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Hearts and Hooves Day: A Royal Wedding! (Open, Mini-Event)


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(OOC: Drafted by me, Dunnie, and Steel together!)

 

And then, as if in a sudden blink, there he was.  Not that Blueblood had been instantly warped to the front of the aisle, dressed to the nines, together with the mares he loved most in all this world.  No, it was simply that this was suddenly clear to him as the only salient fact, protruded on but dimly by the presence of Princess Twilight Sparkle.

Crusader, meanwhile, stood tall and firm, as if restraining herself with difficulty from spreading her wings and taking Dunnie and Blueblood under them like a brooding hen.  Time for that later, when they both were officially hers to have and hold, to love and cherish...

 

"We are gathered here today to celebrate with Star Crusader, Blueblood, and Dunnie Blust as they proclaim their love and commitment to the world. We are gathered to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.”

 

Blueblood blinked.  Twilight was beginning the ceremony proper.  He had better regard her as salient, if he didn’t want to miss or flub his vows.

 

Finally! Dunnie thought, it was finally time for the ceremony itself to start. The reason why every creature was gathered there today. The formalities would soon be done with, and their fun could start.

 

“The relationship you enter into today must be grounded in the strength of your love and the power of your faith in each other. To make your relationship succeed it will take unending love. It will take trust, to know in your hearts that you truly want what is best for one another and to learn and grow together. It will take faith to go forward together without knowing what the future holds. Entering into a Herd comes with unique challenges and unique experiences, all of which you have been educated about. If all of you come freely, and understand the responsibility and work involved to make your relationship thrive, and are committed to not only each other but your family, please take each other by the hooves and reply 'we do.'

 

Hoof in hoof in hoof, Blueblood looked his brides in the eyes and said along with them, “We do.”

 

And then it was time for his own vows, which he perked his ears up to catch.

 

"Blueblood, repeat after me:

 

Star Crusader and Dunnie Blust, you are my best friends and everlasting companions. You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known. I take joy today in committing my life to yours.”

 

“Star Crusader and Dunnie Blust, you are my best friends and everlasting companions. You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known. I take joy today in committing my life to yours.”

 

The ring-bearer position had been filled by Wordsworth, as the youngest pony which had any close significance to Blueblood’s life and household.  For once in a rare circumstance, the secretary’s face was devoid of humor, but nonetheless happy for all that.  

Inwardly relieved at the solemnity on display, Blueblood took up the rings as Twilight began the nest part.

 

“Now place the marriage band on Star Crusader's front-right leg and repeat after me... with this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together, with you as the Alpha of this Herd.”

 

Star’s front-right leg had already been held out, ready for Blueblood to seal it with the band of gold.  Her amber eyes smiling, she listened to him echo the words:

 

“With this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together, with you as the Alpha of this Herd.”

 

They shared a moment where they locked eyes, just a moment, before Blueblood moved on to the second part of his vows.

 

“Place the second marriage band on Dunnie Blust's back right leg and repeat after me...with this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together."

 

This part was a little more awkward, as it involved him having to break formation a little bit to get at her leg.  But she was accommodating, and soon he was able to speak the words:

 

“With this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together."

 

Dunnie blushed hard as she felt his telekinesis put the band onto her leg. Now it was official. She closed her eyes and puffed up her chest as she posed while taking in the promise.

 

"Dunnie Blust, repeat after me:

 

Star Crusader and Blueblood, you are my best friends and everlasting companions. You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known. I take joy today in committing my life to yours.”

 

Dunnie was beaming as her turn came. She knew the drill, from practice and since it was just performed on her.

 

“Star Crusader and Blueblood, you are my best friends and everlasting companions. You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known. I take joy today in committing my life to yours.”

 

“Now place the marriage band on Star Crusader's front-left leg and repeat after me.... with this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life and cherish the memories we make together, with you as the Alpha of this Herd. Place the second marriage band on Blueblood's back-left leg and repeat after me...with this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together."

 

“With this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life and cherish the memories we make together, with you as the Alpha of this Herd.”

 

As she recited the vow, she trotted to Star and lifted the large leg. With some finesse, she managed to place the bangle on the foreleg and clasp it shut with a wing. 

Though Star’s expression was subtle, anyone close enough could see those shining eyes now.  They were more expressive than her silent muzzle, and they spoke of love and happiness.

