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Cuddle was a bit confused with her captain's sudden change in demeanor, going from one of a high and mighty arrogance, to one of a calm and wise one... Cuddle listened further...

 

Her tone was one of confusion, as she struggled to say the right words. But later, she finally spilled the metaphorical beans... She was a "Seeker of the Relic."

 

Due to Cuddle's curiosity of the unknown, she had to be the first one to ask: "What does that mean? Is that what we are searching for? Is that a dangerous position? If so, is it dangerous for us?" She asks rapidly, pausing to take a deep breath to relax. "I mean, if ya want to tell us that is. I just want to know mainly the last question... I want us all to be safe." Satisfied, Cuddle stopped talking and waited for the other two in the group to let loose themselves, in both thought and questions... Or for Iniblia to answer.

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Enzo stared at Iniblia. He stared a little more. He stared. It was a deadpan spare.

 

"Hun, you gotta be more specific than that. I mean-" he began chuckling. "Do you have any idea  just how many objects in the world are considered relics? Heck, there's an old toilet in a museum in Manehatten that's called a 'relic'."

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"...Really?"

 

"Wait, really? What the hay, it's like, there was a huge commotion in Ponyville about this! It's almost impossible to not get a clue about what I-"

 

The sound of a thunder echoed through the fields.

 

"Rain?" She thought. "Why raining right here? This is... strange."

 

Iniblia looked to the sky. The weather changed notably, into rainy dark clouds. Some dark points were flying around these giant clouds above. They were unrecognizable by the distance, but didn't seem to be peaceful.

 

"Okay, this must be some kind of a trap."

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"Er... I haven't been inside Equestria for years..." Cuddle let a bit about herself slip, and she did it on purpose. It's time she started to come clean, seeing some notable weather changes as well as the dark points. "And I agree, we aren't alone." Still wearing her horse shoes, she got into a fighting stance. "Hope your suspicion is right... Or I'll look ridiculous."

 

I'm not going to let my new comrades get hurt... Cuddle thought to herself, feeling the wind from the storm whisk through the forest, waving her hair behind her as it strengthened little by little... Must be Pegai...

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The clouds were starting to get a round shape, while the almost unseeable dark figures gained a purple shine. The atmosphere's temperature decreased to the point of condensing breath in about ten seconds. The air was getting drier. Iniblia closed her eyes, trying to wake the sixth sense inside her, unlocking a new level of perspective in this situation.

 

"The moisture... I can feel it lifting..."

 

She opened her eyes again, now with a slight reduction of sight in the area; An interesting kind of sudden climate change fogged the nearest cliffs. Her senses started to react a bit stronger than she would expect, and were covering each other, while Iniblia gave a few steps backward, feeling tilting presences from above along a slight chill climbing her bones.

 

"Urghh... Are you ponies feeling this sensation of~"

Slam!

Something that, in a fraction of a second, could be interpreted as a large pony-sized, pony-shaped chunk of ice, smashed the ground below it, throwing Iniblia backwards. Over the few seconds later, multiple sounds of falling things took place in her overloaded audition. She couldn't actually see what was actually happening, although it was obvious: An overpowering haze, that by all means could not have been summoned by any regular group of flying beings. Our captain is fighting to recover her senses. The hostile storm needed to wait at least five seconds, but time does not stop.

 

Two shining dots appeared in the head of the pony-shaped ice thing, in the place the eyes would be, and a green one inside the chest. That thing must be alive.

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Kasmeer looked at a sky as the rain started 'Is this just another trap by thet thing.If we kill it, will this rain stop?' she tought. But at thet moment couple of ice shaped ponys appered in front of the group. She looked at them and then down at her hooves. She was looking to see if this creatures were her doing, they were not.

"How do you fight Ice with ice." Marjory said as she got close to Kasmeer face. "You are not good at this battle, odds are not witb us..." She finished talking with low voice, almost like she was whispering.

"C-can we kill thos?" Kasmeer asked other's in group, because she did not want to make thet mean ponys angry at her again.

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Enzo leaped in front of Iniblia, flourishing an already flaming Khris. The dirt kicked up as he landed. He tried tapping into the storm's magic. To his surprise, he was unable to suck the power out of it.

