hoof to her chin,
"That's the same thing that had happened to Pinkie, Rarity, Twilight, Applejack and myself."
Galebolt stepped forward,
"So, Harmony's Shadow--That is shadow magic produced by the negative energies of Equestria. The Shadow Guardian takes hold of that energy and produces even more of it. But now that energy has become corrupted. Some pony else. Some pony that created the Shadow Guardian lurks around and we need to defeat him to completely end this. But who is it?"
"That's what I want to know!" Prism Rush demanded.
"The Shadow Remnant. Why do you think things have happened the way they have happened so unspeakably? Oh. But even if you should defeat Shadow Remnant, There is still one more enemy you must face before this is over. Yourselves."
Prism Rush and Galebolt turn to each other. Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy also turn to each other.
The Four look at Illua suspiciously,
"Explain!" The four say together..
"The Negative energies are not only on Harmony's Shadow alone. When Harmony's Light had arrived--That's you, By the way, Rainbow Dash--She became Harmony's Spectrum. The Many Rainbows that spread about were a result of the released magic of harmony's light. The Shadow Guardian was weak against that light but you had no idea of it. Over time though, Inner Conflicts in Equestria have been the result of a stronger magnitude of negative energy. Or, If you haven't noticed yet, That Negative energy is now spiraling out of control creating voids leading to the subspace--The Inner Dimension of Equestria itself. Only the Shadow Remnant and your inner conflicts now stand between the future of Equestria. Resolve your friendships. Restore Harmony or be swallowed into the shadows...Forever."
Prism Rush turned to Galebolt, "She's right; There were inner conflicts. Rainbow Dash, You remember, right?"
Rainbow Dash nods,
"As soon as we got to Emperor Aegis, Every pony's differences that were put aside all of a sudden collided."
Galebolt rubbed the back of his head with a hoof, "That wasn't the only time we've had inner conflicts. We were looking for Linear that one time and ended up fighting against friends. Ponies we once called friends were becoming our sworn enemies."
Illua giggled a bit,
"Beware of Grift. That is all I have to say. Now get going and make sure you get to your friends. Take down Shadow Remnant and bring positive energy back into Equestria. This will free Finish Lane and destroy the Shadow Guardian, Bringing hope back to the whole world. Twilight helped a whole lot. Now, It will be your turn soon."
Galebolt stepped closer to Illua,
"Before we go, There's one final thing I need to ask you."
"Ponies of Unique Special Talents have also joined in on this. What do you believe our role is in all of this? Because for some of us, We are not even sure anymore."
Illua turned towards the dial that spun slowly across the hall. At an Angle, The huge blotch could be seen absorbing what is left of Finish Lane's consciousness, Feeding his mind with impurity. His only sole purpose becoming nothing more than murder.
The black blotch licked the blood clean off of his hooves, absorbing the negative energy from past murders.
"You want to know how you all are involved in this? Fine. I'll tell you. Starting with Twilight and her friends: The Elements of Harmony--Those six are involved with the sole purpose of keeping harmony and stability in Equestria. However. While they are powerful elements, They still need protection. Ponies of unique special talents--All born and raised to realize those special talents on their own come from different parts of Equestria with their own purpose, But at the same time also, to put aside all differences that make us unique and work together. As you might already know by now, The Sanctuaries across Equestria are powered by magical medallions. They are: Sun, Moon, Fire, Ice, Water and Sky. The purpose of the Sanctuary of Harmony was to keep the light of those sanctuaries going as there was at first no need for it. Your friends--The ones you know as Galeshine, Silver Song, Moon and Koi are also part of this. They didn't used to be. But when Moonlight Havoc started trying to take over Equestria, He had no idea of the power that was using him. The Power that could have easily dismissed him. He was merely a tool of destruction. Being used. Just as his minions. Prism Rush, You were responsible for bringing Koi to Linear. If not for that, Koi wouldn't be involved in all of this. In fact, He would probably be all alone. The fact of the matter is that your choices led to a better future for him. You didn't think about yourself regardless of the fact that you were banished." She continued,
"Silver Song got involved when Moonlight Havoc had made an attempt at trying to kill her. Since then, She had been fighting along side you guys. But what is her reason? What is her side to all of this? What is Koi's side to all of this? What is Moon's Side to all of this? And is she a friend or an enemy? Those questions will be the bane of your resolve in the struggle of the inner conflict to come. Galebolt, You got involved by your own will. You wanted to make up for what happened to Reccie in the previous war against Ayori, To make it up to the Queen only to end up fighting against your own sister in a rescue attempt for Linear. Prism Rush, Your doubts and fears are killing you on the inside. You want forgiveness for a past you want to forget, But don't know how to attain it and that scares you. You are the most insecure Pony in Equestria right now."
