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Princess Cadance gazes in horror as she sees her beloved Shining Armor kneel before the monstrous centaur known as Tirek. Every member of the Royal Guard are doing the same; They are no longer loyal to the Princess, nor to their own kind.

“Shining Armor! Please don’t do this. I love you!” Cadance pleads to her husband as tears run down her eyes. She quickly turns to Tirek and screams at him, “What did you do to my Shining Armor?!!!”


Princess Cadance will not allow her husband to remain under the centuar’s power for a moment longer. She tries using her Element of Love on Shining Armor, but it has no effect at all; The white stallion appears to be beyond her reach.

“My love…” she cries as she hugs her husband, wishing this is nothing more than a nightmare she can wake up to and see that it is not real.

Shining Armor turns to her and gazes straight into her eyes. He growls at Cadance as a beam of dark energy shoots from his piercing, dark eyes right into her own.

The Princess can feel an evil presence enter her mind. She tries to fight it, but in the end, it is too late. When she comes to, she stands by her husband, with the same eyes as his; She is now one of them.

“Cadance, No!!” Twilight cries for her sister-in-law.

“All Hail Tirek, the Supreme Ruler of Darkness!” The now turned Princess of the Crystal Empire chants.

Twilight feels her heart sink even lower…for two ponies she loves dearly are now servants of evil.


Princess Celestia is in shock to see her own niece become like the rest of the guard. An even more saddening sight was seeing her own student cry for those she loves. Spreading forth her wings, Celestia flies up into the air.

“You will pay for this, Tirek! I will not allow you to harm my subjects, or my family, AGAIN!!” The Princess’s horn powers up with the strongest magic she can wield, and shoots it towards the centaur.

As the beam of magic makes it’s way towards him, Tirek holds out his hand to block it. The beam hits his hand…but does nothing from there. The Princess continues using her power, determined to vanquish this evil…but it seems even she cannot match the power of this dark creature.

“HA! LOOK UPON YOUR PRINCESS, LITTLE PONIES,” He informs everypony in the wedding hall, “EVEN HER POWER CANNOT HARM ME!”

Celestia ceases her spell casting when she realizes it is futile. She now becomes exhausted from using too much power, but still able to maintain her position in the air for a while longer.

“YOU MAY BE THE PRINCESS OF THE SUN, BUT YOU ARE NO TRUE WIELDER OF THE LIGHT!!” Tirek shouts as the other ponies are confused by his words. His gaze quickly turns from the Princess to her student, “BUT I WONDER IF YOUR STUDENT IS ANY DIFFERENT!!”

The centaur aims his scepter at the little lavender pony, preparing to turn her into a minion like her brother and sister-in-law. Twilight cowers in fear, and is unable to move. Her friends gather around her to keep her safe, but are only finding themselves in the path of the Darkness coming at them.

Princess Celestia, knowing her magic will not protect them, flies towards the wvil beam. She intercepts it in time to keep Twilight and her friends safe, but is hit by it instead; She protects her subjects from becoming evil…by taking their place.

“Princess Celestia!!” They scream as they see the Darkness slowly engulf her.

“Twilight…” the Princess mutters weakly, ”Please…run…” The Darkness completely takes her.

Shortly after it vanishes…what stands before everypony is no longer the Celestia they know and love: The Princess’s eyes are dark like all the others that are corrupted. Her mane is now a fiery orange. She soon kneels before the dark centaur and chants his name with pride, “I am at your command, Tirek the Supreme!”

“Sister…no…” The tearful Luna mutters, begging for this to be untrue; She cannot bare to see her sister become that which she was once.


Tirek merely laughs in amusement at the sight of everypony seeing their beloved Princess Celestia now a servant of the Darkness. He then snaps his fingers, causing his new soldiers to turn on the ponies within the room.

“NOW, TIME FOR THE REST OF YOU, TO KNEEL BEFORE ME!!” He snaps his fingers again, and the guards rush at the other ponies, who start to run and scream in fear.

They try to get away, but eventually the guards catch them, gaze into their eyes, and the same beam enters there eyes…transforming them into a minion of Tirek. One by one, the once loyal and faithful subjects of Canterlot, become that which they fear.


Twilight and her friends watch as everypony start changing from good to evil. They have to get out, but with so much happening, it will be hard to escape through it all.

“Twilight, hurry!, Follow me!” Princess Luna orders as she comes to the Mane Six and guides them through the crowds, using what magic she has to keep the evil ones away.

Twilight, Applejack, Pinkie, Fluttershy, Rainbow, Rarity, and Spike follow Luna as they make their way to the door.

Tirek noticed their attempt to escape. He stretches out his hand, pointing at the fleeing ponies, and shouts at his guards, “SEIZE THEM!!”

What ponies that sre now transformed by the Darkness, surround the Mane Six and Princess Luna. Spike manages to get a little ahead of the group and avoid being caught, but once he sees his friends trapped, he turns back and gasps.

