|MLP: Mark of the Outsider
Author: 3ndless PM
Dante, one who had been raised by a legend. The very man that ended a war without a single drop of blood. And bearer of the Outsiders mark. Is thrown into a new world after being granted a second chance at life. But is a trained killer of the night to do when he is thrown into a world that has not seen war for thousands of years? Rated M for blood and gore. OCx?Rated: Fiction T - English - Supernatural/Family - Chapters: 5 - Words: 25,333 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 03-25-13 - Published: 01-30-13 - id: 8962478
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-Hello Bronies and Pega-Sisters! Welcome to the second chapter of Mlp: MOTM. Just a heads up, I still have some grammar mistakes here and there so please bear with me. And to those that Favorite'd and Followed my story, I'll try my best to make this as enjoyable as I can. And so without further ado.
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-MLP: MOTM Ch. 2
In the Land of Equestria. One Princess of the Moon watched over the night while her sister rest in her chambers. The night was one of which brought the Princess ease but for some reason this night left her restless.
She looked out over the balcony she stood on and noticed an ominous cloud gathering near the peaceful town of Ponyville. But the cloud began to move over the EverFree Forest before a few flashes of light flashed out before she gained a more puzzled look as she felt something unbecoming just entered their world.
"Luna." Said Princess turned around to see her older sister and co-leader of Equestria, Princess Celestia.
"Sister." Luna said as she noticed the restless look in her sister's eyes. "You felt it always do you not?" Luna asked her only to receive a nodded from the other Alicorn.
"Yes. Do you know of what it is my dear sister?" Celestia asked her but Luna shook her head.
"No. This is something that I have never felt before. But I know that whatever it may be. It is evil." She said as Celestia brought out a Quill and wrote something down before she used her magic to send the letter away from the two.
"What are you going to do Sister?" Luna asked.
Celestia sighed, "I and the Elements of Harmony will set out to seek this being that has entered our world. You will stay here to watch over Canterlot." She said getting a nod from Luna.
"Very well than Dear Sister. Be safe." Luna said before Celestia disappeared using a teleportation spell.
The sound of someone calling her name woke her up in the middle of the night. One Twilight Sparkle awoke to see her companion and assistant dragon Spike shaking her awake.
"Twilight wake up already!" Spike shouted once more finally getting the mare to wake up.
"Hmm? Spike what time is it?" She mumbled out as she noticed the darkness outside, "Spike why did you wake me up in the middle of the night?" Twilight asked him but he only held up a scroll in his hand as she woke herself up.
"A letter from the Princess? At this time of the day? It must be something important." Twilight said instantly waking up while using her magic to open it.
"To my faithful student Twilight Sparkle,
I am sorry to wake you up so late my little pony but trouble is a hoof. Luna and I have sensed a powerful dark magic that appeared in the Everfree Forest near the old Castle where you and your friends defeated Nightmare Moon so long ago. We know not of what it is but we do know it is strong. Stronger than I dare I say it. I will be heading over to Ponyville along with your brother Shining Armor. I asked that you gather the other Elements and met us at the edge of the forest. Time is of the essence my student.
Your friend and teacher, Princess Celestia."
Twilight shot out of her bed throwing Spike to the ground as the pony rushed past him.
"Spike I need you to go and tell Rarity, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash that the Princess wants us to meet her and my brother at the entrance to the Everfree forest now!" She shouted as the little dragon ran out to the door and headed to do what he was told. Twilight washed her face before she ran out to the door on her way to Sugarcube Corner and to get Pinkie Pie and then to Sweet Apple Acres to get Applejack.
-Deep within the Everfree Forest
"Why does everything smell like a forest?" Dante muttered out as he opened his eyes be met with blurred images as a sharp migraine rushed over him. Dante sluggishly pushed off the ground in a daze but he felt unbalanced for some reason and he fell back to the dirt ground. He groaned out as he lifted himself again. He felt his eyes adjusting to the darkness as they were no longer blurry but it was still too dark for him to see.
"How did I get here?" Dante asked himself as he stood up but he found it hard to stand on his two legs. "And why do I feel so off balance?" He asked but he only looked down to see it was too dark to see himself for some reason.
"Dark Vision." He muttered out as his eyes glowed in a red hue as his vision cleared up and he was able to see the forest surrounding him, and the hoof that wiped the sweat from his face.
"Ah!" Dante all but shouted out as he looked at his hand, what was his hand. "What the hell happened to me!" He shouted as he looked at his body. It had changed. He was no longer a human but some kind of horse? No, he was too small to be a horse. Possibly a pony perhaps, but he was bigger than most he had seen at the palace.
Casting his worry aside for the moment, Dante stood back up with little trouble now that he could see why he was falling so much. He was trying to stand on his two back legs which without support of his front legs caused him to topple over each time.
"How did this happen? How did I become a pony?" Dante asked as he looked himself over. He had his cloak on that fitted his body much like it did when he was human. He opened the jacket to see his sword, and his crossbow along with his ammo, but he was very limited on what he had.