Prism Rush growled, "Listen up, You Bi--
Galebolt put a hoof through her mouth,
"How much do you know? Koi, Moon and Silver got involved in this for their own reasons, That much I'm pretty sure of. But keep whatever information you know about Prism Rush to yourself. It's a past she doesn't want any part of anymore."
"What do you want to know? The Shadow Guardian was the only reason why you came here, Was it not?"
"Yea--And now we know the true culprit. But as far as history goes, You're a Time-Based Pony. You have information dating all the way back to Prehistoric Equestria. You could tell us how or why we were involved in this. What Got Shadow Aurora involved into this?"
Rainbow Dash turned to Galebolt,
"Shadow Aurora got involved by himself. He made a return many weeks ago while Moonlight Havoc was causing trouble."
Galebolt turned to Rainbow Dash, "What happened that day?"
"Shadow Aurora took off. Snow Quartz gave chase and then after that, We didn't see him again until we met at the Crystal Empire. I'd like to take a wild guess and say that this "Shadow Guardian" was the reason why or, Maybe it was that book that Moonlight Havoc kept by his side the entire time."
"The Book is called "Soul of a Shadow" and it is a very deadly book. The Negative energy from that book is what released the Shadow Remnant in the first place. To whom that opens that book must surrender to all the evil in his/her heart to become worthy of pure power. In exchange, You lose your soul. Your mind becomes warped. Your heart becomes Twisted. You must then kill the pony you love the most in order to gain control of that said power. Such power would spell collateral damage for all of Equestria. The results would be both deadly and apocalyptic."
Rainbow Dash turned to Illua, "...That doesn't sound good."
Fluttershy took another step back,
Galebolt took a step forward once more from Prism Rush who was still angry, But now had a look of uncertainty,
"Illua, You know Koi's Past as well as the past of many of our unique pony friends. What do you mean by inner conflicts?"
Illua opened up a sphere with her magic playing a motion picture animation of Koi's Past,
"So You'll understand them better, Koi is a Water Pony from a fallen kingdom. Long ago, The Water Ponies lived in harmony on an archipelago--A Large Island surrounded by Small Islands--In the middle of the northern Celestial Seas. One day, The Sharks suddenly went out of control. The large rampaging mythical creature known as the Leviathan had completely swamped the Island, Sinking it under. The massive shock broke the water crystals keeping the island afloat so the magic within the island had dissolved, causing it to sink. After that, More than half of the population had to rebuild underwater. The Kingdom was surrounded by vicious sea creatures of the deep--The Sharks being more bloodthirsty than usual. Scientists and Researcher Ponies worked together and came up with one final solution: Experimentation. Inside the laboratory which was approved by the Queen for research, Water Ponies were experimented on using Shark DNA via transmission through various attempts. These attempts included machines funded for research such as insulated capsules but, The project wasn't going right. Instead, Pony Experiments that had become failed experiments either died in the process or ended up attacking other denizen ponies. Then, One day, Cerulean, A Pony with her son, Koi had offered him up for experimentation to help with the project. Koi was the first and only successful Water Pony Experiment to ever become part beast and part pony. As a last line of hope, Koi was sent off towards the surface in an escape capsule where he eventually met up with Prism Rush, So began his story."
Prism Rush huffed,
"The Kid could be in danger...I'm worried about them. I want to find them."
"Silver Song, Otherwise known as "Princess Silver" in her Ice Kingdom has a past unknown to you all, But she nonetheless has proved herself to be quite valuable as an ally. As far as where she stands in all of this, You will have to ask her yourself. My knowledge about the Ice Ponies is still inaccurate at the moment. I've still much to learn about their interesting heritage."
She summons up her magic to cast an opening into the subspace entrance,
"There is one other you should know about and that is about Moonshine and her importance to you as an ally."
Rainbow Dash turned towards the void opening,
"Moonshine? She comes and goes as she pleases. Same with Shadow Aurora. In fact, Some of our so-called "Friends" are just passing by and happen to be involved on the whim. We don't know anything about Moonshine so its' not our place to say anything good or bad about her, But so far her Loyalty has been very up and down. We can't tell anymore. Is she a friend or an enemy? How does she feel about all of this? She helped a lot when Princess Luna was in trouble and when we were searching for those Destiny Keys, But I'm pretty sure she's had it worse than this. Way worse. Anyway, Enough gawk. Can we get on with the action yet? I'm ready to kick some serious pony flank and get Equestria back on its' hooves."
