And across it, the culprit was laughing maniacally, The Storm King and Grubber! This namby pamby pony princess? I can help out too! Spike fired a huge green fire ball at the Storm King, and surely he and grubber went running! Spike then tore the broken staircase away to free the EUP! Shining Armor and the rest of the guard were shocked by how powerful Spike was!
The Return of Queen Chrysalis: Issue 1 released November 28,  Issue 2 released January 2, Issue 3 released February 6, Issue 4 released March 6, The Changeling Queen Chrysalis plans to exact revenge on Twilight Sparkle for her defeat by absorbing her magic. Twilight and her friends discover that changelings have captured and replaced the citizens of Ponyville, and are able to rescue all of them except the Cutie Mark Crusaders, whom Chrysalis has imprisoned in her kingdom. Chrysalis challenges the six friends to save the fillies in three days time.
Unable to contact Princess Celestia, Twilight worries that the deadline coincides with the passing of the Secretariat Comet, which will amplify her magic. En route, Chrysalis uses her changelings to cause rifts between the six and separate them. The six overlook the fight and reach Chrysalis, who traps Twilight's friends with the fillies.
Chrysalis decides to make Twilight her pupil instead of absorbing her magic, threatening to kill her friends if she does not accept. Twilight opts to save her friends and, empowered as the comet flies overhead, defeats Chrysalis and her minions with a powerful burst of magic, and traps them in her castle. Twilight and the freed ponies are rejoined outside by Princess Celestia and Spike, who have been battling a horde of giant cockatrices in Canterlot. Robbie Robbins lettering, 1—2 Neil Uyetake lettering, 3—4. Bobby Curnow editor.
Nightmare Rarity: Issue 5 released March 27, Issue 6 released April 24, Issue 7 released May 15, Issue 8 released June 12, Twilight Sparkle and her friends have been suffering from nightmares for a week, and decide to hold a slumber party together to figure out what is going on.
During the night, Rarity is abducted by a dark miasma. The others learn from Princess Luna that Rarity has been taken by the same forces that transformed her into the evil Nightmare Moon to serve as their queen. Accompanied by Luna and Spike, the five friends venture into the forces' domain to rescue Rarity. When they arrive, they find that Rarity has been transformed into the nightmare forces' new queen, Nightmare Rarity, after being convinced that her friends care little for her. The friends are overwhelmed by the nightmare forces and locked up. Twilight urges Luna to return to Ponyville to prepare the citizens there.
Spike manages to elude Nightmare Rarity as she departs for Ponyville with her forces, and rescues the others. Luna and the other citizens of Ponyville defend themselves against Nightmare Rarity, giving enough time for Twilight, Spike, and the others to arrive. Using the power of their friendship, the friends revert the corrupted nightmare creatures into docile moon creatures. They turn this and their thoughts of Rarity to Nightmare Rarity, and finally dispel the evil spirit. Luna and the moon creatures thank the ponies for their help before leaving, while Rarity is thankful for her friends' support.
Neil Uyetake lettering. Zen and the Art of Gazebo Repair: July 18, Issue 10 released August 28, Issue 11 released September 25, Issue 12 released October 30, Big McIntosh embarks to the hardware store for nails to repair the farm's gazebo. He is waylaid by several of Ponyville's citizens as he goes through the Summer Wrap-Up fair, only to find that the hardware store is in ruins from the antics of the Cutie Mark Crusaders trying to build their own fireworks launcher.
Big Mac returns to the fair to locate the hardware store owner, Lugnut, continuing to be waylaid by the other activities of the fair. Although Big Mac is flustered at having wasted the day, Zecora reminds him to think of the happy memories he had from the events.
Big Mac eventually finds the store owner, who reports that Apple Bloom had taken all the nails on the farm for their launcher, and gives him the nails he needs as well as a promise for delivery of lumber the next day. Big Mac returns to the farm to find the gazebo in ruins from another errant launch from the Crusaders' launcher. However, in the concluding photos, the gazebo is repaired by Big Mac with the help of Lugnut and the Crusaders. October 21, . Friendship Ahoy!: Issue 13 released November 20, Issue 14 released December 18, Issue 15 released January 15, Issue 16 released February 5, The six ponies go to the beach for a vacation, where Fluttershy reluctantly prepares to return a rescued fish named Gil to the ocean.
A pirate ship soon washes ashore, its captain Hoofbeard disembarking in search of a crew to help him find a certain treasure. The ponies accept, with Fluttershy hoping to find Gil again after losing him in the waves, eventually reuniting with him. Over the course of the voyage, the ponies learn that Hoofbeard was mutinied upon by his original crew after becoming obsessed in his search for the "treasure", and grow increasingly suspicious of his intentions.
Once he leads them to a windless portion of the seas, the ponies mutiny in an effort to return home. They are attacked en route by a pod of mermares, one of whom Fluttershy realizes is Hoofbeard's "treasure" named Jewel, while the others are trying to keep the two apart. Fluttershy convinces Hoofbeard and the mermares to make amends by returning Gil to the sea. Twilight casts a spell on Hoofbeard, giving him gills and fins to be with his beloved, and the mermares help the ponies return home.
Issue 17 released March 19, Issue 18 released April 30, Issue 19 released May 28, Issue 20 released June 25, Twilight and her friends investigate Princess Celestia's week-long disappearance beyond a magic mirror created by Star Swirl the Bearded. The ponies learn through Star Swirl's notes that he and Celestia traveled to many different universes through the mirror until Celestia began recklessly using it to visit one particular world.
Celestia returns from the mirror and explains that she has been visiting an alternate Equestria ruled by a benevolent King Sombra, whom she is in love with. She sends the Element bearers to this world to help Sombra defeat her and Luna's evil counterparts. When they fight the evil princesses, however, the six discover that Celestia's overuse of the portal causes any harm they inflict to the evil princesses to affect the good princesses as well.
Eventually, their confrontation causes both worlds to begin merging entirely, bringing the good princesses to battle their counterparts. Celestia requests the others to seal herself and the evil Celestia by combining the Elements of Harmony with Sombra's crystal magic. Instead, Sombra sacrificially uses the Elements to absorb the evil of his world's princesses, restoring balance to both worlds.
