Mistshine was in the middle of a serious problem, as the Lunar Eclipse was in just 1 more night, once morning rises in the horizon, he will only have 24 hours to stop the curse inflicted on Fluttershy, otherwise, he will lose her forever, and with her, any chance to stop Poisonhoof sprit from sending all these monsters into Equestria, but… were the monsters… really monsters in reality?, or just tormented ponies looking for eternal rest?, the stallion was facing a moral struggle, Angel bunny stepped into the saddlebags of his master and pulled up the map
“we need to get to the throne room stat!, Fluttershy is definitely there” Angel said in desperation
Redhoof robot stopped the bunny “you will not go through the Clock tower alive, the area is not only filled with dark magic, but by Poisonhoof stronger experiments, besides, even if you manage to pass that, you will have to fight your pegasus friend”
“I know… I wish there is a way to remove that cursed jewel from her” Mistshine said, hitting the table
Redhoof smiled with hope on her face “there is master…the jewel itself is destructible, destroying the jewel might save Fluttershy, but since her body is already transformed into a bat pony, destroying the jewel might kill her, unless”
“unless what?” Angel replied with a grin
Redhoof look on her eyes, changed to serious, as she explained “unless the victim is cured from the vampirism curse and her body returns to normal, to clean her body, you must find the antidote on Poisonhoof Laboratory, sadly, that lab is in a secret location that even I do not know where it is”
“wait… I hear the term vampirism curse all over the Steel Empire history you just reproduced, what is the Vampirism Curse?” Mistshine interrupted, demanding more information
Redhoof replied to the command, with the information acquired so far. “Data analysis from the CPU fragments as well as Fluttershy conditions are a clear indicator of the Vampirism Curse, a very powerful magical curse, created by using vampire fruit bats blood, dark magic and arcane magic, this combination of factors make the victim extremely violent, and makes them feel constantly hungry, also, it grants dark magic properties to the subject, depending of the type of pony it is, the only downside, since it is a actual curse taking liquid form, it will constantly treat to consume the user mind and will, the victim will need to feed upon the blood of the most nearby pony available, instead of apple juice, as the proteins within a pony blood, are sufficient to keep the liquid curse controlled, however, the dark magic can also be controlled by the victim, by either pure light magic amulets, or by using the dark magic in form of attacks, on a side note, the curse is able to be transmitted to another pony via a bite or blood transfusion”
“Hold on… Mistshine was bitten by Fluttershy, so that means…” Softheart said concerned
Redhoof nodded at the breezie succubus bot concern “he have the vampirism curse as well, and if he steps into any kind of dark magic area or if he is really angry, the infection could spread more quickly”
Oh sweet Celestia!, now besides the time limit, he have a curse, corrupting his body as well, and any contact with dark magic areas will accelerate the effects, he have the priest clothes though, and if what Redhoof said was true, any light or holy equipment, as well as attacking with it, will keep the dark magic at bay, until he saves Fluttershy, however, Redhoof CPU proved to be the source of information he needed to clear his path, as he now knows what happened on the empire, why Celestia destroyed the empire and why the monsters fear her, why the barrier was up, why the whip was there in the first place, and most importantly, what happened to Fluttershy and how to save her, he will put the empire upside down if he have to, but he will find Poisonhoof Laboratory before the Lunar Eclipse happens, he knew beforehoof, that Luna and Celestia usually holds a ceremony for these events, so that will give him a extra time besides the 24 hour limit, now… the fact that he can now use dark magic, as a side effect of the vampirism curse will be useful, he took out his wrench, and focused the curse power into it…successfully surrounding his wrench in dark magic, however, he cannot keep the dark magic on the wrench forever, as he felt dizzy already for only wielding it, so he will have to fill the wrench each time he will use it for attacking, with the path and mission clear, Mistshine gave a kind kiss to Redhoof on her forehead, the robot smiled, as a red aura surrounded her, and she emitted short circuits, Mistshine worried took out his wrench to fix her, but his surprise was huge… to hear his friend voice, and personality from the robot body.