 

'What are these things? Never seen them before'

 

'I don't know, but that storm's not natural' Enzo replied, gritting his teeth. 'Windigos? Maybe?'

 

Enzo tested his magic, experimentally forming sparks between his antlers as he stood between Iniblia and the monster. "Got enough power for disruption spells, at least"

 

"Let's see if it speaks."

 

Still holding Khris defensively in front of his, a spell already weaving around his antlers, he asked the figure. "Woah woah, what's the big deal??"

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Cuddle stood back, realizing her team's strength, and just waited for the answer from the beast. She started feeling the cold, and wished she had brought her portable furnace... Oh wait, she sold that... Beaver dam it! But I did get 1000 bits... she consoled herself, seemingly forgetting about the ice creature. So, I am still a good salespony! 

 

With that thought, she returned her attention to the new threat. Unaware what exactly it was, hearing Windigo, that sounds familiar and about right... She felt she could take it, but decided she needs to know her new friends abilities first. "Oh no... It looks scary, whatever it is!" She said, in a shivering voice. She wasn't that cold though.

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"...What? Am I alive again? I feel... Warmth... Around me."

 

The cold figure did not move a centimeter or emitted anything more intense than silence. His stare was trying to leak through Enzo's, while the condensing air was starting to surround the pony group. Several ice chunks of ice continued to fall around them, however about half a mile away.

 

Its eyes turned then to the other ponies.

 

"Why again? Why can't I get used to this life? They does not seem to be evil... No, this can't end like this."

 

However, he was still. But the ground was trembling with a higher magnitude than before. Several ice figures were charging a powerful group tackle, coming from the foggy curtain in the terrain. The grass was now a mixture of green and white. The noises were making almost impossible for our captain to recover with efficiency, so she had to open her eyes and hope for the best.

 

"Shut... the BUCK UP!"

 

She jumped with extreme speed, murder in her eyes, both blades ready, and her pissed off instinct forcing her to hurt the one who did anything to her. While midair, a big "AHHHHHHH" went out fearless, and in a second, she stabbed the ice. Like two pickaxes, she continued to carve a hole in the thing, and then, suddenly, she got frostbitten in the attacking, open-mouth pose.

Some cracking sounds took place, and the creature finally was able to move. It moved his head to her side, stared it for a couple of seconds, and then said, in a dry, ancient voice: "We didn't got time for talking, but if you give value for your existances, follow me. And for the courageous little one," It said, as it magically melted her back, "You almost got me. Let's go."

 

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The ice figure stopped for a couple of seconds. Iniblia looked at it, asking herself furiously how could it literally stop her attacks in a fraction of a second. It looked around, without any noise, and turned around slowly.

 

"Let's go this way."

 

"But what is going on anyway?" She asked it, confused.

 

Another ice figure smashed the ground, this time with the shape of a thin, tall pony, and moving quickly. Sharp crystals of ice were in the place of its hooves, and its eyes were of a deep blue. He jumped into the group, but the big ice figure blocked his path. She gave a look to the sky, and the conclusion wasn't new: The haze did not stop yet.

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Enzo backed up near Iniblia, unsure if he should attack. The ice pony had spared Iniblia, even though she struck first without any sort of explanation. He cautiously followed the Ice pony. 

 

"Who the hell are you guys, anyway?" 

 

As the other ice figure smashed the ground, Enzo shielded his face against the random shards of ice that were scattered upon arrival.

 

'Is this one hostile?'

 

He didn't know

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"So..." A short, fat ice pony ran towards the group, thinking only of it's main pleasure; others displeasure. It thought, Who wants to play first!

 

The ice pony ran, not very fast, but started having spikes of ice form all over it's body, ready to release all of them. "Who's ready for some hide and go seek, I am! As soon as I get there...The other ice ponies paid no heed to this figure, they had their own intentions.

 

Seemingly enough, this ice pony wasn't a very sane one. Although it seemed like a tank, it preferred to be light and agile, so it could stab quick. But, it decided to be a tank for now... Maybe, if the group survives it's first assault, it'll give them a real fight.

