This is the log of a major scene involving over two dozen characters. It caps off the election TP, but also represents the climax of a long-running secret storyline! Read on to be surprised, or skip to the end for a list of highlights.
Selected OOC chatter and other content has been left in. Some poses have been slightly edited--for example, a name may be inserted where it was forgotten, or typos may be fixed.
I'll start out with a post set in Vinyl and Marble's house, where Derpy was before the scene began. Feel free to skip that part.
Vinyl and Marble's Place(#1209R) Considering they have such opposing personalities, Vinyl Scratch and Marble Memory have worked together to make this place quite the impressive family home. As it was once exclusively owned and lived in by the DJ, most of the decor and furniture belongs to her; however, her fiance, believing in tidiness and organisation, has helped her to clear the place up considerably, and it is now a lot more habitable than it was before. The living room is big; spacious and neat, (but chances are it wasn't before Marble moved in!) and houses a sofa, three comfortable chairs, a coffee table and a built-in dining area towards the back, plus a door to a small kitchen. Upstairs, there are two unused bedrooms (storage), the master bedroom and a bathroom. The bathroom is clean and airy, and the master bedroom is the perfect blend of the two ponies who occupy it. The couple live in harmony, and it's evident from the amount of photographs around and how nicely decorated the house is that their love is strong.
Also, this house is BURNED!!! About half the kitchen is gone and scorchmarks are interspersed with rain stains elsewhere. ---
Marble Memory is returning home for lunch on the very last day of the election. It's been such an exhausting several months, but he is feeling like he is certain to win. But now he's got some other business to attend. While staring forlornly at the reduced kitchen, Marble decides maybe he should have gone out to eat today. O... o-oh dear.
Tiger_Lily looks at the house
Vinyl's having a nap at home. She's been really tired of late, with the election and with her baby keeping her awake more than she needs, so she's taken some time out to catch up on sleep. She turns over in her blankets, and it's uncertain what she is dreaming of - though she has a smile on her face.
PUB >> Derpy says, "The election judges are murmuring frantically, trying to decide how many votes "Pinkie Pie, Lest We Meteor Thee All" should count for." PUB >> Romper laughs. XD PUB >> DJ PON-3 says, "O... o-oh dear." PUB >> Standing on a step stool and covered in flour, Luna says, "WE KNOW NOT WHO WOULD HAVE POSTED SUCH A VOTE, BUT IF IT WAS OUR SISTER, SHE IS A SCAMP." PUB >> MArble "Vinyl Loves Me" Memory says, "One, if any. "
PUB >> Standing on a step stool and covered in flour, Luna says, "EVERYPONY VOTES FOR PINKIE PIE. SHE WINS AN ENTIRELY CEREMONIAL TITLE WHOSE ONLY DUTY IS TO WEAR RIDICULOUS HATS. MARBLE COMES HOME TO CANTERLOT SO THAT SOMEONE, FINALLY, CAN SEPARATE THE SPORK OF FINDING FROM THE SPORK OF BLINDING BEFORE THERE'S TROUBLE." PUB >> DJ PON-3 says, "They need to stop naming hurricanes after little old ladies. >.>"
Derpy shouts "Voting for Ponyville Chancellor will run for ONE MORE HOUR. And that's it! Results will follow shortly thereafter!" (Public-shout)
PUB >> Standing on a step stool and covered in flour, Luna adds, "AND WE WOULD LIKE THE SPORKS SORTED OUT WITHOUT HEARING ANYPONY YELL 'OW, MY EYE!'"
Tiger_Lily sits upstairs at the window of the guest bedroom, looking out at the town, holding the lone orange flower close and sniffing it faintly, cheek resting against the glass.
Marble sighs. He really needs to get bids from contractors to get this fixed. The bureaucrat quickly shuffles out of the kitchen, and his stomach growls. He'll need to eat something soon or he'll get grumpy. So, he makes the wise decision to fix this by instead going upstairs to check on his fiance.
Derpy comes in, sniffing the poor decrepit kitchen. Her mouth is a little sad.
Vinyl turns over to face the door in her sleep as it opens when Marble comes to check on her. Though she's in a pretty deep slumber, a part of her still feels his presence. Her smile grows a little.
Tiger_Lily turns, ear twitching slightly as she hears hooves on the stairs, settling the flower into her mane again, making a mental note to find a way to get a flower pot, be it with favors or money...preferrably not something worse.
Marble smiles when he sees his slumbering fiance and silently bacs up. Which would have worked without a hitch had he not stepped on a rock, crashed into the wall, and fell over. The rock, meanwhile, makes its way downstairs *tap* *tap* *tap* until it bumps a bookshelf which inexplicably starts teetering. Then *crash* down onto the floor after ejecting all its books which neatly stack themselves up on marble's desk PERFECTLY ALIGNED with each other. O... o-o dear.
Derpy leaps and scatterwauls away from the collapsed bookcase. "Gh-gh-gh-GHOOST!" she shouts. It wasn't her fault--honest!
Tiger_Lily peeks out the door at the sudden chorus of shouting and crashes.
Vinyl is suddenly and rudely awoken from her slumber, and she sits bolt-upright in bed, staring sleepily around the room. Her eyes adjusting to the light, she instinctively reaches out with her hooves. "Marble?" she whimpers a little.
Marble is staring up at the cieling for several moments, hooves straight up in the air. "... Ow." Marble says, then starts flailing about in an attempt to get upright.
"Marble!!" calls Derpy. "Almost time for result!!"
Vinyl hops out of bed, putting on her shades, yawning, and patting her slightly distended stomach a little. "I... think we're okay. This is like, uh, normal practice in this house."
At the heart of Ponyville stands a proud and massive pavillion known as Town Hall. Around it lies the town square, a well-kept ring decorated with tall banners and the occasional picturesque bush. A fountain sits before the entrance to the hall with a joyous, reared-up earth pony statue as its ornament. Various municipal officials have pitched colorful, conical tents in the square from which they run their operations. The town square is lined along one side by a stream crossed by a broad stone bridge, while on its other sides it's surrounded by a combination of commercial establishments and some of the oldest houses in Ponyville. The mood here is generally cheerful but officious.
The mayor has set up a voting station here! Attendants flank a ballot box, a pile of ballots and quills on a table before them. A couple of private voting booths are set up nearby--rather silly, given that the ballot has just one office to be filled--Chancellor--and two candidates--Pinkie Pie and Marble Memory. Go ahead and vote! (Page or page #mail your choice to Derpy.)
[ Contents: Ballot Box(#1290), Wagon of Wonders(#390) ]
Midnight_Glimmer stares between Twilight and Fluttershy.
Tiger_Lily has arrived.
Twilight_Sparkle pronks? Derpy pronks!
Fluttershy nods slowly. "That's true...o-okay. I think I can do this now. H-here I go...!" And so Fluttershy puffs out her chest and strides into the polls...!
Derpy arrives along with Marble Memory, short on breath...
PUB >> Grimlock is bored with PTC Sandy. (Sounds like a military title.. she HAS been demoted, anyway)
<OOC> Marble_Memory watches as a mudcrab clacks at Fluttershy inside the booth. <OOC> Fluttershy teaches the mudcrab to dance.
Marble is looking very nervous. He looks around. "Where is my opponent?" He casts his gaze near and far. "Is she forfeiting?"
Twilight_Sparkle shakes her head. "You know Pinkie Pie. She always makes an unexpected entrance."
PUB >> Grimlock says, "Sandy's been punished too. I just saw a video of a beach in New Jersey and the port-o-pots were floating away. So Sandys on Latrine cleaning duty."
Tiger_Lily trots towards the ballot booth quickly to cast her vote.
Mayor Mare arrives from Town Hall. She comes to stand beside her trusty voting attendants, a golden pen around her neck. She confers with them--the two seem much more frazzled than they were last night.
Tiger_Lily finishes voting, vacating the booth rapidly as the mayor approaches.
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "The Mayor had them polishing her pen all night, didn't she." <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "..." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "wat." <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Wow, that came out dirtier than intended. o.o" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "but the mayor is a mare ._." <OOC> You say, "Lady-pen require polish!" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle spent all morning polishing her horn! <OOC> Marble_Memory knows. It still didn't help. <OOC> You say, "Actually, it's that these two have had to put up with a lot of mayhem over the last two days." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "oh twi, I will help you polish your horn anytime~"
Derpy nudges Marble Memory. "Has long trial and many challenge!" she declares. Then a thought occurs to her. "Think maybe ~I~ should vote?"
Derpy shouts "The vote is closing in two minutes! Type 'vote' to vote if you haven't already!!" (Public-shout)
( "You haven't voted? Hurry! Vote for me!" Marble says, gently pushing Derpy with a hoof toward the ballots. "Please please please." )
Derpy blinkblinkblinks. She seems rather startled at this cruel handling by the one she supported with so much work!! "Because said please ~three~ time...will do." She walks over to the voting booth...just as the attendants are pulling out a sign that says "VOTING CLOSED."
Fluttershy emerges from the voting booth with a high-pitched squeal, muffled only by the 'I Voted' sticker sealed over her mouth.
Derpy tries to squeeez past Pinkie Pie...
The attendants grab Derpy's tail!
Derpy tries to get a ballot anyway!
Tiger_Lily watches the kerfuffle unfold
Fluttershy tries to get out of Derpy's way!
The attendants attempt to drag the ballot box away, but Derpy whines and grabs a pen!
The Mayor sighs and signals them to stand down. "Let the mailmare vote," she says. "But she has to be the ~last~ vote. The public is waiting!"
Derpy thankfully takes up a ballot...and thinks hard, chewing on her quill. Derpy goes into a private booth.
The attendants start counting up the votes without her! <OOC> Tiger_Lily gasps!
Derpy comes out with her ballot filled out--all 1 questions, plus pictures!
<OOC> Marble_Memory wonders who Flutters voted for. She has very strong reasons to vote for eiter of them.
Twilight_Sparkle is still wearing her 'I voted' sticker on her nose.
<OOC> Fluttershy says, "And strong reasons to vote for *neither*, which you just missed me discussing with Twi."
Pinkie_Pie has arrived.
Tiger_Lily sticks the 'I voted' sticker on her chest proudly, already feeling more at home in Ponyville.
Pinkie_Pie gallops in!
<OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I reassured her that you're both ponies of high character, who won't be corrupted by power!"
Twist has arrived.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Yes, obviously! ^^"
Derpy sees the attendant counting without her ballot, and tries to sneak it into the pile.
<OOC> Twist says, "Oh, YEAH! TWIPPPBTHT IN DA HOUSE!"
** Welcome to the Voting Booth! Your choices are (alphabetical): 1) Marble_Memory 2) Pinkie_Pie 3) (write-in vote) 0) (vote later, not now) Please enter your selection now: You are about to place your vote for: 'Marble_Memory' Is this correct (y/n)? ** Congratulations! You have successfully voted for Marble_Memory! Thank you for voting! (You have exited the voting booth.)
Derpy shouts "Voting is now closed! The results of the election will be announced shortly!" (Public-shout)
Results> 1 for Celestia Results> 2 for Derpy Results> 2 for Fluttershy Results> 25 for Marble_Memory Results> 1 for Pinkie Pie, Lest We Meteor Thee All Results> 21 for Pinkie_Pie Results> 1 for Salsa_Verde Results> 1 for Spike (done)
Marble looks nervous. He glares at the attendant to make sure Derpy's vote is counted. She deserves to vote. She worked hard for him in managing his campaign. Despite oddities, it was actually not too bad a campaign, either. He had prepared a speech last night in the event he wins.
The attendant, cowed, stands back and lets Derpy seed her vote into the pile.
Pinkie_Pie canters around vigorously. "Election! Election! Gotta find out!"
The Mayor is now whispering to her two judges, and the three of them are carefully counting votes.
Marble fidgets more. "Need... to remain... calm..."
Rarity Smiles widely, reaching out to grasp Pinkie and give her a gentle hug. "I'm sure you'll do marvelous darling! Just, ooh, just remember ME when you need to have yourself a new outfit for being the chancellor!
Pinkie_Pie awws, giving Rarity a BIG hug! "Aw, I don't really care much about the dress, Rarity, but thank you!"
Twist carefully inserts herself into the voting attendant huddle. She must belong there. She's got a big sign hanging around her neck reading 'OFFICIAL'.
Negative has arrived.
Marble looks around. Looking forlorn at not seeing his fiance with him.