“The fusion… the fusion is finally complete… thank you, Mistshine, now we are finally one, we only need now the Full Life Replica Body so we can live again as we used to be “ Redhoof said
Mistshine laughed “ you scared me, I will do it my friend, but you can stop using the royal we, we are not 1000 years in the past”
“Sorry” Redhoof said apologizing, as she sit on the table, and pat her plot a little, she then raised her right leg, touching her buttocks with her left hoof, revealing her lady parts “when you save Fluttershy, come to see me, I might have some tips on how to, pleasure her”
Mistshine blushed hard at this, turning his face away “yeah is you alright, glad to see you back in full Redhoof”
“hehehe, as shy as your brother, don’t worry, im just teasing” Redhoof said as she lowered her leg, covering her privates and getting back on the chair
Angel crossed his arms, strangely blushed as well “Well, these reunion is fun and all… but we have to go, Mistshine, you found a key when you fought the walking salad, where does it leads to?”
“It leads to the Armory” Mistshine said
Softheart remembered something “Wait… didn’t Rustyhooves said that there is a coat that he could use to enter the Ice Cave?”
She is right, he did!, also, he could use the armory to restock and get the coat to explore the Ice Cave, he will have to check every area of the castle to find the laboratory, and once he find it, he will climb until the throne room and free Fluttershy, Angel saw the determination on his new owner eyes and jumped to his back, in complete confidence, Softheart as well got ready for the challenge ahead, Redhoof made a question, to the now ready stallion
“That look in your eyes…is the same look you had all those years ago when you, me and your brother were just innocent little ponies, I know nothing will stop you once you set your mind on something, you are as stubborn as your brother, you know that this will be extremely difficult to pull off right?” She said as she sat searched for something
Mistshine smiled, holding the whip in his hoof “Well, you are talking to Mistshine Brave, there is no machine, curse or anything that is impossible to me, if my ancestor Sir Brave could beat that mare, I should be able to do it too!”
“In that case darling… I have a few scrolls I can sell ya, trust me, they will be helpful” Redhoof said, as she opened up her store again
The stallion purchased another superpotion, and took particular interest in almost all scrolls, specially the ones labeled “Sentry Upgrades”, however, he had only 11200 bits, he purchased a Fire Blast spell and a Ice Blast spell for 2000 bits each, then the Bubble Shield spell upgrade for the same price, and finally a Air Bubble spell, as he was thinking, that he might have to swim, and since he is not a good swimmer, me will need the unlimited air supply, after spending 7000 bits, Redhoof decided to sell something extra, for 1000 bits each item
“I have these for you, according to the robot memory, this is a magical hourglass that can stop time for 5 seconds, enough to make your escape if you are surrounded, and I also have these steel daggers, they already were purified in holy water” Redhoof said as she displayed the items
Both of them could be very helpful, so he purchased both, after finally has done shopping, he waved goodbye to his friend and returned to the library. Once outside, he searched for the teleport circle of the library, he manage to find it almost instantly, as it was next to a bookshelf, on the left side of the store, he used his tech horn and activated the circle, returning to the Castle Town Market.
On the market however, all the skeletons and some axe armors from before were in his way, he decided to put the skill he learned with the turrets to use, and using the data acquired from the library, he build a automatic turret sentry, that shot continually at the skeletons before blowing up, he used the steel wings to fly for a moment and attack the skeletons from the air with the new acquired daggers, since they were made of steel and holy water, they easily pierced the skeletons skulls, Angel bunny alerted his companion about the harpies coming from behind, he build another sentry, using his tech horn and his magic to the limit, and this sentry was able to track the harpies in the air, he flew and attacked them with the vampire killer, eliminating the creatures in a burst of flames, he felt bad for how the monsters died at his hooves, but there was nothing he could do for them in special, they are just empty shells of the ponies they were in life, after finishing the creatures off, Mistshine returned to the west tower, using the west tower elevator, he quickly reached the second floor armory door, as he used the key he got from Alure, the door opened, welcoming him to the castle Armory.