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'Whay is no one answering to my?' Marjory thinked as she moved one step back. ' Should I break them?' She whanted to say it, but she did not want to, if she said the same question again, thet mean pony would probably yelled at her for asking the same question again. "S-Should we do something?" Marjory said with week and scared voice, she was not scared of thos ice things she was scared thet Iniblia is going to yell anny moment now.

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Iniblia was starting to feel a bit irritated about some voices around.

She turned her head back for a moment, and looked at Kasmeer, with her normal serious eyes, and nodded to the actual scene, as if she were saying "Why don't you help the team?"

 

And then turned back to the situation. She could feel the confusion, and something cold under her skin. The only thing she was afraid of, that was the sense of control, took her out. She was at depending on something she didn't even know what it actually was, and her group, which didn't have a minimum of cohesion with each other.

 

She looked at all the incoming danger. "What can I do? This was far from being what I expected..."

 

"Look at yourself, little pony. Do what you've always done in these situations. Did you forget who you are?"

"No, I didn't."

 

"I just... Lost my... Fury. Like if I was cooling down. I need... Whatever I had before."

 

"You are one of us!"

 

She was staring now at the thin ice sharp Chunk that slammed nearby. It was staring at our big Chunk who was just "chilling" around [sorry for the jokz], with an angry face. "Come on, let's do this again? What's the matter?" It said, speaking with a thick and persuasive voice. Iniblia could be paying more attention if the unknown cold force weren't slowing her mind down. She just went back to 100% when the big Chunk said a memorable "~No."

 

With that said, the Chunk moved his leg backward, and punched the thin Chunk. "One can't betray the system! I will make sure your soul will be trapped for centuries again!" And punched back as well. With that fight scene, the blood temperature of our heroin increasing. She knew that was pure ice, and there was no much lust in just hitting inanimate things with blades for her, but it was not a question of fun or desire now. Iniblia was in a place she didn't know and with ponies she had never seen before. "What am I doing with my life..." She said, jumping on Enzo and reaching for her saddle sheath, grabbing a blade ready to fight, while midair.

 

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When she reached the ground, one of her knives was buried deep in the thin Chunk head. She was giving her back to it, expecting the Chunk to be one-hit-killed. However, she heard words that changed her soul:

"You can't kill what's already dead."

Hearing a mere noise, Iniblia suddenly dodged what was supposed to be a flying ice shard. A shard that came from a very far place. The aerodynamics of the ice shard were close to theoretical perfection, and its sharpness as well. This literal water blade did not melt a single drop or broke the smallest piece when it fell on the ground. "Where... Did this come from?" Guessing the direction from where the shard came from, she saw a giant Chunk full of spikes.

 

"So... Who wants to play first!"

 

She smiled. The low pressure of the air made possible for the sound to travel longer distances without losing too much energy per area. She didn't need to scream to taunt it back, smiling. "Now you're talking my language."

 

As she was about to run, the big Chunk stopped her. "Take care, little pony. You are a skilled one." As she coldly replied, "You just gave the reason to not care about me at all." And then she turned to her teammates: "Let's leave these two things alone, and beat the one who's really wanting a fight. But of course," She looked to Enzo, "It's just a test of skill."

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"So, the pulsing ponies are not afraid of me? Too bad for them." The ice pony whispered, loud enough to be heard, ​"Fear is a great ally for those who require it's presence. I am not alive, therefore making me not a great candidate. Plus, you're all too weak to beat me in a fight." It talked louder, "Prove me wrong now!"

 

Cuddle walked in front of the group, pointed a hoof towards the ice pony, "I accept the challenge. I'm getting bored of watching anyways." Looks to group, "Ya'll stay back for now... I don't want to permanently damage anypony. Mentally, you can picture how amazing I am, once I show this thing it's creator..."

 

"You're going to show me water?" It laughed.

 

Cuddle smiled, "No. The creator of the water." She stomped a hoof (with the horse earlier mentioned on) on the group, shaking the ground, making a crater a hoof deep (replacing foot :P). "Let's party..."