Everyone returns to their original worlds and the mirror is destroyed, with a single piece kept by Celestia in memory of Sombra. January 20, . Manehattan Mysteries: Issue 21 released July 16, Issue 22 released August 13, Issue 23 released September 3, Discord in Time: Issue 24 released October 8, The magician makes the prized Ostlerheimer Diamond disappear as part of her act, but when she fails to reproduce the diamond, the police accuse her of theft.
Applejack and her friends become entangled in the crime when the diamond reappears in Applejack's hat, and they go on the run with Trixie, who explains her magic act had been a trap to lure out a diamond thief named Rough Diamond. The ponies set out to clear their names by catching the real thief at an art museum. They discover a clue to Rough Diamond's identity and her next target and sneak into the museum to trap her, only to find themselves caught by the police.
Babs, who has taken a liking to Trixie due to similarly troubled pasts, realizes one of the officers is acting strangely. The group provides enough of a distraction to reveal the officer as Rough Diamond in disguise, having used her position in the police to frame Trixie for the theft. Trixie thanks Babs for her help, and she returns to the stage to finish off her performances. October 1, . The Good, the Bad and the Ponies: Issue 25 released November 19, Issue 26 released December 24, Issue 27 released January 28, Issue 28 released March 18, They meet up with Sheriff Tumbleweed, who says that the town is being ravaged by Cattle Rustlers who really want to gain control of the Peppers' ranch, and do this by intimidating the townsponies and make them give them their food; as such, ponies like Chili Pepper and others have already left town, figuring there's no hope.
They come up with a plan with the help of the other townsfolk, but before they can set it in motion, the Cattle Rustlers create a cow stampede that damages more of the town, and even more of the ponies flee, Sheriff Tumbleweed gives up hope and leaves his badge behind, which AJ takes up and promises to end the Cattle Rustler threat for good. The next day, after learning of AJ's persistence, Longhorn files official paperwork that as the owners of the ranch have abandoned it, the Cattle Rustlers are due to become rightful owners as long as they remain camped on the property for 7 days.
Twilight deems the paper all legitimate and within Equestrian law, but AJ comes up with a plan to dupe the Cattle Rustlers, While Twilight and Fluttershy pose as town officials, noting small mistakes in the signing of the document, forcing Longhorn to leave camp to fix it, the others, along with help of some of the braver townsponies inspired by the Mane 6, distract the other, more dimwitted Rustlers long enough to move their entire camp piece by piece so that it's outside the ranch's property. On the last day, Longhorn and the other Rustlers find the Mane 6 rebuilding the barn, and believing they are still on the ranch property, proceed to destroy it.
However, AJ points out that where they are is no longer on the ranch, and thanks to a few favors Twilight was able to pull with the Princesses, had gotten the barn marked as a historical landmark. Since the Rustlers now have committed a crime within Equestrian law, Twilight willingly steps in with her magic to reconstruct the barn as the town's new jail for the Rustlers. With the threat ended, AJ returns the sheriff's badge to Tumbleweed, who has been re-invigorated by the Mane 6. The Mane 6 ride off into the sunset. October 20, . Issue 29 released March 25, Ponyville Days: Issue 30 released May 20, Issue 31 released June 10, Issue 32 released July 22, Issue 33 released August 19, Cheerilee and the Mane Six visit Manehattan to watch Cheerilee's twin sister, Cherry Blossom, compete in a wrestling tournament.
The two have not seen each other for years, and Cheerilee is nervous about seeing Cherry again. At a welcoming tea party organized by Rarity, the sisters get into an argument and Cheerilee storms out; Cherry follows, but trips and injures her leg severely enough to leave her unable to wrestle in the championship match against her rival, Iron Hock. However, since Cherry wears a mask in the ring, she realizes that Cheerilee could take her place for the match. Cherry and fellow wrestler Cloverleaf train Cheerilee, and Rarity boosts Cheerilee's confidence by pointing out that both sisters strive to cheer up children in their own ways.
Cheerilee defeats Iron Hock to win the championship, then wins a surprise tag team match with a masked Rarity as her partner. Cheerilee and Cherry reconcile, and Cloverleaf reveals herself as Iron Hock, having played a role in the plan to bring the two back together. Siege of the Crystal Empire: Issue 34 released September 16, Issue 35 released October 21, Issue 36 released November 18, Issue 37 released December 16, A cloaked pony starts showing up in Equestria, convincing the Flim-Flam Brothers, Iron Will, Lightning Dust, Queen Chrysalis, and the Changelings to stand by her in exchange for things they want the most.
Meanwhile, the Mane 6 have been assigned to help in the preparation for the next Crystal Faire. One by one, the villains sneak in and distract them; Lightning Dust gets Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy to chase after her while the Flim-Flam Brothers and Changeling army distract Applejack and Twilight once again faces Chrysalis.
Iron Will tries to make off with the heart, but he gets shot by a party cannon courtesy of Pinkie Pie and Rarity and crashes into Chrysalis, defeating her as Applejack manages to tie up the Flim-Flam Brothers. Rainbow and Fluttershy manage to catch Lightning Dust and all the villains are imprisoned.
When Shining Armor investigates Iron Will's bag, he finds it to be empty and Chrysalis admits to the whole scuffle being a diversion. Meanwhile, the cloaked figure makes her way down to King Sombra's study, where she is revealed to be Radiant Hope, Sombra's best friend from their childhood. Discovering Sombra's horn on the ground and that his essence still lives within it, she casts a spell that restores him to his original form.
Radiant Hope's history is then more fully detailed, including how she left Canterlot after the Crystal Empire's disappearance and entered into an alliance with Sombra's people, the Umbrum or shadow ponies. With the Crystal Heart in Hope's possession, Sombra launches an attack to retake the empire, freeing the villains to aid him.
Princesses Celestia and Luna then arrive in response to Cadance's summons and engage Sombra and Chrysalis, but Hope acts to prevent them from harming Sombra, allowing him to turn them into stone. Upon discovering that Sombra intends to release the umbrum hidden away centuries before, Chrysalis flees with her Changelings after Sombra retreats to his study, while Lightning Dust, Iron Will, and the Flim-Flam Brothers begin to realize that they may have been in over their heads.
