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In the town of Ponyville, rumors were spreading, not the usual idle gossip however, these voices were often hushed, and somewhat fearful in their delivery, word spreading like wildfire through the town in a way that only rumors can. Something was in the Everfree Forest; whilst this was nothing new, and in fact a fact of life often mocked by the Ponyville residents, this was something that started to worry them, as most creatures from the forest were easy to tell what they were, and often kept to themselves, Manticores, and Timberwolves alike usually just did their own thing. However these rumors were of the unknown, ponies seeing mismatched eyes glowing deep in the forest, a ghostly green glow surrounding this thing. A creature strong enough to knock down trees and take down Timberwolves, walking with heavy thuds and strange unnatural sounds.

 

Though perhaps the most worrying part of this rumor, was that each time somepony experienced this creature; it was closer and closer towards Ponyville; with the possibility of such a strange and possibly dangerous being entering Ponyville, many citizens were restless, though due to the claims of the public having no evidence, there was not any significant guard presence. However such a situation would more than likely attract attention of other heroic, or otherwise villainous forces, interested in whatever this creature was.

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The Equestrian looked out at the Everfree, her eyes narrow and focused on what may and may not be. She was no stranger to those woods. She had grown up on the edge of it, after all. Plenty of dangers lurked in there and plenty more had fallen. This new threat? Well, it was serious news, no doubt. But she had faced plenty of dangers before and knew that in the great scheme of things that Equestria would prevail over anything thrown her way. Many heroes stood to protect her, after all, and while Equestrian hadn't joined the academy to make new ones, she didn't have one shred of a doubt that many would answer the call when needed.

She never doubted that was her fate, not that she had much of a choice. When both of your parents were heroes and you embodied traits native to both of them your fate was somewhat pre-ordained. She inherited a wealth of superpowers from her mother while her father had been one of the most intelligent inventors in the world. She was one of the most well-trained hoof to hoof specialists in the world, had an enchanted suit that enhanced her already legendary abilities, an unbreakable lasso that compelled one to tell the truth, a bevy of superpowers, and the will to match. She was made for this type of situation and she didn't regret the circumstances of her life one bit, having come to terms with the flaws and foibles that made life equally painful and amazing.
 

Part of that was because unlike many other heroes, The Equestrian didn't have a secret alias. She was simple Applejack to most. She enjoyed being a symbol to help others become their better selves and always strived to live up to both her breeding and the expectations therein. So when her home was threatened by some dangerous critter or somesort, you best believe she was there to answer the call. Her mind processed the many villains and possibilities. With any luck it'd be The Everfree Avenger, that ecological terrorist deer who was always hatching a new plan to remove pony influence from the edges of the Everfree- a forest that the Avenger wanted spread across the world, naturally.

Unlikely, though. He was more flamboyant that he was sneaky. “Well, only one way to find out,” she said to nopony in particular, her voice deeper and somewhat more refined than her counterparts across universes. She leaped high up into a tree and started jumping from tree to tree with lighting speed, precision, and reaction, ready and excited to solve another problem for her beloved hometown.

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As she leapt from tree to tree, the forest would just loom gloomily as per usual. The dull light ahead fading as a ghostly green light shone through instead.

 

The owner of this light was the cause of the rumors, and a very strange creature, the light coming from his fiberoptic mane and tail glowing a vibrant green, his eyes glowing red and blue. As it walked its hoofs clanked and sometimes rattled, the metal joints of this robotic being reflected in its own light as it walked, seemingly looking around for something.

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BROODMARE was skulking about in the brush, which was unusual for her.  Not the skulking part, she did that all the time.  Being known publicly would end very badly for her, and so she had quickly adapted to keeping out of sight as much as possible.  It was the 'brush' part that was unusual.  The wilderness was not a typical haunt for her, as not only did all the green and brown make the grey metal of her frame all the more obvious, there was generally very little for her where there wouldn't normally be spare parts and interesting and occasionally friendly ponies or similar creatures were few and far between.

 

This was a special case.  Rumours had been spreading, far enough that even BROODMARE caught wind of them, that there was some kind of creature haunting the Everfree Forest and drew closer to the nearby town of Ponyville with each sighting.  Most didn't know what to make of it, but BROODMARE saw much in the description in common with herself: a creature the public knew little about, living in isolation, and which from the descriptions seemed to be synthetic in nature.

 

BROODMARE had come to see this creature for herself.  If the creature proved friendly, it would provide her a unique opportunity to speak to someone in a similar situation to her own, something she'd never had before.  If it proved unfriendly... she would regret the lack of companionship, but spare parts were always useful as well.

 

Of course, assuming either case would be jumping to a conclusion.  BROODMARE had to actually find the creature first.  And so she'd begun her search, carefully moving through the outskirts of the Everfree Forest, making her way deeper in.

