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  • Birthday 03/04/1988

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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. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    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.
  2. "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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    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.
  7. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    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.
  8. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    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.
  9. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    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.
  10. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    The fact that the queen seemed to be sizing them up didn't go unnoticed to Ice Storm. However, if she were in her hooves she would be doing the same and she was herself to an extent was doing exactly that. After all, she had to know exactly what she was dealing with here. Chrysalis began first addressing her and gave the general response that she was glad that her work here pleased her and that she tried to satisfy all of her customers desires. She also hinted at the fact that she knew more than what she was letting on. This didn't really surprise Ice Storm in the slightest. Changelings were still quite prevalent in Equestria, and even more so now. It wasn't shocking at all that some information had made it's way back to the Queen's ears. She had a good feeling that most of it was about her days at EPIC, and the possibility that she was doing something else. She knew for a fact though that STAR wasn't public knowledge. This would give her a good idea about her security detail as well. The queen also added that while her matters of business were important, there were by no means pressing. she was content with Ice setting the tempo of the conversations it seemed. That was good. It meant that she got to sample the waters herself. She wanted to know just what the Queen knew, and how she could turn that into her favor. She also couldn't pass up the opportunity to connect some dots in the process on her own. "It's not really that surprising of a conclusion to come to really. After all a spa resort would naturally cater to the every need of it's patrons. I can think of a certain pony or two that if they found out this place existed, would probably buy permanent rooms here," she smiled testing the waters. "Many ponies love spas, and all ponies love those that they consider family. Changlings need love to survive. It seems like a match made in heaven," she said taking a seat in one of the aforementioned chairs and relaxed a bit more. She was still alert and on guard, but she was not intimidated. Merely, she understood the gravity of the situation that she was in and she was prepared to take actions if necessary. "That being said, I would like to start of by figuring out just how much you know about me and what I'm planning. After all, you summoned me, and I was writing a request for appearance. There's already a mutual interest established. Starting from the beginning and myself giving you information that you already know about me would be a less than optimal decision. Instead, I would be willing to share a bit more depending on the information that you already know, as well as correct any false information you may have obtained," she spoke to the queen, not breaking eye contact all all during the course of her conversation. After finishing her last statement, a dull glow briefly came from the spheres in her amulet as they broke away, and slowly began orbiting her neck.
  11. A smile beamed across Ice Storm's face as the two cadets turned to her and saluted her. She gently raised a hoof and dismissed the formality. "I appreciate it, but when we aren't on the battlefield, there is little need for such formalities," she said with a bit of a jovial tone. One that was very much different from when she took on the persona of Black Ice when she was at the meeting the first time. It was obvious that she was much more laid back now that they weren't dealing with important issues themselves. In fact she relished the opportunity. When Tongue Twister mentioned that she had been caught in those sand storms a few too many times. "I'm sorry to hear that. I myself never got caught in a sandstorm, so I can't say that I know what that's like, but I have been caught in a blizzard. I remember very little of it though. I remember I was very young and traveling to Canterlot. I made it halfway up the mountain when it hit. next thing I knew I felt a surge of magic, and I blacked out. When I woke up the blizzard was over and I was in a small igloo. To this day I'm still not entirely sure what happened or how I survived. I just know when I woke up, I had my cutie mark," she said with a smile as she looked over to Loose Canon that seemed surprised to see her. Almost like she wasn't sure that she was supposed to be down here or the like. She figured that she would still be dealing with the important stuff. "Well the meeting I had planned for today didn't take as long as I was expecting it to, so I have a bit of time to kill while I'm here so I figured the best way to utilize that time is to get to know the ponies that I will be fighting with. As for the base itself, a lot of thought has to be put into something of this magnitude. It's really hard to keep something like this hidden in plane sight, so it took a lot of strategic planning and a lot of utilizing a lot of the natural resources in the area. Most of the rooms and corridors in the base are just extensions of the cave systems in the ravine, but reinforced and expanded for what we needed. This way all of the structural integrity remained intact above us. That being said, when we do finally decide on a color scheme for the organization, I will make sure to let you know," she said with a smile.
