Caligula

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  1. @Califorum Truth to be told, Cadance was starting to enjoy this - the mere adrenaline rush made her feel more alive, and dodging Sombra's attack was almost like a part of a dance. Right now she was only toying with him - as she should from the beginning of the fight. Too bad that she was too afraid back then to use all her powers... "Oh, don't worry, you will survive - and you will be grateful for that, maggot". Next dark crystals arose around king, in a conscious effort on Cadance's part to trap him. "You will be cleansed and purged, not even an inch of darkness will stay in your soul. You will cry, you will beg for mercy, you will find yourself not worthy the love that will rule in the Crystal Empire... but you will have it. New, better Sombra, a humble slave of the Harmony", she giggled at this vision. Oh yes. She will enjoy dissecting his soul and changing it to fit the world better... actually, she could do it more often. So many ponies around would be far, far better if she could simply take their flaws away from them.
  2. @Califorum "Seriously? Are you that dim?", Cadance's reaction to dark crystals appearing was pretty simple - she just spread her wings and flew into air, avoiding effortlessly any traps. It was actually dissapointing - who would think that Sombra would use so primitive tactics against enemy that was able to fly and teleport? "It's a rule of nature. Royals, like me, fly. Maggots, like you, crawl in the dirt". She could practically hear the shadows - they were whispering to her, promising her their loyalty and servitude, practically begging her to command them... With this power she could protect her Empire and her family for eternity, turning entire land into a country filled with love and joy! Why she never noticed it before? She was imprisoned by that pathetic changeling worm, Chrysalis, and later she barely hold off Sombra - but she refused to see the obvious. She had a power of gods, destiny itself has chosen her as a princess, and yet she was afraid to understand her duties properly. Oh, she was almost grateful to Sombra for showing her a better alternative. Of course her gratitude didn't change the fact that she was going to utterly and completely destroy his very being. Cadance merely nodded slightly and crystals have arisen around Sombra's shadow form - but this time they were under her command, clinging to fallen tyrant to hold him down long enough for her next spell to strike him. She was going right for the head.
  3. @Califorum "How? By bleeding on me?", Cadance sneered with a grim satisfaction in her voice. She didn't waste her time or energy by trying to counter his spell, instead immediately 'blinking' out of his way - short distance teleportation was so easy to use with powers of darkness on her side! Her next spell was more focused than her first attack, as she shaped magic into a spear and hurled it right at the dark king. A bit of guilt jabbed her - Sombra's cape was nice, it was such a waste that it had to be destroyed. Maybe she should get one for herself later, as soon as she'll finish this little pest control? "You should be used to defeats, insect. I'm actually surprised you went so far this time!". While princess of love never learned before how to fight properly, it seemed like she was a quick learner, as she almost immediately casted another two spears, not giving Sombra any respite and immediately blinking away, hiding in the shadows from his counter-attacks. She didn't have too much experience, yes, but her raw magical power was incredible - a normal state for an alicorn. This time, however, it was supported by dark magic and her utter lack of self-restraint, turning her into far more dangerous enemy than she would be normally. "Scared, insect?".
  4. @Califorum Maybe there was a bit of truth in Sombra's words - there was a little weakness in Cadance and her empire, if by 'weakness' one means taking care of subjects instead of acquiring riches and weapons. Princess of Love's mind bent under the weight of mental assault, but didn't break - at least not in the way dark king expected. The longer he was talking and treating her with dark magic, the more her fear was replaced with a completely different feeling - frustration. It's always a bad idea to toy with powerful beings instead of dealing with them swiftly and brutally, Cadance's mind was forcefully flooded with dark magic, artificial negative emotions were twisting her thoughts and feelings, but there was an unchanging constant - fiery, burning hate towards king Sombra. Normally calm and somewhat meek nature of kind-hearted alicorn of love would keep it at bay, but right now tyrant was doing his best to unknowingly unleash it. Serve him? Do his bidding? What a joke! As if a phoenix could bow to a fly, or lion share his hunt with a mice! "Force of nature? Don't make me laugh...", princess of love focused. Purple smoke started to erupt from the corners of her eyes - and in a moment crystals holding her broke, just as her mind broke under the pressure of power granted by dark magic. In a blink of an eye she teleported effortlessly herself into a standing position - angry god of fury. "... insect". Her next spell was directed right at the Sombra - a powerful slash of dark magic. Contrary to her attempt before this time she wasn't attacking to stop him, but to kill.
  5. @Califorum Cadance was fighting against the unwanted corruption, but in her current situation - with dark magic crossing right into her veins and spilling into her mind - it was quite... tiresome. She was already confused, scared and angry, and Sombra's words, actions and spells were quite efficiently countering any attempts of her to calm down and focus. The only chance she had was based on the possibility of rescue - Shining Armor, guards, or maybe (miraculously) Twilight with friends. Unfortunately, it looked like no miracles were planned for this day by the cruel, uncaring universe. The headaches weren't helpful as well. However, there was still one thing that she couldn't understand, and the more furious she was getting, the less she understood... Why did Sombra think that, even under the effects of corruption, she could be an asset? Purple clouds bursted off the corners of Cadance's eyes, that started to glow with sickly green. "This time I will PERSONALLY make sure you are dead", she growled as the bubbles of dark magic started to gather on her horn.
