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    Everypony inside the Wedding Hall cowers in fear at the sight of this giant, evil creature that now stands before them; He stands on four hooves as any pony would, but has the upper body of a minotaur. The look in their eyes only makes him laugh in amusement, which is soon followed by the sounds of thunder and lightning roaring from the outside; Whoever or whatever this creature is and why he has come beyond what anypony can imagine

    “How dare you enter my Kingdom, and frighten my subjects! What do you want?!”  Princess Celestia demands answers from this monstrous creature as she raises her voice.

    Tirek glares at the great, white alicorn...and can only laugh at the very words she speaks, “WHAT DO I WANT?! YOU MEAN YOU DON’T KNOW? HOW AMUSING! AFTER FOUR-THOUSAND YEARS, YOU PONIES HAVE FORGOTTEN EVERYTHING!” The gaze of this great red and black centaur now falls upon the dark blue sister alicorn, “BUT I BELIEVE THIS ONE KNOWS OF ME! ISN’T THAT RIGHT, MY DEAR LUNA?!”

    Princess Celestia turns to her sister, only to see the look of fear in her eyes. Shocked by what Tirek has said, the elder sister looks upon her sister with confusion and worry, “Luna, what is he talking about?”

    The younger sister who controls the rising and settings of the great moon in the sky begins to slowly back away from Tirek, wishing to be as far away from this monster as she can. The mere tone of his voice that reaches her flattened ears brings fright and fear into her eyes and heart.

    “Luna?!” Celestia tries to get her sister‘s attention again, worrying even more so to the way she reacts to the monster that continues to stand inside the kingdom of the two princesses.

    “It…was…you.” Luna mutters in fear as she continues to back away, too frightened to so much as summon her powers to try and rid her home of this demon centaur, “Your…your voice…I remember it.” She turns to her sister with a tear appearing in her eye, “It…was him! He…convinced me…to…turn on you...long ago!”

    “HA!! SO YOU DO REMEMBER!" All the more does Tirek finds this amusing, and only goes further into bringing the spirit of the younger alicorn sister down even more, "BUT DO NOT THINK IT TWAS I ALONE: THE BITTERNESS AND JEALOUSLY YOU FELT IN YOUR HEART ALLOWED ME TO PREY UPON YOU SO EASILY!! YOU GAVE IN AND BECAME MY PUPPET TO BRING FORTH AN ETERNAL NIGHT OF DARKNESS…UNTIL YOUR SISTER SEALED YOU AWAY IN THE MOON!“  Tirek  reveals himself to be the one behind the mare of Darkness known by many as Nightmare Moon, and shows no remorse for what he has done. “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW PAINFUL IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR SISTER!!”

    Such cruel, yet truthful, words only bring tears to form within the eyes of the beautiful Princess Luna; Now remembering that it was her own weakness that allowed this monster to prey on her mind that led Luna to become evil and later banishment to the moon, only beings greater sorrow to her aching heart. However, even as she feels her heart sank to the betrayal that led to all that occurred one-thousand years ago, Luna suddenly feels herself being wrapped in a large wing; The wing of her older own sister, who pulls her close to her side...protecting the one and only sister she has and loves.

    “How dare you!!” The enraged Princess of the Sun shouts at Tirek, while shocked at the very mention of him saying it was he who brought the rift between her and her little sister, “How dare you insult and use my sister like that! I will NOT allow you to take her from me again! One thousand years was painful enough, and I will never see my sister become that Nightmare long as I am here to protect her this time!" 

    “Celestia…” Luna mutters as she stays as close as possible to her sister, moved by her older sister's kind and caring words.


    Refusing to allow this demon to utter another word, Princess Celestia releases her sister and flies high up into the air; She personally wishes to be the one to remove Tirek from her kingdom and ensure her little sister endures this never again. She raises her hoof at Tirek and orders the guards in the room to move in, “Seize that creature!!”

    The armored pegasai guards salute and flap their wings with their mighty strength, fiercely determined to follow their orders and attack the demon centaur, ready to take him down. and capture him. Unable to stay put, Rainbow Dash takes flight and joins them, “I wanna a piece of that jerk too! Lets get him!”

    Closing in on the giant, monstrous demon, Tirek displays a wicked grin without the smallest sign of fear. Spreading his hands apart from the other, he awaits for the guards to move in closer. Once thr guards, plus the blue coated pony with the rainbow mane, are within range, Tirek claps his hands hard...bringing forth a shockwave that knocks everypony back and down, while shaking the very foundation of the castle.