Solar_Eclipse appears. Seriously, not like a teleport, just the camera panning a little to the left of the big group of ponies and there's Eclipse. "Hi" he says, looking about curiously, "What's going on?"
Negative Steps up, camera at the ready, buckled down and waiting for the right moment to take Pinkie's winning picture!
Fluttershy goes and hides in a tree, stickers muffling her faded cries. Woe is she, for the needs of two friends cannot both be met! Hearts, like clouds, are rent in twain...
Pinkie_Pie oooohs, relaaaaxing.
Marble looks around for anypony in his corner. "Oh please oh please oh please."
Twilight_Sparkle runs through her election results firework celebration spell, in her mind. Important not to miscalculate and incinerate somepony.
PUB >> Skyheart says, "Anything going on?" PUB >> Pinkie_Pie says, "ELECTION" PUB >> Grimlock says, "The roof is on fire."
One of the gray stallions wearing an election official badge looks at Twist and digs through the pile. He comes up holding a ballot smeared with candy cane bits, and stares at her.
PUB >> Marble Memory says, "Watch, it'll be announced right when a lot of work rolls in at my office."
Tiger_Lily is skipping her turn.
<OOC> Coder is glad Negative didn't run.. wouldn't want to see what a Negative campaign ad would have been like. <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "ba-dum TISH" <OOC> Negative Groans XD <OOC> Coder says, "It was RIGHT there.. couldn't be helped. >.<" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "sometimes it's best to let it play where it lies."
Solar_Eclipse moves over to Marble, imitating just a bit, "Please oh please." He's not sure what's going on exactly, but he wants to belong.
Twist dutifully licks the candy cane bits off of the ballot in one go, and tells him, "There you go! Dad'th anudder vote for be."
Pinkie_Pie stands behind Marble! He needs friends!
The official balls up the ballot and tosses it aside. "Adults only."
Gilda swishes her tail, especially fixated on the foal with the horrendous lithhp.
Negative Turns towards Pinkie and kneels down, eyes focused through the lenses of his Camera. This shall be quite the moment!
Pinkie_Pie poses dramatically.
Tiger_Lily stands over with Marble, seeing as he's giving her a place to stay, and all.
More fidgeting. "Why didn't I bring any paperwork with me? I have to calm down somehow." Marble says, looking over at the officials.
Twilight_Sparkle keeps an eye on Gilda. We don't need anyone getting eaten by a gryphon, either. That can really put a damper on the festivities.
Gilda pads over to Twilight Sparkle. "Sup 'Licious. What are you -doing- here? What are -all- these ponies doing here?"
Derpy returns to Marble's side. She sneaks a peek now and then at Pinkie Pie...who knows what's going on in her mind?
Pinkie_Pie @.@ at Derpy.
Derpy wanders around stumbling into things and ponies (and maybe a griffon).
Negative Gives a dark little snort at Derpy.
Gilda oof! "Watch it, doofus!"
Derpy blinkblinks and seems to regain cogency. She backs away with a mumbled apology.
Twist gives the vote counting official a long, icy stare. She gives her head a shake, and two little bags fall out of her poufy mane, one in front of each of her front hooves. "...lipbbbthen mipbbbthter, there are doo wayth we gad do thipbbbth. Wud involveth rich frezh cream toffee. The udder ith PBBBTHUGAR FREE."
Tiger_Lily gets stumbled into by Derpy, sputtering a little as she gets a faceful of grey feathers.
Pinkie_Pie gasps... NO SUGAR? Would Twist really sink so low?
<OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "I am laughing so hard."
Twilight_Sparkle tells the gryphon, "It's an election. Either Pinkie Pie or Marble Memory is about to be elected chancellor."
A ghost of fear passes over Gilda's face as she realizes Pinkie Pie might become an elected official. With like, POWER and stuff.
<OOC> Coder says, "We can rebuild her. We can make her better!"
Solar_Eclipse yays! "Go Mister Marble," He states, now that he knows what's going on. He just really doesn't know the other candidate afterall.
"Thank you, young prince." Marble says, bowing to the colt. "I could use all the support I can get."
The Mayor steps over to Twist. "And those two ways are...?"
Negative Holds his pose....waiting for the picture! Waiting. Waiting. ......................................................................................................................waiting.
Tiger_Lily looks around at all the new ponies, wondering how she'll ever learn all these new names!
<OOC> Fluttershy announces her surprise candidacy. (I...it was Angel's idea.) <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "Aw i wish I hadn't already voted" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "Flutter you have my vote for president" <OOC> Fluttershy says, "It's okay. I'm not *really* running." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "FLUTTERSHY FOR WORLD DICTATOR"
One of the judges holds up a provisional ballot with a note attached. "A vote for...Fluttershy? From... Squirrelly? Who's Squirrelly?"
<OOC> Solar_Eclipse votes Fluttershy for princess. That's how that works right? <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "well, if we overthrow celestia and luna and lock them both in a moon-themed dungeon we can install czar-fluttershy" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "and frankly, lets be honest, this is a great plan." <OOC> Coder says, "Agreed."
Marble suddenly loses his cool. "D'oh come on! I won, didn't I?" Marble says, then calms down. o.o
The judges look over at Marble with somber expressions. They stare at him briefly, and then return quietly to their counting and deliberating over borderline cases.
Pinkie_Pie would keep posing for Negative but has no attention span, and has wandered off to conspire - confer with Twist.
"I swear, this voter was a monster," says one of the judges in a too-loud whisper. "She had holes...in her -legs!-"
Marble walks over to Negative. "Hey. You know... I could pay you more than Pinkie for photos of me."
<OOC> Coder would totally too-loud whisper EVERYTHING!
Pinkie_Pie whispers to her. *whisperwhisperwhisper* Actually, she's just saying "Whisper whisper whisper."
Twilight_Sparkle summons a drumroll sound effect, from somewhere. Upon inspection, she's actually conjured up, and animated, a snare drum and a couple of sticks.
Twist squints up at Mayor Mare hatef- oh, no, her eyes are just watering from her hay fever. She sniffs loudly, and answers, "We juth PBBBTHED. Toffee." She pats the right hoof bag. "Pbbbthugar free." She pats the left hoof bag, then goes back to squinting. "Bud you... YOU dode LIKE toffee. I bide know the logashud of a bokth of... frepbbbthly bade [BUY THOME APPLETH]hound caddy."
Tiger_Lily watches the magic with awe, grinning
The Mayor hesitates, chewing her lip. Then she overcomes temptation and yanks the little candyfilly's lanyard off. "I knew having a Junior Vote Counter this year was a bad idea."
The going-ons aren't without observation from the Palace as standing off to the side is one of Celestia's unicorn guards, though this one's donning a custom-blue armor and is currently sans helmet for some reason or another. Hrm.
Solar_Eclipse scoots on over to Scope. "Hi!" He's greeting everypony he knows. He even gives the main cast a wave! since he's met a couple of them a few times.
Twilight_Sparkle makes the drumroll build slowly...slooooowly...
Gilda bumps into Twilight from the side. "Woop. My b."
Pinkie_Pie pokes the Mayor in the side a few times. "Hey. Hey. Results. Hey. Enough build up. Hey."
Twilight_Sparkle oofs, and drops the drumsticks. *clatter*
Twist squints even harder at Mayor Mare as her ID tag is removed. Maybe she really IS mad. Or maybe there's a lot of hay somewhere nearby. Her nose is kinda running. "Dow," the little filly husks threateningly, "PBBBTHAY BY DA-" and with that one of the election attendants picks her up around the middle and drags her offstage.
Tiger_Lily trots up, picking up the drumsticks in her mouth and holding them out to the mare quickly
Rarity Throws a hoof over her eyes and FAINTS into Twilight's arms! "Just practicing dear!"
The Mayor glares at Pinkie Pie. "Only ninety-nine percent of precincts are reporting!" she says.
Vinyl_Scratch has arrived.
Tiger_Lily smiles at Twilight around the drumsticks. "Hih!"
Twilight_Sparkle beams at Tiger Lily. "Thanks!" She telekinetically takes the drumsticks back, resuming her drumroll. She has to start over. Softly at first...
Tiger_Lily edges back to give the unicorn some space, watching the magic again <OOC> Rarity says, "AHEM- you DID catch me, right?"
Marble fidgets. Fidgets more. Fidgets the most! "This is taking so long. So... so... so long... I need Vinyl. I need her. Vinyilvinylvinylvinylvinylvinylvinylvinylvinylvinylvinyl."
With the overrachieving filly out of the way, The Mayor clears her throat and walks over to the remaining attendant for one last conference. They look over the tally and nod to each other.
Twilight_Sparkle gives Tiger Lily another smile. "Are you new? I don't think we've met before. I'm the local librarian, Twilight Sparkle."
"I'm here!" comes a cheery cry, and in teleports Vinyl herself, a grin on her face. She casually throws a hoof around Marble's shoulders. "What's up, honey?"
<OOC> Twist only got through the first half of her plan, and didn't get to write in 'Twist' instead!
"DARLING!" And soon Marble, one could swear he could teleport just now, "flings himself around his fiance and covers her in kisses."
Tiger_Lily nods. "I'm Tiger Lily, I just moved here from Hoofington!"
At that moment, Mayor Mare picks up her megaphone. It blares for a moment, transitioning from feedback to samba to bullfrogs croaking to what sounds like reggae for a brief moment, before resolving into silence. "CITIZENS OF PONYVILLE!!" she announces.
Tiger_Lily looks away from Twilight to the mayor
Gilda winces. "Ow, jeez!"
Negative Perks his ears up and immediately goes into 'camera mode' getting ready to take Pinkie's picture!!
Vinyl_Scratch earperks, mid-kiss with Marble!
Marble is staring right at the mayor. He won. He won!
The guardpony's eyes shift downward to Solar and offers the young prince a brief nod, then his ears perk upward and his attention now turns to the older mare standing atop the stage, ears flicking forward.
Mayor Mare continues: "The ballots have been counted, and we are now prepared to announce the results of the election of Ponyville's! New! Chancellor!" A Professor Comet Galaxy also flutters in and lands right next to a certain guardpony by the stage. Does she even have permission to be there? Who knows.
Pinkie_Pie clambers up on top of Marble's head, leaning forward eagerly...
Twilight_Sparkle perks her ears. "Oh, Hoofington! I've been there. In fact, not to brag, but I was interviewed once for an article in the Hoofington Post." She snaps to attention, realizing she's missing the announcement!
Solar_Eclipse nods back once and then looks up, waiting.
Tiger_Lily says "talk after the election's over?"
Twist wrestles up over the head of a couple of burly usher ponies, waving one stubby hoof and yelling, "Be! Twipbbbtht! I'b da doo chanpbbbthellor!" before being dragged down again.
Vinyl_Scratch taps her hooves nervously in the ground. Taptaptaptaptap-cutitoutVinyl-taptaptap.
The Mayor clears her throat, setting off a new, horrible course of feedback for a few seconds. There, it's gone. "The results are as follows! Spike the Dragon..."
<OOC> Vinyl_Scratch snerks.
"Could that vote even count? He's a baby!" Marble declares. Then clings tightly to his fiance.
Comet Galaxy blinks and leans forward.
"...Princess Celestia, she who rules and guides us all, and provides splendid light for ponies, creatures and foliage alike!"
Gilda tosses her head. "Not to brag! Not to brag! I'm Twilight Sparkle, and I don't mean to -brag-!" She grins. "C'mon, 'licious. False modesty stinks."
Vinyl_Scratch clings to Marble and whispers, "That's it, we can have Memoire running next year."
Twilight_Sparkle awws. She walks over to Pinkie. "You ran a good race, Pinkie Pie."
Pinkie_Pie says "Stay AWAY from me, you pathetic griffon thing! NO!"
Tiger_Lily follows Twillight
Gilda rears back. Woah, what?
Pinkie_Pie snorts, smoke coming from her nostrils!
Derpy clomps her hooves on the ground and cheers, exulting in the fireworks and the results!!
Marble finally lets go of Vinyl and winces. "I'm so out of shape." Marble then walks over to his opponent and offers her his hoof. "Pinkamena Diance Pie. You were a worthy opponent. It was an honor."
The guardpony's horn begins to glow, greenish aura surrounding Scope's horn as he looks to be preparing for a spell. "Comet.", he finally murmurs, nodding aside to the recently landed mare before looking back towards the crowd and then narrowing his eyes towards Pinkie. "You might want to get to a safe distance."
Twilight_Sparkle blinks a bit. "Pinkie, are you feeling all right?"