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Enzo's eyes widened in fear. His entire body was quivering as he stumbled to back out. His pupils dilated, knees weak, arms spaghetti.

 

'IS SHE SERIOUSLY CALLING AUNT AQUARIUS. WHY SHOULD SHE DO THAT?'

 

'(K) I don't see the problem here. Ponies summon magical being to fight for them all the time. I don't see what's different about your... Aunt'

 

'EVERY TIME SHE VISITS SHE COOKS TONS OF FOOD FOR ME'

 

'(K) that sounds nice'

 

'SHE ONLY KNOWS HOW TO BOIL STUFF'

 

'(K) That monster. Let's finish this fight before she arrives.'

 

Khris lit ablaze, Enzo charged forward with newfound determination.

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       A swiftly moving gray dot could be seen from above. However, as she was getting near, a couple of cold entities could be felt by her sixth sense. Iniblia turned back to see three big shards flying towards her. The air was getting notably cold, and her brain's response was several chemical reactions that accelerated her heartbeats. She ran to the left to only realize the ice shards were actually seeking heat from their target. The only thing left to do was running.

       "Flesh cannot run forever", she heard from one of the falling Chunks, as the clouds seemed to be focusing on her. Several dodges in a row, she got struck by more ice, while energy seemed to be sucked from the earth. "What is this?", she thought, almost getting dangerously distracted by it. "Running again, sweetie? What a shame." The Chunks continued to taunt.

 

"Why do they want to fight back?"

 

She remembered the time she got frostbitten by the Big Chunk. Contact, it was the word. It actually was the perfect idea. “How many daggers am I holding?” She asked them. They laughed, saying: ”Certainly not enough”. However, in a blink of an eye, a hoof could be seen moving in a swiftly speed and a sound of a breaking crystal could be heard.

 

One of her daggers went through one of the Chunks.

 

As they tried to locate her, she fooled them. She dug through the ice bodies, shutting down one at a time. However, the more she was attacking, the deeper the cold energies were penetrating through her soul. “Let’s… embrace this”, she said, as she stopped feeling her hooves, and the chemicals’ reaction was slowing. She needed to escape again, but she didn’t seem to be actually ending this nightmare.

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Cuddle Crescent reared, getting ready to pounce. She huffed, wanting to smack Enzo, "Shut up Enzo. You talk too much... I meant I was going to destroy him... or her? Doesn't matter." When Cuddle wants to fight, you might wanna take a step back...

 

"So... You gonna attack." Says at first, then starts to release a halo of spikes towards Cuddle. Laughing, "Bye, bye little pony!" (Title reference :3 Done on purpose). The spikes spiraled towards her, hitting her! The ground shook upon the impact of hundreds of pounds of ice hitting, mist sprayed, crunching was heard, and the ice pony's laughter was heard through it all. "Now... Who's next?"

 

...

 

Suddenly, a wave of raw magic erupts from the ice pile, shards fly every which way, one chunk the size of a horse landed right beside Enzo. The ice pony was a little surprised to see a tall pony figure, silhouetted in the fog from where the pile once lay. The glow around her hooves could be seen, and one stomp to the ground, cleared the mist away, revealing a smirking Cuddle. "That all ya got?" She taunted, "I'm not impressed... Dragons put up better fights." She started to gallop towards the bulky ice pony, she jumped, raised a hoof, raw magic building as it's velocity increased; sucking in all the surrounding magic around the horseshoes. The hoof glowed like crazy, and the sound like a charging laser increased in volume.

 

The ice pony gaped as the big blue light raced towards his face, "Didn't see this coming... Fu..." The hoof struck, making a thundering boom, echoing throughout the battle grounds. A crater underneath is formed, and Cuddle hurtled back. The force had such a large recoil, that she flew far the other way...

 

Well... She thought, as she flew towards the nearest obstacle, that wasn't too bad. No. I could have done better...

 

The ice pony growled, now in it's skinny form. It was pissed.

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Enzo charged towards a chunk that stood away from the group, barely dodging the debris that landed beside him. Unlike the others, this one was mostly smoothly built, and less... chunky, for a lack of a better word.

