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“In war, courage is tested not by a desire to fight, but by sacrificing to save others.” TOTAL WAR! With much of Equestria’s army defending Canterlot from relentless enemy assault, too few ponies remain to keep watch on the countryside. Intent on depriving Equestria of land to grow food, King Sombra deploys raiders to kidnap civilians as slaves and burn everything else in their path. In the secluded valley of Summer Springs, a small band of soldiers is the only thing standing between a peaceful village and complete devastation. This under-strength force must hold out long enough for reinforcements to arrive..... ------ *A FEW MILES SOUTH OF SUMMER SPRINGS* Equestrian ponies were not terribly good at tasks of renown, but at least to Kopis, they were good for growing edible food. Like the strawberries she plucked from a bush two hours ago, during the twilight of the morning dawn. Of course, it would have been unwise to reveal such thoughts to her Master, or to regret how she would never be able to taste any more of those sweet berries again. Even now, that bush, along with many others just like it, was being put to the torch by her Crystal Legionnaires. On Kopis’ orders, entire farms and villages burned in agony behind her, the smoke so extensive that it was blotting out the sky and sprinkling ash on lands miles away. A magically-gifted unicorn lacking pity or remorse, Kopis possessed the cruel temperament required of one of King Sombra’s trusted servants. Loyally serving the Shadow King of her own free will, the periwinkle-coated mare stood out from the rest of her subjugated legionnaires with her uncovered bald head and the ankle-length black skirt of a Kastroti acolyte. Kopis bore no physical weapons, for dark magic was her ally. It was this unicorn whom Sombra entrusted with command over the Crystal Legion raiders in the Solstice Heights. Her pouch rumbling, Kopis levitated a small, glowing crystal orb onto her hoof. A crystal orb rumbling by itself always meant someone wanted to contact its user, so the commander used a stream of magic to ‘activate’ the seeing stone. “Mistress,” the stone revealed an unarmored changeling, one of several scouts hiding on the edge of cliff-top forests; “Our scouts have spotted a small Equestrian force in the Summer Springs valley. We estimate that no more than 200 ponies defend the residents and other refugees sheltering in the town.” “Goooooood,” Kopis cooed wickedly, pleased with the scout’s report; “Stay out of sight, and keep me informed on their positions.” King Sombra would be most pleased indeed if a vulnerable target like Summer Springs fell..... ------ OOC: http://www.canterlot.com/topic/22003-fire-and-sword-pve-ooc-update-117-added-info-to-op/ AU Rules + Lore: http://www.canterlot.com/topic/21933-the-sombra-war-au-update-119-1st-rp-active/ Map of the battlescape: MAP LEGEND: Thick brown lines = cliffs Blue lines = stream Blue blobs on cliff edges = waterfalls Yellow lines = stone roads or bridges Light green lines = unpaved pathways Thin brown lines above rivers = wooden bridges Dark green lines around farmland = hedges
By Endurance we conquer! With the Dark King's seemingly endless forces pushing ever harder toward Canterlot, it is all the Northern lands can do to not be engulfed in tyranny and slavery. With cities like Stalliongrad and Seaddle cut off from the mainland due to Sombra's conquests, they must rely on more daring means to get their citizens and soldiers food, water and medicine. Luckily, Equestria has something that Sombra does not: Allies. While he may call vagabonds and scoundrels to his side, they do not command the loyalty of nations. Whitescar is one such nation that answers Equestria's call for aid, and the HMS Endurance has been charged with the delivery to Seaddle, carrying the city's only hope of holding out in its cargo... ----- The HMS Endurance had a heavy burden, both literally and metaphorically, as it opened to full sail pulling out of Barn. The Caribou had filled the galleon with as much food and supplies as they could fit, making things quite cramped below deck. The cargo hold filled to capacity, they started to pile the crates in the crew quarters, the kitchen, the armory, the sick bay, everywhere they could find some space. But Captain Wildflower was happy to take it. The ponies of Seaddle, her home, were far more important than comfort. They had a good South-bound wind that should carry them the route they wanted to go, hoping to slip by contested waters. They had made it to Whitescar with no issue, and she hoped that luck could continue... Mostly because she didn't think they had the ammo to deal with a fleet engagement, having to replace some of the cannonball stock with- you guessed it- crates. Captain Wildflower looked to the foggy seas ahead, the port of Barn getting smaller and smaller behind them. It was too late to turn back now. *Meanwhile, back at Barn* One of the caribou dockworkers looked on as The Endurance faded further and further away. He ran to a nearby alley and took the nearby seeing stone from its hiding place, shaking as the image of one of the Dark King's officers appeared. "The Endurance just left, heading south back toward Seaddle... They've been loaded with food, water, and potions..." "Excellent" grinned the Crystal pony apparation "You take direction... But, your loyalty is fickle, and my master has little need for cowards. But with all things, this will be fixed when Whitescar is ours..." "H-Hey, wait! You said-!" The caribou's protests were cut off with the orb shattering, the officer no longer interested in the words of a patsy that had served their purpose. ----- OOC: http://www.canterlot....-sign-ups-closed/ AU Rules + Lore: http://www.canterlot...-1st-rp-active/