Compared to Canterlot Armory, this one was twice as large as the ones back home, he searched between all the dusted armors, for the winter coat that Rustyhooves mentioned it could protect him from the cold, there were some Axe and Disk Armors, this time Mitshine was more prepared, he threw a bone upwards, the axe armor launched its weapon to destroy it, but he received a dagger to the chest, the disk armor threw his disc, Mistshine dodged and send Angel towards the creature, Angel proceeded to cut the disk from the armor and cut the wires that made him function, Mistshine attacked with his holy whip, breaking the armor, he reached at the end of the room, the winter coat was on a display box, behind a golden armor, the stallion approached, just to receive a warning from her breezie companion
“Watch out!” She said as she moved to the armor
Mistshine dodged to a side and the armor began to move, it was a huge armor, for a royal size pony, but the strange thing is, that it had the same design as the actual Canterlot guards armor, he attacked with his holy whip and daggers, but the creature made a light shield that blocked all the attacks, he attacked with his wrench, infusing it with dark magic, the shield held the first blows, but eventually, felt to the attack, hurting the creature, Mistshine quickly switched back to his whip and attacked, hurting the creature, as its raised its sword, Mistshine threw a alcohol bottle at him, burning the cables inside, but it was still moving, he attacked again with his whip, the creature generated another shield, annoyed, Mistshine used more dark magic on his wrench and not only destroyed the shield, but the armor helmet with it, destroying the motherchip inside the armor, once it finally stopped moving, Mistshine was able to take in the coat, it had even some warm pants to cover his whole body. But he noticed something odd… there where several daggers and axes he currently use, so he reloaded his throwing weapons, but as he picked one of the axes, he found it it was a fake one, and opened a secret passage to a room, that seems abandoned, as the stallion explored it, he found out that there was a piece of scroll, but the scroll itself was very ancient, he read what he could.
“Lets see…”he said” To the holder of this scroll, this technique is the most powerful attack of holy magic that our empire is capable of creating, not as powerful as the princess of the world, but still packs a deadly punch to any dark magic creatures… the name… is Grand Cross” Mistshine stopped
Angel, since his companion forgot to deactivate the animal translator, said” Hey… didn’t the too much leather pony said that technique name along with Mistshine ancestor? “
“She did…Redhoof said only she knew the technique… if this is indeed the Grand Cross Spell, then I can use it” Mistshine said, as he finished reading
Softheart stopped the stallion by stepping into the piece of the scroll “ Sorry master but… the scroll is incomplete”
The breezie unfold the scroll, just to reveal most of the steps to make the spell where missing, the document was split into 3 pieces, and once completed, could allow Mistshine to learn the powerful Grand Cross, sadly the warning was on the document.
“Warning… although this spell can be used by unicorns, earth ponies and pegasi, the spell could be fatal if performed twice by a non-unicorn, it is recommended to only do it once every 12 hours, and the amount of energy that it consumes is very high, use with precaution” The warning read on the scroll
Mistshine got concerned “Excellent, even with my Tech Horn, this spell could kill me if I perform it too much… perhaps is better if I leave it here”
“Will you let Fluttershy alone with that thing inside her?, who knows what kind of pony Poisonhoof is!, dear Celestia, she even went hoof to hoof against our princess and required the effort of 3 ponies to kill her! The Grand Cross spell will be your last resort if everything else fails “ Angel said, trying to encourage his master to pick the scroll and find the remaining pieces.