Pinkie_Pie's eyes swirl with dark clouds, and glow green.
Tiger_Lily recoils a little from the pink pony
Negative's mouth drops open and his head tilts to one side, looking absolutely astonished. "Imp, Impossible! T, this cannot be! "He whimpers and looks at his camera, and then to Pinkie. "W, what's going on?!"
Pinkie_Pie says "I have NOT been beaten by... by this pencil pushing... grAAAAR!!!"
Twilight_Sparkle's eyes widen. "I...think Scope is right. Everypony ought to get back a bit."
Tiger_Lily says "Wh-what's going on?!"
Gilda says, "Dude, Pinkster's going NOVA."
Comet Galaxy nods to the guard, looking around cautiously before stepping back.
Pinkie_Pie's back erupts with ragged moth wings.
Blue_Yonder backs away from Pinkie. "Erm. What - ohh."
Marble is still holding out his hoof to Pinkie, but his expression is that of shock. "M... m-mi--- WHAT THE [BUIY SOME APPLES]?!"
Derpy looks over at Pinkie...and...
Pinkie_Pie says "You. YOU. CHANCELLOR."
Tiger_Lily screams, backpedaling. "EEeeeeep!"
Scope takes a few steps forward and lifts his head high with horn glowing bright, an orb of light appearing at the tip. "Stand down, Changeling."
Gilda's eyes widen.
Twilight_Sparkle assumes a suddenly agressive posture, her legs wide and her horn pointed forward. Her eyes, and horn, flash with white light.
Pinkie_Pie starts to walk slowly toward him, snorting, black smoke pouring from her nostrils.
Marble takes a step back. "Wh... wh... I was running against a..."
Vinyl_Scratch steps forward, in front of Pinkie. "Leave. Him. Alone."
Rarity dips back a few nervous paces. "P, Pinkie, darling, pl, please calm down! This isn't like you at all!"
Twist sidles up to the Royal Heir. "Pbbbtho, I hear you hab... pbbbthugar problebth."
Gilda quickly gets out of the way!
Pinkie_Pie stops in place, quivering. "So much... so much AFFECTION," she spits.
Sugar_Rush has arrived.
<OOC> Sugar_Rush waves. <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Hi, Sugar! I'm about to rampage, you're just in time."
Marble shakes his head no to his fiance. "No... please don't do that... you have Memoire." Marble says. He steps forward trying to be brave. "I won this election fair and square. You can't go turning into a monster to change the result!"
Comet can't help fluttering up to the guard's side. "It was... I knew... they've... Oh my stars."
Negative whimpers quietly. From everything he's learned about Pinkie since moving to Ponyville, this isn't like her at ALL!
Gilda shouts, "What the crap is going on in this election?!"
Tiger_Lily looks around in panic.
Twilight_Sparkle tosses her head; the air ripples outward from her as she casts the best spell she knows for dispelling illusions.
Vinyl_Scratch stands tall and defiant.
Pinkie_Pie snorts! "You still - you think this is about your pathetic little election! By Discord, you're... so, so, SAD!"
Blue_Yonder ducks behind the voting station to rummage through his backpack. This means the -real- Pinkie is still out there somewhere, and he aims to figure out where. Somehow.
Pinkie_Pie lifts a hoof. A bright glow of violet light, obviously Twilight's, vibrates off of it and disappates uselessly, as if bouncing off a shield.
Vinyl_Scratch takes a very brave, very stupid step forward. "You can shut up, right now. What have you done with Pinkie Pie?"
Pinkie_Pie says "Fine. Fine... you want to see the real me?"
Negative's ears fold down quietly. "P, Pinkie Pie? W, what is the meaning of this? What's happening to you? I, I thought the election wasn't that important to you. Did you eat some bad cupcakes?" He giggles- come on, laugh...
Pinkie_Pie says "I can show you the REAL me."
Marble takes in a deep breath. What was it Vinyl told him after the fire? He take s a deep breath and takes flight. Be brave. Be brave... be brave. Gotta get this thing away from Ponyville.
Tiger_Lily adjusts her mane flower to a more jaunty angle, trying to be brave, standing tall.
Twilight_Sparkle snorts indignantly. "Show yourself. And then show me where you've taken my friend."
Pinkie_Pie turns a pitch baclk, darker than space, and a long, jagged horn erupts from her forehead. It looks painful.
Pinkie_Pie says "Oh, this day...."
Tiger_Lily pales, legs shaking
The Mayor...sees some very unexpected things happening. She dashes into Town Hall, and moments later, a loud rising siern is repeatedly heard--by the Town Square, it's very loud.
Comet moves next to Twilight. "Tread carefully, Sparkle."
Pinkie_Pie says "Was going to be PERFECT."
Derpy shouts "An alarm siren is currently ringing out all over Ponyville, coming from Town Hall!" (Public-shout)
Chrysalis raises her head, her glowing green eyes opening again.
Gilda quickly backs up, next to Twilight. Then, deciding this is still too close to the action, she backs away from Twilight. Then, deciding that any NUMBER of these bizarro ponies could turn into a weird crispy pony-insect thing. She takes off into the air.
"Who are you?!" Marble shouts at her. Marble, as such, doesn't know who this it. He's never met the changeling queen. He was out of Canterlot during that event.
Scope's ear flicks for a moment and his attention turns elsewhere, the guard looking quite interested in a nearby apple stand.. or at least something in that general vicinity.
Rarity quickly stands next to Twilight. Magic, clothes, illusions- now THAT is something she's quite good at. "Darling, PLU-LEASE! Calm yourself. This isn't like you at all! ...Not, like you in the slightest. "She sputters, frowns and points her horn towards Pinkie, just like Twilight. "What have you done with Pinkie, you Ruffian!?"
Vinyl_Scratch stops dead. "Chry... chr..."
Tiger_Lily makes a great deal of effort to wake up from this nice day turned nightmare, and fails.
The creature's tail flicks. Holes drill their way through her own legs and several points of her body. "He doesn' even know who I am..." she says, in the softest, calmest, most dangerous sounding voice you've ever heard.
Comet finishes for the stricken DJ. "I do. Queen Chrysalis."
Twilight_Sparkle takes a step forward, emboldened by having Rarity at her flank.
She poses dramatically as Comet says her name. "I had BETTER be having my picture taken right about now..." she hisses to Negative.
Blue_Yonder finds what he's looking for - a compass. One given to him long ago by an old business partner. Now he just needs something of Pinkie's. Hmmmm.
"Chrysalis?!" come cries from the crowd. "She's... back?"
"Chrysalis,", speaks up the guardpony before he vanishes in a teleport, reappearing inbetween the Changeling & DJ and quietly looking up at the much taller being. "We've been expecting you."
Negative runs around in utter panic! He's a photographer! He takes pictures! Pictures of ponies! This was -NOT- in the job description!! "What do I do?! what do I do?!"
"Chrysal-- The queen of the Changelings?!" Marble lowers himself down to her level once more. He is no fighter. But he *was* artifact keeper. "Don't take her picture." Stay calm. Calm.
Tiger_Lily edges up shakily on Twilight's other side, baring her teeth at the insectoid beast.
The Mayor emerges and runs over toward Scope. "You. You're with the Royal Guard, aren't you? We need your help!" She points at the...the thing that she'd thought was Pinkie Pie. "We have to muster forces! And this town only has five guards!"
Chrysalis smooths back her tatty, greasy hair, and polishes one of the bright bulbs of her ersatz black 'crown'. *ting*. "That's me."
Vinyl_Scratch looks at Marble. Heart pounding with fear. But... Marble's being *brave.*
Red_Velvet has connected.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Coder will not die when I am god for posting that picture. Bonus points." <OOC> Coder laughs. ^.^ <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "RED, you just walked into a complete sh*tstorm."
Marble needs a plan. He needs to get this changeling out of Ponyville. He knows what Changelings feed off of. But how? "Why? You're in violation of Celestia knows how many treaties! If the gryphons and the dragons hear of this..."
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Yes! I'm actually Chrysalis! Isn't that charming?"
Rarity Takes a step forward nervously, but feeling MUCH braver with Twilight next to her. "You, You can't be serious! Twilight, we defeated her! We BEAT her! She cannot be HERE!"
Derpy lifts her head and calls out. "PIINKIIEEE! NOT SO SORE LOSEERR!"
The queen snorts softly at the guard who's moved in front of her. "'We'?"
Negative Whimpsers. "Don't take her picture?! W, what will happen if I do?!" He stammers, ducking behind Marble. Seems like the swauve, and enigmatic pony is actually quite the scardy hooves! Who knew!
Scope boggles as the Mayor comes running up to him, already standing infront of Chrysalis. "Stand back, Mayor." Infact, the guard glowers at everypony around before barking a command. "In fact, EVERYPONY needs to step back -NOW-!" His amber eyes shift to resume looking up at the changing queen standing before him. "Oh yes. "We"."
Comet Galaxy looks gravely at Rarity. "Indeed. But this is what the changelings have been planning for some time. Just the perfect opportunity to feed off the love and admiration of ponies in this town. And... and of that couple." she points to Marble and Vinyl. It's true, they've got the most love in here.
Tiger_Lily heeds the guard and starts to edge back away from the changeling a little
Vinyl_Scratch pulls her fiance back, and grabs Tiger Lily's shoulders to gently pull her away, too.
Blue_Yonder packs his things back up and hovers quietly into the air while the rest are distracted by Chrysalis. He's never seen the Queen in person before, and he's not anxious to stick around to see what the's capable of. He flies very slowly but subtly, like a cargo blimp.
Negative turns towards Scope immediately! Guard pony! Protector! He knows about Scope! He's heard of him! "You there! There is a changling! Help us!" He shouts, turning to race towards Scope and hopefully dive behind him- camera bouncing around his neck. "Please!!"
"Think about it, Changelings feed off love. Oh, if she had won and you took that picture..." Marble is guessing, though,. He doesn't know for certain. "Well, then... I guess you'll just... have to catch me..." Marble says, and starts to fly off slowly just to see if she'd chase hm... or would if Vinyl hadn't grabbed hold of him.
Tiger_Lily jumps a little as she's grabbed on the shoulder, spinning, relaxing slightly when she sees another pony.
Twilight_Sparkle keeps an eye on Tiger Lily! The earth pony's bravery is appreciated, but at the same time, Twilight is determined not to let a new friend get hurt, and this is a dangerous situation! "You know you can't beat us," she says to the queen, her eyes flashing white. "We beat you before and I've studied your weaknesses ever since. If you have something to say, say it, and then give me back my friend and get out."
Tiger_Lily backs away from the changeling
Red_Velvet slowly sachays into the square, looking around at all the chaos and smirking with a soft giggle, "My, my, my...what have we here?" She seems not the least bit surprised or worried as she takes in the scene.
Vinyl_Scratch grabs her agent, pulling her into the huddle of her, Marble and Tiger. "Red! I have good news and bad news!
Badnewsfirstwehavetokeepawaaaayyy..." she says, wracked with nerves.
Firefly has arrived.
Tiger_Lily focuses intently in the huddle
Chrysalis glances down. "Hmm? Oh, yes, the Element," she says dismissively. "The one who got lucky and found the Princess. The one who couldn't even GET to the precious Elements and turned out to be totally irrelevant. Yes, I'm sure you've been hitting your books hard, dear, Pinkie told me all about you." She smiles toothily. "Grownups are talking now. Hush, all right?"
Comet flutters a few feet in the air and surveys the situation, keeping a close eye on Scope.
Firefly races down from the high skies, having no clue what the siren meant but just had to check it out. Rather than her usual rumbling thundercloud and lightning contrail a serene silvery moon light trail streamns bshind her now as she comes in towards town.
Red_Velvet wraps her hooves around Vinyl, Marble, and Tiger Lily, seeming quite pleased to huddle with them.
Marble flails a bit before he's back on the ground huddled with Vinyl. "Keep away, y-yes. I can do that. But why would this changeling want to get elected? What is her plan?" Marble finally stops. "I need to stand up to her. I was her opponent. I have to find out why." Marble gently wriggles his way out of the huddle and nervously walks up to the queen. Yes, his supply of courage is starting to run low... but he has to be brave. "Why?! Why this farce?"
Chance has arrived.
Pinkie_Pie glances up at Firefly, and her horn flashes. Abruptly, a sickly green shield appears around the central area of Ponyville, shimmering and partially transparent.
"Marble, no!" Oh, Celestia, for once, why can't this colt be content with cowering in panic?!