Before leaving, Chrysalis inadvertently frees Twilight, whose magical abilities are restored by the inert magic of friendship from Shining Armor, Spike, and the rest of the Mane 6. Meanwhile, Cadance confronts Hope and she takes her to the umbrum's home, where Cadence's love magic reveals them to be the monsters they really are; the umbrum having deceived Hope into serving them.
Cadence and Hope manage to escape and end up in Sombra's study, where the Mane 6, Spike, and Shining Armor arrive to confront him. Hope, still believing there to be good inside of Sombra, takes a magic blast from Twilight to save Sombra and is knocked out. Enraged, Sombra opens a secret door in the study and unleashes the umbrum at long last. With the umbrum, Sombra finally retakes the Empire, capturing Twilight, Cadance, and Shining Armor while the rest of the heroes escape.
After Shining Armor is turned to stone, Sombra visits a recovering Hope, who resents him for his decisions. As Twilight and Cadance are about to be turned to stone in the dais where the Crystal Heart once stood, the rest of the Mane 6 return with reinforcements which include Derpy, Discord, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Realizing that Hope will never be happy with him so long as he remains with the umbrum, Sombra reactivates the Crystal Heart hidden in Hope's saddlebag since the beginning of the story and uses it to banish the umbrum back to their homeland.
Without the presence of their dark magic, Celestia, Luna, and Shining are freed from their stone imprisonment. As Sombra is about to be killed by the Crystal Heart's energies, the princesses turn him into a unicorn so he can be with Hope. Sombra apologizes for everything he's done and he and Hope leave to find the pieces of Princess Amore, the former ruler of the Crystal Empire, who was turned into a crystal statue back when Sombra originally became ruler of the Crystal Empire, hoping to restore her so Sombra can make amends with her.
June 21, . Issue 40 released March 16, Issue 42 released May 11, Cherilee, along with Applejack and Rarity, lead the students on a wilderness hike. The conflict between the Crusaders and Diamond Tiara prove no luck to find their way back, and then they are further chased off the main path when a bear finds them. After the group takes shelter and waits for the bear to leave, they try to figure out how to get back.
Unfortunately, Sweetie Belle, Snips, and Snails' magic is too weak to send off a signal flare, and Scootaloo is unable to fly high enough to get a lay of the land. When Silver Spoon decides to go with the others, Diamond Tiara eventually relents and races to catch up with the others. She trips and falls over a cliff-face, hanging for her life off a tree branch.
The others all try to rescue her, and Apple Bloom ends up falling over the edge as well, handing onto Diamond Tiara. After pulling them back up, the group takes shelter in a cave for the night where the CMC start to find some understanding with the others. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon claim that because they come from the richest families in Ponyville, they have to keep up their appearances, while Snips and Snails complain that they aren't as stupid as everyone thinks they are.
The next morning, Apple Bloom and Diamond Tiara see a rare and legendary bird fly past them and moments later, Twilight, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Bulk Biceps, and the Wonderbolts arrive and rescue the full group, bringing them back to Ponyville where they are welcomed with open arms.
Issue 46 released September 28, Issue 47 released October 19, After saving a country from Ursas, the Mane 6 discover a series of springs that has erupted from the ground and decide to reward themselves by spending time in the water. The next day, Twilight suddenly begins draining the IQ of the Ponyville citizens to make herself stronger and smarter. The following day, Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders discover that all of the Mane 6 are acting strangely; Applejack is acting like a mean-spirited business magnate, Twilight declares herself empress of Ponyville, Rainbow Dash keeps flying around creating Sonic Rainbooms, and Rarity plans to usurp Twilight as ruler of Ponyville.
The group reasons that the water in the springs turned them into darker versions of themselves. Celestia gets word of what has happened and sends Luna in to help Spike and the CMC investigate the situation. She arrives in time to help them as Applejack is terrorizing them, but when Luna tries to sap the dark magic out of her, it fails and she runs off. They're chased to Zecora's hut, where they tell her what's happening and escape as Fluttershy and her animals close in on them.
Luna finds Rarity and a fight ensues that spills into the theater where Pinkie Pie, dressed as a clown, is holding several citizens hostage. Rarity leaves to depose Twilight as "Empress of Ponyville" as Pinkie wrecks the theater with her party cannon now using actual ammunition and Zecora and the CMC arrive. Learning that Spike was also exposed to the water, but is strangely unaffected, Zecora decides to examine him while Pinkie collects water from the springs and starts throwing it in balloons at the Ponyville citizens, turning them evil as well.
Unfortunately, one of the balloons hits Luna, transforming her back into Nightmare Moon. Using the antidote, Rainbow creates a storm that turns the townspeople, Fluttershy, and her animals affected by the evil water back to normal, including Luna. She tricks Rarity into drinking the water, but Twilight, having absorbed all the intelligence in Ponyville, sees through the deception and reveals Luna has already been cured by the storm and she predicted the whole situation. So Pinkie Pie uses the element of surprise on Twilight and manages to cure her with the antidote.
Twilight returns all the IQ she stole from Ponyville's citizens and the Mane 6 set to work repairing the damage they caused. Visiting the springs, Zecora determines that years of exposure to Equestrian magic have tainted it, so she casts a spell that turns it to normal. Luna then takes her leave, commenting that had the Mane 6 been united after being tainted by the water, they would have been purely unstoppable.
Collection of Issues 43 through 45 of the "Ponies of Darkwater" Arc in an oversized treasury. Issue 48 released November 9, Issue 49 released December 21, Issue 50 released February 1, The Mane 6 and Starlight Glimmer go stargazing on the night of a rare astrological event called the Cosmic Convergence Conjunction. At first, Discord appears and tries to tag along and make himself the center of attention, but leaves after Applejack tells him off. After the Conjunction begins, Starlight notices a weird glow and the group finds that Discord has transformed into an unusual-looking egg.
The egg is taken back to the castle where it hatches while Twilight examines it. Discord emerges wearing a fancy suit and a monocle and bearing combed hair and a moustache. He explains that he was affected by the Conjunction and now is a being of pure order; Twilight promptly dubs him "Accord" after he disowns his original name. The Mane 6 with the exception of Fluttershy immediately take to Accord, deciding to put him to good use helping Ponyville. Asked by Mayor Mare to finish the construction of a hotel that two architects are fighting over, Accord uses his magic to make them agree, which disturbs Starlight as the action reminds her of her past villainy.