Again, he regretted having the animal translator turned off, but Angel had a valid point, he took the scroll and stored it on his saddlebags, now, with the winter coat he decided to return to the Ice Cave, during his travel however, he noticed something, on the window of the tower, was a Fluttershy feather, when he scanned it, he found a recorded message of Fluttershy, it said “The garden was so beautiful…but the enchanted forest was breathtaking…I wish I could bring somepony with me there “, he remembered when he first saw Fluttershy, she exited from the castle market forest area, so he might find some clues to reach the throne room there, he now have 2 options, explore the enchanted forest, or explore the ice cave.
Mistshine decided to go to the enchanted forest, perhaps he can find something of usage there, he quickly returned to the Castle Town Market central area, and went to the double opened doors that where overflowing with vegetation, he could feel several scents, but he also found several feathers from Fluttershy in the area, he encountered a cliff, one he couldn’t cross, but the forest seems to have a little wooden hut, strange to find that in the middle of the forest, however… from the window, Mistshine could see Alure sleeping, next to her, was another bed, cold as ice, that must belong to the Frozen Shade, he heard laughs and monsters yells coming towards his position, Mistshine used his shrinking device on his clock, and became as small as a little worm, this time, he ride Angel to safety, near a tall grass area, he could see some monsters going to Alure hut, and started to hit the door, the plant pony answered, just to be received by a icy water bucket from one of the other monsters, their worlds where illegible, due to their vocal cords being actually animal based, however, Mistshine had his animal translator only activated for Angel, if he could scan the monsters without being detected, he could understand the monsters this time, he saw a nearby apple on the floor, so he made a whole in it and got inside, he instructed Angel and Softheart to hide in a tree, as he, with his apple disguise, got closer to the little wooden hut and used his scan to scan the creatures, as he suspected, he could hear them talk now, as if they where normal ponies.
“hahaha!, you deserved it!, that’s what you get for not killing the intruder!” Said a harpy monster
A Medusa head only floated, as she said something else “What were you expecting?, that he will like you or give you a kiss?, you are a monster!, you are designed to kill!
“why are we having a conversation with her if she is mute?” a Zombie pony talked as well
Harpy talked again “ hey I got a idea, let´s use her vine and do a bondage montage on the Clock tower “
“Like if I will allow that!” Said a icy pony coming from behind the monsters
Zombie got scared, as he picked up his arm “Is Frozen Shade!, Scram!”
Frozen Shade attacked the 3 monsters, freezing them, then she picked up a piece of log and shattered them to pieces, Alure, still wet, started crying and hugged her friend dearly, Mistshine could feel his heart breaking in two… he knew these 2 are the only monsters with some free will left, some degree of knowledge of the events, however, he felt a little fear, when the Frozen Shade picked up the apple and placed it inside her bowl, bringing him and the soaking wet Alure inside the little hut, Mistshine could not take the apple disguise off, as the insane strength of Frozen Shade, made it more tight to his body, he could hear Frozen Shade speaking, trying to comfort the poor plant pony.
“You really should have attacked them Alure, here in the forest you are almost as powerful as our master” She said, giving her friend a towel
Alure didn’t reply, but started to dry herself.