 

She then turned to face the alabaster stallion.

 

“With this adornment, I promise to stand with you as we share this life, and cherish the memories we make together.”

 

She gave Blueblood a glance to return his gaze, which he did, restraining himself with difficulty from kissing her before the ceremony called for. She trotted to his back-left leg after making sure it was the correct leg. In a smoother action than before, she took his leg and clasped the band on the appendage. 

 

"Star Crusader, repeat after me:

 

“Blueblood and Dunnie Blust, you are my best friends and everlasting companions. You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known. I take joy today in committing my life to yours.

 

“Blueblood and Dunnie Blust, you are my best friends and everlasting companions.  You have brought me the truest happiness I have ever known.”  Star paused, swallowing back a slight choke before continuing.  “I take joy today in committing my life to yours.”

 

“Give leave for Dunnie Blust and Blueblood to take the wedding bands you have offered and attach them to their free back legs and repeat after me...with these adornments, I promise to stand with you, in front of you, beside you, and always with you as we share this life and cherish the memories we make together, as the Alpha of this Herd."

 

Dunnie would require a little more help than Blueblood to attach the band.  This was slow work for her, since her relatively larger size made manipulating the bands slightly more awkward.  Fortunately, she was too happy to be self-conscious.

“With these adornments, I promise to stand with you as we share this life and cherish the memories we make together, as alpha of this herd.”

 

"Star Crusader and her Herd, prior to this moment you each walked a separate path. Now, you embark together on a shared path. Yet the journey is not yours alone, as you share it together, with the many becoming one. It is the strength of your love that shall nourish you all together as a Herd.

 

Star Crusader and her Herd, today you have stood before these witnesses and declared your intent to commit your lives to one another in marriage and in the formation of a Herd. You have made promises to each other and your family. Your road to this moment has not always been smooth, but you continued to fight for one another. I hope you will never forget the fight and perseverance it has taken to get to this moment. And I hope you will never forget the love and joy you feel today, because these are the values that will keep your Herd and bond to one another strong.

 

And so, by the power granted by my status as Sovereign of all Equestria and in the Olde Laws that Govern Equestria, I declare this Herd anew and its members the Crusader Herd. Let all creatures here and everywhere recognize and respect this union, now and forever.

 

Star Crusader, you may kiss your brides."

 

*Whoosh*

 

As if they had been kept down on top of tightly coiled springs, Star Crusader’s enormous wings sprang out with sufficient force to push a breeze through the whole Hall, sending the hem of her dress flapping behind her like a windsock.  In the very next second, those wings had wrapped around her herdmates, drawing them both in for a simultaneous kiss so intense as to be audible.  It was the most obvious display of emotion in public for the mare since… well, ever!

 

Dunnie’s cheeks were flushed red as she was taken into the wings. She leaned in close and her puckered lips met the others’ and they joined in a three-way kiss. 

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Unknowingly missing the ceremony, Fluttershy continued to be enamored with the large security creature who posed himself at the front door. "A game?" Fluttershy questioned. Considering the strangeness of the request, it wasn't like Fluttershy to miss out on the wedding, but she had become so distracted with the sphinx that she was willing to play along for whatever education of his kind would bring to her. "Um. Sure! What kind of game?"

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  • 2 weeks later...

Nilaavin claps his paws together with a big smile as the mare agrees to play his game. This will make things oh so much more fun! Sitting outside by the door got boring after all, not that he was banned from going inside it's just… Well, he did not wish too get stuck in the doorway again. Most of all at this event. It's all about Blue and his mates after all! Not some cat stuck in a doorway. So he focused on the mare, ears picking up the sounds of some speech inside. Things must be on the way, good for them. 

 

“The game is easy, I tell riddles and you must answer them as best you can. Fear not if you get them wrong or don’t know! No harm will come to you on this day.” He says laying down in front of the yellow and pink pony. “If you win you may ask something of me.” He added with a small nod. “Let’s start shall we? Something easy…” He taps a claw on the ground a few times. “What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?”