  6. @Califorum Maaaaaaybe it was a mistake. However, what other options she had? With no real experience with fight, let alone with magical duels, Cadance didn't know that it would be so easy for Sombra to absorb her magic. She also didn't expect a warlock to charge and simply tackle here instead of using any of his fancy dark magic spells. Alicorn of love liked surprises - but not like that. Considering that Cadance was an alicorn and a powerful magic user, it was quite disappointing that she was defeated so quickly. Overwhelmed by Sombra and his crystals she could merely scream in anger as he started to corrupt the Crystal Heart. That view alone was able to inflict a physical and mental pain, as the most sacred and important artifact in the entire Crystal Empire was getting desecrated. It was the sacrilege. It was the ultimate mockery of everything Cadance was loving and standing for. His plans about corrupting not only Heart, but Cadance as well, had two major flaws. First, she was fully realized as a princess, mother and wife, and nothing he could offer was enough to tempt her into darkness. Second... who said that corrupted princess of love would have any reasons to stand by Sombra's side? The fiercer attack on her mind was, the more anger was boiling in her. He was threatening her country, her subjects, HER FAMILY! But she was weak, too weak to defeat him without Shining or Crystal Heart... and the latter was already taken over by Sombra. What options she had? "You... will be... UNDONE BY ME!", Cadance growled furiously as she struggled viciously against the dark crystal that were holding her.
  7. While Cadance, as an alicorn, was far powerful in terms of raw magic than her husband, her fighting abilities were... somewhat lacking. Up to this day she once managed to fend off changeling invasion using love, and protect Crystal Empire from Sombra - once again with a help of her husband. Anything more than that? Not so much. As soon as she noticed distortions caused by dark magic she speeded up, just to get the Heart as soon as possible - before anypony would get seriously hurt. Her own guardians were fighting each other - just how far was this madness going to go? She knew many of them by the name, and it hurt her to see them in such a state. Her first thought was to stay here and help them fight off the corruption, but she quickly discarded this as illogical - considering how many of them were already under Sombra's influence, and that he was still rampaging somewhere, the Crystal Heart was the only option left. Alas, as soon as she stepped into treasury and saw the Crystal Heart falling to the floor she knew that Twilight and her friends are probably the last hope for Empire left. However, it didn't mean she was going to give up without fight. Cadance didn't want to waste her time for banter, she had no interest in delaying him or stalling - so she simply and immediately powered up her horn and shot raw magic right at the dark king.
  8. @Califorum On one hoof, Shining managed to at least hurt Sombra - on another hoof, it didn't seem to even slow him down. If anything, it merely angered him, and angry warlock was even more dangerous. (Un)fortunately prince didn't actually had to put up fight with him in this state, as the the very next attack broke through every single one defence he still had. The fight has ended - but Shining still had to struggle against the unholy, dark incursion into his mind. Anger, hate, fear... darkness inside him was growing, as he was trying to fend off terrifying visions and painful memories brought up by cruel king's spell. Whether or not he would win or end as a mentally scarred puppet - it didn't matter. He was defeated and immobilized, and the soldiers he called turned out to be so easy to brainwash that it was pathetic, really. Meanwhile Cadance woke up, as chaos has started to reign in her palace. It didn't took too long to realize that the entire Empire is in danger - everything was practically reeking of dark magic, and she could hear Shining's screams alarming everypony. She had to act quickly - first she woke up Sunburst (he was always a heavy sleeper, not even a battle in the palace managed to disrupt his sleep) and sent him away with Flurry Heart. Now, with safety of her daughter dealt with, she quickly ran to the imperial treasury - where Crystal Heart was placed.
  9. @Califorum The weaker guardians couldn't stand the terrifying assault on their minds and fled the scene, almost immediately forgetting about their vows or training. It wasn't even that bad - as the weakest one simply surrendered, submitting to Sombra's dark will. His influence started to spread like a plague, as each possessed soldier was able to attack others that were trying to resist king's mind tricks, making them fail, or even drag there unwilling servants unlucky enough to sleep in nearby rooms. However, Shining Armor didn't know that, and was still fighting as hard as possible - which, unfortunately, meant that he was quickly getting weaker. Not only Sombra was able to smash his shields more quickly than he was able to create them, but also his attack on his legs caught him off-guard. While prince of Crystal Empire was standing in place anyway, the mere realization that his enemy was able to bypass his defences was... concerning Especially as he knew that he won't be able to stand against him for too long. "NEVER!", he growled as he resorted to the last, desperate measure - his horn flashed far brighter than before, as he was preparing for the one, final attack. All or nothing. No more shields, no more dodging, only a raw firepower.