Tiger_Lily watches nervously as Marble confronts the eldritch monster
Derpy walks along behind Marble, looking not exactly brave, but unwilling to leave just yet. A trace of stalwartness can be seen on her muzzle, and it must be worth something that her eyes are steady.
Red_Velvet watches with some interest, not exactly concern, but interest.
"Marble, she wants us! Leave her alone! You're walking into her trap! It's our love she wants, come back!" screams Vinyl at the new Chancellor.
Rarity glances nervously at Twilight and then back at the changling queen, entirely not sure how to handle the situation. "T, Twilight, dear, what do we do?"
Chance trots around the corner from the direction of the hotels, and glances around, wondering what all the noise is about.
Derpy shouts "A sickly green shield has just appeared around the central area of Ponyville, shimmering and partially transparent." (Public-shout)
Twilight_Sparkle's nostrils flare. NOBODY talks to her that way. Unfortunately, the immediate result of this is some sputtering of things like "OOH...Why, I'll kave you know that...that is...RRRRGH!"
And then the changeling locks them all in the bubble. "O... o-oh dear." Looks like they're trapped here in the whim of a changeling. Marble clears his throat. He looks at his fiance. "She's already trapped us!"
<OOC> Twist just wants Twilight to know, that was the most IC dialog she thinks she's ever heard.
Vinyl_Scratch shudders and huddles closer to Red Velvet.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie applauds Twilight as well. <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Twilight's Angrish is wonderful." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "you're all so excellent at these characters!" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ivYHY8V-XA" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "She sure showed Chryssy up there. "
Freestone has arrived. MapleWing has arrived.
Red_Velvet smiles gently and nuzzles Vinyl, hugging her softly. Her eyes locked on the changeling queen. She seems more bemused by Twilight Sparkle's outburst then worried as she watches.
Scope sighs, rubbing his forehead as Marble decides to step up and be a hero. "Step away, Marble. Otherwise she'll turn you into an emotionless husk of a pony and I'm sure your beloved wouldn't really like that all too much. Plus I think she'd blame me for it so please, get away."
THE DARK PINKIE comments, "Oh, you were useful for one thing, Twilight. I learned this marvelous shield spell from your brother. It was so difficult dragging it, kicking and screaming, out of his mind, even when he thought I was his one, true love... so, even if you're personally a useless piece of flesh, your family was useful, at any rate."
Marble stomps his hoof on the ground as hard as he can. It's not impressive. But he is running low on courage. "Wh-why?! You aren't answering my question!" He takes a cautious step back from the changeling queen again.
Tiger_Lily stands free of the huddle, trying to keep her legs from shaking
Twilight_Sparkle stomps the floor ineffectually. Stompstompstompstompstomp! "Ooh...YOU...why, when I...rrrrrgh!" She loses her temper and fires a bolt of lightning from her horn directly at the changeling. ZZZZZZZOT!
Vinyl_Scratch hangs her head a little, looking defeated. "Marble... Marble... listen to Sunflare. He knows best right now."
The queen inhales deeply. "In a moment, dear Marbie, in a moment. One thing at a time..." she glances around the gathered, fearful ponies, and smiles. "Changelings. Now." And then the bolt hits Chrysalis squarely in the face.
Negative's eyes widen when he sees- thats it! It's her! "Firefly! FIREFLY!" He calls, waving his arms back and forth. He hopes she remembers him! Oh please! "Down here!! Firefly! Down here! Quickly! Help us! "He squeals. "There are CHANGLINGS!"
Red_Velvet covers her muzzle with a hoof and giggles at the scene, then coughs and attempts to hide it, "My isn't this...tense."
Vinyl_Scratch looks aghast at Red! "You're... you're LAUGHING?!"
Sugar_Rush stays off to the side, as he was in the area to make some deliveries when...all this, whatever it is...happened.
Chance blinks lightly as he spots the Changling Queen, and sighs lightly, rubbing a hoof against his forehead. "Changlings? Figures.." He trots straight toward the Queen, making a good solid beeline toward her.
Several guards in leather barding with very modest brooches come running around Town Hall. They see the source of danger and hesitate, talking to each other. One runs into Town Hall.
Marble steps back again, then runs back to his fiance. "That's all the courage I can muster. There's something about her. "What good is it to get away, we're stuck in here, isolated from the outside world."
Red_Velvet glances at Vinyl with a small pout, "I'm sorry dear, it's just that...the trouble over the past few days begins to make some sense now. And marble, that was incredibly brave of you dear. I had no idea you had it in you."
Vinyl_Scratch takes Marble in her arms, and kisses his forehead, holding him tight. A dangerous thing to do with a Changeling in sight, but she can't help it - nor can she help the tears spilling from her eyes. "I'm so, so, so proud of you."
Twilight_Sparkle looks startled that her anger-bolt actually found its mark! She's started a couple fires in her life, by missing. She seizes the opportunity and advances on the changeling queen. "TELL ME WHERE PINKIE PIE IS, YOU...YOU...BIG..." She's Twilight Sparkle. She would have had to read a book on insulting your enemies, to properly prepare for this.
Blue_Yonder continues his search for clues to Pinkie's whereabouts. If he could get something that was dear to her, his compass could point the way, but he's not a good enough friend with her to know what that might be.
Rarity Leans in close to Twilight "Ruffian, Darling. " She whispers. Tiger_Lily takes another small breath, forcing herself to stand her ground and not join the huddle behind her. "Careful, Twilight!"
Red_Velvet closes her eyes and with a small smile basks in the love spilling from her friends. In fact...she seems to be feeding off it.
Twist has disconnected.
Scope starts to speak again but he's distracted by the sudden bolt of energy smacking his "opponent" in the face, lifting a brow aside to Twilight in a bit of shock. "Well.. I WAS going to try to stall and distract her until your teacher got here but now you've gone and done it." Letting out a sigh, the armored pony takes a step back and takes aim with his horn as that point of light reappears at the horn tip.
Comet Galaxy is fixated on the action, before she flutters down to land next to Vinyl. "The biggest gift you can give him now is to let him go."
Vinyl_Scratch stares at Comet. "Who do you think you are, huh?" she snaps. "Marble's being brave, and you're telling me to LEAVE him ALONE?!"
Chance trots up beside Twilight and glances over to her and Rarity. "Interesting night we're having. Oh, and nice shot." he adds. He doesn't stop though, as he continues on to where Scope is.
Derpy's head is arching from one horizon to the other. "...green...round...see-through...wobble..." She follows the shield along its entire circumference. "...is...is...BUBBLE!!"
"There's something else bothering me about this, darling. If she's the changeling queen... why aren't we being assaulted by the entire swarm? Don't they usually work together?" Marble does not notice Red at all.
Comet lets her eyes lock on Scope's, and she indicates, gently, subtly, towards Red Velvet. And she mouths, "Danger."
Red_Velvet opens one eye and finding the order has been given she lowers her horn, and runs straight at Twilight Sparkle's back. She's attacking the Element of Magic!
Tiger_Lily turns as she hears hoofbeats, eyes widening Tiger_Lily throws herself between the two!
Firefly's curious dive comes up short as she sees the shield's magic forming before she sees the shield itself, pulling into a hover. She sees everypony below and titls her head, waving back to Negative. She was too far out to hear very well, but it looked like a party for the new Mayor elect. Ooooh, and the invited a few of those new changlethings creatures. It would be nice to meet more of them, though t'was hardly fair, keeping her out here while the party was in THERE. She grins jets upwards, spinning after levelling off to hover, her wings revving up to the tune of a jet engine spooling up...assuming one was outside to hear it, then in a roar of thunder she vanishes as an intense lightning bolt flashes down and slams into the shield.
The changeling's face slowly repears behind the violet-electric glow. She inhaaaaales, slowly, and the rest of the energy... sucks up into her nostrils. Her eyes briefly glow purple. "Not bad," she says softly. "Tastes like persimmons. I suppose. I don't eat." She looks down at Twilight with a stony, impassive face; it rather reminds you of Luna. "... are you done, now, little filly?"
Vinyl_Scratch rolls her eyes at Red Velvet, her normally magenta eyes slightly tinted with a dirty emerald colour. "Psh. They're ruining everything, the lot of them."
Negative Trembles with a whimper, pressing up against Scope. "S, she's down? Is she gone? Did Twilight beat her? "He asks. "What should we do?! What should -I- do?!" He whimpers. "Oh! NO! She's gotten back up! Changlings are very difficult opponents! Scope, is it? Do you know firefly? She doesn't seem to be heading down here! What should we do?!" He whines. Hard to be brave at a time like this!
Pinkie_Pie SCREECHES as Firefly slams into the shield. "OWOWOWOW! FIFTEEN YEARS OF EGGLAYING!" she swears with great vigor. "GYAAA! My sweethart could have mentioned the INCREDIBLE migraines!"
Twilight_Sparkle blinks, calls out "Chance! WAIT!" and snaps her head foward, trying to grab his tail in her teeth. She doesn't notice Red Velvet bearing down on her until the last moment..."TIGER LILY! NO!" She puts all her magical energy into teleporting the brave earth pony aside, to safety.
Derpy trembles as the shield rocks with lightning energy...but holds! She huddles, but soon regains her bravery and walk over toward its eastern edge, and the marketplace...as it fills more of her field of vision, she walks slower and slower, awed by the massive thing.
This is *not a detail lost on Marble. Hey, he's a bureaucrat. *Details* are his expertise. He releases Vinyl and steps back. "Wh... buh..." Those are not her eyes. For starters, his fiance's eyes are unforgettable! "V... V-Vinyl?"
Scope's ear flicks to the voice and eyes shift to the sound of galloping hooves, spotting a pregnant mare running waaaay faster than she really should be and on a direct beeline towards a certain violet Element of Harmony. "Twilight, get DOWN." Torpedo away! The projectile of energy launches from the tip of the stallion's horn, zipping across the way in the direction of the charging Red Velvet.
Sugar_Rush carefully sneaks over to somewhere that is, at least as far as he can tell, out of the line of fire, and near the edge of the green "bubble". He begins carefully tapping it with a hoof...
Vinyl_Scratch smirks a little. "Look at you..." she says, running a hoof down Marble's cheek. "So brave, so brave. Standing up for me like that. I admire you, I really do..."
Tiger_Lily stumbles over the cobblestones and falls as she appears several feet away, looking back in confusion and horror as Velvet charges the now exposed Twilight
Rarity is a filly with a passion for fashion, but when she sees her friends threatened- well, it's an entirely different story. Rarity isn't nearly as talented at Magic as Twilight, but she IS capable of a good shield spell every now and then, and when she notices Red Velvet barreling towards her companion, she twists about to summon a bright bluish shield of pulsating magical energy! "I, think, NOT!"
Chance doesn't get to Scope. His tail gets snagged and he glances back to Twilight. "I need to.." His eyes grow wide as he spots the pony charging Twilight. Twilight gets her friend teleported, and a moment later she's shoved to the side by Chance, who puts himself in the charging pony's way. An ice wall starts to form in front of him, very quickly. Steel-hard ice. Scope's magic missle sails past it toward the changeling.
Red_Velvet hears the crackling bolt of energy from the stallion's horn and turns her head just as the magic slams into her. It sends her rolling about five feet. But in an instant she is back on her hooves with a sneer. Or at least the changling was. Bloated and fat from -months- of feeding off of the love of Red Velvet's friends and family. She smirks and just for laughs her disguise reappears, "Oh...well that did tingle a bit. Mister Sunflare, I am surprised at you! Striking a fine-bred lady of quality."
Twilight_Sparkle looks fearfully and suspiciously around at everypony! It could be anypony! But...she doesn't want to hurt any of her friends, any innocent ponies at all...she looks around helplessly. Tossing her head, she casts that illusion dispelling spell again, hoping that while the queen is momentarily weakened it might work on some of the others. The air shimmers out from her body.
Marble feels a chill. This isn't Vinyl. "Wh... wh-what did they do to you?" Marble says, pulling back. "Vinyl... think about Memoire! Memoire! Our daughter!" Seething... suddenly, Marble feels more courage aagin and whirls to trot right up up to the changeling queen. Nopony. But *nopony.* [BUYS SOME APPLES] with the fiance of Marble Roosevelt Memory! "I am Marble Memory! Former Keeper of Artifacts! Master of Rituals! Filer of Late Study Paperwork!" Marble stares the queen in the eyes. "Nopony hurts my family!" Rearing up, wings at full spread, he cries out and tries to give the queen a flying tackle. He is *not* a fighter. If he were Salsa Verde, MAYBE.