And then he saw the mask he was given so long ago. It was changed. It was longer where the mouth piece was and it looked as if it was changed to fit his new features.
"Why did this all happen?" Dante asked again as the memory of him throwing himself into the vortex where his body was violently ripped apart. "Was I brought he because I entered that vortex? But the Outsider said it lead to the Void where it would all end but yet." Dante wondered just why he was still alive as the bushes behind him began to rustle and he turned around to see a large yellow shape walking closer to him.
He could make out two large wings, a sharp tail of some kind. But as it got closer Dante was able to make out it was a Lion of some kind but the strange thing was that it had two long ears that stood up on the sides of its head along with two bat like wings and a scorpins tail instead of a regular tail.
It stalked closer to Dante who stood still in his spot as the beast neared him. It stopped only a few feet away from him, Dante took notice that it was much large then he was but then again he was much smaller now too.
"What are you?" Dante spoke out as the beast stood tall on its hind legs and roared into the sky before bringing its front paws down as if to crush him but he was faster than the beast. Using Blink, Dante teleported to the open area behind the beast who was confused at where his prey went until Dante gathered his powers into his front legs as he rushed the beast as wind began to gather around them and he slammed it into the beasts stomach as it turned around to face him.
The beast didn't know what hit it as it was thrown back with enough force to crack two trees that it was sent flying into before crashing into the ground.
Sighing in relief at landing a hit on if the beast, Dante's self-thought victory was cut off short when the beast stood back up thou it did so slowly before it was glaring daggers at him. "You just won't stay down." Dante said under his breath as he was about to reach inside his cloak to grab his blade when a group of small growls filled his ears.
He looked around him to see what seemed to be a three smaller creatures much like the one he was fighting only, they seemed to be babies.
Dante quickly put to mind that maybe he stumbled upon her nest and that she was just protecting her young from predators. And as he didn't leave the area, the mother must of came out to fight him only to protect them.
"You were just trying to protect them weren't you?" Dante asked as the beast was still glaring at him. Dante's frowned know realizing that he was hurting an innocent creature.
He closed his eyes hoping that even in this new body he would still be able to use the a spell he created long ago. The beast charged forward claws out but Dante stood there focusing. A faint light-blue glow began to form around him as his mark began to glow brightly before he shot his eyes open as the beast was upon him.
"Calm." He said as a pulse of blue light shot out surrounding the entire area around his body before the light faded away.
Dante looked up to see the beast standing above him only, now it seemed to of calmed down.
"Listen. I don't know if you can understand me but, I'm sorry for hurting you. And for upsetting your nest." I said pointing to the little lions that began to play with each other. The mother Lion just looked at me. I walked closer to the beast but it began to growl at me but I held my hands up showing it I meant it no harm.
"I just want to heal you." Dante said as he slowly inched closer to the beast before placing his hoofs on the body of the Lion before his mark began to glow once again as a golden light surrounded his body. "Grand Healing." Dante said as the light mover from his body to the Lions before it surround its body and faded away.
The Lion looked at its body, Dane could only guess that it was wondering where the pain it was in went.
"I healed you. Since I was the one that hurt you." Dante said a bit downcast but he was suddenly jerked in a hold as the beast wrapped its front paws around his body as it pulled him into it before Dante felt a wet tongue lick his face. Half of him was grossed out a bit, but the other was happy that he made peace with the beast.
After the Lion let Dante go the three little ones charged at him and began to play with him, which consisted of them gnawing at his body. But it did hurt as it was just how they played with each other.
Dante couldn't but laugh. Something he only did when he was with his…
Dante suddenly stopped remembering once more that he no longer in his world. But a different one. And to everyone back in Gristol he was dead. One thing about the Mark of the Outsider was that you were able to sense someone else that bore the mark if you were strong enough. But Dante's connection to Corvo was cut off. As if it was never there in the first place.
He no longer had a place to call home, no friends to be with anymore. Or the worst one that hit him the hardest. He no longer had a family. He was alone again.
Dante closed his eyes as tears began to swell up in his eyes but he felt something touching his body. He opened them to see the three smaller lion cubs one of them moved its head under his head as if it was asking Dante what was wrong.
Dante wiped the tears away and smiled at the cubs, "Sorry. Just got hit by reality right there." He said letting out a chuckle. It was going to be hard. But then, when was it not. Dante stood back up and looked around to see the fog was starting to fade away enough for him to see some type of building in the distance.
"Looks like if I'm going to figure out just where I am. That would be a good place to begin." Dante said as he started to walk away but his body was wrapped by a large scorpion tail that lifted him into the air.
The Mother Lion looked at Dante who just chuckled once again.
"Listen, I need to found out just where I am, and that structure over there is a good place for me to begin. I knew we got off on the wrong foot, but I don't belong here." Dante said noticing the sadden expression on the mothers face as it licked his face once again before if slowly dropped him to the ground facing the direction he was heading down. Dante looked back only to feel a nudge on his rear end.
The mother Lion pushed him forward almost as if she was letting one of her cubs leave the nest.
"Goodbye." Was all Dante said before he used Blink to make it to the structure faster. That and he was worried he would run into something more dangerous than the Lion creature.
