Although Rustyhooves is his friend, he kept hidden he was Goldengear, Princess Platina bodyguard, Mistshine felt regretful in fixing this robot but he was willing to listen to his story before either, killing him or allowing him to help him, Angel saw concern in his master eyes, he got closer to the empire engineer still believing in the noble idea of Friendship, putting a hoof on his shoulder.
“Please, Rustyhooves… explain it to me, what do you mean with sentenced… I cannot believe my friend is a servant of that psycho mare” Mistshine pleaded to his friend.
Rustyhooves held silence for a moment, but he replied. “It was during Poisonhoof attack, when she entered the throne room she was being followed by vampire ponies, I defended my princess and she fought as well, however, Poisonhoof had already polluted my mind with dark magic, so she used a control spell to stop every attack I threw at her or her creations, she let her vampire mares kill me by ripping my throat, when I awoke, I was in this lab, I saw myself on the mirror and realized I was nothing more than a skeleton, however, before I could move, I received a electrical shock, I saw myself moving towards the throne room where the remains of my old body and the Princess body where, I felt horrible.”
“That doesn’t sound like sentenced at all, is more like you were forced to become Poisonhoof temporal body meanwhile the 1000 years passed, that’s why you know her master overrides and the info on certain creatures, you were possessed by her spirit.” Mistshine analyzed what his friend said.
The skeleton worker nodded positive. “Correct…” Rustyhooves continued. “I could feel her spirit mixed with mine and how she was polluting me, I saw how she kept every single monster alive via cryogenic chambers on B2, and she used my own body to recover every single corpse on the streets to continue her experiments.” The former bodyguard recalled what Poisonhoof did while she was in control of his body.
“Can you go into more details?, like what experiments you remember taking part of” Mistshine inquired, sitting on the operating table, Alure saw Rusty with caution.
Rustyhooves looked and pointed to Coldshard. “I remember making her solid… and making her sister from an ice corpse, to a water mare.”
“YOU DID WHAT?!?” Coldshard said from her container, it was shaking violently, like wanting to beat the crap out of the worker.
Mistshine hit softly the container once to calm her, Rustyhooves continued explaining. “She has all the right to be pissed… I mean, I was the one that turned her into her shade form even if I wasn’t the one that was in control of my body, however, what I did to her sister, an orphan and my own brother is the worse.”
“Go on… I’m listening.” Mistshine encourage his friend to continue.
Rustyhooves got himself up and exited the room, getting inside the room with the neurotoxins that Mistshine and friends had to escape to Legion room, being a robot he was not affected and so the neurotoxins did nothing to him, he got to the computer on the room and deactivated the neurotoxins with a master command, once the room was clean, he called Mistshine to show him in the computer, 3 pictures of 2 fillies and one colt, each pony had a element symbol on their profile picture; the stallion had the lighting bolt, one of the fillies with a harp, had the water symbol and the last filly had the flame symbol. Each of them were of the same age as Applebloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo, Rustyhooves pointed at the filly with the harp and the colt.
“The colt is my little brother Arcing Spark, the filly with the harp is Sea Chord, Coldshard sister.” Rustyhooves said, with regret on his voice.
Coldshard voice sounded broken but interrogated her worker friend. “M-my sister... I remember that Mistshine found a data pad regarding the Elemental Fillies Project, what did Poisonhoof referred to?”
“Is a trio of creatures she wanted to use in order to prevent unwanted access to some areas of the lab, putting it into her own words” Rustyhooves changed his voice chip to sound like a mare. “Nopony on their right mind will attack fillies besides me.” Rustyhooves voice returned to normal and continued. “I had to melt Sea Chord and put her out of her hibernation, then I had to fuse her blood with magical holy water.”
Mistshine remembered the colt that died in the Library secret altar to the 3 princess. “Wait!, Holy water!?, that would have killed her!, I found a corpse that died because he drank holy water!”
“That’s true; holy water is poisonous to anypony, that’s why Coldshard will probably hate me… when I infused her with holy water, her organs quickly rejected it and she started to convulse due to the poisoning, this is when Poisonhoof made me combine her DNA with Coldshard liquid ice blood, the result ended up in a almost dead but alive filly with the capability of turn herself into liquid water, and as a bonus, she has all the anti-dark magic properties of the Holy water, she now respond to the name of Aqua Filly.”