“Listen Alure… I know you like him, im not stupid, but he is an outsider, and from what you had learned after spying on him during the whole night, you know as well as I do his heart belong to our master”. She said as she put the bowl on the table
Alure nodded, trying to hold back her tears
“Im sorry Alure… but if we don’t kill him soon, Flutterbat will have our plots served with blood jam for tomorrow night, im going to the Ice Cave to defend a item that our master do not want to fall within the colt hands, if you want you can come with me, both of us can kill him” Frozen Shade said, trying to persuade her friend to continue her duty
Alure nodded in a negative way about killing him, she used her vine to pick up a apple, the same one Mistshine was inside hiding, and with her other vine, she wrote down something on the floor “Im tired Coldshard… im tired of being here alone, you are my best friend, and im thankful for that, but I cannot hurt him… you know what he did?, after he beat me the first time?, he took my body, put it on a desk, and let me rest, recover my wounds, he didn’t kill me, he even know im mute thanks to the experiment, he is the only alive pony that had saw me still as a pony, and not a monster”
“…oh yeah… that… if there was something I could to prevent you for losing your voice. I could have frozen that bitch if I knew how to control my powers as I know today” Frozen Shade said in anger, as she froze a pineapple and shattered it to bits
Alure just smiled, as she wrote on the dirt again “it was my fault after all… after I became this… I threaten to alert the princess, but she silenced me, how could I have fallen to such obvious trap, she said she was going to do my maid job more easier, at least you where a musician, I was just a simple maid “
“So….Alure Une was a maid before becoming a plant monster… and Frozen Shade was a musician of the Steel Empire 1000 years ago?... how did they survive such a long time?, Celestia barrier was supposed to have killed them, due to their dark magic bodies” Mistshine thought to himself, as he felt on her hooves something warm, when he looked down, he saw Alure tongue licking the apple “Oh shit…” he said
Frozen Shade smiled, as she opened up her closet and pulled up a harp, more bigger than a lyra, and she started playing ”Ahhh… this song, it still brings back memories, I remember that when we become monsters, everypony was afraid to come to the ball room to listen to me play, but you stayed there, along with Rustyhooves, that is what made me be at your side to be your voice my dear friend”
“Hold up!, They knew Rustyhooves?!” Mistshine mind quickly catch this detail
Alure smiled as she took a bite of the apple, without know Mistshine was there, she left his hooves discovered “Yeah… that knuckle head has always being kind to us… but that is what I mean, I want real kindness from another living pony, I wish the 3 of us could exit this empire and go to Equestria… but knowing Celestia, she will probably blast our plots to the moon”
“Well…changing topic, what else did he do during his travel?, after you failed to kill him and I have to drag your wounded body here?” Frozen Shade asked
Alure blushed and wrote “I-i… I gave him a antidote for my poison and the key to the armory, I wanted him to continue, to free his love”
“When our masters find out you will be getting killed, I will not be able to protect you like I did during the barrier set up” Frozen shade said as she put her harp into her dress saddle
Alure witting turned nervous “Don’t remind me!, that ice coffin was cold already as it was!, imagine if we haven’t got frozen over those 1000 years!, when that stupid Harpy destroyed my crio chamber, you shared yours with me
“anything for a friend… “Frozen Shade said smiling
Alure said something else as she took another bite of the apple, leaving Mistshine with half of his body exposed “Also, he just recently set way to the Ice Cave…I lost his track when he got near this forest”
“Wait, he is going where?!?!, crap I must go! before he finds the Spirit Container and the Vampire Cape!, rest Alure, we will continue this later if I do not get killed by him” Frozen Shade freaked up
Alure didn’t reply, as she feared the last words her friend said…Mistshine on the other hoof, besides being covered on Alure sweet saliva from his waist until his back hooves, he felt incredible bad for hurting Alure, she liked him, as a friend that is, maybe he could make friendship with this monster?, but if he do that, he will be separating the only friend she had during 1000 years, same thing will happen when he fight her on the Ice Cave, he meditated about what he was doing… was he doing this travel to find Fluttershy, only because he likes her?, or because he values her friendship?, his mind answered that with a quick “Yes!”, to Mistshine, Fluttershy represents his world, his dream, he want to be her friend, and if the destiny allows it, more than just friends, and he knew she felt the same, otherwise she would have not gave him one of her feathers, when he received the kiss from his crush, he felt like the most happy earth pony on the face of Equestria, that’s why he understood perfectly the relationship between the Frozen Shade and Alure Une, and he will not let that friendship rot or die.
