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IceStorm last won the day on September 22 2018

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About IceStorm

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  • Birthday 03/04/1988

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    St. Joseph MO
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    Bowling, Ponies, Magic the Gathering, Fishing, Softball, Football, Writing, Role-playing

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    Ice Storm
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    Medo Asai
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    Aloe Blossom
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    Wind Dancer

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  1. "My expectations are for ponies to be able to do what they are capable of doing. Most of the ponies that I'll end up requiting starting off probably arn't going to know very much of what they are yet. The others are still looking for their place and a way to figure out how to use what talents they have. There are even moreso of ponies that the want to help fight and defend but the REA had slighted them for one reason or another. There is always a place for anypony that's willing to learn and shape themselves," Ice replied sipping at some soda. "To go along with your analogy though, I would rather have ten thousand bricks of mud over 100 bricks of marble. For starters, if a brick of mud doesn't work for it's intended purposle, then it can be molded into something that works better for what you need. Marble on the other hoof. If you make the slightest error with marble, It becomes weak and brittle, and once it's in it's shape it cannot be molded. The marble will eventually become weak after wear and tear and crumble. The mud can be easily reinforced and can be a primary foundation for what's built upon it. It's not what you use to shape your soldiers. It's how you shape them. I mean, look at Equestria's finest. Selected from the 'perfect mold' of a pony and how many invasions, or catastrophes have they prevented? I can't think of one where they've been able to deal with a situation that's been presented to them, and they were picked to be the marble that you speak of," she continued as she stood and paid the tab. "Let's talk and walk. It will be a long one ahead of us."
  2. "I agree with that for the most part, and under normal circumstances I would want to find them and thwart them before they became a problem. On the flip side though, the materials that I'm bringing in right now are... not only vital to my operations, but potentially deadly if fallen into the hooves of those with ill intent. Especially right now considering my next few supply shipments are armaments," she said to Earth as she placed her own order. The beefy broth in combination with the corn, peas, onions, and sprouts all made her giddy, on top of the fact that it was a comically large bowl that dwarfed Earth's in size. She tore into them quickly and with a slurp she listened as he spoke. He wanted to meet tempest at some point. IT was kinda her idea to bring him into the fold so she supposed it would be fine, but she didn't know when that would be able to take place. Tempest was on her own private head clearing mission right now and wasn't going to be available for a while. Everything else she nodded on. "Of course. After all, that's why we're taking this little walk of ours. IF I'm going to expect you to be able to handle and direct information from this place. You need to know what clearance levels are which and how to assert priority to the information. On top of that, you'll need to have an idea of what is going on at every instance so that you can't get blindsided. That said, the only pony I am accepting advice from on airship construction and strategy is Tempest. After all, she did drop an unseen fleet on Canterlot. The mare knows airships. As far as everything else goes. I mean what I said. We're trying to become the golden beacon, and give ponies the home they never had," she stated before taking another long slurp of noodles.
  3. Ice looked at the writer with a questioning glance when he brought up that it was the multiple ports that let him triangulate her. That has she used a single port it would have been much larger to use. "I see, but wouldn't using only one port have the adverse side effect of being too predictable. It would be all to easy for somepony of less that perfect tastes to be able to track something over a period of time and wait for a shipment to raid. It's one of the main reasons I'll alternate ports, times, materials, and personnel. It might make it easier to triangulate, but it also keeps ponies off guard to an extent because they won't know when the next shipment is arriving, or from where. The only place they would have a chance to intercept them would be at my front door, which would be... an unfortunate mistake for them to make. However, puppeting it under the guise of aeronautical research... could easily be doable," she said opening the door to the Long Restaurant. Once they were inside the smells of soups and noodles galore became overwhelming. All of the different broths simmering and waiting to be consumed. When he mentioned the cultural clash that will inevitable come, she nodded to him. "I am fully prepared for that to happen, and your right. I won't tolerate institutionalized nonsense. It's that delaying and wait and see attitude that's cause the last several invasions. The main reason I personally sought out Tempest to be my second in command is she'd beaten all lines of defenses without so much a peep and she had an entire fleet upon Canterlot. Ponies can say all the bad things they want about it, but that mare is a tactical genius. On the flip side of that, if she knows where our weaknesses are, then it shows me where I need to shore up defenses, and create patrols to lessen their vulnerability..." she said turning to him. "That is where you'll come in. I'll need you to sure up the loose ends on the information side. Making sure that the important information does get out. Of course, I have several levels of security clearance withing the compounds. Several aura reading ponies at all entrances to vital projects and information. Most of the ponies here don't even know what's being built in the ship yard. Simply put, you're to keep us out of the eyes of the media until I deem it's time for us to make our presence known. At that point in time, I'll be expecting you to paint us in a positive light. I'll need all the recruits we can get, and I want to target the ponies that Equestrian Society has failed. I want to take the homeless off the street and give them purpose, give them a roof and three meals. Once we're live we'll need to sound as appealing as possible. From there, well... that remains to be seen," she said sitting in one of the booths and motioning Earth to follow suit. "Tell me, what were you expecting or wanting to do for employment here? I'm sure we can reach some sort agreement, both on work and pay."
