Mistshine couldn’t believe it, it worked, Fluttershy was ok and alive, he managed to save her in mere 1 hour before the time was up, and she didn’t show any side effects of the cure, in fact he could feel the kindness element shinning inside her more powerful than ever, Fluttershy hugged Mistshine as strong as she could, feeling safe with the stallion at her side.
“I…I knew you would…come for me” Flutteshy said, very tired of the whole ordeal
Mistshine returned the hug. “I told you didn’t I? That I was going to protect you”
“Yeah… you did…” Fluttershy said as she put her hoof on the stallion face.
Mistshine blushed as he felt the pegasi hoof on his coat. “Fluttershy… there was something I wanted to tell you ever since I met you… I…”
“Yes?” Fluttershy inquired.
Mistshine removed his tech horn and put his forehead with Fluttershy own, words were not needed their eyes already said everything for them, Fluttershy blushed hard as he saw how the stallion came more closer to her, she closed her eyes, preparing for a more than awaited kiss, from the real Fluttershy this time, both of their heartbeats accelerated as a train. However, Angel busted the door open as soon as he heard his master voice.
“FLUTTERSHY!!” yelled the little bunny jumping towards the pegasi, interrupting the kiss.
Fluttershy was surprised to see Angel. “A-Angel bunny?!, what?!, M-Mistshine you didn’t put Angel in danger right?”
“I believe the monsters were more in danger than him…” Mistshine said looking at the bunny a little annoyed.
Fluttershy inquired further. “B-but how is he talking?”
“By this Fluttershy” Angel pointed at the stallion clock. “Your coltfriend had it activated the whole time so I could talk…I’m so glad to see you!” The bunny continued to cry on his owner chest.
Fluttershy blushed hard at the word. “C-coltfriend?..b-but…I’m not ready to...” she said but she stopped a moment, looking at Mistshine blush, she smiled. “Or…maybe I’m ready…”
“Don’t push yourself too hard Fluttershy, you are still recovering.” Mistshine blushed as she felt the mare holding his hoof.
Mistshine other friends came, specially the Elemental Fillies, they scared Fluttershy at first because of their appearances but Mistshine advised her with her head they are friends, Fluttershy looked surprised, this was the first time ever since she became possessed that was able to meet the monsters without getting attacked, they all gathered around the bed, looking rather curious at the pegasi.
“Fluttershy… these are the friends that helped me out to reach here, I would have never made it alone without them, the green one is Alure Une, a plant pony, the one with the harp is Coldshard an ice pony, next to her is the water pony Sea Chord and Coldshard sister. The feathered one is Harpy, of the Harpies species, the one next to her is a vampire pegasi Soul Shield, the colt is a lighting colt called Arcing Spark and the red filly is a fire pegasus called Fiery Pyre and finally the little breezie robot is actually a succubus called Softheart” Mistshine said introducing every one of his friends.
Fluttershy fear went away quickly and smiled at them. “N-nice to meet you all, forgive me for my…umm…jumpscare there…”
“Is understandable, you were possessed by the same mare that created us via experiments so is no surprise you got scared.” Coldshard said as she held her harp closer to her.
Softheart rested on Angel back. “So you are the mare our master was so determined to rescue, gotta say he have a good taste.”
“M-master?, Mistshine explain please, I do not understand.” Fluttershy asked the stallion to clear her confusion.
Mistshine was going to talk, but Soul Shield the valkyrie experiment talked instead of him. “You see Miss Fluttershy, our previous master was the one who created us, Poisonhoof, however we decided to become servants of your friend here after he fought us, he took time out of his mission to spare us and show us other ways, that’s why we call him Master.”
“I…I see…Mistshine…” Fluttershy said smiling and looking at the friends he made along the way. “You think we can bring them with us?”
Mistshine nod in agreement. “As long as Celestia do not burn this place up, she was here 1000 years ago, she have a little explaining to do…”
Before they could continue the presentations a powerful earthquake started to be felt in all parts of the castle, the earthquake was so powerful it started to destroy the empire, Mistshine moved Fluttershy out of the bed before a boulder crushed her, everypony had the same idea, Mistshine picked up all his items and ran outside the bedroom with his friends, returning to the central area, just to see the bedroom tower falling apart, as well as a part the road to the throne room, Mistshine received a automatic call from Rustyhooves.
“Yo Mistshine!, are you feeling this?” Rustyhooves inquired.
Mistshine replied positive. “Yeah, this is not a normal quake either…”
“You got that part right!, I picked up several dark magic traces coming out of the central tower!, all the monsters are desperate trying to flee!, we need to get out, now!
Angel reminded Mistshine of something. “B-but the east entrance is closed remember? It closed automatically when Mistshine and I entered the empire; the bridge got raised and is protected by a force field.”
“The master override must be in the throne room!, find it now!, then teleport to the east fountain!, we are all waiting there!, oh shit look out!” Rustyhooves call got disconnected, only static was heard.
Mistshine looked at Fluttershy and his friends. “Everypony ran, I will turn the master override on!”
“You will not do it alone!, I’m coming too!” Fluttershy said, determined to go.