 

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Blech. Tempest can’t help but look at everything other than the ceremony. It was just so… bleh! She was not jealous or something. Never. This was nasty filly noneses, she just wanted to get the free food, drink and toss down with Star later in some mud. That was real fun. Not some gooshy kissing and love. Love was lame… She wished Glitter was here. Not that she loved her! She just liked her. A lot. And the snuggles. Glitters was warm. Whatever, this was boring. And lame. Needs more cannons. Airships… The herd was Star Crusader’s? What? That made her look at them, ears flicking as her head leaned to one side. Can a mare lead a herd? Can… Can she lead a herd? That was… interesting. She’d do a good job of it, how can she not? She was more of a stallion than most stallions can hope to be! She’d easily lead a herd. Looking down at her belly she frowned, gears spinning in her head about such things.

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Glitter was late...really late! However, she did catch the vows and her mane was blown back by the rush of air from Star's wings! What a wonderful display of love! Glitter's heart melted just a tab as she smoothly moved up behind Temmy.

 

The mare came near, whispering into the unicorn's ear.

 

"Hey there Tem Tem," She took a step back, taking in her beautiful friend. Glitter got that look in her eyes, that 'come and take me' smirk that she knew Tempest couldn't resist. She flicked her tail in a sassy manner and the smiled apologetically. 

 

"Sorry I'm so late!" 

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Time had stood still for Crusader and her herd for the kiss, the wings blocking out the sight and muffling the sounds of the crowd.  But once the need for air made itself manifest, she dropped her embrace to show off Blueblood and Dunnie to the world, her face for one instant holding an obvious and unmistakable smile.

Blueblood himself, of course, was grinning like a loon.  "Well, Dunnie, the honor of tossing the bouquet goes to you, and then I think we should cut the cake.  We've made these kind ponies stay quite long enough without refreshment!"  He was expansively happy, walking down the aisle with his herd, his family, and would positively bubble over to any guest that happened to greet him in the reception line.  Crusader would be more muted, but still warm in her expression, her eye looking out for Temmy, and smiling again, softer this time, at seeing Glitter's arrival.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Swift Squall:

 

Swift looked down at the rubber goose Fire was holding. When she finished, and Dunnie has gone to the altar he murmured. "You might not had toys like this, but you had something much more worthwhile Dear. I had all toys in the world, but with nopony to play with they didn't matter." noblepony mused, before delicately placing his hoof on crimson mare swelling stomach.

"She can't have her young years like yours or mine. We have to find balance for her." swordstallion said. "But if anything...between you and me, I don't think she will be a shrinking violet type, with our temperaments.

 

Fire then mentioned School of Friendship. Squall visited the place, back when Sparkle was still it's headmare.

"It's not only exterior that's good to look at. The place seems...different - not that I was in lot of schools. You could tell that Sparkle was really passionate about it. As if it was her real dream job. It's kinda....sad that she's shackled with new one. But I guess somepony has to do it." he said with a grimace.Doing something because it was right thing to do, despite your passions being elsewhere...he could sympathize.

 

When Fire questioned the Equestria's choice for it's sovereign/s titles, stallion squinted his eyes gave her something to think about.

 

"Would You want the same title she-cockroach had?" he asked, just before organs started playing....

 

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'Jade Beaker':

 

'Jade' squinted here eyes while Berry opened up to her a little. Punch was a mare that everypony in Ponyville liked, but one that was starved for kind affection her daughter couldn't give, as well as for some positive reinforcement. Of course 'Jade' was an expert on pony psychology, so she could provide the later right away. As for the former....? Well....'Jade' was nothing if not patient.

"...You know...few years back I started to make some field research about ouces in Long Guo. I plan to finish book about it few months from now..." she started, mentioning her 'job' as 'ethologist' "It was then, that this one female that got mine special attention. Three consecutive litters. Ten cubs overall. But what's more important, none of them perished. I would say it was remarkable, miricalous even..... if not for the fact that I could actually observe female in question efforts. It was....nothing short of heroic, really." 'Jade' paused. Not all of her stories was woold over the eyes, and this was one of them.

"When I came back to those mountains two years ago, the female was no longer there, but her spawn were all going strong.  Berry,You might not be a cat, and you might only have one child, but you remind me of that snow leopard. You might wish to give Pinchy other parent Berry Dear, and it's nothing wrong with that - it would be nice for her and it would be good for you. But don't think your daughter will be in any way lessened if you never will. Because she already has You as a model, and I am certain that if anypony would ask your Pinchy, she would certainly tell she wants to be like her Mom." unicorn mare said.