Comet's eyes widen, and she suddenly delves into Vinyl Scratch's saddlebags (much to the DJ's protest!) and pulls out a cobalt amulet, and throws it towards Mr. Memory. "Wear it! Wear it!" she urges.
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Note: You found Marble's berserk button. Whether he's DANGEROUS is probably not so. "
Red_Velvet frowns as her disguise is once again stripped away and two barriers appear between herself and the elements. She glowers at both Chance and rarity dangerously, still using Red Velvet's voice, even though it comes from a different creature entirely, "You three...I am going to enjoy taking my time with..."
And somewhere back and away from the center of the square, Fluttershy's head finally emerges - she's been in the tree this entire time, putting her in just the right spot to see Blue Yonder fretting and searching. She looks back at her friends and Chrysalis until the Queen's gaze is pointed somewhere else and then rockets away toward Sugarcube Corner...
Tiger_Lily shudders at the grotesque monsters flashing into existance, stumbling upright, murmuring "w-wake up, wake up wake up wakeupwakeupwakeup!"
Chrysalis rubs her forehead, scowling. "You. Now YOU are a headache," she hisses at Marble. There's a green glow around Marble, and he slows, then stops, in midair, finally tumbling to a stop about a foot from her, dangling upside down.
Firefly has indeed, slammed into the shield. Even in lightning flight a wall is a wall. Once the light fades and the blackend smoke disparses a bit the Squire can be made out like a bug on a windshield, kinda facehugging the green field, wins spread and flat, slightly ruffled. The mare slowly sliding down along the dome back towards the road area. She she finally thumps to the ground she sits there "By Luna that hurt...." the Squire completely bedazzled for several moments. She sits, blinking, then her eyes shift into slitted green draconic looking eyes and she hisses towards the town while flaring her wings. "OH, you wanna play hardball do ya?!?!....Game....ON!!!!!" then lies down, closes her eyes, and flops over on her side.
Firefly_Moon has arrived.
Negative whimpers quietly. "There are ponies everywhere, left and right...a, anyone of them could be a changling!" He stammers, leaning against the sun guard, his camera rattling around his neck. "Her....Him.........even me." He hisses, and draws forward to -=SLAM=- his camera into the back of the guard ponies head. "AHhh, so much devotion for the town...It is delicious..."
<OOC> MapleWing didnt know there was a big RP going on... whats happening? O.O <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "CHANGELINGS EVERYWHERE" <OOC> Negative says, "Oh, yes." <OOC> Negative says, "We're ALL changlings here!"
Blue_Yonder drifts around slowly, still searching for something he can use to orient his compass to, not quite noticing that he's being headed off by a few airborne changelings.
Sugar_Rush continues tapping on the "bubble" to make sure that it doesn't shock him or anything....
Tiger_Lily notices her tiger lily discarded on the ground, wondering when it fell, then planting her hooves firmly on the ground, locking her gaze on Red Velvet...or what used to be Red Velvet.
"It's not often I get the chance to do it, MA'AM.", replies the guardstallion with a rather smug grin, though a hoof reaches back and shoos the frightened Negative. "It isn't safe here. Go hide with the rest of the ponies." Once Chrysalis grabs Marble though, Scope's eyes widen and his horn alights once more. "Oh no you don't!" But before he can step forward he's got a camera slamming into the back of his head from a not so frightened Negative. o.o The big pony staggers and stumbles forward with a groan, dropping down a peg and closing his eyes tightly. "Alright.. That hurt."
Marble grunts as he is stopped. "Well... I was never much of a flyer..." Marble then spots the amulet. He raches out to catch it... wrestles with it an dputs it around his neck. "I am a magnificent Keeper of Artifacts. An expert, they might say." Unfortunately he has it on, now what? He's still being held in stasis in front of the queen. "You still haven't answered my question, by the way. I asked *why.* Plenty of places to find love without angering Element bearers." Marble is still seething. And his want to protect Vinyl and Memory giving him no end of courage. "Also, even if none of us here can stop you, so what? One word in Canterlot and you have both princesses he--"" Marble stops... "We're bait, aren't we?"
Rarity Takes a step back, turning to face Red...RED VELVET! Of all ponies- one of her close, personal friends! "Twilight- Worry about the queen! I shall handle this...this...horrid doppleganger! "She announces. "How, DARE you harm my friends!
Chance ignores the changling and looks to Rarity. "Help Twilight. That shield is annoying me." He turns, and charges straight away from the elements toward the shield, horn down. He probably gets laughed at, charging the shield. He ignores any attempt to stop him, and runs full-speed into the shield. There's a massive energy surge the moment he hits it. The energy of the shield shifts, changing from energy that holds together, to it's opposite. It lets him through, and the effect ripples dangerously through the shield. A moment later the shield over Ponyville explodes apart into waves of green energy.
Comet Galaxy lets out a shriek, rushing over to the guard. "Sunflare!"
...and from Sugarcube Corner, Fluttershy comes streaking back, her eyed squeezed halfway shut against the wind. She lands just outside the barrier, as close to Blue Yonder as she can, and unloads from her saddlebag...Gummy? "W-will this help?"
Red_Velvet smiles coyly at Rarity, her disguise back in place once more, playing upon the feelings of the ponies, "Oh Rarity, darling! Just think of all the times we sat at tea, all the times we talked about intimate personal problems, all the times we supported one another when there was trouble over the past months. Are you really going to harm me? Red Velvet?"
Marble grunts. "Sheesh. I've met *boxes* more informative than you." Marble takes a quick look at the pendant. He recognizes this! It's something he's catalogued before. "Okay, fine, if you won't talk, I'll talk. "I'm an expert on artifacts." Marble takes hold of it. "Ever heard of a Love Locket? Very rare. Very powerful. Supposedly it can amplify the power of love energy in unpredictable ways. I've actually had the privilege of keeping one in my stores. It's mostly just used as a bauble for strong expression of affection... buuuut...." Marble is totally improvising now. He holds out the amulet and closes his eyes, and a large build up of enegry begins. "You see... it's only useful if there's love in there... from a pony who loves the holder." Marble is shaking now, Chrysalis' energy is getting weaker. "Tell me. What happens when a changeling overeats?"
Derpy has finally reached the bubble's edge! She cautiously reaches out...steels herself, her face growing grim...and STABS it with a hoof! BANG! The shield shatters!! "BUBBLE...POP!!!!!!!!!!" screams Derpy triumphantly, thinking it was her doing.
Tiger_Lily charges at Red Velvet, baring her teeth again.
Plain_Sight comes running into the square hearing all the ruckus. She's come to finish her fight she started with Red Velvet last night. Instead it seems the whole town is in a fight! She looks around seeing what is going on.
Chrysalis taps Marble's upside-down snout with a smug smile. "You want me to /exposit/? How charming! Oh, very well. Taking over Pinkie and her little whim to run for chancellor not only eliminates the Elements as a danger, but lets me be the focus of allllll that affection from the entire town voting for her! And then... and then.... you... decided... to... run..." she caresses a hoof over Marble's cheek. "For a made up, iamginary position. That no one but Pinkie could possibly want. Just... because. And then... you got half of Ponyville... half of my love... to vote... for you." She touches her nose to his, hissing very, very softly, "For. YOU."
Rarity Snarls. "YOU are NOT my dear friend, Red Velvet! YOU are a utter and horrid changling! "She announes, and sighs when she sees Tiger_Lily racing towards her doom. "Darling! NO! Stay back, this creature isn't to be trusted and she certainly has a MISERABLE taste in fashion! I should have KNOWN you weren't the real Red Velvet when you greeted me the other day wearing that gaudy little red and green number! I'd through the circus had come to town, darling, but I didn't say anything. But you were so loud you could have given Miss Vinyl Scratch lessons. And those SHOES...UGH. "
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "CANON: all of Ponyville beleives Derpy heroically popped my shield."
PUB >> The Mini Minion Firefly says, "YOu realize Firefly thinhs this bubble is Celestia's doing somehow. >"
Red_Velvet's ears flick backward, hearing the pony charging up behind her and grinning, she wheels about trying to position herself so that she can see both Rarity and Tiger Lily. She lowers her head, horn beginning to glow a sickly green. "Ah, ah...I wouldn't if I were you..."
Tiger_Lily skids to a halt as she's seen, legs locking up
"Welp, that's going to leave a mark.", Scope grumbles as he gets back to his hooves with a hoof rubbing at the back of his head before bringing it back before his eyes. "Well.. no blood, that's always good." Flashing Comet a brief smile followed by an "I'm ok.", Scope gets back to his hooves and tosses a glare over his shoulder to fire a short burst of energy at the Negative-ling from the tip of his horn.
The queen screeeches loudly again, but it turns out it isn't from the locket; the shield breaking has hit her. "WHY does everyone want to burst my buble?!" she complains. She does not raise the field again, however.
Blue_Yonder sees Fluttershy approaching with ... a very small alligator? He slows to a halt to see just what she's carrying. And tries to figure out how to fit an alligator into the compass's inner compartment, if that's what she's planning. They'll have to deal with a couple of changelings first, though, to get the two together.
"Oh, well, nothing personal. I just happen to have a lot of friends is all." Marble says, looking down at the artifact. Looks like it's time to use it. It's glowing quite brightly. But how...? Marble takes a moment to think, then he clops his hooves together. "Enjoy all the love you can take and more, your highness." Marble says defiantly, slipping the locket off from around his neck and slips it right around the queen's neck. And as a followup, he... pats her cheek. "What a shame. The dating scene tends to be wide open these days." He hopes whatever the love will do will do it to the queen.
Derpy grins back at her cutie mark as the last shards of the bubble tumble and vanish around her. She runs back toward the site of the chaos! "Pop pop pop pop POP!" is her battle cry.
Vinyl_Scratch regains consciousness, before blinking in the light and staring up at Marble, taking it in. "Son of a..." she murmurs, before her hooves are lifted off the ground and she joins Marble in the aura that surrounds him. "The Love Locket." she whispers to him, before taking his hoof and charging her horn as he slips the locket over the Queen's head.
Tiger_Lily looks between Red Velvet and the big fireworks display going on around Chrysalis
Negative gives Scope a bow, waiting patiently for the guard pony to arise. "General Negative of the changling swarm. Our hive has been reconning you 'ponies' for quite some time. My goodness it feels good to be rid of this wretched form. "He hisses, long green tongue snaking out for a moment, slithering at the air before zipping back into his mouth. "Are you re- OHOHOH!" He bounces away into the sky, nimbly dodging the blast from the guard pony, wings buzzing wildly. "I shall feed off of you, first...go on...get ANGRY!"
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Hey, um... I need to head home soon. Is it possible we coul dpause for like... 20 minutes?"
Surprisingly, Rarity's comments seem to infuriate the Changeling Red Velvet. "W-Wh-WHAT?! As if you knew the slightest thing about fashion! Your designs are in one word. BORING, darling! How anypony could possibly wear them is beyond me! Enough of this!" Her magic lifts Tiger Lily and she swings the mare into the air, empowered by her long held secret and swings the mare at Rarity. Yes! She attempts to hit a pony with another pony!
<OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "That's cool with me, I guess." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "EVERYPONY PAUUUUUUUUUSEEEEEE."
Chrysalis glances back at Marble, distracted. "... what?" The locket around her neck glows a bright pink. "Oh, [BUY SOME APPLES]."
<OOC> MapleWing says, "EXISTENZ IS PAUSED!" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Please hold. Thank you." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "I get the feeling Marble's pretty crucial in this RP, soooo... STOP." <OOC> Coder puts up the INTERMISSION sign and starts walking around with a tray, serving snacks and drinks, helpfully refilling Rarity's glass with some more Port and wandering through the crowd. <OOC> Pinkie_Pie does the Piggie song til he gets back. <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "OINK OINK OINK"
Twilight_Sparkle advances on Chrysalis, slowly, her horn pointed at the changeling. "Get away from the chancellor-elect," she declares. "Before you were only a disgrace to love. Now you're a disgrace to love AND to democracy!" She advances faster, her confidence swelling inside her as the ideas fall into perfect order in her mind. Ideas and reason, such beautiful things! "Your plan was never going to work anyway. Love isn't democracy. At least not when democracy works! Democracy is just being sensible. Love is..." She looks at Marble, and gives him a smile. At the same time, rays of light collect on her back, then begin to solidify. "There's nothing sensible about love at all, which is why a nerd like Marble and a hipster like Vinyl Scratch could fall in love in the first place. You'll never defeat love because you'll never understand it, and why it's so beautiful!" She's now sporing a paid of shimmering, purple wings, and walks with a stride that's almost that of a princess.