Mistshine denied. “No Fluttershy is way to risky, please, ran, I will be right behind you.”
“… I…said no! I’m going!” Fluttershy insisted.
Softheart reminded his master about something. “Master you need the previous master of the empire to be present, and I’m willing to bet Poisonhoof used Fluttershy blood to lock the place before the transformation began.
“…” Mistshine sigh, as he pulled his whip up.”Ok Fluttershy, everypony, teleport to Redhoof store!, help evacuate any monster willing to flee. I fear some of them might want to stay.”
Everypony nod to Mistshine order and teleported away, Fluttershy stayed at the side of Mistshine with Angel bunny on her back, both ponies returned to the throne room just to find it almost entirely destroyed but the gold throne was intact, both ponies searched for a master control, Fluttershy found it first hidden on the throne sides, It had a little needle to take a sample of blood, the mare let her hoof being pinched so the throne made appear the console, it was locked with a special key, having no time for this, Mistshine hit the control console with his wrench making it explode, a message from Redhoof came to his gizmo clock.
“The force field disappeared!, quickly get out!”
Mistshine and Fluttershy nodded in agreement, the stallion put on his tech horn and teleported him, Angel and Fluttershy to the central market area before the tower felt on them. Once they reappeared, they saw the tower starting to fall, Mistshine and Fluttershy ran, with Angel holding for dear life on his owner wings, Mistshine opened the door leading towards the East Entrance just to find bodies of several harpies and mermaids not fortunate enough that died from the falling rocks of the upper towers, feeling sad he ran inside the East Entrance lobby, where more and more unfortunate monsters corpses lay there, some of them were undead, others simple mechanicals skeletons or harpies, while others were the armors he has been facing. Both ponies could clearly see the ghost of the previous empire residents trying to flee as well but something couldn’t allow them to open the door.
“Mistshine… are those?” Fluttershy inquired.
Mistshine replied positive. “Yeah, those are the empire citizens that died on this empire!, their souls cannot rest, but I believed all of them were on the chapel, how did they get here?”
“No time for investigate that!, look out!” Angel yelled, pointing at a bolder falling on the doorway.
With the doorway blocked they will have to find a alternative route, Mistshine called his timberwolf robot and ride it along with Fluttershy, he used a gravity spell to attach themselves to the ceiling, the timberwolf robot ran towards a window, when they broke it, the gravity spell glued them to the side of the east hall, Mistshine used this to reach the East Entrance, in fact the bridge was already down, everypony ran and left the crumbling empire away, the sand of the desert was hitting them hard as they tried to find the stone ark that would take them towards the Everfree Forest, a voice guide them.
“Mistshine!, here!, here we are!” Redhoof yelled as she was waving near the stone ark
Fluttershy pointed, having spotted the robot mare. “There Mistshine”
“Ok dear, come on my friend!” Mistshine ordered the timberwolf rider
Although they were away from the empire, the quake could destroy the stone ark and with it the exit, Mistshine lowered himself out of the timberwolf and ordered everypony to cross, Celestia spell was weakening when the presence of Poisonhoof disappeared so it should allow everypony to exit the empire, Black Tide and 5 of her surviving mermaids went first, followed by Harpy and 3 more harpies, then Soul Shield, later the elemental fillies, Coldshard and Alure, Softheart also passed, followed by Redhoof and Rustyhooves with the Timberwolf robot, Fluttershy and Angel were last…
“Come on Mistshine!” Angel said as he crossed.
Fluttershy also looked behind. “Mistshine?”
“…” Mistshine looked at the empire as paying his respects. “Don’t worry Fluttershy… its all over, if you see Celestia, tell her to do not attack the monsters.”
Fluttershy nodded before giving a quick kiss to Mistshine on his cheek. “Ok… come now please.”
Fluttershy exited the empire successfully, Mistshine looked at his vampire whip and removed it from his saddle… he was questioning himself whatever he should leave it on the empire, or carry it, but when he was going to turn around, a huge black crystal came under him and destroyed the Stone ark.
“W-what?!?! NO!!, No No No No!!!” Mistshine said in denial, as he tried to put the ark back together
A very familiar laugh was heard as the empire finished falling apart, sending a sandstorm towards the stallion, burring him under the sand, the sandstorm started to cover the stone ark as well as the dark crystal, but not the empire ruins for some reason, as if the sandstorm had a grudge against the stallion, Mistshine hoof exited the sand and started to crawl but a bigger sandstorm buried him, silencing his screams, Mistshine put his tech horn and started to prepare a spell, the sand covered the horn and silenced the magic.
On the other side of the Stone Ark, Fluttershy opened her eyes just to find her friends, Discord and even Celestia herself happy to see her, they all shared a hug and gave comfort to the mare, even the monsters that exited first hugged them all, Discord smiled as he saw the scene.
“Told ya the creatures weren’t evil, you owe me 1000 bits.” Discord said with a smirk.
Celestia just sigh. “Oh shut up…”
“We would fear we will never see you again darling!, you had us all scared when Discord came with the news.” Rarity mentioned, not letting go her friend.