 

Punch mentioned honeymoon, at that made 'Jade' wince inside, but her poker face was perfect. Instead she replied.

"I take your word for it Berry Dear. I might even be there to make sure you keep it." she murmured, as the ceremony started.

 

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Swift Squall:

 

Swift smiled at his friends made vow to each other, with the pleased smile of his face. Ahh if he could always be happy for his friends. He had an urge to mouth 'About time.' , seeing that it was indeed about time for Blue, Dunnine and Crusader to marry somepony, but he managed to tactfully resist. Instead - silently - she passed to Fire one of her favourite punch daggers that he also brought along. Others might have forget, but this WAS both Royal AND military wedding. And Swift liked to uphold at least some of noble traditions. He hoped his Dear would agree with him on that.

 

The stallion drew his own weapon, and when the last of vows was passed, he stiffened and raised his blade up and forward in the knightly salute.

"Amor Vincit Omnia." she recited, before relaxing and re-sheathing his sword, and that was that.

 

 

"You know...I could play that thing." noble-stallion said while pointing at the organs. As Crusader urged Dunnie to toss the bouquet, he added.

"So...are you gonna...?" Swift asked.

 

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'Jade Beaker':

 

"Well not everday you see three-way marriage." 'Jade' said while still clapping. "I am very grateful that I could be your extra for today Berry Dear, but how did you earned an invitation for such ceremony? You must have know at least one of those newly-weds quite well." unicorn mare inquired.

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Fire Walker watched the wedding ceremony. What a weird world she lived in. Would she ever believe that one day her former colt-friend would have the ability to turn into a mare and marry a stallion that many considered unbearable until rather recently. This Prince or Duke could also turn into a female at will. They in turn would be marrying another mare. The Pegasus was not sure if she could switch back and forth either. Was bigamy legal in Equestria? Would this technically be bigamy? They were all getting married at the same time. This felt more like Salt Lick City than Ponyville. Still, she was happy for her favorite Dunder. If only Muggo were here, although this might even be a little too much for him. Hmm. Were Dunder's parents here? His sister? To her great annoyance, the brown pony never introduced her to his family. Was he ashamed of her?
 
Swift made his over to the mare and whispered something about toys, this caused the officer to giggle, as silently as she could. The goose however, wandered over to the late pony, eyed her up and gave her a WAAAAGH of her own.
 
“Due to my little condition, I didn’t have a ton of friends to play with. What colt or filly wants to hang around a hospital?”, she whispered, “By the time I was better, toys were the last thing on my mind.", There was one other topic that popped up, “Well, they had Queens and Kings in the past, in other lands. Princesses just seem so er..”, she shrugged, “Childlike. Ruling is still far away from them. They get to learn and play. A Queen rules. Not sure why Celestia never took that title. She’s a majestic person. One that inspires so much.”
 
She smile as the bouquet would soon be tossed. It wasn’t a secret that she soon would be marrying the silly pony next to her, but if something is gonna be thrown, it should be caught!
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In the moment, Dunnie was overhwlemed. Standing there, freshly married, grinning madly and giggling awkwardly as she looked out to the crowd as she pressed against Star. With all the eyes on her, she was suddenly growing eager to get onto the partying and get off the stage.

 

Then the mention of the bouquet, and more importantly: the cake. Dunnie's almond shaped eyes went wide and her ears perked up. "Cake!" She grinned wide at the thought, "And refreshments for our guests." Couldn't forget about them.

 

She took up the bouquet in her mouth and turned about face. In one swift motion, she reared up to toss the bouquet in the air above her and began to roll back mid-air with the help of her wings.. Following swiftly behind was a hind leg, which Dunnie used to spike the bouquet potentially into an eagerly waiting crowd of mares.

 

Afterward, the pegasus would land gently and proceed to follow behind her husband for cake slicing.

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~Berry Punch~

 

Berry listened with interest, but with no small sense of frustration, as Jade related her story of the ocelot.  She sighed, replying with a flat tone, "Let me put it another way.  I am sick and bucking tired of other ponies treating the fact that I can parent one filly well as a reason to think I don't need a partner.  Not just for her, for me.  It's not good for us ponies to be alone."  Stealing a glance over to where she spotted the only other mare that had conspicuously come alone, she sighed even louder.  "Even tall, dark, and scarred over there has a special somepony!"  She pointed out Tempest and Glitter, right before the ceremony began.