Sugar_Rush is surprised by the bubble popping. He then turns his attention back what is happening in the square. He tries to see if he can be of any help...
Plain_Sight sees Chrysalis and all the other changelings around. She hurries and runs into the fray. She passes Fluttershy as she does giving her a wink as she does. She runs right into the midsts of it all as the bubble shards fall about. Hmmm! She goes dashing right up towards Marble and the queen!
<OOC> Gilda comes back, sauntering carelessly on her back legs and sucking the straw of a shake held in one set of talons. "Hey dweebs. What happened with that changeling thing?" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle falls over laughing. XD <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "You guys are an amazing buncha ponies." <OOC> Chalice_Flame says, "It changed>?" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "This is the greatest RP I've ever had." <OOC> You say, "Pausing for 20 minute!" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle reminds you all that she is doing this entire scene with an 'I VOTED' sticker on her nose. <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "twilight, that sticker easily adds +4 to heroism" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "Twilight, I can't believe you didn't whip out the failsafe spell." <OOC> Derpy didn't get an I VOTED sticker. Voted too late. <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I try not to fix everything. Makes for better scenes." <OOC> Chance says, "Twilight's failsafe spell fails when it's funny to fail. :>" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "XD" <OOC> Derpy imagines it's for only one purpose--when a safe is falling on you. <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "XDDDDDDDDDDDD" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle SAFE FAIL <OOC> Blue_Yonder nods to Twilight. He and Fluttershy are trying to solve the 'where'd the originals go' thing, although he's not sure if the people who planned this thing had something in mind for that. <OOC> Negative says, "Maaaaybe. " <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "This whole scene I think has been mostly planned on-the-spot. XD" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "which is awesome, by the way." <OOC> Negative says, "Oh, hahaha no no no" <OOC> Negative says, "Oh no" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "TOOOTALLY didnt see this coming" <OOC> Negative says, "We've had this planned ...um.." <OOC> You say, "This is part of why we made no specific plans for Nightmare Night." <OOC> Negative says, "back in july?" <OOC> Fluttershy brought Gummy as the artifact for the locator spell. <OOC> You say, "We knew something like this would happen." <OOC> Negative says, "no no, we had it done probably towards last season" <OOC> You say, "But what we didn't know was that Marble, against the odds, would actually WIN the election. n.u" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "Well, Marble and I knew nothing of it, I believe." <OOC> Sugar_Rush shakes his head... <OOC> Negative says, "...that was a total surprise" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "Nobody ever mentioned it to me, either. " <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "And we're the heroes. " <OOC> Scope knew of it. <.< <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "I keep getting shoved outta the way " <OOC> Fluttershy didn't know. o.o <OOC> Firefly saw it on the forum. <OOC> Gilda waves. "Later, weirdos. I'm gonna take a few laps around Equestria. But I hope that changeling thing doesn't go too bad, cause I want pasties later at that place off Market Street." <OOC> Gilda takes off. Woosh! <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Pasties." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "I feel like im running around a lot but not doing a whole lot of constructive running around." <OOC> Firefly_Moon giggles. <OOC> You say, "Constructive running is hard! Best if string tie to tail." <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "I promise you I can get you pasties anytime, love." <OOC> Blue_Yonder says, "The kind with potatoes and turnips inside? Mmmm." <OOC> Red_Velvet giggles. <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "WHERE HAVE THE CHANGELINGS PUT THE REAL PONIES." <OOC> Scope says, "Oh they dead" <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "Molestia's dungeon" <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "Oh Yes, The real ponies, they are indeed planned for." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "I shouldn't have asked, should I? XD" <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "Red's fate is particularly grim. I am afraid." <OOC> Plain_Sight hopes she get some time to play in this scene.. She actually has been a part of this from the start too. But her connection to here has been down. Still is, but connecting through another service for this. <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch is proud that you guys are able to do this through Sandy. XD <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "It's been a bit - it's been.... horseapples." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "SANDY YOU ARE BEING A TREMENDOUS BIATCH, GO AWAY NOW. kthxbai" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "WHY YOU NO WUB PONIES" <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "XD" <OOC> Plain_Sight says, "Yeah my connection tries to go through DC and stops there. I think it's the storm breaking it too." <OOC> You say, "Welcome to Nightmare Season!" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Yeah, there's millions of people with power down already, Plain. I'm not surprised!" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "If there's anything in particular I'm supposed to be doing, nudge me. " <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "If Sandy was a pony, she'd be a changeling for sure." <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS." <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Talk to the pegasi!" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "And Katrina. And all the other hurricanes named after little old ladies." <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "Katrina doesnt sound like an old lady name" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "I know. XD" <OOC> Derpy hugs Twilight! Do whatever you feels like doing. We deliberately left Twi, Fluttershy, Luna and Marble himself in the dark. <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "One thing of note darlings, the Changling Red is the /only/ individual aside from Glamour who knows the last location of the Real Red Velvet. RP accordingly." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "And you left me in the dark, Derps. XD" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I like that. Thank you for allowing me to have a wonderful surprise! " <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "RESUME I AM HOME!" <OOC> You say, "And you, yes!" <OOC> Firefly is visiting New York, much like she visited Cloudsdale. <OOC> Coder says, "I kinda wish Sandy came more up this way into New England. I was ready for it and I LOVE crazy storms. >.<" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "INTERLUDE OVER." <OOC> Negative Cackles <OOC> Coder says, "Plus is probably helps that I rather dislike New England anyway."
Tiger_Lily squeaks in surprise as she flails through the air in Velvet's magic grip, tumbling into Rarity!
Chance stops and perks his ears up as Derpy cries out that she popped the bubble. He chuckles softly, gives a smile, then turns and runs back into the pony chaos. He heads straight for the mean 'Red Velvet'. "Hey, Red, try me!" he yells. He doesn't look like he'll stop. Maybe he wants to tackle Red in a big hug. Then again, maybe not.
"Angry?", the guardpony laughs, rolling his shoulders and twisting his neck around once he turns to face Negative. "I'm not angry at all, "General". Infact I'm rather enjoying myself so if you plan to feed off of me you've got another thing coming." Setting his hooves his horn begins to glow once again, horn taking aim at the changeling officer. "You wanna go? Let's go."
<OOC> Marble_Memory hopes his plan works. Otherwise he just put a very powerful artifact on a changeling. <OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "lolwhut"
Vinyl_Scratch looks at Marble and smiles, before laughing out loud at Chrysalis. "You've got guts, honey. Twice, coming here and feeding off us. But not any more." Her horn is charged up and she uses her own magic to weave a spell around herself, Marble and Twilight, lifting them above Chrysalis before it shatters into a million pieces, blue light floating around the walls, before floating down across the square, across the town, across the land. The power of the Locket, combined with Vinyl's magic and love, love, love. But is it enough?
Enigma has arrived.
Negative's grin turns ravenous and wide- so wide it looks as it if very well might split his head in two! "Oh, that would be marvelous. "He announces, dancing up higher and higher into the air. "Come, lets us dance this dance. I shall feed off of you one way or another. Whether it be your emotions, or your blood, I shall have you. "He intones, lapping his lengthy green tongue across his fangs.
Fluttershy's gaze drifts back and forth behind the typically impassive Gummy. The shield is down. She scuffs a hoof, tenses her legs, and digs in...and then opens her eyes, darting behind the tree...and then into a bush, and a gopher hole, making her way slowly over to the merchant...
Blue_Yonder opens the compass like a pocketwatch and clamps it over Gummy's tail, hoping that's enough to trigger its magic.
<OOC> Marble_Memory hugs Pinkie. XD <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Best. Election. Ever. XD" <OOC> Fluttershy says, "The Magic...of Governorship!" <OOC> Firefly_Moon says, "He...worked...?? Bweahahahahah! Tell me another one. >"
Gummy makes the only noise he has ever made in his life, a loud SQUAAAAAWK! He sticks straight out, vibrating, like the pointer on a compass. At... Chrysalis? Like, directly at her.
Derpy fliiies high! a "VOAT PHOR MARBALL" poster draped from her grinning mouth. Flap, flap, flap. When the burst of blue lovelight hits her, she twists in midair and stretches, caught in a dazzlingly beautiful pose, yellow hair flowing and one leg upstretched.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie ooooohs and holds up a sign. 6.9 <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "DERPY LEVELLED UP!" <OOC> Firefly says, "ROFLS" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "DERPY HAS EVOLVED! XD"
Red_Velvet smiles wickedly at the ponies who confront her, at a terrible halfway point in her disguise. She -looks- like Red Velvet, a heavily pregnant Red Velvet. But fanged and with shimmering green eyes. "Oh my...this is becoming, troublesome."
EconomistBrony shouts "I am proud to announce that we have reached a new MUCK record - 46 characters connected!" (Wiz-shout)
<OOC> Coder will show up right after the scene ends, peeking through the door, "Did I miss anything?"
"We shall see, "sir.", the last bit is spoken as he takes a step back and takes a graceful bow, the brief flash of a greenish bubble appears overtop of him. "I must warn you though.. I'm a terrible dancer." Aaaand here they come, a series of tear-drop shaped pulses of bright green energy launching from his horntip at the airborne changeling.
PUB >> Vinyl_Scratch says, "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"
Rarity Slowly starts to circle Red Velvet. "Did you REALLY think you could defeat US darling? WE are the elements of harmony! We have saved the world not once, but TWICE, and defeated your dreadful little changling threat before. We can certainly do so again, so YOU have an options, dear. I suggest you tell us what you've done to our dear Red Velvet, and then scuttle off to the rock you came from!
Tiger_Lily faceplants as she's thrown by Velvet
Blue_Yonder follows the alligator's nose, then glances at Fluttershy. "...accordin' to this, she's right there. Either behind Chrysalis, or - ulp - inside 'er."
The frozen queen suddenly screams, "ENOUGH! ENOUGH!" Her wings spread wide, like Twilight's did moments ago, and with a sickening, slurrrrrrping noise like a hundred sewers all draining at once, all the blue light SUUUUUCKS back into her. Her eyes blaze an unearthly turquoisish-green color, never seen before by pony or griffon. "You pathetic FOALS! I beat CELESTIA! I survived your stupid love explosion once ALREADY! WHY do you think you can beat me?! WHY??" she screams, tentacles of blackest night bursting from all over her body. "I'll eat you all, one by one, if I have to!"
Plain_Sight runs right up as if about to charge the queen at full speed. But at the last moment she screeches to a halt and turns, facing Twilight at point blank! There's a sudden shimmer around her and she is Plain no more!! Another changeling stands before them and lets out a sudden green blast of her horn right at the mare that is advancing on the queen!
Plain_Sight(#867PB) [Female Changling] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Plain Sight, if that's her actual name, is not so plain anymore! Before you stands a creature of stories and nightmares. A Changeling. A nearly black shade of gray, her vaguely pony-shaped body is more like that of polished leather than fur. Her eyes are a deep and vivid solid bluish-green with no pupil or irises but more as if they were eerily lit from behind. She has both tattered insect-like wings and a small horn. She also has small fangs and scraggly short off-blue dull mane that matches with her longer tail. Her body is mottled and even with what appear to be actual holes going through her limbs, though it is actually just how her body is. She is a female of the species. Smaller than the males that were seen by those in Canterlot. Less powerful but more agile, swift, and quick thinking. In fact Plain is an elite member of Changelings. A right-hoof operative of the Queen, Chrysalis, herself. In this state, even with her smaller stature, she radiates a powerful aura of fear that would drive off any common pony. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
<OOC> Tiger_Lily says, "OH GOD" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Chrusalis has gone One Winged Angel on us!" I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going.
Vinyl_Scratch says "Marble, now! Unlock the amulet! Use all it's power! ALL of it!"
<OOC> SharpNote says, "everypony is a spy!" <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "XDDDDD" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "PLAIN SIGHT IS SPY"
Tiger_Lily staggers upright, head spinning
Marble grabs hold of his fiance. They're awfully high up. he hugs her close and preses his lips to hers. He loves Vinyl Scratch.
Firefly_Moon is finally approaching Ponyville...at about mach one. The mini metal Luna machine a black gleaming point on the nose of what looks like a sideways tornado on the horizon...the kickup behind her of trees rocks and whatever else she blasted over. It does not seem to be aware the shield is down, and its picking up speed, getting closer to the ground, still way out there but the roar it was making is now audible.