Coldshard voice quickly changed to anger. “As soon as Mistshine give me my body back… I will rip that sick mare heart from her body!”
“Hey hey hey!, she is inside Fluttershy body!, do any damage to her and you really don’t want to see me what I would do!” Mistshine instantly jumped to defensive, remembering her friend about that little issue.
Coldshard, who forgot about that little detail, apologized, while Rustyhooves continued to explain the Elemental Fillies Project, he went into every little detail as possible while the stallion could only question himself to what lengths would Poisonhoof go just for this “Twisted Science” and what is its connection with King Sombra, also he questioned how somepony as kind as his friend Redhoof could have that twisted mare as an ancestor.
“It didn’t help that Sea Chord was a unicorn, this made her absorption of the cold blood and the holy water quickly but this also allow her to turn any normal water into holy water by touching it if she wants to. The second filly on the proyect was an orphan I found while recovering corpses called Fiery Pyre, this little pegasi was really brave but foolish to challenge Poisonhoof inside my body, she instantly killed her with a quick neck twist.” Rustyhooves looked at his hooves before continuing. “Is in this same room where the 3 of them were altered, Fiery Pyre was modified to generate fire at will, Poisonhoof accomplished this by altering the filly pegasi abilities to control fire instead of weather, as a result, she cannot stand on clouds or manipulate weather, but she compensate it by generating any kind of fire from the air, from fireballs to fire pillars, her memory was wiped out clean by the Spirit Container.” Rustyhooves finished
Mistshine questioned one thing regarding that filly. “So... due to her now fire control, she cannot longer be a normal pegasi…right?”
“She could… if she can be enchanted by Princess Celestia herself and knowing Celestia history with this empire, there is more chance of her shooting her to death than helping, and I believe this Fire Filly is too proud to accept any help. Now… finally the only colt on the team… is my little brother Arcing Spark, also know as the Electric Colt.” Rustyhooves felt bad for what he was going to say.
Mistshine got closer to him and put a hoof on his shoulder, encouraging him to continue, Alure did the same as she knew he was not guilty of his actions, Coldshard even forgave him, letting him know that it was not his fault, Mistshine spoke for everypony. “I cannot promise I can bring him out alive, but I need to know what Poisonhoof did to him, can you tell me?.”
“Yes…” Rustyhooves voice broke as far as his voice chip could allow him. “My brother was always good with electronics, but I found him dead in our house in the residential area before it became a forest, I took his body and gave it a thunder charge, or course this would had fried him if Poisonhoof didn’t increased his earth pony strength and resistance with dark magic, she made me cut his belly open after the thunder struck him to surgically modify his magical center with dark magic, to allow it to absorb all the electricity from the thunder into it.” Rustyhooves explained.
Mistshine continued his friend explanation. “Changing an earth pony magical center from earth pony strength, to pegasi qualities without need for him to be a born pegasi correct?”
“Exactly, this allow my brother to use thunders and lighting on each hoof to hoof impact he does, that’s why he has to always use rubber hoofgloves to prevent him for giving anypony a shock by accident, to make matter worse he can make static interference with electrical equipment, so your Gizmo clock and Spirit Container will be useless, your Steel Wings and Tech Horn will be ok since the alloy they are made of are not affected by electricity, but by magic.” Rustyhooves finished his explanation with a warning. “Be careful!, despise the 3 of them being fillies, they are a menace!, they were designed to prevent any foe from attacking them, but if the foe do not stop they can kill it with no problem, never let their appearances fool you.” Rustyhooves finished with a last advice.
Mistshine nodded and asked his friend for the place where those fillies are as well as the room where he can make the teleport collars, according to his friend, they are on floor B3 in a huge double door marked with a no entry signal, next to that room is the mechanical devices spare room, where he can make the collars. He ran quickly and got to floor B2, there were a Iron Will and Gilda replica robots waiting, but more fragile that the ones he faced and behind them a little pegasus that shoots fireballs out of her feathers, Mistshine and Alure dodged to the sides in order to avoid damage and returned a counterattack by combining their whips in a tornado, injuring the 3 enemies at once until the robots replicas died and exploded.