Pinkie Pie also talked. “We didn’t mention anything to Stormy or Luna because they went on Royal Business to Manehattan, otherwise they would be here.”
“How convenient.” Said Coldshard looking at Celestia. “You must be the Princess Celestia right?”
Celestia nodded. “Yes I am little one.”
“You know what we are right?... I suppose you owe Fluttershy an explanation after our master risked his life to save her.” Coldshard said while looking at everypony.
Discord mind rang when the creature said master. “Hang on…Fluttershy where is your little friend?”
“He is behind me…” Fluttershy turned around smiling.
But the mare smile was quickly wiped off her face, as she saw the stone ark portal closing and a dark crystal heading towards her, Fluttershy screamed but Twilight and Applejack managed to break the crystal before it even touched the mare, the stone ark felt down, this made Fluttershy cry… as she knew perfectly well what this meant.
“No!! Mistshine!!” Fluttershy said, crying.
Rainbow Dash asked. “What did he do?, I know he made something when I saw him that night with your feather.”
“Is not like that dashie!, he stayed behind!, at the Steel Empire!” Fluttershy cried more as she started to worry everypony.
Twilight mind rang at this and asked the Princess. “Princess…what is the Steel Empire?”
“…” Celestia saw how the monsters were looking at her as expecting to confess, seeing Fluttershy pain left her with little choice but to speak. “This is actually… my fault…”
Discord replied. “After I identified that the spell on the ark was yours, you said you will explain to us what is, and I believe you better start talking Celly, and fast.”
“Alright…” Celestia complied but was interrupted.
“Please… this… this is no time for backstories…” Fluttershy said, still crying.
Applejack seems to know what Fluttershy meant. “Ya are worried about him right sugarcube?”
“Yes, he is in danger, he saved my life, please, we need to go to San Palomino Desert, that is where the empire is” Fluttershy said, more worried but calmed.
Discord immediately became worried when he saw the black crystal remains. “I know Sombra magic, but this one is like a mixture of him and another pony.”
“Ok you heard Master Fluttershy, Harpy!, fly as high as possible and try to find the dessert!, Alure prepare your flowers, Blacktide gather your troops!” Soul Shield ordered, being the one with the military rank.
Harpy flew up high searching for the desert area, Rainbow Dash followed her intrigued of how far she can see, Harpy managed to locate the desert and pointed southeast, Alure on ground made a huge flower appear, Twilight fascinated by this came closer to the plant pony and saw her from every angle as possible, she even saw the flower itself, but before anypony could move Celestia raised her voice.
“Enough!” Celestia said, as she levitated the harpy down to earth and burned Alure Flower. “Neither of you will go to that area.”
Twilight questioned her princess methods. “Princess?!, what are you doing?!”
“I knew she was going to attack us!, like she did 1000 years ago!, everypony defense formation!” Soul Shield ordered as she attacked Celestia to make her let go the spell that kept her friends tied.
Celestia was going to attack but Fluttershy yelled. “WAIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!, Stop Please!, no more!”
“M-master Fluttershy… but she…” Softheart exclaimed.
Fluttershy cried more and yelled. “This is NOT the time for this!, explanations will come later!, please Discord, teleport us to San Palomino Desert!, I need to know he is alright!, please!, I beg you…”
“…” Celestia breathed as she calmed herself down. “You are right…Discord, take us all to San Palomino desert, we need to find Mistshine fast.”
Rarity exclaimed. “The desert?, Oh no no!, my hair will be absolutely ruined!, somepony bring water!”
“…” Blacktide smiled as she used her water pistol attack on Rarity, wetting her mane
Rainbow Dash laughed as she hid the rain cloud she was going to kick. “Well you asked for it, besides is night time Rarity, the desert is cold as this hour.”
Discord couldn’t bear see his closest friend crying, so he complied and teleported everyone to the desert in a flash, Fluttershy desperately began searching, as well as the creatures, since they spend more time with Mistshine, they could trace him more easy, Rainbow followed the Harpies, Fiery Pyre and Soul Shield very closely, as Twilight fond fascinating the features of the other ponies, specially the mermaid ponies that used their own water attack to cool themselves.
Meanwhile on the empire ruins, Mistshine rose from the sand, coughing, hearing the psycho mare voice still in his head, he put away his own tech horn, relieved he used the bubble spell in time to save himself from being drowned by the sand, he tried to repair the Stone ark but the voice sounded now behind him, Mistshine turned around just to find a tech horn with a red horn on it surrounded by sand.
“You know that is not going to work right? You are trapped here with me.” Poisonhoof voice said from the tech horn.
Mistshine tired, exclaimed. “Are you serious?, how many times do I have to kill you?, you lost already!, let me get out!, you have no ways to revive yourself!”
“Oh you are wrong… I still have you…” Poisonhoof said as the tech horn got attached to Mistshine forehead
The stallion yelled as the horn started to cloud his mind, made him reach the maximum of his corruption, he tried to remove it but the horn was not going away, Mistshine desperately walked away from the stone ark and into the road to the empire, but his hooves stopped, as he felt that the horn actually started to suck away his corruption, it still hurt, but he felt relieved, in fact he stopped resisting so the horn could take as much dark magic as possible.