The next day, the Mane 6, Spike, Accord, and Starlight are invited to a dinner with Celestia and Luna, during which Starlight calls out Accord's actions from the previous day, telling him that he can't force others to agree. Accord disagrees, telling them that while he cannot make every pony the same, he can use his magic to make them think the same way. He then uses his magic to brainwash all the Canterlot Castle servants and declares his intent on turning Equestria into a land of pure order. While Starlight, Celestia, and the rest of the Mane 6 set about evacuating Canterlot as Accord's magic begins to affect the city's citizens, Twilight and Luna enter Accord's mind to find it nothing like Discord's; it is devoid of color and organized like a stereotypical office.
Twilight discovers the true Discord in a snow globe and learns that Discord becoming Accord had nothing to do with the Conjunction; he transformed himself into Accord voluntarily, feeling that the Mane 6 didn't appreciate his chaotic nature. All three of them are then overrun by the Accord clones running amok inside Accord's mind. Starlight's group soon finds that Accord doesn't just aim to turn all of Equestria into a land of pure order by brainwashing other ponies, but rather he's turning them into him. As the group heads to the train station to evacuate the citizens unaffected by Accord's magic, Luna and Twilight arrive, both under Accord's control.
While on the train, Starlight tries to lift Celestia's spirits by reminding her about the "Reflections" incident and the recent "Dark Water" incident. Returning to Ponyville, they find that it has yet to be taken over and Celestia orders Spike to retrieve the Elements of Harmony from the Tree of Harmony. Accord soon arrives after learning teleportation magic.
When hoping that she can still bond with the element of magic, Celestia puts it on, but since the Elements of Harmony make order when there's none, and Accord is a creature of pure order, he spreads his magic to the Mane Six and Celestia. With Starlight being the only pony left uncontrolled, she tries to convince Accord by playing a game that of if there is a good reason that Accord has controlled them, that Starlight joins him by choice. But Starlight convinces him that he has no friends and that friendship isn't order, so Accord agrees to become Discord again, and they all celebrate the 50th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
The story is followed by a ten-page short story about Discord giving Celestia a day as a normal pony by turning her into a pegasus. March 13, . Issue 54 released May 24, Wings Over Yakyakistan: Issue 55 released June 21, Issue 56 released July 12, Issue 58 released September 13, Taking place at the same time as the season 7 episode Fluttershy Leans In , Fluttershy has Angel Bunny look after some animals while she and her friends take part in building the animal sanctuary. Unable to keep them under control at first, Angel recruits the rest of the Mane 6's pets and the CMC to help him.
At first, they all try to control the animals as one group, but the effort proves unsuccessful. Angel eventually gets the idea to have everyone split up into groups, which has much more success. When she returns from building the sanctuary, Fluttershy congratulates Angel on a job well done, only for Angel to discover that he will have to put up with the animals for a few more days.
Pie in the Sky: Issue 60 released November 8, Convocation of the Creatures! Issue 63 released February 21, Following the events of the episode "Secrets and Pies," Pinkie Pie comes to believe that Rainbow Dash's dislike of pie stems from the fact that she has yet to find one that she actually likes.
Pinkie bakes hundreds of pies and makes Rainbow Dash sample one after the other, trying to find a recipe she likes, but Rainbow Dash eventually gets fed up and storms off. After talking with Twilight Sparkle, she decides to turn the tables by making Pinkie do things that are boring to her: Pinkie eventually realizes that just because two ponies might like different things, neither should try to force their own preferences on the other. She gives away all the spare pies and offers a chocolate cake to Rainbow Dash, who happily accepts it as an apology. Issue 65 released April 18, Applewood Follies: Issue 66 released May 16, Issue 67 released July 4, Issue 68 released July 25, Joining Fluttershy on a trip to Manehattan where her friend is attending an animal shelter seminar, Rarity discovers with horror that fashions have cycled back through to what was popular in her early designer days, something she finds repulsive.
As Rarity despairs over feeling forced to follow the trend she hates, Fluttershy finds her own difficulties at the seminar when she learns about aspects of running a shelter she was ignorant of. The two eventually meet up with Rarity's friend Coco Pommel, and as the two from Ponyville share their concerns Rarity is inspired. With help from her friends, she recreates her old designs using the experience she has now accumulated, with Fluttershy serving as a model.
Rarity then returns the favor by encouraging Fluttershy to share her own new ideas with other shelter owners about supporting new projects. With that encouragement, Fluttershy proposes new programs at the seminar to encourage newcomers into the field and finds the attendees are most impressed and receptive to her ideas. Issue 69 released August 8, TBA: Issue 70 released September 5, Happy Haunts: Issue 71 released October 3, Issue 72 released November 7, TBA: Issue 73 released December 19, After experiencing disappointment that her parties can't last forever, Pinkie Pie eats the legendary Golden Apple from Sweet Apple Acres.
Infused with its magical powers, she begins granting ponies' wishes around Ponyville in hopes of making them happy, but ends up causing chaos instead. Twilight and the others attempt to convince her of the error of her ways, and eventually succeed after Pinkie starts to recognize the consequences of her powers.
After organizing an effort to put out a fire caused by her actions, Pinkie wishes for her powers to disappear, which also undoes all the wishes she made. She then throws a party to apologize to her friends for all the chaos. Summer is reluctant for help until Twilight lies about her possibly being replaced if she doesn't accept the help.
Summer's demands for shelving are strict, and orders Twilight to stay out of her office. Despite Summer's coldness, Twilight finds she and Summer share a love of books, including the solitary work of author Jade Singer, who since disappeared after its publication. One day, Twilight is caught peeking into Summer's office, and Summer orders her away until Twilight reveals that she has known Summer to be really Jade Singer for some time.
Jade admits she hid herself away at the Archives, afraid to release another book that would fail to meet the expectations from her first, but Twilight explains that as Celestia's student, she has to live with that every day but is supported by her Ponyville friends and offers the same friendship to Jade. Inspired, Jade publishes her next book with great success, and Celestia thanks Twilight for helping her old friend. Thomas Zahler story, art, lettering Ronda Pattison coloring. Two cloud gremlins bring in a thundercloud during Ponyville's Summerfell Festival, and when Rainbow Dash tries to dispel it, the gremlins are able to stop her, injuring her wings in the process.