The stallion noticed something, in one of the rooms was a busted cage, with several soft feathers, no doubt it belonged to Harpy, the next room was a fishing tank large as a pool with several scales, broken and the liquid was long dried, that chamber must have belonged to Black Tide, however screams came from one closed door, said chamber actually had a changeling alive, while sparks flew across some cables and devices, the changeling instantly became Fluttershy as soon as he noticed Mistshine getting closer to it, the changeling was trapped in a device that copied it and generated an changeling robot, the same ones Mistshine have been fighting, it only had its face visible crying as the changeling robot noticed Mistshine and started attacking, the stallion eliminated the robot as soon as possible, turning his attention towards the trapped changeling before the machine activated again.
“Please… help me, I do not want to be used for another… ahhh robot” the changeling pleaded, using Fluttershy voice.
Mistshine got closer to the changeling. “Explain please.”
“T-this machine… you saw it; it makes…c-clones of me…robotic clones… but is slowly taking away my blood… my magic... I will die… there is no salvation for me…please… let me taste for last time some love energy…” The changeling said, still using Fluttershy voice and body.
Mistshine confused inquired further. “Couldn’t you use my love energy to attack me or free yourself?”
“I could do it yeah… if my body from the inside was not getting ripped and stabbed to get blood and organ tissues, I survived 4 months alone here, please at least allow me to die as a changeling and not as somepony sick science project.” The changeling said again, starting to lose grip of Fluttershy transformation and reverting back to its usual insect appearance.
Feeling compassion and seeing its suffering, he agreed to have some of his love energy taken by the changeling, however, he tried to help the creature by breaking the machine, once the machine ceased working, the weaken changeling got released, only to show Mistshine the reality of the creature situation, its chest was ripped and the machine was taking samples of its organs to replicate them in the machine, the changeling before dying used the love energy acquired to levitate a piece of scroll, giving it to Mistshine, the stallion read the scroll just to find it was the Perfect Replica Body scroll, but it was only one piece, seems the scroll was ripped in 3 and this changeling kept one piece, Mistshine stood next to the changeling, paying its respects before it melted away, before going to the stairs to B3 he saw a room that was called “Post Mortem Engineering”, is the room that Vampire Pinkie mentioned where he can fix the spirit container!.
Mistshine opened up the door just to see all equipment starting to lit up, as well as a pedestal were the Spirit Container used to be, he put the container and used the machines to scan it, searching for Poisonhoof modifications, he found it inside the device, and opening it would cause the souls to flee, he took his changes and opened up the lid of the container, the 3 souls of his friends exited the container and started floating arround him as he incerted his hoof and removed Poisonhoof modification, a dark chip, it is a electronic motherchip that crashed the main programing on the device, however, removing that chip also fried the extra feature on the container, with a screwdriver and welding, he managed to replace the broken chip with a new one that the room has, this one he infused it with light magic instead of dark magic, making the spirit container recover its full potential and do not have the side effect of erasing a soul memory.
With the device fixed, his companions souls entered the device again, once fixed he reattached the container to the saddle and ran towards the B3 floor. It didn’t took him much time to reach B3, the lack of enemies on that floor let him know he was at the right side, specially once he found the room Rustyhooves was talking about, a huge iron door with a no entry sign surrounded by a dark barrier, next to it was a room dedicated to making the control collars. Without hesitation, he attacked the barrier that felt quickly against the power of the sacred whip, opening up the huge door in the process, inside the automatic lights lit the room, enough for the stallion to notice 3 fillies suspended inside individual capsules, they are blank flanks and each of them have the coat color of their respective element.
“I guess these are the Elemental Fillies’ project… strange, I though they were awake.” Mistshine said as he got closer to the capsules.
Coldshard talked looking at her sister body. “I can’t believe she is alive…please release them.”
“S-sis?... I can still hear you…” The Aqua filly replied
Coldshard surprised, pushed Mistshine further. “Please release her or I will freeze your stallionhood!”
“You know that menaces do not work with me…” Mistshine says as he activated the machine.
The 3 fillies’ capsules were opened, the stasis liquid in which they were suspended was drained and the ponies got released, once they opened up their eyes and saw each other, they reacted like normal fillies, hugging themselves, Coldshard was happy to see her sister alive, but Softheart noticed something odd.
“Sea Chord!, Arcing Spark!, I’m so glad to see you again!” said Fiery Pyre the fire filly.
The electric colt replied “You too Fiery Pyre, I though we would never get out of the tanks.”