“Heh… you are doing me a favor you know?” Mistshine smiled.
Poisonhoof voice suddenly sounded distorted. “Oh really you think?”
The horn actually pierced Mistshine forehead before removing itself, Mistshine could feel how it took something out of him, he applied some potion on the hole to close the wound and saw how from the dip of his own blood, the mare body started to form. A spell that came from the horn as it glowed with a red aura, from the sand a robotic skeleton intact came closer to the tech horn, it was a mare skeleton with the horn broken, once it put the skeleton on, Mistshine blood started to form the remaining organs and skin, Mistshine disgusted saw how the mare took form until her coat became blue color, her hooves and muzzle brown with her mane growing, her cutie mark was a engineer wrench with a soul orb floating around it, with a base of black crystals, the mane of the mare was light orange with a light black color once the mare opened her eyes, her eyes were red with the purple mist characteristic of King Sombra.
“I see now… that tech horn… is King Sombra Horn, right?” Mistshine said, putting himself on guard
Poisonhoof smiled looking at her body. “Incredible that your blood allow me to revive this fully… yes… it is.”
“That’s explains the black crystals and the fear spell… but why?, I though Sombra was…” Mistshine questioned.
Poisonhoof replied. “Dead?, he is… by some reason this horn felt here a few months ago…” Poisonhoof explained walking in circles around Mistshine. “I was inside the stupid of Goldengear at that moment and found the horn on the edges of this barrier, when I picked it up, I felt my king energy in it, so I decided to use it… don´t get me wrong I tried to revive my king, but each experiment ended up in failure.”
“The dark magic fog…” Mistshine said, remembering the issues he had with the fog on the empire.
Poisonhoof smiled. “Bingo… so instead of reviving my king I decided to carry on his wish, the same wish I have, Destroy Equestria and its pathetic princess ruling it!, it is my revenge for killing my king.”
“Your king?...Sombra never had a Queen, not that we know of.” Mistshine said, keeping track of the mare.
Poisonhoof confirmed. “Is true, he never got one, because he had me… I was his lover.” Poisonhoof said as she appeared a black crystal spear, the same one Mistshine saw on the fear door and on Soul Shield memory zone.
“Lover?... you actually believed that jackass was capable of feeling love?!” Mistshine laughed, only to receive a black crystal attack that he narrowly dodged.
Poisonhoof said with anger. “Do not insult the all mighty king in my presence you insolent buffoon!” the mare said with anger which made her purple aura more evident and her corneas to become green colored. “We were so close of our goal 1000 years ago, if it wasn’t for your princess, everything would have been perfect!”
“You are talking about the Crystal Empire slavery and the Steel Empire massacre.” Mistshine continued.
Poisonhoof continued to talk. “Yes… our kingdom defied King Sombra, providing armor and equipment for the fight against him to the Canterlot troops, so in response we took the Crystal Empire subjects to teach out citizens a lesson, on know to respect their king or suffer a fate worse than death, the princess of this empire was so soft to her subjects, even to the criminals that it was disgusting to me, when I went to the crystal empire, I met a real ruler, a real king, he opened my eyes to the world and what real strength was, nothing beats pure raw power, and the Steel Princess demise was the proof, she died so quickly that I didn’t enjoy it as I wanted to, but you…”
“Uh oh…here we go…” Mistshine said, getting ready.
Poisonhoof smiled as she licked her lips, sharp fangs could be seen. “You have been a constant thorn on my side, I guess is time for me to finally take your life, is the time to put aside your weak ideals of friendship and love and suffer at the hands of the Queen of The Steel Empire! The perfect punishment for a meddling stallion like yourself.”
Outside of the empire ruins, Celestia felt a dark presence nearby, Discord felt it as well and decided to go to that direction, the presence was behind some mountains to the east, Rainbow, Harpies and Soul Shield managed to see the empire destroyed ruins and flew towards it, but as soon as Harpy and Soul Shield touched it, they got electrocuted and sent away, Rainbow Dash managed to catch them both before returning to the ground, Discord magic didn’t even worked.
“Oh come on!, this is the second impenetrable barrier I faced this week!” Discord said in annoyance.
Celestia saw the barrier a moment. “This is no second barrier Discord, is the barrier I put on the empire…but I do not get it, it was supposed to fade when there is no more dark magic present.”
“When Mistshine and I escaped it got weaken, enough for Mistshine friends to get out” Fluttershy said with a little concern on her voice.
Celestia continued. “Something must have triggered the spell to the maximum, we will be able to see what is inside but anything inside will not be able to see us, keep the creatures out, if they get close they could get killed.”
“Oh come on!, I want to help!” Harpy said with her voice translated.
Rainbow Dash questioned. “Wait, you talk?!”
“We must be close to the master translator, which is what allowed the harpies and mermaid ponies to talk pony language.” Soul Shield said next to Alure.
Pinkie Pie said, looking with a telescope she pulled out of her mane. “Wait girls, I see two ponies”
“T-two?” Fluttershy said as she came closer to Pinkie, Pinkie gave her a telescope to see better.