  4. “Oh, I'm not dumb enough to tell the changelings exactly what I'm planning. After all, I trust Chryssalis about as far as I can throw her. The only thing that Chrissy knows, is that I have an organization and that I've been really gaining power. Not just in terms of actual power, but power in the Noble circle, political power, and business power. All of this that you see here, is self funded. I used my outstanding success of my franchise to put a casino here on the land that Squall gave me. He also gave me these,” she said pointing to the spheres. “Not the amulet itself. The spheres. I made the amulet that now holds them. It's hard to remain inconspicuous when you have these things orbiting you with no ability to remove them,” she continued. “As it stands now, the casino funds the base. It also funds all of the shipments that you've tracked. Of course, getting the supplies that I've needed for the major project, and remaining under the radar is proving difficult. Because even is starting to take shape and within the next few months, I'm going to start arming the ship. That's going to be tricky as well. I'd be surprised if there aren't others that have made some connections. I'll have to make sure to start paying extra to use different ports,” she said as she heard Earth Writer tell her that he grew up in an REA household and his father was high enough that he got to see the joint chiefs and their ilk. He also added that he would pay good money to see her but heads with them. “They wouldn't be any competition to me. As of right now the only ponies that could are Celestia, Twilight, and Luna… and with Luna, it depends on which one of us gets the jump. She's the one that been training me after all, and during our initial spar to assess my power level so she knew where to start… I almost beat her. We were using the training grounds in the heart of Canterlot though. So we were both holding back quite a bit. A rogue spell could have caused catastrophic damages. Shining Armor may be the Captain of the Guard, but STAR? STAR is mine and once it's a main branch, I will be looking to take over chief of command. The current system has failed the Equestrian ponies. It's time for a change,” she said as they stopped in front of a Long restaurant. “Noodles sound good?” She asked with a smile.
  5. When Ice Storm heard the comment from Earth Writer that he had done his homework and it was why he didn't take the incredibly stupid option and try to blackmail her. She lifted her eyebrow inquisitly. He apparently was accepting of the offer and added that his pen was hers if they ever needed it. Once the door to the elevator closed, she looked to Earth. "Indeed, it honestly would have been the last mistake you made. Would it have been something you tried, I would have set you up with a meeting with my new allies in the Changeling Isles and well, I don't think I need to go any further with that," she said to him. With that she put her hoof onto a secret panel that looked to just be another part of the elevator. When she did, a small door opened up and two large blue buttons appeared. She hit one of them and the elevator started. "Three meals and possible more if you'd like. Like I mentioned coming into here, everything you see in this facility is highly classified information. To the point that the only pony outside of those who work here that knows what I'm building, is Princess Luna herself. My objective is to keep it this way until this base is fully operational and what I'm building is fully operational. At that point I'm planning on becoming a full fledged military branch of Equestria," she started as the elevator came to a stop and the doors opened and lead them into a hallway. "Right now I'm working on a method of transit from here to the main base. Otherwise, it's a good three to five hour walk from here to reach anything other than living quarters and eateries," she commented.