A month later after Rainbow's wings are healed, with the cloud still over Ponyville and depressing its residents, Rainbow Dash tries other means to get rid of the gremlins, but they are able to feed off the negative emotions in town. Inspired, Rainbow pushes herself to dangerous speeds to create a Sonic Double Rainboom, cheering up the residents and breaking the gremlins' spell, allowing Rainbow to finally get rid of the cloud.
However, this severely injures her wings, and she believes she won't fly again. Applejack gets her to help with selling apple dishes made from apples infused with the magic from the Double Rainboom and tricks Rainbow into showing that she can fly again, cheering the pegasus up.
Lindsay story Tony Fleecs art. Prior to a big fashion show in Canterlot, Applejack arranges a rural spa retreat for Rarity to help her relax. The spa, run by hippies Wheat Grass and Flax Seed is more like a farm, where Rarity reluctantly helps them with manual labor to collect natural materials they use to make "spiritual enhancers" which Rarity finds to be great health and beauty products. However, as she reaches her breaking point and demands a refund, she learns that the farm is in danger of being sold to Flim and Flam to make way for a new Filthy Rich megastore.
Rarity gets the idea to help commercialize their health and beauty products to raise money to help keep the farm, premiering the new line alongside her fashion show in Canterlot with great success for both endeavours. Princess Celestia announces an art contest in Canterlot. Fluttershy, who secretly is highly adept at creating fantastic knitted works, wants to enter but fears rejection of her art from her friends and the judges, but Angel Bunny helps to convince her to go. She disguises herself at the contest. The Canterlot elite snub all of the works, including Fluttershy's.
Fluttershy tries to defend her work as something that she loves, but the elite ignore her reasoning. Rarity, who has been with the elite, recognizes Fluttershy and tells her to be proud of her work and stand up for it. When Princess Celestia herself arrives to judge the works, she loves Fluttershy's artwork and awards her the top prize; the Canterlot elite quickly agree with Celestia's assessments.
Fluttershy realizes she can share her knitting skills with her friends without worrying about being judged. But if that's not your thing, then by all means, scroll through until you get to the juicy bits. And thirdly, for those who do share my affinity for story, I'd like to give you all a nudge to pay attention to a certain part of the story, since I left quite the easter egg.
Some of you will recognize it when you see it, and I ask that you don't reveal it in a review when you do, though there's a good chance you will anyways. Lastly, I'd like to note that there is an actual Iron Pony Competition in the actual show, and that I wish to say that I was completely unware of that competition until one night while watching Netflix, and that it had nothing to do with the composition of this story. It was purely by coincidence that there was a simple change from Iron Pony to Iron Stallion, and I actually thought long and hard what to name it.
With all that being said, please, enjoy a tale of triumph, struggle, familial strength, and But seriously, enjoy the clop, and please don't be afraid to leave a review. I'd like to know what everypony's thoughts are. Throws back the silk curtain to reveal the first scene. Big Mac sat calmly in his seat as the train left the station in Ponyville and made it's way towards the capital city of Canterlot, with his younger siblings Applejack and Apple Bloom sitting on either side of him and excitely chatting away about the events to come with Twilight and her friends, and Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo.
He cracked a small, content smile as he watched them converse with their respective friends that had decided to tag along and support him, with Pinkie Pie already making plans for the red stallion's party for coming in first place. But on the inside he was quite anxious, nervous even, and as he stared out the train car window, his mind continued to return on the whole reason he and they were even going to the big city in the first place. For the better part of the past eight months, Big Mac had been training whenever he could with his younger sisters for one of the biggest competitions that was being held within the royal city; the Iron Stallion Competition.
It was, strangely, an all-stallion contest that was held anually by Princess Celestia and Princess Luna personally, challenging any and all earth ponies, pegasi, and unicorns in a test of physical endurance, strength, and speed. Nearly every stallion worth his salt lick from Ponyville to Canterlot -and even some from as far flung as Fillydelphia and Appleoosa, with Braeburn even throwing his hat in one year- had trained intensely, some longer than Big Mac had, to compete for the opportunity to earn their spot in the final competition.
But in the end only a handful had made the cut, and that included theirs truly. But Big Mac knew that the preliminaries were just the easy part of the actual contest, and he would have to compete with the other thirty stallions that made the intense cut. He knew one or two of them were professional athletes that sought a difficult challenge; they would be the ones that would give the farm stallion a run for his Bits.
The rest were either former athletes that came out of retirement just for the competition or, like Big Mac, were amateurs that made up the majority who sought personal glory and-or the prize money for first place. But Big Mac wasn't doing this for something as vain as glory or pride.
No, he was doing this for a more noble cause, for the prize for first place of this competition, other than the prestigious title of "Iron Stallion" and the gold trophy belt that comes with it, is the whopping two-thousand Bit reward, and if he somehow came out on top every Bit of it was going to go straight into renovating and fixing up Sweet Apple Acres and the support of his family.
Needless to say, the pressure to actually win the first place prize started to grow more heavy as the weeks rolled by and the competition grew ever closer, with the entire Apple family talking more and more about nothing but how helpful it would be to get their hands on the prize money, putting quite a bit of their hope onto his broad shoulders. But despite all of that, he felt confident and calm that he would pull through and take first place.
And if he couldn't, he knew it wouldn't change how his family -or anyone from Ponyville for that matter- would think about him. He was pulled out of his thoughts when he felt a tugging at the sleeve of his buttoned-up flannel shirt, and saw that it was Apple Bloom that had wanted his attention. The moment the train rolled into the Canterlot station, throngs of spectators and travelers alike poured out as they all made their way towards one destination; the large athletic stadium that would normally be held for the Equestria Games in Canterlot, but for today it was for the Iron Stallion Competition.
Big Mac and the other competitors that happened to be on the train that day were instructed beforehand to wait until all others had unboarded the train and left the station before they were to get off, so that they won't be swept away by the crowd. Big Mac's support party all gave their best wishes and good lucks to him, with Applejack and Apple Bloom giving him their final hugs and kisses, before they left, disappearing into the sea of would-be spectators. Once the station was clear, an official-looking stallion called out for all competing athletes to step out and join him. With the moment finally at hand, Big Mac took a relaxing breath before he stood and grabbed his duffle bag from the overhead storage, then left the train.