“You are telling me? I need a normal bath” Sea Chord the aqua filly replied, as she saw now the stallion in front of her. “And you are?”.
Mistshine presented himself. “I’m Mistshine Brave, a civilian and engineer of Equestria under orders by Princess Celestia at the Old Castle in the Everfree Forest.”
“C-Celestia?... are you here to kill us?, team formation!” Sea Chord called as the fire filly and electric colt got behind her.
Mistshine denied. “Heavens no, I’m aware of what Poisonhoof did to you 3 already, I’m with your sister and Arcing Spark brother is 2 floors above us.”
As soon as they heard their relatives were alive, 2 out of the 3 little ponies jumped in happiness, except the fire filly that, without any memory of her past, just let a single yet empty question. “How do we know you will not hurt us?”, as if these words were key words that made all 3 ponies look at the stallion in front of them and analyzed him, Sea Chord however, noticed her sister in the container, she was happy to see her, but in the little filly mind, she was crying for help, same thing happened with Arcing Spark as soon as he noticed his brother badge on the stallion saddle, the 3 ponies attacked and Mistshine dodged before the door closed itself shut behind him.
“He is lying!!, you are lying!!!, all grown-ups are the same!!!, just like that mare!, Elemental Fillies!, battle formation ASAP!!” Sea Chord commanded, the other 2 ponies replied with a yes.
Mistshine sighed as he got his whip ready for a spin. “I cannot promise anything Coldshard… but I will defend myself.”
“I understand… please don’t kill her.” Coldshard plead to her companion.
Sea Chord instructed the Fire Filly to attack first while she flooded the room and Arcing Spark electrocute it, Mistshine immediately used his steel wings to fly and get out of the incoming holy water wave, the combined attack failed, but Fiery Pyre launched a fire ball to the stallion, he dodged easy but it was a distraction to allow Arcing Spark to pull Mistshine from his tail towards the ground, allowing Sea Chord to burn him with the holy water, the little colt took his chance and electrocuted the water, hurting everypony with exception of Sea Chord or Fiery Pyre.
With that kind of attack, other vampire pony would have been killed in an instant; however Mistshine vampire disguise managed to withstand the blow and reduced its damage, a little dizzy the stallion returned the attack hurting the fire filly, Sea Chord launched another wave of holy water.
“Crap here she comes!, Coldshard freeze it!” Mistshine ordered as he jumped out of the water.
The frozen mare did as told and froze the water wave, much to the little aqua filly surprise, the fire filly attacked with a flame pillar to melt the ice and flood the room, Mistshine screamed as the holy water burned him, Alure Une however, used her flower to put Mistshine in a soft platform that would allow him to prevent being hurt, however, Alure was the one suffering the attack strength, the stallion pulled the mare towards him and decided to use Softheart abilities.
“My friend Softheart, you and Angel try to weaken the Lighting Colt, Alure and I will attack the Fire and Aqua fillies!”
Softheart smiled. “Gotcha, you better have a plan soon, that control collar is making the fillies attack faster.”
Angel nodded and jumped towards the colt face making him miss where he was shooting the bolts, Mistshine on the other hoof focused on Sea Chord while his succubus companion dropped a special pollen all over the stallion body, since Coldshard sister has a gold collar and is the leader of the trio, destroying the leader collar will stop the other 2. He launched his whip towards Sea Chord, jumping from flower to flower to prevent more damage and gave Coldshard an order, an order she didn’t wanted to execute…
“Coldshard!, freeze your sister again!” Mistshine ordered as he attacked the filly
Coldshard denied the order as soon as she heard it. “Forget it!, I will not freeze my sister again!”
“Then attack him sis! He is the enemy!” Sea Chord pleaded to her sister.
The Ice mare stopped. “Sister!, he is not the enemy! He is a friend!”
“I will kill you for brainwashing my sister!!, please sister!, I beg you!, free yourself!!, freeze him!”
The bond between sister would prove to be Mistshine headache, that or the fact that Sea Chord eyes grew red, instead of her usual purple ones, Softheart alerted Mistshine but it was late, Coldshard obeyed the order of her sister and betrayed Mistshine, freezing the stallion solid, Alure and everypony watched how the fillies attacked the frozen stallion a thing that made Alure cry, specially when she saw the stallion frozen body breaking into pieces, without any trace of him.