Fluttershy could easily see Mistshine alive, which made her smile, but she also saw a mare in there with him, the tech horn she was using filled Fluttershy with fear as she walked away, Celestia picked up the telescope and saw the 2 ponies in the distance inside the shield, she instantly recognized Poisonhoof and gave the telescope to Twilight, Celestia looked angry.
“Princess…who is she?” Twilight asked.
Celestia replied. “She is Poisonhoof Goldenscroll; the responsible of making me do this barrier… and the responsible of creating the creatures you see next to you girls.”
“And she is the one that possessed me.” Fluttershy said, a little afraid of seeing the place.
Celestia´s barrier covered a very wide area of the empire, so wide that the ponies have to see the fight using telescopes or binoculars brought by Discord, inside the barrier however, the extension of the barrier was the least of Mistshine worries, as the attacks of the dark mare were coming fast towards the stallion, but the magical hourglass didn’t affect the mare at all, but she could revert the hourglass magic to froze the stallion and allow her to attack with a huge dark crystal hit.
“Ahhhh!!!! Dang it!” Mistshine said as he got himself up.
Poisonhoof looked to a side a smiled. “Oh… we have visitors…”
“V-visitors?” Mistshine said and looked to a side and saw his friends at the distance. “Oh crap… I feel Fluttershy energy… Fluttershy ran!”
Poisonhoof smiled. “They cannot hear us you meddling colt, but they will hear you scream.”
Poisonhoof noticed this and tried to teleport, however Mistshine prevented it by attacking the mare face with his vampire killer, the power of the whip burned the mare face, this enraged her as Mistshine remembered the memory of Soul Shield and how the mare reacted when her face was injured.
“You…you hurt my beautiful face!” Poisonhoof yelled as she prepared a spell.
Mistshine laughed. “Beautiful you?, please!, I seen more beauty in one of the corpses of your monsters, and that’s saying a lot…”
“W-what did you say to me you worthless worm?!” Poisonhoof raged more.
Mistshine just replied as he put on his vampire disguise again. “If you want real beauty, just look at Fluttershy over there, or Rarity or any of the other ponies outside the barrier, they are far more beautiful than you, Even Redhoof your long descendant is far more gorgeous than you!”
“Please, a real descendant of mine would never be a kind pony who loves others, they should be killers, which is the legacy of the Goldenscroll name!” Poisonhoof yelled as she proudly defended her ideas.
Mistshine taunted the mare hugging his whip before opening his cape, just like his ancestor Roseblood used to do. “Well the Brave legacy is protecting others and Equestria with all our heart! And until today that never had failed!”
“Then let’s see what legacy is better then… after I kill you I will go for those ponies outside the barrier” Poisonhoof yelled as she rose her spear with magic.
Fluttershy and her friends could only watch from the distance and how the stallion fought against that dark mare so determined into bringing pain to others, even Redhoof, the descendant of Poisonhoof, watched disgusted how she was related to a mare like that, Mistshine on the other hoof, believed it was time already to stop the mare as soon as possible, he must do everything in his power to prevent her to focus on his friends on the edge of the barrier, this is the last foe he will face, after this he can finally rest, but before that he must put this mare on the grave and make sure she will never came back to life again, breaking the circle of hate she brought to herself.
Mistshine attacked with all he had while the mare seems to block with excellent defense, but one detail was bothering Mistshine during the fight, the mare formed herself from his blood and dark energy, the stallion opened his cape to unleash hellfire , but the spell didn’t worked, at that moment it became clear to him why Poisonhoof took all his dark magic, since hellfire and other spells it required dark energy to work, by removing the dark magic out of his body, Poisonhoof cancelled all his more powerful spells!, and even if he has light magic, It will take him a while to recover, after all the time he had the corruption inside of him.
“Know your place pathetic worm!” Poisonhoof said as she made a powerful spell that raised several dark crystals from the floor.
Mistshine covered with his cape but some of the crystals managed to hurt him. “Aaahh!!! Dang it!, this is getting me nowhere!”
“After I kill you, that mare will follow!, I will enjoy it when I strangle her very slowly with your own wrench!” Poisonhoof said as she moved during the battle to evade the whip attacks.
Mistshine recovered and teleported away from Poisonhoof attack and grabbed her from her hooves with his whip, he began to spin around several times smashing her with the fragments of the stone ark, sending her towards the empire ruins, Mistshine followed the mare to the forest near the ruins to pursue her but the mare hid underground, when she felt Mistshine hooves, she made him a powerful uppercut with her spear and crashed him towards the trees, Mistshine could see the skeleton of the mare but she didn’t suffered damaged, as her blood regenerated the skin.
“Oh… crap!” Mistshine said as he got himself up.
Poisonhoof smiled as she held her spear. “You see now?, you can’t kill me”
“Or maybe I have to think on some other idea…Piadah!” Mistshine said as he performed a spell and teleported a yellow bottle.