    The guards fall about, scattered while a certain young mare ends up on the floor in a daze. Truly nopony could have seen that coming nor resist that force of such power by a mere clap.

    "Rainbow Dash!” The five mares cry out as they rush on over to help their friend up.“Are you okay, Rainbow Dash?” Each of them ask, worrying for their most loyal friend.

    “Uh…ow…my head.” The dazed blue gegasus groans as she is helped up by her friends, while finding it a little hard to stand for the moment.

    Checking the tomboyish mare's head for any bruises, Twilight Sparkle comes across none...and mutters, “If only we had the Elements of Harmony…”

    “YOU MEAN…THESE ELEMENTS?!“ Tirek overhears the young unicorn and holds out his other hand, with the box containing the very Elements of Harmony.

    Everypony in the room gasps at the sight of Equestria's only source of power that can vanquish any evil in the clutches of this monster who appears to be more powerful than he looks. Every guest present feel as if their hopes have faded away...and may turn to running away soon if it would be possible.


    " was you who stole the Elements of Harmony! Return them at once, Tirek!!” the Princess of the Sun demands as she stands back upon after bring knocked down from the blast, and stomps her hooves onto the title floor.

    The centaur smirks and holds the box tight in his hand...but holds it out as a show of mockery and temptation, "YOU WANT IT?! THEN COME AND GET THEM THEN!!”

    Before anything can be done to reclaim the Elements, the once-barred doors burst open...and reinforcements have at last arrived...led by none other than- ”Shining Armor!” The relieved Twilight Sparkle shouts as her big brother, sister-in-law Princess Cadance, and the rest of the Royal Guard charge into the Hall. The moment they spot Tirek, they take their positions to defend the guests of Princess Celestia and stand ready to remove this evil from Canterlot.

    “Quickly, Shining Armor! Conjure your spell and banish this monster from my Kingdom!” Princess Celestia commands as she stands by her sister, Luna, once more.

    "Gladly, Your Majesty!" Without hesitation, the Captain powers up his horn, and activates his Shield Spell once more...only this time, his beloved Cadance assists him with her own magic, strengthening it more. The shield makes its way through the room, passing through every other pony, but once it reaches goes no further. Shining Armor tries harder, but no matter how much power he puts into it, the shield will not push the centaur out.

    “FOOLISH PONY! YOUR MAGIC IS NOTHING!!” Tirek shouts with pride in his voice. Then, with a mere stomp of his hoof, another shockwave erupts...knocking everypony down once more which includes the Royal Guard of Canterlot.

    Shining Armor collapses onto the floor, exhausted from overuse of his magic and the effects of the shokewave. “No!” Princess Cadance cries as she tries to help her husband up. 

    Twilight rushes over to her brother and sister-in-law, and helps however she can. As she sees her brother struggling to get back up, the young lavender unicorn turns her gaze towards the demon glaring with much anger, “You will pay for harming my brother, Tirek!” she shouts.

    Tirek notices the look in the little pony’s eyes and only gives a much greater glare back...knowing whatever she may be thinking will mean nothing to what he is about to do. But suddenly, Tirek turns to his hand when he feels the box slip out of his grasp the box; Somepony swiped it while he wasn't looking.

    “Twilight!" Princess Celesta calls out to her student after seizing the moment to retake the Elements of Harmony, "Hurry, use their power and rid us of this dark creature forever!” The Alicorn of the Sun commands as she uses her magic to toss the box to her Twilight and her five best friends.

    Catching the box safely with the help of her magical horn, Twilight Sparkle opens the lovely box and breaths a sign of relief upon seeing all six Elements inside: The five necklaces and one crown that chose them as the protectors of Equestria...much like Luna and Celestia from long ago. She passes them all out to her friends; Each going to the one that belong to the pony that has the cutie mark to match the gem itself:

    Applejack takes the Element of Honesty, which has an apple-shaped gem upon it; Rarity takes the Element of Generosity, the one with the purple diamond, and puts it around her neck; Pinkie Pie places the necklace with the blue balloon-shaped gem, called the Element of Laughter, around her neck; Fluttershy carefully places the Element of Kindness, where the gem is that of a butterfly, on; Rainbow Dash quickly grabs the Element of Loyalty, the one with the red lightning bolt gem, and puts it on. 

