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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. Ice continued to walk as she heard Earth start speaking once again. He understood her conditions on the mission, and reiterated what she had said herself. That he was pony of the pen, not the sword. He continued by saying that he was starting to wonder if the quote that words trump force. She smiled. She heard him talk about how the words can't change the facts but they can change what they mean. Whether the attack was a sign of weakness, out the waking of a sleeping giant, time would only tell. “Words can hold weight, but the call also become weightless. The pen is only mightier than the sword until the sword comes crashing down upon the one with the pen. This comes from the dating that actions speak louder than words. While the words can shift perceptions to the unknown, the actions that take place henceforth take president. An example, somepony saying that they are fixing a problem means nothing if they aren't actually taking steps to fix it.” “That's why I've taken the steps that I have. Myself, Equestria, we can talk the safety and security of everyone all we want, but until we can prove that we are a force to be reckoned with, no event has reason to back down. The only reason we've lasted as long as we have with this kind of waiting philosophy is pure luck. That's why the time for words it over. That's why the Shadow of Ice is being built. And that is why you are now here,” she said leading them into a room before locking the door behind them. “Now, we get to the serious part. This oath and pact is more binding than any contract,” she started, lifting her hoof like she had done many times before. Ice began to creep up her foreleg, and an orb of aether appeared on her hoof tip. “Earth Writer, by accepting the position in the Severe Threat and Action Response Force you are hereby swearing all alliances to that of not only myself but Equestria as a whole. That it's protection is of no squish and that no length is too great to preserve the harmony in our land. Your accommodations will be provided on base as well as your earnings provided in the amount of seven hundred and fifty bits a week for the rank of specialist E4. By shaking my hoof, you oath is sealed with an arcane pact. The same pact that I myself made with the night princess, can and my second in command. You will likely feel a bit of stinging as the pact is bound,” Ice finished with her magic covered hoof extended.
  2. Ice Storm could feel the anger and resentment just as much from Earth Writer as she mentioned the name and he added that he knew she wouldn't want all of her eggs in one basket as they say, but it was a mission that he wanted to be one. “I understand, and I will allow it on one condition,” she said turning to him. “I'm not expecting this to be an easy walk in and negotiate a truce meeting. There will be bloodshed. To that extent, I mean not to offend you, but you're no soldier. So if you came, it would be as a dossier and to record all events that happen for the log books. I cannot in good conscience allow you to walk the front lines with us. Both for your safety and ours,” and spoke honestly.
  3. The reaction from Earth Writer when he saw the scope of the ship that she was building was priceless. She could see everything processing in his mind and coming together as he metaphorically picked his jaw off the ground. She saw him scribble something in his notebook. She heard him clear his throat and then commented on the ship. When he asked what she had planned for a maiden voyage for a ship like this that was time sensitive, she nodded. “A couple reasons actually. One, the sooner she's operational, the sooner she's mobile. The longer she remains stationary, the more opportunities that something could figure out where she is and try to take the location before we have the pony power to defend it. We have a good defense force, but we aren't impervious yet. Once that's operational, she'll become the mobile headquarters of STAR. This base will become a fall back base of operations. As far as it's maiden voyage… I have a score to settle with The Red Jarl. Make him pay for the damage that he caused…” she stated with a bit of venom in her voice.
  4. Ice Storm noted the salute that was sent towards her and she also noted that while it wasn't completely whole hearted it wasn't entirely fake either. It held at least a little bit of merit to it as the continued forth. Now that they had the introductions, the tour, and the talks out of the way, it was time to get to the big stuff. Well, big could be a little bit of an understatement at this point. When she heard Earth tell her that she was killing him with his own curiosity. She smiled as she pushed the code into the door and a loud hissing was heard as the locks disengaged and the doors opened. When they opened, the revealed the massive underground ravine that had been further excavated and mined out for extra space for what the ravine was now containing. In the center of the ravine, was the husk of what would soon be the flagship of STAR. At this point, the hull itself was complete as well as some of the storage bays... In fact, the first four lower decks and all supply and cargo holds had been completed. The engine had been set, and off to the side of the ship some of the ships cannons have also started production. The ship itself was massive and stretched far down into the ravine. All and all it was about three hundred ponies long and thirty ponies wide. "She doesn't look like much now, but when she's done... she'll be the pride and joy of the Equestrian Military, and a symbol of fear for everypony who oppose it. It will be the ship that when the enemy sees it, they know they've lost. The cannons that you see over there that are being built? it will have six of those. Two on the upper deck, and four 360 degree turrets on the keel, as well as several secondary batteries for anything that gets close to it. She is not without her weakness unfortunately though, as no matter how much we put into her, she's still going to be slow. She'll require an escort of at least four Air Destroyers. Right now though, making sure she gets finished on time is my primary concern. That is why her supplies are coming from multiple ports and can't be pinned down..." she said pausing to let Earth Writer take in everything.
  5. Ice wasn't all that surprised when she didn't get a response from him in regards to the oaths that were needed. Plus it was probably just as unsurprising that she had sworn an oath herself. It stood to reason that a pony with her power and resources had such an pact the ensure the safety of the land. When he pulled out the pen and commented, Ice smiled before speaking. “Indeed they do. In which case I'll be sure you have a steady supply of ink,” she said as the continued. The rest of the walk consisted of sole of the different jargon that was used in the base as well as a bit of the layouts of the part of the base that they had just left. Eventually they came to a large set of heavily guarded double doors. As soon as Ice got close they came to attention. “At ease soldiers. Unlock the door.” “Yes Ma'am!” They replied as a click was heard and they stepped into the room where a pony scanned her with magic. “Clear! Commander on Deck!” they said as the passed through. “This part of the base is on lock down. The ponies that come here, do so for two months at a time before rotating out. That way no one gets to much flack about being gone for too long and most tend you stay happy,” she says walking to the end of the hallway to a set of steel doors. “The information of what's beyond these doors, stays behind those doors. Failure to heed this warning is an act of treason,” she said taking one a now very serious demeanor. The demeanor of a commander. “Do I make myself clear?”
  6. Ice nodded when Earth Writer acknowledged the fact that she had reasonable expectations. She had to have. With what she was getting hey hooves into, and the ponies that she was recruiting, she knew that there would be obstacles that they would have to come across. She knew there would be times where reassignments would be necessary, and initial assessments would have to be evaluated. “It is unfortunate that the guard is pretty much irrelevant at this point. As you said, too many gaps,” she started as they began their long walk. “As far as what an onboarding process would be, it's not really much more than you would expect. Naturally due to the complexity of what we are and what we deal with, they are loyalty oaths, and secrecy oaths that are bound in arcane measures. Even I myself have a loyalty oath bound by aether to the Princess of the Night. Otherwise though, there's not anything unusual. You'll be issued a uniform, a dwelling, passes to the eateries like we were just at. As well as entertainment passes when we aren't in a time of hostility. Right now those are given out a bit more sparingly because we are still in build up phase. It's hard to get everything off the ground of no one is here working. You will also be provided with whatever tools you need to to do what you do. In your instance quills, can news articles, data inquiries and the like. If you were a mechanic pony, all your tools would be provided. You will also be given a security clearance code that is specific to you and you only,” she continued.
  7. "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."
  8. "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.
  9. 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."
  10. “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.
  11. 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.
  12. "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."
  13. 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.
  14. "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.
  15. 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.
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