"You all may go when you are ready. But remember what I said: Beware of Grift. He will take advantage of the struggle with your inner conflicts to come. Heed my warning. He will be the next Origin of Chaos to this world."
Galebolt turned to Prism Rush, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash,
"We don't know who this "Grift" is, But we'll keep a look out for him."
As they enter through the void, The void closed off and led them into Subspace. Meanwhile, Illua continued to keep an eye on Finish Lane.
"...So they don't know. And if they don't believe me, They will surely find out about him the hard way."
[The Void ~ Shadow Emissary]
(Koi and Luretta)
Both Koi and Luretta wandered the darkness of the Void. A Sand Colored mist filled the air around the area. Winds at the bottom rotated in high speeds counter-clockwise while winds above rotated in high speeds in the clockwise direction. The Purple Void at the top spiraled all about shooting Maelstrom Bolts in random directions.
Koi took a moment to look around at his surroundings. Lightning and wind spiraling out of control. Darkness filling up the air and slowly draining away at oxygen from the abyss below. As this happened, slowly the ground underneath them began to tear away and unbuckle, Transcending time itself; Vanishing away with a dissolve effect.
The only thing lighting the area seemed to be the lightning that struck down in random directions from time to time, showing the way.
There were Five Colors of Lightning flashes: Blue, Grey, Red, White and Purple. All of which struck at different times.
Koi paused. He knew that voice from anywhere. It was Linear. His ears twitched and he immediately turned towards where the voice was coming from, "Linear...?"
He rushes towards the voice but slips and falls unable to see the path ahead: A Long Gap. Linear and the rest of the pony group stood on the other side of the Gap.
Luretta catches Koi's tail.
"That Gap is a wide one. Speaking of missing Ponies, Has anypony seen Crystal Star anywhere?" Silver asks a bit concerned.
One of Galeshine's eyes flickers between Blood Red and Berry Purple. The Darkness of the area begins to take hold of her. The Core of Harmony's Shadow--The Magic inside of it begins to affect her Dark side.
Trying to keep a hold on it, She begins running off towards the smell of blood and death.
"HELP!!" Crystal Star let out a screech while trying to avoid a lightning shower in which she had to use quick footing to escape.
Silver follows the sound of the screech, "That was Crystal Star. I need to find her."
Moon lowered her eyes, "What's stopping you? Go. The smell of Blood and Death is bothering my nose too badly to care about what goes on with your life anymore." She runs off to follow Galeshine.
Twilight, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and Rarity knew all too well about the importance of friendship, But they also too knew of their own struggle between it: The Inner Conflicts. It was something that would be the bane of existence for them. They knew this as a look of worry suddenly hit them when noticing how Silver and Moon did not get along very well.
Lightning struck all about the area once more. White Lightning hit down across the gap and down into the abyss below causing the walls of the ground below to unbuckle and slowly break apart.
"Koi! Luretta, Don't let go of him!"
Luretta didn't really struggle that badly to pull Koi back up by the tail,
"Be careful, Kiddo. It is a long ways down."
Koi's heart raced. He knew he was impatient but--There was Linear right in plain sight and the Gap was in the way.
"We will find a way over there. Let us find a way around." Luretta commented on the gap and the abyss below that filled with darkness and nothingness.
Silver used her magic to form a barrier around Crystal Star,
"Crystal Star, This way! Hurry!"
The Darkness within the lightning responded well to Crystal Star's fear, Striking all about at sections of the barrier.
Silver herself, Though she had healed herself from the previous battle was still quite tired from the fighting. The fatigue of using so much magic was tiring her out. Nonetheless, She teleported Crystal Star over to her side but felt even more fatigue thereafter from it.
Linear glowed her horn and closed her eyes. Her magic shined a light down from the nothingness of the skies down to where they were at, Lighting up a path that couldn't be seen in the darkness.
Koi sees this and moves towards the light. Luretta follows right behind him.
"Well. Isn't this a touching reunion? However. I do believe we have a reason for being in this desolate place, right? Can we try to remember why we came here in the first place?"
"Simple! You're looking for a way to put an end to the Darkness and bring light back to Equestria, Right?" Galebolt called from a path above them.
Ara turned around, "You? But...Aren't you supposed to be--"
Silver recalled what happened when Viral reacted to death and interrupted Ara,
"Alive! It is good to see you again! I am so glad that you are ALIVE and WELL!" She gives Ara a look that says: 'Play along or else.'