  6. "Oh no. I don't care about the tabloid lines of communication. I already know that the press is going to tell ponies whatever they want the ponies in their area to believe to suit the mindset of those that read what they publish. What I'm talking about is why aren't letters being written up the chain of command? If those letters are getting written why aren't they getting to the avenues that they need to get to so that we can fix the problems that need to be fixed. The issue itself doesn't lie at corruption or weakness with the Crown, it lies with Corruption and weakness from within. Somewhere within the ranks of the guards are insurgent from other factions. One such faction that I am personally aware of and have fought several times already is WRAITH. It wouldn't surprise me to know that there are more like them. I will find them though, and I will end them," Ice said without a second of pause. She did hold to herself though while she waiting for the journalist to finish putting the pieces that he had found together and presented his argument that there was something more going on with her because of the clues that he had already found. He also added that everything about her was confirming every suspicion that he had of her. She listened as he presented the evidence from the different shipments of the materials required for the ship that she was making and was able to conclude through the research that he had done that with all the parts and shipments that he had been able to track, while it wasn't all there, it all pointed to a dreadnought and there was no government record of any of it. He also added that the location seemed both odd and perfect. A centralized location between all the shipping points as well as a hub of transportation in general. Easy to get things in and out without much concern and the surrounding land made it easy to hide a base of sorts. He then further added that all of this started happening after one major transaction. A transfer of ownership of a an urban plot of land from Swift Squall to herself. "There are some things that you have brought up that I will not be able to give details on. As much as I know that you would like all the answers to everything, due to matters of National Security I can only inform you that there is something that is being built outside of the city. I'm not at liberty to discuss what it is to anypony that is not a member of my organization. I will however start by the fact that is known and if you've done you're homework properly, you'd also see that I'm a high ranking member of The Lunar Guard, and am personal friends with the princess of the night herself. Everything that I have been doing has been approved. IF you wish to find out more, there are ways, but you may not like them," she said standing up and pressing the button under her desk once more returning the room to it's normal state. "If you wish to know more, then you're more than willing to follow me. HOWEVER, all recording devices, cameras, notepads and writing utensils stay in this room, and once you enter this elevator you agree to all of my terms and conditions, including any that I decide to set therein henceforth. Also everything that you would see would be Tier-1 Classified information. Once you say yes, there is no turning back," she stated plainly as the Elevator door opened. "The clock's ticking. You're either coming or you're not."
  7. When Ice heard Chrysalis mention that she wasn't entirely sure on the life span of a queen because none of them really perished from natural causes, malnutrition non-withstanding. she said that history wise there wasn't much to go off of either, but she added that she planned to live forever if she could manage it. she couldn't help but smile a bit as she heard her say to check back later on how that was working out for her. "I'll have to make a note to do that when I'm old and brittle," she said with a giggled as she turned to Raven as she asked about how there wasn't any recorded history between hives or history at all. "I can't really say one way or another. In a way, I would say that history though is as much of a curse as it is a blessing. After all, look what happened to Luna. Luna's reputation now is still tarnished because of what's been recorded in history. Yes it's important to learn from history so that the same mistakes aren't made, but at the same time I can understand how history can be a hindrance when trying to move forward from something that maybe didn't have the best of outcomes. Now family records, I can see how we would want to keep them but, since you're the queen wouldn't that make the entire hive your children? That'd be a rather long itinerary to keep track of," she said as her own stomach growled at the mention of food. "As are mine. There's plenty of time to chat while we eat.
  8. "Not entirely," Ice Storm started. "No matter the type of government established by the governing body, there are still the civilians of which that make up the nation as a whole. It doesn't really matter if it's a democracy, a republic, or a monarchy. And truthfully. Equestria itself isn't a true monarchy either. It is a Triarchy. I don't include cadence in the equasion because she presides over the Crystal Empire, which in all technicality it's own entity, and thus would classify as a monarchy. Celestia may ultimately have the final say, but in all reality, it's really run as a council of three, compounding on the the fact that Twilight herself has a council of five. the overall heirarchy would be complicated even for the ponies in government to understand let alone any civilians. The problem with the issue that you speak of, is quite simple. Lack of communication. It doesn't matter if there's one ruler, or a council of twenty. If an issue never makes it back to them, and if they are intentionally kept in the dark, they can't fix it. This start at the guard level. If the chain of command cannot be trusted to get vital information to the proper places through the proper channels, then they are a liability. Somewhere, because of their inability to deal with the situation, combined with the failure to let superiors know that there could be an issue, ultimately ends up in somepony getting hurt. That is a distinct lack of discipline that stems from stagnation. They don't believe that anything bad will happen where they are and that it can't happen to them. When it does, they're unprepared because they will always be caught off guard." she continued warming the room slightly. "Long and short of it, They can't... we can't fix a problem if we don't know about it. Why the communication lines are failing, I don't have an answer yet, but I will soon enough. Now, tell me what you know, and if I'm able to, I will let you know. Again, there are matters I will not be able to discuss due to national security protocol," she said subtly dropping some hints that there was definitely more about her than met the eye, but she presumed that he knew that already.