“Why?!?!, Coldshard why did you do it?!?” Angel exclaimed as she saw Alure trying to put Mistshine shards back together
Sea Chord smiled as she reduced the water level in the room, leaving it dry. “Mission completed everypony, now sis; I need to find a way to put you back together.”
“News flash you idiots bottles of water, Mistshine HAD the samples to get you back to your body!!, and now that he is gone, you are stuck as pure water!!, ok, kindness over! I will rip your eyes and sell them to Discord!!” Angel bunny said, enraged.
Something wasn’t right, if Mistshine was dead, how come Angel still talked?, the Gizmo clock should be destroyed, however, Angel did started to attack Arcing Spark eyes, he yelled as the 2 fillies tried to pull the bunny out, Fiery Pyre managed to burn the bunny and threw him into a puddle of water, Coldshard on the other hoof, felt horrible as a automated message played from her sister collar as the eyes of her sister lost the red glow.
“You really think you had an option Coldshard? You and your sister souls belongs to ME!”
It was the voice from Poisonhoof coming from her sister collar, Coldshard was manipulated again by that psycho mare Alure was quick to understand what happened, Poisonhoof gave a control spell on her eyes that anypony without a strong mind will felt prey for it, Coldshard started to cry, much to her sister surprise, but when her sister was going to pick up the container, Softheart noticed something on the roof, 3 tentacles that were charging a attack, Alure and Angel saw that and smiled, however, the tentacles aimed at the 3 little ponies.
“Surprise motherfuckers…you think I didn’t see this one coming?!, Legion Wrath!” Mistshine said as he launched the attack.
Mistshine had a backup plan in case Coldshard felt for Poisonhoof trap, he used Softheart pollen to prevent freezing, later he used his invisibility feature on his clock and a teleport spell to get out of the icy prison and charge the spell he got after beating Legion, it was a very potent laser cannon with the powers of the 3 basic elements, ice, fire and lighting, ideal to beat the 3 fillies at once, however, Coldshard felt the effects of the attack as well, it was not his intention, but besides Coldshard being close to her sister, his inner rage and corruption won this round, Coldshard container broke and her water body got splattered and absorbed by Alure flower, however, the 3 fillies suffered the full effects of the cannon, Fiery Pyre got frozen solid, Sea Chord got electrocuted and Arcing Spark got burned severely, the 3 fillies yelled as they saw Mistshine getting his whip ready and wrapped around their necks, starting to choke the 3 of them at the same time, the fillies screamed as the sparks started to flow from the collars until a cracking sound was heard and the message started to fade.
“You….w…ill…nev…er…win….you alre…ady…killed your friend!
Those words made Mistshine lose grip of the fillies necks and desperate started to search for a mirror, when Alure pointed him one, he saw how one of his steel wings is already bat type, he was just at mere minutes of fully turning into a vampire pony himself, his eyes didn’t had change though, so this relieved him a little, but there was not much he can do, Coldshard is already absorbed into Alure flower, and when she makes the flowers disappear, Coldshard will be inside Alure Une, seems his backup plan also backfired and played part in Poisonhoof game of chess, however seems the plant pony has a idea that she let via hoofsings to Softheart about saving Coldshard.
“Mistshine… Alure is saying she can get Coldshard out of her body once she absorbs her, since she is a plant pony she is able to separate the water using a special plant, but she needs to be left alone.” Softheart said a little blushed.
Mistshine nodded in agreement and took a container from his saddle. “Go ahead; I have to talk to these 3 ponies.”
“Whoa whoa whoa!, why are you bringing her back?!, let her be digested by Alure, she deserves it!” Angel said still angry at Coldshard actions.
Sea Chord recovered her breath, just to talk. “Please… forgive my sister…it was not her doing and neither was mine, we were controlled by the collars.”
“If you were being manipulated, why didn’t you let me know?!” Mistshine yelled at Sea Chord.
The aqua filly continued. “It was Poisonhoof order, the collar has a powerful toxin that gets injected to us automatically by that machine behind us.”
With extreme caution, Mistshine removed the golden collar just to find tiny needles, he took just a little drop in his tongue to taste it, it was incredible bitter but most importantly, he felt the effects right away, as if his hooves couldn’t be controlled he started to choke himself, Alure stopped him, until the effects passed away.