<OOC> Plain_Sight was the start of the whole story idea. *grin* Sadly she's missed almost all the main fun parts. <OOC> Negative says, "NO!" <OOC> Negative says, "A pony, named 'PLAIN SIGHT' is a changling? " <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "WHAT NO" <OOC> Negative says, "A camera Pony named ' Negative' is a Changling?!" <OOC> Negative says, "Surely, you jest!" <OOC> Plain_Sight giggles!
Chance doesn't give Rarity much time to finish the speach. A moment later the black and white pony body-tackles Red, in a big hoof-hug of all things, to keep a hold on her.
Having watched a great deal of this with interest, the young little bandit Enigma finally trots his way out into the open. He looks towards the now-revealed changeling queen. THe boy has a smooth little smile on his face...and maybe even a bit of a sweat drop still, though, he actually does want to help. He doubts this will work... but it's worth a try. He slowly a tentively strolls toward "Red Velvet", "Oh great and powerful Queen! I cry for your mercy upon us all! As he speaks his voice seems to echo and fall in on itself and his brown irises slowly shift from brown to glowing gold. "Such a mighty and powerful Queen is not without mercy is she?"
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "O... o-oh dear." <OOC> Fluttershy says, "There were never any ponies in Equestria. ._."
Rarity Balks. "Oh, COME ON! I had her on the ropes!
<OOC> Chance says, "We're all changlings!" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Not me. o.o" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "It wouldn't have been any fun if Marble was a changeling. " <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I'm a cylon." <OOC> Negative says, "that is unfortunete for YOU marble. >=3" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "I'm on a horse." <OOC> Firefly_Moon laughs.
Red_Velvet circles Rarity in the opposete direction. Almost casually as the fashionista rants at her. A wicked chuckle and then a hiss coming from her, "Now, really, must we do this dance Rarity, darling? I'm just as good as the Real Red Velvet. And if you don't believe me...just ask Pumpkin Seed." A horrible little wink is thrown at the white unicorn. "I don't plan on giving up that information anytime soon."
Derpy is flabbergasted at the sight of so many changelings! She spins in the air, twirling toward the ground. The light from the explosion fades from her, fading last from her temples. She recovers shortly before hitting the ground and speeds across the heads of those watching the fight from below. "Where is bubble pop? ONE MORE BUBBLE TO POP!" she shouts.
Bardigan has connected. <OOC> Bardigan says, "AHH! Ponies everywhere!"
Tiger_Lily grabs at Plain_Sight's tail Tiger_Lily says "NO!"
Twilight_Sparkle whinnies in surprise, rearing up and flapping her wings for balance! Her horn flashes, and a bubble of red magic envelops the Plain Sight changeling, and then shrinks rapidly, closing in tight!
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie made sure to kiss like everybody this past week. Pucker up, guys.
As Vinyl's lips connect with Marble's, another surge of power seems to pull them together, before shooting out, targeting each changeling individually, before a final, last, aching piece of the couple's strength is used to fire at Queen Chrysalis. It's a last attempt.
<OOC> Negative says, "Twilight has wings?"
Red_Velvet is then suddenly tackled by Chance and snarls. Twisting in his grip and leveling her horn at him. Her eyes flash dangerously as the green magic begins to build. This is no telekenetic throw she is about to try. No, this is going to hurt! "Burn....." She hisses venomously.
"I-insiiiide...?" Fluttershy quivers, looking up at Chrysalis, and then shielding her eyes again as the light goes crazy.
<OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "That's the other big surprise! I'm alicorning in this scene. I'm going to be utterly drained and probably bedridden for days after. " <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I've managed to cast the spell, but I'm not unicorn enough to sustain it." <OOC> Firefly_Moon says, "But totally awesome and worth it."
Blue_Yonder shields his eyes with a wing, trying to squint through his feathers to see what's happening to the center of the square.
Plain_Sight is not warrior changeling. She giggles and there's a green flash. Suddenly it's Tiger Lily in the bubble with a bunch of Vote for Pinkie fliers all over. Plain jumps Twilight from behind as she's rearing up.
<OOC> Firefly_Moon hopes Marble doesn't recall the mechanized flying artifact. ROFLS> <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "Eeeeh... Nopony's reacting to my pose which technically would have been very powerful. XD" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "O... o-oh dear. I do."
With a look of SUPREME irritation, Chrysalis snakes two long tentacles up into the air, and forcefully pulls the two liplocked ponies apart. "PATHETIC," she growls. The glow of WUB sputters out into uselessness. "Look, guys, it... it didn't work, all right? I prepared for THAT happening again. Does no one give an evil tyrant credit for brains and planning anymore?"
<OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "I think we're all just waiting on that one pony to yell...." "STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!"
Negative Flits and zips and dashes around in the sky, wings buzzing wildly, as he tries to avoid those sharp green torpedeos. Nyah nyah nyah! "Is that all, guard pony?! He asks, diving into the crowd of ponies that have scattered down below. Fire into melee? Surely not- espcially when Negative doesn't arise. Just more running, frightened ponies...
Vinyl_Scratch falls to the ground.
Roseluck screams, "The horror... the horror!" and faints.
Enigma spreads his limbs as he tries to lock eyes with the Queen. His irises flare and glow a bright brilliant fiery gold light as his horn and mane blaze gold. THe Bandit King's voice continues to echo and drift through the ears as he tries to work his CHarm magic upon the Queen. If anything to just try and distract her.
Marble flails, trying desperately to hold onto his fiance, but Chrysalis proves too strong and he loses her. "Vinyl!" Marble stragles against the tentacles. "Let. Me. go!"
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Well, looks like giving that locket to the queen WAS a bad idea after all. "
Twilight_Sparkle is knocked for a loop! She's startled enough that it disrupts her wing spell, too, the feathery appendages flickering as she rolls head over hooves. She rights herself and gives them a flap, rising into the air and hurling herself at the changeling, horn flashing and pointed straight at "Plain Sight," if that IS your real name.
EconomistBrony has arrived. EconomistBrony appears with a *pop*.
Vinyl_Scratch isn't *dead*. Well, she doesn't seem to be. She's just asleep. In a very, very deep sleep.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "And then economics saved everything!" <OOC> EconomistBrony joins in the awkward shuffling. It's too much fun to miss out! <OOC> Enigma says, "And then Wiz happened!"
Blue_Yonder looks down at Gummy, over at Chrysalis, then back at Fluttershy. "...Do you think she'd respond to him?"
One guard lamely throws a pike at Chrysalis.
<OOC> EconomistBrony frantically lowers interest rates. <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "We need to find some way of wrapping up all these loose ends! Any ideas?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Well, MArble's failed to stop Chrysalis. o.o" <OOC> Plain_Sight says, "The ponies give up? That wraps up nicely."
Scope certainly isn't going to fire into a crowd of innocent ponies, and once Negative "vanishes" his attention turns elsewhere.. the fallen unicorn DJ, the guard blinking out with a *PAMF* and reappearing overtop of her and leaning down to check on her. A pulse, signs of life.. anythin-- Oh, breathing. That's good.
Red_Velvet seems to forgo the dangerous spell on the stallion named Chance and instead begins to pummel him with her bare hooves, "You know...magic is useful, darling. But there is something to be said for doing things the old fashioned way. I just hope I don't chip my hooficure."
Comet Galaxy flutters by Vinyl Scratch's side and looks at her, then at Scope. "This isn't good, is it?" she murmurs. ._.
<OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "I think Chrysalis would have put Vinyl into a sleep until they defeat her... o.o" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "I will rescue you, Vinyl! n.n" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "I don't really want to wrap this up quickly and anticlimatically, but I also don't see how to do it before Twilight has to go, not to mention a bunch of other people."
Chance keeps a strong hold on Red Velvet, and gives her a grin, of all things. "If you want to find out what my talent is, try it." he tells her softly. For some reason he has no fear in his eyes. At all. "I doubt you could give a dragon a hot-paw." He blinks as the hoof-pummeling begins, then chuckles lightly. Each hoof hits thick air right before it strikes him, seriously damping their blows. No strikes are having any real effect. "Oh come now, are we really going to have a fit like a little filly?" There's something odd going on around here.
Plain_Sight gets in a good hit and enjoys sending the magic mare tumbling. She has been waiting for a chance to get to face her. She's the changeling primary intel pony. And after the last fight in Canterlot she knew a lot about this one. As Twilight rises so does she (Twi isn't the only one with wings and a horn!) and she actually seems to smile as the purple mare hurtles herself forward. Plain's horn grows blue-green and she charges forth head on to meet her!
"To Gummy?" Fluttershy has to shout as loud as a normal pony speaks to make herself heard over the din. "I-I dunno! I've never seen a Changeling with a pet..." She blinks, glances over her shoulder, and stares for a moment at her saddlebag. "I-it's worth a try?"
<OOC> Marble_Memory thinks thinks thinks. "Is there a way Chrysalis can retreat until after the Nightmare Night stuff concludes? Nopony beats her, but she suffers a minor defeat? <OOC> Enigma is game for anything <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Twi, what would you think of teleporting out /everyone/ since you feel your princess-spell fading and don't think the ponies can take Uber Chrysalis for now?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "We can't pause this. No WAY we can get all these ponies back for this scene." <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "A regrouping of the Changelings? Now empowered by Marble's Locket?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "... That's actually not a bad idea." <OOC> Blue_Yonder likes the idea of regrouping later. <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "The Locket was my idea... D: I kinda wanted it to be a GOOD artifact."
Derpy levels off her searing soar and starts to rise! She curves backward, twisting about, and then aims downward again, in the direction of the Changeling Queen. She seems to sense something that no one else can.
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "It'd allow us to get Nightmare Night underway, then after the whole Nightmare night TPs wrap up, Chrysalis returns for round two?"
Blue_Yonder earperks, watching Derpy. There's his chance.
<OOC> Plain_Sight says, "It is good. Good for changelings. It is love afterall!" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "How does that sound to everyone?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "It'd still be a good artifact, just in bad hooves for a little while." <OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "But then I suppose having them ALL feeding of Vinyl and Marble's love would work."
Blue_Yonder rears back - "Derpy Doo! Delivery!" - and flings the alligator in the direction of the swooping pegasus.
<OOC> Marble_Memory always liked the idea he never put forth of artifacts always being true neutral in their nature, just of their own minds. <OOC> Firefly says, "Gummi ball serve! ZiiiIIIP >WHACK<"
"What in Equestria is going-... on?" Bardigan walks out of an alleyway to see... total, utter chaos. His jaw drops. His shoulders slouch. Even his wings sort of lose their vitality. This is probably the worst thing he's ever seen in his life. Except the time he was almost eaten by a giant mole. That was pretty bad. He shakes his head, trying to get out of his stupor when he hears... screaming. His friends are terrified and need *help.* He's totally unarmed and is rather worthless in a real fight. But this seems serious. Changelings everywhere. What's good against changelings? A PICK AXE. Which he doesn't have. Time for plan B, which he will have shortly.
<OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "Yes! And Vinyl will remain in a Sleeping Beauty-esque state until the Locket is back in Marble's hooves. She's safe, just sleeping."
Derpy yeeps in mid-flight! She seems to have an alligator clamped tightly onto her tail now! "What? HWHHHY!!" she cries, catching Blue Yonder's eye for a split second.
<OOC> Vinyl_Scratch says, "Guys, I am so tired. x.x" <OOC> Fluttershy tucks Vinyl in. <OOC> Derpy cuddles Vinyl. <OOC> Marble_Memory hugs Scratch. "We can have you locked in a sleep. o.o"
Chrysalis' eyes cross as Derpy soars right towards her... and over her, and... Gummy neatly reaches out, and bites one of the glowing globes off of the queen's horn. "What - GYAAAH! CHANGELINGS! FOLLOW THAT ALLIGATOR!" she screams, enraged, taking off after the zoomnig mailpony!
<OOC> Blue_Yonder says, "-There- we go. You wanted Chrysalis weakened."
Derpy blinks and twists around and around as she soars past the changeling queen. "BUUUBBLLLLLE!!" she cries, more disturbed than heroic.
<OOC> Firefly says, "They act as if it was the Winslow. LOL" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "Hah! Ingenious." <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "All right, all changelings + queen, we are PULLING OUT til after Nightmare Night! Hup two!" <OOC> Twilight_Sparkle says, "You are magnificent ponies, all of you. <3"
SharpNote trots to the town square grumbling. "go vote she says, it's good for the town she says, gah, like 1 to 3 votes ever made a differ-...oh..." SharpNote ponders turning around and leaving imediatly.