  9. Ice listened to the reporter talk, and the condescending tone that he chose to address her with. She would need to deal with that swiftly. She had several ways that she could do that though and the methods that she would choose would depend on his actions honestly. For now, she listened as he spoke on the article that he had written. So, he pinned the blame on what he believed to be was a faulty policy that had allowed everypony in Equestria to become complacent, and he blamed the sisters for such policy and said that while he wasn't out for their overthrow, he wouldn't dismiss a proposed change in management. He then started talking about another work and how he'd use his words to plant doubt into the minds of others and apparently he was the kind of pony that could be bribed into writing about whatever the highest bidder wanted to write about. Information that she herself could use to her advantage. Truthfully, she didn't care about the article about Lady Heart Stopper in the slightest. She didn't summon him here for a lecture in the arts or the sleeziness of journalism. She mostly brought him here purely on behalf of Tempest's suggestion. If it were left up to her own devices, she probably would have sought him out for removal for intentionally trying to disrupt the lives of others from the fallacies that have been posted. She saw the manila folder that he had with him though and the comment that appeared to be a threat towards her made her smile. He had gumption, she'd give him that. She'd see just how far it would last. She motioned for her security entourage to depart from the room, and as soon as they were out, she pressed a button under her desk and nearly instantly steel shutters around ever exit and window slammed shut and any light that was in the room was now incredibly dim. "You know, there is one thing that we agreed on. Equestria as a whole... is too lax. The guards are flimsy and unreliable. This doesn't have to be though. I'm sure in you're little folder there you probably have some interesting shipment records, and perhaps a record of a few different names involved. I will tell you that I have the answers that you seek, but I will also tell you that there are some answers that I will not disclose until the time comes. As far as who I am, I'm not actually surprised that you don't remember me. Apparently at the time, I wasn't interesting enough for you to either praise or slander with your writing as of all the articles I found, even through the ones that the publishers never put into the paper, I never found record of that interview. It doesn't matter though, that care free mare died that day just as many in that tower did as it collapsed around me." "You're right in that something needed to be done. It's not the princess's fault that Equestria has become so lax, but our own. It's just as much your fault as it is a pony walking down the street. Everything we do, everything we have, everything we've become is all taken for granite and we expect others to always be there to protect it for us. We expect peace because for the last several hundred years, up until recently, that's all that Equestria has known. It's because of the fist fact, and not any sort of foreign policy that everything has gotten relaxed. This doesn't just stop at city guards or national guards. This goes all the way up to the royal guards. They are all weak and unprepared for real combat situations. They aren't qualified to protect Equestria itself, let alone the princesses. Somepony needed to step in where the guards couldn't. Somepony with power, and wealth to be able to fund their desires, and now here we are. You sitting across from the pony that has everything she needs to give Equestria the protection that it needs." "Now, I'm not at liberty to discuss a lot of things, but there are some things that I can disclose," she said as the air in the room began to chill a bit more. The faint glow of her spheres could be seen brightening with the temperature drop and soon enough was giving off enough of a glow that the mare they were now forming a halo around could be seen through the darkness. "How about you tell me what you know, and I'll fill in the gaps with whatever information I choose to give you," she spoke moving around the room. This pony may have had resources, but she was certain that she had more potent ones and more of them. Especially since she now had changlings in the area, it wouldn't take anything for him to be watched by her without him ever even knowing what was going on.