“She used scopolamine, a drug that derivates from a tree that mixed properly in labs can create a control drug to control certain aspects of the pony body, the amount injected will determine if the victim will be fully controlled or controlled partially…Alure… please bring Coldshard back, she didn’t knew this” Mistshine ordered Alure with regret in his voice for his actions.
Alure Une nodded as she ran outside the room opening the door, taking a container with her; Mistshine on the other hoof got closer to the fillies and removed the other 2 collars, smashing them with his hooves, he protected the fillies with his steel wings as he attacked the machine with scopolamine liquid, making a powerful explosion that could have killed them, if Mistshine didn’t used his cape to absorb the flames, the 3 fillies confused, didn’t know what to do, until Mistshine ordered them to follow him, Sea Chord was against the idea, but Arcing Spark and Fiery Pyre came along, making the water filly to follow them as well, during the travel, they fought a few changeling robots that were in the way, until they reach B1 where Rustyhooves was making preparations to revive Mistshine friends, his surprise was huge when Arcing Spark recognized him instantly as well as Fiery Pyre.
“Oh Mistshine?, the machines are ready to… wait…little brother?” Rustyhooves froze; his robotic chip mimicked as possible his joy
Arcing Spark saw the skeleton worker and cried. “Goldengear!!” said the little colt as he jumped towards the worker and throwing him to the ground. “I though you died permanently!”
“I did. But my soul is trapped on this robotic skeleton body, you are alive and that is why I’m happy!, thank you Mistshine!” Said Rustyhooves, crying tears of oil.
Fiery Pyre remembered him just by his name after his death. "Goldengear? But... I remember him by the name Rustyhooves. He was... He was there when I... Was born."
“Rustyhooves is his name after he died, he was previously known as Goldengear, Princess Platina bodyguard... hey buddy I have a favor to ask”. Mistshine corrected the little fire filly before asking a favor to the worker
The worked replied with a yes, asking for information of what Mistshine favor would he, the stallion spoke. “After Harpy, Coldshard, Soul Shield and Black Tide are revived, can you take the fillies to Redhoof?, i know she can take care of them”
“Ok...I will” Rustyhooves said, before being interrupted by the fire filly, asking. “Redhoof?, who is she?”
Mistshine kindly replied to the filly. “She is a friend of mine”
The fire filly looked at him confused, it was not surprising since her memory was wiped out clean, the only recognition of memory she has is the actual moments she is spending right now, not the better type of memories all things considered, when the fire filly asked “What is a friend?”, Mistshine put the best example possible, while showing kindness and compassion to the young filly, trying his best to do not say anything that might broker her fragile heart.
“A friend is somepony that takes care of you, like Sea Chord and Arcing Spark, a friend help other friends in a need and also share a special bond that makes you feel safe and protected, while at the same time helping you move forward.” Mistshine explained the best he could.
Fiery Pyre looked at her filly friends. “You mean... They're my friends? Is Rustyhooves my friend too?”
“Yes he is, and if you need more good friends, we can also be your friends, ok little filly?” Mistshine said, smiling towards the filly.
Fiery Pyre smiled, as if Mistshine smile was filled with such kindness and compassion that it made her smile as well, she hugged the stallion, which broke a little his heart, a filly without memory or past was hugging him, in his mind he could only think how could Poisonhoof do something so awful to a little pony, but in the mind of this filly, she found somepony to call upon if anything ever came across her, she and the other fillies let listen to what Mistshine was going to say.
“Ok fillies and colt, listen to me, you will stay with a friend of mine called Redhoof, she will take care of you while I need you for battle, I will design a new collar that would allow you and the others to teleport to my location when it glows green.” Mistshine said as he explained the fillies.
Fiery Pyre replied with a question. “But… brother, how we will get to you if you cannot activate it?”
“B-brother?, oh boy… my brother will have issues with this, but anyway… if you need to get to me, press the red button, the yellow button will teleport you to Redhoof location in this empire.” Mistshine said, a little shy to be called brother by this filly.
Sea Chord however, stood up next to Fiery. “We will obey you in one condition, take us outside of this empire, nothing is holding us here or any of your friends here.
“What? But... Sea Chord, where could we go? This is our home and... We don't know anywhere beyond here” Fiery Pyre objected.
Mistshine reassured them, giving comfort to the 3 little ponies hugging them. “There is a better place, called Ponyville; I can talk to Celestia to allow you to live there with Rusty and Coldshard, your friends can also live with you.”