Tiger_Lily Sits up, not sure when exactly she fell over, head spinning
<OOC> Bardigan says, "So... is this fight still going on?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "I think the changelings retreated for now." <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "No, although people are welcome to pose the fights breaking up."
Red_Velvet hisses and finding her hoof-blows don't really do anything to chance the changeling uses her magic and as much muscle as she can summon to throw the stallion off her. Her wings flitting out and she leaps into the air to follow the queen. Pausing to turn and look back for a moment. Eyes narrowing at Rarity and Twilight Sparkle, "This isn't over..." She growls before turning and buzzing away with all speed.
Marble lands on the ground and stumbles a bit, axhausted. Then looks around in a panic. "Vinyl. Vinyl!" Marble looks around for his fiance."
Chance gets tossed off and lands on a .. strangly spongy ground? Well, for a brief moment it looks that way. He stumbles up to his hooves, unharmed, glancing after Red, then looks back to Rarity. "Are you and Twilight alright, Rarity?"
Tiger_Lily stands as the first few changelings break off, absentmindedly pulling the 'I voted' sticker off her chest and discarding it, spotting her fire lily on the cobblestones, slightly trampled and dirty, sticking it back in her mane regardless.
Enigma's eyes shift back to normal as he watches the swarm fly off. The youth then trots about and checks on ponies to make sure they're okay. He may be Equestria's most notorious thief but he's also still a kind pony.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "All the changelings are in the process of pulling out, because we want the field clear for Ngihtmare Night."
"She's over here, Marble.", Scope calls from the fallen form of the DJ, "She's alive, but.. I can't wake her." Sigh.. He gives Vinyl's shoulder a brief rub before looking over his shoulder to the retreating swarm, nostrils flaring with a snort.
Derpy does her best to avoid getting clobbered by Chrysalis and the changeling horde! She soars off into the darkened dusk, whirling now and then for no obvious reason. How many of them are on her tail??
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Things went faster and more confusing than I intended because Sandy is like on top of my house and my power kept going out, my apologies."
<OOC> Plain_Sight says, "Okay I'll pose out of the fight with Twi.." <OOC> Fluttershy hugs Pinkie Pie!
Marble gasps and runs over to Scope. "Oh let her be okay, "*please* let her be okay." Marble stops when he sees her. "She's...?"
Blue_Yonder makes a mental note to find out what Gummy's favorite food is and get some of it for him. Brave little reptile.
Plain_Sight is about to plow head on. Magic on magic with the best pony the town has to offer. An element. She's really looking forward to this. One of the changelings' best after the Queen herself. But then the queen calls an order to follow the.. alligator? But she's one that follows orders without hesitation. As the gap closes there's suddently a bright flash, and Twi finds nothing! Plain is spotted off flying with the queen, chasing this alligator.
<OOC> Marble_Memory says, "I *was* told there was going to be a bit of a big surprise for Marble at the election. Had NO idea it'd be Chrysalis. o.o" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "And whoooo told you that? *LOOKS*" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "I cannot remember. o.o" <OOC> Bardigan is going to angst SO HARD for casting his vote to the cause of evil. <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "I was not told WHAT it was, just that something was going to happen. XD" <OOC> Pinkie_Pie says, "Marble, I was this close to having Pinkie fly in and torment you last night, cackling about being Chryslasis so you'd go running screaming all over town about THE INVASION and they'd all think you were too nuts to be in charge." <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "On an unrelated funny note?" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "You know how Marble said he'd vote for Pinkie for "sport?"" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "He totally voted for himself instead. XD" <OOC> Derpy confirms. :] <OOC> Plain_Sight says, "I would have loved to have been in this from the start. Or to have had my fight and reveal with Red, then show back up later once the queen was revealed too." <OOC> Plain_Sight says, "I suspected Marble lied. His election is based on a lie. *grin*" <OOC> Marble_Memory says, "Marble didn't lie about anything else on his campaign. XD" <OOC> Bardigan would have loved to be in it too, since he was technically there when it first started. XD
"I don't know.", Scope sighs, ears folding as he steps back to let Marble check in his fiance'. "I need to report to Celestia anyway, hopefully she can help."
<OOC> Plain_Sight says, "Yes but his campain was that he was going to be honest and upright. So any one failure means the whole thing is. *grins*" <OOC> You say, "Traces of this plot will surely continue over the next few days! There isn't going to be a time jump." <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "Yes dears, The Real Red is very much alive, and being kept in a location separately from the other captures. She has been false for more then a year." <OOC> Firefly says, "Meaning her foal is less than nine months...therefore.....>" <OOC> Bardigan says, "... Awkwaaaaaard." <OOC> Firefly says, "YOu said it Funnybard. LOL" <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "Her entire pregnancy? A front to cover the changeling getting so fat from being well fed." <OOC> Firefly says, "Ahhhh. " <OOC> Derpy encourages everypony to either join in Marble's Bloom Doll plot, or Bardigan's mystery haunting plot, or Nightmare Night festivities! Chrysalis and her minions will undoubtedly be back! <OOC> Plain_Sight has been a changeling from the day she arrived in town as a new pony. Back in May! She has been spying on the ponies and given the queen intel. How we decided to have her replace Pinkie. <OOC> Red_Velvet says, "But yes, that did go on also Firefly...in the year."
Marble kneels down to check on his fiance, and he looks distressed. "She's not waking up." Marble says urgently and tries gently shaking her. "Vinyl... Vinyl...?"
Chance looks around at the scattered ponies. He lets out a light breath and goes around, trying to see if any pony needs help.
Derpy and Gummy have now disappeared in the distance. The last of the changelings soon follow...and now it's relatively quiet again. Only confusion and fear rattle the square of Ponyville now. And as the mayor returns to the scene, the siren stops blaring.
Scope frowns, dropping his head down and giving it a shake. "Chrysalis must have hit her with something.. I didn't see it.", he scowls, nose wrinkling with nostrils flaring again. "I should have seen it.. I should have stopped her.
Marble finally rests his head on his fiance's belly, tears in his eyes. "Get me an ambulance. Please. I have to know my fiance and my daughter are okay."
Blue_Yonder paces over slowly to get a better view of what all happened to the square, then spots Vinyl and the small crowd around her. "...Oh no. How is she?"
The Mayor uses her megaphone to summon paramedics. Soon, a cart pulls up, ready to take Vinyl Scratch to the hospital.
Firefly_Moon had been slowing down while nearing Ponyville, seeing no shield the closer it flew. The metal thing finally flares its wings and lands with a loud >clank< in the center of things, thin metal ears whirr clicking as they rotated. "Error. Party expired. Too slow."
"Daughter..?", Scope blinks, looking from the mare to Marble, and then back as Vinyl is loaded up on the cart. "I wasn't aware.. Uh.. belated congratulations."
Enigma trots about from pony to pony to make sure they're okay. One pony groans quietly, having twisted her ankle it seems. The bandit king gazes down at the tripped up pony as she complains about her ankle, "It hurts!" The boy shushes and his eyes turn from brown to gold, "No, it doesn't. It doesn't hurt at all. Just stay put untill somepony comes to help you." Her eyes shift from pink to gold and she nods, "You're right...it doesn't hurt at all afterall. I'll just stay here and wait for help, thank you." He nods and continues to go from pony to pony.
Blue_Yonder gets the first-aid kit out of his pack and does what he can to tend to the wounded. Never travels without that.
Chance trots up to the crowd around Marble and Vinyl. He frowns and lets out a soft sigh. "Not a good night for Ponyville.." he mumbles. He tries to move up to Marble and Scope. "I hope she's okay.." he tells Marble, then looks to Scope. "Is there anything I can do to help here?" he offers.
<OOC> Pinkie_Pie must vacate! She's glad she didn't lose electricity for the duration o.o <OOC> Fluttershy flankbumps! <OOC> You say, "Byebye Majesty!" <OOC> Plain_Sight hugs her Queen tightly! Well repectfully. *giggle*
"I think one can understand why I won't give a victory speech now. I need to be with my fiance. Marble gets onto the ambulance with his fiance. "Thank you, everypony..."
"No, Chance.", replies an obviously disappointed Scope. "I couldn't do anything to help here so I don't think you'd be able to either." And with that, the guardpony gets to his hooves and starts on the loooooong trot to Canterlot, ears folded tight against his head.
Chance looks after Scope as he heads off. He wants to offer something, but he doesn't know what. Perhaps something to say? He opens his mouth, but nothing comes out. He lets out a light breath and looks over to Marble. "No one will fault you for that, Marble. We just want to see Vinyl well."
Enigma finishes hypnotizing the injured and whews softly. Why must he have a good heart? He trots about idly as he inspects the damage.
<OOC> Red_Velvet applauds everypony. "I just want to say that it was wonderful performances all around tonight. Those who were suppose to be evil were deliciously so, and those heroic, quite valiant, those comedic, kudos to all of you as well." <OOC> Bardigan says, "EVERYPONY. Just a friendly reminder that Halloween RPs will be happening, so if you want in on those if you missed this, be sure to check them out all this week."
Derpy will be leaving in maybe an hour for the night. Will be back tomorrow around 9! On Halloween? Not on until 10! Therefore, I encourage you all to (A) Join in Apple Bloom's scary possessed doll plot, (B) join Bardigan in telling a ghost story centered on a house on the edge of the Everfree Forest, (C) Look out for Firefly, whatever horrible stuff Luna does to her, (D) roleplay your reactions to the changeling attack on Ponyville, which must be myriad, and (E) feel free to engage in Nightmare Night festivities, like Trick-or-Treating and flinging spiders and pumpkins. See the Nightmare Night 2012 frum thread for details! (Public-pose)
Despite getting creamed in the first debate and managing only a dubious wash in the second, Marble Memory managed to defeat Pinkie Pie in the election for Chancellor, 25 to 22!
Pinkie Pie didn't take this well. In fact, she revealed that she was not in fact Pinkie Pie, but Queen Chrysalis, from the Season 2 finale, in disguise!
Chrysalis had been masquerading as Pinkie for about a month. (In fact, in the second Chancellor's debate, Marble faced Chrysalis and not Pinkie.) She was aided in two doing so by...
Her two advance scouts, Plain Sight and Negative! These two relatively new Ponyville residents maintained cover for a while after 'Pinkie' dropped her cover, but soon turned out to be changelings as well. This explains...so much!
Red Velvet didn't seem as surprised by all this as one would have imagined. And sure enough--she turned out to be a changeling as well. Even her pregnancy was a sham, invented to cover her growing belly, gorged with pony love! Was she always a changeling? Surely not! But then, where is the real Red Velvet? And the real Pinkie Pie??
Marble Memory attempted to fight Chrysalis, aided by his fiancee, Vinyl Scratch. The two of them made use of a powerful artifact from Marble's days in Canterlot Palace, the so-called Love Locket, which they used to try to overwhelm Chrysalis with more love than she could handle. But she was prepared for them and weathered the storm! Vinyl Scratch, exhausted, fell into a deep sleep and was taken to the hospital.
Soon after revealing herself, Chrysalis created a giant bubble shield over central Ponyville to keep everyone inside in and outside out. She let slip that she'd stolen the spell from Shining Armor. Firefly proved unable to break through this dome by divebombing, but Chance was able to turn its energy against itself. Coincidentally, Derpy attemped to pop the giant bubble just as Chance destroyed it, and she now believes herself responsible, as do many onlookers.
Twilight Sparkle not only put up a formidable fight against Queen Chrysalis and her minions--she even sported wings for some of the battle! Apparently Twilight has been mastering a spell to give her genuine purple wings, making her look amazingly alicornish. Could she be some kind of secret royalty?
Blue Yonder, with help from Fluttershy, was able to charge a magic compass with the ability to locate Pinkie Pie. He did this by closing it onto the tail of Pinkie's pet Gummy, who in turn spun directly toward Chrysalis herself! Blue later flung the compass toward Derpy, who was flying toward the changeling queen in search of more bubbles to pop. Gummy clamped in turn onto Derpy's tail, and then managed to chomp off one of the evil queen's horn globes in passing.
This was the last straw for the beleaguered Queen Chrysalis, who called off the attack and retreated with her minions, chasing Derpy over the horizon. Things were then quiet in Ponyville Square...
...but not for long! Because Nightmare Night is coming, and the changelings will almost certainly be back!!