Alure took one last bite to the apple, and by just mere luck, Mistshine was able to prevent being eaten by the plant pony, as she slept, Mitshine jumped to the bed and into the floor, he was covered in apple juice, and thanks Celestia that Fluttershy now do not have a appetite for apples, otherwise this will be his last night, he grew himself back to normal size, seems that Alure Une is a heavy sleeper, as she was still KO, with a little embarrassment, he used the little shower on the hut to clean himself, thinking several questions in mind, specially, how will he befriend Alure, if even she cannot exit the empire?, he could shrink her with the Gizmo clock, and carry her with him, but what about Frozen Shade?, she is, from what he could tell, half pony, half ice ghost, she is able to take solid form but her primary form attacking is precisely a ghost, and both of them are composed of dark magic, to make matters worse, her skin is able to freeze if provoked, after finish up his quick shower, Mistshine noticed Alure didn’t even hear, as she was fast asleep, he searched the house of the 2 mares, and found a fragment of the Grand Cross Spell under Frozen Shade bed. Having a important item, he put his hoof on the hut doorknob, but took one last look at Alure, he thought for himself; “What will Twilight do?...what will Fluttershy do?”. He sat down and used a nearby desk, to write something down, after writing it, he returned to the enchanted forest, with a concerned Angel and Softheart receiving him.
“Holy Luna, do not leave us alone again!, I thought you will become apple sauce by now!” Angel said crying
Softheart cried as well “What happened there?, did you find something?”
“I believe I do… I guess I found something valuable, let’s go my dear friends; we got a cave to explore” Mistshine said, hugging the bunny, hiding his tears
He quickly returned to the Castle Market, and found the tend that corresponds to a store labeled “Frozen Delicacy“, inside was a teleport circle he activated, the glow on the circle was red, meaning something blocked the other end, he dressed up with his winter coat, and instructed Angel and Softheart to enter inside, both companions did as told, and although Mistshine had his saddlebags over the coat, it will not prove protection to cold for the bunny and breezie succubus there. Once he was in front of the cave, he ran inside, the icy wind received them as hard as it could, but Rustyhooves ended up saying the truth, as the coat manage to withstand the low temperature and allowing them to explore the cave.
Inside the Cave was very extent and he saw several ice type creatures, such as a Ice Bat, some Armors that have ice-based attacks, but more importantly, is that in the water he was able to see Merman ponies, a combination of a fish and a pony, what kind of sick experiments did Poisonhoof conducted on these ponies?, seems the monsters didn’t notice him, perhaps due to the cold of the place, they believed nopony in their right mind will enter there, but as he started to jump from ice floor to other, the merman ponies where the first to attack, they spit water from their mouths but to such a pressure, that they are able to pierce armor, and the winter coat was no exception, Mistshine started to attack them, they are not strong, as a single hit of the vampire whip manage to burn them in a pile of flames, leaving their skeleton behind, the next to attack where the ice bats, Mistshine took out his whip and started spinning it in circle, to use it as a barrier, that prevented the bats from touching him, as he reached towards a frozen lake, sturdy as a stone, he advanced, using his steel wings to glide and lower the descent, deeper into the cave. Once he reached to what it seems a lake, he saw that the only way to go there, will be swimming, he used the Air bubble spell, his tech horn replicated the spell perfectly, as a bubble full of air surrounding Angel, Softheart and Mistshine, as they started to swim on the freezing waters of the cave.
Although the view was beautiful and breathtaking, some monsters on the bottom of the lake noticed them, seems it was the skull of a dragon, able to shoot fireballs towards them, and a fish with the head of a pony swimming towards him, inside the water, Mistshine was as slow as a turtle, even the holy whip was slow, he manage to kick the fish pony, and but couldn’t dodge the incoming fireball, as he felt hot from the attack, Mistshine decided he needed mobility, so he used his gravity spell, and surrounded himself with magic, this allowed him to move normally while in water, but also, made him felt prey of the gravity itself, reaching to the bottom of the lake in seconds, after landing, he destroyed the skull shooting at him, as he dodged another fish and killed it, he felt he was being hold from his waist, but when he turned around, he didn’t see nopony, he continued to walk and climb the rocks, but he felt now a lasso on his hoof, when he looked down, he saw a liquid mare, made of pure water, her organs where not even visible, she could even grew to giant size to squash Mistshine with her hoof, Mistshine dodged the incoming attack, but using his whip to attach to a nearby stalactite, releasing himself from the Aqua Pony grasp, she started to emit electricity, that, for the stallion bad luck, electrified the whole lake, managing to hurt him badly, the aquatic pony charged another attack, but Mistshine decided to return her the same medicine, he unleashed his Artificial Electrical spell, which not only hurt the creature, it paralyzed it, allowing Mistshine to deactivate his gravity spell and return to the surface, the Aqua pony followed, but she was still in the lake, Mistshine charged another electrical attack and electrocuted the mare until she vanished, evaporating herself, leaving behind a rubber band that Mistshine stored in his saddlebag.