  12. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    Watching the halls transition from the well lit bamboo lined halls to the black chitinous walls lit with green phosphorsense served as a gentle reminder of just of whom that she would be dealing with here. There was no way that Queen Chrysalis wasn't still a dangerous pony in her own right. Even if she wasn't actively seeking anything hostile at the moment she couldn't deny that she was possibly playing with fire here. And being a pony of ice herself, playing with fire always ended up being a bit more dangerous. Still though, she wouldn't have made such meeting arrangements if she didn't believe that something mutually beneficial couldn't come from this. It would remain to be seen just how beneficial it would be for her and at what cost. On the flip side, there was no way that she could come here and not make some sort of deal with Chrysalis. She knew that would give her some leverage. Aftet all, wasting her time and walking away from this place empty hooved would be a grave mistake if they even walked away from it to begin with. She didn't have much more time to think on the matter though as they started to enter the throne room itself. Ice Storm had seen a few pictures of Chrysalis, so she had an idea of what to expect, but she had never actually met the Changeling Queen before. Truth be told, she was actually a lot sleeker and more filled out than what she had seen in some of the pictures. She figured that it was true that the camera did add about twenty pounds cause she definitely looked every bit of as powerful as she was expecting her to be. She beckoned them inside, her voice ringing through them. There was a low sultry tone in her voice, but Ice held her resolve... for now at least. If she was to be the commander of an armed force that were to be potentially allied with her forces, then she could not be seen as weak. She moved forward a bit more as Raven bowed and spoke to the Queen. She thanked her for allowing Icy to bring a guest. The queen herself seemed to be that they had received her invitation. Instead of bowing though, Ice brought a hoof up to her chest the way that Luna and Tempest had both taught her as a form of salute. While bowing would have also been appropriate, for what they were discussing she reasoned this was the best form of greeting. "Thank you for the invitation as well. I was actually hoping that I would be receiving one soon. I was actually in the process of writing up a request to meet with you myself when I received it. There is a lot that I wish to discuss..." she spoke with confidence and authority. Once again, it wouldn't do her well to speak weakly or without conviction. She had to prove that she was worthy. "That and it gave me the perfect excuse to get away from things and come back here for some business relaxation," she added with a bit of a smile. All and all, the last time she was here she had a really great time. Now that Raven was here as well she imagined that this time was only going to be even better. After all, last time she was here, she was alone and had no pony to share this wonderful experience with.
  13. The meeting that she had been apart of had taken a lot less time than she had envisioned it taking. Truth be told, Tempest, while a powerful mare was still very much a loose canon. Their pact was the only guarantee that she would remain loyal to her. The sooner that she was able to solidify her research on prosthetic horns and the method that she was envisioning... and making it work, the better. After all, if she could get a mare like Tempest unwaveringly loyal to her, that would make everything much easier for her later. The biggest problem was that it didn't seem like Tempest and Luna were going to get a long very well. As much as she was hopeful that both of them could look beyond the past, she wasn't surprised that the two didn't trust each other. However, if this was going to work, they would have to prove to each other that they could be trusted. Luna wasn't just going to openly trust her because of what she did, and Tempest wasn't going to trust Luna because she would feel like they have constant eyes on her. Waiting for her to mess up so that they could take advantage of that. It was a delicate situation. She would have to deal with that in time as it rose though. Right now, since she was on the base anyway, the most important thing for her to do right now was to mingle with the rest of the staff and soldiers on the base. After all, what reason would anypony here have to follow her if she didn't at least make an effort to prove to them that she was a mare with trusting. It was just as important that everypony here trusted her as much as she was trusting them. She figured the best place to start, would be the first place that most soldiers would go in a place like this. Either the gym, or the mess hall, and she went with the gym first. It was on the way to the mess hall from where she was so it made sense. She approached the door and as she did she could here some of the conversation that the ponies were having inside. It was muffled from the door and the walls but she started to open the door and make her way inside. Inside, were Tongue Twister and Loose Canon. Some of her more unique soldiers that were more to add to the list of ponies that current Equestrian Society had failed. Those who wish to help defend our land should never be denied the opportunity to at least try. If it ends up not being something they can do, at the very least Ice Storm would give them a chance to try. And if they couldn't fight, there were plenty of other uses that she could find for them to let them fell useful in what ways that they can. nopony was ever useless here. She heard them start talking about the paint and how cool it can get here at nights. Ice smiled a bit as she started to speak up. "I've done what I can to accommodate for the temperature loss at night. Keeping the base underground like I have allows it to stay at a more consistant temperature than it would be on the surface of the desert. It actually serves multiple purposes. Not only does being underground make it harder to detect, it also saves on maintenance by quite a bit actually. Not only that but it's also completely protected from the sandstorms that like to pop up out of nowhere. I do know that in some of the upper levels it can get a bit cool or warm depending on the time of year its in and I made sure that all of the climate controls were one-hundred percent functional before I even considered opening it," she said with a smile. "As far as the colors go, everything in the base right now is basically a primer. We haven't decided on a a color scheme for the organization yet, but it's a work in progress. Once we get that finished, we'll completely overhaul the colors here."