  10. Ice was thankful that she didn't have to wait too much longer for the pony in question to arrive. Truth be told the pony that she had sent for seemed familiar to her in some what, but she just couldn't put her hoof down on it. she heard the familiar sound of a clicking door before looking towards the stallion that was now standing in front of her. He was hard pressed to be the sort of reporter that she imagined him to be, but things never did seem as they appeared with these types. For all she knew, this pony just crawled out of something looking for a story to twist to his liking. Still upon seeing his face and hearing him speak his name, she could have sworn she remembered him from somewhere... Ahh yes, she remembered now, from the night of the attack itself. He was on the balcony, and he had briefly done an interview with her. She wondered whatever became of that interview because she didn't find in any of the articles that she found. "I would say less familiar with your work and more familiar with you and your reputation, as well as a few pieces of yours that popped up around five years ago. Mainly articles on the attack of the Crystal Faire, and some of the slanderous accusations that were made in them. Using the loss of hundreds as a political stepping stone to push an agenda trying to question those that protect us," she said laying the article that Bluebelle had given her on her desk, as well as several others. Several others, that were either articles he wrote, or articles about him and his reputation. "I know that you used to be one of the premiere journalists for the Canterlot Chronicle. However, whether you sold out or just picked the wrong side I can't be sure but it seems like you've been having trouble getting even the Equestrian Star to give you the light of day to work with," she said showcasing the ease of which she was able to obtain her information.
  11. Journalism. If there was ever a way for a pony's reputation to be ruined, or immortalize, it was through the written words of the papers, and Ice Storm despised this. It was all to easy for somepony to start a rumor and spread around through the paper that something is happening when there's really nothing going on at all. However, Ice also was becoming increasingly aware of the fact that having a journalist on your side and able to say things in your favor, was important. Tempest had brought this to her attention several times in the last few months, as well as Sombra, and most of the ponies that she sought advice from. She hated dealing with them though, especially when she thought back to how they turned the attack on the Crystal Empire into a propaganda attack on the sisters themselves. Ice Storm let out a sigh as she leaned back at her desk. She absolutely hated being here... She loved her hotel and casino, and her organization and everything that came with it, but she was a mare of action... not a mare to be stuck behind a desk waiting for others to arrive for a matter of potential business. She pulled out one of the articles from the pony of whom she had summoned to meet her here today. It was the article on the Crystal Empire attack. In fact it was multiples of them. There was one talking about whether they could trust the Caribou and whether the aid that they sent was a ruse for them to let their guard down once more. There was another talking about the conditioning of the guards and how they were woefully unprepared for defending Equestria and her ponies in time of need... It was one of the few articles she found that she actually agreed with from the attack. Then there was the one that Bluebelle had shown her. The one that tried to shoulder all of the blame for the attack onto the princesses and tried to question the leadership of the ponies that had lead Equestria for millennia. She stood up, unable to keep herself seated anymore as she waited and she walked over to her window that overlooked downtown Las Pegasus. The lush padded carpet sank under her hooves. The design itself that spread across the floor looked like a pool of magma trying to spill through a rapidly melting sheet of ice. Ice could see the ponies outside going about their daily lives and she smiled. She knew that everypony in this city had a secret to hide, but that didn't mean that they were all bad ponies. Just that sometimes you need to do a few things behind the scenes to get things done. A sentiment that she knew herself very well, considering what most of these ponies were walking on without even knowing. Then of course, you have the three hour walk from the stop of the elevator to the ship yard where her supership was being built. It was coming along nicely at this point hull wise, but getting some of the internal parts and getting them into the shipyard unnoticed was proving to be a bit tricky. She took a deep breath and then looked up to the clock. "He should be here any minute," she said letting her spheres break away from her necklace, and orbit her neck, dropping the air temperature a bit in the room to make herself. She would worry about the comfort of her guest once she got the answers she wanted.
  12. Ice listened as Chryssalis talked about how they really didn't have a whole lot in the way of native traditions. That up until recently the only thing that was really upheld was due reverence and obedience to the queen. She further added that what they were now wasn't what they were in the past and that they were very adaptable ponies. She even went so far to say that the lack of true tradition made them even more adaptable because they could easily assume the traditions of wherever they chose to go. She was impressed with how versitile they were and honestly from the few dealings that she had with changelings back home, she could see what Chryssalis was talking about. The only ones that had a problem fitting in really were the ones that were scared to try, or tried too hard. That wasn't their fault though... a majority of Equestria were racist bigots in that regard. Willing to judge someone for something as petty as being born with chitin than a coat, or wings instead of a horn, or none at all... Raven herself commented on wanting to learn more about the abilities of changlings, but she understood if that kinda fell under trade secrets and wasn't something that even with their new alliance they would be privy to. It was only logical that not all of the cards would be on the table for the first few meetings. Not until they could establish a foundation of trust to go one. Only then would the really important and classified information start to change hooves. "How about history then? The hive, or hives if there are more than one, had to have started somewhere right? What was it like when you were growing up? Are the queens as long-lived as Alicorns?" Ice asked. She wondered how long the Queen had been alive for and what were some of the things that she had seen for things to get to where they were now. Things had to have gotten pretty dire at one point for her to do what she did, and Ice was probably one of the few that couldn't fault her for it. She did what she thought would make the hive better, just as she's here now doing something to try to strengthen Equestria and make it better.
