My Little Pony: The Broken Branch

Chapter 4: Leading the Way

I could not believe it. I am a keeper of an Element of Harmony. Such things one would think would not mix well with each other. I felt my confidence rise with help from Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. This gave Princess Twilight Sparkle an idea, "If you embrace that warmth inside you, we may find the missing element," she suggested,

"So you are saying that the closer we are to finding the element, the more powerful the feelings inside me will become?" I pondered to her,

"Exactly, but we must take my friends with me, you're right in saying that somepony else might be after the element," Twilight Sparkle replied,

That morning, I was to lead the way among the trails to the missing element. There are steep drop-offs on the mountain trails. Not the type of place for any pony or griffon afraid of heights. The trails were getting higher and narrowing. I can feel the cool mountain wind in the fur and feathers with the warmth in my chest. We should not be far off.

"Are we there yet?" Rainbow Dash groaned and complained, "if I had been given the task, I would've found the element in a jiffy," she boasted,

"Quit yer bellyaching, not all of us are as fast on our wings as you," pointed out Applejack,

"A task such as this requires a good eye and a steady mind to detail, Rainbow Dash," I said, giving a little bit of advice to a fast-moving pegasus,

I stopped for a moment, and soon felt it pulsing in me. That warmth felt like a heartbeat inside me. Twilight Sparkle soon took notice, "Are you alright?" she asked, I nodded lightly and moved on. I felt like we were getting close, "I've done some thinking about thinking about the riddle, and I think I know the answer to the riddle," she said confidently,

"We have to keep moving though," I said, and turned to the other Elements of Harmony that came for the journey, "we are not alone,"

"I must say, there is something rather...unsettling about this mountain, and I don't just mean the trails," Rarity stated, her teeth chattering,

I would be lying if I said that I did not feel the same way Rarity did. I have a feeling that we are not the only ones after the missing element. I never thought such a thing would happen to me, it seems so unreal. Yet I feel that the words of Princess Luna ring true. I am but the humble town blacksmith, and I am capable of doing great things for others.

I looked around at the ruins ahead of us, "This was the old fortress of King Guto," I said looking up at the imposing stone ramparts.

"Finally...," sighed Rainbow Dash, her belongings on her back fell to the ground like a fresh fallen tree,

"I think this'll be a good place to stop for the night," said Twilight, all her friends nodded in agreement. I can see that they are all tired.

This was the site of the Griffon Kingdom's greatest stand. Queen Chrysalis was looking to expand her kingdoms from the Outerlands and into the north. Her armies were met by my ancestors, brave warriors they were. For an entire month, the garrison at the fort held them off until the fortress fell. Their sacrifice put pride in the heart of every griffon.

"So...do yah know any good campfire tunes?" Applejack asked as the fire was going, and warming us for our first night outside,

"Actually I do, the Kingdom finally overturned the 'no singing law' in Griffonstone, I know this one brings me back to my youth," I replied,

Come and be welcome
Oh wandering minstrel
Spreading your music
From city to town

Be you harper or piper
Your duty is noble
You carry the tunes
That will never die down

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Oh noble court poet
The treasure of knowledge
Is kept in your words

So unlock the riches
Of rhyme and of rhythm
And let all the wealth
Of your wisdom be heard

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Oh fair-voiced singer
Weaving the magic
Of music along

You can thunder the heavens
To raise up an army
Or simply bring laughter
And peace with a song

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Oh rare tale-teller
With stories of wonder
You wisely recall

Now tell of the heroes
Who dwell in our history
For tales that are true
Are the best of them all

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Wherever you hail from
Share all the secrets
And joys of your art

For every new voice
That joins in the chorus
Will uplift the spirit
And cheer the heart

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come from the forest
And sit around the fire
Come from the fields
And enter our hall

Come drink from
The guest-cup
Come join
In our circle

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all

Come and be welcome
Ye bards one and all