 

On 10/26/2017 at 4:15 PM, SteelEagle said:

“Well, only one way to find out,” she said to nopony in particular,

It just so happened that this time Nopony In Particular was listening.  This could complicate things.  BROODMARE had files on this one, if borrowed from her creators rather than ones of she made herself.  The Equestrian was hero both very successful and very public, a combination that could prove very inconvenient.  Though it would make one thing easier, with the hero taking the direct route BROODMARE could more easily sit back and observe.

 

The Equestrian leapt up and bounded between trees as she dove into the woods, forcing BROODMARE to move faster than she was comfortable with to keep pace, staying some distance behind.  Hopefully she could pass for a wild animal, startled by the sudden passing, and remain largely ignored.

 

BROODMARE supposed it might not matter soon.  Up ahead a green, alien light was visible, and from a distance and through the trees she could just barely make out the glint of metal and the colours of secondary lights.  She paused for a moment and lifted her cloak, releasing a small general-purpose drone into the air with a faint hum, before pressing forward again.  The drone would lay in wait until she needed it, while she herself tried to sneak closer and see what this mystery being was like.

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She didn't even need enhanced senses to understand the nature of the disturbance as she approached it. It made sense why a lot of ponies in Ponyville would be put off by it or otherwise concerned. It was a simple town and the ponies in it didn't want to have to deal woth the weird and wild stuff that was becoming increasingly common in Equestria. And this wasn't as bad as some of them by a long shot but that didn't make it any less scary for the ponies involved. There were other things she had been worried about beforehoof- some brief moment caught her eyes, but panicked animals were far more likely considering the nature of it- but now she was in front of what she could assume was what all the hubub was about, she was less worried.

Applejack came to a quick landing not far from the robot, her lasso at the ready as she re-centered herself in front of the...strange contraption. She had never seen it before. That didn't mean it wasn't a threat and while Applejack looked more relaxed than she had when she first set off, her hooves were still planted in a manner to take off quickly and start the fight off all nice and hard-like if needed. Her voice was guarded, if still pleasant and warm enough to be worthy of her home. “Well, howdy there, stranger. Just who may you be?” Applejack asked, her eyes registering the details of his most unusual makeup. Certainly was a bit strange but the more she saw what was in front of her the less worried and the more intrigued she became.

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The being would seem to be resting for a moment, glancing around behind itself as AJ landed, making a strange sighing noise it looks back in front of it, just as AJ spoke, the surprise catching it off guard it makes a brief exclamation as it jumps backwards, accidentally knocking over a tree behind it. It looks down sheepishly and rubs its foreleg "Sorry... That... was not an intentional movement. 'Howdy' I am Prop, who may you be?" it asks, the howdy coming out almost like a recording of AJ's voice as it walks forwards, looking around her body "Your pulse is spiking very oddly, are... wait no, it's lowering. It appears you are at less than 5% risk of heart failure. This is a good thing." it says, trying to smile to her, resulting in a strange smile that ponies would often do when actively trying to smile "I do not suppose you know of any way to the settlement known as 'Ponyville', do you? I was told to go there, but I am afraid I have been lost for some time now; every time a pony comes close they keep running away, and I cannot keep up with them to ask them if they can show me." it's voice was strangely synthetic, but yet could pronounce rather well, seeming to only go extremely synthetic on words that it was not used to saying. It's horn lights up as it levitates a stick from the ground, idly toying with it, giving it an occasional spin and just watching it move.

 

Prop suddenly stops, blinking as it looks around "I am detecting more technology around us. Do you bring your own technology with you?" it asks, eyes starting to glow a bit brighter as it performs a long distance scan on the area around it, eventually pointing the stick towards the general area of the drone "I believe you must have left it over there. It appears to not be moving, however is producing a lot of heat from motors, some minor bearing adjustments could cut this issue down by around 20%, making the device 20% cooler, enhancing the life of the motors before replacement." It does its little smile again to AJ

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BROODMARE's efforts seemed to pay off, at first.  Whether it was genuine belief that the rustle was no more than an animal, or noting the noise but being focused on her primary objective, the hero didn't stop for a more in depth look.  Keeping pace was tricky, but the hero herself helped with that, being entirely unconcerned about being obvious in her movements.

 

It wasn't long before they found their mutual quarry.  Observing from a distance away, BROODMARE thought the other golem seemed to be friendly enough.  It choose to greet the speaking creature it suddenly encountered, rather than to start attacking, and even introduced itself as Prop.  That meant it was more than a weapon.  Or at least, she thought a moment later, different from one.  And as she'd hoped, here was another being who shared her experiences, even if she wouldn't wish it on them.  She momentarily lamented the Equestrian's presence, as she would have loved to speak to Prop in private.