  13. The fact that everything seemed to go a bit too easily was a bit of a red flag to Ice Storm. Usually when something was to easy there were ulterior motives involved. In honest, she was expecting this. She was hoping for a little bit more of a back and forth, but the deal that she proposed was solid. She was just a bit surprised that a conclusion was reached so quickly on the topic. She would need to make sure that Security details were stepped up. Thankfully she made sure that the security system in place was based off of a pony's magical aura, not their physical appearance. She knew that a changling could copy any physical appearance, but she was unsure if they could copy auras as well. It seemed unlikely so it would be the best way to set up security access to stricter locations. Not only did it have to be the pony physically but aetherically as well. She would cross that bridge when she came to it. As for now, only those whom have proven their unwavering loyalty to her and Equestria would know of the destructive weapon that she was currently producing. She didn't need anypony like Chrissy, or a leader of a foreign power finding out about that. As Luna told her before, if they found out about it, they would try to take it. Once it was finished.... and she had it fully powered... staffed and crewed.... she dared them to try.... If they were foolish and brazen enough to come after a weapon they've never seen in action before without knowing what it can do.... and the convoy that would be around it... They deserved whatever fate be-felled them. Besides... This wasn't her final form in of itself anymore, thanks to the help of Luna and Masquarate. That information wasn't up for discussion either. She hadn't even shown Raven what she could do with that yet, though she would in the near future. The sound of Chryssalis's hoof on the floor three times broke her thought, obviously signalling that the business part of the meeting had subsided. The drones started to come back into the room as she said that they could work over the details of everything a bit later. That right now however, the call for food had been made and she gave a nod in approval. Sure the Queen admitted that she was feeding off of their love, but that was kind of a given at this point. After all, that's what the purpose of this spa was for. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out here. "I would love a fruit salad, and personally myself I would also like to learn more about changling physiology and ethnic backgrounds. I'm also sure that there's a lot of history within the hive as well Something that I would be much interested in hearing," she said echoing Raven's comment about hoping to learn more about the exceptionally elusive race. She herself didn't believe that the race was as barbaric as many in Equestria painted it out to be. Like she pointed out to Raven, something starved for long enough is going to lash out at the closest thing that has food. That's basic survival instinct. She couldn't fault anyone for that, and she'd probably do the same herself if it meant feeding Equestria. At this point she smiled with the official business out of the way as she trotted over to Raven and gave her a little love bump.
  14. Ice listened to the differences of what the queen thought of as a revolutionary and counted that Ice didn't seem to be the type that was trying to overthrow the current hierarchy. Quite the opposite. She said that from what she understood she was aiming to strengthen them. The term paramilitarist was more of an appropriate term for her. She added that she herself understood why she felt like she needed to do such a thing. That she herself had never had a problem with the offivial lines of defense that Equestria had. It was always somepony like her that she lost to. Somepony that she wasn't expecting. She noticed the change in demeanor and the hoof strike against the chitin. The time for idle chat was over, for now. Now came the time for the fruit of the meeting. The real reason why they were seeking to meet with each other. Ice listened as the Queen said that she knew that she was gathering resources and organizing them. She said that she also knew that she needed pony power to get off of the ground. She added that she herself had a good number of changelings that were having problems adapting to some of the new peaceful life styles that were presenting themselves now. She understood that greatly. It all somepony has done their whole life is fight, then it's hard for them to really know anything other than that. The Queen commented that having a place where they could put their talents to good use would be quite beneficial for her. "Well then, that makes this proposal that I was coming up with a lot easier. First order of business is to state that everything that I say is directly from me and Equestria itself has no sway at all in any decision that I make outside of it's ultimate protection. I, Ice Storm, Lunar Guardian and the Commander of the Severe Threat and Assault Response Force would like to extend our hooves into forging an alliance with the Changeling Hive. I would ask for any soldiers that that you are willing to spare to join our forces and assist in Equestrian defense. While doing so they would be able to feed off of the permeating love that