    Once her best friends have their own respective Elements, Twilight drops the box and places the crown of the Element of Magic upon her head. The next thing all six hear is everypony cheering to the sigh of the six bearers of the Elements ready to call forth the magical rainbow that will vanquish this evil that invaded their home.

    “Alright, Tirek! Now you will face the full power of our Friendship!” Twilight announces as she the power of her Element levitates she and her friends into the air.

    Hearing Twilight’s words causes the centaur to growl nervously…but surprisingly smirks for some strange reason unknown.

    The Mane Six focus hard and their own Elements begin to pulse with the power that comes from within their own hearts. Once the first five activate, Twilight’s eyes glow brightly and the Elements of Harmony form a powerful rainbow which leaps from into the air…and soon curves downward and onto Tirek.

    Once the rainbow hit him, he cries out as he is covered in the power of Harmony, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” The power of the Elements spread over him entirely. Everypony within the wedding hall cheer, for it it will all come to an end in no time...allowing this evening to be saved. However...

    ...The cries they hear from Tirek have turned…into laughter. Everypony ceases their cheering once this unexpected sound reaches their ears ...and look upon the rainbow that continues to swirl around the demon if it were a tornado engulfing a farmhouse during a storm.

    “AAAGGGHHHHHHH-MUHAHAHAHAHAHA-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!” The maniacal laughing continues, which is soon followed by Tirek bringing his arms to his chest and then throwing them apart from each other. This causes the Mighty Rainbow of the Elements of Harmony to disperse and disappear. The blast of the energy released knocks everypony back once again, as well as shatters the windows and forms cracks in the walls, “MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!”

    Once everypony recovers from the knock back, they rise back onto their hooves and display nothing else on their faces but sheer disbelief to what just happened: The Elements of Harmony…have failed.


    “What?! It can’t be! That’s…impossible,” The confused and frightened Twilight refuses to believe and accept to what she has just witnessed.

    “What’s goin’ on? Dey never fail!” Applejack exclaims.

    “Is mine broken or something?”  Pinkie Pie wonders.

    “I don’t know, Pinkie…they seemed to work the way they usually do,” Fluttershy replies.

    “This cannot be happening.” Cries the worrying Rarity.

    “This ain't good,” Rainbow Dash states as she bangs her hoof on her necklace, trying to see if that might help fix it a little...even though it is obvious to everpony else that it is not.

    The dark centaur named Tirek finishes his laughing and brushes the remaining sparkle of the rainbow off his arms...then turns to glare upon everypony, “DON’T YOU SEE?! YOU ELEMENTS CAN DO NOTHING TO ME!!! NOW...I WILL SHOW YOU A DEMONSTRATION OF MY POWER!!” Tirek turns his gaze towards Shining Armor and the rest of the Royal Guard. Holding his hand out, the demon hollers, “BEHOLD…THE POWER OF DARKNESS!!!”

    A wave of dark energy comes from his hand and makes its way towards Captain Shining Armor. Once it arrives, the unicorn stallion becomes engulfed within the Darkness. He screams and begs for help as he feels himself changing...on the inside; A dark mist entiers his body...corrupting his very self. 

    “No!!!” Both Princess Cadance and Twilight Sparkle scream for the white stallion they love and try to help him with their magic together. However, the power of Darkness prevents them from getting near and their magic has no effect even in the smallest way. The two mares watch helplessly as the Darkness surrounds Shining Armor,  and then part of it breaks off and spreads to the rest of the guard, who start feeling the same pain as their captain does. 

    Then suddenly, the Darkness vanishes…and the guards plus their captain stand once again. Twilight and Cadance rush to Shining, hoping he is unharmed, “Big Brother?” Twilight mutters to her BBBFF...only to notice his eyes are closed. But then they shoot open, revealing his eyes which are now black and void as if they were a bottomless pit.

    Shining Armor looks down upon his worrying sister...and snarls at her for the first time in his life. With his horn powering up with magic, the glaring big brother flashes a bit of power at Twilight...knocking her back a ways.

    “Twilight!” Cadance cries as she watches her own sister-in-law fall onto the floor by her own beloved husband. Galloping over to her and seeing tears forming in her eyes, Candace embraces her dear sister close, “Are you okay...?”

    “Y-Yes..." the little lavender pony sniffs, trying not to cry; She cannot believe her own brother just did that. Never in all her life as her brother pushed her away with his magic, which is something he promised never to do if he ever got angry with her...which was to be unlikely anyway.