When he and the other competitors had joined the official, he directed them to a rather large and luxurious looking carriage, stating that it would take them to the section of the Stadium that would be athlete's-only. With steeled resolve, he joined the other stallions as they boarded the carriage, throwing their bags and suitcases for what reason why an athlete would bring a suitcase instead of a gym bag like the others was beyond Big Mac up on top to be secured. As they made their way towards the Stadium, the other athletes were acting like They were showing off their phyisque, boasting, taunting one another, challening each other one-on-one, even betting on either themselves, each other, or on the other athletes that were no doubt already at the Stadium and were simply waiting on them.
But for Big Mac, he was somewhat of the odd one out since he didn't converse much with the others, speaking only when spoken to. He did have to explain once that it wasn't because he was arrogent or nervous, it was just the kind of pony he was; a simple farm stallion of few words. They didn't seemed to be too bothered by it, even accepting and respecting it on some level, as they went about amongst themselves for the duration of the ride. When they finally arrived, they were greeted by a throng of crazed fans already waiting by the athlete's entrance, many of them were lovely, and even every beautiful mares of all ages, species, and color.
A group of security stallions had already paved a path with ropes, small barricades, and a walkway for the athletes to traverse, a lone security guard already waiting at the door to the carriage as it pulled up. Once he got the all-clear from the others that lined either side of the path, he opened the doors and motioned for Big Mac and the others to start making their way out and towards the enterance.
The moment they stepped out, they were meeted by an uproar of an applause and cheer that put the farm stallion on edge, and while he knew that they were simply showing their support, some of them were there to cheer him on, the large, painted signs that either said We love you, Big Mac! Big Mac 1! And he certainly wasn't used to the sultry, horny looks and gestures that some of the mares were giving him, some even being more daring by giving him quick glimpses and flashes of cleavage, underwear, or sometimes even more.
But what shocked him the most was that he actually recognized a few mares he knew from Ponyville acting in such a way, with one in particular being the local school teacher, Miss Cheerilee, as she sensually mouthed Good Luck, Big Mac to him while giving a descrete lick of her lips and groping her well-endowed chest.
Big Mac felt himself growing warm in the face as his heart raced, and was once again thankful that his apple red coat hid the blush that was no doubt growing on his face. Discretely, he shook his head in an attempt to refocus on the competition at hand, and stared straight forward in order to avoid these crazed mares. However, his libido was proving more difficult to control than he had anticipated, and couldn't help but shoot quick glances on either side of him, eyeing the various mares in the crowd that had a piece or two missing from their puzzle of shame.
For some, however, they clearly were missing an entire patch. He and the other athletes finally crossed the threshold of the stadium doors, the large steel doors slamming behind them and essentially quieting the chaos outside. Once they were in the all clear, many, if not all of the other competitors were whooping and cheering amongst themselves, going on about how crazy these fanfilles were and how one or two of them actually thought about getting a number or two.
Or ten, if he had the strength left after the competition, one joked. The athletes and Big Mac were escorted to the secured locker room and facilities by two more personnel, informing them that their possessions were already waiting for them in their designated lockers. Big Mac found his easily, and quickly slipped out of his worn blue jeans, leather cowboy boots, and shirt and white undershirt, and into his brand-spankin' new athletic clothes that Rarity made just for him, which consisted of green, loosely fit shorts that ended just above his knees and a creamy tan t-shirt that sported the Ponyville emblem on the upper-right of his chest.
She mentioned something about the cotton fabric being specially tailored to absorb sweat and keep the body cool, but she went into such detail that he really didn't pay much attention. What mattered was that they fit, and to his surprise they were incredibly comfortable as well, like he was wearing little to nothing. After taking a few quick glances over himself to see if there were any loose threads or something Rarity might've missed which was rare in of itself, but it didn't hurt to check , he quickly stowed his casual attire into his locker and joined the others in the adjoining facilities.
We was met with the rest of the competitors, all of them practicing and stretching for the upcoming contest, and seeing the opportunity, he gave a few stretches to limber himself up while he and the others waited for the official that they were told was going to escort them towards the field. He and they only had to wait a few minutes before this official called for them, and to their surprise they were met with the infamous Ms.
Harshwhinny herself. With a no-nonsense attitude, she directed the small group down hallway after hallway, until they came across two wooden doors, with the one on the left having an image of a unicorn on the door while the other had an image of a pegasus. She instructed the unicorns and pegasi athletes that, in order to keep the match clean and fair, the former were to have their magic disabled while the latter had to wear light, flexible wing-restricting gear.
Though she was met with a gew groans from the pegasi, they all knew that this moment was going to come up eventually, and so the two species split from the group and filed into their respected rooms. Fortunately, there were only a few of either, and those that did enter were in and out within a couple of minutes. Big Mac couldn't help but catch a glimpse of the special gear that the pegasi had to wear, and to him, they almost seemed like athletic, male versions of some of the corsets he's seen in his very-secret stash of Playcolt , but he didn't dwell on the thought long as they were herded towards the field.
Big Mac could hear the fanfare playing and the thousands of spectators cheer from where he and the others were, and soon they were met with the bright, strong light of the morning sun as it poured through the large enterance that led out to the field, where they were stopped. As they waited in two straight lines, three young colts were helping out two officials as they pinned each athlete's number onto the front and back of each of their shirts, with Ms. Harshwhinny explaining that when their number is called, they are to march out and stand on designated spots in preparation for the opening ceremonies.
When it came to Big Mac's turn to have his number pinned on him, he had to kneel in order for the youngsters to actually reach his chest and back. Once they've finished and departed for the next athlete, Big Mac took the opportunity to look at his number, and saw that his number was 21 , which was actually his lucky number of all things, with his name in bold underneith his number and Ponyville in the same bold print above. He was jerked back from his trailing thought by the loud fanfare that played, which was followed by an announcer that he couldn't properly hear from where he was.
He was near the very back of the line, after all. One by one, the athletes were ushered out as their name and town of origin were announced, which were followed by the roars of the crowd. As the gap between him and the outside started to close, he felt his nerves starting to fail, his heart racing and his body beginning to shake.