-Just outside the Everfree Forest
"I'm glad to see everypony here. Now as you may of heard from Twilight that my sister and I have sensed a powerful dark magic that appeared near the ruins of castle where you all defeat NightMare Moon. Now, we know not of what being this dark caster is. But what we do know is that it is strong. Which where you ponies come to play." Princess Celestia said looking at the Mane 6. "You 6 shall accompany me to the old Castle Ruins where we will confront of the being. And should I fail to defeat it, I believe the Elements of Harmony will be needed. But only as a last resort." Princess Celestia told everypony there who as nodded at her.
"Good, now Shining armor and his guards will begin to make a barrier surrounding the castle while myself and the 6 will head into the castle ruins where we will see if that being has made it there." She said gathering the Elements of Harmony together in one spot.
"Princess, why is this being so dangerous?" Twilight asked her teacher and friend.
Celestia looked down at her student, "Because it is an evil much like that of Discord. The very evil he would of become had you all not changed his ways." She told Twilight as she and the others remembered the events that transpired over a year ago when they used the Elements of Harmony to defeat him the time he came to Ponyville and they were able to change his was as he told them he would try to change his ways. And cause a little less Chaos then he usually did.
"Um, not ta sound like a sour pony your Majesty, but how exactly are we suppose ta take this being out any who?" Applejack asked.
Celestia looked at the light orange pony that wore a cowboy hat, "Applejack, I understand your concern but this is something that even I will need your help on. I will confront the being while the rest of you provide aid." She said.
"You can count on me Princess!" Rainbow Dash shouted while appearing in the air near the Princess who smiled at the Cyan pony's response.
"I'll help you in any way I can Princess." Rarity told her.
"Oh! Maybe we can have roast some marshmallow's and have a camp out!" Pinkie Pie shouted excited and jumped around all the ponies there.
"I'll h-help as much as I-I-I can." Fluttershy said quietly getting a nodded from the Princess.
"And I'll do whatever you need me to do Princess!" Twilight said smiling at the Princess.
Then they all turned to Applejack who just sighed but smiled as she did.
"Ah' do my best to help too ya Majesty. It's just the little ones are having a sleepover at ma house and they were awake when Twilight here came ta get me." Applejack said worried that the kids might want to venture out to see what was going on, but the Princess just laid a hoof on the concerned Earth pony.
"Fret not my dear Applejack. I'm sure that the little Fillies are fast asleep in their beds." The Princess calmed her friend.
As she finished speaking a white unicorn with a shield on his flank walked up and bowed to the Princess.
"Princess, my men are ready to move out at your word." Shining Armor said.
Celestia looked her commander and nodded to him, "Good, you and your men began the search while we head to the ruins located within the EverFree Forest." She told the captain of her guard who nodded before giving his sister a worried look but she only smiled at him telling him that everything will be alright.
"Very well. We shall begin our search, best of luck to you Princess and everypony else." He said taking his leave as he and his group entered the forest.
The Princess watched as the group of ponies entered the forest.
"Let us go too my friends." The Princess said as her horn began to glow as her magic surrounded them all before they disappeared.
To Dante for a short moment stopped at the summit of a small mountain top that he used Blink to climb up. He used both his front hoofs to reach inside his Cloak and pulled out the crossbow he was given by Corvo and used it to look ahead at the Structure that rested just below him.
To his eye it looked as if it was the ruins of some castle. It was large and unlike the ones in his world. This one was made of some type of stone. But Even from his spot atop the mountain. Dante could feel something pulling him towards the ruins for some reason.
"Well, it seems to be deserted. But I might as well search through it to see if I can find out anything about where I am." Dante said as he placed the crossbow back inside his cloak and took a few steps back before sprinting towards the edge and jumped off it.
Dante free fall would be suicide to anyone crazy enough to do it, but to him. It was something that he did often. As his body got closer to the ground, he began to gather magic around his front legs and just before he hit the ground he unleashed a powerful WindBlast that hit the ground with such force it shattered the ground below him but Dante used Blink to push his body forward making him skid across the ground.
"Easy as pie." Dante said wiping the dust of his cloak before he turned to face the ruins that lay before him. "Well, it's now or never." He said as he walked over to the wall before him and looked up to see a gaping hole big enough for him to fit through but it was higher up in the wall.
Taking a few steps back, Dante ran in a full sprint which was faster since he was on all fours. And jumped at up the wall. But thanks to one of the abilities granted by the mark of the Outisder. Dante was able to focus the air under his feet mid-air making it solid for a spilt second allowing him to jump high before he landed against the wall and flipped himself backwards before he used Blink to teleport the rest of the way up.
Dante landed with ease and looked behind him to see how high up he was, "I guess this mark is useful. Even if it is a curse." He said heading deeper into the hole. And into the ruins.
Once inside Dante began his search in what looked to be the a long spiral staircase. Which is where the hole left him.
"Well nowhere to go but up." Dante said walking up the stairs until it brought him to a large open room of some kind. To him for some reason the room was almost like the throne room back at the Castle in Gristol.