  14. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    Ice Storm smiled and kept close to Raven as they started to make their way towards where Chrysalis was going to be meeting them. She heard the guard echo her mentioning of how amazing the place was and that it was much better than the badlands. "I can see how they would get old after a while, but truthfully, the badlands really aren't as bad as the name implies. They are very good for laying low and building, and they are perfect training grounds because of how barren they are. There's less chances of hurting innocents if magic goes awry like it normally does in a training spar, but yeah... they wouldn't be a good place to live for long periods of time. There's just nothing to look at," she said as the set of doors leading into the palace opened up in front of them. One of the little benefits that she did like, was hearing that they were going to be given the VIP treatments when they were finished meeting with Chrissy. Ultimately it wasn't that far of a walk neither. It was just around a short bend that over-looked the beach-side resort that was on the island. The lagoon that they used for it was Crystal Clear and they could see clear to the bottom of it! Thankfully because of that, they could see that while the lagoon had fish in them, they were clear of sharks. Those things could be mean, and really had a way of ruining a pony's fun. She paused for a bit at the door as she waiting for Raven to catch up with her before walking in. The hallways weren't really that much unlike the once in the Palace in Canterlot, and she walked them enough at this point to know the general layout. She very much doubted that Chrysalis's Palace would be laid out like the Princesses, but she simply followed the doors that were open. After all Chrysalis knew that they were coming, and as the guard said she was expecting them. "You'd be surprised at some of the things these little things can come up with. After all, they had to make do with basically nothing for Celestia knows how long. To the point where I even understand the Queens dilemma when she attacked Canterlot during the wedding. If you're struggling to survive and the country next door has the very thing that you need to survive and they aren't sharing it, what would you do? Gotta make sure your kingdom survives somehow," she told Raven. She didn't agree with the actions that were taken at the time, but she understood them. Something that in Chrysalis's role, she might have done something similar. For now though, those thoughts would have to be put on hold as the started approaching the throne room. Naturally because they were expected, the doors were wide open waiting for them. She couldn't help but feel a tad bit nervous under the heir of confidence that she held. After all, what they were going to be discussing, was definitely a lot of grey area for both countries. However, she felt there was enough mutual benefit here for her to try.
  15. IceStorm

    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    Ice Storm gave a small smile to the guards they had apparently recognized her from her previous visit here. She remembered the last time that she was here. It was quite a relaxing trip, and one that she spent mostly in the spa and sauna. It actually surprised everypony that she knew back home when she told them that she was in a sauna. It generally got her the reaction of, "You were in a hot place and you didn't melt?". She had to admit there was merit to their concerns. For all of her power and affinity with ice, she was equally as vulnerable to fire and heat. Shoot, an average summer day in some of the hotter parts of Equestria could hospitalize her if she wasn't careful. Of course she had ways of dealing with the heat to make sure it never affected her, but they were usually magical counter measures that wasn't always something that she could rely on. She heard the changling greet her and look everything over, noting that everything was in order. She gave a smile but noticed that his smile faded a bit when he asked if she wasn't bringing a plus one. That Chrysalis had been hoping that she would. Ice giggled and nodded. "I did! She's probably still getting off the train. She's a bit dazzled by the sights," she said with a smile as Raven walked up next to them. "Ah, here she is now," she answered as Raven confirmed what she had just said to the changling. When she asked if they were in the same plane, Ice shook her head. "Likely not. After all, Equestria only has one sun. However there's nothing to worry about too much here... other than eating too much... gotta worry about that. The food here is amazing..." she said with a giggle and totally wasn't speaking fro previous experiences with the buffets here...