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Fixing the Zephyr was going to be a ... difficult experience: But for the sake of her benefactor's pride (and maybe her own), she couldn't bring it back in shambles. Bevel had managed to replace a few of the parts but there was one last component that needed to be replaced. The central focusing crystal. Bevel had been using an artificial crystal in order to make sure the ship had been accumulating the aetheric energy charge needed to bring the ship to Ponyville and back again... however upon "landing" it had been shattered as the zephyr was impaled on the tallest tower of the newest princess's castle and when it was finally removed the ship fell into two pieces at the middle horizontally. During her time in Ponyville, Bevel had been noticing some changes in herself ... and she wasn't sure she liked it. For one thing, she was smiling more often; to most ponies this wasn't that big of a deal and might be seen as a good thing. Bevel gear however had gotten used to her lowered smile quotient since she'd moved away from this blasted country and already the feeling of smiling was only making her remember times when she did it more, which just lead her back (in her memories) to those times that stopped the smiles. Some ponies had been saying her coat, mane and eyes looked less washed out and dreary as they did when she came, and she found her mane was getting... puffier. Even though Bevel was enjoying her time here, she couldn't help but feel somewhere that being in Equestria would only bring her some unnecessary drama that she didn't need right now, or that she'd distract and only prove to hinder someone else's life. It was for the best, In regards to Equestria the only thing she'd really though would be an event that could help her once she got out of here was maybe that consort event held by the same princess whose home she'd "crashed" into. According to the geniuses own (spotty) calculations of the likelihood of Twilight ever speaking, writing, or looking for again -based on past experiences with other intellectuals and factoring how much of a tiny blip she must be on her radar- came out to be a 9999999999999.9 percent likelihood of the two of them simply drifting apart. But those were things left in the past, she needed to focus on the now! Bevel had put various posters over town for a guide in town who was knowledgeable about this "Great Nimbusgait Lake" area, adjacent to Froggybottom swamp and Cloudsdale. Someone strong, dependable, and could likely carry two of the incredibly heavy crystals out of the underground caverns with her, one for the synthesis of the primary component of the transaether focusing crystal and the other just a spare for a worst case scenario. The Mare who applied was somepony by the name of Applejack. Bevel had never heard of her, but then again when Bevel was here she hadn't heard of a new princess being crowned, or even knew about the whole Nightmare moon event. Maybe she was someone important, but right now she was just another pony who had been helping Bevel out without wanting anything in return. And now... here they were; on their way to the trio of lakes on the southern shore with the cloud city of... Cloudsdale looming behind them. The shoreline seemed to almost stretch to eternity from both sides as the two mare's found themselves right in front of the middle lake. Bevel... hadn't been the most talkative of ponies on the trip here so if there was a time to try adn strike up conversation it would likely be now as the inventor had to figure out where the likely location of the cave they needed to find would be... "The map says that the cave these crystals is located in is somewhere on the tract of land that separates lake Cirrus from Lake stratus... and that it is closest to Stratus." She held out the map to Applejack. "Your thoughts, Miss Applejack?"
The Crystal empire: a land not long ago being thought of only as myth. But now the magnificent, formerly enslaved kingdom was back and proving to quite the tourist attraction for their considerably less shiny neighbors down south. The smell of fascinating foods, the sights of the marvelous architecture, the happy smiles of it's citizens! Surely there were many good times to be had in this kingdom! ... Well sadly this kingdom is not where a certain mare had decided to begin her journey. Believe it or not there was a reason she decided to launch her newest machine in the northernmost area of the Crystal Kingdom's territory and not in the relative comfort of the city. 1: There was nowhere she could launch her latest project seeing as she couldn't afford to have it be land locked. 2: Crowds and too many sociable ponies made the hostess of this expidition feel rather ... awkward. 3: She was actually Extremely excited about this new vehicle she had designed... "HA-KSHOO! The Cold weather however was something this mare could live without. She opened up her briefcase and pulled out a hoofkerchief and sighed, 'Well at least any members of the expidition might be able to find me easier now." she thought to herself as she wiped her nose. The olfactory explosion she'd just let loose managed to be loud enough to be heard more than a few meters away, surely loud enough to catch the attention of a nearby traveler. A groan of annoyance managed to escape her lips before she pulled her bandanna off her head and covered her chilling muzzle with it. "I hope they don't take too long getting here..." She said while tapping her free-hoof at the ground in rapid succession as she watched the horizon in from of the little dock by the ice sheet's edge. She was sure she'd sent those letters out with exact longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates for them to follow... She even left a handy map marked with her location on each envelope for each member she'd mailed.