The bottle was not other that Redhoof potions she left on her market, Mistshine was able to use the ruins of the empire to his advantages, he used the drug and threw it to Poisonhoof, she suffered the hallucination instantly and saw how a giant Mistshine crushed her with his hooves, but the illusion didn’t worked full strength with that mare, as she managed to push the giant stallion away ending the illusion
“Really is that all you…” Poisonhoof noticed that Mistshine was gone “Have?”
Mistshine appeared from behind holding one of the clock tower cogs. “Surprise!”
Mistshine attacked and stabbed Poisonhoof with the cog piece, the mare didn’t react in time before the stallion kicked it with his full earth pony strength, making the mare spin and crash on the ruins of the empire, the fight was getting very close with each opponent not allowing the other a way to get ahead of the other, but Poisonhoof launched a spell towards the highest point of the bubble spell, the spell made Mistshine cry in pain as he felt his soul being tied up to the empire itself. Celestia and the other ponies noticed how Mistshine reacted in pain, and the Princess understood what happened, Poisonhoof put the balance in her favor and used the same banishment spell than King Sombra; When the evil king felt defeated he made a banishment spell to banish the Crystal Empire and all the crystal ponies with it, Poisonhoof was going to make the same to Mistshine, the barrier grew red not allowing the ponies to came closer, and inside the barrier things weren’t going easy on Mistshine either.
Poisonhoof had the clear advantage when it comes to power and spells being a born unicorn, however, after using the banishment spell, Poisonhoof defense shield felt down as she is using all her power to speed up the banishment spell.
“Are you out of your mind?!” Mistshine said as he attacked the mare. “If you banish the empire you will be banished too!”
Poisonhoof smiled “I know, and once you are dead, when the banishment spell is broken, my army will resurface, more powerful than ever!, there might be new element holders, but with your blood I will be able to eradicate them!
“Not if I can help it! Heaven Light!” Mistshine yelled as he prepared a comeback technique.
Mistshine combined the alcohol bottle with the holy whip power, turning it into a holy water bottle; the contents burned Poisonhoof skin while she received direct attacks of the stallion, injuring her bones. Poisonhoof noticed her auto heal didn’t worked anymore so she pulled out a corpse of one of the unfortunate mermaid ponies and bite it, drinking all the fresh blood she could, repairing her body, she returned the attack and attacked with a powerful dark magic pillar, hurting the stallion badly.
Poisonhoof finally found a opening on the stallion defense and unleashed her most powerful spell when he was coming down of the dark pillar attack, she trapped Mistshine on dark crystals from the hooves to the chest, and started to stab him multiple times with the spear, making sure to leave as many dark shards as possible inside the stallion body, Fluttershy screamed and cried when she saw Mistshine getting impaled by the spear.
“Aaahhhh!!! N-nooo!!!” Mistshine tried to held to the spear handle
Poisonhoof laughed maniacally. “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! See you fool?!, this is what happens to those that defy me!!!, everypony that defies the power of the Steel Empire Queen will be exterminated now!!, Disappear!”
Poisonhoof picked up Mistshine body and threw it towards the ruins of the empire; Mistshine body quickly entered the ruins via a window, broking it he felt unconscious on the hard concrete floor in a puddle of his own blood, as the dark magic crystals started to insert themselves more and more into the stallion flesh… his spirit container was send flying from the saddle.
“N-no…I… I cannot fail… I cannot…F-Fluttershy” Mistshine said trying to get up… but his wounds send them to the ground again.
Mistshine cried, he couldn’t get up, his hooves are broken, his back was broken as well and he cannot even move, he could hear in his minds the screams of Fluttershy as the mare draw closer to the shield, although she couldn’t break it, Poisonhoof taunted the princess, insulting her for not permanently killing her before sealing the empire, on the other hoof, Discord was waiting for the dark mare to exit the barrier, only so that he can kill her himself.
Mistshine crawled towards the broken entrance of the east hall… trying to exit and return to the fight despise of his state, leaving a blood trail on his way… until he felt something soft… the corpse of the same mermaid that mentioned him about the enchanted room, she couldn’t get out…he finally couldn’t resist anymore and collapsed… but he didn’t collapsed on the hard concrete floor… he collapsed under the hooves of the same dead mermaid.
His eyes saw several little orbs floating around him, the orb that was holding him had the form of the mermaid that talked to him, the others were monsters he had killed, or the souls of the civilians that died 1000 years ago, his mind was telling him to prepare for he afterlife, that these souls came for him…but he found a incredible surprise when they started removing the dark crystals from his body wounds, the monsters souls specially started to try to heal him as fast as possible, the corpseweeds tried to wrap their vines on the wounds, the medusas head sang a lullaby to ease the stallion mind, while the armors mounted guard, for one of the orbs in specific, the bigger one in the room that passed between the armors souls, it materialized itself, it was the soul of a beautiful grey alicorn with dark grey spots, her hair and eyes were as red as the purest of metals boiling hot and her cutie mark was a huge metallic heart with a whip, a sword and a shield at its base, indicating her natural talent for making weapons and armor, she spoke kindly to the stallion with the proper matters of a princess.