Walking into it he looked around to see some windows still intact with pictures of ponies on them. Only some had wings, while others had horns. And there were two that had both wings and a horn. This made Dante bit confused.
"So this world has Pegasus, and Unicorns." He said remembering seeing these creatures before in a book he read in the Royal Library. But the last picture of the two with wings and a horn. He had never seen such a creature before.
He looked around some more before he walked up to the platform where he was bathed in the moons rays that came in through a hole in the ceiling. It was a full moon out. Much like the one in his world.
But suddenly something caught Dante's attention. He looked down on the platform he stood on to see a seal of some kind beneath him.
"What's this?" He muttered as he leaned down to see runes around the seal but nothing else. But there was a keyhole of some kind in the center of the seal. Dante would of looked more into it had he not felt something in the air shift which on instinct, he used Blink to flash up onto one of the upper columns hiding his body in the shadows as a few sparks of light began to flash in the center of the room before one large burst of light blinded him for a moment before he took notice of 7 new beings that stood where the light was just at.
And the crazy thing about them.
They were all ponies.
-With the Mane 6 and the Princess
They appeared in the main chamber of the old Castle ruins. The very spot where their friendship began, and what lead to all the events that took place after.
The mane 6 began to look around cautiously as the Princess watched them all very closely. But after a while of searching they found nothing.
"Doesn't seem to be anything here ya Majesty." Applejack pointed out as she looked around but didn't see anything or hear anything.
The others looked around but they didn't see or hear anything at all.
"Um, Princess. I don't think that there is anypony here." Twilight said as the others returned to join everypony that gathered in the center of the hall.
"Yes it would seem so my ponies. Let us continue the search elsewhere." Celestia said when Rarity spoke up.
"I beg your pardon Princess, but why did we come to the ruins to search for this evil being?" The white Unicorn asked.
Celestia simply turned to face her friends, "Because this place is filled with magic. Old magic is stronger and more powerful. This place seems to draw in many unnatural things and to my experience, I thought what it is were looking for would be here also. But it would seem that I was wrong." She said before her student walked over to her side.
"Don't worry Princess. We'll find this being were looking for in no time. Right Girls!" Twilight said looking at the rest of her friends who just smiled.
"You bet cha' we will!" Applejack said.
"Nothing can out run me. The fast flier in all of Equestria." Rainbow boasted.
"I'm sure we will find what we're looking for in all good time." Rarity said.
"I-I-I'm sure w-we'll find it." Fluttershy said still hiding behind her mane because the chamber they were in was scaring her.
"Hey if we find it soon does that mean we could still have that campfire! I have everything ready for it!" Pinkie said pulling out a bag of marshmallows, crackers, and chocolate from out of nowhere.
But as soon as she did, a small rumble echoed softy through the chamber putting everypony on alert.
Celestia was the first to step up, "We know you are there. So come out before I make you!" She all but shouted in the chamber as her voice echoed out.
But she was met with nothing but silence.
"Girls, be careful. Whatever it is were looking for is here with us." The Princess told the 6 mares with her as they all began to look around to see if they could see anything moving around.
Right after Dante used Blink to hide. 7 ponies appeared out of nowhere. They began to look around for a good while before they all gathered back into the middle of the room.
Dante know that he could escape easily but he thought it could be useful to listen in to what they were talking about so he used the shadows to move closer towards them before he was able to hear them speaking.
They were talking about finding some kind of evil being. It didn't take a genius to figure out that it was him they were probably looking for. But for Dante to only question that was going through his head was why?
"Hey if we find it soon does that mean we could still have that campfire! I have everything ready for it!" Dante heard one of the ponies say. It was a pink one with bouncing pink hair. Not knowing how, she pulled out a number of things from out of nowhere. The first being a bag of marshmallows which caused Dante's mouth to water. If there was one thing he liked it was sweets.
She then pulled out a stack crackers before pulling out chocolate. Which Dante at this point was hungry but seeing the sweets made his stomach growl out.
Regretting that he sank into the pillar he was on hoping no one heard him but luck was not on his side today.
"We know you are there. So come out before I make you!" He heard the larger white pony say. And oddly enough it seemed like they didn't hear where the sound came from so he was safe. For now.
Using Dark Vision he slowly turned around to see through the pillar to where he saw the 6 ponies standing in the same place as before searching for him.
But something made Dante stop, 'Wait a minute. Wasn't there 7 of them. Where's the last one?' Dante thought but was taken from it as he heard something break across the wind behind him. He turned to see a Cyan Pegasus with rainbow colored mane and tail staring right at him.
For a moment the two said nothing. Only staring at each other as if they were having a staring contest. But Dante say that the pony was about to shout out. So his did the one thing he could do.
He used Blink to teleport away from the pillar onto another one but as he was traveling through Blink. Something grabbed onto his leg.
As he landed on the other pillar away from the Cyan Pegasus. He looked down to see that a glowing purple light was wrapped around his leg like a bracelet of some kind. Acting quickly Dante tried to get it off but instead it gave off a light that lit him up in the shadows.
