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PostSubject: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:34 pm

SEASON SIX SPOILERS WITHIN.

ABANDON HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE AND HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINALE



A gentle rain pattered down from heavy clouds, the thin canopy of the forest having done little to stop the earlier downpour. Through this rain, stomped an ever grumbling changeling, her mane soaked and sticking to her chitinous body. She paused, sniffing the air before continuing on, the treeline closing steadily.

She had been so close, so close, to victory. She had had it within her grasp, only to have that stupid bitch of a student steal it away from her. Well revenge would be sweet. So very, very sweet.

She froze as the ground beneath her hooves rumbled, and she looked around in surprise, before taking to the skies. “No… he can’t be… no. I’m… imagining things,” she mumbled, before shaking her head and flying away.




In the weeks following Chrysalis’ defeat, the world had seemed to return to normality. However, in her wake had followed powerful earthquakes that had rocked Equestria. Entire cities had been evacuated to prevent the loss of life, and Cloudsdale and Los Pegasus became an increasingly viable option for living.

However, our tale begins in Ponyville, or more specifically, the outskirts of the town. The full moon hangs low overhead, casting long shadows in the peaceful streets. Most ponies were locked inside, but for you, the rumour that the ancient tale of the Skeleton Knight was more than just a tale had drawn you here.

And so it was that the five of you met, through coincidence, at the entrance to the dread everfree forest, the only place to be free of the earthquakes that ravaged the rest of the planet.




The tale of the Skeleton Knight

Let me tell you the tale of the Skeleton Knight,
Whose story scares young fillies, and gives them a fright.
They say he was a Captain from armies of old,
Who by dire circumstance fell far from the fold.

This tale begins ere two millennia past,
When the land of Equestria was dying too fast

The one they called Discord had crossed the sea,
Causing all around him to panic and flee.
And so Chaos ran rampant across the land,
Except for one city,
a city so grand.
The capital, Canterlot, a boat in the harbour,
Whilst the rest of the world fell farther and farther.

Eventually, the princesses looked down from their throne,
And decided it was finally time to restore life to their home.
In secret they planned on just how to win,
"The Elements of Harmony." Luna said with a grin.
"But Discord would see such a ploy straight away,
There must be a way to hold him at bay."

And so now our hero entered the story,
Stating simply. "A war, my princesses, for the empire's glory."
"What good what that do us?" Luna enquired,
"Distract Discord, no less." He gulped, lest he was fired.
But Celestia saw the genius in his plot,
"Then, with Discord distracted, his plans will be naught."
Nodding eagerly, he watched as they planned,
And hoped that his help would make something quite grand.

The day arrived and the Army of Order stood ready,
Ponies, minotaurs and griffons marched, their hoofbeats steady.
Dragons soared above, their teeth bared, ready to tear and to rend,
Ready to see the chaos that wracked their land end.

At the head of the force stood the Knight,
Either side of him stood the princesses, their lithe forms belaying their might.

Chaos itself was against this army arrayed,
Demons of every kind, hellhounds that bayed,
Above them wendingoes twisted through the sky,
And manticores that prowled, knowing death was nigh.
Discord himself floated just above the ground,
Drawing upon his great powers to confound.

The two armies clashed, sword versus tooth, minotaur versus manticore,
Above the battle, dragons clashed with wendingo, hoof versus claw.
Discord and our hero's weapons met at the center of battle,
Discord's of rubber, our hero's of metal.
Despite the hero's obvious finesse,
His every strike, Discord managed to best.

For a moment time froze around the pair,
Discord paused. "I should tell you, it's only fair."
The hero stopped. "Tell me what exactly?"
"I know your secret desires." He replied, matter-of-factly.
"I can even help it happen." He said with a grin.
The hero nodded. "And in return, this battle I'll let you win."

So time resumed, the armies fighting once more,
This time however, the Knight was changed to his core.
He turned, and with a click, he vanished,
He reappeared, his knife in hoof, it's blade sharp and polished.
He prepared himself for what he was going to do next,
For if he went through with it, his path was fixed.
He walked to the hill where the war council was held,
And he knew that the cursed blade he was willing to weld.

So he raised the knife high, it's blade gleaming in the dying sun,
And plunge down it did, piercing dark flesh, the act was done.

But a Goddess does not die so easily,
Especially to a weapon so measly.
Luna and Celestia turned, faces a mix of confusion and shock,
For the hero's resolve had been like a rock.
Slowly Luna removed the knife from her body,
She shattered the knife, such workmanship shoddy.

Celestia looked at him, a single tear in her eye.
"But why, Mortis, why?"
Slowly, her head did shake,
despair on her face,
And slowly did Mortis' flesh break,
till a gleaming skeleton stood in his place.
Turning Celestia spoke. "It is time for Discord to die."
Together she and Luna took to the sky.

Over the battlefield did they soar,
Blasting Discord with the Elements, with a roar.
As he turned to stone, he struck a pose,
And from his throat, a single note rose.
That note travelled across the land,
Till it reached poor Mortis and suddenly did his skeleton stand.

With Discord's defeat the beasts began to flee,
And the victorious army gave a cry of glee.
With the chaos undone and the land restored,
The races lived in the peace their victory had caused.

Until one night, Mortis returned,
Armed with much knowledge, all he had learned.
He slipped through the gate, past ponies once known,
Into the place he had hoped to call home.
He found the room where he knew she did sleep,
Silently, the door slid open and in did he sneak.

There she lay, sleeping soundly, happy with life,
He whispered. "Here lies before me, the causer of strife,
The one who saw me raise the knife,
And the one who I had hoped to one day call wife.
But now, I name thee traitor, killer and fool,
I hope you know, I Mortis, am forever a ghoul."
And with that he turned and he fled,
Leaving Celestia, awake, cold in her bed.

And thus ends this tale, of Mortis betray,
Whether this tale is true or not, I cannot say.
All I know is that on a certain night,
When the moon is high and the stars are bright,
In the town of Ponyville, the scene of battle,
He watches, waiting for somepony to test his mettle.
And so he shall remain, forever more,
Lest chaos return and begin another war.





So yeah, this is a reboot of the Quaking in their Boots thread I made many moons ago. This time, things should flow a hell of a lot better.

Standard rules apply. No Blue. I shall be picking up to five ponies, depending on my own design, as to who will be in the thread.

OK

Apparently some people are operating under the assumption that you are hunting him because his the cause of the Earthquakes. You are not. You are looking for him because you are curious about the fact that he might be real. I apparently should have made that clearer.

Furthermore, the reason I included the tale is because most of you won't be aware of the actual character.


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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 3:50 am

Must the pony be a "normal" or could they be a "monster" of some kind?
Like Keeper from "guild of ardent skies." (who is a vampire.)

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:55 am

They can be anyway, but note I will be making the final decision. So yes, you can have a vampire.
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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:12 am

Fair enough.
I'll throw in Crescent Keeper
I will also debuff him as needed.

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 5:53 am

I'm heeeeeeeeeeeeeere!

I'll sign up good ol' Euforia Iceblood. Unto the breach!

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:27 am

Wee! We can do this once again!

Peanut will be signing up! He's craving for adventure!
"No I'm not!"
stuffs him into a sock Never mind him.

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:34 pm

I'm signing up my Starry Night. It's been forever since she's seen use.

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:24 am

I would like to sign up Gar'vak Gro'oul

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:15 am

Heyo. Bloodstone will be attempting this adventure.

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PostSubject: Re: Quaking in their Boots Reboot.   Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:14 am

Alright, so, I'm going to cut off applications there.

The five people making it in are as follows:

- Ician
- Roga
- Sunneh
- Ursus
- Wise

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