“So… you are the little colt the spirits of this empire kept talking about… allow me to introduce myself, I’m Princess Platina… the Steel Princess.”
Mistshine replied a little tired. “M-my name is Mistshine Brave…I…”
“Shhh…I know why you came here… you came here to save your friend, I have never saw somepony with such passion for somepony they like, and trust me, I seen a lot, your love energy could rival my old friend the love princess I think…” Princess Platina said as she put her hoof on the stallion mouth.
Mistshine inquired the ghost of the deceased princess. “You are referring about the princess before Cadance right?.”
“Yeah…, she and I used to be good friends 1000 years ago…” Platina replied remembering the previous love princess
Mistshine eyes displayed concerned as he looked at his wounds. “But… I failed… I failed my final battle, I cannot longer move. Look at me... I cannot even use the swap spell.”
“Shhhh, don´t talk master please.” said the mermaid pony soul
Princess Platina smiled as kindly as possible. “Is true… you are in a terrible state, at the moment…once we took out all those dark crystals you should be ok…”
“But…what about this?, what about Poisonhoof?, she is almost done breaking the barrier. How can I beat her without my dark magic spells?” Mistshine put his hoof on his chest wound, trying to reply to the princess despise his state.
Princess Platina got her horn charged up and healed Mistshine chest wound, even going as far as to gave him the Spirit container back. “Oh, compassionate young one! There is no need for you to use dark magic, with your current abilities you are fine, but as a token of my gratitude for saving my citizens from a horrible eternity as monsters… I shall grand you one power… please receive it…and use it to save your loved ones.”
The Princess and all the other spirits levitated Mistshine and started to enter and exit his body, giving him spiritual energy, the more spirits he received inside his body the more stronger he felt, recovering from all his serious wounds, until each and every one of the spirits entered the Spirit Container, Mistshine felt a new power inside of his heart, the Power of Purity, to command over the spirits of the dead as long as they are pure and cleanse anything he touch from dark magic, is like his eyes were opened to the unknown and he could see the spirit realm, but this power in fact allowed him to not only contact the spirits but also use his dark magic items without the need to have dark magic.
Mistshine smiled as he could feel the power of the Steel Princess in his body, he put his tech horn back and unleashed his Grand Cross Spell without needing to charge it up, this alerted Poisonhoof almost instantly that Mistshine was still alive, something that made Fluttershy smile of happiness, specially when she saw the stallion flying in the sky with his Steel Wings.
“Grrrrr…. Annoying stallion! Just die already!” Poisonhoof said as she took in flight with her own version of the steel wings
Mistshine looked at Poisonhoof and unleashed his hellfire spell, something that took Poisonhoof off guard. “Now is my turn to get revenge on you!”
The fight quickly took place in the air as the stallion attacked with all he have, with the power of the Steel Princess flowing inside him, the Power of Purity, the dark crystals that Poisonhoof launched had little effect on the stallion, making the fight one sided, the mare quickly landed on the floor as well as the stallion, the dark mare used her powers to summon several skeletons to attack Mistshine, since they are robots they were not affected by the power of the steel princess, Mistshine attacked them until they became nothing more than scrap metal, Poisonhoof reformed her strategy and changed the shape of the dark crystal in her spear to a scythe and attacked the stallion.
“Why?... why don´t you just give up?!, you cannot win!” Poisonhoof said as the bubble started to flash on and off. “See that?, this empire is almost ready to disappear!”
Mistshine yelled as he held off the scythe with his wrench. “Not if I nullify your spell!”
“You cannot!, only I know…” Poisonhoof was interrupted by the stallion attack on her face.
Mistshine flew up high and channeled his new power on his whip “Power of Purity!, banish the shadows and chains of this night!”
The whip managed to hit the top of the shield, the red markings on the shield quickly stopped and as if it was shattering glass, it broke falling all on Poisonhoof body, the Mane 6 could now clearly see Mistshine and Poisonhoof fighting without being injured, Mistshine will lose time if he only attacks the chest of the mare, he must aim at her head where the tech horn and Sombra real horn are, he channeled his new power and continued to assault the dark mare with several whips attacks injuring her face and breaking the tech horn, the mare replied with a powerful scythe cut managing to cut Mistshine belly, the stallion held his wound before being hit multiple times with the scythe blade and dark crystals that forms from the mare weapon, once enough damage was done, Poisonhoof changed her weapon to a spear again, ready for the final stab.
“Any last words worm?” Poisonhoof asked.
Mistshine smiled. “Yeah… citizens!, monsters!, souls of the deceased! get her and get your revenge!”
Mistshine activated the Sprit Container extra feature that brought the soul of the deceased outside the container to attack, Poisonhoof knew perfectly well what this means since she was the one that created the device and flew upwards, the souls of the pegasi she killed gave chase commanded by one of Soul Shield deceased friends Featherspots, the pegasus attacked violently breaking the mare fake wings making her fall to the ground, Poisonhoof attacked with a powerful lighting spell that dispersed the souls for a moment, Mistshine was being treated by the maids souls that were healing his wounds.
“Oh no you don’t!” Poisonhoof said as she used a powerful dark crystal spell, while landing in front of the stallion.