  10. @Califorum In a way it worked - Shining could hear the hoofsteps... but, alas, he couldn't see the incoming reinforcements. Sombra entrapped them both with a circle of crystals, preventing anypony from interfering with their duel. Duel in which prince-consort was painfully aware that he was outmatched. After all he wasn't the one who managed to take over entire country only by himself. As far as he was concerned, his only hope was that he will be able to stall him long enough for Cadance to use Crystal Heart. Piece of cake. He didn't have to win, merely to delay. To counter Sombra's attacks he resorted to a new tactic - using two shields at once. While king was strong enough to break one with an ease, breaking two at once was something completely different... and it was giving Shining a time to rise another one. Well, he was a sitting duck, unfortunately, but he had to endure, for the sake of the entire state. Unfortunately, his crystal guards weren't as resolved or bold as him... and the mere appearance of dark tyrant's magic was enough to bring back the worst memories of his cruel rule immediately making them useless, at the best, or outright willing to surrender just to don't anger their former 'owner'...
  11. @Califorum Alas, king Sombra's tricks would surely work on another ponies, but Shining Armor had a few traits that were embolden him, even in the face of such danger - he knew that he has to defend his family and country. He was the defender of the realm, the first and last line of defence against the darkness brought by former tyrant - and he had no desire to fail, not without at least roughing his enemy. "If they are weak than what are you? Powerless?". Now, when it came to a fight, Shining Armor was able to shine. Despite focusing on defensive magic he wasn't fully passive, quite contrary - for experienced user a shield could be as deadly as real weapons. That's why, when he noticed charging king, he merely pushed his shield as forcefully as a possible - turning this pink barrier into a projectile of sort. He immediately dodged to the side, not exactly willing to stay on the path of charging warlock. "ALARM! TO ARMS, EVERYPONY!", Shining Armor shouted with all strenght left in his lungs. Even if he wasn't able to reach barracks... his voice had a fair chance for that.
  12. @Califorum This dark bastard was playing tricks with his mind... So that was really him - the dark creature that was able to mess up with the minds of crystal ponies so much that they preferred amnesia over memories about him. The only known sick psycho that decided that being a master of fear is a satisfying choice. Shining knew that running away was hardly the bravest possible option, but he needed to call others - if Sombra was really in the castle somepony had to alarm the civilians, wake up Cadance, preferably send a letter to Celestia and Luna as soon as possible... Unfortunately his hopes were cut short when suddenly he was stopped in the tracks. He desperately fired once at the wall, but to no avail - not even a single scratch appeared. In meantine dark tyrant decided to finally materialize his ugly face and walk towards prince-consort. Too bad he decided to be a warlock. With his sense of drama and illusionary tricks he could be the greatest actor or playwright ever known. White unicorn turned to face his enemy with a grim, yet determined look on his face. "You want to be beaten to a pulp for a third time that badly? Or maybe you simply like humiliating yourself, Sombra?", he spouted. The light on his horn flashed as he prepared to set up his favourite spell - shield.
  13. It should be just an average, simple night. No imminent dangers, no dark powers crawling toward the palace, just a peaceful, calm stroll around the corridors. To be honest, a prince-consort of the Crystal Empire and the leader of its armed forces normally shouldn't be bothered with such a mundane task, but Shining Armor - being both a very diligent stallion and a royal guardian to the core - wanted to set an example to the soldiers of his ancient kingdom. The last ruler left crystal ponies in a very sorry state, and both he and Cadance had to do their best to turn their terrorized subjects, detached from the outer world for entire thousand years, into happy, productive ponies that are able to fit to the modern world. However, this night was... different. He couldn't really put his hoof on it, but there was something just wrong. There was something in the air - a sickly smell, a chilling presence. His own magical senses were screaming to him, but he couldn't understand them. This feeling... was it a memory? Of course, it could (hopefully) be simply just a sign of paranoia - walking around the empty halls covered in the dark of the night was able to trick pony's mind, after all. There was a reason why fresh guardians didn't like patrolling city at the night. Shining Armor didn't believe that, though - he could feel that something was wrong, ergo something really was wrong. Besides, he was far too experienced to be scared of darkness. Unfortunately he couldn't wake up his soldiers just because he had an inexact impression... ... laughter? Very familiar laughter. Way too familiar. One that he hoped he would never hear again. "Oh no". His casual trot turned into a gallop, as he ran towards the barracks - he had to set alarms.
  14. "Religions of slavs", by Dariusz Sikorski, about pre-christian beliefs of Slavic people. Quite interesting, and with lots and lots of informations about the work done by historians.
  15. "History of the Persian Empire" by A.T.Olmstead; "History of Ethiopia" by Andrzej Bartnicki; and "Ancient Egypt. Anatomy of a Civilisation" by Barry Kemp. Since my last message I've read also a few other interesting books - "L’Empire gréco-romain" by Paul Veyne, essays about the cultural and social influence of Greeks on Rome; "Polis", by Hansen Mogens Herman, a short book about definition and meaning of ancient greek city-states; and a few others.