He immediately turned his thoughts away from the event and turned to the images and feelings of his home, Sweet Apple Acres. The peace, the quiet, the smell of ripe apples on the gentle breeze, it was all so relaxing as he felt his nerves start to calm. He was once again brought back to the here and now when he was told by one of the officials that he was next, but now he was ready.
He steeled himself as he awaited for the inevitable. The crowd seemed to have roared louder than ever when he was announced, and as he walked out onto the field he looked around and waved to the crowd he made his way to where he was told to stand and wait. Though he wasn't used to the attention, he figured it wasn't so bad, even encouraging. As he waited for the other nine to be ushered, he continued to scan the audience in hopes of finding where Applejack and Apple Bloom were. Instead, he found Pinkie Pie, though it really wasn't hard since she had a banner the length and size of an entire stand that read You Go and Get 'Em, Big Mac!
Big Mac couldn't help but let out a small chuckle at the spectical; if she was there, no doubt his younger siblings were there too, cheering him on with as much, yet restrained, enthusiasm. After the last athlete was welcomed, the fanfare played once more before the announcer started again. The royal procession played as all eyes became fixed to the large overhanging balcony that allowed a grand view of the entire stadium.
And as announced, the two princesses rose from their seats as they made their way to the edge and greeted their subjects, a roar from the crowd soon following. Celestia wore her usual regalia of a toga-style white dress, aroned with golden pauldrens and an ornate, gleaming, glitterning breastplate. Luna wore the same, with the exception that she had little to no armor or jewelry, with the exception of her tiara and several rings of silver around her wrists and a single silver ring around her neck.
Her midnight blue fabric wrapped across her chest and around the back of her neck in an 'X' formation, allowing her to bear her lower torso and shoulders for all to see, while the rest of the dress hung from above her hips. For Big Mac, this would have been the second or third time he had ever seen Princess Celestia in person before, albeit from a good-sized distance, but this would've been the second time he saw Princess Luna, the first time during Ponyville's Nightmare Night festivities a year or two back.
But even then he still admired their near-goddess beauty, even if it had to be from a distance. After a moment, Celestia raised both her hands, the crowd immediately silenced, and she and Luna looked down towards Big Mac and the other athletes. These thirty who stand before us all have proven themselves worthy for the title of Iron Stallion. A smug grin began to form on the edges of her lips as she eyed them.
With their announcement complete, the two alicorn sisters returned to their seats as the announcer went on about the list of the day's events. Celestia's soft smile was mixed with a sinister and hungry grin as she watched some of the competitors, one being the big red stallion himself, taking their places for the first event; the Boulder Toss.
He certainly seems to fit our The sun was clear on the other side of the stadium, the line between later afternoon and evening becoming a blur, as the competition finally reached it's end. Three stallions stood on the winner's stand, but standing on the highest one, tired and sweaty from the day's labors but with a look of pride clear as day on his face, Bic Mac stood as this year's champion. As he stood, the announcer came forward and handed to him his first-place prize, the Iron Stallion belt that was adorned with a gold plate at it's front, an image of a rearing stallion emblazed into it's center.
Big Mac took it with grace, then held it over his head for all to see, earning a roar from the crowd as they chanted his name. When he came down, he shook the hands of the two stallions that stood on either side of him and congratulated them on their successes, and they in turn congratulated him. With the closing ceremonies complete, he slung the gilded belt over his shoulder and made his way towards the annex that he came in from earlier that day, only to be met with his younger siblings and their friends.
As soon as he came into their view and out of the public's, Apple Bloom rushed over to him and hugged him tightly, throwing herself at him. Ah don' know 'bout y'all, but Ah could really use a shower. She was half-surprised that there was some good weight to it, "Oh, I meant about the belt of course, no offense. After going around with congrats with the others, he made his way back to the locker room, where he was more than happy to scrub himself of the day's events.
The hot water felt especially good against his sore muscles, and felt himself invigorated with a little energy. He turned off the water and took the towel he hung near him and dried himself before wrapping it around his waist and heading back to his locker. He was met by an official, who seemed to have been waiting by his locker as he washed up, as he turned around and faced the champion.
The official reached into the left of his coat and pulled out a white envelope, then handed it to Big Mac, who took it curiously. Tucking his towel into his waist, he opened the letter to find what looked like a check. Well, technically it's just a claim check, but if you take it to the bank here in Canterlot they'll be more than happy to give you the physical cash, if you prefer that.
I must say though, I'm sure not many were expecting you to break the Iron Stallion Boulder Tossing record on the first try! The official nodded in agreement, then paused as though he had just remembered something. I almost forgot. When he felt that no one else was around, he came in a bit closer to him, his demeanor shifting to a more serious one. He reached into the other side of his coat, then pulled out a slightly tanned envelope that had a wax seal with Princess Celestia's emblem, which Big Mac recognized as an official letter from the Princess herself.
But why did he have it, and what did it have to do with him? Big Mac gulped dryly as he saw the dead serious stare that the official gave him, then nodded nervously before he was handed the letter. His demeanor shifted right back to a friendly one as he backed off of the red farm stallion. Iron Stallion. Big Mac mulled over what had just transpired in front of him. Everything seemed normal up to when the official gave him his prize money, but then things just turned flat out wierd when he was given a secret letter from the Princesses.
He looked down to the unopened envelope, eyeing it curiously as he wondered what could be inside. Remembering the official's warning, Big Mac took another sweep of the locker room, finding no one else around, before returning to his locker and sitting on the bench in front of it. He carefully broke the wax seal, then opened the envelope as it unfolded into the letter itself, and studied it carefully before reading. As he did, he couldn't help but get a whiff of something in his nostrils. It smelled like perfume.
Curious, he brought the letter closer to his nose and took a sniff, confirming that it was, and it was coming from the letter, though just a hint. Is this how the princesses smell? Big Mac pondered, and his mind quickly snapped to the images of the two princesses, and for some odd reason he pictured them hugging each other rather intimately and giving him seductive looks as they stared at him. He shook his head, trying to clear the blasphemous image from his mind. Why did he suddenly start to see the Princesses, their Goddesses incarnate, in such a way? Wanting to get his mind back on track, he refocused on the letter in his hand, and began to read.