After a while searching the cave, he found a little chest, in a big round area, he was willing to think, that inside there, he could found the items Frozen Shade mentioned, the Vampire Cape, and the Sprit Container, but he didn’t knew what they do, but as he approached the chest, a wall of Ice separated the heroes from the treasure, making them fall back. As he expected, the Frozen Shade revealed herself to defend the chest.
“This is as far as you go!”
Mistshine saw the icy pony floating, her face was missing, only her mouth could be seen “You already know I will not stop until Fluttershy is free, lets make this easier, step way, and nopony gets hurt “
“Funny… I was going to say the same thing” Frozen Shade said, as attacked
Frozen Shade didn’t held any punches, as she started to threw ice spears and stalactites towards the stallion, Mistshine dodged successfully, his turn came and attacked with his whip, this made Frozen Shade to went into defensive mode and took advantage of being ghost to dodge the holy whip, equipping both, the wings and horn, to fly and attack, he unleashed a fire spell, one that Frozen shade manage to block with a Ice wall, that wall quickly melt on impact, the creature send a attack of Ice blast towards the colt, this froze his wings, making him land and taking off his wings, seems the creature was intelligent enough to prevent him from casting spells and fly, as she targeted next the horn.
“fight me like a earth pony coward!” she said as she attack
Mistshine anger was reflected on your face “hey!, I have to use my machines to perform spells!, I cannot control ice naturally like you!“
The comment seems to anger the icy pony, as she literally, put her hooves on the ceiling and started to drop all stalactites stuck there, towards the colt, he broke the most he could with his wrench, but 3 spears where going towards his position, he didn’t had time to reach and manage to pierce his winter coat and injure him, but this didn’t hurt his friends inside the coat, Mistshine broke the pieces of the spear, but as he was distracted, the creature used her ghost properties and went straight through him, making his body temperature drop incredible fast, Mistshine hold his belly, trying to recover his body temperature, Frozen Shade send herself to continue attack him… until something intervened
Several vines formed a wall that protected the colt, Angel and Softheart knew to who belonged those vines, as a flower was forming around the stallion, covering him, Frozen Shade saw in confusion how the flower protected him, Mistshine felt a kind hoof on his belly… going up towards his neck, when he saw down, he saw a familiar plant pony, smiling happily at him, holding his cheek, inside the flower was really warm, enough to fix the effects of Frozen Shade, as she opened the flower, she stepped outside her flower, and took out her rose whip, Mistshine also got himself out, feeling better
“Alure?!?! What is the meaning of this?!” Frozen Shade said in anger, as she felt betrayed
Alure didn’t reply, instead she gave a piece of paper to her friend “…”
“Alure Une… there is no reason to fight… I will become your friend if you so desire, but I need your help, im going to fight your friend, and I do not want to kill her, please, help me convince her that you and her travel with me “ the paper said
Frozen Shade got angrier “You honestly believe he will do that?!, wake up!!, he is the enemy!!”
“…” Alure formed words with her vines “you said it yourself…unlike me…you cannot chose, I can chose… I will travel with him… you are in… or out my friend?”