    The two mares turn and look at Shining Armor, who snarls the sound of evil within his own voice. He raises his head up high and chants the very words nopony ever thought he would ever say, “All Hail, Tirek the Supreme!!”

    The entire room falls silent once this is heard; No pony can believe this is really happening...and feel at a loss when they hear every member of the Royal Guard chant the same altogether, repeating that of their captain's words, “All Hail, Tirek the Supreme!!” 
Tirek has proven superior and now controls Canterlot...which he has now renamed Midnight Castle. Can Twilight and her friends stop him, or will running be their only option? Find out!!

Music: The marching into Ponyville, Cloudsdale, and Canterlot.…

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ArtisticNinjaCat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If Tirek can brainwash Shining Armor then they're DEFINALY in trouble! 
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
ArtisticNinjaCat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh Boy!
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014

Geez....there are a VERY few people who can actually pull of the "new villain shows up in Canterlot and curb-stomps everypony" trope, and you're one of them. That was flat-out horrifying.

Good luck Luna, girls. I'll be rooting for you...and I'll hold off these freaks any way I can.

*Takes out AK-74 with Red-Dot Sight and shotgun attachment, loading a clip of armor-piercing rounds*
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it is sad to see some of our favorite characters turning to evil against their will. But all is not lost. Those that made it out are the only hope their is :nod:
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I just imagined something about this story! It goes like this:

*When news of this reached my empire and I was horrified at the news*
Commander of my army: What should we do my liege?
Me: Get the military ready.
*After he left I saw my entire military, marching in the city streets below, creating a loud thundering march* *Ships of tremendous size start to move* *The "camera" moves from my balcony up high above the city below, it shows my ships and planes moving towards Equestria. On the biggest ship flew the flag with a golden ring at the center with Courageous-of-light's cutie mark inside.*
Me in thought: *Please help us all.* I prayed to Equestria's last only hope

Well what do you think? This made me so inspired I wish I could rewrite all of this and add a little spice of my own. <:3
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I already have an editor right now...for the moment. But I am glad you like this :D
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Well did you think it was a good idea to combine my country's flag with your cutie mark? If it is then is it ok if I could make it? I already got my flag, just need to edit it a bit, but the only thing I need is the link to just your cutie mark! I'm not that could at drawing digitally without a tablet, even though I never even had one. Anyway is it ok if I can do it? My friends and family always told me to ask permission to use something that isn't mine.
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I am happy you are asking permission. Thank you :D

So...what exactly are you asking to use my cutie mark for? To make a flag for fun? For a fanfic? 
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :D

Ehh...I would prefer brown, but I guess blue is okay :)

Also, Courageous Heart is NOT an alicorn. He is a pegasus with a unicorns horn but without any magical powers. So, might want to change that on your flag :nod:
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
But in the story it said that he was the first alicorn! So I said it based off that.
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well...that was written in a history book, and those are not always accurate. It says that, but he is not an actual Alicorn.
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Lionwar1996 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Well.......that went downhill real fast.......I like. (I just found this story so now I get to find out how a certain couple meet)
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yep :D

Yeah, the villain shows up a little quick, but I hope that is okay and the rest will be just as enjoyable :please:
Lionwar1996 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Well so far it's coming out good, kinda sucked when the CMC was forced to turn evil. :(
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

But that's just the way it has to be...for now :)
twilightsparkle2013 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait... from what I've heard, Midnight Castle is from... GEN 1! Just guessing here, but... is Tirek from there, too? Goodness, this is so awesome!
Evilworld11 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Wonder what Celestia evil name will be?... Reading the next chapter.
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Never came up with one. Other names I could have used were taken, so didnt want to be seen as a thief 
MKSfan14 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Oh boy... First Shining Armor, then Cadence, Celestia, now Spike! Nice job, though.
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yep! Adds a bit of a twist :D
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ChaosContrl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I now know how to make the "heroes" of my story wanting to gather all elements! Thank you!!!

Awesome story. I just want to know what will happen, and this until the end!
FrostTheArticFox Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
woah. thats really cool... i hope you do another.
Courageous-of-Light Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Just so you know. I typed all this in under three hours right before submitting. That might not be a big deal to most, but it is for me.
ChaosContrl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome! You did this so quickly, and it's perfect!

Thumb up! =)
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