We wish to extent our congratulations to you on your triumphs in this year's Iron Stallion Competition. We expected no less from the older brother of the Bearer of the Element of Honesty, Applejack. However, we feel as though that a simple trinket and a satchel of coin is much too small a reward for such a stallion such as yourself. Therefore, we wish to extend a personal invitation to you, and hope that you will join us tonight in the Palace, as an "honored guest".
Big Mac had to stop reading to make sure he read that last line right. He read it over, again and again, and it turns out he was seeing right. He felt his heart skip a beat as a dumb smile grew on his face at the thought of being in the presence of not just one but both Princesses, of their own personal invitation no less!
But why keep it secret? Curious, he continued to read the rest of the letter. We must ask that you keep this meeting a secret, however, even from your own blood. Though it may seem a strange request now, you will understand why, once all is revealed. When you depart, do so in the cover of night, and make sure you are not followed or seen. When you reach the gates, simply show this letter to the guards and they will allow you to enter. When you do, a guide will be waiting for you to take you to us. Big Mac studied the two Princesses' signatures with awe, before noticing something below it.
It seemed to him like a time, that time being He read and re-read the letter again and again, but no matter how many times he read it, something didn't seem to click with him. Why all the secrecy? What could it possibly be that they wanted with him that would warrent him to sneak around like some kind of delinquint? In the end, he simply decided to give up ever trying to find any hidden message and simply obey his Princesses. After all, the letter did say that they'd make things clear to him. Big Mac snuck out of the hotel room he shared with Apple Bloom, with Applejack staying in the Palace with Twilight and the others.
He found it rather easy to do, seeing as the events of the day would tucker any little filly out, and Apple Bloom was no exception. As he made his way into the streets and towards the Palace, he lowered his Stetson farter down to hide his face, having mixed feelings about the whole rendezvous. On the one hand he was feeling a little guilty, never actually having snuck out in the dead of night before, other than the occasional trip to the local night bar for a drink or a random, late-night booty call.
But he was also a little excited, after all he was going to meet Princess Luna and Celestia personally, regardless of the strange conditions of the whole thing. He tried to keep as low a profile as he could, with the ocasional night-owl passerby that would give him a funny look as they passed, with one or two that recognized him as the winner of the Iron Stallion Competition.
Thankfully, they left him be as he drew closer to his intended destination. He had to take a bit of a stroll along the Palace gates, having missed the main enterance by a few feet, and thankfully none of the guards saw it as so suspicious that they had to pull him aside for questioning. When he did finally reach the main gates, he was halted by crossed spears and sharp glares from the guards that held them. Big Mac paused a moment, then fished around in his pocket before pulling out the letter he recieved and handing it to the guard.
He studied it carefully, then quickly handed it back and nodded before they raised their spears, allowing him to pass as the gates opened for him. Big Mac gave the guard a confused look, but shrugged it off as he made his way through the gates and courtyard, then up the marble stairs and to the large double-sided doors.
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Not sure what to do, he raised his hand and made a fist to knock on the door, but before he could even make contact the door cracked open, wide enough for him to sneak through. He made his way in, the door shutting behind him with a soft clack. The entryway he stood in was nearly pitch black, but was soon illuminated when several candles on a candle holder simultaneously lit and revealed quite the character to him that was holding the candle holder. He wore what could be considered a standard butler's outfit; a black coat with twin coat tails over a grey vest and a white undershirt.
He also wore finely pressed black pants and highly polished black shoes. He had a silver pocket watch in his hand that he looked at quite intently. He looked up to Big Mac, a small devilish grin growing at the edges of his mouth, and the farm pony nearly shuddered as he lookd into the butler's tinted blood-red eyes. It as then that he noticed that he had a light grey coat, a medium long, black mane that had been brushed downward, and a tail that looked greatly tended to.
No doubt you have potential to be a fine butler. Allow me to introdruce myself. I am the personal servant to both Princess Celestia and Princess Luna I congratulate you on your victory. If you'll follow me, Mr. With that, he turned on his heel and made his way down the dark corridors. Though Big Mac was still uneasy about being around this strange butler, he had to put it aside for the sake of not wanting to upset the Princesses and followed him closely. The actual walk through the palace was unnerving for Big Mac, the dead silence only being broken by the slight footsteps of the butler Raven Feather, who stood still as a statue, even as he walked.
Sensing his unease, Raven Feather opted to strike up a conversation to help ease his Mistresses' "guest". Jus' Big Mac is fine.
The stained glass windows paint these halls with a marvelous collage of colors when Mistress Celestia's sunlight comes though at just the right angle. Big Mac didn't respond to the butler's comment, allowing both to once again be engrossed in the deafening silence. After walking for another few minutes they approached a pair of large wooden doors, with Raven Feather stopping just inches away from it and Big Mac just a foot behind him.
The butler gave three solid raps before he opened it, standing aside to allow Big Mac to enter first. Tipping his hat to him in thanks, he entered first, and was met with a moonlit throne room, with Raven Feather right behind him as he closed the door silently. The butler continued towards the other end of the room, towards the thrones, and Big Mac once again followed him. Big Mac was finally able to see the two princesses coming into view the closer they approached, until they stopped just at the base of the tiny flight of stairs that let up to the twin thrones. Big Mac was at a loss for words as he gaped at the sight of both of them, their beauty even more glorious when up close than from afar, at least by his standards.
They were also looking down at him, and he could make out small smiles starting to grow at the edge of their mouths. Raven Feather bowed to them in much the same way he did with Big Mac, holding the candles as still as he's ever seen anypony do, the flames atop the candle heads nary even shaking.
He had been called that on more than one occasion today, but he mainly tied it to him having won the competition at first. Now he was starting to wonder if there was more to it than he had initially thought, and as he looked to the two Princesses he quickly remembered that he was in the presence of royalty, and quickly fell to his knee and lowered his head, taking off his hat. She then waved her hand in a shooing manner.
He turned on his heel and proceeded to walk out, not a word being said between Big Mac and the Princesses until he heard the sound of the door open then close. There is no need to be so formal. Big Mac did as he was told, and slowly looked up to see both Princesses were now solely focused on him, both smiling warmly at him. He then slowly stood, never looking away from their eyes as he put his hat back on, pushing it back so that it hung behind him by the leather strap around his neck, and once back on his knelt foot Celestia beckoned him closer, to which he answered.