“Twilight! Rarity!” He panics.

“Spike! Run, get out of here!” Twilight orders him.

Spike shakes his head and refuses to leave them, “I’m not leaving you Twilight! I’m not leaving any of you.”

Tirek notices the small dragon and grins wickedly, “A DRAGON! HE WILL MAKE A PERFECT PET!!” He aims his scepter at Spike and another beam of dark energy comes forth and strikes like lightning at the young dragon.

“Spike, Look out!!” Twilight screams as she warns her dear friend.

Spike gasps as the beam is about to hit him. He tries to run, but it was already to late: Spike is hit and the Darkness engulfs him.

Twilight and her friends can only watch as their little dragon friend is being taken from them. They cry out his name, but their words cannot not reach him.

“Not my Spikey-Wikey!!” Rarity cries.

Suddenly the Darkness clears, and before them is not the same baby dragon: This Spike stands on all fours and is bigger than ever before. While he is not a full grown dragon, he is still of great size. He has wings now, a long tail, and the expression on his face is the same as every other pony corrupted: dark and evil.

Twilight cries when she sees this; Her little dragon assistant is no longer the Spike she loves. She cries even more as the evil dragon roars, breathing green fire at the same time.


Princess Luna, Twilight, and the others were now completely surrounded by everypony in the wedding hall. All whom are now minions of Tirek.

“NOW, MY LITTLE PONIES, YOU ARE NEXT!!” The centaur of pure evil laughs…seeing his victory complete in the next few seconds.

With nowhere to run, Princess Luna has no choice but to teleport them all out. She powers up her horn and turns to the girls, “Stay close to me!” She orders.

Twilight and her friends listen to the Princess and huddle around her. Luna focuses more, and then all seven of them teleport out, away from danger.

The second they disappear, Tirek bellows in anger, which is followed by the loud booming sound of thunder and lightning,  “RAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!”

“They will not get away, Master! We shall find them!” Shining Armor informs his Master.

“NO! LET THEM GO…” Tirek calms himself down a little and looks upon everypony in the room, who are now under his control. “THEY WILL NOT GET FAR, NOR WILL THEY HAVE ANYWHERE TO HIDE SOON!”

The Dark Ponies and Dragon all kneel before their new Master…and hail his name, “All Hail, Tirek the Supreme!”

Shinning Armor steps forward and asks with his head bowed, “What next do you command of us, Master?”


“As you wish, Master!” Shining Armor and the rest of the Royal Guard march out of the Hall, ready to begin their assault on the rest of Canterlot…and the other cities nearby.


At the edge of the Everfree Forest, which is a spooky place just outside of Ponyville, a small sphere of magic appears. It then disappears and in it’s place are Princess Luna, Twilight, Rarity, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie.

Although they manage to escape Tirek for now, they cannot fathom the pain they have experienced back in Canterlot; What they have witnessed has left them saddened and speechless.
Before any of them canthink of what to do next, They hear the sounds of screaming and wicked laughter coming from the Ponyville…which means only one thing: Tirek’s forces have arrived.

Their gaze then turns towards Canterlot, as they see their once beautiful capital of all Equestria starting to change into a darker, more evil looking castle.

“We have to do something!” The worrying Rainbow Dash insists.

The others, although sad and afraid, agree. But Luna shakes her head sadly, “There is nothing we can do. We must flee into the Everfree Forest; It is our only hope.”

“But…But…” Pinkie Pie stutters, and is unable to speak due to the sadness she feels in her heart.

They all look at the Princess and they know that she is right. As much as they hate to run from their home, they have no choice. They turn towards the Forest and run deep into the woods.

Twilight stops to look back at Ponyville one last time; She can hear the screaming again, only it was less than before…and she knows what that means.

Princess Luna places her hoof on Twilight and says to her sadly, “There is nothing we can do. I am sorry.”

Twilight sadly nods, and joins the others as they gallop away.


Meanwhile, Tirek gazes out from the balcony of his new throne room, and watches as the Pegasai Guards their fly towards the city within the clouds; The unicorn guards march into Ponyville; and the Captain, along with his best troops, storm throughout Canterlot, changing everypony there into a servant of evil.

As the dark centaur stands there with both his strongest minions, Spike and Celestia at his side, he aims his scepter high into the sky.

The beautiful night sky is slowly becoming covered by dark storm clouds. Tirek laughs maniacally and yells out for all to hear, “THE POWER OF DARKNESS, COME FORTH AND ASCEND! NOW BEGINS THE NIGHT, THAT SHALL NEVER END!!!”

As the storm clouds grow, the entire city of Canterlot begins to change it’s form. Once it finishes, it becomes Tirek’s new fortress of evil, which he now gives a new name to it:

Midnight Castle.
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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Painted-Pen Mar 18, 2014  New member 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 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 Mar 18, 2014  New member 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 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 Mar 18, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Courageous-of-Light 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 Mar 18, 2014  New member 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 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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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 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:
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