is in Equestria. Therein-forth not losing on any of the nutrition that might be gained from the ponies inside the spa, and they won't have to worry about their lack of finesse or touch that is required for the delicacies that's required for running a spa resort. In return for these forces and this alliance, I personally will guarantee the permanent independence and freedom of the Changeling hive. Should any outside force try to lay claim to or attempt to invade changeling lands, we will do what we can to assist including sending forces and fortifying borders to ensure a first line of defense while we figure out how to press further. Presuming that I myself am not currently dealing with a mission myself, I will personally come to your aid with a force that has never been seen in Equestria before. I would also grant STAR base and outpost access to all Hive military personnel that would be in Equestria at the time for the same courtesy. Naturally, this alliance is on the withstanding that Equestria and the Changeling Hive is on amiable terms.I also do not speak for the Princesses of Equestria on this alliance. I speak for myself and the forces of STAR as we our own entity within Equestria. In fact, the only one that knows about my force, doesn't even know I'm here, but she will be the first to know of any alliance that we may come to today so that she knows and can make amiable negotiations to keep Equestria and the Hive within good standings so that the alliance forged can be at full strength at all times, especially in times when they are needed," Ice Spoke with clear authority and determination. She tried to think and make sure that there wasn't anything that she may have forgotten all while keeping the stoic militaristic look on her face while she was addressing the Queen. She felt like she had laid everything out the best she could and felt that the offer was fair. She got forces, she helped guarantee freedom in return. Seemed like win-win to her.
  15. When Chrysalis made the comment about asking for a list of names of ponies that might be interested in a long term stay. She would have to do some confirmations, and even then would likely be a winter retreat of sorts, but she knew that Rarity would likely take her up on it. A chance to live at a spa and get pampered all the time? She knew that she wouldn't let that slide. "I'll get a list to you in due time. I know that there are some from Neighpon that might have interest in that, and of course Miss Rarity is attracted to anything with the word spa in it. I don't know how many of them will have plus ones to bring with them though," she commented. Raven followed stating that she wouldn't mind coming back here more often, and not just for the spa portion of it. She wondered what else that she would want to do here, but a chance to learn more about the hive in general. It wasn't a bad thing to want to learn more about them herself. Then Chrysalis began speaking again, telling her that she liked to personally keep a pair of eyes on powerful ponies and that she herself had gain a lot of power very quickly. She wasn't just talking about the orbs that were orbiting her, and the way she dismissed them gave her pause, but at the same time, changeling magic was a lot different than their own. It was probably in her best interest to let her believe what she wanted to about the power level of the spheres. Her demeanor remained unchanged as she continued. She added that she had gained a lot on the social scene as well. Her business interests, forcing herself within the Canterlot Elite, and gaining power among the Royalty as well. That from experience, she knew a pony didn't amass that much power that quickly without the intent of using it. She also added that she knew that she had a history of empathy for her hive and that she was able to scope out an opportunity as well as sate some curiosity. "I wouldn't say that I'm not revolutionary just yet. Expanding my contacts and my businesses in the way that I have was merely the first steps in my grand master plan. One of my starting points is the social hierarchy and remind nobility what it's like to actually be a noble. That actions are worth more than any amount of wealth they can obtain, and that the entire point of being noble is to help those less fortunate than yourself. As you know, I've already made quite the name for myself as you've mentioned doing just that, among a few other things. I've also grown tired of being invaded and having little to no defenses prepared. EPIC, which is the organization that I'm sure you've infiltrated and know about is a joke. I know for a fact that not may ponies have witnessed the deaths of easily hundreds to thousands in and invasion. Shoot, even when you invaded Canterlot, you enslaved, but you didn't kill. You can't get love off of anypony if they're dead. I watched the entire Crystal Spire fall because of an invasion. I was in that spire, and I vowed to never let that happen again. The only way I can do that, is to personally do something about it. Naturally since EPIC wasn't getting it done, I had to move on to bigger aspirations. Shooting for the STARs so it seems," she said with a smile. She knew Raven would get it, and would test the true extent of the Queens knowledge.
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