Ara raised an eye for a moment to contemplate the thought, Then she decided to play along with a nod of agreement even though it just raised questions as to why Galebolt vanished off in the first place.
Viral tilted her head slightly, Smiled and...Le Poof
On top of Galebolt's back,
"Good to see you again, Bolt-Boy!"
Galebolt turned to Viral,
"Good to see you too, Viral."
Galebolt then notices Linear with Koi,
"Hey, Linear. It's been a bit. You've matured since I last saw you."
Linear turns to Galebolt,
"Oh my goodness, Galebolt! Yeah! It's been sometime. Galeshine told me you d--"
Silver summons a zipper on Linear's mouth.
Viral looks at Linear with a curious look,
"What was that last part?"
"She means to say, She is very ecstatic to have you back, Galebolt. But we had better catch up with your Sister."
Prism Rush rolled her eyes and turned to the hoof prints. Linear's light was vanishing and the Darkness was swallowing away the path that was now cleared thanks to that light.
Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy reunited with Twilight, Applejack, Rarity and Pinkie Pie.
However, Pup watched carefully. Slowly, Their inner conflicts would be the beginning of the Chaos and the end of Equestria as they would know it to be.
The light up ahead began to close. The Way out showed up ahead but the smell of blood and death began to get much more intense.
Every Pony with them soon could smell the foul stench of blood and death mix and churn with burned pony flesh.
[Darkness Dome ~ Arena of the Black Hole]
Spiraling negative energy flowed out of control with light becoming more and more swallowed up.
Iris listened carefully to the air,
"Is it just me or am I the only one that hears munching on Apples?"
Ara's eyes turn red upon smelling Blood and Death,
"Iris, You might want to save your hallucinations for another time." Azel commented as he rushed forward towards the area swarming with dancing flames across the arena. Along the outside, Black Winds surrounded the area with swarms of Darkness Magic and Lightning flashes.
Ice Ponies could also be seen there fighting against the minions of the Shadow Guardian.
Dark Soul growled,
"Damn! Abyss Ponies. Rose Blade must have been right about Azalas' Demon Magic. Emperor Aegis had a pact with him too."
Galebolt walked up to Dark Soul,
"That's not the only thing. This Lightning is Negative Energy. That Darkness we see all around us is caused by a pony called the Shadow Remnant. He gave Shadow Aurora a hard time."
Twilight Sparkle raced up,
"Did you just say "Shadow Aurora"?"
Galebolt turns to Twilight,
"Illua told myself, Prism Rush, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy everything."
Rainbow Dash stepped forward,
"This is it. That's Shadow Remnant up ahead, isn't it? Fighting that Pony with the Diamond Wings?"
Beauna stepped forward to see,
"That is Rosie. She is the Champion of the Gladiator's Colosseum out in the Guto Kingdom, The homeland of Princess Ariala. She too must have been swallowed up by this Void."
Twilight glowed her horn,
"So, This Shadow Remnant is the one behind Harmony's Shadow?"
Snow Quartz stepped forth as well as Katziel and the others,
"Shadow Remnant wasn't the only thing. That accursed book, "Soul of a Shadow"...I should have burned that book. I should have never given it to Moonlight Havoc."
"We are not burning any books! Tell me. What is that book about?!"
"A Pony in search of Power
and to Prove himself to the World.
But that is all it is about. One must surrender everything. Their heart. Their Soul. Dedicate their entire being to the darkness of this wicked power, But in exchange, Their mind becomes warped and corruption takes its place. Their only salvation after that is a swift death!"
Beauna kept an eye on Rosie's Power. It was decreasing. Fading. Sunlight was no where to be found in the area.
"We need to help Rosie." Beauna suggested.
"Galeshine is already on it."
"Where is she?"
"There." Galebolt points at the Darkness Sparks flying about the area at high speeds followed by explosions of light.
Twilight thought for a moment,
"...Sunlight...Well. There is ONE Pony that has that capability more than any pony else."
Linear turned to Twilight,
"I think I know who you are talking about. Princess Celestia, right? She has been rather...Useless to us."
"No Pony is useless. Every Pony is useful here. We will need Every Pony's help. This is the Final Battle. The Fate of Equestria and the fate of the Next Generation...It's all on whether we survive this or not. Either way, We can't afford for any pony to die here. Got that?!"
The Ponies nodded and began heading into the center of the arena to join Rosie.
[Next Time: Episode 95: Final Battle: The Fate of Equestria]
[This next up coming episode will have four parts and then
a FINAL Final episode which will be on Episode 100 to introduce
Rainbow Fantasy 2: The Origins of Chaos]