"Shit." Dante muttered out as every pair of eyes in the room was on him. And all he saw was a bright light heading towards him. And before he could even do anything about it, the bracelet on his leg shocked him making his body freeze up before he could dodge the attack.
The light hit Dante engulfing his entire body within a ball of light which felt like he was burning alive. And he was. His clothes caught fire and were beginning to burn away into embers as he began to scream out in pain.
His voice echoed through the hollow halls and into the surrounding forest.
Dante finally being pushed beyond his will began to gather his powers despite the intense pain he was in.
"Good work Rainbow." Twilight said as the Cyan Pegasus rejoined the group.
"It was a nice plan. You guys distract while I seek and destroy!" She said giving off a prideful smirk.
After Rainbow gave away the location of the being Twilight used her magic to surround Rainbow and if anything moved from the area around her. It was leaves a mark on the one that moved giving away their location. It was a good spell when looking for someone that's hiding.
And as soon as the light went off they all saw a cloaked figure that stood on all fours like them but was bigger. About the size of Big Macintosh if they had to guess. If not a bit smaller. But with the cloak over its body they weren't able to see what it was. But they did see its glowing red eyes from where its head was.
That is when Celestia lashed out a powerful spell using her powers over the sun to surround the being before its entire body was engulf into a ball of light.
"It is done." The Princess said as she panted a bit before looking at the ball of light that was burning brightly.
The ponies were about to speak when a spine chilling scream was heard.
"Oh my." Rarity said as she covered her sensitive ears.
"W-w-what w-was t-th-that?" Fluttershy said in a shaky voice from behind Rarity.
"Was that the Evil being?" Rainbow asked rubbing her ears.
"If it was, that critter must be in pain. Ah' havn't heard a scream like that since one of our flock broke its hind legs." Applejack said shaking her head a little.
"It sounded so sad." Pinkie said her mane losing a bit of its fluffiness.
But out of all of the ponies there the only ones that were focused on the sphere were the Princess, who was watching over it. And Twilight who had one question on her mind.
"Princess, just what is that spell you used. I never seen anything like it before." Twilight asked but Celestia kept her eyes on the ball of light.
"That is because it is olden magic my dear student. One that is to this day is painful for me to cast." The Princess said.
"Because I have not used a spell like this for over a thousand years. Long before peace was governed over Equestria. It is one that was used for to exile those that no longer had the right to live." She said making the ponies go wide eyed.
"Does that mean…" Twilight asked and only a nod from Celestia was given.
"Yes my dear student. A being as evil as this one cannot be allowed to venture out of these ruins. For this is where it rest for all eternity. This is where it will di-"
The Princess was stopped when a shouted heard from within the ball.
"Dispel!" Dante shouted out as magic burst out of his body cracking the ball around him but it didn't break even then. So Dante groaned out as he forced more of his magic out until he began to cough up blood. The pain was too much but it was either this or death. And Dante was not going to die like this.
"Argh!" The ponies heard before cracks began to appear around the sphere.
"No this cannot be. Nothing can break the Banishment spell. Not even-" Before she could even say another word. There was a loud resounding crack. Before everything came to a holt.
No sound, just an endless void.
That is until the Sphere shattered as a wave of magic pulsed out sending everypony in the area flying back before they skid across the room and stopped.
Everypony groaned out before they each looked up to be greeted with the sickening sight of the figure standing there frozen. Its cloak burned around the edges and some spots around the body. But the worst part was that they were able to see who it was.
It was a pony.
Its Dark sliver coat covered in burns that were visible through the holes in the cloak. Its black mane tied with a golden string that hung over its shoulder. And its red eyes, staring right at them.
"…why…." They heard a whisper.
"..Why…" They heard again as they stood back up.
"What do you mean Why?" Celestia asked as she was the first to step forward.
The pony before them was shaking barely able to hold himself up but glared at the Princess.
"Why did you attack me!" He shouted, "I never did anything to any of you! Yet you come here and try to kill me with a word!" With every word it made the mane 6 flinch knowing that his words were right.
They attacked him, they even tried to kill him. And they didn't even try to confront him.
"I sense a dark evil enter my land." The larger white winged Unicorn said as she walked closer to Dante. She pointed her right front hoof at him. "You are the source of that evil. One that is the same as the a corrupted king. I as ruler of this land had a duty to protect it from anything that wants to harm it. Even if that means I must break my vow."
Dante raised a brow at the last words he heard.
"And that would be?" He asked rudely.
"To rid this land of its evil by any means necessary." She said as her horn glowed in a bright blinding light before flames began to erupt around her before they flew at Dante.
But Dante was near his limit. He used nearly all his magic reserves to free himself from that hellish prison he was trapped in. And now, he was barely able to stand up.
Dante watched as the flames grew closer. He closed his as eyes as he gave up. His last thoughts went out to his mother. That maybe if possible he would be able to see her again. And to his family. His adoptive sister Emily the high Empress, and his adopted father. The Lord Protector, Corvo.
"I'm sorry." Dante said as he could feel the flames getting closer to him. But as they neared him, a tear fell from his eye.