 

Her heart was both full of vicarious happiness for the thruple, and obvious envy that wrote itself upon her face.  It was hard for her to be bitter about it, considering her character, but still.  She'd have happily accepted being fourth in a herd at this point.  "Well, The Prince has been in Ponyville more often since taking that position at Twilight's school, and he comes to my place when he wants to socially drink, but I probably wouldn't have gotten an invitation if I hadn't helped to supply the shindig."  She felt no shame in the admission, providing drinks was always a good way to secure an invite to any social gathering, as she had learned early at school.

 

Once she saw Dunnie make ready to spike the bouquet, however, all pretenses were dropped.  "Gangway!"  She shouted out, leaping to intercept the trajectory of the flowers, or at least get right in the scrum of mares fighting for the prize!

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Tiger hummed as he watched the area from the roof, half listening to the ceremony and half listening to Nil’s conversation with Fluttershy. He was pretty sure he knew the answer to the riddle, but he was going to let Flutters figure it out for herself. When it sounded like the ceremony was concluding, he got up, hopping down from the roof and parkouring his way to the ground. 
 

“Sounds like the ceremony is over, Nil, so I’m heading in. Gotta give my congratulations to the newlyweds!” He waved to the Sphinx, heading inside just as the bouquet was launched. He blinked a bit as he saw Berry dive for it, though he was too far to really make a try for it himself. Instead, he walked over, giving Blueblood a wave as he stopped to wait for Berry to come back out of the throng. Also, waiting just in case he needed to break something up. 

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Presteza's response to the welcome she was given was delayed as she felt a faint tingle in the back of her muzzle.  It was the sort that was only momentarily distracting but it faded soon enough after that the only hint she was bothered was a faint twitch of her freckled muzzle. As soon as her nose had calmed she put on a smile, "You're too kind, Mrs. Rich. I have to say sometimes with all that happens here moving here can be quite intimidating. One time when I was just visiting I was turned into a filly again for an entire day..."

While the ceremony continued around the two mares Presteza could feel her nose acting up again. Her eyes were starting to get watery too. What on earth could be bothering her so much? She'd taken her allergy treatment this morning: while it never worked one hundred percent she could normally go about the day without worrying about something random setting her off and causing some magical chaos. Now here she was at two of her friends' wedding with her snout threatening to unleash havoc. Spoiled Rich's question managed to give her at least a momentary distraction from the olfactory torment. 

She sniffled softly before she replied, drawing a fragrant floral scent into her nostrils. Her horn lit up and she fished a hoofkerchief from her bag and spoke through it, "I actually know ah... Ngh... All of them. Dunnie I met through other friends and crusader I've known since foalhood. Blueblood I've only mehh... Met recently." Another sniffle escaped the unicorn as she continued her battle against her reflexes, "Please excuse my state... Something seems to be setting off my allergies quite fiercely." Right now she had that cloth pressed harshly against her muzzle even as this mysterious floural aroma continued to tease her. 

As soon as Spoiled lean in to whisper her thoughts to the artist it hit her. In more ways then one. The scent of Spoiled Rich's perfume had been laid on just a tad too thick for Presteza to handle. As soon as the strong sourc eof the scent drew so close, Presteza nose twitched and tensed rapidly behind the kerchief. Before she could even hope to stop herself she felt her jaw go slack and suddenly she pulled in a deep hitching gasp. 

"Hhheh!"

The unicorn's horn began to spark and flare up with magical energies. 

"HHheh! "

Then a brighter shine of magical power. 

"HAAAH!"

Presteza's horn flared up one last time as she she pulled in that last gasp and then her head bobbed as she finally let loose with the sneeze. "WAh-CCHOOO!"  The blue aura of magic seemed to explode outward from the painter and spread across the room in a wave. The artist that loud sneeze came from was busy scrubbing her nose through her kerchief to really get out an 'excuse me' or the like, but that was the least of anypony's problem. While the wave of magic hadn't caused any damage it did seem to be causing complications to the ceremony... as now the painter, Miss Rich, and Anyone else within range was beginning to float upwards as gravity seemed to become not so much a law as a suggestion. 

(I will leave it to the players whether or not they're affected by this magical mishap, This chaotic sneeze was Sponsored by Princeblueblood)

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