Mistshine healing was interrupted as he had to move out of the harm way, but some spirits got dispersed by the attack. “I have more souls where those came from!” Said the stallion, as he closed his eyes allowing Princess Platina to take possession of him for a moment.
“Wait I know that energy… The princess soul?!” Poisonhoof said in disbelief
Mistshine voice sounded different, as if there were 2 ponies in one body. “Oh yeah… and I wasn’t kidding when I said I had more souls!” Mistshine started to sing a powerful spell only the Steel Princess knew.
“This… this cannot be happening!” Poisonhoof said as she shot a powerful ice blast spell.
The souls of the guards protected Mistshine from impact as he made the spell. “Audi animae mortuorum! Surge et vindictam contra illos qui vitam nostram! Fac nobis eorum clamoribus et algores lullabies facere hac nocte, et omnia ossa eorum pars sit nobis via ad caelos!” (Hear me souls of the dead! Rise and seek revenge against those who ended our lives! Make their screams of agony be our lullabies this night and make their bones form part of our pathway to the heavens!)
Another earthquake happened in the empire, one that even Celestia felt outside the barrier, thousands of corpses that originally belonged to the monsters and citizens of the empire started to rise from the floor, of the empire, walking slowly towards the so called “Queen” of the Steel Empire. Poisonhoof knew she had to kill Mistshine now of she will be the one dying again, she casted her most powerful spell, Lavaport, a spell that made the victim suffer a geyser of lava at their hooves, usually this would mean instant death to the target, but not Mistshine, the spell was casted, but Poisonhoof ended up burning several corpses and souls, making her attack having 0 effect on her intended target, as he let his cape absorb the power of the lava itself, once the attack faded, Mistshine appeared from behind the mare unleashing his hellfire spell hurting her successfully.
“This... will be the end of your legacy!, don’t worry, Redhoof will give your name a better future than the one you had in mind!” Mistshine said as he charged his whip with his maximum power.
The whip ended up removing the horn out of Poisonhoof forehead, but also destroyed it since it was charged with the Power of Purity, the citizens of the Steel empire finally reached Poisonhoof location and started to practically eat her alive, her screams became notorious as her flesh was being ripped out of her metallic skeleton. The souls of the deceased attacked the mare without mercy, even going as far as to destroying her soul so she wouldn’t have strength left to be absorbed by Tartarus, once the revenge of the thousand souls of the empire was completed, the corpses returned to the ground, revealing their soul orbs.
“You know... you are not really so ugly when you are screaming...” Platina voice sounded from the stallion mouth
Poisonhoof voice sounded from the metallic skeleton, some of her organs still remained. “Ahh... you... you will never... defeat me... as long as the horn... is with me... i will just keep coming back...”
“Yeah...” Mistshine said now in his usual voice “ But i will make sure that never happens again!”
Mistshine ran towards the broken skeleton and stabbed the mare heart with his whip, wrapping it up on its ribs he send it upwards towards the sky, Mistshine removed his tech horn and steel wings, putting them inside the saddle, he charged his magic and love energy for a finishing move, he found Sombra´s Horn on the ground glowing, Mistshine picked up and threw it upwards towards the mare, stabbing it successfully on its chest, when the mare remains and the horn came down, he channeled his new power with his already charged up magic and energy, unleashing the most powerful spell in his ancestor library, he yelled “Maximum Grand Cross!”.
The power of his ancestor technique not only burned the horn and turned it into ashes, but also ripped the metallic skeleton of Poisonhoof, with a final yell of pain she broke, leaving nothing more that destroyed and useless pieces of metal and burned flesh that was carried away by the wind.
“Is over... is finally over...” Princess Platina soul said as it exited the stallion body.
Mistshine nodded, tired of all the fighting. “Yeah... it is... now you can rest in peace now... if you see my sister and my mom on the other side...”
“I’m sure they are both proud of you and your brother...words cannot express how much gratitude I feel within me now... i hope my Power of Purity will always shine within you and your bloodline.” Princess Platina said as she began to disappear.
Mistshine smiled. “You can....count....on me.... ahhhh...”
Mistshine collapsed, falling towards the cold sand, finally all his energy left him, Princess Celestia barrier dropped as soon as the danger was adverted, when she lowered the barrier, all the souls trapped on the empire were finally set free, it was like watching a star gaze or a bunch of wishing stars, just that instead of falling, they were going up, to the afterlife they had 1000 years long overdue. Fluttershy and Rainbow flew as fast as possible towards the stallion, Fluttershy tried to made him respond, but he was out cold, not even a water attack from Black Tide woke him up, the souls of the deceased could been seen very far away saying goodbye to the Princess Celestia and her friends, Celestia look up just to catch a glimpse of Princess Platina waving her back as she departed to her eternal rest. Celestia smiled, as she asked Discord to return them to the castle, the spirit of chaos happily obeyed, making everypony disappear from the ancient place, as the sands of the desert carried out the will of the Princess of Steel, erasing any trace of the empire presence, never to be disturbed again, never to be looked upon again...finally, giving the so long deserved rest it needed.