One single tear that fell to the floor as time slowed down.
A single pony in the back of group saw this happen. The evil being shed a tear. But in this spilt moment she felt nothing but pure Honesty as the tear fell to the ground before it splashed as the flames engulfed the pony's body whole.
The other mane 6 could only close their eyes as the sight they just witnessed was too much to bare.
That is until the flames died down and they all saw something they never thought they would ever see.
Dante felt the heat surround him before it died down seconds later. His body left with the feeling of it on fire, but something was off. He was still feeling the pain his body was in for some reason.
He opened his eyes only to gasp out as tears formed out.
Infront of the weak pony stood a large Lion like creature. It's body covering his, but the thing was. Its back wings were charred off. Its fur burnt. And its eyes lost to the world before it toppled to the ground bouncing once and sending a loud thump out before stopping.
Dante stood there motionless before he took one step forward. He fell to his knees near the head of the beast. No words left his mouth that was left agape. Only the sharp pain with his chest. As he shook his head.
To the other ponies there. They could watch in awe as a Manticore saved the life of a pony. Something that had never been done before in the entire history of Equestria. There had been stories of Manticores befriending ponies, but never one were one would willingly throw itself infront of danger. It would only do that for its cubs.
Tears began to swell up in their eyes as they watched the cloaked pony walk up to the beast before he fell to his knees. Tears pouring out of his eyes, and what the ponies saw next was heart breaking.
The Manticore was still alive somehow. It moved its head closer to the pony before it licked its face. As if a mother wiping the tears off the face of its child, before its head fell back to the ground motionless.
In Dante's mind the scene played over and over again. Like a never ending movie.
"You aren't strong enough."
"You never were."
"That's why she died."
"You're the reason your Mother is DEAD!"
"And now, you're the reason another Mother is DEAD!"
Dark whispers echoed in Dante's head as he felt the hairs on his back beginning to rise up. Tears blinding his sight as he looked down as the motionless beast before him.
And it let it all out.
"ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" Dante's mark began to glow brighter and brighter until his whole body began to glow in a red light before a pillar of light erupted around the pony blinding everypony there. And everypony in the surrounding area.
The light began to change into a black mist as the red began to be replaced with it.
"No! I won't let another evil spread across the land!" Celestia shouted as she tried to focus her magic but the force coming from the single pony was too much even for her to handle.
"Princess!" Twilight shouted as she and the others were having trouble keeping their ground.
"Girls! We need the Elements of Harmony! It might be out last hope!" The Princess of the sun shouted as she stood infront of them. "I'll try and hold off the magic as much as I can but please hurry!" She shouted as she spread her wings out and her eyes glowed out in white hue.
The Mane 6 were already feeling the stress from the pillar easing over them.
Twilight only looked at the rest of her friends, no words needed to be said as they all nodded to each other before their bodies began to glowing in a corresponding color to their Element.
"Hurry girls! I can't hold it much longer!" As if on cue, a beam in the form of a rainbow roared over the Princess as she dropped her guard and watched as the Elements of Harmony circled around the Pillar of Black Magic before.
"No.. it can't be." Princess Celestia said as she watched the Elements of Harmony engulf the pillar of light before it was shattered away as if it was never even used in the first place.
The mane 6 regained their hold over themselves only to see everything was still in chaos around them.
"We have failed my little ponies." The Princess said making each of them gasp out.
If the Princess was powerless against his Evil, and so were the Elements. What hope was left?
-Inside the Pillar
Dante continued to shout out as this sudden rush of magic lashed out around him. He had never felt this power before. But it was familiar to him. Like it had been inside him along. But why did he know it?
"Allow me to answer the question for you my dearest Dante." A voice spoke out as Dante's eyes shot wide open as he was once again standing in his human body once again. But he was in the one place he thought he would never have to step foot in again.
And before him was floating the one person he wished he never had to meet again.
"Outsider." Dante spat out with venom in his voice.
"Oh come now Dante. After everything we have been through, this is how your thank me?" He said making Dante confused.
"Still don't get it?" Outsider laughed as he floated down to Dante as a ball of light flew out of his chest and into the hands of the Outsider.
It was the small Rune he had found the last time he was here in the Void.
"You have my Rune. Which even you said yourself just before I disappeared. You heard my darkest secrets. That is because this Rune is my being in whole. And now that you hold it. We have become one." He laughed out but Dante gathered wind into his hand and shot it out at the floating bastard before him.
"Ah ah ah Dante. You can't hurt me. After all I am nothing more than spirit. My strength is yours. My abilities are yours. My magic is yours. And my mind is yours." He said as he began to fade away.
Dante was left alone in the Void once again.
He fell to his knees.
"Damn it! Even in a whole new world he still haunts me!" Dante cried out. As he felt the dark magic following out of him. It was the same as the Outsider.
"I can't live with this. I just can't." Dante said as he looked down as his waist and saw his blade was there. How, he didn't know. But as he took it out and flipped the blade out. It brushed against his finger cutting it a bit. A sharp pain was felt as it did.