The three little ponies look at each others and nodded in agreement just as Alure Une came back with Coldshard on the container, when Mistshine asked how did she managed to separate her, Coldshard replied with “you are better now knowing forgive me for…attacking you, I grew desperate and I.. I was weak, I felt for that trap…I’m so sorry!”. Mistshine smiled and forgave her, just in time for Rustyhooves to start the revival of Mistshine teammates after he handed him the samples he had and the scroll that Vampire Twilight had for the worker to carry on the process, as the revival went on however, Mistshine returned to B3 in order to make the teleport collars while leaving his friends to Rustyhooves care, not before leaving at least some light magic of his own to help the experiment to work. Mistshine made each collar reflect the owner personality as well as a little self defense mechanism, like a force field, also, he made special hooves for Soul Shield, as her hooves were previously glued to her weapons, he lose a lot of time making them while his friend revived each of his teammates.
Time passed and an automatic call from Rustyhooves let him know of the success of the experiment, however Rustyhooves requested the stallion to meet him at the Castle Market where Redhoof new store is located, a little confused he teleported to the Castle market as soon as the last collar was finished. He appeared in front of the store, just to be received by his friend and the empire worker, next to them were now the bodies of their friends, restored, completely functional, the only thing missing, is their souls, and next to them, was Coldshard, now in her solid form and finally hugging her little sister.
Mistshine opened the Spirit Container and let the souls find their appropriate bodies, each soul entered their respective body, Mistshine was praying to Celestia this worked, after all he made a promise, and using his own light magic should make the bodies capable of withstand dark magic creatures, once he saw the bodies moving, he knew he had successfully kept his promise, his friends started to get themselves up, opening their eyes slowly.
“Uuugh… my head, anypony is still in once piece?.” Said Black Tide, massaging her head.
Harpy put her soft wind hooves on her stomach; her hole was no longer there. “Finally… we are back, oh Mistshine, Rustyhooves, thank you so much!”
“I’m back from the dead… and reporting for duty Mistshine… that is if you can do something about these.” Said Soul shield as her hoofs are gone and they have been replaced by a plate to attach fake hooves.
The Stallion revealed 2 hooves he developed himself, as he came closer to Soul Shield and attach them to her body, the hooves themselves felt like real hooves and allowed the warrior pony to teleport weapons from the armory to her hooves as needed depending of what her mind tell her she needs, after the 3 happy mares jumped on him and gave him a big hug, he instructed everypony to wear the teleport collars he made to teleport his allies close to him if needed, sadly… his reunion was cut short, as not only the floor, but the whole place itself started to turn red and in the distance, the bells from the clock tower started to tow.
“Oh…no…” Mistshine afraid to look back saw a reflection on the windows; he turned around just to find the Moon, high in the sky, almost blood red. “The Lunar Eclipse!”
Redhoof analyzed the moon in detail. “There is still time!, 6 hours at the most!, do not waste more time!, head to the Clock Tower, defeat Vampire Rainbow and make the cure!, here this will help.”
The mare took from her bag a scroll and threw it to Mistshine hoof, it was labeled magical circles. The scroll detailed how to create the famous teleport circles he has been using so far and how to make them work faster than a teleport spell, he asked Rustyhooves for the room where he can synthesize the cure.
“The room is on the lab B3 area!, is a huge lab with bat designs on the door!, hurry!, make one circle there!, and another one when you have the cure to connect the places!” Rustyhooves ordered.
Alure and Coldshard decided to stay with Redhoof to recover the lost energy, since Mistshine did new collars for them as well they will be called to his side when needed, Mistshine didn’t lose more time and teleported to the room where he made the collars and ran searching for the door, the bells were so big and powerful that each time they rang was as if he could feel Fluttershy own heartbeat dying, crying he ran within the B3 Floor of the lab, searching for the door, while Angel and Softheart tried to calm him.
“Where is that damn door!, Angel!, help me search!!” Mistshine yelled, hyper ventilating.
Suddenly, a faint, almost unhearable voice mourned in the wind, reached the stallion ears, the sound of a familiar voice. "Mist....shine...... Mist.....shin....."
"T-that voice...I know that voice anywhere!, Fluttershy!, please hold on! I just need more time!!" Mistshine yelled to the air, desperate, without him knowing that he was scaring Angel and Softheart.