 

The lament was only momentary, as BROODMARE was discovered just then.  She had spent too long evading organic beings, she thought, and had apparently forgotten that another golem could potentially detect her in ways most organic things couldn't.  She hadn't been fully discovered yet, but that was only a matter of time now.  Better to head things off, and be revealed on her own terms.

 

It still took BROODMARE a moment to choose the proper spot.  The forest didn't offer a lot of clear spaces, where she could make herself seen without being too close.  Her hope was that having some distance would give more time to get under the cover of the brush and get away if and when the discussion went poorly.  Shortly, she found and spot and stepped out.  The old cloak covered most of her features, but the coverage was not complete and her metal 'hide' and glowing 'eyes' were easy to spot with just a little scrutiny.

 

BROODMARE bristled a little at the Prop's criticism of her drone, though there was no outward sign.  Sometimes she had to make do with inferior components, when she repairs were needed and she couldn't track down proper supplies.  It meant some of her drones varied in quality, even if they all functioned.  She knew it had a problem, and didn't like it being so casually pointed out as fixable when she hadn't had the right opportunities to manage it.  The issue was too small to make a point of though, at least for the moment.
Only belatedly did she put together that Prop's commentary indicated he'd only found the drone, and she could have safely stayed hidden if she'd sent it away or recovered it.  Oops.  Either way, no turning back now.

 

BROODMARE recalled her drone, setting it to a low hover a short ways above her head.  “Please forgive my intrusion,” she announced, then pointed to Prop.  “This one made me curious.”  She wasn't sure what else to say to the Equestrian.  She wasn't sure what else could be said to the Equestrian.  So, after looking to the hero in mild confusion, she let her drone watch and focused on Prop for the moment.  He was...like her, but not.  Much more vocal.  “What would you find in Ponyville?” she asked after a moment.  

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The Equestrian gave the...golem creature a queer look. It had some sort of biometric scanner, it seemed like. It gave her less than a five percent chance of heart failure which it qualified as good news but came across rather terrifying. Considering a non-superhero athlete didn't ever breach such numbers unless something was wrong, it pointed to something she needed to check up. “...Well Props, Ah'm Tha Equestrian. Who told you ta head ta Ponyville?” She asked the creature. By no means was she going to assume that he was a threat now but that didn't mean she was comfortable it. She could tell it was trying awfully hard to be all friendlylike, what with sounded like a recorded howdy from her. That didn't mean thay whoever told it to come this way or was in control or whatever couldn't have been trying to get it in close and sharp to the town.

Not too long after the golem noted the presence of another, the other made itself known. This was another golem. Both of them shared the trademarks of modern technology more than the ways and means of past golem production. While the first fella was a bit of a mystery to her, BROODMARE was not. The Equestrian had many allies in the high ranks of the REA and the nature of her creation was an issue. She had been designed as a war golem but was given sentience. Whether they should have done that or not was a matter better left on the sidelines because it had happened. The fight to terminate her had resulted in the destruction of the facility, but what living creature wouldn't want to live? Who she was and what she wanted to be were matters left for others. The Equestrian knew where she stood on the issue.

Feeling at least momentarily safe, she placed her lasso on her hip and relaxed.
“BROODMARE, is it? Ah'm Tha Equestrian. Nice ta finally meet ya,” she said, her voice calm and soothing, warm and friendly all at once. No doubt she felt like the least powerful of the trio but then again she always felt that way. Hadn't stopped her before and if one or both of them went rogue wouldn't stop her now.

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The sudden appearance of another being like him made him jump a bit; his scanners were still calibrating from the range of beings in the forest, along with wirelessly scanning new forms of technology to detect them, it left him easy to sneak up on for now. His eyes widened as he got 'scared' the screens getting filled with lines of code as he reset from the startle, shaking his head as his ears flop a bit, clanging like chimes as they hit his head.

 

They both seemed to want to know why he wanted to go to Ponyville, it seemed like a rather strange query to him, all things considered. "I was told by my creators to seek it out. Also, why would I not want to seek a way out of this forest? It is lonely and empty, and I am bored of seeing moss, Miss The Equestrian." he says, moving a leg carefully as he checks to see if he had fully recovered from the shock. He straightens up, smacking his head against a tree branch, the branch snapping as he jumps, flinching "Ouch!" he exclaims, his voice slightly distorted from the hit as his eyes spin from the hit, shaking his head to recompose himself as he looks down at the branch then to the tree "I am sorry for the inconvenience to your photosynthetic cycle." he says with his normal voice again as he looks back to the two ahead of him as he tries to gain wireless control of the drone to make it fly over to him.

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