And Dante knew what he was going to do. If the Outsider was a part of him, then if he died. Then the Outsider would too.
Closing his eyes Dante plunged the sword into his chest just as a wave of light filled the Void world. Bright and colorful magic filled the world making it fade away before he was floating in nothing but an empty white world.
"So…I'm dead.." Dante spoke out as he felt motionless.
"Far from dead my dear Dante." A soft voice spoke out from behind Dante.
He turned around to be greeted with the sight of a being made from light. Nothing but a white light that appeared as a human figure.
"Who are you?" Dante asked, "Are you the reaper here to take my soul to the depths of hell?" He said.
The figure shook its head, "No, I am the one that brought you to this world Dante. The one that brought you this peaceful land. But had I known you held he Outsiders Rune within you. I would have intervened long before his all could of happen. And for that I apologize. Now, tell me Dante. What is it that you want in life." The being asked him.
Dante looked at the being before closing his eyes.
"I always want to protect everyone. When I was young, I lost my Mother. And since then I swore to protect everyone I cared about. But even after years of gaining strength I wasn't able to save the life of another." His thoughts going out to the Mother beast that saved him at the cost of its own life.
The being was silent.
"Why what Dante?"
"Why did you bring me to this world?" He asked.
The being moved closer to him making feel uneasy.
"Because I saw the act of Valor you did. You gave your life to save another and that alone is enough reason to give you a second chance." The being said but Dante shook his head.
"But someone died because I was brought to this world! She protected me when she had three cubs to raise." Dante shouted out as tears began to swell in his eyes.
"A mother will protect her children no matter the cost. She knew this and she gave her life to save yours. And for that I now come to you with a choice Dante. I can give you the strength to save her life. Yes, even now she still lives but only because the amount of magic your body is giving off. But the question lies with you. In Exchange for her life, you have to be willing to give something up in return. Something of Equal or Greater Value." The being said making Dante think that he could save the mother but something that of greater or the same value was needed.
Dante thought for a moment before it hit him.
"A life. That's the cost to save her." Dante said as he saw the being Nod.
"Yes, the life of one to save another. Are you willing to accept this price?" Dante nodded without a second's hesitation.
"Yes, but it won't be my life I am trading." Dante said as he placed his hand over his chest forcing something to come out. It was a small Rune that gave off a dark mist.
"I give the life of the one that lives on within this." Dante said as he heard the Outsider screaming at him but it sounded like nothing more than a whisper.
The being giggled out a bit, "Yes, it would seem that you understood what I meant. Very Well." The being said taking the Rune from Dante's hand as he felt a heavy burden taken from his shoulders.
But then he began to wonder, "Why are you helping me?" Dante asked the being who only laughed once again before it walked up and wrapped its arms around his body.
But his body didn't fight it. Instead he felt like he knew this feeling. Like it was something his mind had forgotten but his body never did.
"As I said Dante. A Mother doesn't need a reason to help their child."
Dante looked back up to see he was no longer in the calming world but inside the Void once again. Only the world around was full of life now. Meadows as far as he could see and in the center of it all next to him was a large tree that was inscribed with runes that gave off a white light.
"It's warm." Dante said reaching his hand out to the tree before his palm rested against it. He felt its warmth following into his body as a voice spoke out to him.
"This is your will. Your strength. Your light. You still bear the mark of the Outsider. But now it has been cleansed. This is my gift to you. Dante. My son." The voice spoke to him.
"Thank you. Mother." Dante said as the world began to glow in a bright light before he opened his eyes back in the real world.
"We have failed my little ponies." Dante heard a voice say before he realized his magic was still lashing out uncontrollably. It still held darkness within it but now he felt his powers were purer than before.
He closed his eyes, for some reason he felt his body no longer in pain. No long fatigued. And his strength coming back to him. Then he began to leak his magic out spreading it through the pillar of dark magic.
"I caused this to happen. And I'll be the one to fix it." Dante said as his he opened his eyes to show a the white of his eyes that were outlined with blue magic as his body began to glow in the same blue glow.
-Outside the Pillar
The 7 ponies could only watch as the Pillar began to erupt into chaos as its magic lashed out all around. Celestia was doing her best to protect her friends but with everything happening. She was being forced back.
"There has to be something we can do!" Twilight shouted out trying her best to help her teacher hold the barrier protecting them.
"But if the Elements of Harmony weren't able to do a thing to that! What can we possibly do?" Rarity shouted as she was trying to fix her mane that was ruined everything happening.
"There has to be something we can do." Rainbow said trying to think of something but nothing came to mind.
"I-I-I'm s-s-s-sca-scared." Fluttershy said hiding behind Applejack who was using her body to shield the frightened filly.
"Ah know sugar cube. I am too." The earth pony said holding her hat down.
Pinkie pie wasn't holding to well either, her mane was almost straightened out completely.
"Come on everypony! Smile! There has to be something we can do!" She said trying to make every other pony happy but even she was failing.
Then all of a sudden there was a calm as the magic seemed to stop.
"What's happening?" Celestia spoke out when a voice echoed through the room.