 

It looks different. Let's hope it's special.

As he did, a wave of icicles hovered around the chunk. The ice thrust his hoof forwards. One by one, they were hurled towards Enzo.

 

He sidestepped the first one easily enough. 3 successive shots were shattered by Khris as he sliced the projectiles midair before he had to slow his pace to slide under a larger one.

 

The ice pony's expression seemed to harden, as it stomped a hoof. Sensing the ground shifting underneath him, Enzo jumped in the air and towards the right, narrowly avoiding a bed of sharp icicles that had punched up. The pony stomped his hoof again, and again, and again. Enzo beginning to tire from dodging each attack. He was forced backwards.

 

That spell becomes easier to cast the closer the opponent

 

Then let's strike from afar. His hoof movements indicate his attacks

 

Enzo sidestepped yet another attack, albeit narrowly. He peered at the ice pony, which seemed to... swipe it's hoof downwards.

 

Above!

 

A hail of icicles rained from the heavens Enzo yelping at spinning Khris above him, negating most of the icicles, but some manage to slip through, grazing Enzo's coat.

 

He kept his eyes on his target, whom seemed to be about to move it's hoof

 

Nope

 

Enzo cast a mana disruption spell on the chunk. It seemed to jump abit, spazzing out and shaking it's head. As it struggled to regain it's sense of... everything, Enzo simply ran up to it, and sliced it's head off, stabbing Khris into it's body for a good measure.

 

He turned to look at the rest of the battle.

 

"Anypony else need help?" he asked, looking for Iniblia..

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She stared at him with fury. "I DON'T NEED ANY HELP!"

"So if you don't need help, why are you escaping?", said one of the Chunks, with some notable sarcasm.

"Damn, I think... No, Iniblia, you're fine", she said to herself, as she tried to gather more strength. However, the cold started to get in critical levels. The air was sterile. Like arrows, hundreds of shards took flight from the ice creatures. 

 

"Only option: Running", she thought.

 

Unseen by the busy ponies, a strange being flapped its wings between the clouds, whose density almost covered the sun. From the ground, a mere black dot. In a closer distance, you could see two shining light-blue lines and two eyes on a pitch-black pony-like creature, with two horns.

"[incompreensible words]... Found."

 

 

Iniblia turned back, running towards the group. She shook her head as her mind started to get tired. She looked back, and the shards were about to fall upon her. Her mind suddenly tilted, calling her to a rest she would never come back. She luckily managed to avoid it when a shard, a big one, pierced the snow layer in front of her. She walked to the left to almost get hit by another one, and the more she avoided, the more the shards seemed to be forming a kind of a circle wall. A prison. Few moments later and she realized she was imprisoned. She looked up, and some kind of dark flying being was coming in her direction.

 

"I didn't realized I was... Done.", she said as her throat almost got frozen solid. Iniblia closed her eyes, smiling at the coming end.

 

 

 

And then a massive strike broke one of the shards.

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Cuddle as she breezed through the air, then finally struck something hard... Seemed to be quite large. She bounced off it, with a slight pain in her side, and a loud CRACK is heard. A low moan erupts from above her, as she lands on the ground, awkwardly. She looks up to see a large figure of another ice pony. It seemed pretty slow, as it raised a massive hoof (the size of her alone), but when it brought it down, it came down in a flash. Luckily Cuddle was able to dodge most of it's attack, but the small earthquake as it hit, unbalanced her a bit (and the pain from her side didn't help either). She didn't fall, I can't, she thought quickly, running away, with a small limp as she formulated a plan, I got to find a place to think... Or a place high enough to jump from... As these thoughts occurred, she continued the run, as the massive ice pony continued to slug hoof, after crushing hoof, towards Cuddle, trotting behind her. Oh crap, this thing is big!

 

"Where's that little pony?"

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Enzo huffed, pulling Iniblia out of the ice shards. "You were saying something?" He asked, a shit eating grin plastered over his face.

 

Taking a moment to regain his breath and his magic, he turned around to see the giant ice chunk chasing Cuddle around. "Hey, you should help her. Take your time, no rush. I don't think she's going to get caught anytime soon."

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