The words began to get lost in the wind, each time becoming weaker and fainter to hear. "I......Can't......longer......hurry........."
“No!!, stay with me Fluttershy!, please stay with me!, you cannot let her win!, I just need 6 more hours! I can finally enter the tower!, please! Stay focused! Do not let her win!” Mistshine pleaded to the wind, as he knew that somehow, the mare he loves can hear him.
Angel yelled at Mistshine trying to get him back to reality. “Hey!, Mistshine!! Yo!, wake up!”
“Plea.....se.... Save.....meeee....” that Last word echoed in the wind as it slowly became silenced, replaced by the more terrifying sound of a demented laughter, coming from the top of the tower.
Mistshine held his hooves over his head, it hurt so much like if he was the one hitting the tower bells with his head, the laughter became louder and louder and he could felt his corruption growing, Angel managed to slap him along with Softheart to wake him up, pointing at the door they were searching, a door with several bat ponies, more specifically mares, he opened up the door just to find several blood samples and body parts of mares being stuffed in capsules and jars, this must be where the cursed mare made her Vampire Pony blood curse!, and this is where Mistshine will revert the curse to save Fluttershy.
He used all his heart to make a powerful teleport circle on the floor, the teleport circle formed in the floor and glowed, indicating it became active, once he cast the spell again in another location, he can link the 2 places, with the spell done, he teleported himself, Angel and Softheart to the central tower, Mistshine picked up Vampire Pinkie fire axe and ran towards the clock tower teleportation circle, disappearing along with Angel and the breezie succubus to the last battle, the Clock Tower.
Sadly... once mare was looking at the moon from her throne room... laughing as hard as her new lungs where capable of...Poisonhoof or now rather called, Flutterbat, was dressing herself as appropriate for her “imminent revival” and invasion to Equestria.
“I wonder what should I use when meeting your friends... should the old vampire cape and tunic be more than enough?, or a crown made out of your lover bones will be simply divine?” Said Poisonhoof, taunting at a very weak Fluttershy in her reflection.
Fluttershy wanted to speak louder, but her strength was almost gone. “He....he's not going.... To be your crown.”
"You should try too hard dear, you already used the last of your harmony power to try to speak with him, meaning that your soul is already weaken enough for my curse to devour you." Poisonhoof smiled as she put a doll of Mistshine next to her.
Fluttershy got a second air and continued talking. “B-But.... You won't....you know why?” she said defiantly. “Because..... He's still alive...... He'll.... come to save me......”
“Alive for now yes... but not for long... and you know what?, Flutterbat has a better ring to it as name than Fluttershy, I can’t wait to see the faces of your friends when I kill them, as for Mistshine...” Poisonhoof said as she put a tech horn and levitated her doll and rub it against her plot, something that annoyed Fluttershy.
The kind pegasi yelled. “S-Stop that!” Her face turned deep red as she saw the wicked mare mock her. “You.....you won't have him..... We'll both rather die.... Than be your puppets....”
“After the Lunar Eclipse is complete, neither you nor he will have an option, and better yet dear... I will be the one that will enjoy his hooves on MY new body; you are just only going to be a mere observer.” Poisonhoof said as she removed the doll out of her hindlegs and put it on the bed.
Fluttershy finally grew energy enough to stand to the psycho mare. “You Monster..... He won't let you..... I won't let you.... You'll see.... He'll be the end of you..... He'll.... Get to me....” Although she tried to remain strong, the mare in the reflection began to fall weakened and tired on the floor, unable to move.
“No no no, do not die yet darling... I need you awake so you can see your prophecy fail, nothing will stop the Steel Empire Revenge!, specially with a little... magic, don’t play dumb with me, I know you will recognize it once you see what will happen to your colt.” Poisonhoof laughed as she wrapped herself with her cape
Poisonhoof walked towards the throne room and pulled up one of the throne ornaments that looked like a unicorn horn, from the throne room a secret chamber opened where she pulled out a new type of artificial horn, just that this one… had a red and purple glow and just by putting it on, Fluttershy could felt in her mind a incredible lust of power and wrath that filled her soul with fear and hatred, the feeling grew worse as Poisonhoof used a spell with that special artificial horn, a spell that was guaranteed to make anypony no matter how brave they are, cry in fear and sadness, the spell was casted on the room before the throne room.