"I caused this to happen. And I'll be the one to fix it." They all heard the very pony that was inside say before a blue light began to glow from the inside of the dark pillar.
"I never wanted this to happen." They heard him say before the light grew brighter.
"I only wanted to protect everyone." He said as the pillar of light shattered to show the same pony from before standing in the middle of the pillar. Only his body was different. He had a brown coat, his black hair now white and his roots a black, and above his hoofs there was a patch of white fur. It was nothing like the pony they saw before.
A blue aura appeared around his body as the air around him began to shift. As he opened his eyes, the 7 ponies no longer saw the dark red eyes staring at them, but blue eyes filled with remorse. And then opened his mouth as they heard him say.
A pillar erupted from his body once again, only this time all the ponies were bathed in a warm glow. They even felt their injures healing. They all turned to see colors much like that of the Elements of Harmony only they weren't colors of a rainbow. It was more like the different shades of colors encircling his body before the aura around him moved over the Manticore lying next to him surrounding its body before its entire body was covered in the light before it faded away.
And to what they saw shocked them. Its body was no longer burned, it's back healed along with its two wings. It was as if nothing happened at all.
They could only stare at the scene before them. As the light began to fade away before the pony collapsed on the ground.
Everypony just looked at each other wondering what just happened.
That is until the Princess spoke up.
"This power, it held no malice what so ever. How is this possible?" She said as the other poines walked up to her.
"What do ya mean ya Majesty?" Applejack asked.
"As the pillar of darkness was raised. I felt a powerful evil coming from the pony. But now, I sense nothing. No evil what so ever coming from him. But how is that possible the Elements of Harmony didn't work, yet somehow he was still cleansed." She said as the others looked at the pony once more.
And they had to agree with the Princess. They no longer felt the sense of evil coming from it. It was something pure. The change in its body was more than enough to make them believe it.
"Do you think we should check to see if he's alright?" Twilight asked as she walked forward.
That is until Celestia pulled her back using her magic, and confusing her pupil.
"Princess? Why did you do that?"
Not answering her Twilight heard a low growl behind her as she turned to see the Manticore now awake and its claw buried where she was just standing.
"It's ok! I am so glad you're alright!" Fluttershy said nearing the beast but it just snared at he making her back away.
"Why is it protecting that pony? I thought Manticores didn't like ponies?" Rainbow said confused at the beast's action.
"What it maybe, we need to arrest that pony." Celestia said. Even if she could sense any evil from that pony anymore, she still wanted to know just what it was.
She began to gather her magic as it formed around the Manticore freezing it in place. It roared out trying to break free but it was useless against the magic of an Alicorn.
"Dispel." A voice spoke out as the magic from the Alicorn was cut off breaking the beast free from its momentary prison.
"How?" The Princess muttered when she noticed there was a pony standing infront of the Manticore. It was the same one that had collapsed not to long ago, only he now he appeared to be fine.
"Leave her alone. She did nothing wrong except trying to protect me." The pony said to them before he turned around to face the beast.
"Thank you. If you hadn't come when you did, I would of never of been freed from my curse. But you need to go back to the little ones." Dante said to the mother beast that just leaned down and rubbed its head against his. Dante felt happy knowing she was alright.
The Manticore moved away before giving the other ponies one last look. "Don't worry about them. They can't hurt me anymore." Dante said, "Now go. I promise to come and visit you all again." He said as the Manticore jumped out of the opening in the wall and disappeared into the forest.
Then Dante turned to face the 7 ponies before him.
"Now, are we going to be able to have a normal conversation or is this going to head south?" He asked.
The Princess was the first to step up once again, "Very well. But answer this. How is it one moment you are filled with evil but now I sense none from you what so ever?"
"I was possessed by an ancient being that lived to use others as his play things. He cursed me when I was young." Dante said holding up his right hoof to show a white mark on the front of his leg, "When I thought I rid myself of him, he hid away deep within me waiting for his chance to break out. You can guess how that happened." Dante said a be angry at the White pony who seemed not to pleased with the tone he took.
"You brought a powerful evil into my land. As its ruler I-"
"Have to rid the evil from the land. Yes I know. But why did you not simply talk to me instead of attacking me." He said.
"You were hiding! How were we supposed to know you weren't trying to attack us!" The Cyan Pegasus shouted at him.
But he just looked at her, "I was observing you all. I came here to find out just where I am, before you all appeared and spoke of how I was an evil being."
"Wait what do you mean find out where you are? You can't wander into the Everfree Forest without knowing what it is. That's dangerous." The purple pony said this time.
"Ok, let me re-phrase that. I was brought to this world by a great means of power. I know that I am a pony but I was not always one." Dante said as he noticed the confused look on their faces.
"And just what were ya'll before you became a pony?" The orange pony asked Dante.
He looked at her, "I was a human."
-Wow, my longest chapter so far, over 9,000 words. Took me a while to figure out how to write this chapter but I did it! And I may be posting a new chapter every Sunday, or atleast I'm going to try and do that. So look forward to the next chapter k! /)*(\