Frozen Shade launched a ice spear at Alure, managing to not only froze her vines, but also her flower, she cannot escape now “WE ARE NO LONGER FRIENDS!!, THIS CAVE WILL BE YOUR GRAVE!! “
Being plant, Alure is in a serious disadvantage, however, she can compensate it with her pollen, Mistshine on the other hoof, made a combination attack with his new teammate and they started to spin, both of them raising their whips, catching Frozen Shade inside the whirlwind, since they where spinning them very fast, the whips started to emit a powerful tornado of holy energy, which ended up hurting the icy pony, sending her towards the wall she created to protect the treasure, on the ground, she changed to a powerful blizzard, that instantly froze Alure in place, Mistshine started to melt the ice with his fire based spell, set up on low potency, to do not burn her, as Alure got her head unstuck, she alerted Mistshine via her facial expression that Frozen threw another icy spear, Mistshine dodged and attacked with his whip, this time it did worked.
However, Frozen rage proved to be lethal, as her blizzard started to not only freeze Alure again, but also froze the lake, this made Alure cry, as she cannot tolerate insane low temperatures, and her pollen was nullified, Mistshine as well started to get frozen, the icy pony manage to attack with several stalactites, but these ones where aimed at Mistshine instead of the plant pony, Mistshine backhooves where frozen, so he couldn’t dodge, he felt though, something warm… when he opened his eyes… he saw Alure Une in front of him, she used her flower to “teleport” herself to Mistshine position, she received the blow in full… falling to the floor, severely wounded…the green blood was covering the ice on the cave…
“ALUREEEE NOOOOOOOOOO!!!” the stallion yelled
A Monster that only wanted friendship and maybe a life, ended up sacrificing for him, she was dying, the ice was her weakness, and in such a cold place as that one, she could die instantly, this made Frozen woke up from her blinded rage, and saw how Mistshine took out his coat and put it on Alure, he even went as far as taking out one of his potions to gave it to Softheart
“M-master!, you will die without your coat!”
Mistshine was enraged “I don’t care!, Alure is my friend!, heal hear now!” he yelled as he saw Frozen Shade with wrath and hate in his eyes “Enough Friendship!, HAVE AT YOU!!“
Mistshine changed to his wrench and filled it with dark magic, he even ran towards Frozen Shade, for the first time, this monster was afraid, as she saw how he destroyed the icy floor with one blow, the frozen shade got herself up and started to float again, this time she launched her most powerful ice blast at the colt, but his dark magic went overboard, so much his fang grew, Softheart took notice of this, and yelled to her master to calm down, but Mistshine just wanted to blow the ice pony out of the sky, each attack he manage to connect to her, was like flames, burning her coat and clothes, Mistshine kept attacking until something unexpected happened, the dark magic started to cloud Mistshine eyes, his mind entered into a freak out mode, as he couldn’t tell friend from foe, he needed to burn energy now!, otherwise the next stop was his mind!, Frozen Shade took advantage of this and launched several freezing balls of snow towards the colt, that not only damaged him, but froze a part of his body, the burning of the dark magic, melted it quick, but not fast enough to have his back hooves already frozen again, he decided to do a combination, he took out the alcohol bottles, and combined them with his fire spell, then charged the bottle with dark magic, and he threw it on the air
The bottle exploded, and like if was rain, drops, and drops of pure fire felt on the Frozen shade, not only hurting her, but they started to melt her, making her not only, lose the battle, but half of her body when she hit the floor, was already liquefied , she felt a incredible amount of pain, as the water that was part of her body, was escaping and forming now part of the lake, she cried as she saw the pissed off earth pony, get closer to her, raising his dark wrench, however, his vision was no longer clouded, as his eyes where normal.
“Any last words?” Mistshine said
Frozen Shade covered her face, ashamed “Just do it!, just kill me like you did to all the monsters in this castle!, how you surely will do to Alure!, just kill me, you already took everything dear to me!, I caused her a terrible pain, why don’t you take my life to?!?”